Health and Wellbeing

Supporting and engaging with staff on long term leave.

New born baby

West Mercia Police employ almost 4,000 officers and staff across the counties of Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire. At any one time, up to 100 of those officers and staff are away from work for several months whilst they are on maternity, paternity, adoption or other parental related leave. This project is to create a mobile friendly website to support those officers and staff whilst they are away from their normal workplace with information, support and advice.

This project will be undertaken in collaboration with Detective Inspector Liz Warner and Inspector Jack Taylor with the West Mercia Police.

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App to Help Improve Posture

Body language is closely related to posture - The way we move our bodies affects how others see us as well as our own moods and habits. In terms of scientific research, the two overlap quite a bit. This isn't too surprising, but how our posture and body language affect our thoughts is.

For instance, a study at Ohio State University in 2003 found that our opinions can be subconsciously influenced by our physical behaviour. Here are two fascinating examples:

  1. When participants in the study nodded in agreements or shook their heads to signal disagreement, these actions affected their opinions without them realizing.
  2. The same study also showed that when participants hugged themselves, they were sometimes able to reduce their physical pain.

This project will research into how technology can be used to improve a person's posture, this can be a straight research project, or also a project where an artefact is produced.

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Memory Training Application or Website

There has been a lot of research completed around memory loss, especially when associated with old age and certain diseases such as Alzheimers disease. Studies show that regularly using Applications which gamify the process of remembering can help to improve or slow down the ravages of such diseases.

This project involves the research into and creation of a cross platform game or memory training tool to support the user's ability to remember things.

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