Monthly Archives: February 2015

The Conversation visit

University of Hull sign

Annabel Bligh, an editor for The Conversation, will be visiting the University on 19th March to meet with academics and postgraduate students. 

The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public. It works with university and research institute experts to unlock their knowledge for use by the wider public.  Read more

Grant awarded: ‘The integrity of UK hydrocarbon operations from upstream to downstream’

Graham Ferrier, Senior Lecturer in Geography, has been successful in an application to the NERC Field Spectroscopy Facility title ‘The integrity of UK hydrocarbon operations from upstream to downstream’.

One of the outstanding issues of unconventional hydrocarbon exploitation is the life-cycle emissions of greenhouse gases, such as methane. It is critical that we obtain consistent measurements of these emissions from exploration wells, production wells, abandoned wells, processing facilities, and the networks that transport and deliver gas.

An evaluation of potential methane gas detector technologies, initially under controlled conditions, and then at selected study sites, to monitor fugitive emissions at the site scale over the full life cycle of a hydraulic fracturing site is therefore required. Read more

BBC Interview on the Mekong River

Prof. Daniel Parsons was interviewed on the BBC Science in Action broadcast concerning a major @NERCscience funded project (, which is concerned with sediment transfers and erosion in the Mekong – a large tropical river in SE Asia – and specifically how climate and dam building will impact the river and the vast delta system where the river meets the East China sea. Dan highlighted how dam building will impact both flood peaks and sediment delivery to the delta, whilst also potentially effecting adversely a range of fish migration patterns to their spawning sites. Research is underway to attempt to design the dams in such a way to ensure the rivers long-term sustainability whilst also supplying the region with a lower carbon energy source into the future. Hear all about it here:

Thermofluids and Acoustics Research Group provide computer modelling for innovative prizewinning gadget

Esther Bruce and Carl Collins Computational Fluid Dynamics

Two PhD students from the School of Engineering provided computer modelling for a transformative gadget that cuts energy usage and could cut gas bills, which has now won an international innovation award.

Oxypod, which takes air out of heating systems boosting central heating boiler efficiency, was selected as one of three main prizewinners in this year’s Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) International Innovation and Research (I & R) Awards.

The inventor, heating engineer Stanley Whetstone with support from lecturer and builder Bob Harris, received a £2,000 award in the Innovation Achievers category. The patent for Oxypod is shared with fuel-poverty charity the Goodwin Development Trust. Read more

Major grant for research into manufacturing sustainability in collaboration with China

 The University of Hull has been successful in winning a grant worth a total of £1.165 million, jointly funded by UK EPSRC/TSB and China MOST, under the specific scheme of ‘Manufacturing Sustainability in Collaboration with China’.

This grant is to support a collaborative work on developing a few key technologies for enhancing energy efficiency of dew point air cooler and its manufacturing, involving the University of Hull, ebm-papst UK Ltd, Tsinghua University (China) and Sinogreen Environment Protection Ltd (China).

The University of Hull is the lead partner of the project receiving £381,235 from EPSRC, where Professor Xudong Zhao is the Coordinator of the whole project. At Hull, Dr Kevin Fancey is the Co-investigator.

Researchers shortlisted for prestigious Parliamentary poster competition

Houses of Parliament - credit Mats Hagwell (Flickr)

Two researchers from the Department of Chemistry have been selected from hundreds across the country to present their work at the House of Commons.

PhD student Lauren Turner and Post-doctoral Research Assistant Cinzia Spagnul have been shortlisted to take part in the SET for Britain 2015 poster competition.

This annual competition and exhibition encourages, supports and promotes Britain’s early-career research scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians. It has been described as being the ‘engine-room’ of development of UK research and Research & Development. Read more

Lost knowledge and outsourced expertise in flood risk

Flooding in Hull

A team of researchers from the University of Hull have published a paper looking at how knowledge and expertise of dealing with flooding and flood risk has changed over the last 20 years.

Before the water industry was privatised, the management of flooding was largely carried out by local councils and the National Rivers Authority (NRA) and later the Environment Agency. However, in the 1990’s and into the 2000’s, following the privatisation of the water industry, this work became increasingly outsourced to environmental consultants. As one senior EA figure stated “We used to be engineers and scientists, but now we’re project managers”. Read more

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