Southampton Solent University’s four research hubs work on a wide range of research projects and academic collaborations. This research is used to inform teaching, enhance the student experience and improve academic understanding around the world.
Sport, health and wellbeing research
The sport, health and wellbeing research and innovation hub specialises in producing actionable research within areas including football, sport sciences, fitness, exercise, psychology and social care.
Confident Carers is one of the current projects undertaken by researchers in the hub. It is funded by the Innovation and Wealth Creation Accelerator Fund. This is a scoping project in collaboration with Southampton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (UHSFT) which works to develop a local training hub providing information and peer-support interventions to carers which is accessible and taking into account their responsibilities and needs.
The Confident Carers project gathered information for quantitative analysis through structured interviews on site at the UHSFT focusing on the Acute Medical Unit and Medicine for Older People. The interviews sought to ascertain the level of support carers felt were needed and which topics would be most beneficial in a carers’ educational programme.
The project also held semi-structured interviews with health professionals to garner ideas and suggestions in response to carers identified needs. The study’s partners intend to develop mechanisms to support the growth of confidence in carers and thereby promote the health and wellbeing of both carers and those being cared for as a long-term community impact.
Maritime, technology and environment research
The maritime, technology and environment research and innovation hub specialises in producing actionable research within the areas of shipping, boat building, environmental sciences, international maritime trade, electronic engineering, architecture, and architectural technology.
The MAXCMAS project
Researchers involved in the hub will be undertaking a joint two year project with partners from Rolls Royce, Atlas UK, Lloyd’s Register and Queens University, Belfast. The MAXCMAS project will develop collision avoidance algorithms for autonomous seagoing vessels, and will involve Solent researchers in the design of innovative simulation tests.
The GEM project
This research project, led by Southampton Solent in collaboration with the University of Greenwich and the China Maritime Centre, aims to examine seafarers’ welfare. It focuses on gender issues that arise from multi-cultural crews and isolation, and looks to develop appropriate tools that can help support women within the maritime industry.
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Business and society research
The business and society research and innovation hub specialises in providing actionable research within the areas of management, law and order, cyber crime, drug use, marketing and trade.
Perceptions of gang culture
A research investigation into children’s and young people’s perceptions and experiences of peer group or ‘gang’ activities in the City of Southampton, commissioned by Hampshire Police and Southampton City Council (2014)
Creative and digital industries research
The creative and digital industries research and innovation hub specialises in providing actionable research within the areas of fine art, fashion, illustration, photography, media production, broadcasting and beauty.
Read on to find out more about recent research projects that the hub has been involved with:
The Trans National Creative Exchange
The Trans National Creative Exchange (TNCE) is funded by Creative Europe Cooperation project and led by members of the creative and digital industries research and innovation hub. It brings together international partners including Solent Showcase Gallery, Cork Institute of Technology, Wandesford Quay Gallery, The Hague University of Applied Science, Rencontre Audiovisuelles and the China Academy of Art/Shanghai Institute of Design/Sino British Design Centre.
The exchange provides an international platform for emerging creative talent from Europe and China - encouraging partnerships, experimentation and growth. It fosters both professional practitioners and students in the development and internationalisation of their careers.
The TNCE project is working to produce 6 interdisciplinary outputs, including touring exhibits, conferences on internationalisation of careers and creating a virtual exhibit product.
The TNCE places strong emphasis on innovation in digital products to both share the work of members and reach new audiences. Over the course of the project these innovative ideas will be tested and evaluative research will be undertaken to monitor success and identify policy development.
Arts and Humanities Research Council: Research in Film Awards
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Research in Film Awards are designed to showcase, reward and recognise the best of the large and increasing number of high-quality short films produced as outputs or by-products of arts and humanities research. Senior lecturer Julian Konczak's film 'A Polish Journey' has been shortlisted for an 'Innovation in Film' Award.
The awards recognise the creative and innovative work being undertaken at the interface between research and film by world-leading researchers and practitioners and filmmakers in the UK arts and humanities research community.
Watch 'A Polish Journey' here
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