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“World-Leading” and “International


Excellence” in Research (all subjects)*


Applied research


Our staff are active researchers and consultants, bringing real-world experiences and insight into the University to share with their students. We are also proud of our many partnership arrangements, which link businesses and organisations with staff and students.


High-quality teaching and guidance informed by applied research that addresses real-life issues is fundamental. With an increasing number of new and ground-breaking areas of study, plus an exciting and forward-thinking learning environment, we are perfectly placed to help all our students make the most of their studies.


Not only does the University undertake research in all the main areas of academic activity, but we are also ambitious and continually strive to strengthen our teaching, learning and research.


Key to this ambition is our commitment to enhancing existing facilities and developing new ones to ensure that all our students have access to the very best libraries, IT suites and state-of-the- art equipment.


Student-led research and the URB@N scheme


Collaborating with research staff, industry and government bodies, our students conduct research and implement projects that inform us about new developments around the world.


Undergraduate students have the unique opportunity to work with academics on key research projects through the Undergraduate Research Bursaries at Northampton (URB@N) scheme. On successful completion of the project, students receive a tax-free bursary payment of £500.


For more information, please visit: www.northampton.ac.uk/urban


Some examples of recent research include:


Lung cancer and radon gas


Visiting Professor Tony Denman and Professor Paul Phillips in the School of Science and Technology look at the interaction between smoking and radon gas and incidence of lung cancer.


Young people’s experience of housing developments


Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Associate Professor John Horton from the School of Social Sciences studies young people’s access to services in urban areas.


The genetics of musculoskeletal conditions


Dr Stuart Raleigh from the School of Health and colleagues from South Africa have patented a test for genetic conditions that affect the tendons in the foot.


*Research Assessment Exercise 2008


The University of Northampton is committed to delivering outstanding life-changing opportunities in education, underpinned by a culture of entrepreneurship, research, and social enterprise recognised around the world for its originality and impact.


Mental health and special education


The School of Education is researching the mental health of young people with special educational needs in residential special schools.


E-Waste and developing countries


Based in the School of Science and Technology, Professor Margaret Bates and her team regularly visit Africa to train the waste sector on ways to harvest precious metals without harming their health or the environment. Funded by the British Council, the project has led to relationships with companies such as Dell and Phillips, as well as the Kenyan Ministry for Environment.


Cult TV Cultures Network


Dr Lorna Jowett, Reader in the School of The Arts, will bring together academics from across the UK to explore cult television through this Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project.


In the latest Research Assessment Exercise (2008), the University of Northampton entered nine Units of Assessment (subject areas). Of those, four were recognised as being of ‘World-Leading Research’: Business and Management; Education; Health; and History. The remaining five were of ‘International Excellence’: Art and Design; Asian Studies; Dance, Drama and Performing Arts; English and Leather and Materials.


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