This year’s Faculty of Health & Wellbeing lunchtime research seminar series launched with a presentation by Nick Ewbank on Cultural Engagement for Wellbeing.
Nick spoke about his current work with the Sidney de Haan Research Centre for Arts & Health and others on a project funded by a Wellcome Trust seed award (£50,000). The project investigates the impacts of engaging in mainstream cultural activity on people’s health and wellbeing and on social connectedness. A further aim is to contribute to policy formation and decision making in respect of cultural engagement as a wider determinant of population health and wellbeing.
We learned that the project idea had grown from collaborations on previously funded work with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The development of both the AHRC bid and the Wellcome Trust application were supported by the RKE team in the Research and Enterprise Development Centre.
Nick also spoke about the process of bringing on board new partners and experts to supplement the experience of the original team.
Nick outlined the components of the current work which are:
- data analysis
- literature review
- developing a wellbeing measure for the cultural sector, and
- investigating barriers to access.
He also described how ‘developing a measure’ was proving to be more complex than originally imagined and there were now discussions with the Wellcome Trust to postpone this component to a later stage.
The aim is to use the seed award to prepare for a larger, collaborative award with the Wellcome Trust (up to £1.5m over 5 years).
We were also treated to a brief history of the development of medicine and the arts and there were fruitful questions and discussions, for example around the problems of defining terms such as ‘cultural engagement’.
For those that couldn’t make it, slides from the presentations are available on request from FHWB.RKEassistant@canterbury.ac.uk
Other seminars coming up this term
The other seminars planned for this term are given below. The presentations run from 12-1pm (with questions). Lunch is available from 11.30 and there is time for further networking from 1-1.30.
|8th November in Nt03
||Cord Blood Stem Cell in Health and Diseases
||A pilot study to evaluate the use of social media in teaching
||Sue Gibson, Sue Soan, Judy Dur-rant, Gayle Le Moine, Lorna Hughes
||Taking on the challenge of breaking down barriers.
||Support needs of parents and carers of children with physical disabilities
||Child Health and Wellbeing
To book your place or for any questions, please contact FHWB.RKEassistant@canterbury.ac.uk.
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Last night I attended the first Public Lecture in this year’s series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Not only was Felicity Aston a wonderfully eloquent and entertaining speaker reaching out to a very varied audience (my husband and myself brought along my 70 years old mother and our 12-year-old daughter), but she also gave evidence of being a true scientist! In the last few years, one of the most challenging aspects of my job within the Research and Enterprise Development Centre has been the need to promote an interdisciplinary approach to research and to support dialogue between disciplines. Felicity managed to show us all how her mission to understand nature in all its forms, to investigate extreme meteorological conditions, to account and prepare for different technical challenges goes hand in hand with the need to understand people’s behaviour, to communicate with different individuals and to investigate human dynamics. Her expertise and interests ranged from chemistry, to geography, ecology and all the way to psychology and lots more. A wonderfully inspiring example of a truly rounded SCIENTIST!
Dr. Sabina Hulbert
Over the summer, 40 students worked with academics across the University on research and knowledge exchange projects, as paid interns. The Internships have supported departmental and individual research & KE activity, and have enabled students to develop their research interests, experience and skills.
To celebrate the achievements of these Internships, academic leads and interns will present their project posters. The presentations will start at 11.30 with a buffet lunch from around 12.30, where there will be a chance to view the posters and talk to interns and academics about their projects.
All staff and students are welcome to attend. Please register your intention to attend by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, advising if you would also like to stay for the buffet lunch at 12.30.