Accelerating Impact in the Social Sciences
Together with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the University is working to support influential social sciences research through our Impact Accelerator Account, an award which secures more than £600,000 in funding for world-leading projects.
Nottingham is unique in that we have social sciences experts working across a broad range of faculties, schools and departments, from economics to psychology, and health to veterinary sciences.
As well as making more than 40 research projects possible (just a selection of which are listed below), our ESRC Impact Accelerator Account has led to the development of the University's award-winning Impact Leaders Programme, which enables academic experts to partner with organisations around the world.
Making research on life imprisonment accessible for policymakers
Lead researcher: Professor Dirk Van Zyl Smit, School of Law
This ESRC-funded project will help communicate the findings of the first comprehensive research ever conducted into life imprisonment worldwide. It will cover more than 200 jurisdictions and enable countries to judge whether the way in which they use this severe punishment meets fundamental human rights standards.
Encouraging more women to take leadership roles in schools
Lead researcher: Dr Kay Fuller, School of Education
Nationally, just 38% of English state secondary schools are led by women, compared to a teaching workforce where women dominate at 62%. Kay aims to increase the proportion of women aspiring to and achieving leadership roles. She leads the Women secondary headteachers: pass it on project, which brings together increasing numbers of women from Nottingham city and Nottinghamshire county schools to share research findings and further develop relationships.
Analysing UK banks' behaviour since the financial crisis
Lead researcher: Professor Paul Mizen, School of Economics
A former Governor of the Bank of England noted that the age of innocence (when banks borrowed at small premiums over policy rates) ended with the financial crisis. In this project, Paul will explore the implications of this 'loss of innocence' for the six largest UK banks, considering whether they offered fewer loans as a result of higher and more variable funding costs, or whether some types of borrowers were disproportionately affected.
Ensuring the resilience of UK ports
Lead researcher: Dr Duncan Shaw, Nottingham University Business School
As an island, the UK is dependent on its maritime infrastructure and most of the tonnage carried is handled by only ten ports. Together with Dr Andrew Grainger, the Department for Transport and other relevant stakeholders, Duncan will work to help ports recover from major disruptions by creating a data sharing platform called MARVIN which will play a key part in port resilience planning.
Addressing the end of life care needs of LGBT people
Lead researcher: Dr Kathryn Almack, School of Health Sciences
Kathryn worked with the National Council of Palliative Care to produce new training materials for health and social care professionals and carers. Being Accepted Being Me focuses on listening, understanding and responding to the unique end of life care needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people, in order to ensure they are treated fairly and with respect.
Helping patients outside the clinic through digital communication
Lead researcher: Professor Louise Mullany, School of English
Non-adherence to medical treatment is a pervasive global problem, particularly when long-term treatment takes place outside of clinics or hospitals. Louise's interdisciplinary research on amblyopia (lazy-eye) has identified a lack of adherence due to miscommunication, misunderstanding and misinformation. Louise and Dr Musurat Awan, Managing Director of Clearview Medical UK, are designing an app which will help sufferers of chronic conditions, such as asthma and diabetes, follow treatment plans effectively. By integrating cutting-edge linguistics assessment with innovative gamification techniques, it will also aid more efficient recovery from curable conditions.