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“Assessing system resilience under climate change in novel crop rotations using infrared and root scanning techniques”

Supervisor: Prof. Simon G. Potts

School: School of Agriculture Policy & Development
Department: Agri-Environment

The project aims to quantify the extent to which best practice crop rotation can increase resilience (i.e. through maintaining yields and/or improved root systems) under drought stress.

A medieval ‘debt ceiling’? Extraordinary fiscal measures during the reign of Henry III

Supervisor: Tony Moore

School: ICMA Centre
Department: None

This interdisciplinary research placement will explore a medieval analogy to the financial pressures facing governments today. It will reconstruct the money fees that Henry III, king of England 1216-72, promised to royal supporters and officials, collate the annual payments that he made (or did not make) towards these fees, and examine the political consequences that resulted from his inability to honour all his obligations.

Anxious eyes

Supervisor: Eugene McSorley

School: School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences
Department: Psychology

This project aims to investigate how individual differences in anxious disposition modulate attentional processes using eye-tracking.

Applying behavioural economics to food choices.

Supervisor: Dr Rachel McCloy

School: School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences
Department: Psychology

The project will develop and test a behavioural economics intervention – specifically the generation of counterfactual thoughts – on improving healthy eating.

Are children who speak English as an additional language better at learning new words they encounter in text?

Supervisor: Holly Joseph

School: Institute of Education
Department: The Learning Hub

This project explores the controversial 'bilingual advantage' in word learning to examine whether children who speak English as an additional language learn new words they encounter during reading better than their monolingual peers. The research project will use eye movement methodology to track reading times on new words over multiple exposures to provide a sensitive and dynamic measure of incidental learning as it occurs.

Assembling climate change: hotspots, livelihoods and liveability in the global south

Supervisor: Dr Alex Arnall

School: School of Agriculture Policy & Development
Department: Agri-Food Economics & Social Science

This project will map and explore the diverse components – including metrics, diagrams, observations, computers, experts and narratives – that constitute major climate change ‘hotspots’ in the global south. The study will culminate in the production of an original research article for an international, peer-reviewed journal.

Becoming a skilled reader: gains in word reading efficiency through secondary school

Supervisor: Dr Daisy Powell

School: Institute of Education
Department: The Learning Hub

This interdisciplinary (education, psychology) project will investigate reading efficiency in adolescence, and the extent to which failure to attain high levels of reading fluency may be a barrier to reading comprehension and learning at this crucial stage in education.

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