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Helping Refugees Assimilate in the UK

Successful, efficient integration of refugees in their host country is significantly hampered by the refugees’ struggle to overcome day-to-day challenges, such as access to healthcare, education, finances/livelihoods, social capital, etc; all of which are aggravated by a knowledge deficit and gaps between expectations and actuality. This project investigates the use of virtual reality to significantly enhance (in a safe, controlled and repeatable manner) familiarisation, immersive knowledge transfer and set expectations; thereby supporting behaviour change and good/prudent decision making for refugees. In particular the project is considering the use of VR to help refugees navigate the NHS.

Medieval Coventry In the medieval period.

Coventry was a major centre for tanning as well as for its better-known cloth industry. Heavily damaged during the Second World War, and unsympathetically rebuilt in the 1950s and 1960s, there is little left in modern Coventry to remind visitors of this important period in Coventry’s history.

The tanning of cattle hides was a labour intensive and smelly process. After the hooves and horns had been chopped off the animal skins from butchers, the skins were immersed in pits filled with dog dung or lime, scraped and then sprinkled with urine and left to rot in a warm environment. Finally the hides were soaked for up to twelve months in a tanning liquid to achieve the desired quality of leather.

This project allows users to experience tanning in medieval Coventry through a multisensory computer simulation of a tanning site complete with the skins in various stages of processing, the shouts of the workers, and the pungent smells.


SCHEDAR (Safeguarding the Cultural HEritage of Dance through Augmented Reality)

Dance is an integral part of any culture. Through its choreography and costumes dance imparts richness and uniqueness to that culture. However, modern factors such as globalization and the massive movement of people have diminished the unique culture of many communities, and indeed there is a now a very real risk that many types of dance may disappear forever.

SCHEDAR will use multisensory Augmented Reality technology to enable direct interaction with a dance, providing new experiences and training in traditional dance which is key to ensure this rich culture asset is preserved for future generations.