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1608: Desert Island discs

This project is concerned with the musical choices made by people on the BBC Radio 4 programme, Desert Island discs. Students applying for this position will be responsible for reviewing the BBC’s on-line archives and initial data analysis.

Student level: Open to 2nd or 3rd year undergraduate or MSc students
Duration: Term time / Summer, 10-12 weeks
Start date: TBC
Responsible researcher: Dr Adam Lonsdale , alonsdale@brookes.ac.uk


1611: FRAME SW (Families of Reservists: A Mapping Exercise for Support and Welfare) project - Social Media

This is a project to determine what the current situation is regarding support to the families of UK military Reservists in terms of their welfare and support needs as well as how much support is actually provided, and where the gaps are, in order to make informed recommendations as to what support should be provided (as opposed to just what could be provided). The work will feed into the Services Reserve Forces families support policy and provision, and help inform the New Employment Model changes in 2020.

This project is led from Oxford Brookes but is a joint project with Kings College London and the University of Aberdeen. We are trying to reach a participant pool of families in the UK that has been found to be "difficult to reach" and so we are planning to host a web page and launch a social media campaign to elicit interest in participation. A student is required who can provide and maintain some social media outputs for the project over the period of Semester 1 2016 through to February 2017. This output generation can be conducted remotely and at any time.

Student level: Open to 1st, 2nd or 3rd year undergraduate or MSc students
Duration: 2-3 months part time
Start date: Late summer/Semester 1 2016/17
Responsible researcher: Professor Vince Connelly, vconnelly@brookes.ac.uk & Sarah Hennelly, shennelly@brookes.ac.uk


1612: Understanding and preventing alcohol misuse

Although alcohol is regularly enjoyed by many people, excessive drinking can lead to short and long term harm. I am running several projects to explore ways of reducing alcohol related harms in young people and would welcome applications from people who would like to learn more and contribute to this research area. Positions may involve quantitative and qualitative data. They may also involve use of SPSS, literature searching and working with the project team to discuss findings. Data may be sensitive and so we are looking for someone with a professional approach who can be trusted to work independently as well as part of the team.

Student level: Open to 2nd or 3rd year undergraduates or MSc students
Duration: Summer 2016
Start date: TBC
Responsible researcher: Dr Emma Davies, edavies@brookes.ac.uk


1702: Explaining the Perception of British Army Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in UK-society

What do people understand of British Army Iraq or Afghanistan Army veterans? And why do people have these understandings?

Previous research has highlighted that people in the UK have very different, to some extent contradictory, understandings of British veterans, particularly British Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. For example: Some representative surveys found that British people perceive these veterans as having gained skills through their service, which help them in many civilian careers but also as more likely to have no job or home than general population. To date research did not examine why people in UK society have these convictions and how they make sense to contradictory understandings of veterans. Therefore, interviews with people from British society who know and do not know veterans will be conducted. Also, veterans themselves will be interviewed to understand how they feel to be perceived by society.

When you sign up for this project, you will get some important hands-on experience in recruitment, transcribing and analysing qualitative interviews.

Student level: Open to 1st, 2nd or 3rd year undergraduate or MSc students
Duration: Negotiable
Start date: Any time
Responsible researcher: Rita Phillips, rita.phillips-2015@brookes.ac.uk


1703: Understanding the Perception of the UK-Forces Service-Personnel and Ex-Service Personnel in UK-society [Doctoral Research Project]

What do people understand of currently serving personnel and of those who have served in the UK Forces?

Up to date, representative surveys highlighted an equivocal perception regarding how people from the UK-society perceive those who serve/have served in its Forces. However, most of this data was gathered through a check-list approach. Thus, people’s answers might not be based upon actual perceptions but whether these perceptions fit more or less into a prefixed concept. This project will therefore conduct a simple word association task and gather sociodemographic information to find out whether specific factors contribute to having a specific understanding. Moreover it will observe if and how military-roles are related to each other.

When you sign up for this project, you will get some important hands-on experience in recruitment, content analysis and cluster analysis/ multinomial logistic regression analysis.

Student level: Open to 1st, 2nd or 3rd year undergraduate or MSc students
Duration: Negotiable
Start date: Any time
Responsible researcher: Rita Phillips, rita.phillips-2015@brookes.ac.uk


1704: Explaining the Link between Religiosity and Life Satisfaction

How can the link between Religiosity and Life-Satisfaction - which was outlined in quantitative research - be explained?

The beneficial effect of religiosity on life satisfaction/well-being was outlined by quantitative research over the last 5 decades. Up to date, this connection cannot be entirely explained by existing research, which is predominantly quantitative. Moreover, theory, which hypothesised life-satisfaction being mediated by religiosity through identity factors was neglected. Therefore, this project takes a qualitative approach and explores the identity transitions from Christian converts who perceive an increased life satisfaction through their religious conversion.

When you want to sign up for this project, you will be able to get some important hands-on experience in transcribing and analysing qualitative interviews.

Student level: Open to 1st, 2nd or 3rd year undergraduate or MSc students
Duration: Negotiable
Start date: Any time
Responsible researcher: Rita Phillips, rita.phillips-2015@brookes.ac.uk


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