University Knowledge Exchange projects benefiting from recent Higher Education and Innovation Fund (HEIF) funding

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The University’s Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategy 2015-2020 positions Knowledge Exchange as a key priority, focussed on the exchange of knowledge and expertise with groups and individuals throughout society. This focus is reflected in three key areas of engagement: business and professionals, the public, and student enterprise. Current trends that align with areas of expertise across our faculties can be broadly categorised as follows:

  • Health, wellbeing and communities
  • Education, enterprise and skills development
  • Digital technologies

The University has recently received funding from Research England through the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF). A range of new Research and Knowledge Exchange projects has benefited from this funding – projects that reflect and underpin our institutional mission to make a difference for people and planet. Explore the section below to find out more about these exciting projects, the investigators and their external collaborators.

To find out about all our research projects and centres, explore our main research themes.

2017-18 Knowledge Exchange projects

Broadly Engaging with Tranquillity Easy and Refined (BETER)

Principal Investigator: Prof. Denise Hewlett, Professor of Knowledge Exchange

BETER is a software product, developed in collaboration with Keene State College (US), and with staff at Dorset and Kent Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and teams from Dorset and Kent County Councils. The purpose of the software is to provide a spatial planning tool for planners and managers of protected landscapes, producing maps in up to 15 minutes. BETER is currently being provided free of charge to interested Local Authorities. The project will lead to time and cost savings in statutory planning duties whilst endorsing the protection and maintenance of tranquil areas. Find out more about the BETER project.

Key achievements

• The software design has been completed and is undergoing further 'in situ' testing with the County Councils named above
• The software has provided data which has already informed Dorset CC’s environmental protection strategies
• In Kent, the software is being used to aid the implementation of the Darent Valley Heritage Lottery Funding project
• The project has been promoted to practitioners and academics at the National Association of AONBs and to the Royal Geographic Society

The CEDI Clinic Programme

Principal Investigator: Dr John Richardson, Senior Lecturer in Innovation Management

The Centre for Enterprise, Design and innovation, Co-Directed by Dr Richardson, aims to foster collaboration between local businesses and University of Winchester students by developing business diagnostic toolkits. These would be available for trained University students to use in partnership with local businesses. The project aims were to increase the employability of UoW students by providing them with real-world experience of research and analysis. The project also aimed to help local businesses identify areas for improvement/skills gaps to overcome barriers to growth and sustainability. A further objective of the project was to increase the opportunities for engagement between the UoW and businesses in the areas of consultancy, advisory services as well as teaching and learning prospects.

Key achievements

• Development of six new business diagnostic toolkits
• The addition of new assets to add capability to the CEDI Clinic (including Virtual Reality headsets, Augmented Reality headsets, large scale 3D printer and advanced display touch screen monitor)
• The creation of a dedicated KE space at the University (The Digital Innovation Lab) for student/business engagement with meeting facilities, a creative digital workspace and demonstration/presentation facilities
• The establishment of connections with student cohorts, University staff, local businesses, councils and public bodies

Dr Richardson was awarded follow-up University HEIF funding for 2018-19. This was used to expand the technical capabilities to cover a greater range of project types and business needs. In particular:

  • the addition of an advanced Resin-based 3D printing system, designed for very fine work such as models, jewellery, medical products and high-tech engineering components
  • 'green screen’ capability, for image capture/processing and for use in Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality film capture
  • prototype ‘Haptic Gloves’, to enable enhanced hand control gesture control in highly detailed applications (in development)

Winchester HydroNet

Principal Investigator: Prof. Keith Wilkinson, Professor of Geoarchaeology

The institution’s focus on sustainability and the environment aligns with the NERC’s focus on building resilience to environmental hazards, particularly in flood prevention techniques. Winchester HydroNet will establish eight groundwater monitoring stations on the River Itchen floodplain to the north and south of Winchester. Data collected will be used by Winchester City Council for planning purposes, by the Environment agency for flood prevention and management, by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust (HIWWT) and by the University of Winchester for knowledge exchange, teaching and research. Once installed the net will provide an exemplar for flood prediction and planning and heritage management.

Key achievements

• Monitoring hardware has been purchased
• Agreement has been reached with WCC and HIWWT for placement of three of the monitoring stations
• Stratigraphic data has been collated into a single database. This is being used by WCC as part of the Historic Environment Record to inform planning decisions
• Ongoing consultations on the siting of the remaining monitoring stations

A Digital Infrastructure for Hampshire Health

Principal Investigator: Prof. Simon Jobson, Professor of Health and Wellbeing

This project builds on an existing partnership between the University of Winchester and Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT), known as the Hampshire Collaboration for Health Research and Education (HCHRE). The main aim of this project was to incorporate a digital strand to the partnership’s infrastructure to enhance health provision across Hampshire Hospitals alongside further research and education opportunities.

Key achievements

• Design of HCHRE website
• Digital media scoping workshops
• Installation of a patient-facing electronic health record

Mapping Memory in the East End/Sensing Place

Co-Investigators: Dr Niall Finneran, Reader in Archaeology, and Dr Christina Welch, Senior Fellow of Knowledge Exchange

This project aims to develop a digital heritage app which can be used in a variety of educational and non‐educational settings by people of a variety of age ranges and cultural backgrounds. The emphasis of the project was upon community engagement, seeking to facilitate positive implications for developing digital literacy and enhanced skillsets for employability. The project was set up in partnership with local schools and sixth form colleges, a local church and the local history and community learning centre.

Key achievements

• Gathered data and basis for the digital app
• Developed a website to work alongside the app (visit the Sensing Place website)
• Worked with schools and heritage institutions to embed community heritage in the locale
• Developed plans for a Community Heritage Consultancy

2018-19 Knowledge Exchange projects

HELP (Health Enhancing Lifestyle Programme) Hampshire Stroke Clinic

Principal Investigator: Dr James Faulkner, Reader in Sport & Exercise Physiology

HELP is a community-based exercise and education programme for patients who have suffered from strokes or Transient Ischaemic Attacks (TIAs), from the Hampshire area. Currently, only wealthy patients are able to attend private neurophysiotherapy sessions after being discharged. This initiative therefore aims to offer such opportunities to those individuals who cannot afford these treatments, to help with the debilitating physical/cognitive/social post-stroke effects. Find out more about HELP Hampshire

Artificial Intelligence and Algorithms within Criminal Justice

Principal Investigator: Marion Oswald, Senior Fellow of Knowledge Exchange and Director, Centre for Information Rights

Now completed, this project aimed to build upon existent and ongoing research/KE into the potential impact of introducing machine learning algorithmic support tools into criminal justice decision-making.

Key achievements

A network of researchers/practitioners/policy-makers has been built nationally and internationally, who have exchanged evidence and ideas in a workshop environment to deepen understanding of how to achieve trusted innovation within criminal justice.

A report of the project has been produced; download the project report.

Head Coach: inspiring movement for positive mental health in primary schools

Principal Investigator: Dr Vicky Randall, Senior Lecturer in Education (Teacher Development)

Head Coach aims to bring together multidisciplinary experts across education/health/sport/business to improve children’s mental health and wellbeing through movement. It will equip children with sustainable skills and coping strategies to deal with growth into adulthood. Teachers will be enabled to encourage mentally healthy movement throughout the school day. The project is focussed on school cultural change, through working with stakeholders to ensure training and resources provided to schools is sustainable. The funding will support the project’s start-up, with later plans to obtain charitable status and grow into a sustainable model, offering professional development and cultural change consultancy.

Stanmore Walking Football Club

Principal Investigator: Alastair Loadman, Senior Lecturer in Education

The project strives to create a walking football club for older residents of the Stanmore Estate in Winchester, to be hosted at the University's King Alfred’s Quarter. It is envisaged that this will bring social, psychological and physiological health benefits.

Student Enterprise Programme

Principal Investigator: Lindsey Birtwhistle, Inspiring Enterprise Project Officer

Funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund (ESF), the University is one of the partners in Inspiring Enterprise within which the project Building Better Opportunities programme sits. The team works with unemployed and economically inactive graduates to help those interested in creating and running their own social or commercial enterprise.

The funding will be used to continue the student enterprise programme, started in April 2017. The initiative is currently funded by Building Better Opportunities, until December 2019. The project aims to support and guide students and unemployed graduates who want to start a business or work freelance. There will be a range of skill/knowledge development workshops for participants, as well as 6 hours of mentoring from an entrepreneur.

To date, we have recruited 100 participants, held 80 workshops and created 52 mentor/mentee relationships. We have so far seen 20 of our participants (20%) start their own business or create a community interest company, with many others planning to do so once they have graduated.