Posts tagged: Environment and Life Sciences

Alternative Gardeners Question Time


There is a growing recognition that Green Care can positively influence health and well-being at an individual and community level. However, this knowledge has had limited reach to those who it may impact most in the community. The promotion of health and well-being through alternative approaches such as Green Care presents realistic, alternative methods. Our ‘Alternative Gardeners Question Time’, part of the 2017 ESRC Festival of Social Science, was designed to facilitate debate with local communities, charities, public health and environmental organisations about what constitutes significant health and well-being outcomes for the community and individual. This debate helped identify pertinent well-being outcomes that Green Care could provide for residents within Salford & Manchester.

Nature Based Activity in Salford

A diverse range of nature based activities and green care are located within Salford and surrounding geographical areas. The extent of this activity is currently unknown, the University of Salford is working with local organisations, and the RHS to map existing provision to enable a comprehensive picture of nature based work. Mapping existing provision will help to determine a more coordinated approach and enable CCGs, local authorities and public health to understand the extent of support and asset-based community nature-based approaches. This will help to develop a community referral process and support decision-making processes for those health and social care professionals who work in the NHS and community sector.


Event Structure

The Alternative Gardeners Question Time was structured in three parts:  sharing the science base about Green Care, discussing Green Care and key questions and, finally, developing questions for an expert panel for wider discussion.

ALTGQT Workshop


Further Information

The full report can be found here:  ALTGQT Report


Research Excellence Award – Vice Chancellor’s Awards 2015-16

Congratulations go to Dr Stephen Parnell, Lecturer in Spatial Epidemiology in the School of Environment and Life Sciences, who has been award the Vice Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award. Dr Parnell was presented with his award at the University Day celebrations on 8th June by Dr Jo Cresswell, Associate Director of Research.




Stephen is a mathematical modeller with research interests in epidemiology and the use of modelling and spatial analysis to better understand disease spread and control. He has an established international reputation as an expert in quantitative approaches to surveillance for emerging diseases.

Stephen’s research has attracted national and international attention from grant funding bodies including DEFRA and the USDA, and from international academic communities and national media, with his work leading to changes in our understanding of early detection emerging diseases.

Describing his School and Research at the award ceremony, Stephen said:

“The School of Environment and Life Sciences is a fantastic, supportive environment for research and I’m really grateful for the nomination that led to the award. It’s great to have this work recognised by the University and I look forward to developing the work further with another post-doctoral researcher joining the group in August.

“Our research looks at how we can better protect agriculture and the environment from the inundation of exotic plant pests and diseases that threaten them. With increases in global trade and travel, plant pests and diseases are continuing to show up in unexpected places causing sometimes billions of pounds worth of damage and irreversibly changing landscapes and ecosystems. We develop mathematical and computer models of how plant disease epidemics spread and use these to devise better surveillance strategies. With more effective surveillance we can catch new epidemics before they get out of control.”

Follow Dr Parnell’s work on Twitter @parnells