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  • Lucy and Steve:  Shanghai-ed!

    Lucy and Steve: Shanghai-ed!

    Lucy Brown (MA Film and TV Programme Leader) and Steve Hunt (BA Animation Programme Leader) at the University of Hertfordshire were invited to the birthplace of Chinese Cinema, Shanghai, to lead a series of hands-on masterclasses in film and TV and animation at the Shanghai Institute of Visual Art (SIVA).

    18 May 2015

  • Winners Announced in the SSAHRI Research Grants Competition 2015/16

    Winners Announced in the SSAHRI Research Grants Competition 2015/16

    This year's competition attracted nine applications from across the Hertfordshire Business School, School of Creative Arts, School of Education, School of Humanities, and the School of Law, of which four have been awarded SSAHRI funding.

    18 May 2015

  • Women in management who wear provocative clothing are seen as less competent

    Women in management who wear provocative clothing are seen as less competent

    Females who wear provocative clothing at work are more likely to be seen as incompetent than those that dress more conservatively by other females, finds research from the University of Hertfordshire.

    21 April 2015

  • Robot football team gears up for the Championship season

    Robot football team gears up for the Championship season

    The Bold Hearts, the RoboCup humanoid robot team from the University of Hertfordshire, last year's runners up in the World Championships in Brazil and currently the top-ranked robot football team in the UK, will be competing at the German Open Robot Football Competition this month.

    21 April 2015

  • Aphrodisiac for fish and frogs discovered

    Aphrodisiac for fish and frogs discovered

    A supplement simply added to water has been shown to boost reproduction in nematodes (roundworms), molluscs, fish and frogs – and researchers believe it could work for humans too.

    16 April 2015

  • Successful application to the British Academy

    Successful application to the British Academy

    University of Hertfordshire law lecturer, Dr David Gibbs, has recently been successful in his application to the British Academy for funding as part of their Quantitative Skills Award.

    14 April 2015

  • University develops new cloud-based connected car system

    University develops new cloud-based connected car system

    The University of Hertfordshire has recently launched a new cloud-based connected car system which will use satellite positioning to track a car’s location and assess data collected for potential dangers.

    13 April 2015

  • Ketamine found to alleviate depression

    Ketamine found to alleviate depression

    Researchers at the University of Hertfordshire have found that Ketamine, which has a reputation as an illicit ‘recreational’ drug, has an extremely large depression reducing effect. Although Ketamine has been in medical use for 50 years as an anaesthetic, the past few years has seen it being trialled as a treatment for major and bipolar depression.

    9 April 2015

  • What are your children eating beyond the school gate?

    What are your children eating beyond the school gate?

    More than three quarters of young people buy food or drink beyond the school gate at least twice a week, according to a new report by a University of Hertfordshire research team, on behalf of Food Standards Agency in Scotland (FSA).

    2 April 2015

  • Draughts playing robots at the University of Hertfordshire

    Draughts playing robots at the University of Hertfordshire

    A pair of ‘Baxter’ robots have joined the School of Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire. The two robots are able to interact with people and have now ‘learnt’ to play a game of draughts. One robot is used for undergraduate teaching and the other for post-graduate research.

    25 March 2015

  • With robot helpers entering our homes in the not-too-distant future, how much trust do you have in them?

    With robot helpers entering our homes in the not-too-distant future, how much trust do you have in them?

    Researchers from the University of Hertfordshire have delved into the world of human-robot collaboration and found that the vast majority of people will blindly follow a robot’s requests.

    23 March 2015

  • New research into perfectionism discovers links with OCD

    New research into perfectionism discovers links with OCD

    Researchers at the University of Hertfordshire have found that people with ‘perfectionist’ personality traits show remarkably similar problems in their thinking to those diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

    17 March 2015

  • Winners Announced in the SSAHRI Multidisciplinary Research Grants Competition 2015

    Winners Announced in the SSAHRI Multidisciplinary Research Grants Competition 2015

    The results of the one-off 2015 SSAHRI Multidisciplinary Research Grant competition have been announced.  The competition attracted seven applications of which three have been awarded SSAHRI funding.  All the applications provided evidence of imaginative and dynamic collaborations across the Schools, as well as multidisciplinary linkages between SSAHRI researchers and colleagues located elsewhere in the University. 

    13 March 2015

  • Praise and recognition for KASPAR the social robot

    Praise and recognition for KASPAR the social robot

    KASPAR, the University of Hertfordshire’s social robot, has been recognised as one of the most important university science research projects in the UK and is being showcased at a high profile science fair in London today.

    12 March 2015

  • Graduates from Britain’s top research universities could help our food industry become the best in the world, say expert panel

    Graduates from Britain’s top research universities could help our food industry become the best in the world, say expert panel

    The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs today joined industry leaders and academics to give her backing to a cross-sector task force recommending greater cooperation between universities and agri-food companies to accelerate Britain to the top of the global food economy.

    12 March 2015

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