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Research Projects

Our research is connected to outcomes that feedback into industry, culture and the environment. Find out more about our researchers and their projects below.

BAME in health and social care research

Exploring researchers’ viewpoints and learning of a toolkit designed to increase Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups in health and social care research.

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Improving the housing crisis by facilitating offsite construction

Research developed by Birmingham City University has effectively enabled the use of offsite construction.

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Developing advanced systems for mobile lifting and handling equipment

Funded by Innovate UK, Birmingham City University researchers have partnered with Wilmat Limited to investigate and de...

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The UPR Project at BCU

The UPR Project at BCU was established by the Centre for Human Rights in 2018. It was created to generate public awa...

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Modelling the Drivers of the UK Multi-let Industrial Property Market

Looking behind the figures, this exploratory research can show the key value drivers of MLI properties. 

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Rising to the Climate Crisis

CATiD BCU has endorsed the document and contributed with drawings and images to demonstrate the importance of spatial ...

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The Potential Socio-economic Impacts of Antimicrobial Resistance in Canada

How can we prepare for the spread of anti-microbial resistance and what are the potential impacts on our lives and eco...

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The social organisation of knowledge in a Conductive Education Centre in Birmingham

This project aims to unpack the benefits of Conductive Education (CE) by working with a CE centre in Birmingham.

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Desecuritising Higher Education

The project seeks to investigate the Prevent Duty within UK Higher Education (UKHE) and establish how it has been enac...

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First time mothers' expectations and experiences of postnatal care in England

Analysing the expectations and realities of postnatal care in England, in order to identify areas for attention and im...

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Testing and optimising techniques for biogas conversion

Doosan Enpure's patented Sonix technology aims to increase the yield of biogas production but the technology required ...

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Youth perceptions and experiences of knife crime

 This project aims to identify the reason for the rise in youth perpetrated knife crime based on a number of factors. ...

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Internet of Things for Smart Water Innovative Networks (IoT4Win)

Ensuring the sustainability, security and resilience of water supplies in the face of climate change is a global chall...

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The factors affecting the quality of the ‘off-the-job’ element of apprenticeships in the West Midlands region

The research aimed to explore the challenges of putting together and delivering successful apprenticeship programmes.  ...

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Listen Imagine Compose

The project seeks to address weaknesses in current secondary school music provision.

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Evaluation of the Professional Exchange Network Programme

Birmingham City  University is undergoing research to critically evaluate the impact of the Professional Exchange Net...

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Builder's Merchant Federation: Forecasting the future

BMF reached out to Birmingham City University (BCU) to develop a model that would forecast the economic condition of t...

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Advancing real estate decision making

The research aims to discuss this issue and provide a conceptual real estate framework to manage these risk events.

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Project SATURN

 Creating a more sustainable and effective way of connecting cities and the landscape within them. 

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The UPR Project at BCU: USA

Advising the United States of America on the subjects of  capital punishment, climate change, and compassionate release...

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Designing a Microalgae Cultivation System for the production of animal feed supplements

Traditional foods used for livestock rearing, such as maize and soybeans, are suffering from increasing environmental p...

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EnAlgae: Bioenegry for North West Europe

This four year project combines the expertise and resources of 19 partners over 7 countries in order to address sustain...

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Next generation technologies for networked Europe

Putting in place a cross-sectoral and cross-technological initiative at European level to increase integration between...

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Evaluation of MR imaging to predict neurodevelopmental impairment in preterm infants

MRI scans can be used to predict neurodevelopmental impairments in preterm infants. Birmingham City University conduct...

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Birmingham Music Education Partnership

Working with  Birmingham Music Education Part nership to assess the music education pupils in primary and secondary sc...

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Embrace HE

Embrace HE - Enabling mental health benefits: resilience, achievement, competencies and engagement in improved higher ...

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Open School Doors

Reducing disparities in learning outcomes for children from refugee, asylum seeker, and newly arrived migration context...

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Investigating the development of young children’s social learning: Is ‘overimitation’ related to theory of mind

The aim of the research is to expand our understanding of the cognitive mechanisms underpinning how young children lea...

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The efficacy of school-based anti-knife crime interventions

Knife crime interventions are an important initiative that aims to increase awareness of the dangers of knife crime. C...

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Vocational training for physiotherapists

This project aims to improve the lives of children with complex disabilities by trailing early intervention methods  ...

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Families: Social Exclusion and Places of Safety

FSEPS is a programme designed to combat social inclusion in mothers  who live with their children in refuges or other...

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Youth Music: Exchanging Notes

Can getting young people involved in musical activities help those at risk of low attainment or exclusion? 

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The UPR Project at BCU: Myanmar

The Centre for Human Rights provides recommendations for Myanmar to ratify the Second Optional Protocol to the ICCPR on...

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Media constructions of ‘migrants’ who cross the English Channel by boat

Analysing the weighted language and media response to increased  refugee  activity in the UK.

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Aggression, executive function and violent media exposure

The project aims to  explore the link between violent media exposure, aggression and executive functioning in greater...

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Rebuilding cities after the catastrophe of war and destruction

The research sought to explain the nature and extent of destruction and the processes and products of replanning and r...

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The implications of physical inactivity

Estimating the potential economic benefits of making people physically more active

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Sustainable infrastructure through structural health monitoring

This project  has helped to  establish long-term UK-Indonesia collaboration on Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) wh...

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Engine heat waste recovery for greener vehicles

Road vehicles are one of the main contributors to  increasing CO2 emissions. In order to reduce the reliance on the c...

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Transforming Lives and Communities

Focusing on colleges not just as a producers of human capital but rather, as important community resources.

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National Park for the West Midlands

With the youngest, fastest-growing, most diverse population in the UK, the imminent arrival of HS2, the hosting of Cit...

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IoT4Win: Connected water management

The water industry of the future will need to be smart and resource-efficient, and the current water industry is chara...

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Pregnant women’s experiences and perceptions of early-onset fetal growth restriction

Fetal growth restriction is a serious complication responsible for 30% of stillbirths. The EVERREST programme aims to ...

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Examining Sex and Relationship Education

Sex and Relationship Education in schools will always be a contentious topic but to what extent do a teacher’s own vie...

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Context-aware frameworks in sensors for water distribution networks

This project seeks to address sensor and sensor network deployment and communication in smart water distribution syste...

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Preparing students for patient engagement with VR

Compassionate care is experiential and hard to teach, but VR could help prepare health students for their first engage...

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Attack detection and prevention in smart water networks

This  research theme aims to utilise data intelligence and security to improve the cyber-physical systems of smart wa...

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Exploitation: Vulnerabilities and Experiences

This project hopes to increase the general understanding of the underlying perceptions of exploitation in order to det...

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The UPR Project at BCU: Sudan

This Stakeholder Report in Sudan’s UPR (2021) will be led by Dr Amna Nazir, and it builds upon our 2016 work with the ...

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The Impact of Game Mechanic Preference, Gaming Motivation and Personality on Video Game Engagement

This project investigates which game mechanics are best suited to increasing engagement, using several participants fr...

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Exploring the application of property level flood risk adaptation

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Evaluating Holiday Kitchen for Hungry Children

Free school meals can be a vital lifeline for economically disadvantaged families but during the school holidays child...

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Identifying the Offshore Wind Resource in the Philippines

The Philippines has the potential to generate power from offshore wind but a thorough wind resource assessment (WRA) m...

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Communicating the Impacts of Austerity and Inequality

Austerity is a prevalent theme of current socio-political and economical culture but the impact on public health, thou...

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Arts Council England Music Education Hub data return analysis

Exploring the performance of music education hubs across the country

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Advanced additive manufacturing

Development of the platform for three-dimensional simulation and modelling of the additive manufacturing processes suc...

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Tame valley landscape vision development

Revolutionising the Tame Valley Wetlands area of the West Midlands into an accessible area teeming with wildlife and b...

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Researching the experience of families with twins or triplets

Exploring the experiences of mothers and families with twins or triplets to assess their care needs.  

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Leadership and the quality of teaching and learning in FE

What is the relationship between leadership and improving teaching and learning?

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The UPR Project at BCU: eSwatini

This submission is based upon a research collaboration between the Centre of Human Rights’ Dr. Alice Storey and Keele ...

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Making mothers: feasibility study

The Making Mothers project concerns the analysis and development of novel antenatal care strategies to improve the hea...

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Evolution of nanocrystallised, highly-reactive multi-layered metal structures

Funded by the National Science Centre, this project looks to understand the complex relationships of the formation of ...

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Exploring Children’s Wellbeing through Music and Singing

Exploring children's right to make choices and engage in playful activities in restricted environments through music a...

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Promoting Evidence-Based Practice in Policing Through the Use of Novel Pedagogies

Evidence suggests that police receptivity to research is low, which can potentially lead to knowledge gaps in core pol...

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Early care and education experiences of young children born prematurely

Exploring the early care and education experiences of children born prematurely through reports from parents.

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Experimental stability and agglomeration analysis of different nanofluids

Reducing heat-stress and increasing heat dissapation in is a key challenge in industries and processes,  from micro/n...

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Public Perceptions of Inequalities in Health and Income

This project aims to assess and critically inform the public's perception of health inequalities in the UK, thus infor...

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Reducing tool replacement and downtime

This knowledge transfer partnership (KTP) with Birmingham-based company  C Brandauer & Co Ltd investigates tool wear,...

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Holding children and young people for clinical procedures

Analysing holding techniques (which involve keeping patients still during invasive treatment or examination) within th...

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Improving BAME Student Achievement in the School of Law

Working to boost the achievements of black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) students within the University's School o...

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Relationship-based early intervention services

Early intervention services have the capacity to make big improvements to childrens' outcomes, but how might these ser...

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Identifying and Sharing Good Practice in Tackling Domestic Abuse in Military Contexts

The research addresses the root causes of vulnerability to DA in military settings, focusing attention on emerging ris...

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The UPR Project at BCU: Namibia

This submission is based upon a research collaboration between the Centre of Human Rights’ Dr. Alice Storey and Keele ...

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The impact and implications of the Teaching Excellence Framework

An exploration of the impact and implications of the Teaching Excellence Framework

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Independent Evaluation of Fosterline England

Birmingham City University researchers evaluate foster care service, Fosterline. 

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Work-Related Pressures for Delivery Drivers in the Digital Age of the “Gig Economy"

The central premise of this project is the question as to whether current manslaughter laws are sufficient when we con...

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The UPR Project at BCU: Pakistan

Birmingham City University's Centre for Human Rights will be working with  the Research Society of International Law ...

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EMPiRE: Antiepileptic Drug Management in Pregnancy

Managing epilepsy while pregnant can be distressing and potentially harmful, which is why many opt to use  anti-epile...

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AHRC Network - Representations of/in classical music

What does classical music mean to today's generation? 

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Improving learning and teaching through collaborative observation

The primary aim of this project was to create a sustainable and collaborative model of observations.

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Evaluation of BBC Ten Pieces initiative

Sound Connections, a leading music charity based in London, approached BCU to act as the data analysis partner in an e...

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Public understanding of controlling or coercive behaviour

Do the majority of the public recognise abusive controlling and coercive behaviours?

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Belonging and achieving at BCU: pedagogy for all

Exploring how making a space in the curriculum for students to share aspects of their cultural background and identity ...

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Technobabies: the use of technology by children aged 0-3 years

This project aims to understand how the very youngest children (0 - 3 year olds) are using touchscreen technology in h...

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The UPR Project at BCU: UK

Our Stakeholder Submission in the UK’s review in the Fourth Cycle of the UPR will focus upon domestic violence, disabi...

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Communicating endometriosis: health professionals' experiences

Endometriosis is a painful condition  affecting 1.6 million women in the UK and this study explores the perspectives ...

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The UPR Project at BCU: Brazil

This project will form staff and student collaborations to identify key human rights issues in Brazil.

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Plan UK Menstruation: Let’s talk. Period

This project aims to combat period poverty my researching and producing  resources that advance knowledge in the mens...

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Cross-cultural approaches for teachers across Europe

To  examine how drama in schools can be used to explore different subjects to create democratic spaces.

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Art Prize for Schools External Project Evaluation

Raising awareness of the Deutsche Bank Art Prize for Schools

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The nature and characteristics of spree killings

Analysing the characteristics of the perpetrators of spree killings to guide public policy and inform investigative pr...

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Template for performative inquiry

This study draws on Hill’s ‘cabaret’ research dissemination to develop a template to use for the range of exemplars.

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Evaluating the work of the Big Brum Theatre in Education Company

The Human Spaces research project is a small scale evaluative case study.

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Freedom, Religion and Equality in Sudan

The Centre for Human Rights Consultancy works closely with the Sudanese Human Rights Initiative for the promotion of a...

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Preventing recurrence of endometriosis by means of long-acting progestogen therapy

Endometriosis is a painful condition and many sufferers require surgery to remove  areas of endometriosis in order to...

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Global music examinations

How do we asses music proficiency across the world? 

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Using performative modes of research dissemination

The researchers in this project are actively and proactively exploring creative modes of research dissemination.

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Reducing endometriosis and preventing sepsis at caesarean section

This project assessed the feasibility of introducing new procedures in routine caesarean sections, which may reduce th...

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Exemplars of performative inquiry

The research is in its early stages and has already identified exemplars of creative modes of research dissemination. ...

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Educational resilience through community arts education

Investigating the impact of community arts provision on educational resilience.

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The European Union and Abolition of the Death Penalty

Professor Jon Yorke of Birmingham City University's Centre for Human Rights was part of the working group which devised...

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Pupil-led anti-bullying interventions

The project harnesses the child’s voice to help resolve their specific experiences of school bullying.  

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Amicus ALJ

Contributing to the work of Amicus ALJ, which trains the UK legal profession to undertake aspects of capital defence wi...

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Communities of Practice around research supervision

Researchers are providing an array of approaches to investigating research supervision.

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Analysing accessible music education

Evaluating music education in projects with specialised instruments for those with upper-limb disabilities.

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Conductive education

Investigating a unified, integrated approach to educating children with disabilities

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Inclusivity within ‘femtech’: Period tracking apps and chronic health conditions

Birmingham City University researchers are embarking on a project to increase inclusivity in femtech apps by analysing...

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Alliance for International Development, Education and Research (AIDER)

CHR Consultancy members provide advice, reports and educative training for the Alliance for International Development,...

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A Rhythmic Analysis of Teaching & Learning in HE: Space, Time, Affect

The pilot project set out to capture the rhythmic fluctuations and orientations of BCU’s campuses.

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Period Dramas: what works within menstrual health education?

In response to the introduction of nationwide Menstrual Health Education (MHE) in the UK, BCU researchers are investig...

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Leadership, further education and social justice

This research project aims to explore how further education leaders who have a self-professed history of commitment to...

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Geographical and social demographic trends of A-level music students

Identifying regional contrasts in A-level music provision, and to understand the contexts within which the downturn in ...

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The UN Sustainable Development Goals Project

This project  will review the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and identify project from which the CHR can...

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Bridging patient-practitioner research boundaries

To identify how, when and in what context patient-practitioners-researcher boundaries have been crossed in knowledge m...

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Just Play

Highlighting key themes in music education for young people

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Photographs as a tool for young children with Down Syndrome

Creating a common assessment tool that could be used by all professionals in a way that empowers parents and children.

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Go Compose

Working in partnership with Sound and Music to understand more regarding musical learning through composing

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Exploring home schooling experiences for children with SEND and their parents during the COVID-19 pandemic

This study aims to build on previous research about home schooling / home education more generally to explore and reco...

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Rate of reporting events on health care staff

Analysing previously reported incidents to examine how it can help to monitor and predict where staff safety may be at...

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The Meriam Ibrahim Litigation in Sudan

The Clinic provided legal advice to the Sudanese Human Rights Initiative (SHRI) in the petitions for Meriam Ibrahim, h...

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Using knowledge mobilisation theory to address maternal obesity in Birmingham

The number of pregnant women classed as obese continues to rise across the globe. Using a range of innovative techniqu...

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Voices Foundation Singing Schools Programme

Examining the impact the Singing School model has on the educational outcomes of children and young people

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Why are nurse retention rates dropping?

There are currently 36,000 nurse vacancies in the UK. With retention rates continuing to drop, this project examines h...

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Whole Class Ensemble Teaching Research Report

How successful is Whole Class Ensemble Teaching (WCET)?

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Exploration of the concept of clinical academic careers in general practice nursing

Health professionals involved in academia are essential, but understaffed. This project aims to unravel why such a vit...

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Teach Through Music

The evaluative report undertaken by Birmingham City University detailed a variety of perspectives on the Teach Through...

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Eczema Mindlines

The Eczema Mindlines project provides a range of videos, conferences, workshops and more to provide sufferers with the...

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Imagine Compose

Imagine Compose explored how groups of beginner instrumentalists up to Grade 3, can compose within a “Wider Opportunit...

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Through the Music Maze: Creative Composing for young children

This research will develop understandings of how to use repertoire as a stimulus that opens the composing horizons for...

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PrisDem: Enhancing dementia care and support in prison populations

Critically analysing the dementia care provision in the UK prison service.

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Birmingham Contemporary Music Group: Resolution project

Working with young people to create new music around the theme of auto-immune disease. 

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Understanding cultural beliefs and dementia

Increasing our understanding of the spiritual and cultural beliefs around dementia to develop a nursing curriculum tha...

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Supporting multiple birth families

 This study aims to provide  contemporary evidence to support the development of policy, HV education and service pro...

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Recognising dementia

This research  explored family carers’ and professional carers’ experiences of pre-clinical dementia in the people they...

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Investigating burnout in nursing home nurses

With a worldwide shortage of nurses and a large proportion of dementia sufferers based in nursing homes, this project e...

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Nursing support for South Asian carers of dementia patients

This qualitative study explores the experiences and perspectives of nurses who provide support to South Asian carers of...

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How do registered health and social care practitioners change their practice post Mental Capacity Act training?

Identifying training strategies and determining how registered health and social care practitioners change their pract...

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Exploring experiences of online peer support for newly qualified nurses

With newly-qualified nurses often succumbing to stress and questioning their choice of career, this research project ai...

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Innovate Dignity

Innovate Dignity is a trans-national network that aims to deliver a shared, world-leading research and training progra...

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The impact of social distancing and isolation on the elderly during COVID-19

Professor Joanne Brooke and Dr Maria Clark are researching the effects of social isolation on the elderly.

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