Posts tagged: Manchester

The economic & commercial contribution of sport to Manchester, the region, Britain & beyond (Manchester: A Global Centre of Sport, Part 3)

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Sport, sport and more sport. Get inside the commercial and economic contribution that it makes to Manchester and beyond.

Manchester has developed an international reputation as being a home to high quality, world-class sport. Whether it is the global fanbase of United and City or the performances of British Cycling, everyone knows about Manchester. Sport therefore makes an important economic and commercial contribution to the city, the regions and indeed to Britain and beyond. The main aim of this event will be to examine the nature of this contribution, to discuss ways in which the contribution of sport can be further strengthened and to explore the role of the public can play in doing this. read more


Research project looks at green infrastructure and its impact on ageing populations

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 for an ageing population.

Green infrastructure (GI), a term used in reference to green and blue spaces (including areas of grass, woodland and parks, and rivers, canals and ponds) has already been shown to have direct and indirect influences on human health and wellbeing. However access to GI and the associated health and wellbeing benefits is not shared equally amongst the population. Additionally, as many people aged 65 and over become susceptible to environmental stressors (such as noise, pollution and extremes of weather), this age group in particular may also be the least likely to benefit from GI.

With that in mind, the ‘Green Infrastructure and the Health and Wellbeing Influences on an Ageing Population’ project, funded under the Valuing Nature Programme, an interdisciplinary research programme run by three research councils (ESRC, AHRC and NERC), will look into the relative benefits and stressors of GI and how GI should be valued in the context of the health and wellbeing of older people. The research will use a broad interpretation of health and wellbeing and will consider issues such as the influence of historical, heritage and wildlife value alongside the monetary value of preventing ill-health.

The project will involve collaboration with Greater Manchester health organisations that specialise in improving the health and wellbeing of older people and the design and management of GI across GM – a great example of both the health ICZ and engineering and environment ICZ. These organisations will include City of Trees, Public Health Manchester, Manchester City Council and Manchester Arts and Galleries Partnership.

Part of the project will involve older people as ‘co-producers’ of the research to better understand the thoughts, experiences and values that they associate with green and blue spaces.

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Local universities join forces to fight dementia

Manchester, Salford and Manchester Metropolitan Universities are teaming up in a new initiative to combat dementia in the region and beyond.

To mark Dementia Awareness Week (May 15-21), leading researchers from the three institutions met at the Whitworth Gallery to open a series of collaborations around a range of dementia issues – from biology to social care.

Natalie Yates-Bolton, Director of the Dementia Institute at the University of Salford, said she believed that Manchester would be a model for the rest of the UK in dementia care.

The new ‘Greater Manchester Dementia Consortium’ comes as the region begins to synchronise its health and social care provision under the so-called DevoManc agenda, enabling the NHS, local authorities and research institutions to work together on more co-ordinated approaches to improving the health and wellbeing of local people.

At Salford, research includes projects on artificial intelligence that supports people in their own homes, the most effective forms of support for BME communities and a project aimed at better meeting the day-to-day needs of people living with young onset dementia.

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‘Just Urban Research?’ Dr Beth Perry shares her vision

How do you communicate about complex urban issues? What kinds of approaches work to engage city officials, politicians and the public in our fast-speed, sound-bite world? Mistra Urban Futures takes these issues seriously.

Our future communications will seek to engage audiences with our core messages through innovative medium, including video, cartoons, briefings and events.

We are pleased to share an example from our growing portfolio about our collaborative agenda, Realising Just Cities. In ‘Just Urban Research?’ Dr Beth Perry, Director of the Greater Manchester Platform, shares her vision for engaged urban research – in animated poetic form.


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.


British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA) One-Day Conference

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THE TRADE UNION BILL AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

Friday 27 November 10.30am-4.30pm
The Mechanics Centre,
103 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6DD
http://www.mechanicsinstitute.co.uk/

The Conservative government’s Trade Union Bill threatens the most sweeping and radical tightening of the rules on industrial action and trade union representation seen since the Thatcher era of the 1980s, with a battery of restrictive measures that could potentially rebalance power in the workplace, reduce the capacity of unions to represent their members at work and undermine the ability of workers to take collective action to protect their interests. read more