Research highlights

Research is meant to challenge the way we think, find better ways to succeed and inspire real change; our Research Highlights are a collection projects that have done just that.

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality interaction and quality of experience for industry and healthcare

Academics from the School of Computing and Digital Technology have been researching new tools, methods, and approaches for providing improved Augmented and Virtual reality (AR/VR) applications. These tools and processes have been used across a variety of industries to improve product knowledge, user experience, virtual environment interaction and procedure training.

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Making entrepreneurs: Shaping educational policy and practice internationally

BCU’s research on how to improve entrepreneurship education (EE) has shaped policy in institutions around the world. T...

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Digitising the construction industry: reducing costs and improving efficiency

Research conducted by academics at BCU has helped overcome workflow challenges in the construction industry by digitis...

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Supporting the health and wellbeing of people with Cystic Fibrosis

Researchers at BCU developed several tools to help people with Cystic Fibrosis ( PwCF ) maintain healthy eating habi...

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Improving healthcare outcomes for multiple birth families

Research from the Elizabeth Bryan Multiple Births Centre has contributed to national guidance, improving outcomes ...

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Developing better reading strategies

Ongoing research at BCU exploring the relationship between the rhythm of spoken language and better reading outcomes ha...

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Breaking down barriers in professional music production

Research by Dr Ryan Stables and Dr Jason Hockman has led to the development of intelligent audio software which makes ...

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Revealing the potential of bioenergy and biodiversity in the remote forests of Indonesia

A global research team led by Birmingham City University (BCU) are using cutting edge technology to survey the remote i...

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Converting organic waste into sustainable bioenergy and products

The Bioresource and Bioeconomy Research Group at BCU is supporting the development of sustainable, circular bioeconomi...

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Strengthening Zambia’s healthcare services through critical care nursing

The seven-year collaboration with the Ministry of Health in Zambia has supported the national development of critical ...

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Transforming Further Education

Working alongside key stakeholders across Further Education (FE), BCU’s research has not only improved teaching policy ...

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Exploring and researching the art of songwriting

Dr Simon Barber has helped shine a light on the craft and methodology behind songwriting, while also establishing it a...

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Exploring and researching the art of songwriting

Dr Simon Barber has helped shine a light on the craft and methodology behind songwriting, while also establishing it a...

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Mindfulness interventions

Researchers at BCU have developed novel interventions to help overweight people make the necessary lifestyle changes n...

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Developing a digital literacy and verification network in the Global South

Research from Dr Dima Saber and Dr Jerome Turner has informed projects which have equipped over 7,000 activists with t...

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Enhancing media understanding of homicide

Criminology experts have conducted extensive research into the social, cultural and political factors behind homicide,...

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Developing safer emergency transportation for newborn babies

Designing a new ambulance trolley that significantly reduces the risk of injury to newborn babies during high-speed eme...

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Improving menstrual health and endometriosis care in the UK

Health researchers at Birmingham City University are helping address prevalent concerns in menstrual health, from info...

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Improving the health and wellbeing of incarcerated drug users

Championing the use of harm reduction strategies and influenced prison policy, thus reducing the spread of drug-relate...

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Removing barriers to musical participation in schools: a social justice issue

The Birmingham Music Education Group (BMERG) have conducted a series of influential studies, increasing access to music...

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Reducing the impact of flooding on residential properties in the UK

Research from the Water, Environment and Communities Group has been instrumental in the development of policies respons...

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Creating a new national park for the West Midlands

Landscape architecture academics at Birmingham City University have partnered with a number of organisations, includin...

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Remembering the iconic Longbridge motor factory

Stuart Whipps’ art project The Kipper and the Corpse has seen him highlight the iconic Longbridge car factory, formerl...

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Bringing the Staffordshire Hoard to life

Alongside local partners and museum trusts, BCU researchers have analysed the remnants of the Staffordshire Hoard to as...

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Revealing the impact of Muslim soldiers in World War One

Dr Islam Issa, a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Birmingham City University, has increased knowledge and unde...

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Improving policy and practice regarding anti-Muslim hatred

Professor Imran Awan’s extensive research into anti-Muslim hatred has seen him provide expert advice to members of Par...

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Testing and optimising green technologies from early-stage to market

Lynsey Melville’s work with industry leader Doosan Enpure has been vital in perfecting environmentally efficient and pr...

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