Lubna Alharbi

### The treachery of strategic decisions. An Actor-Network Theory perspective on the strategic decisions that produce new trains in the UK.

Michael King
The production of new passenger trains can be characterised as a strategic decision, followed by a manufacturing stage. Typically, competing proposals are developed and refined, often over several years, until one emerges as the winner. The winning proposition will be manufactured and delivered into service some years later to carry passengers for 30 years or more. However, there is a problem: evidence shows UK passenger trains getting heavier over time. Heavy trains increase fuel consumption...

### Torix Rickettsia: aspects of diversity, host range and symbiont-host interaction.

Panupong Thongprem
Rickettsia bacteria have traditionally been considered as the aetiologic agent of deadly arthropod-borne diseases in humans and livestock. However, more recent studies have discovered Rickettsia as non-vertebrate pathogens that are actually important to invertebrate evolution as symbionts. Recently, Rickettsia in the ‘torix’ clade were described from glossiphoniid leeches. This clade has since been observed to infect a wide range of invertebrate species and is thought to be most common in host species associated with freshwater...

Ningyu Liu

### The Distribution and Vertical Transport of Resources in the Upper Ocean

Shaun Rigby
Marine phytoplankton support higher trophic levels and are a key component of the biological carbon pump. The growth of marine phytoplankton is supported by the availability of bio-essential resources and incident light in the upper ocean. Over long periods, the biological carbon pump is sustained by the replenishment of depleted resources. In winter, the deepening of the mixed layer entrains underlying waters, transferring resources between the seasonal thermocline and mixed layer. The transfer of properties...

### The role of non-coding tandem repeat DNA and non-LTR retrotransposons in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis risk loci

Jack Marshall
Genome-wide association studies and functional data have shown that there is a genetic basis contributing to sporadic and familial forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), with a vast plethora of genes being associated with the disease. Since the discovery of the C9orf72 intronic repeat expansion there has been a growing awareness of non-coding repetitive DNA being associated with ALS risk. Originally labelled “junk DNA”, non-coding repetitive DNA is now known to be vital in regulating...

Yasmin Hilliam

### Ammonia Synthesis using a Dielectric Barrier Discharge Reactor

Yuxing Tian
In this thesis, two kinds of dielectric barrier discharge reactors were evaluated on their performance of ammonia synthesis regarding the NH3 concentration, energy efficiency and discharge characteristics.

Hajar Alhijailan

Aimee Cook

Harry Hatton

### A Radical Feminist Analysis of Women’s Experiences of Body-Searching in Prisons in England.

Amy Hughes-Stanley
Despite changes to strip searching policy as spearheaded by the Corston Report (2007), there is limited academic research regarding women’s experiences of body-searching within prisons in England. In order to address this gap in knowledge, this research was concerned with a radical feminist analysis of women’s experiences of body-searching within prisons in England. To this end, the research was focussed upon an analysis of four key searching practices: strip-searching, intimate-searching, rub-down-searching, and searches using technology....

### Merchants and Crisis in the Bristol-West India Sugar Trade, 1783-1802

Peter Buckles
This study focuses on the Bristol-West India sugar trade during the last two decades of the eighteenth century. It uses a case study of Bristol merchants Tobin & Pinney, who were importing sugar from Nevis, St Kitts, and other islands, in this period. Their letters are used as the basis of a qualitative analysis, which is backed up with reference to letters sent by James Sutton, Thomas Harris, and John Fisher Weare – all Bristol...

### Strengthening the midwifery workforce in fragile contexts: a mixed methods study from Ituri province, Democratic Republic of Congo

Amuda Baba
Skilled and motivated health workers are important to delivering quality healthcare. Ensuring their availability and equitable distribution is a key priority. Low- and middle-income countries are experiencing challenges in relation to the maternal health workforce. This situation is worse in fragile and conflict affected states. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has very high maternal mortality rates and a serious shortage of qualified skilled birth attendants. Ituri Province, in North-Eastern DRC is a fragile setting...

### Intensity-dependency and plasticity of perceived audio-visual simultaneity: behavioural and neural correlates

Ryan Horsfall
The perception of simultaneity and temporal order of audio-visual stimuli is vital in understanding which sensory information emanates from the same physical events. Two tasks commonly used to assess the relative perceptual latencies of audio-visual stimuli are the simultaneity judgement and temporal order judgement tasks, both of which provide an estimate of the point of subjective simultaneity (PSS), which reflects the temporal stimulus offset (typically in milliseconds) where simultaneity is perceived. These two estimates, perhaps...

### On the Design, Synthesis, and Modification of Metal-Organic Frameworks for Toxic Industrial Chemical Capture

Daniel Antony Eamon Warrilow-Brennan

Isabel Geiger

### Exclusive Observables to NLO and Low x PDF Phenomenology at the LHC

Christopher Flett
At present, the Parton Distribution Functions~(PDFs) for the quarks and gluons of QCD extracted in global fitting analyses suffer from large uncertainties, particularly at low $x$ and low scales. This is mainly a reflection of the lack of experimental data constraints in this kinematical regime. In this thesis, due to its enhanced sensitivity to the gluon PDF, we will study the exclusive production of heavy vector mesons $V$, measured recently in ultra peripheral $pp$ collisions...

Yanfang Si

Sze Sze Hon

Francesco Giorgi

### The impact of continuous glucose monitoring on the management of people with cystic fibrosis-related diabetes

Aileen Toner
Background Cystic fibrosis-related diabetes (CFRD) is the most common comorbidity found in people with cystic fibrosis (pwCF). CFRD is associated with increased adverse outcomes and burden of treatment in pwCF as well as reduced quality of life. People with CFRD (pwCFRD) must measure their blood glucose levels several times per day to monitor their diabetes and so that treatment can be tailored to individuals. Continuous glucose monitoring systems (CGMS) are a relatively new technology that...

Jason Bincalar

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