IHS Research Seminar Series – Involving People Living with Dementia in Research

On 25 October 2017 Jennifer Bray from the Association for Dementia Studies will be presenting a session entitled ‘Involving People Living with Dementia in Research: Different Methods of Engagement and their Related Challenges’. The seminar will take place 1.00pm-2.00pm in EEG164.

Please see the attached flyer for further information.

Flyer – IHS Research Seminar – 25 October 2017

 

Funding for Research Workshops

The Research Office is running a series of workshops on finding funding for research, bid writing and bid development, as part of the Researcher Development Programme 2017-18.

Finding Funding for Research and Knowledge Exchange – Karen Dobson

If you’re looking for funding to support research and knowledge exchange activities this session will help you to navigate the opportunities available. The session aims to enable you to be pro-active and reactive to established and new funding opportunities and provides an overview of research funding in the UK. Key research funders, and the activities they fund, are highlighted, alongside the University of Worcester’s own research funding schemes and processes. It will be of use to those unfamiliar with the research funding landscape and also to researchers planning to make their first funding bid.

  • 16-10-17 12.15 – 13.45 St John’s Campus
  • 17-01-18 12.15 – 13.45 St John’s Campus

Introduction to Bid Writing – John-Paul Wilson and Rishi Verma

This session will identify the major research funders and set out good practice in writing a research funding application, drawing on guidance provided for example by the Research Councils and the experiences of staff who have written both successful and unsuccessful funding bids. This session will be useful for all those considering making an application for research funding.

  • 22-11-2017 12:15 – 13:45 St John’s Campus
  • 14-02-2018 12:15 – 13:45 St John’s Campus

Developing Your Bid – Rishi Verma

For those in the process of scoping a project with the intention to submit a bid – or whom have formed their research ideas in full to have started an application, having already identified a call, this session highlights key aspects for applicants to consider in terms of bid development, and the University’s role in the crafting, refining and submission of each bid. This workshop covers topics, including the internal approvals process to resource justification, enabling researchers to take into account key considerations to aid qualitative, viable and timely submissions to various research funders.

  • 11-12-2017 12:15 – 13:45 St John’s Campus
  • 12-03-2018 12:15 – 13:45 St John’s Campus

How to book

Please book online through the University’s Staff Development Workshops booking portal (click on the ‘Research’ tab).

For more information about these workshops, please contact research@worc.ac.uk

Karen Dobson, Research and Knowledge Exchange Facilitator, Research Office

 

Research Seminar on sports nutrition

Staff and Students are invited to attend a research seminar on Tuesday 17 October 2017. This will take place in EE1061 between 1pm – 2pm.

Blackcurrant, a New Ergogenic Aid in Sports and Exercise Nutrition?

Dr Matthew Cook
Lecturer in Sports and Exercise Science

Sports nutrition is a fast changing landscape, with a vast array of supplements on the market all purported to have some ‘ergogenic’ benefit, with different amounts of evidence to support their use. A recent addition to the sports nutrition market has been ‘functional foods’. Defined as those foods that provide additional benefits above their macronutrient content. For example, beetroot has been examined for its effects on lowering oxygen consumption to steady state exercise and exercise performance, while cherry has been examined for its effects upon recovery. This research seminar will discuss findings from recent studies using blackcurrant and highlight how it can have ergogenic effects during exercise and identify some of the mechanisms for the effects observed.

 

Prospective Mood Monitoring in Mood Disorders

On the 11 October 2017, 1.00pm-2.00pm, we will launch the IHS Research Seminar Series for this academic year

Professor Lisa Jones and Dr Katherine Gordon-Smith of the Mood Disorders Research Group will be presenting a session entitled ‘Prospective Mood Monitoring in Mood Disorders. The seminar will take place in EEG164.

Please see the attached flyer for further information.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Brilliant Mentor book

The second edition of ‘How to Be a Brilliant Mentor’, written by members of the PGCE Secondary team is now available.

It has been revised throughout to cover the new Mentor Standards and changes in teacher training routes and with two completely new chapters on school-based training (Trevor Wright) and development through risk-taking (Suzanne Lawson and Kerry Whitehouse).

Institute of Physics Lectures – University of Worcester

The lectures are free of charge and open to all.

Lectures start at 7.30pm but there will be someone in the room from 7pm. All take place in EE G089 Yelland Lecture Room.

  • Tuesday 19/09/2017 FROM MEDICAL TO FORENSIC RESEARCH: THE INTERCONNECTEDNESS OF PHYSICS
  • Tuesday 10/10/2017 FRICTION, STICTION AND AIR-FLOW CONSTRICTION
  • Wednesday 22/11/2017 WANDERING CONTINENTS: EVOLUTION OF THE ATLANTIC OCEAN
  • Tuesday 05/12/2017 FROM WIND-FARM TO POWER SOCKET-CONNECTING LARGE-SCALE RENEWABLE POWER SOURCES USING DC
  • Thursday 11/01/2018 EXTREME PHYSICS IN NEUTRON STAR BINARIES
  • Thursday 19/04/2018 SCIENCE OF THUNDERSTORMS

Close reading on the theme of nature at the Ledbury Poetry Festival

Earlier this month, John Parham, from the Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts, led a close reading at the Ledbury Poetry Festival. Based on 20 years’ research into how poetry can help us to better understand nature in a time of climate crisis, audience members took turns to read extracts from two iconic British nature writers, the Victorian priest-poet Gerard Manley Hopkins and the contemporary poet Alice Oswald. Attended by approximately 45 people, a vibrant discussion (during and after the session!) ranged across themes of poetic style, whether religion impedes our love of nature, climate change, and how we sustain both humans and nature in landscapes peppered with agricultural and industrial activity. Entitled ‘Dappled and Discordant: On poetry and our ‘off-beat’ relationship with nature’, John’s session was sponsored by The Friends of the Dymock Poets.

Novel research – how and where we exercise

Do you want to get more active? Do you want to be part of some novel research taking place at the University of Worcester? This novel research study explores a new approach to how and where we exercise. High-intensity interval exercise is recently becoming a more popular mode of training based on its time-efficiency compared with traditional, continuous and moderate-intensity exercise.

However, the time-efficiency becomes questionable if a time-consuming visit to the gym is required in order to undertake this training. We are investigating whether high intensity workouts in the living room can be just as effective as a trip down the gym, by exploring many different effects of a bout of non-gym-based bouts of high-intensity interval exercise, such as star jumps, on the body.

For your time and efforts, you will receive a free month’s gym membership at the University McClelland Centre for Health & Wellbeing and the St John’s campus gym, as well as be entered into a prize draw to win a prize up to the value of £150. Participating in this study will require 3 visits to the laboratory from around 8am-2:30pm, but during most of this time you are free to work from the laboratory.

If you are able to work away from your office for this amount of time and are interesting in participating, please see the attached poster and email Alice Burgin at a.burgin@worc.ac.uk. Thank you!

Novel research poster

Helping us to see dementia differently-4th David Jolley Lecture

4th David Jolley Lecture on 19 July 2017 presented by:

Cathy Greenblat – Helping us to see dementia differently

David Jolley Lecture at the University of Worcester
Wednesday 19 July 2017
16:00 (registration & refreshments)
16:30 to 18:00 (Lecture: 16:30 to 17:15 followed by discussion to 18:00)
University of Worcester Arena, Hylton Road, Worcester, WR2 5JN
For directions see http://www.worcester.ac.uk/discover/find-us-severn-campus.html

To book a free place please use the online booking system at:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cathy-greenblat-david-jolley-lecturediscussion-registration-34978542763
Places are expected to be in demand, so book early to guarantee your place.

Helping us to see dementia differently poster

Novel research – how and where we exercise

Do you want to get more active? Do you want to be part of some novel research taking place at the University of Worcester? This novel research study explores a new approach to how and where we exercise. High-intensity interval exercise is recently becoming a more popular mode of training based on its time-efficiency compared with traditional, continuous and moderate-intensity exercise.

However, the time-efficiency becomes questionable if a time-consuming visit to the gym is required in order to undertake this training. We are investigating whether high intensity workouts in the living room can be just as effective as a trip down the gym, by exploring many different effects of a bout of non-gym-based bouts of high-intensity interval exercise, such as star jumps, on the body.

For your time and efforts, you will receive a free month’s gym membership at the University McClelland Centre for Health & Wellbeing and the St John’s campus gym, as well as be entered into a prize draw to win a prize up to the value of £150. Participating in this study will require 3 visits to the laboratory from around 8am-2:30pm, but during most of this time you are free to work from the laboratory.

If you are able to work away from your office for this amount of time and are interesting in participating, please see the attached poster and email Alice Burgin at a.burgin@worc.ac.uk. Thank you!

Novel research poster

Researching with young people in sport using participatory approaches

Staff and Students are invited to attend a research seminar on Wednesday 28 June 2017. This will take place in EE1057 between 1pm – 2pm.

Dr Hayley Fitzgerald
Visiting Professor

“I’m nervous about going into the school today. I feel totally unprepared. I think I’m just going to have to wing it”. On reading this account from my research diary you may think I’m a disorganised researcher. Surely no well-trained researcher worth their salt would go into the field so unprepared? I suspect though, for those who have attempted to research with young people using participatory approaches, there may be a seed of familiarity with my musings. By drawing on accounts found in my research diary I offer some preliminary thoughts about working with participatory and messy methods. In exploring the possibilities and challenges of participatory research I will discuss four issues: ‘what is participation?’; ‘where’s the data?’; ‘time’, and ‘exhilarated and exhausted’.

 

NCSPVA 3rd Annual Conference & Lynda Bellingham Memorial Lecture

The Impact of Violence and Abuse on Children and Young People
5-6 June 2017

Cotswold Suite, St John’s Campus

The focus of the 2017 annual conference is on examining the intersections of childhood and adulthood within the context of violence and abuse. The aim of this conference is to further our understanding of evidence based practice through reflection on developments to date, and the future needs of children growing up within a context of violence. To this end the conference will host a number of keynote presentations and individual oral and poster presentations that will showcase regional, national and international research and practice innovations relating to childhood and violence and safeguarding within this context. We wish to invite all those who work with this issue to attend in order to network and share best practice and to engage in conversations to further evidence based practice.

Please download the attached flyer for further details.

Children and Young People’s Plan and Survey

The new Children and Young People’s Plan is currently being developed, and partners from a wide range of organisations are already involved.

 The new plan will:

  • Clarify the collective ambition and aspirations for all children and young people in Worcestershire​
  • Focus on key priorities and success measures​
  • Set expectations around the way we work in Worcestershire ​
  • Provide a framework for all agencies and organisations working with children, young people and families to make the necessary impact to improve lives​
  • Build on and add value to existing plans

So how can you help?

It’s important that as part of the development of the plan we engage with as many

  • Children
  • Young People
  • Parents/Carers of children and young people
  • Practitioners who work with children, young people and families

You are encouraged to complete the online survey, the survey can be found at: http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/cypp

We also have the following resources available to you if you wish to use them, they can be emailed to you:

  • A4 and A3 posters
  • Graphics for your plasma screen
  • Engagement Pack (attached)

Kind regards

Allie Webster

Engagement Pack V5 – wording no attachments

Graduate Destination Survey

Graduate Destination Survey

As your leavers come to the end of their studies, could you please encourage them to complete next year’s Graduate Destination survey? We will be contacting them from November onwards to ask what they are doing in terms of work or further study. We are required to achieve an 80% response rate, so every return counts! Can you also mention that Careers and Employability can continue to support students for up to three years after they leave. Appointments can be booked as usual through www.timecenter.com/worcester  or contact us at careers@worc.ac.uk

Also, if you are a member of staff who has completed study at UW, such as the PGCert in Learning and Teaching in HE  – you are also a leaver, and the Destinations of Leavers Survey will also apply to you. So we would be grateful if you could please complete your own form promptly!

Many thanks,
Careers and Employability Service


Research Seminars

Staff and Students are invited to attend a research seminar on Friday 19 May 2017. This will take place in EE1104 between 1pm – 2pm. Chris, John and Alice will be showcasing their research in 15-minute presentations with 5 minutes for questions each and they would appreciate your attendance.

Current MPhil/PhD Research

Early stage plans for a research study exploring the continuation in engagement by people with dementia within community leisure centres

Chris Russell
First Year MPhil/ PhD

Increasing numbers of people are being diagnosed with dementia. We lack pharmacological interventions to halt or reverse the disease processes that cause dementia. Thus, new evidence-based responses are sought that are less reliant on conventional health-care interventions.

This presentation will summarise early stage plans for a research study exploring the continuation in engagement by people with dementia within community leisure centres. Findings from the study will provide knowledge that community leisure centres can use to enhance their offering to people with dementia, which in turn might contribute to responses to the challenges dementia presents.

Did British Wheelchair Basketball listen to the numbers in Rio?

John Francis
Final year PhD

The use of performance analysis within wheelchair basketball is a relatively new concept despite research dating back to 1995. The number of international teams using performance analysis has increased dramatically since London 2012 as teams look for marginal gains to ensure they are on the podium at the next Paralympic Games. British Wheelchair Basketball have utilised a performance analysis to help them identify the key determinants of success within wheelchair basketball to hopefully provide the winning edge over opposition teams. This presentation will compare the information that was provided to the team following the successful performance at the 2015 European Championships and explore how representable this information was to the performances they undertook in Rio.

HIIT without the hassle? Acute physiological and psychological responses to novel modes of high-intensity intermittent exercise

Alice Burgin
Second year MPhil/PhD

Over half of UK adults do not meet the recommendation of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week, with poorer rates of activity in females than males. Physical inactivity is linked with an increased risk of a multitude of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease. The most commonly reported barriers to regular physical activity include lack of time and lack of enjoyment, which are more prominent in overweight females. High-intensity intermittent exercise (HIIE) is characterised by short bursts of high-intensity activity, interspersed with periods of rest. This has been proposed as a time-efficient means of physical activity, over typical continuous moderate-intensity activity. Yet, currently, HIIE has only been explored in cycling protocols that require specialised equipment and also may not be appealing, tolerable nor truly time-efficient for all. This presentation will discuss the physiological and psychological responses to some novel, non-cycling-based bouts of high-intensity interval exercise compared with traditional, cycling-based high-intensity interval exercise.

Environment Agency Talk

Libby Capps from the Environment Agency is giving a talk about the range of ecological monitoring carried out by the EA. The talk is taking place on Friday 5 May from 09:15 to 10am, with some time for questions, in EE1057.

All are welcome to attend. This is a great opportunity for any students wishing to hear about river management in practice and would be beneficial for any students thinking about a career in hydrology.