Research with Impact

The School of Psychology at Bangor has a long and successful record of promoting research with impact on the world beyond the University. Particularly strong lines of research have had significant positive effects on individual health behaviour, on educational and business practice, and on clinical and social care. In 2008 the School enhanced its Third Mission endeavour with the development of a Knowledge Exchange Strategy and the creation of senior management posts for research active academics.

The key aims of our strategy are to:

  • Encourage the commercialisation of our research and related activities (e.g. training, consultancy, development or branding/copyrighting of ‘products’).
  • Form innovative partnerships with industry and business including the voluntary/charitable sector.
  • Provide evidence-based reports to inform government policies, particularly re health and educational policies.
  • Engage the public with our research through effective dissemination.
  • Reach a wider audience through public activities, creative use of the media and our Knowledge Transfer Days (inaugural event October 2008).

This investment in an ethos of more applied research sitting together synergistically with more basic experimental, behavioural and cognitive research can be seen to have succeeded in some of the examples below.

Eat Well!

Early behavioural research conducted by Prof Fergus Lowe and Prof Pauline Horne in the 1980’s led to the development of the Food Dudes Programme in the 1990s, a programme of work that uses peer-modelling techniques and a system of rewards and reinforcement to significantly increase children’s intake of fruit and vegetables.

Behave Well!

Continuing the theme of applying behavioural principles to interventions aimed at enhancing health and behavioural outcomes of children and parents

The School supports the work of award-winning work of Prof Judy Hutchings, OBE and the Centre for Evidence-Based Early Intervention, which since 1999 has adopted Caroline Webster-Stratton’s Incredible Years parenting programme to deliver evidence-based interventions for children with conduct disorders and their families in Wales. In addition, the Centre maintains an active programme of training events for parents, teachers, classroom assistants etc.

Learn Well!

Part of a persons wellbeing can be said to come from the sense that they have achieved to the best of their potential. To that end, Bangor is proud to host the Miles Dyslexia Centre, the first unit of its kind to be established combining research into dyslexia with clinical work, based on groundwork by the acclaimed Professor Tim Miles OBE.

Over recent years, Bangor University has been working with schools in Gwynedd to help improve children’s reading skills through an innovative computer-based reading programme called ‘Headsprout’.The programmes are based on research findings and include those elements identified as important for successfully learning to read. They provide individualised teaching that can be delivered with minimal training.

Live Well!

Bangor’s Centre for Mindfulness-based Research & Practice was the first UK professional training centre for mindfulness. The CMRP is committed to the promotion of wellbeing through the application of mindfulness-based approaches. This is achieved by training professionals in the application of mindfulness based approaches and researching applications of mindfulness. The Centre also offer classes in mindfulness based stress reductions (MBSR) and mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) to specific populations and the general public both locally and further afield.

What about 3D TV and potential impacts on health here?
Dr Simon Watt, Senior Lecturer and Vision Scientist in the School, recently presented findings on the effects of viewing 3-D movies, television, and other displays at IBC, a broadcast industry meeting in Amsterdam attended by 50,000 delegates and 1300 companies. He discussed perhaps controversial but timely evidence about the potential ‘perceptual’ problems that can arise from viewing 3-D media.

Age Well!

Given the ageing population in the UK and elsewhere, and the associated increase in the incidence of dementia, it is vitally important to develop effective psychological interventions that can help to to maintain optimal well-being and functioning for those who are affected. To this end, Bangor Psychology has achieved international recognition for its research on dementia rehabilitation and care.