Northampton, United Kingdom
Northampton, United Kingdom

The University of Northampton is a university in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England. It was formed in 1999 by the amalgamation of a number of training colleges and gained full university status as The University of Northampton in 2005.It is associated with the Million+ grouping of universities. Wikipedia.


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University of Leicester and University of Northampton | Date: 2015-04-14

The invention provides a process for tanning a substrate using at least one ionic liquid. The at least one ionic liquid can be used in at least one of the following tanning steps: tanning, re-tanning, preservation, liming, pickling, impregnation, lubrication, dyeing, fatliquoring or finishing.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: MG-6.3-2015 | Award Amount: 16.22M | Year: 2016

Supply chain visibility supported by easy access to, and exchange and use of relevant and abundant logistics-related information is an important prerequisite for the deployment of pan-European logistics solutions that are needed to increase efficiency and productivity, and to reduce environmental impact. Although there is a proliferative development of logistics-related data stores, information channels, information management systems and data mining facilities, with both international and intermodal focus, this multitude of solutions exhibits a high degree of fragmentation, due to differences in user requirements, data models, system specification and business models. This legacy situation severely hampers the optimal use of logistics-related information. To overcome this fragmentation and lack of connectivity of ICT-based information systems for logistics decision making, AEOLIX will establish a cloud-based collaborative logistics ecosystem for configuring and managing (logistics-related) information pipelines. This digital business ecosystem will create visibility across the supply chain, enabling more sustainable and efficient transport of goods cross Europe. An essential element of the approach is to ensure that for logistics actors connecting to and using the ecosystem in undemanding and has a low level of complexity. We envision the ecosystem enabling the integration of supply-chain-related transport business processes through logistics software solutions for cloud-based connectivity and interaction, in order to support more efficient collaboration in the logistics supply chain than exists today. By enabling low-complexity and low cost connectivity of local ICT platforms and systems and thereby scalable, trusted and secure exchange of information, AEOLIX will improve the overall competitiveness of goods transport in the supply chain, while simultaneously targeting sustainability from environmental, economic and social perspectives.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: SSH.2013.2.1-2 | Award Amount: 3.17M | Year: 2013

The project has four main objectives: To provide advices to stakeholders on how to foster Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation; to draft an Evolutionary Theory of Social Entrepreneurship to explain the different evolutionary paths of Social Entrepreneurship in Europe and how Social Entrepreneurship and institutions co-evolved during time; to identify the features of an enabling eco-system for Social Entrepreneurship; to identify the New Generation of Social Entrepreneurs, its features, needs and constraints as well as their contribution to Social Innovation. In pursuing these four main objectives other objectives will be reached: increasing the understating of their functioning of Social Enterprises, increase the visibility of the local, domestic and international role of Social Entrepreneurship, understand which are the main problems in accessing resources for Social Entrepreneurs, understand the degree of inappropriateness of the legal environments in relation with the daily operation of the Social Enterprise


Ollerton J.,University of Northampton | Erenler H.,University of Northampton | Edwards M.,Lea Side | Crockett R.,University of Northampton
Science | Year: 2014

Pollinators are fundamental to maintaining both biodiversity and agricultural productivity, but habitat destruction, loss of flower resources , and increased use of pesticides are causing declines in their a bundance and diversity. Using historical records, we assessed the rate of extinction of bee and flower-visiting wasp species in Britain from the mid-19th century to the present. The most rapidphase of extinction appears to berelated to changes in agricultural policy and practice beginning in the 1920s, before the agricultural intensification prompted by the Second World War, often cited as the most important driver of biodiversity loss in Britain. Slowing of the extincti on rate from the 1960s onward may be due to prior loss of the most sensitive species and/or effective conservati on programs.


Patent
University of Northampton | Date: 2013-10-08

A vapour of a blend comprising the oil of orange and the oil of bergamot, a process for its preparation and its use as an antimicrobial. The vapour has been found to be particularly useful on food contaminated with microorganisms without affecting the sensory properties of the food.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-ITN | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2011-ITN | Award Amount: 3.35M | Year: 2011

All over the world, stable concepts of home and belonging have, for a variety of reasons, become the exception rather than the rule. This has led to dramatic cultural, social and political changes and challenges. The study of diaspora and migration has therefore evolved into a burgeoning field of research with an urgent practical relevance. In a wide and sometimes confusing array of approaches it is mainly covered by the humanities and the social sciences. The CoHaB Network unites world-leading institutions in this field in the conviction that interdisciplinary training as well as international and inter-sectoral co-operation are key to any productive study of diasporas. CoHaB gains scope and momentum by its Network of Networks rationale, binding together already existing cooperations. It is based on the resolve to strengthen interdisciplinary research in the field with a view to establishing diaspora studies as a transdisciplinary research area in its own right. Training young researchers on the basis of this conviction means to provide them with the opportunity to conduct their work in a variety of disciplinary environments as well as outside a purely academic context. Specifically, CoHaB aims at stimulating and facilitating cooperation by negotiating core concepts between the various disciplines involved among the partner institutions. Each of these disciplines has developed its own, highly sophisticated understanding of diaspora studies, and it is high time that these diverse understandings entered into a sustained dialogue. For this purpose, early stage researchers from various disciplinary backgrounds, but with similar interests in the field of diaspora studies, will join forces to develop their projects on a shared platform. This will assist them in opening their projects to a strong, interdisciplinary research environment and in producing tangible results for their own research careers, for the scientific community, and for the general public at large.


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: AHRC | Program: | Phase: Research Grant | Award Amount: 22.59K | Year: 2013

Is television culture being digitally transformed? The huge range of websites dedicated to particular TV shows, the variety of television available on video-sharing sites like YouTube, and availability of recent programming on view on demand (VoD) platforms suggest that the answer is yes. Advances in production, recording, and communication technologies have undeniably changed the way TV is produced, distributed, watched and discussed and a recent report suggests that we are watching more TV now than five years ago (Foster and Broughton, 2011). BBC data shows that iPlayer received 141 million requests for TV and radio programmes in April 2011 (BBC report, 2011); Foster and Broughtons analysis posits that around 5% of UK fixed broadband and mobile network income (approximately £1 billion) can be attributed to video downloads and streaming; and all major content providers have their own VoD services and make content for mobile and other media. While a drama is off the air, minisodes released through the official website keep an audience engaged. Fan forums exchange the latest news about developing storylines or cast and crew changes. Ancillary materials (DVD extras or dedicated TV documentaries like Doctor Who Confidential) discuss special effects or action for HD, or how CGI is used to create the latest spectacular creature or place. Much of this activity is a continuation from old media to new media. Cult TV scholars have experience in studying what place special effects have in television, how audiences consume their favourite show, or how TV is officially and unofficially discussed, debated and archived. The Cult TV: TV Cultures Network will bring together scholars with this experience, along with people who create and produce television, those who train the creative industries workforce, the museums and organisations charged with preserving television as part of our culture, and fan-scholars who, more unofficially, also debate, collect and archive TV cultureto discuss developments in digital-era television. Representatives from these various groups will identify key areas for debate and development, discussing who authors or owns television content and characters now they are spread across multiple media, or analysing ways that TV culture enriches social identity. The emphasis is on pooling knowledge and approaches in order to develop new ways of cooperating to tackle problems (e.g. fulfilling the demands of new TV industry for a range of skills in its workers) or developing future strategies (e.g. for archiving TV as cultural memory). Planned activities such as workshops and symposia will encourage debate among different stakeholder groups, and some will be designed to engage the public, keeping the debates accessible. A directory of academic expertise aims to stimulate ongoing collaboration between academic researchers and anyone with an interest in producing, preserving or consuming television. An advisory paper will identify significant areas for development, and aims to shape the direction of future strategies for digital-era television. The input of non-academic participants will help ground the discussion and the network will benefit equally from academic expertise and from the mainstream address of TV fan-scholars and bloggers and other non-academic members, enabling publications arising from the networks activities to present complex ideas in language readily accessible to a general audience. The network has high potential to contribute to ongoing and vital debates about public policy on digital TV and its future development. Industry, the skills training sector, museums and archives, and the third sector will benefit from academic expertise that can enhance their own activities and planning around digital transformations. In more general terms, the project aims to draw attention to the significant place of television in society and in generational and cultural memory.


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: ESRC | Program: | Phase: Research Grant | Award Amount: 242.76K | Year: 2013

India’s economic growth has been matched by rapid urban development in recent years; the urban landscape is being significantly remodelled in line with the principles of New Urbanism – the creation of ‘walkable,’ diverse, sustainable spaces.   New large scale developments are emerging to meet the demand for housing in the Indian context.

 This is a unique opportunity to gather empirical evidence of the experiences, issues and needs of residents living and moving through new urban environments.  Current research into the lives of families in large scale, inclusive, sustainable communities is lacking, particularly in the emerging market context.  The research is predominantly qualitative; however, an innovative mobile ‘app’ will be developed to explore family mobility.

 The project aims to:

 i) Investigate the everyday lives of families – their interactions, issues and experiences (focusing on mobility and access to nature in the city) in a case study community;

ii) Develop innovative tools for conducting community based research in rapidly-developing urban environments;

iii) Develop academic and practitioner understanding of how principally western models of urban design are being transferred to other contexts and communities; with what successes and limitations can New Urbanism be internationalised?


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Knowledge Transfer Partnership | Award Amount: 68.17K | Year: 2013

To research, design, implement and embed an in-house mechanical design capability to manufacture an innovative, new range of energy efficient, green lifts.


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Knowledge Transfer Partnership | Award Amount: 91.00K | Year: 2013

To develop a novel leather processing system with the aim of reduced water usage, energy savings, product quality improvements and cycle time reduction.

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