PGRNet Impact Workshop: 16 July

Achieving Research Impact

With Professor Erika Rackley, University of Birmingham

16 July 2015, 4pm-5.30pm, PGR Hub, 3rd floor Baker Building, City North Campus


Research Impact is becoming increasingly important not just for researchers, but for PGRs too. According to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), research impact is “an effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia.”

Over the summer PGRNet is hosting a series of workshops to help you get to grips with impact and how you can start thinking about it for your own research. Knowing about impact is crucial for your future employability and attending this workshop will give you a great introduction to research impact. We are delighted to welcome Erika Rackley, Professor of Law from the University of Birmingham.

This workshop is free to attend and refreshments will be provided. To sign up, please visit the Eventbrite page.

Academic’s research inspires new Birmingham REP play

Prof Fatemeh Rabiee-Khan’s research into mental health care in Birmingham is to be turned into a play.

Prof Rabiee-Khan, from the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences, was part of the ENRICH research programme, working in collaboration with University of Warwick and Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Their research explored the challenges faced by the mental health service in relation to cultural appropriateness. It included a study that asked, “How easily reached and suitable are Early Intervention Services for the ethnic and cultural needs of BME communities in Birmingham?”

Prof Rabiee-Khan explains that the research explored the experiences of BME groups in particular because, “Numerous reports including our previous study have identified shortcomings in mental health services that have contributed to the poor quality of care and treatment provided for many Black and Minority Ethnic people. This research focused solely on first episode of psychosis and early intervention”.

Findings highlighted that help seeking behaviour differs among various ethnic and cultural groups and many BME service users get support from faith/spiritual healers before seeking medical help. Based on the research, a number of recommendations have been made to help reduce the differences in levels of care and outcomes between ethnic groups.

The research findings have also been turned into a play called Cracked by Olivier award-winning playwright Mike Kenny, which will tour West Midlands in the autumn, being performed in Birmingham REP on Tuesday 20 October.

Prof Rabiee-Khan is looking forward to seeing the play: “We are very proud and excited that the findings from our research will be disseminated to a wide range of audience in such a creative way. We are hoping that through this medium it will de stigmatise mental illness and will encourage people to access help at an early stage”.

School of Education Research Conference -13 July

Pedagogies, Practitioners and Identities in Education

Monday 13 July 2015, 9am-5pm, Galton Building 4th Floor, City North Campus

Provisional outline for the day:
9.00-9.30 – Registration and Coffee
9.30-10.30 – Welcome and Keynote
10.30-12.00 – Research Presentations
12.00-12.45 – “Technology in Education” debating panel
12.45-1.30 – Lunch and Poster Presentations
1.30-2.00 – Keynote
2.00-2.30 – “Hot Topics” debating tables
2.30-4.15 – Research Presentations
4.14-5.00 – Performance, awards and closing
Lunch will be provided in the day. There will be prizes for poster presentations.

Register on the eventbrite page.

Researchers encourage people to go green with new mobile app

Research staff from the University are lending their expertise to the development of a new ‘green app’ which is looking to encourage people to live healthier lives and play a more active role in their communities.

The BetterPoints mobile app rewards users for taking part in activities which benefit the environment and their local community. This includes activities like volunteering, car sharing and using certain types of public transport.

Users receive ‘BetterPoints’ in recognition of their work, a form of community currency which can be used to purchase a number of online rewards including vouchers from Amazon, M&S and Boots. Alternatively, users can choose to donate their BetterPoints to their favourite charities.

Dr Steve McCabe, Director of Research Degrees, and Senior Lecturer Tony Birch will be working on the evaluation of the software to find out what sort of impact the app is having on people’s behaviour. The University is a partner in the BetterPoints project which is being funded by Climate-KIC, the EU’s main environmental initiative.

Flora Champetier, Deputy EU Funding Manager, explains: “We hope this project will have a real impact on how people interact with their communities and the environment. What the app is aiming to do is encourage more people to undertake activities that will benefit both themselves and the community.”

Read more on the website >>

Research Ethics Interdisciplinary Event

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 10:00-15:30, venue TBC

In a context where all research needs to abide by increasingly strict ethical rules and principles, this is an excellent opportunity to discover more about research ethics, exchange good practice and share experiences of what works and what does not.

The event will be held from 10 am to 3.30 pm, include influential external keynotes on key research ethics issues, sessions on practice  and sessions on experience. Lunch and refreshments will be available.

Book your place on the Eventbrite page.

CEBE Research Spotlight with Veronica Barry

CEBE Research Spotlight  are fortnightly (or so) informal meetings of postgraduate research students where a presenter will discuss their experiences as a research student, their current research, challenges they are currently facing, and provide some tips on how to succeed as a research student. There will be lots of opportunities for questions and discussion. These are informal sessions which give you the chance to share experiences. For those who are less confident these sessions will also be a great opportunity to practice speaking in front of an audience.

The next session will be as follows:

Date – Tuesday 23rd June 2015

Time – 1pm – 2pm

Venue – MP490

Student presenting – Veronica Barry (BSBE)

Please do support this initiative!! It will give you a chance to learn from one another, share experiences, gain confidence and meet one another!