News in 2013

  • 'BoNEE' is born!(The Bristol Network for Equality in Early years health and wellbeing) 18 December 2013 A new collaboration led by Patricia Lucas, of the Centre for Research in Health and Social Cares, will bring together researchers from both universities in Bristol, Bristol City Council, and local NHS and community organisations will tackle child health inequalities in Bristol.
  • Findings of the ‘TARA project: a longitudinal study of the service use and need of homeless women’ published 9 December 2013 Homeless women are not accessing the support of social services that they need to progress due to a lack of service coordination and the complex needs of the service users, a recent project has found.
  • Professorial inaugural lectures by School academics 9 December 2013 The Public and Ceremonial Office in the University record professors' inaugural lectures when they are delivered. Each lecture provides an opportunity for them to share their achievements in research, innovation, engagement and teaching activities before an audience of members of the University community and the general public.
  • Improving the uptake of screening services by people with learning disabilities across the South West Peninsula 18 November 2013 People with learning disabilities have poorer health than their non-disabled peers. These differences are, to an extent, avoidable, and thus represent health inequalities. Health inequalities are in part due to poor access to health services. A number of studies have reported low uptake of health promotion or screening activities among people with learning disabilities.
  • School academics invited to join Children’s Commissioner discussion 18 November 2013 Professor David Berridge and Dr Daryl Dugdale, from the Centre for Family Policy and Child Welfare, participated in a discussion last week about the future development of the Office of the Children’s Commissioner.
  • Guest lecture by High Commissioner of Mozambique 18 November 2013 The School recently welcomed the High Commissioner from Mozambique, His Excellency Mr Carlos dos Santos, to deliver a Guest Lecture at Royal Fort House.
  • Promoting women’s safety in Bristol: a public debate 11 November 2013 PolicyBristol hosted a public debate on Tuesday 5 November at the Watershed as part of Bristol University’s annual Thinking Futures festival. The purpose of the debate was to provide a forum in which a range of academic and non-academic perspectives and expertise could be brought together to discuss issues relating to improving women’s safety in Bristol
  • New measure for poverty and social exclusion presented with survey results in Hong Kong 4 November 2013 Professor Dave Gordon and Christina Pantazis, both of the Centre for the Study of Poverty and Social Justice, were in Hong Kong last week to launch their report on the 2013 Standard of Living Survey. The survey found that 21% of people and 27% of children in Hong Kong are living in poverty.
  • Professor Marianne Hester wins SAGE 'Violence Against Women' journal Best Article of 2012 4 November 2013 Professor Marianne Hester of the Centre for Gender and Violence Research, has won the SAGE Violence Against Women Prize for Best Article of 2012. The prize is voted for by the associate board and editorial board members.
  • Lifetime achievement award for Emeritus Professor’s work in tackling domestic violence 4 November 2013 A University of Bristol Professor has been awarded a prestigious ‘lifetime achievement’ award for her work in tackling violence against women.
  • Social Care Institute for Excellence launches online tool based on research evidence carried out by Ailsa Cameron and Rachel Lart 22 October 2013 The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has launched an online tool, 'What does integrated working mean to you?', designed to support health and social care practitioners and managers develop effective integrated working practices. The tool is based on a review of the research evidence carried out by Ailsa Cameron and Rachel Lart in 2012.
  • Ann Singleton to speak at symposium on equality data collection in Brussels 22 October 2013 Ann Singleton of the Centre for the Study of Poverty and Social Justice has been invited to speak in a symposium on equality data collection on 24 October, to be held in Brussels.
  • Dr Eldin Fahmy attends workshop about fuel poverty 22 October 2013 On 8th October Dr Eldin Fahmy attended a workshop on fuel poverty hosted by the DECC and organised by the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group including presentations by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey MP. Eldin will be attending a Parliamentary Reception on 19 November with the Under-Secretary of State for Energy, Baroness Verma, to celebrate 20 years of the Eaga Charitable Trust.
  • Ann Singleton discusses 'Migrants in the Media' at Brussels conference 22 October 2013 Ann Singleton of the Centre for the Study of Poverty and Social Justice attended a conference in Brussels recently (14 October 2013) opened by the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Cecilia Malström.
  • Tom Shakespeare at Norah Fry Research Centre 14 October 2013 To celebrate our 25th year of continuous research activity at Norah Fry, the centre hosted a lecture and celebration on Friday 4 October at Goldney Hall. The renowned disabled academic, Tom Shakespeare, joined us for the evening and gave a lecture to about eighty guests, which proved to be inspiring as well as challenging. It is available as a podcast here, for anyone who missed the event.
  • Macmillan Coffee Morning success 7 October 2013 Raising money by eating cake was hardly going to be a challenge for the staff at the School for Policy Studies, and so it was proven last week at the Macmillan Coffee Morning.
  • Summary of Policy & Politics 2013 Conference 3 October 2013 Policy & Politics held its 2013 Conference in Bristol this month. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Transforming Policy and Politics: the Future of the State in the 21st Century’.
  • New book release: Handbook on East Asian Social Policy, edited by Dr Misa Izahura 3 October 2013 Dr Misa Izahura of the Centre for Urban and Public Policy Research, School for Policy Studies, has edited a new handbook, Handbook on East Asian Social Policy that collates the work of many contributors exploring East Asian Social Policy.
  • Dr Shailen Nandy of Centre for Study of Poverty and Social Justice to give talk on child poverty and international development 24 September 2013 On 27th September Dr Shailen Nandy will give a talk to the Sutton Coldfield International Development Group, on child poverty and international development.  Former Minister for International Development Andrew Mitchell, MP, will also be on the panel, as will Karen Moore, Economic Security Advisor for the NGO Plan UK. 
  • Centre interview for global analysis project of living conditions and poverty 24 September 2013 On Tuesday 17th September Dave Gordon and colleagues at the Universities of Gothenberg, Liverpool and Maynooth (Ireland) were interviewed by a review panel of the Swedish Riksband (Central Bank) for a project proposal which had been shortlisted.  The project will provide a global analysis of living conditions and poverty in low and middle income countries using household survey microdata, multilevel modelling and geographic weighted regression analysis.
  • New Project: Big Society? Disabled People with learning disabilities and Civil Society 17 September 2013 Austerity, cuts in services, rising debt and hate crime: could life get any worse for people with learning disabilities? A new project is looking at opportunities, possibilities, interconnections, resources and support in civil society occupied by people labeled with learning disabilities.
  • Dr Eldin Fahmy to discuss food poverty on BBC1's Inside Out (9.9.13) 9 September 2013 Dr Eldin Fahmy, from the Centre for the Study of Poverty and Social Justice, School for Policy Studies, is appearing on the BBC1 programme Inside Out Southwest tonight (9 September 2013, 19.30) to discuss the problem of food poverty.
  • Korean students' time bank research visit 7 August 2013 During their recent tour of the UK, four Korean undergraduate students visited Ruth Naughton-Doe, a PhD student, to learn about time banking.
  • Congratulations to all our graduates 19 July 2013 The sunny gardens of 8 Priory Road were the setting for yesterday's graduation celebration, where our BSc Social Policy and BSc Childhood Studies graduates celebrated with champagne, Pimms and strawberries and cream.
  • Study identifies ‘justice gap’ for rape victims 15 July 2013 Rape cases involving vulnerable victims, such as those with extensive mental health problems, are least likely to progress through the criminal justice system and not result in conviction. This is just one of the findings from a new University of Bristol study that investigated the high ‘drop out’ rate in rape cases.
  • 'Rape and the Criminal Justice System: Issues from research for practice' Conference 2013 30 June 2013 On Friday 28 June 2013, the Centre for Gender and Violence Research held a national conference.
  • Report from Egyptian DPPCR exchange students 2013 17 June 2013 We were a group of five ladies from the University of Cairo doing a diploma in public policy and child rights staying in the city of Bristol. For some of us it was their first time outside of their homeland, Egypt. For others, it was their first time in the UK. Excited as we were, we were received by both a warm welcome and a busy schedule. Our schedule included a three-day intense course on research methodologies with Masters and PhD students, more than 10 lectures tackling all aspects of child development and welfare with undergraduate students, and a number of meetings with the university staff members and with schools, care centres and NGOs working in the city of Bristol.
  • BSs Social Policy retains top position in 2014 Guardian University table 4 June 2013 Our BSc (Hons) Social Policy degree has retained its place at the top of the Guardian University subject league table 2014 for another year. Our BSc (Hons) Childhood Studies degree, which is categorised as Social Work for the purposes of the subject tables, was placed sixth, one place higher than last year. The Guardian uses a combination of NSS data and other statistics to create league tables for most degree courses in the UK.
  • School PhD student awarded grant by UoB Alumni Foundation 16 May 2013 Yedith Guillén Fernández has been awarded an Alumni Foundation grant to present her research at the ISCI 2013 International Conference ‘Child Indicators in a Globalized World: Implications for Research, Practice and Policy’, hosted at Seoul National University in South Korea from the 29th to the 31st  May 2013, which is organized by the International Society for Child Indicators.
  • Farewell lunch prepared by visiting Egyptian Diploma students 7 May 2013 A lunch cooked by visiting Egyptian students on their penultimate day in the UK was enjoyed by staff in the School for Policy Studies today (7 May). The Diploma in Public Policy and Child Rights students, Manar, Nadia, Ramy, Emam, Ahmed, Marwa and Aya, were presented with certificates to commemorate their two week stay in the UK.
  • Workshop 6 - Mapping imagined borders: the cartography of, as yet to be established boundaries: the Balkans Peace Park project (B3P) 2 May 2013 On the 8 May 2013, from 13.00-15.00, Ann Singleton, Senior Research Fellow in School for Policy Studies and Chris Bertram, Professor in Social and Political Philosophy will be convening a workshop, discussing the cartography of as yet to be established boundaries. This event is part of the IAS Borders Research Workshop Series
  • Bristol hosts seminar to help improve children's rights 25 April 2013 The University of Bristol has hosted a two-day seminar to discuss the challenges of implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child across the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) and Europe.
  • Celebrating the TARA project 20 April 2013 The Tara Project (a longitudinal study of the needs of homeless women) held two events recently to celebrate the project and as part of the dissemination of the findings. The first event, for study participants and advisors, was held at the Wild Goose café on the 19 April, was held at the University and was attended by over 90 delegates including service providers, front line workers, commissioners and researchers from Bristol and beyond. The research followed homeless women over an 18 month period to examine the impact of homelessness over time with a specific focus on the issue of homeless women’s complex needs.
  • Emeritus Professor Lesley Doyal announces acclaimed new publication 18 April 2013 Living with HIV and Dying with AIDS – Diversity, Inequality and Human Rights in the Global Pandemic, the acclaimed new book by Lesley Doyal, will be released in May 2013. The book explores the experiences of the millions of people whose living and dying constitute the reality of this devastating pandemic.
  • Researchers awarded grant to conduct research into whether after-school dance programme helps to increase physical activity and is cost-effective 17 April 2013 Researchers led by Principal Investigator, Professor Russ Jago in the University of Bristol’s School for Policy Studies have been awarded £743,000 of funding from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) to conduct a large evaluation of the potential of an after-school dance programme to increase the physical activity of Year 7 girls.
  • Kinship carers 'unable to afford basic necessities' 15 April 2013 A major study published today [15 April] by the University of Bristol and leading children’s grant-giving charity, Buttle UK provides the most comprehensive picture to date of informal kinship care — children cared for informally by relatives and friends because their parents are no longer able to look after them
  • Largest study into poverty reveals extent of deprivation of the UK 28 March 2013 Today 33 per cent of the UK population suffers from multiple deprivation - it was 14 per cent in 1983, and over 30 million people (almost half the population) are suffering some degree of financial insecurity. These are just some of the stark findings from the largest and most authoritative study of poverty and deprivation ever conducted in the UK.
  • Study finds people with learning disabilities are more likely to have a premature death compared with general population 19 March 2013 A three-year study into the extent of premature death in people with learning disabilities has found that those with learning disabilities are more likely to have a premature death compared with individuals in the general population. The findings, published in a Department of Health report, have made a series of recommendations aimed at improving the quality of healthcare that people with learning disabilities receive.
  • Letting the future in: helping children and young people overcome the effects of sexual abuse 13 March 2013 Sexual abuse has an often devastating and long-term impact on the lives of many children and young people — for these children the future can be very dark indeed. A new study will evaluate the effectiveness of a therapeutic service designed to help children and young people who have been affected by sexual abuse. The research includes one of the largest randomised trials of this type of therapy to have been undertaken in the world.
  • New Lease of life for the Working Together with Parent Network in England 7 March 2013 Forty five professionals committed to improving the support available to parents with learning difficulties met on 28 February 2013. Participants on this networking day for the English WTPN network learnt about new initiatives such as the parenting toolkit developed by the London Network.
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