For a second year Ashgate Publishing is providing two book prizes to the Ergonomics Masters Degree (Msc Health Ergonomics) offered by the University of Derby, UK. The first students graduated in January 2009, this part-time course having started in 2005. The prizes are for the best achievement across the Masters and the best independent study and will be formally awarded on Graduation Day, Saturday 23 January 2010.
The degree programme was the only distance-learning Ergonomics Masters available when it was launched. It now has approximately 120 students from the UK, European Union, North America and elsewhere. With the introduction of a full-time distance learning option, the degree programme now offers three pathways: MSc Health Ergonomics, Msc Ergonomics (Human Factors) and MSc Ergonomics & Organisational Behaviour.
The Prize Winners
Erik Lewry was awarded the prize for Best Independent Study. Erik’s research project looked at the perception of Hand-Arm Vibration. This involved the comparison of two tool types and investigating the effect of using gloves. A paper based on this research has been accepted for publication in Contemporary Ergonomics 2010 and will be presented at the 2010 Ergonomics Society Annual Conference, which Ashgate will be attending.
The prize for Masters Achievement went to Karen Henley. Karen’s research project looked at devices to reduce the physical demands on fire-fighters performing a physically demanding ‘flat drag’ rescue from hot, smoke filled environments. Two new prototype devices to aid casualty rescue were developed and both out performed the traditional method of casualty rescue, in terms of time taken, perceived effort and physiological demand. A paper based on this research has been accepted for publication in Contemporary Ergonomics 2010 and will be presented at the 2010 Ergonomics Society Annual Conference.
Each prize winner receives Ashgate books to the value of £100. Congratulations to Erik and Karen!