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ESRC Festival of Social Science – November 2020

2020 has been a challenging year for Manchester, with many famous festivals and productions unable to proceed during these unprecedented times. However, the annual Festival of Social Science, which takes place from November 7th-15th will go ahead as planned in a new virtual format. The local version of this national festival is now in its sixth year – academics from The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Salford will be partnering up to present the very latest in social science research. read more


ESRC Festival of Social Science – November 2018

The University of Salford, alongside partner institutions Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester, are running over 30 events across Manchester and Salford as part of this year’s ESRC Festival of Social Science, 3-10 November 2018.

The Festival showcases Manchester social science research to a broad non-academic audience. This brings together an eclectic blend of activities designed to celebrate the social sciences, including discussions and debates, exhibitions, film screenings, walkabouts, family fun days, schools visits, workshops, and lots more.

Aims of the Festival

Through its Festival of Social Science, the ESRC aims to:

  • Encourage, support and create the opportunity for social science researchers to engage with non-academic audiences
  • Promote and increase awareness of the social sciences and ESRC’s research
  • Promote and increase awareness of the contributions the social sciences make to the wellbeing and the economy of the UK society
  • Enable the public to engage with social science research
  • Engage with teachers and young people and to raise their awareness of the social sciences.
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    Alternative Gardeners Question Time

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    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.

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    Further Information

    The full report can be found here:  ALTGQT Report

     


    Dementia Services: fit for purpose?

    Finding out you have dementia is one thing, but then finding services are tailored for people who are much older than you can be an added blow. As researchers, we have found people with young onset dementia (before the age of 65) want to know things that they cannot readily find from existing services. For example, dementia is not just about memory loss and participants in our interviews said they wanted to know the ‘early warning signs’ of dementia so they knew what to look out for and seek help earlier. Others wanted greater psychological support at the point of diagnosis, ideally with someone to be there throughout their dementia journey such as a counsellor.

    Some people with dementia felt that information about exercise and healthy activities was lacking and wanted more readily available information so they could make healthy lifestyle changes. This they believed would help them keep active and therefore independent for longer whilst preventing loneliness.

    Family carers on the other hand felt peer support mechanisms were under-developed. They want help to identify practical and psychological coping strategies and they believe that carers have their own coping mechanisms but just need help to share them. A particular need was for greater information in a format that is digestible and timely.

    This week sees the start of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Festival 2017. The ESRC Festival of Social Science takes place from 4-11 November with over 300 free events across the UK. The festival, now in its fifteenth year, is designed to promote awareness of social science research by enabling scientists to engage with the public through debates, talks, workshops, seminars, film screenings, theatre, exhibitions and much more. The festival is a unique opportunity for people to meet with some of the country’s leading social scientists and to discover more about the role research plays in their everyday life.

    A full programme is available at www.esrc.ac.uk/festival. Join the discussion on Twitter using #esrcfestival. Logos for the festival can be downloaded from the ESRC website.

    Our own ESRC event is a dementia services event on November 7th at Salford Museum & Art Gallery, being delivered jointly with Manchester Metropolitan University. As well as hearing about recent dementia services research at both universities, including that outlined above, we will be seeking audience views about services and their tips for others living with dementia.

    For example, family carers have told us they can better support each other by sharing positive statements such as these:

    “You cannot control the illness – it is OK to step back”

    “Take calculated risks”

    “Accept when you need help”

    “Put yourself first sometimes”

    “It’s OK to get it wrong”

     

    Possible ‘early warning signs’ which carers and people living with young onset dementia said to look out for and seek help about include:

    “When you can’t find the words”

    “Needing reminding”

    “Covering up through joking”

    “Writing down instructions wrongly”

    “Getting lost on a familiar route”

    “When the above become regular or a problem”

     

    We need other examples of positive statements to include in a booklet and video we are producing as an output from our Young Onset Dementia study funded by the Booth Charities Salford. We are also consulting on other ‘early warning signs’. If you have experiences of young onset dementia and/or want to hear more about involvement in our study you can contact Dr Tracey Williamson on T.Williamson@salford.ac.uk or tel 0161 295 6424. We especially need to interview people from less heard populations living with young onset dementia.

     

    Blog author: Dr Tracey Williamson, Salford Institute for Dementia, School of Health & Society, University of Salford

    Acknowledgements: Young Onset Dementia study Advisory Group and research team – Luisa Rabanal, Dr John Chatwin, Chris Sewards, Andy Walker, Maria O’Sullivan. MMU research team led by Prof Josie Tetley 


    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 read more


    Dementia Friendly Environments Workshop

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    The Salford Institute for Dementia welcomes you to a workshop exploring environments and how they are viewed by people living with dementia. We will use photographs of hospital, care home and outdoor spaces to share views on how environments are perceived differently by different people and how they could be made more dementia-friendly. Come find out what works for dementia in terms of flooring, colour schemes, seating, therapeutic gardens, artwork, doorways, household products orientation boards, signage, pavements etc.

    The event will share findings from several research studies into indoor and outdoor spaces and will be hands on and fun. Whether you have dementia yourself or are a family member, friend or carer of somebody affected by dementia, or work with people affected by dementia, you are most welcome to join us. People living with dementia who work with us regularly will be sharing their views first hand. The workshop will begin with a buffet and refreshments in the Reception of the Salford Museum & Art Gallery followed by discussion around small tables in the Museum café.

    Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dementia-friendly-environments-workshop-tickets-28724067459

    Date/Time
    09 November 2016
    5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

    Location
    Salford Museum & Art Gallery
    Peel Park, The Crescent
    Salford
    M5 4WU

    For further details contact: dementia@salford.ac.uk or call 0161 295 2363

    Parking: The Salford Museum & Art Gallery has 32 parking spaces including 3 accessible spaces (charges apply – up to three hours £2.00, coins only)


    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
    HOME
    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 read more


    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 read more