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Read Susanne Clarke’s report on the last Workshop.
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Do you want to have a say in deciding priorities for health research?
Have your say and rank priorities for research to help make care safer for adults with complex health needs. The list of priority areas in this survey was identified by patients, carers, the public and healthcare staff who filled out the first survey earlier this year. The survey is open to those not currently doing healthcare research.
The survey can be accessed here. Deadline: 12 November 2018
The NIHR Imperial Patient Safety Translational Research Centre, who are running this survey with the James Lind Alliance, will host a workshop on 17th December (London) with the results of this survey to come to a consensus for the top 10 areas for research. The results will be widely publicised to encourage research funding bodies and research teams to address these questions. It will also do research in some of these areas itself.
A recent article published on the Wessex Clinical Research Network website explores the experience of a local physiotherapist, based at Dorset County Hospital (DCH), who became the Principal Investigator for a clinical research study. Having undertaken the role for the first time, the article contains his experience of performing the duty and how this was balanced with his pre-existing clinical tasks and responsibilities.
The CORKA study investigates rehabilitation for patients that have undergone a knee arthoplasty and was the first collaborative study between DCH and Dorset Healthcare. To date the study has recruited over 300 participants.
CEMP convened the 12th Media Education Summit in Hong Kong last week. It was the biggest MES so far, with 170 delegates from 27 countries attending at Hong Kong Baptist University.
Feedback from delegates has been overwhelmingly positive – see the MESHK18 twitter thread – including invitations from prospective hosts in Asia. North America and central Europe for future years and several CEMP Ed-Doc enquiries have already been made by delegates from Hong Kong, China and Japan. Here are two examples:
I would like to thank you once again for a wonderful time in Hong Kong. For me it was a learning experience like no other, an experience that i shall never forget. (Doctoral student, Malta).
Researchers who presented have been invited to submit their work to Media Practice and Education, the journal edited in CEMP and BU doctoral graduate Marketa Zezuokova teamed up with South Island School to run this year’s youth strand, concluding with the school students forming a ‘flipped panel’ to field questions from the academics.
All the keynotes, the Youth MES video and Karen Fowler-Watt’s film with Fergal Keane will be available on the CEMP site in due course.
MES is a big project and the team at the event (Karen Fowler-Watt, Mark Readman, Annamaria Neag and Julian McDougall) are grateful to the people who make it happen at BU – Laura Hampshaw and Lokesh Sivakumar.
Watch this space for an announcement soon about the next MES!!
Always engaging, the Centre for Qualitative Research’s Lunchtime Seminar Go Create! Series continues with:
Jen Leamon presenting
“Creating and sharing stories:
Students’ creation of digital stories in undergrad midwifery education”
Wednesday, 7 Nov
Royal London House 409
(note change in location)
The seminars are always informal, interactive and afford lots of time for audience discussion!
Think about your future ageing or old age.
What thoughts and feelings come to mind?
As a trained medical doctor and educator of health professional students, Curie became aware of the impact of ageing populations. In 2017, global population trends reversed: there are now more people over 65 years old than under five years old (United Nations, 2013). Nearly one in five people currently alive in the UK will get to their hundredth birthday (Department for Work and Pensions, 2011).
We are ageing. But we remain uncomfortable about talking about it.
Using drawing to discuss ageing
For her research, she was interested in whether drawing might help us talk about our future. She invited health professional students and people over 60 to a specially designed Drawing Programme to think about their future ageing. This was a four week expressive mark-making workshop-based programme. Examples of drawings were on display at the cafe. Of the five drawings linked to ageing, the masks (below) were the final drawing as it was the most personal.
Challenging the accepted Cultural ‘truths’ about ageing
It is clear that ‘older people’ are an ‘othered’ group. That is, we want to separate ourselves from being labelled ‘old’. The Drawing Programme facilitated openness and a willingness to consider the myriad ‘what-ifs’ of ageing. Participants noted ‘truths’ or ‘assumptions’ of ageing which they had absorbed from their surrounding Culture ageing. These were predominantly negative:
- Ageing is relative, dependent on one’s age
- Ageing is about decline with core and peripheral losses
- With ageing, one is concealed and outcast from society
- With increasing age, one is less valued
- Ageing as a discussion topic is taboo
- Ageing is ugly and is especially harsh to women
These myths echoed responses by those at Café Scientifique. Comments about the future included concerns about ill health, dependency, and loneliness. Positive aspects were about greater confidence, time to enjoy leisurely pursuits and have more time with family and friends.
Returning to the research, over the three month study period, participants interrogated their assumptions. They disentangled from dominant negative threads and chose new ways of being. They described some powerful shifts in thinking and behaviour. They shared a stronger internal sense of agency and choice – not that ageing would just ‘happen’ but that we all have choices we can make for and about our future ageing.
At the deepest level of consideration, participants could visualise themselves, and indeed accept, that they were likely to become old. They took control of the time they had left. At 73 years old, Veronica (not her real name) declared that the study propelled her into fulfilling her lifelong dream of playing the saxophone. With a strong family history of deaths in their sixties, Eva (not her real name) responded by changing her health behaviour and asking for health screening tests.
Drawing helped adults to think, explore, and articulate on the emotive topic of their future ageing. Curie ended with a line from the poem ‘Snow’ by poet laureate Carol Ann Dufffy which is carved on a stone in Durlston Country Park.
If you are interested in knowing more about the drawing workshops or perceptions of ageing, contact me at email@example.com
The next Cafe Scientifique by Xun He is on next week, Tues 6th Nov, on “Working together: When your mind is in my mind”
Department for Work and Pensions, 2011. Number of Future Centenarians by Age Group [online] Available at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/223173/centenarians_by_age_groups.pdf
United Nations, 2013. World Population Prospects: The 2012 Revision. United Nations Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Available at: https://population.un.org/wpp/Publications/Files/WPP2012_HIGHLIGHTS.pdf
We have received this announcement from CREST (Consortium for Research Excellence Support and Training):
CREST is delighted to be participating in this year’s Academic Writing Month, or #AcWriMo. AcWriMo was created in 2011 by Charlotte Frost, founder of PhD2Published. It is a month long festival of writing hoping to create some good writing habits or help you get some writing done.
The CREST team has developed a set of activities to support you and encourage you with your writing. We will be holding online twitter conversations throughout November, suitable for researchers at any career stage. We will be available online between 8am and 10am on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week for writing together sessions on Twitter and Slack.
How to take a part
- Sign up to CREST AcWriMo 2018 to get updates
- Follow @crestuk on Twitter and join in discussion. Remember to use #CRESTAcWriMo and #AcWriMo2018 in your posts
- Join us on Slack every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 8 and 10 am.
- Post to CREST AcWriMo 2018 Wall. We are asking all interested in taking part to publicly announce their intention to write. In this way you are more likely not to give up as it creates a feeling of taking a part in a ‘real and not online event’.
- Track your Progress
What to do
- Make a plan and research your topic in advance
- Book some time in your diary for writing
- Set yourself a daily goal (can be anything, we are suggesting 300-500 words or more), start writing and document your progress
- Update your column in the CREST AcWriMo 2018 Progress sheet as often as you can (we suggest writing daily and updating daily)
- Tweet us some photos of how is your writing going, how is your desk looking or of the view from your writing space. Don’t forget to include #acwrimo2018 #CRESTAcWriMo
- There is a writing retreat in November 2018 but this is only open to those from CREST member institutions (BU is not a member)
Looking forward to writing with you!
Your CREST team,
Tijana, Rachel and Matthew
The Postgraduate Research Live Exhibition is your opportunity to showcase your research this academic year.
Calling all PGRs (MRes, PhD, Professional Doctorates alike)! Exhibit your research or research journey at this PGR Live Exhibition on Wednesday 5 December, followed by a free festive social for PGRs and Supervisors.
This is your opportunity to display your research to all of BU in creative and innovative ways during this open live exhibition.
Only 1 week left to apply.
18th October 2018 was a night to remember for BU PGR Aishah Selamat as she bagged this years’ Institute of Director (IoD) Student of the Year Award across the United Kingdom. The Student of the Year Award is dedicated to recognising the student who has shown director qualities in a project they have worked on in business, employment or academic capacity.
Inspired by her Ph.D. research work, Aishah mooted the idea of DataDenizens.com with the aim of advancing SMEs companies in the European continent to take on a simple analytic solution. According to Judge Junior Bammeke, Joint Institute Secretary and Data Protection Officer, Institute of Directors,
“Within her application and presentation, it was clear to see that Aishah had a very detailed knowledge of her target market, and opportunities for growth.“
On her winning, Aishah shared,
“As the award is dedicated to my parents, I would like to extend this award to Bournemouth University, the Sci Tech Faculty and Creative Technology Department for providing me the opportunity to undergo my Ph.D research with BU. Last but not least, I would like to give my thanks and gratitude to my supervisors, Dr. Simant Prakoonwit, Dr Reza Sahandi and Dr. Wajid Khan for their endless support and guidance. BUproud! “
For more read on IoD’s award coverage:
From the successful event in 2017 titled “Putting Social Science into Project Management” and building on the presentation “Future of Project Management” …
Dr Karen Thompson of the Department of Leadership, Strategy and Organisations is delighted to be collaborating once again with Dr Paul Summers of the University of Winchester, UCL and the Association for Project Management to host a project management event in London on 8th November 2018 as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.
‘Creative Futures in Projects and Programmes’ will bring together project practitioners and researchers for a unique dialogue about the future of project management. With a focus on the human dimension of projects, this will be a showcase for current qualitative research on projects and will feature initiatives from practice and student research. A series of presentations, posters and videos will prompt creative thinking and discussion of what the future might hold for project and programme management. Presentations will include:
Tom Taylor, Principle of Dashdot, founding partner of Buro Four and a vice-President of APM, speaking on “Looking! And Thinking Ahead! Fashions and Trends in the Management of Projects and Programmes”
Emily Miles, University College London, on “Where are the Women in Major Projects?”
Dr Clara Cheung, University of Manchester, on “Measuring what works: workplace well-being of project professionals”
Clive Powell, Middlesex University London, on “Project Management & Improvisation: Research findings from literature review and analysis of first cut qualitative data”
Dr Nigel Williams also from the Department of Leadership, Strategy and Organisations at BU and Karen will provide an overview of their work on Responsible Project Management.
And Daniel Nicholls, APM Research Manager, will provide an update on their latest research.
In addition, there will be opportunities for practitioners to share their project headaches and discuss issues with researchers and other practitioners. As last year, the event will conclude with a panel of experts sharing their views on a selection of pressing issues suggested by the audience, in an exciting BBC ‘Question Time’ style debate.
The event is free to attend but booking is required: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-futures-in-projects-and-programmes-tickets-51241202817
We are organising a coach from BU. If you would like to reserve a place, you must email firstname.lastname@example.org BEFORE 1st November 2018.