ABOUT THE AWARDS
UEA Engagement Awards are open to all UEA and Norwich Research Park staff (academic, research and other) and students (undergraduate, postgraduate and research) who have performed particularly effectively with their public engagement work over the past year. Nominations are also invited from community partners who have worked with contacts across NRP/UEA.
Award categories remain the same as previous years:
Student, Achievement and Project
See the case studies below from last year's winners for inspiration!
PHASE ONE: Call for Nominations opens on Wednesday 5 February. Nominators are invited to send name and contact details only of NRP/UEA colleagues and projects using the simple form above. Self-nominations are welcomed
Call for Nominations Wednesday 5 February
Deadline Monday 2 March
Eligible Nominees contacted Wednesday 4 March
PHASE TWO: Nominations will be collated and assessed. Additional evidence will be requested from eligible nominees who wish to take part. Guidance will be provided.
Submission deadline Wednesday 1 April - extended to 15 April
Awards panel meet Wednesday 29 April
Notifications Wednesday 6 May
SAVE THE DATE:
Thursday 11 June
This event will take place online - details to be confirmed
Engagement is a diverse, multi-faceted and complex activity. The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) defines public engagement as "the myriad of ways in which the activity and benefits of higher education and research can be shared with the public. Engagement is by definition a two-way process, involving interaction and listening, with the goal of generating mutual benefit."
The NCCPE acknowledges that individuals, teams and projects evidence engagement in many ways: patient-involvement, collaborative research, citizen science, participatory arts, lifelong learning, outreach, community engagement and engagement with partners. In addition, engagement can be achieved through community based learning, widening participation, corporate social responsibility etc. Whilst the purposes behind these approaches, and the processes, are different, what they all have in common is describing an aspiration to better connect the work of universities and research institutes with society.
Bios were accurate at time of print (June 2019)
Alice Godden, School of Biological Sciences - Postgraduate Researcher
An enthusiastic and passionate young researcher in the Wheeler lab, Alice Godden works with the frog species Xenopus and likes to talk openly about the use of animals in her work. To do this Alice set up a website and Twitter feed for the lab. This communicates her work not only to the lay-public but also to scientists from other fields. Alice was the first person in her family to go to university and feels strongly about helping others who have found themselves in a similar situation. This can be seen in the extensive work she does with young adults. Alice takes holiday to spend an afternoon off campus to talk with young people, and has written articles about her research and research area in her spare time in the evenings and weekends to help reach broader audiences more quickly. She has done 99% of this work unpaid, and is continuing to seek opportunities to help the next generation. Alice had an article - 'The Prince of Science Research: An un-frogettable tale' – published in April 2019 in Wonk Magazine; a new magazine targeted at teenage girls, and getting them interested in research. She took part in Pint of Science 2019 with 'The Magical Mystery of MicroRNAs & How They Help us Develop'.
Zahra Khosroshahi, School of Art, Media and American Studies - Postgraduate Researcher
Visual storytelling is at the heart of Zahra Khosroshahi’s research. Zahra has shown a steady commitment to the task of working with the local community in Norwich and bringing across the important message about the power of films in changing perceptions of 'other' places and people. She has been consistently passionate about taking this research outside academia, and actively seeks ways in which she can share her expertise and knowledge in the field with non-academic audiences, through public engagement and outreach activities. Since 2016 Zahra has been working closely with Cinema City Education, trying to diversify the programme at the cinema. In an attempt to incorporate films within the cultural fabric of Norwich, Zahra started a film club hosted by Frank's Bar where she screens films from Iran, followed by informal discussions. Zahra has initiated an international network called 'Gender, Media and the Middle East'. Its first international symposium was held in 2018 at UEA. This event sought to engage filmmakers, thinkers, academics and most importantly the public in conversations about representation and the Middle East. Zahra also blogs for 'Muslim Girl' – an online publication with the motto: "Muslim women talk back".
Paul McGrath, School of Social Work - Postgraduate Researcher
Since beginning his PhD in 2017, Paul McGrath’s work in engaging with charities, policymakers and practitioners to ensure that his research can make a positive difference has been outstanding. Paul’s PhD study is about the experiences of grandparents who are ‘special guardians’ - grandparents who are permanently raising their grandchildren who are unable to live with parents and who might otherwise grow up in care or be adopted. Paul’s interest in this topic was inspired by his practice as a social worker and manager with children in care in Norfolk. His passion to support grandparents also stems from his family experiences where his own grandparents played a key supportive role in his upbringing. Paul has worked closely with 'Grandparents Plus' - a national charity dedicated to supporting kinship carers. His contributions have included presenting his preliminary findings to their professionals’ group, joining with Grandparents Plus to present research evidence to the Parliamentary Working Group on Kinship Care in March 2019. Paul has also worked with CoramBaaf Adoption and Fostering Academy, and spoke at the East of England Independent Reviewing Officers (IROs) Conference in autumn 2018 and presented to the kinship care support team at Suffolk County Council. Other events arranged for the later this year include a 'masterclass' about special guardianships to social work practitioners from Wandsworth, a presentation of his findings to the senior managers of the North London Consortium of seven local authorities and a ‘best practice’ workshop with Norfolk social services.
Dr Jeanette Cossar, School of Social Work - Senior Lecturer
Team: Dr Pippa Belderson, Dr Penny Sorensen and Julie Young, Senior Research Associates, School of Social Work
Building on ESRC funded research on the experiences of LGBT+ young people growing up in care, and funded by CLAHRC, Dr Jeanette Cossar led a participatory research project to co-produce and deliver accessible, impactful training materials for professionals working with LGBT+ young people in care.
Six young researchers were recruited of differing genders, ethnicities, religious and educational backgrounds. All of them identified as part of the LGBT+ community and had spent time living in care. As part of the project these young people came together with UEA researchers and a group of filmmakers, Creative Research Collective, to make an animated film to raise awareness of their experiences and help to educate professionals. The young researcher team worked with UEA academics and filmmakers to make a film which reflected their own experiences and messages for professionals, but which also reflected themes from the wider research project which included interviews with 46 other LGBT+ young people. Over three day-long workshops with Creative Research Collective, the team recorded over four hours of audio, edited it down to a six minute script, drew pictures, filmed scenes and worked on the sound effects and music to produce the SpeakOut film, available publicly at https://vimeo.com/269619322. The SpeakOut film was launched at Norwich Pride in July 2018 followed by a Q&A session with young researchers and academic researchers. The film was also shown at the FAFF Film Festival in London in 2018. It has been used nationally by Three Circles Fostering, an independent fostering agency and will be used by Stonewall, the national LGBT+ charity. Jeanette and three young researchers spoke in an invited presentation to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Children in Care and Care Leavers at Westminster in February 2019, where the film was shown and discussed with an audience of MPs, care-experienced young people and professionals. Internationally, the SpeakOut film will be used by an Australian organisation, Life Without Barriers, who deliver foster care and disability services to over 300 communities across Australia.
Dr Katherine Deane, School of Health Sciences - Senior Lecturer
Navigating roadworks as a disabled pedestrian can be very challenging. The existing ramps that allow people to get down from the pavement to the road level are problematic – they slip off kerbs, bend or break when rolled over, and even tip people out of their wheelchairs. Dr Katherine Deane is a wheelchair user and knows these problems only too well. So she leapt at the chance to work with a ramp manufacturer - Melba Swintex - to redesign a roadworks ramp and ensure it works for all pedestrians - particularly those with disabilities. She worked with a Disability Consultancy (Purple Reach) and people with a range of disabilities to design and test the new ramp. The new ramp sits on the road surface and butts up against the kerb, with no risk of slipping, bending or breaking. The tap rails on the sides work for cane users but don’t tip wheelchairs over. The ramps are now being used by Transport for London and UK Power Networks in their roadworks making them more accessible for everyone.
Dr David Nowell Smith, School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing - Senior Lecturer
Dr David Nowell Smith led on an LDC Impact Case Study marking the centenary of the Scottish poet WS Graham in 2018. David curated two public exhibitions on Graham’s work, in Orkney and London, and collaborated on three public artworks in Greenock, Scotland, which was Graham's hometown. He also wrote online articles promoting this work.
'Voice and Vision: The Poetry and Art of WS Graham' (Orkney) was the first exhibition anywhere to focus on Graham's visual art. It ran at Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, from 22 September - 10 November 2018, during which time 4,549 people visited it, including many repeat visitors. Only a tiny number of this audience had previously heard of Graham, and of those, virtually none knew of Graham's visual work.
'Constructing Spaces' (London) was an installation David designed in collaboration with sound and visual artists and the National Poetry Library. Running from 19 October 2018 to 31 March 2019, it featured a recreation of Graham's writing space, including his desk, loaned from the Scottish Poetry Library. The installation had over 500 single visits. There was a second room in the installation space, where visitors could produce their own work in response to Graham's creative practices. Overall, almost 300 new works were left in the installation.
The 'Word-Roads' public art project in Greenock came out of a collaboration between David, the WS Graham Estate and Inverclyde Council Creative Learning Department. It started in Summer 2017 with a meeting between David and the artists, who then ran a series of school workshops in Greenock to introduce pupils to Graham's life and work and elicit creative responses from them. This work was exhibited at the Beacon Arts Centre in November 2017, and used as the basis for further workshops, this time with local community arts, creative writing and history groups. Work produced during these workshops was exhibited at the same venue in November 2018. In dialogue with David, the artists then devised three sculptures which they called 'Word-Roads', which were sited in places crucial to Graham's biography, with words from Graham's poems etched onto slate.
Dr Jeff Price, Tyndall Climate Change Centre - Senior Researcher
The earth’s climate is changing and will continue to change in the future, impacting a wide range of sectors from water and food to biodiversity. These changes, observed and projected, are placing past investments at risk and, in many areas, an adaptation debt is accruing. World Wildlife Fund - UK (WWF-UK) contracted Dr Jeff Price and Professor Rachel Warren to undertake an analysis on the existing and projected risks to biodiversity in WWF-UK’s 35 priority places, and to their priority species. This project, led by Jeff and completed in 2018, generated a five-part report of nearly 1,000 pages providing detailed information on the observed changes in climate, the projected changes in climate and a number of metrics on the projected impacts of climate change on the biodiversity in each of the priority places. The report's Executive Summary (led by Dr Rachel Warren) found that:
“If business-as-usual emission rises continue then the average temperatures at the end of the century are projected to increase by an amount that is twice as great as the current natural variability in 92% of seasons across the terrestrial Priority Places and in 90% of the marine ones…That is, future seasonal average temperatures will greatly exceed anything experienced in the last half century.”
The report was used by WWF– UK to generate a public-facing document: 'Wildlife in a Warming World'.
The scientific paper that came from the research assists the scientific community and will be incorporated into the Sixth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, potentially influencing international policy.
Liane Ward, Norwich Business School (NBS)- Local Support Team Leader
Liane Ward first became aware of bullet journaling in 2017 through an online course at UEA. She began to bullet journal herself and taught team members in NBS about the practice. This led to being asked to run workshops for UEA’s Staff Association and for UEA Students’ ‘Do Something Different Week’. Liane’s role at UEA includes responsibility for pastoral care for Postgraduate students in NBS. Sixty PhD students from across UEA were encouraged by Liane to take up bullet journaling as a tool to improve their mental health, wellbeing and resilience as part of the externally funded 'Courage Project' initiative. An interview on bullet jounaling was covered by local press. In March 2019 Liane conducted a workshop for the Wymondham Business Network and continues to give talks to faculty groups across the Norwich Research Park. From sitting in the corner, quietly bullet journaling, Liane has been on an interesting journey, encouraging 250 (and counting) bullet journaling practitioners across UEA. Much emphasis is put on external public engagement at UEA but Liane is an excellent case study for the importance of internal engagement across the many different Faculties and schools on campus.
Rachel Watkins, Admissions, Recruitment and Marketing - Alumni and Events Co-ordinator
For the last two years, Rachel Watkins has collaborated with colleagues from The Forum Trust to deliver the annual Norwich Science Festival; a multi-strand celebration of the cutting-edge scientific research taking place in the city of Norwich and the wider region. Rachel stepped up to manage UEA and the Norwich Research Park's contribution to the Norwich Science Festival in both 2018, when recruitment for the Events Manager position was taking place, and 2019, whilst providing maternity cover for the Events Manager. In 2018 Rachel coordinated the participation of 258 contributors from across the Norwich Research Park who between them delivered 42 talks and 34 activity stands, as well as several film screenings, workshops and exhibitions. In the run up to the festival Rachel liaised with each of the participants – from undergraduate students to professors - to ensure that they were confident in delivering their activity and to offer support in translating and developing their research into an engaging activity for the Festival. Rachel worked particularly closely with five postgraduate students, assisting and guiding them in applying for funding as well as working with graphic designers and other academic colleagues. Mutually beneficial relationships led to unique and engaging outcomes, such as a card game about bees. Over the summer of 2018 Rachel designed and delivered a science communication training evening featuring Professor Laura Bowater, the Academic Director for Innovation at UEA.
Joint Project Award - Dr Peter Bickerton, Earlham Institute - Scientific Communications & Outreach Manager and Camilla Ryan, UEA School of Environmental Sciences and Earlham Institute - Postgraduate Researcher
Dr Peter Bickerton was directly involved in inspiring, organising, planning and delivering talks, stand and activities by the Earlham Institute at Norwich Science Festival in 2018 (NSF 2018). As part of this, Peter devised and delivered 'The Pink Pigeon Trail' with assistance from Postgraduate student Camilla Ryan, whose research on the Mauritian Pink Pigeon was used for the activity. The Trail introduced over 1,100 festival attendees to conservation genomics through highlighting the plight of the Mauritian Pink Pigeon. Participants were given a map and questions with answers were scattered around The Forum on different pigeons. A sticker was given for each correct answer and an "I’m a pink pigeon detective" badge for a completed set of ten. Pink Pigeon booklets were given away to encourage further study. Peter dressed up as a pink pigeon on two days. Camilla also gave a talk on 'The Pink Pigeon's Peril' at NSF 2018. After three days of putting on the Pink Pigeon Trail, 85% of people surveyed said that they thought genomics research was "essential" or "very important" for the environment.
Camilla was one of the speakers at UEA’s Children’s Christmas Lectures in December 2019.
Group Project Award – The UEA University of Sanctuary Initiative
UEA was officially awarded University of Sanctuary status in January 2018. The University of Sanctuary Initiative at UEA consists of more than 30 staff and student members from a variety of Schools and departments, and has not only supported a number of students from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds, but also led to a high level of interaction with local policy-makers and NGOs in Norfolk. The latter include representatives from the Norwich City Council, Norfolk Constabulary, Norfolk County Council, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Amnesty International Norwich, On Track Norfolk, the Norwich Asylum-Seeker and Refugee Forum, English Plus, New Routes International, Bridge and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom in Norwich. Members of the UEA University of Sanctuary Initiative liaise regularly with the nationwide University of Sanctuary team as well as with representatives from the Schools and City of Sanctuary initiatives in Norwich. The key pillars of the UEA University of Sanctuary Initiative include the provision of sanctuary scholarships, a public lecture series relating to issues of sanctuary, collaborations between schools in Norfolk and the University on creating inclusive curriculums, English language support for sanctuary seekers, contributions to City of Sanctuary initiatives such as donation drives and the facilitation of volunteer recruitment. The UEA University of Sanctuary Initiative has its own dedicated website, an official University of Sanctuary Steering Group and University of Sanctuary Liaison Officer. It held a high-profile anniversary event in January 2019.
Group Project Award – UEA CareerCentral - Business Development and Marketing and Events teams
Team: Julie Schofield (Head of Service), Liz Davis-Smith (BD) and (pictured L to R below) Jennifer Lloyd (Marketing & Events), Lucy Schofield (Events), Tom Rockingham (BD), Anna Burbidge (Marketing), and Lisa-Rose Moller (BD)
#SheCan was introduced by CareerCentral at UEA and took place on Thursday 7 March 2019, in celebration of International Women's Day on Friday 8 March. This new all-day programme brought together UEA students and staff, and local and national businesses to recognise and celebrate the social, economic and cultural achievements of women in the past and present.
#SheCan was created in response to the growing demand from graduate employers to attract more female graduates to apply for roles in their organisations, whilst also addressing an acknowledged gender confidence gap in a number of female students about to graduate. The event was sponsored by PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Kier Group plc and engaged numerous national and local employers keen to build their brand with the UEA as employers who support and promote the benefits of a diverse workforce.
The day culminated with inspiring speeches and a drinks reception at The Sainsbury Centre, where UEA Chancellor and entrepreneur Karen Jones CBE delivered a heart-felt keynote speech explaining how sustaining an optimistic growth mind-set and building resilience can help female students overcome setbacks and build rewarding and fulfilling careers.
In total, 235 people attended activities across the day, attracting a wide diversity of female students from a variety of Schools, disciplines and year groups. Over 40 external employers and various UEA staff representing a number of Schools also took part in the events. #SheCan has acted as a springboard for multiple new mentoring partnerships between female students, employers and UEA alumni (facilitated by CareerCentral), demonstrating sustained positive impacts and benefits from the event. It will become an annual programme delivered in conjunction with Internal Women’s Day, to continue the momentum of inspiring female students to build confidence and skills.
Dr Velia Cardin, School of Psychology - Lecturer
In the UK, there are more than 800,000 people with severe or profound hearing loss. The work of Dr Velia Cardin focuses on understanding how the brain changes as a consequence of deafness, and how this knowledge can be applied in society and technology. When Velia joined UEA in 2016, she established working relationships with 3rd sector organisations for deaf and hard of hearing individuals, including the Norfolk Deaf Association, Deaf Connexions and the Virtual School Sensory Support. Velia also quickly developed a website for her research group. This site serves as a reference point for members of the public, colleagues and students. Here, she posts information about her research, both for scientists and the general public. To date, the website has had more than 3,000 visitors and more than 6,000 views, hosting information both in English and British Sign Language. Velia has presented her work at the Pint of Science Festival with ‘The wonders of the Deaf brain’. In October 2018, she took part in the Norwich Science Festival where she had a lab stand for the whole day. A successful application to UEA’s Small Expenses Fund for Public Engagement enabled Velia to provide British Sign Language interpreters during the talk and the Norwich Science Festival. She has also been part of events for deaf individuals, such as the Norfolk Deaf Day and talks at deaf clubs and organisations.
Dr Lindsay Hall, Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB), Group Leader
Dr Lindsay Hall has a passion for microbiology and for communicating the wonder of the microbial world. Her group at QIB studies how the gut microbiome affects health from very early life. Engaging around this research has particular challenges as the gut is hidden inside us and microbes are invisible to the naked eye. To overcome this, Lindsay sought funding from the Wellcome Trust to take on an ambitious innovative public engagement project with local creative practitioners to bring the gut microbiome to life. Working with the SAW Trust and Norwich Hackspace, they developed a prototype 2D gut combining art, programming and science. Trialled at the 2017 Norwich Science Festival, interactive game stations enabled visitors to explore what affects their microbiome. Using visitor feedback, the next step was to build a giant walkthrough version. Norfolk artist team Tin House joined, bringing technical know-how, and after many long nights working alongside the Hall Lab, successfully brought the gut to life. ‘Guardians of the Gut’ was unveiled to 11,000 visitors at the 2018 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition. It was voted the second most popular exhibit in a survey of children. Following on from this success, the Hall Lab took the exhibit to the 2018 Norwich Science Festival where people queued to tour the gut. Lindsay also commissioned a microbiome-themed comic and animation aimed at school children to support the exhibit. Artistic collaborations continue as Lindsay helped win an Arts Council England grant securing QIB’s first artist-in-residence to run workshops for other research groups in the institute, in schools and at local libraries. These workshops will create a new community exhibit on gut research at 2019’s Norwich Science Festival.
As well as mentoring her own staff, Lindsay regularly gives public talks and engages with the news media, with appearances on BBC Breakfast, Horizon, ITV, BBC4 and Radio 4.
Dr Guy Peryer, School of Health Sciences - Lecturer
Guy started as a lecturer in applied Health Sciences in September 2017. He became the UEA lead for the Norfolk and Waveney NHS Palliative and End of Life Care Collaborative which comprises over 70 members with representatives from the five NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in Norfolk, all three hospital trusts, Norfolk Community Health & Care Trust and members of leading charities - such as Macmillan and Marie Curie. In 2018, Guy led a flagship project with members of the collaborative as co-applicants entitled ‘Expanding Community Involvement in Palliative and End of Life Care’. He conducted over 50 interviews with a diverse mix of health and care professionals, care commissioners, volunteers and carers. He also held a series of deliberative workshops at UEA, which attracted attention from neighbouring partners. Subsequently, Guy was asked to go on secondment to St Nicholas Hospice Care in Suffolk by their Chief Executive for two days per week to support their research activities. Guy was also invited onto the panel that is implementing the ‘ReSPECT’ from across Norfolk and Waveney: ‘ReSPECT is a process that creates personalised recommendations for a person’s clinical care in a future emergency in which they are unable to make or express choices.’ For members of the public to be aware of its existence and role in declaring their choices and preferences for emergency care will require a large public health campaign involving local press and radio to spread the word of its importance. In keeping with the public health approach, Guy was asked by the Lord Lieutenant of Norwich to be involved with the judging process of an essay writing competition for 13-15 year-old students at the Norwich School for the national Dying Matters awareness week. The theme was ‘I wish we had spoken earlier’. The winning entries were read by the students at the Dying Matters event at The Forum. Recently, Guy organised a 'Compassionate Communities' meeting at UEA that highlighted the need for a public health approach to palliative and end of life care. Over 130 people from across the East of England attended.
Dr Stephanie Rossit, School of Psychology - Lecturer
Stroke is the main cause of adult disability worldwide. Spatial Neglect (SN), lack of attention to one side of space, is one of the most frequent, persistent and disabling cognitive conditions observed post stroke. Dr Stephanie Rossit and her team have developed and tested portable tools for diagnosis and rehabilitation of spatial neglect and ensured translation into clinical and home settings worldwide. Working with industry, Stephanie has produced a portable software product for spatial neglect that will be commercialized in summer 2019. Her research has attracted media attention and raised awareness of spatial neglect amongst clinicians and the general public.
Stephanie has worked on SN since 2005 and developed a simple, promising rehabilitation therapy called SIGHT (Spatial Inattention Grasping Home-based Therapy). Between 2009 and 2017, Stephanie and her team conducted the first randomised controlled trial of SIGHT which was delivered at home with stroke survivors with chronic SN, demonstrating statistical and clinical improvement in SN but also use of the affected arm and daily life. All SIGHT therapy materials are freely available from Stephanie’s SIGHT website.
In 2017, Stephanie collaborated with Evolv Rehabilitation Technologies to evaluate and develop innovative computerised virtual reality technologies for diagnosis and rehabilitation of spatial neglect. Stephanie and Evolv also developed a new product (c-SIGHT) for SN assessment and rehabilitation. The product will be commercially released around the world in June 2019.
Stephanie has presented at health practitioner and health tech conferences and proactively engages with the public through events like Pint of Science and the Norwich Science Festival. Stephanie’s research has practically addressed the need to provide home-based rehabilitation for stroke patients and is an Impact case study for the School of Psychology.
Dr Leticia Yulita, School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies - Senior Lecturer
Over the past 10 years, Dr Leticia Yulita has demonstrated sustained commitment and enthusiasm for public engagement whether working with charities, NGOs and non-profit making associations or schools, colleges and universities, both locally and globally. Her passion lies in informing the public about the power of foreign languages to instigate change in society. Between 2010 and 2013, British Council funds enabled Leticia to develop a wide range of community engagement activities involving teachers and students from Uzbekistan. This work comprised curriculum development, capacity building and school projects, impacting 8,000 Uzbek language teachers, over 10,000 of their students per year and in the UK, about 250 schoolchildren in Norwich. In the years that followed, she worked closely with Universidad Nacional de La Plata and Teacher Training College 'Juan Ramón Fernández' in Argentina instigating and delivering a number of international projects involving students and the community. This work has resulted in publications for language teaching practitioners.
In 2017, Leticia was supported by the UEA Alumni Fund to create videos featuring UEA students talking about the power of 'kindness' in helping to solve two critical global issues – the integration of asylum seekers and refugees and for gender equality. Currently, Leticia works in partnership with two local charities (New Routes and The Missing Kind) to help prepare UEA students to apply their research to volunteering work, and in turn bring back to class the knowledge gained as a result of their community engagement. She involves her students in a vibrant annual programme of events with support from the UEA’s Small Expenses Fund for Public Engagement.
Her diverse audiences have included teachers, policy-makers, artists and dancers in the UK, Spain, Austria and Japan. More recently, she has delivered workshops and talks for the British Council in Buenos Aires and the Association of English Language Teachers from the Southern and Patagonian areas of Argentina. Leticia has also run a series of public lectures and been interviewed on British and Argentinian radio programmes.
Dr Lee Hooper, Dr Diane Bunn and Dr Oluseyi Jimoh (pictured L to R below) have worked together since 2012 developing a programme aiming to improve hydration care for older people living in care homes. They have investigated the diagnostic accuracy of commonly-used signs and symptoms of dehydration, demonstrating their ineffectiveness and developing an alternative method of screening for dehydration in particularly high-risk older people. Their work highlights that all older people should be considered to be at high risk of low-intake dehydration caused by not drinking enough fluid. Supporting care home residents to drink well is not simple, and the team have undertaken qualitative work exploring the barriers and facilitators to hydration care from the perspectives of residents, their families and carers to inform practice. They are currently working collaboratively with care home staff to develop an innovative approach to support residents to drink well using an activities-based programme and focussing on the importance of the social aspects of drinking together. The team plan to publish the ‘DrinKit’, which will provide practical guidance for care homes on how to support residents to drink well in the summer. Engagement with care homes and health professionals locally, nationally and internationally has been an intrinsic part of their work, ensuring findings reach the people most affected by them. The team’s engagement activities have included workshops and training sessions for care home staff, development of a commercial Hydration Game, newsletters to NHS networks, talks at study days and conferences on hydration care, stands and demonstrations at public events and collaboration with NHS Improvement. The team have received local, national and international media interest in their research and have raised the profile of hydration care for older people, resulting in novel approaches to improving care in this important area.