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Lincoln Psychology Introduce New Computer Game For Children With Vision Loss

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Researchers from the University of Lincoln have teamed up with the WESC Foundation to create a new browser-based game called Eyelander, which aims to help children and young people with vision-loss to lead more independent lives.

The game was specifically designed for people with visual field loss caused by Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) – which is usually the result of a brain injury – and it prompts the player to use their vision more efficiently. The game requires players to move their eyes quickly around the screen to find matching shapes and colours at different positions and it is punctuated with encouraging words to motivate the player.

When played regularly the game can improve people’s performance of everyday tasks such as navigating through a crowded space or reaching for items in a supermarket.

If you are interested in trying Eyelander for free, go to their website to register and play https://www.eyelander.co.uk

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Lincolnshire Carers’ Conference

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In support of ‘Carers Week’ the University will be hosting a one day conference to examine some of the key issues for professional and informal carers in Lincolnshire.

The event is being held in partnership with Carers First and will take place from 9.30am until 4pm on Tuesday 12th June.

Key speakers will include:

  • John Kennedy, who is one of leading commentators on care and the care sector in the UK. A provocative and thought provoking speaker. John was a leading researcher at Joseph Rowntree Foundation managing a portfolio of action research projects including ‘Neighbourhood Approaches to Loneliness’, ‘Care Homes – Risk and Regulation’ and, ‘John Kennedy’s Care Home Inquiry’ published in Oct 2014. John was recently appointed by the Minister for Health in Northern Ireland to investigate potential solutions to meet the challenges facing the care system. The report “Power to People’ was published in December 2017.
  • Mo Ray, Professor of Health & Social Care Integration at the University of Lincoln. She is a leading researcher on older people, social gerontology and health and social care. Mo was a qualified social worker for many years specialising in practice with older people. She brings this combined experience as both a practitioner and an academic into all of her work. She is currently part of a Wellcome Trust Funded research project around ethical issues and self-funded social care.
  • Ian Dinghy, who is a singer, carer, award winning care trainer and public speaker. He is author of the books Dear Dementia and That Missing Piece – stories of survival and hope after bereavement. Ian is a much in demand public speaker on the subject of care, caring and life in general and we are very pleased to welcome him to the University of Lincoln.

Please register at attendance at www.eventbrite.com

For further details please contact Steve Corbett at scorbett@lincoln.ac.uk

Student Blog | Experiencing Mental Health Difficulties As A Student Nurse

To mark International Nurses Day we would like to share this really thoughtful and inspiring piece by University of Lincoln Nursing student, Lyndsey Howard.

“Studying at university can be difficult and having a mental health condition does not make it any easier, especially within nursing. Somehow, as a student mental health nursing, I thought that it would all be okay; I thought I wouldn’t have to worry about my mental health anymore… Oh, how wrong I was. I’m where I want to be, I’m studying the degree I want to do, I’m on the road to success… So why do I feel so low?

Experiencing mental health problems as a student nurse is somewhat, terrifying, yet humbling. Gaining the knowledge and experience to treat people, whilst being involved in treatment yourself feels like you’re a failure and a burden, combined with an experiment. Yet, it gives you insight and first-hand experience of good practice, based upon empathy and compassion – everything you are taught as a nursing student, and more. Lived experience is something that cannot be taught. It’s the whirlwind of emotions that takes over your very existence. It’s the look that people give you when they see your scars or hear your story; it’s the very reason why breaking the stigma of mental health is so crucial and the pure motivation for my passion. It’s one of the many reasons I became a student mental health nurse.

Managing your own mental health is something everyone must do, whether you have a mental health condition, or not. It’s those first day nerves that causes butterflies in your stomach, to the sad feeling we feel when we fail or don’t achieve as we thought we should. It’s looking after our own wellbeing and having the confidence and determination to live the life that we want. It’s just one of those things, like cholesterol or blood pressure. We all must look after our own physical and mental health, to be able to survive a nursing degree. Because it’s hard, you know? There will be times when you want to drop out, when it feels like enough is enough, but there will also be times when you’ve made such a difference to someone’s life, that you remember exactly why you wanted to be a nurse in the first place.

Being a student nurse has been one of the hardest journeys I’ve ever experienced, and I’m only in the first year! It’s becoming a lifestyle, a way of living if you may. It’s everything you want to be and it’s everything you want to learn, and much, much more. It’s noticing the small things within people and caring enough to make a difference. It means realising what is truly important in life and carrying that as your philosophy – your moto for life. It’s the way you smile at someone, the way you make them feel, the way you can empathise with their struggles and the way you can adapt yourself to help them live a better life.

The most important thing that I’ve learnt so far is that failure is okay; if you don’t fail, you don’t learn. Expectations are there to guide us, not define us. If we don’t succeed, try again. Learning is a journey of failures. You failed? So, what? Dust yourself off and try again. Who says you can’t achieve next time? Only that little voice inside your head criticising your every move, your every thought. What lies ahead of that void is entirely up to you. Our hopes and dreams carve the way for our ambitions to be fulfilled within this amazing career, and life, which lies ahead of us. It all starts now.”

Environmental Policy and Renewable Energy Research Seminar

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Dr Alexander Haupt is visiting from Plymouth Business School to lead a seminar on environmental policy and renewable energy. It is taking place on the 9th May 2018 from 16:00 to 17:00 in the Harvard Lecture Theatre (this is located on the ground floor of the David Chiddick Building in the Executive Development Centre)

The renewable energy sector is key to meeting climate policy targets and threatens the market power of conventional fossil-fuel electricity generators. The intermittence of renewable energy sources complicates environmental policy. This paper justifies to some extent the use of feed-in tariffs, capacity taxes and price caps in addition to emission taxes. Feed-in tariffs or capacity taxes might be necessary to counteract strategic overinvestment in conventional fossil-fuel capacities, but this strategic overinvestment can turn into underinvestment if the costs of renewable energy have sufficiently plummeted and the share of customers on time-invariant pricing schemes is sufficiently large. Emission taxes and feed-in tariffs might increase or decrease, as the costs of renewable energy decline, and the paper identifies the circumstances under which these different outcomes result. The analysis is based on a model in which a conventional fossil-fuel electricity producer competes with a potentially large number of renewable energy generators. The fossil-fuel electricity producer might apply different technologies.

For further details please contact Alan Gazzard agazzard@lincoln.ac.uk

Lincoln’s Blue Dog Project Wins Award at PEARL Conference

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.

Congratulations to everyone involved!

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Sunday Politics Special Featuring Lincoln’s Sue Bond-Taylor Nominated For BBC Ruby Award

A Sunday Politics special on Child Friendly Cities featuring research from School of Social and Political Sciences lecturers Sue Bond-Taylor and Dr 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.

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Sixth Form Students Visit Lincoln’s Biomechanics Lab

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.”

Participants Required For Study Into Self-Funded Care

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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.

To find out more please get in touch.

Claire Markaham: 01522 886121 / cmarkham@lincoln.ac.uk 

Mo Ray: 01522 886289 / mray@lincoln.ac.uk

Dr Sundari Anitha Book Launch | Striking Women

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.

You can order the book through Lawrence and Wishart Publishing

The book launch will be taking place on the 26th April at SOAS University of London. If you are interested in attending you can find out more here

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College of Social Science Enterprise Working Group (EWG) ‘Presentation Masterclass’

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 here and 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.uk by 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.

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