Student Research

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    A collection of dissertations authored by Oxford Brookes postgraduate students
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    PhD theses authored by Oxford Brookes staff and students
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    A full-text collection of research publications produced by Oxford Brookes Undergraduate and Postgraduate students as part of the Get Published! project
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    Fine Art and Architectural works produced by Oxford Brookes students and now owned by Oxford Brookes University
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Staging Geographies and the Geographies of Staging: Space and Place in Shakespeare’s Richard II: Text and Production

This thesis provides a new set of analytical tools with which to approach Shakespeare’s plays in production. This approach, which I am terming theatrical geographies, operates through a tripartite process which involves an analysis of the textual geographies, an examination of the geographies of staging across the play’s performance history, and a close reading of the workings of space and place in a selection of contemporary productions. By combining theoretical perspectives and conceptualizations of space and place from cultural geography with existing ideas on theatrical space, this critical framework furthers understanding of the multiple spatialities that performance generates and illuminates the role of space(s) in creating meaning. This research brings together elements of traditional Theatre History and Performance Studies, and builds on previous work which has focused on the individual areas of space as a dramaturgical element, theatre architecture, the histories of individual theatres, and scenograp…

Authors: Higgins, L
Type: thesis
Status: Live|Last updated:24 May 2017 16:16
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Alcohol consumption during pregnancy: cross-sectional survey

Objective to assess the prevalence and pattern of alcohol consumption pre-conception and/or during the first trimester using the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT), Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test – Consumption (AUDIT-C) and T-ACE (Tolerance, Annoyance, Cut Down and Eye-Opener) alcohol screening questionnaires, and determine the socio-demographic predictors of drinking in this time period. Design cross sectional survey of a consecutive sample of 500 pregnant women attending their first antenatal appointment at approximately 10–11 weeks gestation. Setting two antenatal clinics in the South West of England. Findings of the 409 women respondents, we found a quarter of women reported drinking alcohol despite being aware they are pregnant. Between two to three in every 100 women reported drinking six or more units on a single occasion (heavy episodic or ‘binge’ drinking) at least monthly or weekly in the past three months. A similar proportion reported exceeding the recommended drinking…

Authors: Smith, L;Savory, J;Couves, J;Burns, E
Type: article, thesis
Status: Live|Last updated:24 May 2017 10:13
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Public health women doctors in England 1965 to 1991: "A perfect place for strategic butterflies"

This thesis contributes to the historiography of women in medicine by exploring, in-depth, one small specialty, public health, which, from 1974, offered women doctors working within it equality of opportunity with men for career development. At that time, most women doctors working in the English health service were relegated to junior or support roles, their particular needs for family-friendly working environments being largely ignored. This research examines the reasons behind the development of these equal opportunities and the subsequent rapid trajectory of women doctors in public health, comparing it with the much slower progress made by female colleagues in hospital medicine and general practice. In considering the factors helping or hindering women’s advance in medicine from 1974, it proposes that these changes occurred in public health because the specialty was not tied to the pyramidal model of medicine, developed in the 1930s by senior male doctors for male doctors, which dominated other specialti…

Authors: Wright, J
Type: thesis
Status: Live|Last updated:23 May 2017 16:53
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Eugenics in the Irish Free State 1922-1939

Population decreased by 3.8 Million: 1841-1911 92.6% Catholic population: 1926 1,563,710 emigrated: 1876-1921 70 per 1,000 infant mortality rate: 1930-32 ● 1916 Proclamation of Independence ‘guarantees equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens’, however this was removed from the constitution. ● Special Position of the Catholic Church recognised in the 1937 Constitution (Bunreacht na hEireann) ● The 1937 Constitution enshrined women's place in the home as a mother, highlighting a pronatalist stance. ● The Casti Connubii (1930) determined the stance of the Catholic Church on abortion and contraception; emphasising that marriage was for reproduction. ● The Congested Districts Board under Lady Aberdeen sought to improve rural housing on the West coast. This scheme also provided healthcare and improved sanitation. ● This type of eugenics was about building a strong nation (rather than race or class) and was a response to modernisation and the threat to rural living.

Status: Live|Last updated:22 May 2017 15:44
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The Curious Space of the Vitrine: Restoring Imagination in Museum Collections

The inspiration for my art practice comes from collections, those of museums, eccentric 'collectaholics', or merely the accumulations of everyday life. From these, I seek to create installations for museums and galleries which stimulate curiosity and imagination through the juxtaposition of objects. This paper investigates how museums have evolved into educational establishments, with less emphasis on their role as a place of wonder, and how artists have appropriated the concept of the vitrine, or glass cabinet, to endow the ordinary with a sense of fascination, authority and worth.

Status: Live|Last updated:22 May 2017 11:52
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Blue Planet Biophilia

Blue Planet Biophilia is a collection of final drawings, diagrams and renders that explore how water can be integrated into the workspace to benefit workers’ wellbeing. According to biologist E. O. Wilson, ‘Biophlia’ refers to an innate and genetically determined affinity of human beings with the natural world. These designs show how water can provide natural ventilation and a more ‘biophilic’ atmosphere. With sites in both London and Barcelona, Dechow focuses on designing spaces where the user is surrounded by both the physical presence and the natural acoustics of water. The final design shows an ocean-plastic recycling hub with an adjoining design studio on the coast of Barcelona. Giant cones bring the rolling, crashing and lapping acoustics of the water beneath the building up into the workspace, where designers can sit and work surrounded by ocean views, and the comings and goings of the Mediterranean fishermen.

Title: Blue Planet Biophilia
Artist: Katherine Dechow
Status: Live|Last updated:10 May 2017 14:16
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Writer's Retreat

Writer’s Retreat is a pavilion design for a writer-in-residence in Deptford, London. Shaped by the environment to form three unique studios with different views, interiors and sound qualities, the pavilion is designed to counteract writer’s block. The site provides an opportunity to engage with the debates surrounding culture-led redevelopment, established communities and regeneration in deprived areas. With a view over Deptford High Street, the writer observes a place that, three times a week, is transformed from quiet street to bustling urban market, offering everything from toilet rolls to evening gowns. The pavilion invites the public to sit down and step away from the commercial market, whilst listening to the life of the street as a storytelling space.

Title: Writer's Retreat
Artist: Sophie Flinder
Status: Live|Last updated:10 May 2017 14:16
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Wake

Wake explores the many different ways in which water can act on the body. It abstracts and distorts, creating illusions and new textures. There is a quietness, an ‘other-worldliness’, to the substance of water; it is a constantly changing lens, reflecting and refracting reality. Water creates a film - a barrier between reality and the distorted dream world, the sunken female figure acting as the submerged human unconscious. This work exploits the tension between tranquillity and unease, push and pull, immersion and separation, ebb and flow. Shepard’s artistic practice is instigated through mark making, using loose lines to create form. Although the work is predominantly figurative, Shepard chose to blur the line between abstraction and the representational pictorial plane.

Title: Wake
Artist: Ella Shepard
Status: Live|Last updated:10 May 2017 14:16
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Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong is an allegorical miniature proposing commonality between scientific and creative exploration. It forms part of a series of miniatures that present classical heroic archetypes. For Burdock, astronauts and artists find themselves in comparably insupportable positions. While they inevitably want to communicate the results of their unique activities, they do so in a way that is out of touch with society, mired in intellectualism.

Title: Neil Armstrong
Artist: David Burdock
Status: Live|Last updated:10 May 2017 14:16
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