Drs Sue Reeves, Lewis Halsey and Joerg Huber (Department of Life Sciences). There is growing evidence that people who regularly
eat breakfast tend to be slimmer, i.e. have a lower body mass index (BMI) than
people who usually skip breakfast and, indeed, that breakfast skipping is a
risk factor for weight gain and obesity. But as yet, nobody knows why.
collection has just started a new study at University of Roehampton,
seeking to explain this paradox, by investigating physiological differences
between breakfast eaters and breakfast skippers. The study is experimentally
comparing the effects of eating or skipping breakfast on energy expenditure,
activity levels, blood parameters and dietary habits through a randomised
The team’s psychologist, Dr Joerg Huber, said: "This study
will build on a large, national survey on 'morningness' and breakfasting we
have just conducted. Preliminary results from that survey suggest strongly that 'morning people' are more likely to eat breakfast whereas 'night owls' tend
to be those who can’t stomach food in the first few hours after getting up."
Dr Ceri Diss (Department of Life Sciences) has been working with
Sweatshop, the UKs largest specialist running company with 35 shops and a
further five opening this year, training staff for Biomechanical, Podiatry and
Video Running Gait Analysis. The training courses run over two days and we are
currently developing a refresher course.
Dr Tony Evans (Department of Psychology) has been working with a number of fire services across the
country providing both juvenile and adult fire setters’ advisers’ training
courses. The courses are designed to assist volunteers from the fire service
who want to help young fire-setters to change their behaviour at an early
Professor Cecilia Essau
(Department of Psychology) received a grant award to develop an early intervention for
social anxiety in school children (Sub-contract with the Catholic Children
Society Westminster Grant: The Education, Children’s and Cultural Services
Directorate of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames).
Dr Leigh Gibson (Department of Psychology) is working with DSM, a global
science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials for a study investigating how a protein drink may improve well-being and mental performance in tests of
memory, attention, hand-eye coordination and sensitivity to emotional
expressions. The protein drink acts by increasing brain synthesis of the naturally
occurring chemical serotonin. Therefore, it could contribute to future treatments
which might benefit from the use of a drug-free dietary intervention to raise
serotonin levels in the brain.
Led by Dr Andrew Rogers (Department of Humanities), in partnership with Churches Together in south London, this
two year project aims to investigate the demographics and ecclesiology of new
black majority congregations in the Borough of Southwark.
Led by Professor Jenny Hartley and Sarah Turvey (Department of English and Creative Writing) and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research
Council, this Knowledge Transfer Fellowship partners the Prisoners' Education
Trust in the setting up of reading groups in prisons around the country. To
date, over 15 new groups in a range of prison settings including libraries,
vulnerable prisoners’ units and health wings, have been set up. PRG also works with community organisations to set up reading groups in
day centres and sheltered housing for ex-offenders and other at-risk groups.
Funded by the
Arts and Humanities Research Council, Performance Matters sets out to explore
the interface between performance theory and practice, as well as differing
approaches to performance within higher education institutions and the public
sector. The project is co-directed by Prof. Adrian Heathfield from the University
of Roehampton, London, Dr Gavin Butt from Goldsmiths, University of London, and
Lois Keidan of the Live Art Development Agency. Convened between departments of
Drama, Theatre and Performance and Visual Culture, the research moves between
different academic traditions, as well as crossing the educational and cultural
sectors, with the active partnership of the Live Art Development Agency working
Dr. Sara Houston and Ashley McGill from Department of Dance
have been engaged by English National Ballet to conduct research examining the
outcomes of dancing for people with Parkinson's. From October 2010, Houston and McGill have
been using a mixture of qualitative and quantitative research methods to look
at well-being, quality of life, social inclusion, balance, stability, posture,
physical and creative development. The
pilot ended in February 2011 and following a successful bid to Paul Hamlyn
Foundation, English National Ballet re-commissioned
Houston and McGill to follow the classes over three years. The intention is to look at the long term
effects of dancing for people with Parkinson's.