News in 2012

  • Centre research informs new website launched to raise awareness of rape 20 December 2012 Professor David Berridge, of the Centre for Family Policy and Child Welfare, spoke on BBC Radio Bristol’s morning show (36.10 onwards) today about the launch of a new website: www.rapeaware.org
  • New study examines impact of directly elected mayor 16 October 2012 What impact will a directly elected mayor have on the way Bristol is governed? A team of experts from Bristol’s two universities are conducting a unique study to examine the difference a directly elected mayor will make.
  • Health And Social Care Integration In The New Policy Landscape 15 October 2012 Ailsa Cameron and Rachel Lart presented the results of a recent scoping review at a joint seminar of the Socialist Health Alliance and Social Policy Associations at York University on October 12, 2012.
  • PhD student awarded accolade for reporting injustices 12 October 2012 A final-year postgraduate student in the University's Centre for the Study of Poverty and Social Justice has been awarded an international accolade for his independent reporting of Southern Africa in the print media. Admore Tshuma, a PhD student at the University and a part-time lecturer, was presented with a Zimbabwe International Performance Alliance (ZIPA) award for his outstanding journalism highlighting the daily reality of living under President Mugabe's oppressive regime. Admore has written many research articles for the print media in Southern Africa as well as for the national tabloids and broadsheets in the UK about Zimbabwe's troubles.
  • Professor Julie Selwyn discusses adoption issues on Radio 4 programme 4 October 2012 Professor Julie Selwyn, of the Hadley Centre, School for Policy Studies, appeared on the Radio 4 programme Bringing Up Britain yesterday (3 October 2012) with Mariella Frostrup, Martin Narey and Nushra Mansuri to discuss adoption in the UK.
  • Study finds social marketing an effective tool in boosting physical activity 2 October 2012 Social marketing has been found to be an effective tool in boosting recruitment and retention into regular physical activity sessions in a deprived area, according to new research from the University of Bristol published in the journal BMC Public Health.
  • Study aims to improve social care for men living with long-term health conditions 18 September 2012 A new study to improve the social care for men living with long-term health conditions will be undertaken by researchers from the University of Bristol thanks to a £170,000 grant from the NIHR School for Social Care Research.
  • School academics to speak at Peace One Day events in Brussels and Edinburgh 18 September 2012 21 September is Peace Day – a day for individuals to become part of wide-scale community action, as well as a day that provides a window of opportunity for aid organisations to carry out life-saving work. It has been celebrated since 2002.
  • School pleased to welcome Miloš Votoupal, lecturer and PhD students from the Czech Republic 18 September 2012 The School was pleased to welcome Miloš Votoupal a lecturer at Palackého University and PhD student in the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University, Czech Republic.
  • Queen’s honour for domestic violence researcher 13 September 2012 A researcher at the University of Bristol has been awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s honours in recognition of her outstanding research towards the prevention of domestic violence.
  • Bristol children in care get into gear 30 August 2012 An innovative project to support children growing up in care learn to drive, and to assess the impact it has on their lives, has been launched in Bristol. Drive for Opportunity, funded by the AA Charitable Trust, set out to provide driving lessons for four teenagers within the Bristol care system.
  • Special issue of Child and Family Social Work guest edited by School academics is available as free download 23 August 2012 Two members of the Centre for Family Policy and Child Welfare, Dendy Platt and Danielle Turney, have recently guest edited a special issue of Child and Family Social Work.
  • Supporting the First Year in Practice for Newly Qualified Social Workers 30 July 2012 Every newly qualified social worker could benefit from £2,000 to boost their learning and development, under plans announced by Ministers on 26 July 2012.
  • Policy Studies undergraduates participate in summer school in The Hague, Netherlands 19 July 2012 Four School for Policy Studies undergraduates (from Childhood Studies, Social Policy and joint honours Social Policy and Politics) participated in a summer school in The Hague, Netherlands recently.
  • Hong Kong academic to visit School July 16 19 July 2012 Dr Maggie Lau, Assistant Professor from the Department of Social Sciences at the Hong Kong's Institute of Education will be visiting the School next week to work with Christina Pantazis, Dave Gordon and Eileen Sutton on the project 'Poverty and Social Exclusion in Hong Kong' which is being jointly funded by the UK ESRC and the Hong Kong University Grants Committee.
  • NSPCC funded teenage partner violence research shortlisted for Impact Award 2012 19 July 2012 Research funded by the NSPCC into the exploitation and violence in teenage partner relationships was recently shortlisted in the Vice-Chancellor's Impact Awards 2012.
  • SPS congratulates all recent graduates 17 July 2012 A School Graduation party was held on 13 July in the gardens of 8 Priory Road, where graduates, their families and School staff celebrated with strawberries, fizz... and we even got some sunshine! Some postgraduates receiving their awards also attended and a good time was had by all.
  • School doctorate student receives top faculty commendation 10 July 2012 Dr Acomo Oloya Lovelock received a 'Faculty of Social Sciences and Law Commendation' on her outstanding Doctor of Social Science dissertation on "HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment among war-affected and internally displaced populations: The case of Acoliland, Northern Uganda" in June 2012.
  • SPS PhD student to attend prestigious international mentoring workshop on 'children's wellbeing' 5 July 2012 School for Policy Studies PhD student Di Qi has had a paper accepted at an international mentoring workshop on ‘Children’s Wellbeing’ organised by the International Society for Child Indicators Research (ISCI) and the European Science Foundation (ESF). Qi has also been awarded a participation grant for the event which is held in Goethe University, Frankfurt on 13 September 2012.
  • Dr Shailen Nandy awarded an ESRC Future Research Leaders Grant 5 July 2012 Dr Shailen Nandy, of the Centre for the Study of Poverty and Social Exclusion at the School for Policy Studies, has been awarded an ESRC Future Leaders Grant for £200k. His 3-year project is entitled “Are we there yet? Using the Bristol Approach to examine trends in absolute poverty in sub-Saharan Africa between 1995 and 2015”.
  • SPS academics to give plenary speeches at conference 10 June 2012 Dr Misa Izuhara and Dr Patricia Kennett will give a plenary speech at the Social Policy Association/East Asian Social Policy Network joint-annual conference 'Social Policy in an Unequal World' in York in July 2012. Titles of their talks will be "Space, place and households: The growing divide in an era of austerity" (Kennett) and "Housing wealth and intergenerational inequalities in East Asia" (Izuhara).
  • University hosts first UK Disabled Children Research Network 22 May 2012 Researchers working in the field of child disability gathered at the University of Bristol this week for the first meeting of the UK Disabled Children Research Network. The meeting, which was organised and chaired by David Abbott, Reader in Social Policy in the Norah Fry Research Centre at the School for Policy Studies, promises to be an annual event, with the Children’s Society pledging to host the 2013 event.
  • 120,000 troubled families? 19 May 2012 The reliability of figures used as the basis for the Coalition’s ‘Troubled Families’ programme is questioned in new research published by academics at the University of Bristol. The government claims that there are 120,000 ‘troubled families’ in England, and has told local authorities how many live in each area. The programme defines ‘troubled families’ as ‘characterised by there being no adult in the family working, children not being in school, and family members being involved in crime and anti-social behaviour’. They claim that that ‘the Government identified a group of 120,000 troubled families whose lives are so chaotic they cost some £9 billion in the last year alone.’
  • Scientists find link between number of friends and physical activity in children 8 May 2012 Children with more friends are more physically active than those with less, scientists from the University of Bristol have discovered. Research funded by World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF)and the National Prevention Research Initiative (NPRI) found that for each additional friend a child spends around an extra ten minutes being physically active at the weekend.
  • The National Prevention Research Initiative Funds a New Study - Action 330 - to Increase Physical Activity in Primary Schools 28 April 2012 Many children do not take part in enough physical activity. For some children this is because they do not have enough opportunities to be physically active. The new ACTION330 study aims to examine whether provision of after school activity sessions, delivered by trained Teaching Assistants, can help those youngsters not usually involved in sports become more confident and proficient, and as a result more active.
  • Research on teenage domestic abuse highlighted on BBC's Newsnight 24 April 2012 Research into teenage domestic violence by Christine Barter at the School for Policy Studies will be further highlighted tonight, Tuesday 24 April, in a special report by BBC Two's Newsnight.
  • SPS academic appointed to NICE Programme Development Group 19 April 2012 Professor Marianne Hester, Head of the Centre for Gender and Violence Studies, has recently been appointed to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) Programme Development Group responsible for producing guidance on preventing and reducing domestic violence between intimate partners.
  • Dr Val Williams receives University award for supporting student education 17 April 2012 Dr Val Williams, Reader in Disability, Research and Practice at the Norah Fry Research Centre, was awarded the University Teaching and Learning Award recently for her outstanding contribution to supporting student education.
  • ENHS academic joins CEO of Age UK and others at South West Seniors' Assembly conference 5 April 2012 Jo Coulson, prospective PhD candidate and part-time Research Associate at the Centre for Exercise, Nutrition and Health, joined Tom Wright, CBE (CEO of Age UK), on the closing plenary of The South West Seniors’ Assembly (SWSA) annual conference in Somerset on Friday 30 March.
  • Professor of Child and Family Welfare appointed as Specialist Adviser to Parliament 22 March 2012 David Berridge, Professor of Child and Family Welfare in the School for Policy Studies at the University, has been appointed as Specialist Adviser on Children's Services to the Parliamentary Education Select Committee.
  • Involving Service Users in Research at the School for Policy Studies 15 March 2012 Staff in the School for Policy Studies ran a training seminar on Wednesday 14 March for Service User Advisors linked to the PROVIDE and TARA projects.
  • SPS academic advises on Government Adoption plan report 14 March 2012 The government today (14/03/12) launched the Action Plan for Adoption: Tackling Delay (PDF, 251.5 kB).The action plan sets out a range of proposals to speed up the process for children; to overhaul the service for prospective adopters; and to strengthen local accountability for the timeliness of adoption services.    Dr Julie Selwyn, of the Hadley Centre for Adoption and Foster Care, was the only academic advisor sitting on the expert working group that advised on the document.
  • Christine Barter advises on Casualty teenage relationship violence storyline 12 March 2012 Christine Barter, NSPCC Senior Research Fellow, has been acting as a consultant for the BBC series Casualty on the issue of teenage relationship violence. Following her recent research Casualty approached Christine to ensure the issue was depicted as accurately and sensitively as possible. Christine said, "It is important that our research findings not only influence policy and practice but also reach a wider audience and this is a fantastic opportunity to inform young people and parents".
  • Michaela Benson shortlisted for prestigious British Sociological Association Philip Abrams Prize 12 March 2012 The British in Rural France (MUP, 2011), written by Michaela Benson (CUPPR) has been shortlisted for the prestigious British Sociological Association Philip Abrams Prize. The BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize is for the best first and sole-authored book within the discipline of Sociology.
  • Postgraduate visit evening announced: 27 March, 5-7pm 12 March 2012 Have you decided what to do after you have gained your undergraduate degree? Have you contemplated further study? On 27 March , from 5-7 pm, the School for Policy Studies is holding a visit evening at which you can find out more about our postgraduate programmes, our School and talk to programme directors.
  • Groundbreaking study reveals extent of global child poverty 12 March 2012 Poverty is currently the world’s biggest killer of children.  Every day, many millions of children around the world enduring tremendous suffering and severe deprivation of their most basic needs, for shelter, food, water and education.  A new book by academics at the University of Bristol, Global child poverty and well-being: Measurement, concepts, policy and action is the first to provide a global picture about how child poverty is understood, defined and measured.
  • MSc Social Work recruiting NOW! 12 March 2012 The MSc Social Work programme applications deadline is 16 April 2012. This programme is recognised as a qualifying programme by the GSCC. It is a two year full-time course which encompasses both teaching and work placements.
  • Nazand Begikhani wins the 2012 French Feminine Simone Landry Award 10 March 2012 Kurdish poet and School for Social Policy academic Dr Nazand Begikhani has been selected from among 42 poets in France to win the French Feminine Simone Landry Prize of 2012. This is an annual prize given to a renowned poet in France honouring the quality of her work as well as her 'courage in embracing life and facing its challenges'. She was selected unanimously by the jury members.
  • Recent studies examining teenage partner violence in Nonesuch magazine 27 February 2012 Two recent studies by researchers in the Centre for Family Policy and Child Welfare are the first to examine the incidence and impact of teenage partner violence in Britain. NSPCC senior research fellow, Christine Barter, led the landmark reports, which have set alarm bells ringing among policymakers and practitioners.
  • Abstracts welcomed - 10th Anniversary ESPAnet Conference 2012, Stream on 'Young People and Social Policy in Europe' 21 February 2012 On the 6-8 September the University of Edinburgh will host the 10th Anniversary Conference of the creation of ESPAnet, the European Social Policy Analysis Network. Lorenza Antonucci, School for Policy Studies, and Dr Myra Hamilton, Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales (formerly of SPS) are pleased to announce the presence of a new stream on 'Young People and Social Policy in Europe: New Risks and Emerging Challenges'.
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