Grant winners - 25 June 2015

A round-up of recent recipients of research council cash

June 25, 2015
Grant winners

Leverhulme Trust

Research project grants

The exceptional early Jurassic fossils of Strawberry Bank, Somerset

New materials for ionic diodes and ionic photodiodes

The Oxford children’s corpus: lessons for learning to read

Economic and Social Research Council

ESRC-DFID Raising Learning Outcomes

Transforming the pedagogy of STEM subjects

Research grants

Words and pictures: understanding how people gather information conveyed jointly through text and image in comics

Turning livelihoods to rubbish? Assessing the impacts of formalisation and technologisation of waste management on the urban poor

Poverty alleviation in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda

Arts and Humanities Research Council

Research grants

Extending the potential for the digitally printed ceramic surface

Metaphor in the curriculum

Electrifying the country house: taking stories of innovation to new audiences

In detail

Award winner: Cathy Treadaway
Institution: Cardiff Metropolitan University
Value: £500,000

LAUGH: Ludic Artefacts Using Gesture and Haptics

This project between Cardiff Metropolitan University and researchers at the University of Technology, Sydney and Birmingham City University addresses the global challenge of ageing populations. It is being partnered by Gwalia Cyf, one of the largest providers of residential social care in Wales. Researchers aim to develop innovative devices to comfort, distract, engage and promote “in the moment” living for sufferers of late-stage dementia. Underpinning the project is research showing that happy people live longer and require less medication as they age. Researchers will also propose non-pharmacological approaches to improve dementia sufferers’ well-being and care. The team will investigate design solutions that incorporate embedded electronics and smart materials. “Our aim is to develop new devices that will bring ‘in the moment’ pleasure, fun and happiness to people with late-stage dementia,” said Cathy Treadaway, professor of creative practice at Cardiff Met. “We intend to harness the potential of new technologies and smart materials to personalise designs and so help to retain the selfhood of people with severe cognitive impairment.”

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