Media coverage

Sports concussion: impact and management

Professor Huw Williams and colleagues will be working with the Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club to improve safety and management of the impact of injuries during head trauma.
Coverage included University press release, Exeter Chiefs, Western Morning News, ITV and others.

New Centre for Research Ageing and Cognitive Health

Professor Linda Clare has joined the University of Exeter and will lead the new Centre for Research in Ageing and Cognitive Health. The centre aims to improve the lives of people with dementia. Its research focuses on two main themes: maintaining mental fitness and well-being in later life, and living well with age-related cognitive disability and dementia.

Coverage included University press release, Western Morning News and others.

Premature Deaths from traumatic brain injuries

Professor Huw Williams took part in a briefing into the effects of traumatic brain injuries based upon his research investigating the long-term impacts and what it can mean for patients.

Coverage included BBC News, The Guardian and The Telegraph amongst others.

Traumatic brain injury in young offenders

Research by Williams, Cordan, Mewse, Tonks and Burgess (2010) found that young offenders have an increased rate of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and that TBI is associated with more convictions with greater violence.

This research has appeared on the BBC news website, on a BBC Radio 4 programme called All in the Mind and in Time Magazine.

These findings have also been mentioned by organisations with an interest in brain injury, including Headway and The United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF).

Huw Williams will join other academics and practitioners to give evidence as part of the committee inquiry into ‘Brain injury and the criminal justice system’  and explain what can be done to identify and treat offenders with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and reduce reconviction rates in Scotland. This was covered by the University of Exeter, Daily Record, The Courier, Press and Journal and The Herald Scotland. You can view a video of the evidence giving in parliament.

Huw Williams is working with the Disabilities Trust and Youth Justice Board to place Link Workers into Young Offender Institutions. They support staff in assessment of TBI, and then provide advice to staff and offer one to one support to the person identified as having a TBI.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) – which oversees the running of prisons and wellbeing of prisoners in the UK - recently reported on how important provision of such services are for staff in relation to managing behavioural problems. Read the report (Report on an unannounced inspection of  HMYOI Hindley by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons 3 – 14 March 2014).

Research collaboration with Somerset Care

The University's Psychology School has forged research links with Somerset Care. An award for "Outstanding Dementia Research" made at the first ever National Dementia Care Awards in November 2010 recognised the progressive programme of research from this unique partnership.