New Short Course: Managing Menopause in the Workplace

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The menopause is a natural life transition stage that will affect 51% of the population. The menopause may lead to a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms and individuals may encounter difficulties at work as a result of their symptoms.

Did you know, nationally, 25% of women leave their role during menopause? This is shockingly high and in many cases potentially avoidable. 

There are many recognised symptoms of the menopause. Each colleague will be affected in different ways and to different degrees over different periods of time, and menopausal symptoms can often indirectly affect their partners, families and colleagues as well.

To support your workforce, there needs to be a better understanding of the symptoms and the support available.

Course Content

This open and inclusive 2-hour session will uncover the truths about menopause and how it can affect a woman and the ways in which symptoms could be supported.

Included in this course:

  • What is menopause?
  • We will explore some of the known symptoms.
  • Normalising & coping with the symptoms of menopause.
  • Treatments and how we can help ourselves & others.
  • Q&A

Learning and Teaching

Our Approach

We are a team. Each of us has experienced women’s health issues differently in our lives and in our work. And we want to share these experiences with you. We don’t assume we know how it is for you. We use our expertise to provide knowledge in a group setting, talking frankly and honestly and answering questions.

Who are we and what qualifies us to do this work?

We are Helen Robson, Dr Pippa Vickery and Vicki Hill: An executive coach, a GP, and a health and fitness expert specialising in women’s health.

Date & Time

  • Wednesday 26 April
  • 13:00 – 15:00
  • Frenchay Campus

Find out more or Book your place

For any further enquiries, please contact the CPD team via this form.

Please note

In order to preserve the learning and to ensure that the session is inclusive for everyone, we apply boundaries to the Q&A session. It is not a surgery, nor is it an opportunity to discuss individual cases. We are very lucky to have a GP in the team. Pippa is there to provide expert knowledge, not to give consultations nor field NHS enquiries.

Women’s History Month 2023: Katherine, Sarah, Ann, Sado and Jac

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As part of Women’s History Month 2023, we are spotlighting some of the amazing women we work with or who inspire us.

In this blog we highlight Ann, Jac and Sarah who are all UWE Bristol academics, and Katherine and Sado who have partnered with us on different projects.

After being made redundant back in 2018, Katherine used her redundancy money to re-train and completed the UWE Bristol’s Masters in Sustainable Development. She received an award for her dissertation on carbon management within business, which then formed the content of a publication, co-authored with her supervisor, Prof. Jim Longhurst.

As such, she graduated not only feeling able to confidently work in sustainability but also with a job o‑er, which came about due to her winning UWE Bristol Sustainability Student of the Year, the sponsor of the award being the Director of Future Leap, where she now works as Head of Partnerships and Sustainability. Katherine also sits on Bristol’s One City Environment Board and she is the South West Sustainability Ambassador for the Institute of Directors.

UWE English Literature colleagues, Dr Sarah Robertson (left) and Dr Ann Alston (right), are collaborating on a climate change and literature research project.

Sarah founded a climate change book club in 2022 and is running a 2023 climate book club challenge. Ann has worked with Education and Environmental Sciences colleagues on a VCC Challenge project ‘The Use and Impact of Scientific Literary Materials in Primary Schools.’

They both run CPD events for KS3 teachers on integrating climate change into the English classroom, and are working with Environmental Management colleagues to run a book for young people, “Reading for the Planet.”

As Director of Black South West Network (BSWN) since 2013, Sado Jirde rebuilt the organisation’s profile and repositioned its role from an infrastructure body to a racial justice incubator, developed with the Black and Minoritised communities across Bristol and the South West region.
Sado sits on Bristol’s One City Economy Board and Bristol University Court and is also the Vice-Chair of Bristol Old Vic Board.

She was awarded The African Achievers Award in 2015, and the Most Inspirational Role Model Award in 2019 and listed as a Women of Inspiration: 100 social enterprise leaders showing Covid who’s boss in 2020.

Jac is a Product Design Lecturer, passionate about research that helps to design a better world for people.

She co-designs sensory products for people with dementia, learning disabilities and autism. One product, the HUG, that she developed with colleagues at Cardiff­ Met University, in collaboration with NHS, care homes, charities and people living with dementia, has been evaluated with great success showing it has significant impact on a person’s wellbeing. In partnership with Alzheimer’s Society, it’s sold across the world through their spin-out HUG by LAUGH, bringing comfort and joy to thousands of people.

UWE Bristol to deliver new Sleep Medicine and Respiratory Science courses

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Following a competitive tendering process, staff from the College of Health, Science and Society at UWE Bristol have been awarded a Health Education England (HEE) contract to deliver two new programmes – a Postgraduate Certificate in Sleep Medicine and a Graduate Diploma in Respiratory Science. Commissioning of these programmes forms part of the response to a review of NHS England diagnostic services, which highlighted significant deficits in the current workforce.

Sleep medicine is a specialised area of healthcare that focuses on sleep disturbances and disorders. The Postgraduate Certificate in Sleep Medicine is the first programme to focus solely on this important area of healthcare. It has been designed to enable advanced, integrated sleep science training to be delivered to a wide range of existing healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, and healthcare scientists. This will allow the rapid expansion of sleep science services to reduce waiting times and address delays in diagnosis and treatment.

The Graduate Diploma in Respiratory Science has been developed as an accelerated (12-month) training pathway for graduates in related disciplines, such as Sports Science or Biomedical Science. To-date such graduates would need to undertake a three-year Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) to become qualified healthcare scientists. This new programme combines clinical and professional modules from the PTP with work-based training to provide a fast, quality-assured scheme for upskilling trainees to Practitioner level. This is essential for meeting workforce demands in respiratory physiology, which have been further impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr Karina Stewart, Associate Head of the School of Applied Sciences (Subject Lead for Healthcare Science), Dr Adrian Kendrick (Senior Lecturer in Respiratory and Sleep Physiology) and Dr Kathryn Yuill (Senior Lecturer in Physiology) led on submission of the tender response.

Dr Stewart commented:

“We are delighted with this outcome. The programmes will be an important addition to our portfolio of healthcare science training currently offered at UWE Bristol, which includes a degree apprenticeship (Level 6) Respiratory and Sleep Physiology PTP.”

The Health Education England contract is for three years in the first instance. Delivery of the Postgraduate Certificate in Sleep Medicine starts from October 2023, and delivery of the Graduate Diploma in Respiratory Science will begin in September 2024.

Spotlight on Research in the College of Health, Science and Society

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The College of Health, Science and Society (CHSS) brings together experts from all areas of Health, Science and Society.

The College is made up of four schools:

The College has a vibrant research culture organised primarily through research centres, groups and institutes.

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Research Centres

Centre for Appearance Research

The Centre for Appearance Research is the world’s largest research group focusing on the role of appearance and body image in people’s lives.

Centre for Health and Clinical Research

Bringing together researchers working in the fields of long-term conditions, palliative and supportive care, and emergency care, to inform knowledge mobilisation across the lifespan.

Centre for Public Health and Wellbeing

Connecting experts from mental health sciences; children and young people; emergency and critical care; public health and wellbeing; health, ethics and society and evaluative research.

Centre for Research in Biosciences

Incorporating world-class research in the fields of biomedicine, plant science, bio-sensing technology and environmental science.

Science Communication Unit

The Science Communication Unit is internationally renowned for its diverse and innovative activities, designed to engage the public with science.

Research Groups

Education and Childhood Research Group

The Education and Childhood Research Group encompasses four strands of research Equity in education; Pedagogy; Childhood, children and young people; and Sustainability in education.

Psychological Sciences Research Group

The Psychological Sciences Research Group conducts applied research that has a positive influence on people and places; at home, in the workplace, and in the wider social environment.

Social Science in the City

The Social Science Research Group is a multidisciplinary, applied research grouping that is dedicated to facilitate a better understanding of the complex social world that we live in.

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Institutes and more

Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology

Industry and academia working together to develop novel bio-sensing technologies.

Social Science in the City

Social Science in the City is a free public engagement event addresses important questions about how we might live and work in today’s society.

Women’s History Month 2023: Aisha, Sara and Verity

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As part of Women’s History Month 2023, we are spotlighting some of the amazing women we work with or who inspire us.

In this blog we highlight Aisha, Sara and Verity.

Verity is a UWE Bristol academic, and Aisha studied with us. Sara delivered several workshops for us on the Green Skills programme.

Aisha studied law at UWE Bristol before an epiphany saw her move to education and become Assistant Principal at an inner-city secondary school. Today she is Educational Consultant in her own organisation, Representation Matters Ltd, and has a firm focus on anti-racist practice, equity, justice and liberation.

Aisha is also a university guest lecturer, and her debut book ‘Becoming an anti-racist educator was released on 12 May 2022.

2022 saw Aisha start her doctoral journey looking at anti-racist practice in Educational Leadership. Aisha has presented a BBC documentary about the lack of  black teachers in Bristol and delivered a TEDx talk: ‘Why Representation Really Matters’.

Sara is a climate change and sustainability consultant who is passionate about building the climate workforce. She currently co-leads the UK Cities & Regions team at Anthesis to develop climate strategies and action plans to local authorities to transition to a fair and just low carbon future.

Sara is a Trustee for climate action charity Possible and is a mentor and Advisory Board member at Catalyse Change CIC, aiming to support young women with skills and guidance for sustainability careers. Sara is also a mentor at global climate career and education platform where she provides advice and guidance to people transitioning into climate careers.

Verity is an Associate Professor in UWE Bristol’s School of Education and Childhood. Her research focuses on pathways to social and environmental justice. Verity has worked with charities including Friends of the Earth, Fashion Revolution and the Centre for Alternative Technology.

She has developed insights into pedagogies of hope in the face of the climate and ecological emergency and has highlighted the importance of arts-based practices to support sustainable education in the UK and India. Verity recently led the first research in the UK exploring 9-11 year olds experiences of racism and its impacts on mental health. She is currently working with Global Goals Centre who will open SPARKS – a new sustainable education hub in Bristol – in April 2023.

Women’s History Month 2023: Jenna, Maya and Jo

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As part of Women’s History Month 2023, we are spotlighting some of the amazing women we work with or who inspire us.

In this blog we highlight Jenna and Jo who are both UWE Bristol academics and Maya who worked with us to provide support and consultancy around creating a safe and inclusive learning environment for our Green Skills programme provision.

Jenna Pandeli is a Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies interested in using qualitative methodologies, namely ethnography, to provide a greater understanding of the everyday experiences of work.

She has a special interest in prison labour and invisible forms of work. She was awarded the SAGE prize for Excellence and Innovation 2020 for her publication ‘Captives in Cycles of Invisibility’. She is currently undertaking two projects:

1) Collaborating with a charity, Project Remake, to create, deliver and evaluate enterprise education for previously incarcerated people

2) Researching women’s experiences of maternity leave during the covid pandemic.

With over a decade’s experience in youth, community and social work, Maya currently manages the award winning Call In Programme in partnership with Avon & Somerset Police Constabulary; off­ering a trauma informed diversionary scheme to Black, and minoritised young people involved in serious youth violence, criminal exploitation and drug related off­ending.

Maya has also worked as a commissioner for the Mayoral Commission on Race Equality; leading the criminal justice task group and Chairing the Youth Justice Task Group for ‘The Identifying disproportionality with Avon and Somerset Criminal Justice System Report’ to influence systemic change in relation to structural inequality. Maya continues to advocate for the inclusion of young people with lived experience in strategic planning and to co-produce services with local communities.

Jo Barnes has 18+ years’ research experience in air quality management, policy and practice at local, national, European and international levels.

Since 2008, she has been employed in the Air Quality Management Resource Centre, University of the West of England, Bristol, where she completed her PhD researching the effectiveness of Local Air Quality Management.

In this role, she has worked with and on behalf of numerous local authorities, Defra and the Devolved Administrations of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Greater London, other Member States, the EEA and the European Commission to implement and develop air quality management policies and practices.

Women’s History Month 2023: Rebecca, Tara and Laura

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As part of Women’s History Month 2023, we are spotlighting some of the amazing women we work with or who inspire us.

In this blog we highlight Rebecca and Laura who are UWE Bristol academics and Tara who we partnered with on our Green Skills for jobs and Entrepreneurship Programme.

Rebecca is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Planning and an award-winning researcher.

Rebecca’s research has focused on the development of renewable energy, including how to plan for the future of existing renewable energy sites and how communities are involved in decisions about renewable energy.

Rebecca is passionate about sharing her research findings with diverse audiences to influence policy and practice as well as to inform the public. Her research has been used to inform policy change and Rebecca has been quoted in a number of national newspapers and has recently appeared on BBC Newsnight.

Tara Miran is of Kurdish heritage. Her career and research ambitions are shaped by her ambitions for equality, equity & justice. Her background is in sociology, social and cultural research and she is fascinated by people and working towards a fairer world.

She has conducted research in areas such as mothers engaging in physical activity, women and employment and health inequalities. The central theme to her work is inclusion & diversity. In 2021, she was selected as a ‘Global Goals Hero’ by the Global Goals Centre.

More recently, she has co-founded The Green Melon; an award-winning social enterprise promoting community & food justice. Tara currently works in Community Development. She spends her free time involved in local initiatives, representation groups and trustee boards. She highlights that her most important and loved role remains being a mother to her brilliant daughters.

Laura is Associate Professor for Engineering in Society in the School of Engineering and a member of the Science Communication Unit. She explores the social psychology of communications and public engagement, particularly involvement in decision-making for sustainable development with under-served audiences and communities.

Laura leads the Inspire education outreach work for the initiative for Digital Engineering Technology and Innovation, inspiring diverse young people to make a difference through climate education and action. She is the founder of the Women Like Me mentoring scheme for engineers, set up the DETI Diversity Demonstrator for diverse engineering role models, and founder of the primary STEM network Curiosity Connections.

Rapid Realist Review of Virtual Ward Rounds for People with Frailty

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Dr Natasha Bradley, Research Fellow in Realist Evaluation, Centre for Health & Clinical Research


Virtual wards (VWs) rounds deliver multidisciplinary care to people with fluctuating health conditions such as frailty, within their own homes or usual place of residence. The aim can be to prevent hospital admission and to support self-management. Existing evidence showed there were different types of VWs in operation in the UK, and that results appeared inconsistent.

We used realist methods to provide complementary evidence to existing systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials, by shedding light on the different contexts and mechanisms that enable VWs to work effectively.

This project investigated how and why VWs could work for people with frailty. We carried out a type of literature review called a rapid realist review, asking ‘what works for whom, under what circumstances, how and why?’.


First, we aimed to summarise the different types of VWs for people with frailty. Second, we considered how and why VWs might work by exploring interactions between the context, mechanisms, and outcomes. The knowledge gained in this process could then be applied to help VWs work more effectively.


Literature synthesis

We searched for academic publications and other online sources of information (‘grey lit’) to gather evidence on VWs for frailty in the UK and ROI. In total, 28 documents were included. We began to extract causal insights and bring them together, informed by rapid realist review methods. In this case, we initially worked with ‘if-then-because’ statements and then gradually synthesized into preliminary context-mechanism-outcome configurations.

Patient and public involvement

To assist us in this process, we had input from people who had lived experience of frailty. 

We met with public contributors on two occasions: two people on 28th February 2022, and five people on 15th June 2022. In each meeting, we presented what we thought were important aspects of VWs and invited their discussion. The first conversation helped to refine our initial ideas and the second conversation gave feedback on our findings from the literature synthesis. Alongside these meetings, we also met several times with three clinicians who were experts in frailty VWs.


Two main types of frailty Virtual Ward models were identified: longer-term proactive care to prevent a frailty crisis and short-term acute care for those in-crisis, both intended to reduce acute hospital admissions. Current NHS England policy is directed towards short-term VWs, but longer-term VWs may also be beneficial within a whole system approach to frailty.

Minimum requirements for VWs are common standards agreements, information sharing processes, and an appropriate multidisciplinary team that is able to meet regularly. Pertinent mechanisms include the motivation and capability of the different stakeholders to work together, so that VWs can function as a forum for the integration of care and timely multidisciplinary decision-making.

The patient pathway involves their selection into the VW, comprehensive assessment including medication review, integrated case management, and in some cases proactive or anticipatory care. Important components for patients and caregivers are their communication with the VW and their experience of being at home instead of hospital.

We developed evidence-based theories for how and why different parts of frailty VWs may be important for implementation, for the patient pathway, and for patient and caregiver experience.  Our review indicates that existing work has overlooked the potential impact of transfers of care on entering and leaving the VW, and the caregiver’s role in the VW intervention.

Next Steps

The rapid realist review is now complete. Our findings help to explain how and why the contexts of the local healthcare system, the VW team, and the patient are influential to the effectiveness of VWs.  A manuscript is under preparation for the peer-reviewed journal ‘Age & Aging’ and we will be submitting our evidence to NHS England for their guidance on VWs for people with frailty.

Innovations in service design for people with frailty remains high-profile in 2023. The insights gained from this review could inform implementation or evaluation of VWs for frailty. A combination of acute and longer-term VWs may be required within a whole system approach. We will be submitting our evidence to NHS England, so that it can have an impact on their guidance for VWs. 

See more: Can virtual wards help treat people with frailty in their own homes and avoid them going to hospital? A rapid realist review – ARC West (

Spotlight on the Education & Childhood Research Group

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Formerly known as BRIDGE, the Education & Childhood Research Group (ECRG), is a large, diverse research group made up of researchers, associates and doctoral researchers.

The research group has four main strands:

Equity in Education

Strand Leaders: Prof Richard Waller and Malcolm Richards

 Members of this inter-disciplinary community share a common interest in researching the inequities that persist in societies through critical enquiry. We engage with our local-global students, teachers, and community, to collaborate on exciting research, knowledge co-production, and impactful outcomes. Members of this inter-disciplinary community share a common interest in researching the inequities that persist in societies through critical enquiry. We engage with our local-global students, teachers, and community, to collaborate on exciting research, knowledge co-production, and impactful outcomes.


Strand Leaders: Dr Benjamin Knight and Mandy Lee

Pedagogy is a broadly interpreted and broadly applied umbrella concept covering many aspects of education and overlapping with a wide range associated educational and social concepts. In the Education and Childhood Research Group (ECRG), the Pedagogy research strand specifies a focus on classroom teaching and learning. The strand has two key elements. The first investigates interpretations of what it means to ‘learn’, what learning looks like, contexts in which it occurs and factors which influence it for individuals and groups. The second element investigates teaching and instruction with a view to developing insights about the most useful ways of organising and configuring teaching in the interest of learning. Research within this strand is predicated on the belief that we have much more to learn about learning and teaching, and that novel insights and new theories are there to be uncovered. Seeking effective and innovative approaches to teaching, appropriate for the 21st century, is a central aim of this research strand.

The Childhood, Children and Young People

Strand Leaders: Dr Sarah Chicken and Dr Tim Clark

This strand focuses on research into children and young people’s experiences, rights, voices, perspectives, and related policy and practice. The strand is underpinned by a construction of children and young people as agentic meaning makers who are experts in their own worlds and there is a privileging of research with, rather than on this often overlooked group.  The strand aims to showcase work in this area and provoke critical discussion about research with children. 

Sustainability in Education

Strand Leaders: Dr Verity Jones and Dr Tessa Podpadec

Research on sustainable development creates knowledge and influences practices to shape sustainable futures. The strand members’ research incorporates sustainable development questions about diverse local, national and global contexts. For example: how can society approach responsible and ethical consumption? and, What is the role and function of education in this? UWE Bristol recognises the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The core purpose of this research strand is advancing knowledge in economic, social and environmental dimensions to solve sustainability challenges, create opportunities and shape our communities across the region and beyond as set out in the UWE Bristol Strategy 2030.

Group Leader and Associate Professor of Education Policy in Critical Education, Dr Alpesh Maisuria, commented on the group:

“The forerunner to ECRG was BRIDGE, which was hugely successful and delivered excellent REF results. With being appointed successor and alongside the university’s move to Colleges and School structure, I wanted to evolve the Research Group to more closely align with the College. I also wanted to reflect the new staff expertise that had come into School.

The research group was large and I felt would benefit from a Distributed Leadership model, and so I implemented a structure that included Strands of research, each with Co-Leaders to establish the research themes.

It was also important for me that ECRG has a role  in developing future research leaders in the School, and strand leadership is an opportunity for colleagues to gain experience in a high profile role to steer our research ambitions and excellence.”

To find out more or join the group please email Dr Alpesh Maisuria. Please submit any general enquiries to Ella Rees

UWE Bristol researchers showcase their work at Bristol Women’s Voice International Women’s Day event

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  • Bristol Women’s Voice: International Women’s Day event
  • Bristol City Hall
  • 10am-5pm

International Women’s Day 2023 is being celebrated at a day long event organised by Bristol Women’s Voice. Researchers from UWE Bristol, University of Exeter and the University of Edinburgh will be showcasing their research during this event, as summarised by three local female artists.

This artwork represents a focus group that these institutions conducted to discuss and explore women’s experiences of reproductive events (e.g., menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause) and how they are related to mental health. Dr Kayleigh Easey, a Senior Lecturer at UWE Bristol who led these focus groups alongside Dr Siobhan Mitchell and Dr Kate Ash-Irisarri, explains “We were very fortunate to be joined by three local artists, who have produced some amazing artistic interpretations of the conversations and themes discussed on the day. We can’t wait to share this artwork with members of the public at the IWD event, to help bring awareness and discussion about the impact reproductive events can have on mental health, and what avenues exist to promote positive mental health around this area”.

Some of the outputs to be showcased at this event are from an ongoing GW4 funded grant awarded to the researchers to further investigate an understudied, but pivotal area that can contribute to poor mental health.

This International Women’s Day event is being organised by Bristol’s Women’s Voice, to be held at Bristol’s City Hall from 10am-5pm, involving multiple workshops and interactive displays.

View the full event programme.

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