Research centres

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The University of Gloucestershire has 15 centres of research. These centres ensure research is developed and promoted both internally and externally.

Centre for Being Human

Embracing existing research in the School of Humanities, the staff in the Centre for Being Human foster inquiry into what it means to be human, both historically and in today’s world. Diverse subject areas include ethics, creative writing and philosophy. The centre’s links with other university research areas such as media are also flourishing.

Centre for Environmental Change and Quaternary Research

The Centre for Environmental Change and Quaternary Research focuses on pure and applied research into climate and environmental change and was established in 1995. It integrates activities of several colleagues here and abroad who work on geochronology, climate change, environmental change and human impacts, covering a range of different timescales, from the mid-Pleistocene to late Holocene.

Centre for Practice as Research

The newly-established centre, Practice as Research, is developing a number of key research themes including research into the meaning of drawing in contemporary practice; the human aspect of abstract and non-representational art, its legacies, context and currency; art and its religious and philosophical interpretation; the development of documentary photography, its social legacies and potential future reception; the value of practical research to our understanding of landscape, environment and community.

Our direct collaboration with The Wilson, Cheltenham’s newly-restructured Art Gallery and Museum, means that we are also exploring the role of the curator, exhibition and archive in relation to shared research interests and their social impact.

Centre for Research in Applied Cognition, Knowledge, Learning and Emotion (CRACKLE)

The Centre for Research in Applied Cognition, Knowledge, Learning & Emotion (CRACKLE) supports staff and postgraduate research in key issues related to psychological and physical wellbeing. Current projects include psychological aspects of crime, decision-making in high-risk contexts such as the fireground, health psychology and counselling, occupational psychology including temporary-worker issues, educational psychology, sports psychology, and well-being in carers of others.

The centre has a well-equipped laboratory to study brain function as well as active research programmes in the wider community. CRACKLE research has attracted grant and consultancy income over £400,000 and members routinely publish outputs and present at both international and national conferences. CRACKLE research is also used by members to develop cutting-edge, research-led undergraduate teaching.

Centre for Research in Marketing & Retail Analysis

Members have been active in terms of publications producing six books, ten book chapters, over 130 journal articles and more than 40 conference papers in the period. The early career researchers have been encouraged to develop research outputs initially in the form of conference papers and a number have also produced journal pieces.

Centre for Sport, Spirituality & Religion (CSSR)

The centre provides a forum for on-going academic study, discussion and debate into the relationship between sport, spirituality and religion. The centre is dedicated to promoting scholarly activity through research, teaching, publication, conferences, workshops and training via collaboration with a wide range of partners.

Centre for the Study of Film & Screen Cultures (FASC)

The centre’s research scope encompasses an array of inter-related themes concerning the history, theory, cultural impact, as well as critical practices of film, screen and digital/audio-visual media industries, and their audiences.

Centre for the Study of Floods and Communities

The centre focuses on key issues in building sustainable and resilient communities in a changing flood risk context. The centre aims to engage with local communities, stakeholders and institutions to develop inter-agency responses from public, private and voluntary, and community sectors to flood risk management.

Centre for Women Ageing and Media (WAM)

WAM is a research group consisting of scholars who are working together to explore a range of research themes focusing on older women and popular media forms (digital technologies, film, popular music and television). Existing academic studies and cultural policy work on ageing are dominated by knowledge created in the areas of healthcare policy, gerontology, economics, social care and sociology. WAM’s aim is both to challenge and enhance this knowledge base.

Centre of Media, Memory and Community

Working at the intersection of media, memory and community, the centre has developed critical tools and practices to examine community memories, analysing how these memories are preserved and mediated. The centre addresses issues of cultural identity and sustainability so communities can obtain a better understanding of themselves, both historically and for the future.

Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI)

The Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI), is a unique partnership between the University of Gloucestershire, the Royal Agricultural University and Hartpury College. It is the largest specialist rural research centre in the UK, having expertise in all aspects of research in policy and planning for the countryside and the environment of the UK, Europe and further afield.

Exercise & Sport Research Centre (ESRC)

The centre conducts research in a wide range of sport, exercise and health related areas. The centre’s aims include promoting the current research in exercise and sport, identify funding opportunities and provide a point of contact for external collaborators.

Human Resource Management Research Centre (HRMRC)

The Human Resource Management Research Centre (HRMRC) works collaboratively with private and public sections to offer advice and solutions to address real-world HR problems. The centre conducts research as well as providing research development opportunities through seminars and workshops. The centre’s members disseminate work through academic publications and conferences.

International Centre for Biblical Interpretation (ICBI)

The International Centre for Biblical Interpretation aims to promote scholarship that studies the Bible in its various ancient contexts and engages with its subject matter in such a way as to advocate its continuing significance for life in church and society. The centre aims to enhance staff research and writing, training postgraduate students, receiving visiting scholars, developing a community of scholarship and hosting projects in biblical interpretation.

International Centre for Contemporary Accounting Research (CenCAR)

The centre aims to foster a high quality, supportive and managed research environment for accounting researchers, including postgraduate accounting students. The centre will build on the experiences of current active researchers in the department of finance to support emerging researchers in becoming established within the field of accounting and financial management research.