Get published! collection

This is a collection of publications that were created for the Get Published! project at Oxford Brookes University.

The aim of the project is to encourage undergraduate and taught postgraduate students to create original research and then to help them share their findings with a wide audience.



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Why do we have language?

Language is the system of meaningful symbols and rules that has endowed us with communicative and cognitive powers that far exceeds anything else in the natural world. It enables us to talk about and understand things we have never encountered before, create an infinite number of distinct messages, and create new words and meanings as a society sees fit. But why and how is it that only humans possess this wonderfully diverse and useful power? Currently, two opposing views dominate the literature (biolinguistic and socio-cultural). In this poster, I present the thinking behind each view and argue that they are not mutually exclusive. I show that there is a 'middle-ground' that embraces the primary intuitions of both and also offers a more satisfactory account of the origin and function of human language.

Status: Live|Last updated:26 April 2017 14:36
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Hybridity in South Indian Architecture: Islamic, Hindu and British Colonial Influences.

By the start of the 19th century, India came under British Colonial rule. With this came the influence of architectural styles favoured by the Victorian rulers (Gothic revival and Neo-Classical styles) and brought rise to a further development of the indo-Islamic style, widely known as the Indo-Saracenic style. Buildings in this style can be seen as an attempt by the British Raj to connect with the existing culture and to legitimatize the British crown’s rule over India.

Status: Live|Last updated:25 April 2017 17:45
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What are the factors that influence the non-financial listed companies in China and the USA to adopt cash dividend: An empirical examination for 2011-2016.

In the twenty-first Century, in the company finance, dividend policy is one important factor that can affect the investors to decide whether to provide funds for the company or not. As one of the important ways for the distribution of the firm’s profit, cash dividend can become an effective way for investors who try to obtain the return on their investment. Moreover, shareholders can supervise the companies that are listed on the market to fulfill the obligation through the dividends that the companies have paid and it also can facilitate the securities market to have the healthy development [1]. Therefore, the firms need deliberate over many aspects when they make the dividend policy decision. It is necessary for the companies to analyze the main influencing factors of the cash dividend.

Status: Live|Last updated:25 April 2017 17:44
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Sex Trafficking: Female Survivor Needs & Implications for Social Work

Status: Live|Last updated:25 April 2017 17:42
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Assessing the distributions and relative abundances of diurnal primates (Papio cynocephalus and Chlorocebus pygerythrus) in Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve, Malawi

Why monitor monkeys in Malawi? At present, there are very few studies addressing primate research and conservation in Malawi, despite up to seven primate species recorded to be present throughout the country. Primates are absent from nearly all national conservation action plans and policies. This research aims to provide baseline data on the two diurnal primates of Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve (VMWR), which will contribute to this dearth identified by the Illegal Wildlife Trade Report.

Status: Live|Last updated:24 April 2017 12:22
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Why does Whaling Still Continue in Iceland Today? An Investigation into Nationalism and Cultural Differences

Commercial Whaling in Iceland: -Every year, fin and minke whales are hunted in Faxafloi Bay (see fig. 1) to be sold in shops and restaurants -The meat is not eaten by locals; tourists are the biggest consumers of whale -Ironically, the whales are hunted in the same area in which whale-watching takes place -Whales (animals) are “good to think” with (Levi-Strauss 1966) meaning that the way in which people interact with the whale tells us a lot about the people themselves

Status: Live|Last updated:21 April 2017 13:25
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The fruit of discord? Saba senegalensis use by chimpanzees and local people in southeastern Senegal

Western Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes verus) is facing local extinction in Senegal, with less than 400 individuals. •More than 56% of Senegal’s human population lives in rural areas, where they rely on forest products. •Chimpanzees are threatened by competition with humans over access to natural resources, including Saba senegalensis fruit. •The Jane Goodall Institute Spain runs a programme to conserve chimpanzees in the Dindefelo Community Nature Reserve (RNCD), Kedougou region, southeastern Senegal.

Status: Live|Last updated:20 April 2017 13:47
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Investigating the Structure, Function and Evolution of the External Genital Structures of Drosophila Species

Drosophila male genitalia exhibit incredible divergent morphology,representing one of the most striking examples of morphological evolution [1]. To understand the rapid evolution of these traits, ongoing research aims to characterize the genetic architecture underlying differences in genital morphology [2]. Sex-specific behaviours have been shown to potentially originate from differences in brain structure [3]. In most cases gene expression is restricted to small groups of neurons; this would potentially provide a starting point for circuit identification [3]. Focusing on how individual neurons or subsets of neurons contribute to the development and function of neuronal networks would provide an important perspective of the ways in which Drosopholids have evolved, and how this affects certain behaviours such as copulation. The exploitation of techniques that target sub-sets genital neurons will allow for greater understanding as to how such genes function. Furthermore, allow us to identify genetic markers for…

Status: Live|Last updated:12 April 2017 14:59
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What can we do to reduce waste in the furniture making and design industry?

Overview. My research scrutinises the life-cycle of hand-crafted wooden furniture to find areas for improvement, ranging from raw material processing, manufacturing, use, and the end-of-life scenario. This research was undertaken whilst studying for a BA (Hons) in furniture design and making, working primarily with wood. Although the points raised can be applied to other areas of the design and product industry. Why? As we continue to face issues like climate change, mass pollution of eco-systems, and a reducing capacity to produce and supply materials, we are putting our future in doubt. Waste is a man-made problem. How? I analysed several examples of modern-day furniture, produced on various scales, and examined the works of a selection of leading designers and educators. This, coupled with my work experience and education in the industry has given me a good sense of understanding of the waste related issues in the furniture design and manufacturing world.

Status: Live|Last updated:12 April 2017 08:08
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Asylum Seekers in Immigration Detention: Implications for Social Work

Studies show how immigration detention has a negative impact on the mental health and wellbeing of asylum seekers. One major cause being the inadequate services and support available in detention centres in the UK. Since neither immigration detention nor adult asylum seekers are in the general remit of social workers, the purpose of this paper was to identify the gaps in social work practice in this area. A literature review was conducted to understand how a social work model of intervention can be implemented within immigration detention for asylum seekers.

Status: Live|Last updated:11 April 2017 08:37
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