Reflections on participatory research

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Venue: Courtyard Room, HSMC (Park House)       When: Wednesday 3rd June 2015: 1.00 – 3.00pm

The seminar will provide reflections on the experience and findings from two participatory research projects, with an opportunity to discuss the future of the participatory research theme in the College of Social Science.

Programme:

1.00: Chair’s intro and welcome: Joy Fillingham

1.05: Co-researching micro-care: Kerry Allen, Adrian Murray and Gareth Welford

1.35: Comments and questions

1.45: The right to be heard: independent mental health advocacy in England: Laura Able and Karen Newbigging

2.15: Comments and questions

2.25: Break for refreshments

2.35: Open discussion: the impact and future of participatory research in the College

3.00: Close

If you like to attend this free seminar, please contact Evelina Balandyte at e.balandyte@bham.ac.uk

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Evaluating health policy reforms under the Coalition Government, 2010-2015

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When: 24 April 2015 (10am – 5pm)      Where: HSMC, University of Birmingham

Cost: £40 (per person, including lunch)    Key note speaker: Lord Philip Hunt

Despite the Conservative’s pledge in 2010 for `no more top-down re-organisations’, the Coalition reforms (2010-2015) have been described as a re-organisation you can see from space.’ These reforms have precipitated clinically-led commissioning, management cuts, and further provider competition, among others. Combined with demographic change, service developments and financial pressures, the past 5 years have been dramatic as any in the NHS history. This symposium will explore the implementation and emerging impact of these reforms, and consider future health policy under the new government.

To register and pay by debit/credit card, please use this LINK 

For any further queries please contact Bal Loyal, b.k.loyal@bham.ac.uk

Social Impact Reporter – Exclusive to UoB students. Up to 6 opportunities available

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Work placement opportunity with a small community interest company (CIC) based in Smethwick. TAAGS (Training Advocacy & Guidance Services) are a group advocating on behalf of the Deaf community in and around the West Midlands.

We are looking to assemble a team of students from multi disciplinary academic fields to conduct research on data gathered from a year long pilot project. The main object is to demonstrate the Social, economic and environmental impact of our drop in centres here at TAAGS. Your specialist skills will identify and uncover the extent of impact TAAGS have achieved through working with the deaf community and services.

You will be working as part of a small team which will include researchers from other disciplines. The object will be to measure social impact and decipher data from a year long pilot project that has highlighted the value of this specific service with the Deaf community. We need your help to formalise the data and ask what you can see that we may have missed.

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IRiS Seminar: Migrant Children and the Politics of Irregular Migration

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Tuesday 20 January 2015, 12.30pm to 2pm, Room 710, 7th floor Muirhead Tower

Talk by Jacob Lind, Dr Anna Lundberg and Dr Michael Strange, Malmӧ University. Discussant: Dr Nando Sigona, University of Birmingham. 

How the experiences of undocumented migrant children and families compare in Malmo and Birmingham? Jacob Lind (currently visiting researcher at IRiS), Dr Anna Lundberg and Dr Michael Strange will present their project ‘Undocumented children’s rights claims’, a multidisciplinary study project on agency and contradictions between different levels of regulation and practice that reveals undocumented children’s human rights.

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Why we need to keep talking about gender and leadership

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Judith Smith, Director of Policy, Nuffield Trust writes for HSMC viewpoint about Why we need to keep talking about gender and leadership. The original article and other posts for HSMC viewoint can be found here.

In 1987, like generations of NHS graduate management trainees, I made my way to Harrogate for the 2-day assessment centre which determined which bright-eyed and bushy-tailed graduates were to be admitted to the national scheme.  I can still recall how surprised and impressed I was that the final appointments panel was chaired by a woman chief executive, and that she took time during the interview to talk to me about the NHS’ opportunities and support for women managers.  Bear in mind that a similar interview for the then British Rail scheme, I had been asked why ever a woman would be interested in trains, and at another for the electricity supply industry, I found myself completely surrounded by male engineers and aspirant trainees.

So do we still need to keep talking about gender and leadership almost 30 years later, or is this yesterday’s issue?  There seems to be more positive news for women where NHS management is concerned: between 60 and 70% of trainees entering the NHS graduate scheme in the past three years have been female[1], and 36%[2]of NHS Chief Executives are women.

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Young Prisoners- A Research Discussion Event

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Birmingham Law School’s Criminal Justice Cluster is hosting an research discussion event on 18th of Nov bringing together interested academics, stakeholders and practitioners in a roundtable discussion to explore the experiences of young prisoners and the extent to which those experiences may differ from those of adult prisoners; and the unique challenges faced by prison staff governing, managing and caring for a young prison population.

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The Housing and Communities Research Network

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The Housing and Communities Research Network is a unique opportunity for students and staff of the University to meet with professionals and policy makers in the housing and communities sector to discuss research based presentations. It is held monthly on Mondays at 4.30 and after the formal proceedings there is usually informal networking in staff house bar.

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