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.

Elderly man laughing with friend

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: 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.

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.

Professional Development Course: Flourishing at Work

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UWE Bristol are pleased to be offering a new short course, “Flourishing at Work”.

This is an experiential course, facilitated by James Costello, a leading workplace consultant, psychotherapist and trainer.

The course goes beyond a palliative approach to wellbeing, which assumes stress is a failure of someone to cope with an emotionally challenging workplace, offering instead strategies to forget or survive things. Whether working in classrooms, health-care settings, or hospitality we all recognise the emotional labour of “putting on a show” when we least feel like it.

The pandemic accelerated our understanding of work as a place to go; work instead is a place to be in complex and multi-layered networks of relationships.

Through the use of “One at a Time” in-person experiential workshops, which include both individual and group-work, you will explore issues including:

  • Understanding the pressure-points in the context of your unique setting.
  • Develop your listening skills, enabling you to diffuse emotionally charged situations differently.
  • Learn to notice emotional “triggers” and have different outcomes.
  • Reflect on your negotiating style when resolving conflict.
  • Become more aware of boundary issues regarding relationships that go beyond face-to-face, which includes virtual real-time and out-of-time working.

What you will gain:

  • An understanding of the boundaries between home and work.
  • Insights into working structures to inform change processes in your context.
  • The capacity to understand yourself and others in your context.

If you are interested in this course, the dates and further information can be found below:

27 April 202309:30 – 16:30Bristol Business School, Frenchay Campus
10 May 202309:30 – 16:30Bristol Business School, Frenchay Campus

Find out more and book your place

If you have any queries, please get in touch using this form.

Women’s History Month in Research, Business and Innovation at UWE Bristol

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March 2023 marks Women’s History Month.  

An important month in which we seek to recognise the value that women bring to individual communities, professional spheres and collectively to the world. A month also to spotlight women who have paved the way for others.  

Women have been the cornerstone to progress for voting and civil rights, LGBTQ+ rights, childrens rights and equality in the workplace.  

We want to take the opportunity to amplify and celebrate women’s phenomenal successes in the fields of Research, Business and Innovation. We will be spotlighting women who have had significant impact and contribution to research excellence, to real world business, civic and societal impact and to ground-breaking innovation and entrepreneurship here at the university and across the wider region.    

Importantly, the month also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. 

The 8th March will mark International Women’s Day. This year’s campaign theme is #EmbraceEquity. We can all challenge gender stereotypes, call out discrimination, draw attention to bias, and seek out inclusion. Collective activism is what drives change – from grassroots action to wide-scale momentum.  

We call on our research, business and innovation communities to collectively celebrate, to amplify and importantly to all embrace equity.  

Understanding serious violence: The 3rd Southwest Public Health and Criminal Justice network event

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  • Helen Erswell (Consultant in Health Protection, SW Health Protection, UK Health Security Agency)
  • Rachel Campbell (Health and Justice Public Health Lead, Office of the Regional Director of Public Health Southwest, NHS England)
  • Kieran McCartan (Professor in Criminology, UWE Bristol)

On the 07 February 2023, UWE Bristol hosted the third Public Health and Criminal Justice network event. This was a hybrid event with 45 participants attending in person and online. The event was a great success and highlighted the growing recognition that public health, health, and criminal justice need to be working together to understand the causes, consequences, and responses to criminal behaviour. The network is a collaboration between National Health Service England, UK Health Security Agency, and UWE Bristol.  The network is a place for people from across the board (we had attendees from health, public health, prison, policing, education, and academic) to discuss these issues, upskill, change the nature of the conversation, and learn new, and hopefully, good, practice.

This event focused on serious and violent offending with several talks focusing on the impact of trauma and trauma informed practice as well as the challenges of risk management. The event happened in the shadow of a report from HMI Probation on the case of Jordan McSweeney and challenges that it poses for the management of medium and high offenders in the community moving forward.

The workshop speakers included:

Dr Anne Eason (Associate Head of Department for Policing, UWE Bristol) who discussed the challenges and the opportunities in managing violent and sexual offenders in the community. In her presentation Anne focused on the reality of working in Probation and the challenges of managing risk, she reflected on the McSweeney case as well as the case of Philip Austin, suggesting that the reality of effective risk management is rooted in working with the individual and recognising their past, triggers and the most effective way of engaging with them.

View Anne Eason’s presentation.

The next presentation tied directly to the talk by Dr Sarah Senker (Research Associate, UWE Bristol) that focused on the results of a project looking at the role of past trauma in the lives of men who committed sexual offences. The research talked with professionals about how significant they thought that previous trauma was in the lives of people who offend sexually and how you can work in a trauma informed way. Sarah reinforced the person centred, individualise approach that Anne advocated, suggesting that understanding past trauma means that we can better prevent future risk of re-offending.

Following on from Sarah we had two people with lived experience join us and talk about their pathways into, and out of serious and violent offending, They reinforced what both Anne and Sarah had said, but went further by giving concrete examples from their own lives and suggested that the system is not set up in a trauma informed way and that our responses to anti-social and problematic behaviour are retraumatising; they used the example of school exclusion to emphasis this.

View Sarah Senker’s presentation.

This presentation tied to a talk from Dr Duncan Gillard (Enable Trust) who discussed the work that he is involved with to reduce the reality and impact of school exclusions. Duncan highlighted the impact that school exclusions have and that there are more effective ways to respond to prevent anti-social and problematic behaviour before it gets to that point. He went on to discuss a model of therapeutic intervention (the DNA-V model) that looks to do this through a Cognitive Behavioural approach that engages with young people at an individual level. This brought the conversation back to Anne’s points about individualised approaches to risk management and community integration.

View Duncan Gillard’s presentation.

The final presentation of the day was from Professor Geraldine Akerman (a practicing psychologist at HMP Grendon) who talked about HMP Grendon, the work that is done there and the challenges, as well as opportunities, that a therapeutic community poses. The presentation neatly tied the day together as it focused not only on treatment and rehabilitation, but also on the role of adverse experiences, trauma, compassion, and rehabilitation. Although Grendon is a specialised unit we can see the impact that approaching the rehabilitation of people convicted of serious violence and sexual offending can have.

View Geraldine Akerman’s presentation.

The seminar concluded with a Q & A session, which was chaired by Justin Coleman who did a great job of not only managing the questions but linking them together. Justin closed the event by reinforcing in us that serious and violent offending is linked to people’s health, wellbeing, and social context; therefore, in order to reduce and prevent serious offending we need to take a rounded, holistic approach that combines health, wellbeing, trauma informed practice in a compassionate approach that considers the individual and the desistance pathway that they are on.

The next networking event will be held on 21 June 2023, with further details to follow.

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