News in 2011

  • Childhood Studies explore respect with Misfits 12 December 2011 BA Childhood Studies students enjoyed a performance session with the Misfits Theatre Company last week, in which they explored creative research methods. The session included short performance by six of the Misfits, and there were discussions about the role of performance methods in challenging stereotypes and supporting people with disabilities in having a voice.
  • New book: Adopting Large Sibling Groups - the experience of adopters and adoption agencies 5 December 2011 Julie Selwyn, of the Hadley Centre for Adoption and Foster Care Studies, has recently co-authored a book with Hilary Saunders: Adopting Large Sibling Groups - the experience of adopters and adoption agencies, published by BAAF. The book is the first UK study to examine adopters’ experiences of parenting a large sibling group as well as the views of staff in adoption agencies who need to recruit and support adopters willing to take siblings.
  • Study identifies why UK’s most needy parents are not using early years services 28 November 2011 It is widely recognised that parent and toddler groups provide support while also improving life-chances for children from low-income families. However, new research from the University of Bristol has found that nearly a quarter of mothers’ first-time visits to a group were so off-putting that they did not return to that group. One in five mothers then became afraid of attending any group.
  • Liberty award for Tony Bunyan and Statewatch 28 November 2011 Tony Bunyan and Statewatch were presented with the 'Long Walk' award  in Liberty's Human Rights Awards 2011 on 22 November. Tony Bunyan, the Director of Statewatch, is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Poverty and Social Justice in the School for Policy Studies. Statewatch monitors the state and civil liberties in the European Union.
  • New research in SPS to demonstrate the value of social purpose organisations 22 November 2011 The School for Policy Studies has been awarded funding to develop a methodology to measure the social and economic impact of voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector infrastructure support organisations.
  • International Comparative Social Policy Workshops for 2012 announced by Dr Patricia Kennett, in collaboration with University of Edinburgh and University of Oxford 15 November 2011 The series of workshops seeks to embrace both methodological and theoretical concerns across a range of substantive policy areas and, in turn, to consider the implications and strategies for teaching the subject in higher education.
  • A new book by SPS members is published 1 November 2011 A new book, Improving Child and Family Assessments – Turning Research Into Practice, written by Danielle Turney, Dendy Platt, Julie Selwyn and Elaine Farmer (all members of the School of Policy Studies) has been published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. The assessment of children in need and their families is an aspect of social work practice that has attracted considerable attention in recent years, with particular concerns over the implications for vulnerable children of poor quality assessment.
  • Time bank research network launched 25 October 2011 Ruth Naughton-Doe, a PhD student from the Centre for Research in Health and Social Care, and Lee Gregory, a PhD student from Cardiff University, launched the time bank research network, Time4Research, at a Social Policy Association funded event in London on October 14th.
  • Rebecca Barns authors book for children suffering from domestic violence 24 October 2011 NHS Bristol and PhD Student Rebecca Barns (Centre for Gender & Violence Research, University of Bristol) have developed a new children's book for 3-6 year olds called 'The Bright Ones' which helps children to talk about domestic abuse and their feelings.
  • Iraqi Kurdish scholars put gender theory to the test 20 October 2011 The term "gender" does not exist in Kurdish and is sometimes seen as a synonym for homosexuality. Yet gender issues are at the heart of the conflict between traditionalist and progressive forces in Iraqi Kurdistan, according to Nazand Begikhani, a senior research Fellow at the University of Bristol's Centre for Gender and Violence Research.
  • CUPPR member's article in top five of most highly cited journal articles 10 October 2011 An article by Centre for Urban and Public Policy Research member Dr Michaela Benson is one of the top five most highly cited articles to be published in the journal European Societies, the journal of the European Sociological Association.
  • Randall Smith receives award from British Academy 7 October 2011 On 6 October 2011, Randall Smith, Honorary Professorial Research Fellow at the Centre for Urban and Public Policy Research, was presented with an award from the British Academy.
  • ‘Partner abuse is normal’ say disadvantaged youth 14 September 2011 The levels of violence girls and boys from disadvantaged backgrounds experience in their partner relationships is revealed in new University of Bristol research published today.
  • Is the poverty gap widening in Hong Kong? 1 September 2011 Hong Kong and UK researchers today [31 August] launched an international collaboration to measure poverty and social exclusion in Hong Kong. The two-year study, led by academics at the Hong Kong Institute of Education and the University of Bristol, will examine whether the introduction of recent policies, such as the minimum wage legislation, have significantly improved people’s living standards.
  • Qualitative Evaluation of the Disabled Children's Access to Childcare (DCATCH) Pilots 9 August 2011 A new research publication co-authored by the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol (together with the National Centre for Social Research and the University of Warwick) has been published by the Department for Education.
  • Evaluation of the Social Pedagogy Pilot Programme in residential children's homes 29 July 2011 Evaluation of the Social Pedagogy Pilot Programme in residential children's homes. Should the UK adopt a continental European child care training model?
  • Achieving Successful Returns from Care: What makes reunification work? 27 July 2011 A new book 'Achieving Successful Returns from Care: What makes reunification work?' by Elaine Farmer and Dinithi Wijedasa (currently at) and Wendy Sturgess and Teresa O'Neill (formerly at) the University of Bristol has just been published by BAAF.
  • UNICEF highlights Bristol’s exemplary research 27 July 2011 Work by researchers in the School for Policy Studies, looking at child poverty in Morroco, and public policy and child rights in Egypt, respectively, is featured in a UNICEF compendium of 12 exemplary projects on child-focused social and economic policy.
  • The inaugural Peter Townsend memorial prize 27 July 2011 The inaugural Peter Townsend Memorial Prize promoted by The British Academy and The Policy Press has been awarded to the authors of Residential Care Transformed: Revisiting "The Last Refuge", Julia Johnson and Sheena Rolph (Open University) and Randall Smith (Bristol University).
  • John Carpenter appointed Honorary Professor in Shanghai 6 July 2011 At a ceremony in Shanghai, Professor Qian Xuhong, Principal of the East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), appointed John Carpenter as an Honorary Professor.
  • New study into Guernsey's voluntary and charitable sector 22 June 2011 A new University of Bristol study into Guernsey’s voluntary and charitable sector has revealed a picture of a ‘generous island’ but a need for greater partnership with the island’s government and more co-ordination of its activities.
  • Extent of kinship care revealed for the first time: poverty and deprivation common amongst 'invisible' group of children 16 June 2011 A major study published today 'Spotlight on Kinship Care' (16 June 2011), by Dr Shailen Nandy and Dr Julie Selwyn, and the children's charity Buttle UK reveals for the first time the number of children being brought up by a relative instead of their mother or father. The study was funded by the BIG Lottery.
  • Disadvantaged young people and teenage partner violence research BBC Radio 4 interview 25 May 2011 Christine Barter - interview for radio 4 Tuesday 31 May 2011 at 9.00 pm
  • NSPCC funding for research on preventing and managing peer violence in foster care and residential children’s homes 10 May 2011 Our research will consider the evidence on the nature and extent of the problem in foster care and will examine good practice in preventing and managing peer violence in foster care and residential placements.
  • New book places British middle-class migration practices under the spotlight 19 April 2011 With a focus on lifestyle migrants, The British in rural France by Michaela Benson (Research Assistant, CUPPR) explores how the relationship between lifestyle and migration frames and shapes post-migration lives.
  • ESRC funding for investigating the impact of the economic crisis and Government policies on cities and households 23 March 2011 Dr Patricia Kennett in the School for Policy Studies is the Principal Investigator on a recently awarded £322,000 ESRC Research Grant designed to explore the impact of the economic recession on cities and households through a systematic comparison of the experiences of two English cities, Bristol and Liverpool. The research is being undertaken in collaboration with Professor Richard Meegan and Dr Gerwyn Hughes at the European Institute for Urban Affairs, Liverpool John Moores University and will last 20 months, starting in June 2011.
  • Today's children do engage in active play 23 March 2011 New research suggests that promoting active play in children’s leisure time could increase the physical activity of today’s children, but that such strategies might need to be tailored according to gender.
  • The Department of Health has confirmed that the Confidential Inquiry will be continuing for another 2 years 8 March 2011 The Department of Health has confirmed that the Confidential Inquiry (CI) will be continuing until March 2013. The announcement was made on 4th March 2011. The CI will continue to investigate the deaths of all people in the (former) Avon and Gloucestershire areas during this time.
  • ESRC PhD Studentship Competition Social Policy and Social Work through the South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) 8 March 2011 The School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol is pleased to be able to offer PhD Studentships in Social Policy or Social Work. Studentships cover maintenance and fees for UK residents for full-time or part-time beginning in October 2011
  • Congratulations to Drs Cemlyn and Griffiths 1 March 2011 On Wednesday 23rd February 2011, the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work was conferred on Dr Sarah Cemlyn and Dr Carolyn Griffiths at the Degree Congregation in the Wills Memorial Building.
  • Global Partnership to promote children's rights 1 February 2011 Specialists in childhood and policy from the University have teamed up with colleagues in the Middle East and Europe to help them create a practical qualification that will advance the rights of children.
  • Read about our research in our new edition of PS magazine 27 January 2011 This issue includes articles on domestic violence and child contact, homelessness among young women, whistleblowing, decentralised budgets, self-injury and people with learning disabilities, and children’s physical activity.
  • Best friends can make a child more physically active 21 January 2011 Boys and girls who take part in physical activity with their best friend in the neighbourhood where they live have higher levels of physical activity, new research has found.  With many children not doing enough physical activity the findings could help with the UK’s current health care concerns.
  • Triple funding success puts Bristol at the forefront for children’s physical activity and the environment 20 January 2011 Three successful research grants led by Dr Ashley Cooper and Dr Angie Page from the Centre for Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences at Bristol's School for Policy Studies, have been secured in the last six months. These grants will enhance our understanding of how young people’s physical activity and health is shaped by their physical and social environment.
  • How do families experience services provided for disadvantaged 2-year olds in Bristol's children's centres? 14 January 2011 While many local authorities are now offering enhanced provision for disadvantaged 2-year olds and their families, and it is a coalition government promise to maintain this provision (DfE, 2010), there has been little qualitative work with families to understand the nature and reasons for their engagement at either a national or local level. A new study funded by the Bristol City Council’s Early Years team will address this gap by providing an evidence-informed review of family uptake and perceptions of enhanced provisions for disadvantaged 2-year olds and their families in 10 children’s centres in Bristol.
  • Finn Mackay wins Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize for outstanding work on violence against women 11 January 2011 Finn MacKay has won the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize for her outstanding work on tackling violence against women. The annual prize is awarded to an individual woman who has, through writing or campaigning, raised awareness of violence against women and children. The award also aims to provide recognition for work against violence as well as bringing it to the attention of the wider public.
  • Researching class in contemporary Britain: New workshops explore and develop the University's expertise 7 January 2011 A series of three workshops exploring 'Class in Contemporary Britain' will be running over the next few months with support from the Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS). The IAS enhances research and intellectual life at the University of Bristol by funding workshops and fellowships in pursuit of new ideas. Dr Michaela Benson from the Centre for Urban Studies at the School for Policy Studies and Dr Will Atkinson from the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies secured the IAS funding for these workshops
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