The University of Exeter and UBC Okanagan recently awarded fellowship and project grants to further develop collaboration between researchers at both institutions.
At UBC Okanagan, the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, Faculty of Health and Social Development, and the School of Engineering established a joint-funding initiative with counterparts at the University of Exeter to increase the impact of research and education collaboration activities across the UK, North America and further afield. Through partnering in this way, both institutions can tackle challenges that could not be as effectively carried out by one partner on its own.
Fellowship awards, intended to seed new research opportunities, received a maximum of $5,000 / £3,000 allowing for travel between the University of Exeter and the University of British Columbia. Project Grants received a maximum of $20,000 / £12,500 to deliver a workshop, symposium, or collaborative project. Award recipients and projects are summarized below by Faculty.
Faculty of Health and Social Development
Ali McManus, UBC Okanagan
This fellowship aims to expand an existing research collaboration between Professors' McManus, Barker and Bond exploring the impact of sitting and exercise on vascular and cardiometabolic outcomes in childhood and adolescence. The long-term objectives are to create a dedicated Pediatric Inactivity Physiology Graduate Training Hub and to secure specific Canadian/UK research funding.
Greg duManoir, UBC Okanagan
This fellowship will help facilitate the development of an undergraduate student exchange between UBC and the University of Exeter. In the first instance, this Fellowship will provide the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the undergraduate programs at each institution with a specific focus on lab-based courses and competency-based learning.
Dominic Farris, University of Exeter, Brian Dalton and Chris McNeil, UBC Okanagan
Sensorimotor control of adaptation to wearable robotics (‘exoskeletons’) for assisting human movement and balance
Jonathan Little, UBC Okanagan and Francis Stephens, University of Exeter
The effect of ketone monoester supplementation on liver glucose output in patients with type 2 diabetes
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies and Okanagan School of Education
Denise Kenney, FCCS and Michael Peace, University of Exeter
This collaboration will support the development of a practical book for performance training and accompanying online digital resource.
Charlotte Tupman, University of Exeter and Francisco Pena Fernandez, FCCS
This collaboration is related to ongoing research in religious cultures in medieval Spanish Historiography expanding on research in the Digital Humanities.
Melissa Jacques, FCCS and Laura Salisbury, University of Exeter
The purpose of this collaboration is to develop two courses in the Medical Humanities at UBC Okanagan through connecting with faculty members at the University of Exeter offering similar programs through the University of Exeter Welcome Centre leading to curriculum development and collaborative research.
Michael Treschow, FCCS and Paul Young, University of Exeter
This collaboration will extend joint capacity in the field of public humanities by developing a project to identify successful engagement and knowledge mobilization strategies.
Bryony Onciul, University of Exeter, Greg Garrard and Virginie Magnat, FCCS and Karen Ragoonaden, School of Education
This collaboration will further develop the ongoing Culture, Creativity, Health and Wellbeing project and will, among other opportunities, allow for Professor Onciul to engage with community sites in the Okanagan regarding TRC commitments and to contribute to course delivery with the Okanagan School of Education.
Bryony Onciul and Marisa Lazzari, University of Exeter; Greg Garrard and Virginie Magnat, FCCS and Karen Ragoonaden, School of Education
Connecting strands on current Indigenous realities in the Americas: an interdisciplinary workshop on traditional territories, extractivism and narratives of reconciliation in North and South America
School of Engineering
Lukas Bichler, UBC Okanagan and Shaowei Zhang, University of Exeter
Exploring common areas of interest related to graphene-based application in light alloys, this fellowship brings together the pioneering work at UBC Okanagan’s School of Engineering in graphene-based materials and the surface-science research expertise at the University of Exeter with the intent to develop collaborations for application in theoretical and industrial projects.
Joshua Brinkerhoff, UBC Okanagan and David Moxey, University of Exeter
This collaboration will explore the use of liquid Hydrogen and other complex fuels as green aviation fuel. This collaboration involves co-supervision of a UBC Okanagan doctoral student and Prof. Moxey from the University of Exeter contributing to a directed studies course at UBC Okanagan.