Research Notes

Research Notes

Research Notes is a University publication that is published twice a year celebrating our successes and communicates our research activity. We recognise the value of our work in research, knowledge exchange, enterprise, impact and postgraduate supervision.

Novos Journal

Novos, BNU Research and Impact Journal, provides a forum to disseminate research, impact, knowledge exchange, commentary, scholarly work and is an edited journal published by Buckinghamshire New University.

Novos Current Issues
Banal truths and beautiful lies

Why do we cling to untruths? Truth is perhaps less a matter of facts than of feelings. This article discusses two canonical literary texts to illustrate psychic attachment to unenlightened world views and the productive potential of misreading. It develops the discussion with reference to Freud’s ‘The Wolf Man’ and Marshall Berman’s creative use of the (mis)translated phrase from Marx: ‘all that is solid melts into air’. Dr Simon Lee-Price

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Consumer preferences for veneer in wood products in Malaysia

This study provides an insight into preferences for wood veneer among value-added wood products manufacturers and gives useful insights into the relevant marketing strategies for future product development. Chin Khoon Ark, Jegatheswaran Ratnasingham, Hazirah Ab Latib, Lim Choon Liat, Florin Ioras

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Functional value in Higher Education: Perspectives from students studying Business Management degrees in the UK

The recent changes to the higher education policy focus on enabling quasi-markets through greater institutional competition and the empowerment of students, underpinned by changes to higher education funding.  The cost-sharing policies and the subsequent empowerment of students have offered a new space for assertive students in higher education, who continue to seek value-for-money in their educational choice. In this context, using both the education and marketing literature, this article outlines the successive United Kingdom governments’ focus on student choice and examines the concept of perceived value and the process by which students evaluate value from their study experiences. Dr John Mariampillai

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Assessing Inequalities in access to air transport services across Europe (EEA + UK + Switzerland)

There has been a dearth of research specifically focussing on the extent to which inequalities in air transport access have developed and widened over time both within and between states at a sub-regional level. 

This study has therefore been able to apply air access inequality measures to over 1,350 sub-regions across the continent (at NUTS3 level). There is also a more indepth phase to the research, that allows for more context and specific circumstances to be drawn out on a sub-sample of regions that are deemed to be the most cut-off and unequal in comparison to other sub-regions or indeed within individual countries by including further indicators of vulnerability and dependence.

The baseline year is 2019 with the impact of the pandemic through 2020 being applied to the shortlist regions to see the extent to which the absolute and relative (inequality) level of access changed as a result of Covid related travel restrictions and accompanying economic downturns.

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