Grant winners – 10 March 2016

A round-up of recent recipients of research council cash

March 10, 2016
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Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Research grants

Waves in shallow water: a new approach based on high-frequency remote sensing and wave-by-wave analysis


Catalyst diversity from chiral palladacycles


Microporous metal oxides for the oxidation of alkanes to primary alcohols


Royal Academy of Engineering/Lloyd’s Register Foundation

Research Fellowships

Holographic light shaping for reverse engineering neural circuit learning


Sensing and actuation of nano-scale mechanics in biological systems


Laboratory-based X-ray dark-field microscopy and microtomography


Economic and Social Research Council

Research grants

Mental health, migration and the Chinese mega-city


Using big data to understand the big picture: overcoming heterogeneity in speech for forensic applications


Which fathers are involved in looking after their children? Identifying the conditions associated with paternal involvement


In detail

Award winner: Mick Cooper
Institution: University of Roehampton
Value: £835,000

Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness trial of humanistic counselling in schools: individual randomised controlled trial (ETHOS project)

This project will assess the benefits of professional school-based counsellors in supporting young people with emotional problems. The study also aims to establish a dedicated counselling service in just under 20 secondary schools in England. Mick Cooper, a chartered counselling psychologist and professor of counselling psychology at the University of Roehampton, said that young people in the UK “deserve the very best care for their mental health, and this study will help us understand what that is”. “There are a number of possible ways that we might support young people to tackle mental health problems,” he added. “This study will help us understand the contribution that school-based counselling can make, its cost-effectiveness, and the ways in which we might be able to improve it.” The project will see free counselling services established in schools, staffed by qualified counsellors experienced in dealing with issues faced by young people. Pupils experiencing emotional distress and who want to participate will be split into groups, half of which will receive 10 weeks of counselling, with the rest receiving the school’s existing support provision. Outcomes in educational performance will also be assessed to determine whether or not counselling helps improve work standards.

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