David’s blog

How buildings and the atmosphere interact

Professor Janet Barlow is an Urban Meteorologist. One of her research interests is how the dash to make buildings more energy efficient may be neglecting the comfort and performance of the people who work in them. Janet argues that The knowledge economy represents about 12% of UK GDP so we […]

Cardiff hill fort dig

A Medieval hill fort sits quietly within a social housing estate near the centre of Cardiff. This short features Archaeologists from Cardiff University who have brought together the community that live in the estate around the site to help excavate some of its treasures. The dig is just one example […]

Improving early literacy in Sheffield

This short was one of six films featuring the award winners of the Economic and Social Research Council’s ‘Impact Awards’. Professor Cathy Nutbrown’s work aims to improve the life chances of young children from marginalised backgrounds by helping parents with the skills needed to develop reading and writing. The project […]

Biomedical Research Centre

This short is a to camera introduction to the new Biomedical Research Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry. King’s College London. The NIHR Biomedical Research Centres (BRC’s) drive progress on innovation in biomedicine into NHS practice. The lab has been set up to collect and analyse thousands of blood samples […]

3D Virtual Dentist

This film was originally produced as part of a series for the Economic and Social Research Council’s Festival of Social Science. Using new 3D computer technology, young dentists at King’s College are now able to practice filling cavities and other more complex procedures over and over again developing their skills […]

Political Posters

Political posters was the subject of Dr Chris Burgess’ s PhD. Chris’ s analysis culminated in an exhibition of  a selection of posters  in 2012 at Manchester’s People’s History Museum with funding from the AHRC. The Museum has more than 12,000 posters in its archives. In this film Chris provides some insight into the messages […]

University of Nottingham – Research for Growth

University of  Nottingham Vice-Chancellor David Greenaway takes us on a tour of the ground-breaking research in basic and applied physical sciences and how different technologies will help the UK achieve growth and  international excellence. This film was commissioned by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council reflecting their £150 million investment in strategic research at Nottingham. Nottingham’s Nano […]

Hajj – Journey to the heart of Islam

The Hajj is the pilgrimage to Mecca. It is incumbent upon Muslims to go on Hajj once in their lifetimes.  British Museum curator Venetia Porter talks us through her stunning exhibition in this film commissioned by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Saudi artist Ahmad Maatar’s ‘Magnetism’. A tiny magnet. […]