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ESRC Festival of Social Science 2017 – Call for Proposals

ESRC Festival 15th Year BannerBuilding upon the successful collaboration from last year, University of Salford will partner with the Economic and Social Research Council, the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University to deliver the ESRC Manchester Festival of Social Science.

The aim of the Festival is to showcase Manchester social science research to a broad non-academic audience. Last year we hosted an eclectic blend of activities designed to celebrate the social sciences, including discussions and debates, exhibitions, schools visits, workshops, and lots more.

The call for applications is now open. The Festival runs from 4-11 November and will involve academics working alongside community and cultural partners to create engaging and inspiring research-led events, aimed at a broadly non-academic audience. The goal is to provide an insight into the many ways social science contributes to social, economic and political life across our cities, regions and beyond.

Any researcher or team can apply to hold an event under the ESRC Festival banner. Applicants can also request up to £1,000 sponsorship from the University of Salford to hold an event as part of the Festival. This will also be an excellent opportunity to tag these events to the University’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Events must include social science and seek to engage groups outside of academia including young people, third sector organisations, business, local government, policy makers and the general public.

We particularly welcome applications that:

  • Seek to bring together two or more festival partners
  • Seek to deliver interdisciplinary events
  • Consider the role and future of social science as a discipline
  • Involve early career researchers
  • Address issues pertinent to the Manchester city-region

For inspiration and ideas for the kind of event you might run, you can find out about the 2016 events at www.esrcmanchesterfest.ac.uk

Please note, applications SHOULD NOT be made directly to the ESRC, but rather via the University of Salford. The application deadline is 4pm on Friday 5th of May. The application form and guidance can be requested through research-impact@salford.ac.uk.

Further details can be found on the ESRC website, including eligibility criteria: www.esrc.ac.uk/public-engagement/festival-of-social-science/apply-to-organise-an-event/

 


Oxfam and DWP Livelihoods Training Evaluation

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Dr Lisa Scullion and Dr Mark Wilding are leading an evaluation for Oxfam Wales and the DWP of their innovative Livelihoods Training Project.  The overall aim of the Livelihoods Project is to embed understandings of poverty within the DWP service across Wales, to enable DWP staff to better understand the needs of service users, and consequently be better placed to provide appropriate support and solutions to meet their needs. It is hoped that this more personalised approach will reduce the need for sanctions and improve outcomes in terms of sustainable employment.

Lisa and Mark will be leading a mixed methods evaluation over a 12 month period involving analysis of existing project data, surveys of staff and service users and qualitative case studies in selected geographical areas. The evaluation sits within SHUSUs dedicated Work and Welfare work stream, and builds on Lisa’s involvement in a large ESRC funded project focusing on Welfare Conditionality. Lisa said:

“This represents an exciting new partnership for SHUSU but is also a recognition not only of our expertise in relation to evaluation methods, but also our expertise in relation to welfare reform and the evolving welfare agenda. The Welfare Conditionality project has found that the support provided to benefit claimants is often very limited and unable to meet the varied and sometimes complex needs of some claimants. We are therefore really pleased to be involved in a project that aims to improve the experiences of claimants”.


What will it be like to live with robots?

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This year the government is running an inquiry into the emergence of artificially intelligent robots – but what will life be like when they are among us? This fun day-long workshop with leading robotics experts invites you to come as a family and help us understand your worries and your hopes for this imminent future.

Together, we will build robots from Lego which will give you a glimpse of the possibilities, and you will be asked to discuss together how you feel about this future. Help the University of Salford’s research team, led by Professor Andy Miah, understand what is at stake in a future where robots live among us. Participants are invited to come to this event as families, to create a hands-on conversation about the future of artificial intelligence, robotics, and to consider what these technologies mean for our future.

Using Lego, along with interactive activities and talks, participants will discuss the kinds of societies they imagine and the ethical, legal and social issues they present for humanity. It will be suitable for children from the age of five upwards. This event is for families. Upon registering please tell us how many adults and children will come in your group, along with the ages of your children. This information will help us plan for the event, and will not be used in any other way.

Please note, this event is for families, we want to have a cross-generational conversation and so parents/guardians coming with their children is who we wish to reach. Please only book, if you are able to do this, thank you.

Date/Time
12 November 2016
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location
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2 Tony Wilson Place, First St
Manchester
M15 4FN

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/what-will-it-be-like-to-live-with-robots-tickets-28600027452

For further information, please contact Andy Miah (a.miah@salford.ac.uk)


Freedom of information: Unlocking secret archives

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To mark the launch of the new ‘FOI intelligence and security archival collection’ at the University of Salford, Dr Chris Murphy and Dr Dan Lomas will discuss their use of Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation during their research into British intelligence and security history. They will be joined by Mr Ian Johnston, the University’s Archives & Special Collections Co-ordinator. Ian will be able to answer questions about access to the new collection, and associated opportunities for researchers from across the social sciences and humanities, while Chris and Dan will be able to offer practical tips and advice to those thinking of making an FOI request, based on their own experiences.

The event will be held at the University of Salford’s MediaCity Campus (Room 3.10/3.11) and will be accompanied by a reception.

Date/Time
09 November 2016
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Location
University of Salford – Media City Campus
Media City
Salford
M50 2HE

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/freedom-of-information-unlocking-secret-archives-tickets-28528280856

For further information, please contact Dr Chris Murphy (c.j.murphy@salford.ac.uk)


Controlling and coercive behaviour: Exploring the new law on domestic abuse (Part 2)

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This is one of two linked events, exploring the meaning and impact of controlling and coercive behaviour. Sian Hawkins, the Campaigns and Public Affairs Manager at Women’s Aid Federation England, will speak at this event.

The events will explore the new criminal offence of ‘controlling and coercive behaviour in an intimate or familial relationship’ introduced by the Serious Crime Act 2015. They are aimed at survivors of domestic abuse, voluntary sector organisations in the Greater Manchester area whose work involves advising or supporting women experiencing domestic abuse, and local policy-makers. The first event will focus on the voices of survivors’ of domestic abuse, and this follow-on event will explore the ways in which the new offence could be used in practice to protect women from domestic abuse and prosecute perpetrators.

This event is aimed primarily at staff in third sector organisations in the Greater Manchester area whose work includes providing support, information, or advocacy to women who are experiencing, or who have experienced, domestic abuse. It will include a presentation which will explain the new legislation, and will aim to draw on participants’ own knowledge in exploring the legislation’s potential for improving criminal justice responses to domestic abuse.

The event will be chaired by Maureen O’Hara (m.ohara@salford.ac.uk), who will also present. It will explore the potential uses of the new legislation in the context of the patterns of coercive control identified in research, and in survivors’ accounts.

Related events:

Controlling and coercive behaviour:  Exploring the new law on domestic abuse (Part 1)

Date/Time
09 November 2016
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Location
Lecture Theatre 1, Chapman Building
University of Salford
Salford
M5 4BR

Register at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/controlling-and-coercive-behaviour-exploring-the-new-law-on-domestic-abuse-part-2-tickets-28505517771

 


It’s my life: Staying in control. A school-based intervention to improve wellbeing and promote healthy attitudes towards alcohol

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Researchers often use school Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) classes to test new ways of engaging young people with health-related issues such as alcohol. It is important that good quality research is carried out in order to work out what approaches work to influence young people’s knowledge, attitudes and behaviour.

This workshop will describe how a universal school-based intervention to address adolescent well-being and alcohol misuse was designed and tested, and will explore how schools, parents and communities might collaborate with researchers to further develop these ideas and methods in their own contexts.

This is an invitation only event. For further details, please contact Joanna Bragg (j.bragg@edu.salford.ac.uk)


Applied criminological research: Social media and political extremism

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This workshop will provide an opportunity for School/College learners to attend an interactive workshop providing them with an overview of funded research recently undertaken in Manchester. The convenors worked with the Council and some local schools and colleges to explore whether there were any links between social media use and political extremism. The workshop will use the project as an example of how to plan research, gather data and analyse it.

This is an invitation only event. For further details, please contact Muzammil Quraishi (m.quraishi@salford.ac.uk)

Date/Time
09 November 2016
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location
Mary Seacole Building, University of Salford
Frederick Road Campus
Salford
M6 6PU


Exploring the impact of and responses to child sexual exploitation

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This interactive event recognises the collaborative engagement of young people (11 upwards) and practitioners across Greater Manchester in responding to the threat of child sexual exploitation.

Ann Coffey MP will open the event, as her research in engaging young people’s ‘Real Voices’ has been foundational in cultivating a range of interventions and developmental projects across our region. We want to celebrate the work that has been produced and in particular the contribution made by young people.

We begin with a film produced by GW Theatre which explores the complexity of child sexual exploitation. This will be followed by a festival of activity where young people and practitioners will be able to share and learn from the multiple projects. These include the development of a psycho-social engagement model for NHS England and the Greater Manchester Police led CTZN app.

Refreshments will be provided.

Date/Time
07 November 2016
4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Location
Robert Powell Theatre, University of Salford
Frederick Road
Salford
M6 6PU

Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/esrc-social-science-festival-exploring-impact-of-and-responses-to-child-sexual-exploitation-tickets-28420744211


The ‘Green Infrastructure and the Health and Wellbeing Influences on an Ageing Population’ project

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The University of Salford is partnering with the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University on a £700,000 research project that looks into the benefits and values of green infrastructure on an ageing population.

Green infrastructure (GI), a term used in reference to green and blue spaces (areas of grass, and canals or waterways), has direct and indirect influences on human health and wellbeing. However access to such health and wellbeing benefits isn’t shared equally amongst the population, particularly for those based in urban areas. Additionally with people aged 65 and over more susceptible to environmental stressors, this age group in particular may also be the least likely to benefit from GI.

Read more…..


Funding secured to evaluate services for homeless and vulnerable people

manDr Lisa Scullion at the Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU) has been successful in securing funding to evaluate services for homeless and vulnerable people for Riverside Derby and Justlife.

The Riverside project represents the continuation of an existing relationship with the organisation established through a number of previous projects. Riverside are one of the leading registered providers of social housing in the UK and our evaluation focuses specifically on the effectiveness of their current supported housing services in Derby from the perspective of both service users and service providers. Read more…..