The Public Engagement for All with Research at Lincoln (PEARL) Project is funded by RCUK and it recognises research that actively engages with the public. This year’s PEARL Conference featured speakers and presenters from across the University’s academic Colleges, detailing how people from the local community and professional practice can get involved in developing academic research ideas, participating in studies as subjects or researchers, and sharing or acting upon research findings.
Child psychologists whose work aims to help reduce the risks of dog bites in families with young children were among the award winners including the international group of researchers behind the Blue Dog Project who received the Team Award category. The team, which is led by Professor Kerstin Meints from Lincoln’s School of Psychology, has developed an interactive educational package for teachers, parents and young children that uses a cartoon dog to teach children about safe behaviours around pet dogs.
Another win for the School of Psychology went to Dr Niko Kargas who received a Staff Award for his work to support people with autism and other ‘hidden disabilities’ in the employment market.
A Sunday Politics special on Child Friendly Cities featuring research from School of Social and Political Sciences lecturers Sue Bond-TaylorandDr Anna Tarrant has been shortlisted for a BBC Ruby award for best Sunday Politics programme!
The Children of Lincoln project is an initiative to progress UNICEF’s international Child Friendly Cities agenda within Lincoln. According to UNICEF, a Child Friendly City is one in which children’s rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child are respected and supported, where young people’s needs are considered and catered for, and where children’s voices are heard and contribute to local policy making and services. Children of Lincoln is a collaborative partnership between Lincolnshire County Council, City of Lincoln Council, University of Lincoln and many other local organisations that work with and support young people, working together to make Lincoln a Child Friendly City.
The project was officially launched in November 2017, with an event held at the University’s Isaac Newton Building for children, young people and their families. Over 200 visitors attended the launch, including 100 children, who all enjoyed a range of activities on the day including arts and crafts, virtual reality games and football with Imps in the Community. Local BBC reporters came to take a look and did some filming, including an interview with Sue. They were sufficiently interested in what the team were trying to achieve to build upon this piece for a special themed Sunday Politics show looking at Children’s Rights and Child Friendly Cities. Key to the episode was the participation of children, with the show hosted from Our Lady of Lincoln Catholic Primary Academy rather than from the studio, and with children given the chance to present and to interview local councillors about how child friendly Lincoln might be. Sue was interviewed again by presenter Tim Iredale, as were two University of Lincoln student vloggers who also contributed a short film about the challenges facing young people today.
Since the filming, the team has started work to establish a Children and Young Person’s Steering Group to direct the future activity and priorities of the Children of Lincoln project, and are working in partnership with Visit Lincoln to develop their website as a hub for publicising community events for children and families within the city.
A group of sixth form students from Lincoln Castle Academy have had the opportunity to get hands-on experience with some of the cutting-edge technology used for motion analysis at the University’s Human Performance Centre.
The event, organised by Dr Sandy Willmott and Joe Moore of the School of Sport and Exercise Science, took place on the 24th April as part of National Biomechanics Day, an annual global celebration of biomechanics which aims to raise awareness of the field and the many ways in which it can enhance our lives.
The group attended two interactive workshops, which were supported by MSc Sport Science students Nicola Camp and Kristín Geirsdottir. The first session looked at how muscle activity can be monitored during sporting movements through sensors on the skin surface, and the second showcased the use of motion capture to provide real-time biofeedback for improving rowing technique.
Dr Sandy Willmott, Senior Lecturer at the School of Sport and Exercise Science, said: “What we’ve been doing today is showing the students some of the technology we have and giving them a chance to get hands on and have a go, as well as exploring the biomechanical principles behind the technology and discussing potential applications.”
“The students have been great and have really embraced the opportunity to both help set the equipment up and be analysed.”
Do you know someone who pays for their own care? Are they over 65? Do they have carers that help them home?
Researchers in the School of Health and Social Care want to find out how easy or difficult it is to find the right kind of help. So if you know someone who might be interested in taking part in an interview to talk about their experiences of finding and paying for help please let them know.
Participants will be interviewed on three occasions and there will be about six months between each. Interviews can take place at the participant’s home or at a location close to them.
The interviews will help to produce a report which local agencies can use to gain a better understanding of the challenges and benefits of paying for your own care and help.
Senior lecturers in the School of Health and Social Care Robert Goemans and Lucy bright are currently featured in a video talking about the Approved Mental Health Professional role on the new British Association of Social Workers YouTube channel and can be viewed below:
Body image matters to all of us. Influenced by bio-social factors as diverse as genetics, the mass media, family and peers, and even children’s toys, the internalisation of negative body ‘ideals’ can be detrimental to health for both men and women. Perceptual body image distortion (BID) is often characterised by altered self-perceptions and has been assessed in the past using a variety of scales. However, body shape measurement scales are severely limited by poor imagery. Body shape derives from a complex interaction between three attributes: adiposity, muscle mass and muscle tone. Therefore, there is a need to develop biometrically accurate, ecologically valid images with which to measure estimates of body size and shape. To do this, researchers at the School of Psychology will combine 3D body shape scanning technology with body composition measurements to generate the required high quality, CGI stimuli. Using these images, we will shed new light on the perceptual, psychological and social dimensions of body image, in health and disease.
We are looking for men and women aged 18-45 to be scanned in a 3D scanner, which creates a 3D representation of that person and a measure of their body size and shape. For your scan, we ask men to wear shorts and women to wear shorts and a crop-top. You will then stand on a bio-impedance plate which will take a measure of your body fat and muscle content. If you are interested in taking part, please contact Sophie Mohamed at sMohamed@lincoln.ac.uk or Nadia Maalin at nMaalin@lincoln.ac.uk
Dr Sundari Anitha from the School of Social and Political Sciences has co-authored a new book, ‘Striking Women: Struggles and strategies of South Asian women workers from Grunwick to Gate Gourmet’ with economist Ruth Pearson, from the University of Leeds. The book is centred on two industrial disputes, the famous Grunwick strike (1976-78) and the Gate Gourmet dispute that erupted in 2005. Focusing on these two events, the book explores the nature of South Asian women’s contribution to the struggles for workers’ rights in the UK labour market. The authors examine histories of migration and settlement of two different groups of women of South Asian origin, and how this history, their gendered, classed and racialised inclusion in the labour market, the context of industrial relations in the UK in the two periods and the nature of the trade union movement shaped the trajectories and the outcomes of the two disputes.
This is the first account based on the voices of the women involved. Drawing on life/work history interviews with thirty-two women who participated in the two disputes, as well as interviews with trade union officials, archival material and employment tribunal proceedings, the authors explore the motivations, experiences and implications of these events for their political and social identities.
The two disputes also serve as a prism for examining particular continuities and changes in the industrial relations, trade union practices and their scope for action. This work challenges stereotypes of South Asian women as passive and confined to the domestic sphere, whilst exploring the ways in which their employment experience interacted with their domestic roles. Paying close attention to the events and contexts of their workplace struggles enables us to understand the centrality of work to their identities, the complex relationships between these women and their trade unions and some of the challenges that confront trade unions in their efforts to address issues posed by gender and ethnicity. This is the workers’ story.
Former Para-athlete Kelda Wood visited the Human Performance Centre in preparation for her attempt to solo row the Atlantic from East to West. She will be the first solo adaptive person to ever attempt this crossing and only the 6th ever solo female. She’s linking the campaign strongly to the charity Climbing Out and aims to “Raise awareness, Raise funds and Raise hope for young people facing life changing challenges”. Franky Mulloy, Research Fellow in Biomechanics, explains the technology and support the university will be providing to help Kelda achieve her goal.
On Monday 18th June, the College of Social Science Enterprise Working Group (EWG) has arranged a ‘Presentation Masterclass’. This training event will be delivered at the Professional Development Centre by Paul McGee. Paul is a highly experienced and sought-after trainer who delivers keynote addresses and training courses to international audiences. This day is specifically designed to equip academics and other key college staff to present effectively to commercial, industry or popular audiences. The training will cover:
The 7 major mistakes people make when they’re communicating with others, the damaging impact they have… and how to avoid them.
How to maximise engagement and increase your influence when communicating your message.
How to project confidence and credibility and conquer anxiety.
How to pitch your message to minimise resistance and maximise buy-in.
You can hear what Drew Povey, star of Channel 4’s ‘Educating Manchester,’ made of the Presentation Masterclass hereand Paul McGee describes the class in his own words in the first half of this clip
The EWG would like to maximise attendance and this masterclass is limited to 24 delegates.
If you would like to attend the presentation masterclass, please respond to Jo Haresign JHaresign@lincoln.ac.ukby 31st March, confirming that you are available for the whole day on 18th June. Secondly, please give a short account (one or two sentences) of how you plan to use the training in enterprise and/or income generating activities.
The unfolding autism prevalence and the high unemployment rates among autistic people have led to an increase in demand for employment support mechanisms. Although UK government legislation recommends the development of evidence-based needs-led services for autistic jobseekers, there is limited research to guide employment service provision. Thus, engaging the autistic community in the research processes to develop needs-led services and practices in a manner that is mutually beneficial and meaningful is of great importance. Unfortunately, current action research models in this area often lack social acceptability or fidelity and only offer its participants a passive recipient’s role, thereby being of limited relevance to end-users.
Using a community-based participatory research approach, this project integrates psychology and human resource management to produce evidence-based information for the development of protocols to deliver needs-led work-search review meetings with autistic jobseekers. This work will be used to inform policy development and the reformulation of current professional practices employed by Disability Advisors and Work Coaches in Jobcentres across the UK.
Senior Lecturer/Programme Lead Department of People and Organisation in the Lincoln International Business School, Dr John Mendy is leading the research seminar, which is titled “Identifying needs and barriers experienced by autistic jobseekers and work coaches at the Jobcentre’s work search review meetings: A community-based participatory research project”, which is taking place on 14th March 2018 from 16:00 to 17:00 in LM0103 (this is located on the ground floor of the David Chiddick Building in the Executive Development Centre)
This is a free event and all are welcome to attend.