Project outcomes

The expert advice offered by our academics to industry and public sector and non-profit organisations has resulted in a number of positive project outcomes.

Volunteer Cornwall

Volunteer Cornwall required a service evaluation for their 18-month National Lottery-funded Bereavement Befriending and Advocacy Support Service (BBASS).

Following a review of BBASS’ establishment in 2012, Dr Kate Woodthorpe, within the Department of Social and Policy Sciences, undertook the evaluation in March 2014. To inform the evaluation, Dr Woodthorpe conducted semi-structured interviews with clients and volunteers.

Her report concluded that the service fulfilled a dual purpose: first to support bereaved clients and second, to build capacity within the volunteer community and local area.

Wessex Water

Membrane bioreactors at one of Wessex Water's sewage treatment works suffer from blocking, due to the challenging nature of the effluent being treated. This resulted in the need for expensive and time consuming removal and manual cleaning of the membrane plates.

Academics at the Department of Chemical Engineering carried out a membrane 'autopsy', to determine what was fouling the membrane.

A range of cleaning agents were tested under different flow conditions in the laboratory, and improved 'in situ' cleaning strategies were presented to Wessex Water for trialling at their site.