Research in School of Social and Life Sciences falls within several broad subject areas: health and allied areas; psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience; agriculture, veterinary and food science; social work and social policy; sociology; education; and sport and exercise sciences.
At the heart of this broad spectrum of interests is a desire for research to be applied to the real world whether that be developing new education techniques, improving healthcare or developing best practice in the field.
The team have had many books and papers published and have formed a wide range of relationships for partnership working which has a real impact on their sectors.
Within the scope of education, childhood and family studies they have published work in the area of early years’ assessment, children’s mobile phone use, gender stereotypes, children’s mental wellbeing, and outdoor education.
The psychology, complementary medicine and religious studies specialisms have been published on the areas of happiness, spirituality and creativity in coping, acupuncture, examining how the church can help hard to reach groups, and on and off line bullying. A particular area of interest is the psychology of religion leading to published works on ‘dissociation and religiosity’, ‘Schizotypy and Religiosity’, and ‘Psychopathology’.
Our sport team has recently been published on the themes of the science behind sports officials and officiating, children’s awareness of alcohol sponsorship in sport, and assessing physical fitness of school children.
The social work and social science area has had journal articles published and been commissioned for funded projects on the areas of achieving compliance with Youth Justice Orders, child exploitation, alcohol and drug addiction and implications, supporting victims of crime, diversity, and crime analysis. The team are heavily involved in a new 5-year research project, the first research project of its kind in the UK, which will explore the impact of the prison development at Wrexham Industrial Estate that is set to open in 2017.
The health team have had work published on nurse education, the contribution of community clinical nurse specialists, promoting wellbeing, the use of mobile technology to close the gap between education theory and practice, and have been commissioned to advise on a new model for healthcare organisations in Wales.
Within the agriculture, veterinary and food science area the team have presented at international conferences on many subjects including the interaction between horses and their handlers.