TIRIAwards.docxThe inaugural winners of the Jenkinson TIRI Research Scheme have been announced.

Professor Patrick McGhee, Chair of the Jenkinson Panel highlighted the exceptional level of interest in the Awards: ‘The response to the scheme has been phenomenal and surpassed all expectations.  We received 64 applications and were able to fund 17 excellent projects.’ The scheme supports our Teaching Intensive Research Informed ambitions via the University’s Research Strategy with a focus on promoting innovative research which ‘improves the quality of research activities which support teaching’.

The span of research activities funded reflects the diversity of research at the University. Projects range from work on the antimicrobial potency of chitosan-based fibres through to research on police responses to vulnerability and to analyses of the role of photography in combating hate crime.

The Awards are named after Jack Jenkinson who was the first Principal of Bolton Institute of Technology, which opened in 1964. He remained Principal until 1970. He was previously Principal of Bolton Technical College, from 1951-64 and prior to that the first Director of Bolton Training College, 1946-48.

Professor McGhee added: ‘I was impressed by the wide range of ways in which the successful research projects anticipate being able to inform our students’ learning experience, as well as boost our research reputation ahead of the next Research Excellence Framework.’

An evening of celebration and networking, including the presentation of awards, is taking place on 14 December at 6pm.  The guest of honour will be Seth Jenkinson, son of Jack. Further details on the event are available from Pat Foster in the Vice Chancellor’s office .




Researchers Title of Winning Project

Dr Gill Allen &
Dr Julie Prescott


Social Media as Informal support for people with mental illness: an Exploratory study – SMILE

Professor Jerome Carson,
Dr Sandie McHugh & Dr Bob Snape


The changing nature of happiness.
Dr Frankie Kerridge  

Phylogenetic position of Oryzias wolasi within the ricefishes (Family: Adrianichthyidae)


Peter Lewis & David Gledhill  

1936 Berlin Olympic Village Project


Dr Michelle Lowe &
Dr Gill Allen

Police Response to Vulnerability: An Exploratory study – PROVE


Dr Emily McIntosh &
Dr Duncan Cross

Early Intervention, Engagement & Transition / Transition Pedagogy


Dr Lynn Mackie  

Exploring online health information seeking behaviour during pregnancy / The use of ISA as an aid to the assessment and formulation of social anxiety


Dr  Ianis Matsoukas  

Direct Saliva Transcriptome Analysis: an economical and feasible teaching tool for biomedical education at University of Bolton


Professor Peter Myler,
Paul Clavell
& Mamadou Ndiaye
Enhancement of the current manufacturing and modelling facility for advanced composite sandwich structures.
Dr Julie Prescott  

Online forums to support online counselling


Dr Kristian Shaw  

C21 Literature Network


Dr Bob Snape  

Centre for Worktown Studies


Dr Terry Speake  

Challenging Hate Crime – a pilot project: Using collaborative photographic storytelling as advocacy to give voice to and empower victims of Hate Incidents and Hate Crimes



Dr Jonathan Thomas
& Professor Mohsen Miraftab


Antimicrobial potency of chitosan-based fibres
Dr Angela Tinwell  

Self Esteem and Perception of Self in Uncanny Robots


Dr Erping Zhou  

In-Process Assessment of Large Scale Rotary Seals Using Expert Systems









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