News Round Up

Swansea University awarded Queen’s Anniversary Prize for world-leading databank

Swansea University has been awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize in recognition of contribution to Population Data Science made by the expert team at its world-renowned SAIL Databank. Sitting within the University’s Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Science, SAIL - Secure Anonymised Information Linkage Databank - brings together, links and analyses data from multiple sources to deliver population-level insights for government and policy makers. 

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World’s largest study on facial scarring and mental health

Researchers at Swansea University have completed the world’s largest study of the link between facial scarring and anxiety and depression.

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Groundbreaking study reveals the dating psychology of incels

A new study published in The Journal of Sex Research has revealed the complex world of involuntary celibacy, providing important insights into the challenges faced by a growing community of men known as incels.

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Three Swansea University academics receive Learned Society of Wales Medals

Three academics from Swansea University have received one of this year’s annual medals from the Learned Society of Wales. The medals are awarded each year to celebrate outstanding research coming from Wales.

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Dr Alex Langlands

New award to boost heritage project

Swansea University is one of five Higher Education Institutions across the UK to be awarded a Community Innovation Practitioner (CIP) Pilot by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Creative Communities programme, for a project that will explore ways to regenerate heritage sites in the region that will benefit communities now and in the future.

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Research Highlights

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Using algae to clean up industry emissions

Industrial waste gases are contributing to climate change and the evolving climate crisis. To mitigate this and help clean up these waste fumes from local industry Dr Emily Preedy, along with her follow researchers at the Reducing Industrial Carbon Emissions (RICE) project, is using waste carbon dioxide to help grow microalgae and produce useful high-value products.

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Understanding global sustainability and the role of consumers

Collaborating with leading academics and experts nationally and internationally, Dr Anita Zhao is seeking to understand the role of consumers and the impact of their consumption decisions on sustainability, and whether they can play a more influential role towards sustainability within the international agenda of climate change.

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Tackling contract cheating, ghostwriters and Essay Mills in Higher Education

Increasing numbers of the 200+ million students in global Higher Education (HE) are paying others to complete assignments for them. Professor Phil Newton, Professor Michael Draper and their team carried out large surveys, research and analysis of students’ and academic staffs’ views on contract cheating and the legality of essay mills.

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Swansea Focus

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Glimmers of hope on the horizon to protect research and innovation in Wales

There are glimmers of hope but the threat to research and innovation in Wales due to the loss of EU funding remains serious, writes Swansea University Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Boyle.

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Podcast: Can intervention prevent suicide in young people?

In this episode of Exploring Global Problems Season 3Professor Ann John explores suicide and self-harm prevention and how anonymised data can help to design interventions and develop policies to help inform and train professionals in contact with those who are at risk of suicide.

Warning: This podcast episode contains discussions about suicide, which may be distressing to some individuals.

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Forests are vital for the climate yet the world is falling behind its targets

The world is falling behind on commitments to protect and restore forests, according to the recent Forest Declaration Assessment but new research by Professor Mary Gagen and her team at WWF UK identifies what needs to be done to stop failing forests.

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Spotlight on

Dr Joe Whittaker

Early Career Researcher

Dr Joe Whittaker is a Lecturer in Cyber Threats at the School of Social Sciences. He has researched how social media platforms’ recommendation systems promote and amplify extreme far-right content, as well as publishing on topics such as counter-narratives and extremist video games.

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Alisha Gibbons

Postgraduate Researcher

Alisha Gibbons is studying a PhD in Business Management at the School of Management. Her research focuses on the sustainability of operational excellence programmes, in particular the enablers of operational excellence programmes that enables sustained excellence through the integration of socio-technical systems.

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Research Institute

SAIL Databank is a safe haven for billions of person-based records, which enables researchers to answer important questions for the benefit of society. Researchers can access a broad range of routinely collected data spanning up to 30 years from an entire population.

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Research Collaborations

Senior representatives from the Global Centre of Rail Excellence and Swansea University at the site which is currently under construction in Onllwyn.

University signs up for new research partnership with the Global Centre of Rail

Swansea University and the Global Centre of Rail Excellence have agreed a major new research collaboration based at the centre’s home currently being constructed in South Wales. The Global Centre of Rail Excellence will be a site for world-class rail research, testing and showcasing of rolling stock, infrastructure and cutting-edge new technologies.

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UK Higher Education Mission to China 2023

Swansea University helps strengthen UK-China academic relations

Swansea University is one of only a small number of universities invited to join the UK Higher Education Mission to China 2023 to strengthen academic relations between both countries.

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Welsh Universities untie to welcome Malaysian delegation and build partnerships

Malaysian university leaders have been given a unique insight into what Welsh higher education has to offer during a six-day visit to Wales.

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ALPHA collaboration at CERN Confirms Antimatter Falls in the Same Way as Matter

Swansea University physicists, as leading members of the ALPHA (Antihydrogen Laser Physics Apparatus) collaboration at CERN, have demonstrated that atoms of antihydrogen fall to Earth in the same way as their matter equivalents for the first time.

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