We have a world-class reputation for original research and welcome inquiries from academics at other institutions who would like to collaborate with us on existing or new research projects.
When you collaborate with us, you will join a community of academics working at the frontiers of their subjects in specialist research centres that reflect the very latest thinking.
Recent collaborations include projects looking at:
- The potentially dangerous effects of in-car SatNav systems
- Accelerator science and applications in, for example, non-destructive imaging (when something fragile is being studied) and targeted radiation to treat cancer (hadron therapy)
- The creation of a website giving free access to Europe’s TV heritage through videos, articles, images and audio from European audiovisual archives and broadcasters
- The shift from colonial rule to independence in North India and Pakistan between 1947 and 1964
See below for more detail on these projects.
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If you’d like to set up a new research collaboration, contribute to an existing project or access our research facilities, contact the relevant department relating to your field of interest. Our Research and Enterprise staff can also help link you up with the appropriate academic or research group.
Some recent collaborations
Our TV heritage
EUscreen was a three-year project to develop a website showcasing Europe’s TV heritage. It uses videos, articles, images and audio from European audiovisual archives and broadcasters. Funded by the European Commission, FIAT/IFTA, the European Broadcasting Union and the EDL Foundation, EUscreen is the follow-up project of Video Active, an online platform with 10,000 items about the history of European television. The consortium consisted of 27 partners from 19 EU member states (plus Switzerland) and eight associate partners. Partners included Utrecht University, the National Technical University of Athens, national broadcasters such as the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Deutsche Welle, Telewizja Polska and the Osterreichische Rundfunk and archive organisations including the British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC).
Are ′Sat-navs′ a dangerous distraction?
Psychologists at Royal Holloway, and spatial scientists at Lancaster University are examining the potentially dangerous effects of ‘Sat-nav’ in-car navigation systems. This follows a recent study implicating driver inattention as a factor contributing to 78% of observed vehicle crashes,
Although there is now legislation aimed at removing some of the likely causes of driver inattention – such as hand-held mobile phones – the effects of other possible distractions have received much less consideration. Dr Polly Dalton, from Royal Holloway, and Dr Pragya Agarwal, of Lancaster University, are assessing the cognitive impact of ′Sat-nav′ use through .
experiments that measure the attentional and memory demands imposed by processing and responding to navigational information. After assessing the types of information that drivers receive and the responses they must make while using navigation systems′, they will then test participants with a computer-based task that mimics the demands imposed by the typical in-car navigation system. “By the end of these experiments, we will be able to provide clear measurements of the ways in which the use of in-car navigation systems might interfere with attention and memory performance,” explains Dr Dalton.
New applications for accelerator technology
The John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science is a joint venture between the Physics Department at Royal Holloway and the Nuclear and Particle Physics sub-department at the University of Oxford. It’s a Centre of Excellence in the UK for advanced and novel accelerator technology, promoting advanced accelerator applications and providing expertise, research, development and training in accelerator techniques. It’s also involved with various studies devoted to the realisation of a high energy linear collider, including the International Linear Collider (ILC) and also the Compact Linear Collider (CLIC).
Accelerator science has a wide range of applications. Areas where it has helped include:
- Production of specific radio-isotopes. These can be used in medicine for PET (Positron emission tomography) scans
- Crystallography. Accelerators can be used to determine the spatial and chemical structure of molecules and even watch, in real time, the changes they are undergoing
- Non-destructive imaging. This is useful when something fragile is being studied, eg. artworks and archaeology
- As a source of targeted radiation. For instance in hadron therapy as a method of treating cancer. Hadron therapy is far less destructive to surrounding tissue than radiotherapy.
Subjects to citizens
From subjects to citizens: society and the everyday state in North India and Pakistan, 1947-1964
This three-year collaboration between the History departments at Royal Holloway and the University of Leeds explores the shift from colonial rule to independence in three sites on the subcontinent – Uttar Pradesh (formerly the United Provinces), Sindh, and the Princely State of Hyderabad (Deccan). Its aim is to unravel the explicit meanings and relevance of ‘independence’ for the new citizens of India and Pakistan in the two decades immediately following 1947. See the project website for more information.