Women Researchers’ Mentoring Scheme – open for applications

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The Women Researchers’ Mentoring Scheme (WRMS) aims to promote and facilitate professional development for women researchers working at UWE Bristol, helping them reach senior research roles.  This scheme provides support to female staff (including those who identify as female or non-binary) to develop and strengthen their research portfolio, making them more able to compete for senior research roles alongside their male counterparts.

This scheme offers a specified number of mentoring opportunities, which aim to provide mentees with encouragement, support and advice from experienced colleagues in order to help the mentee realise their potential and fulfil their research career aspirations. 

The new application cycle for the WRMS is now open. The scheme is open to all women in academic and research roles, employed by UWE Bristol, who wish to develop their careers.

The benefits of being involved in the scheme by becoming a mentor or mentee could assist your development and progression. The scheme will entail a nominated woman researcher being matched to a mentor, who can be a woman or man. Training will be provided to all new participants. The application deadline is Wednesday 18 January 2023.

Further details of the scheme including how to apply is available on the Women Researchers’ Mentoring Scheme staff intranet pages.

Research in Emergency Care Avon Collaborative Hub: Hospital or Not event

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On 1st November, the Research in Emergency Care Avon Collaborative Hub (REACH) hosted an event e.xploring how to decide when hospital would benefit patients aged 65 or over.

The event was fully booked and had a great mix of paramedics, geriatricians and members of the public who enjoyed some fantastic discussion sessions and a delicious lunch in between presentations about frailty, minor head injury and major trauma.

Talks included:

  • Professor Jay Banerjee on Frality
  • Dr Helen Nicholson on minor head injury in older people
  • Emma Page & Hayden Frazer on the North Bristol Care Home Interface Project
  • Jean Palmer & Edmund Brooks on the paitent’s perspective

The event included a simulation by the UWE Bristol Student Paramedic Simulation Society of an ambulance crew attending an older person who had fallen. Two members of the public also shared their experiences of being full time carers.

The discussions throughout the day were fascinating and will help to inform the future research in the area of emergency care for older people.

REACH is a collaborative research hub in Bristol that aims to improve the delivery of urgent and emergency care.

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The south Asian Dementia Pathway (ADAPT) study

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Dissemination event held online on Thursday 13th October 2022

Written by Dr Emily Dodd, Senior Research Fellow and project manager for the ADAPT study.

“An amazing and informative session[1]

Almost 100 people across the UK joined an online dissemination event on Thursday 13th October 2022 to hear about and see in action the new online toolkit that has been recently developed through the research carried out as part of the ADAPT study.  Funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), the purpose of this study was to create an online toolkit of culturally appropriate assessments and interventions that support people from South Asian communities across the dementia care pathway.

“The lived experiences from the Carers were particularly impactful”

The study was co-led by Rik Cheston, Professor of Dementia Research at the University of the West of England and Dr Sahdia Parveen, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bradford. This was a truly collaborative project including the Universities of Wolverhampton and Bath and charity partners the Race Equality Foundation and Dementia Alliance for Culture and Ethnicity. Importantly, the study has been fortunate to have a strong and engaged public contributor team who have “kept it real” and ensured the voice of those affected by dementia from south Asian communities ran throughout the planning and execution of the study.

“…this fantastic study and resource”

Previous research has shown that roughly 25,000 people from ethnic minority communities live with dementia in the UK and the largest single grouping are people whose origins are from South Asian countries. We also know that while people from South Asian communities are at greater risk of developing dementia they are less likely to access all points of the dementia care pathway. The study team therefore wanted to bring together in one place evidenced-based resources to support people from South Asian communities affected by dementia along with recommendations to healthcare staff providing relevant services.

“Hugely insightful and the toolkit will be a massive resource for us”

The online event was an opportunity for the study team to share the online toolkit itself alongside the findings of the study and the films developed as part of the study. People who attended the event included those who took part in the study and wider stakeholders including health and social care professionals and voluntary and community sector organisations supporting and caring for people affected by dementia. The hard-hitting and powerful film ‘Kiran’ (an eight-minute true-to-life dramatization of the struggles and difficulties families face when caring for a loved one living with dementia) that was produced as part of the study was also shown in full at the event.   

“Its a game changer for me”

The ADAPT study website and toolkit are hosted by the Race Equality Foundation and can be accessed by visiting the website: https://raceequalityfoundation.org.uk/adapt/.

Please contact the team directly with any questions or feedback you have about the toolkit on adapt@uwe.ac.uk.  


[1] Quotes come from the Zoom chat box during the event

Future Textiles Conference 2023

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Image: Conference speakers.

Bristol and online, 28 February – 2 March 2023

The Centre for Print Research (CFPR) is excited to announce the Future Textiles Conference 2023, Bristol and Online, 28 February – 2 March 2023, focusing on Future Clothing for the Next Generation.

Textiles are so ubiquitous, yet their functions have not been changed much since the dawn of civilization. Additionally, textiles have received widespread attention as a versatile platform in recent years for future wearable electronics applications. However, they are still far from the requirements of modern-day electronics.

The global textile industry is also often cited as the second most polluting industry after oil, responsible for ~8-10% of global CO2 emission, ~20% water pollution and ~35% microplastic pollution.

Therefore, radically new approaches are needed at both materials and manufacturing level to transform textiles into highly innovative, sustainable, and intelligent clothing.

Sustainable clothing research from Smart wearable e-textiles research from Graphene Application Laboratory at CFPR

This conference will provide a forum for collaborative discussions to address such key challenges at both academic and industry level to develop future clothing for the next generation and facilitate the rapid transition of such textiles from lab to market.

The conference key themes are:

  • New Materials for Textiles
  • Wearable Electronic Textiles (E-textiles)
  • Digital Manufacturing (Industry 4.0)  
  • Sustainable Textile Manufacturing 
  • Circular Economy  
  • Smart Functional Textiles  
  • Protective Medical Clothing 
Smart wearable e-textiles research from Graphene Application Laboratory at CFPR

The conference will have varied speakers from across the industry. Keynote speakers include Professor Sir Konstantin Novoselov FRS from the National University of Singapore (NUS), who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2010 for isolating graphene at The University of Manchester in 2004.  He is an expert in condensed matter physics, mesoscopic physics, and nanotechnology. Every year since 2014, Kostya Novoselov has been included in the list of the most highly cited researchers in the world.

Other confirmed keynote speakers include Prof Stephen Russel and Prof Chris Carr from Leeds Institute for Textiles and Colour (LITAC), The university of Leeds, Prof Stephen Eichhorn from the University of Bristol, Prof Zijian Zheng from the Institute of Textile and Clothing at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Mr James Baker CEng FIET FRSA, CEO- Graphene@manchester, the University of Manchester, Professor Melik Demirel from Penn State University, USA, Anne Marr from University Arts London (UAL), and Dr Jun Chen from UCLA.

On behalf of the organising team, I am delighted to welcome you all to the first international conference on future textiles. The global textiles industry is currently facing a number of challenges in terms of materials, manufacturing and sustainability.  Addressing these challenges, the Future Textiles Conference will provide us opportunity for collaborative discussions to propose strategies for next generation clothing which is smart and sustainable. We very much look forward to hearing from you about your exciting research around new materials, digital manufacturing and sustainability for future textiles.” says Dr Nazmul Karim, Conference Chair and Associate Professor at CFPR, UWE Bristol.

The first Future Textiles Conference is one of the key outcomes of £7.7M of funding from Research England for Expanding Excellence in England awarded to the Centre for Print Research, which has enabled us to build a brand new Graphene Application Laboratory, attracting a  world-leading group of scientists to UWE Bristol including academics, fellows and PhD students, investigating novel applications and related technologies deriving from new materials, including graphene and other graphene-like, two-dimensional materials.

Dr Shaila Afroj, Co-organiser of the conference, says “This conference is going to be a fantastic opportunity to meet some of the great academics and industry experts who are leading the future textile industry, bringing all the exciting functionalities into your everyday clothing, yet care very much about the beautiful earth we live in. Eagerly looking forward to see all the great minds buzzing with new ideas, exploring new collaboration and getting excited to talk about all the new innovation. Hope to see you there …

More information on the Future Textiles Conference.

Southwest Public Health and Criminal Justice Academic Network

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By:

  • 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 5th of October UWE Bristol hosted the 2nd Public Health and Criminal Justice network meeting at UWE. This was a hybrid event with 60 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 event started off with a reminder of why the network was formed and its guiding principles, which are to better aligning criminal justice inputs, processes, and outcomes with public health framework, language, and policies. Over the past 5-10 years in the UK there has been a growing recognition that criminal behaviour is linked to health and wellbeing, therefore enforcing the need for health, public health, and criminal justice systems to work together. We can see this professional and policy recognition through the creation of community safety partnerships, violence reduction units, changes in policing, probation, and prisons to be more trauma informed; as well as significant shifts in policy and practice levels at City/region level (i.e., Bristol looking to be a trauma informed city and Plymouth taking a placed based approach to combat and prevent child abuse). From an academic perspective this is rooted in Epidemiological Criminology (EpiCrim) which unites and synthesises public health and criminal justice theories,, practices, and policies across the socio-ecological perspective (Individual, interpersonal, community, and societal) as well as the preventive remit (primary, secondary, tertiary, and quaternary), while in practice this means multi-agency, collaborative working and a shared vision for service delivery that is service user informed and supportive  (in the case victims and preparators of crime). Which can be a challenge, for although the values of public health, health, and criminal justice are similar the language, measures, processes, and delivery are often not. 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.

The workshop speakers included:

Professor Hazel Kemshall (Emeritus Professor, De Montfort) University) discussing an upcoming collaborative HMI Probation with Kieran called ‘’Desistance, Recovery, and Justice Capital: Putting It All Together’’. In the talk Hazel focused on the importance of a rounded approach to understanding desistence and risk management, highlighting the important of professional engagement (Justice Capital) in delivering pro-social outcomes it a trauma informed, compassionate way. View her presentation below:

View the recording of her presentation.

Marie Cunningham (Senior Clinical Manager NECS) then discussed work she had been involved in as part of the ‘’Neurodiversity review across South West Health & Justice services’’, which highlighted the need for early identification of need at the first point of contact with the CJS. This would be supported by consistent standardised comprehensive professional training. Marie suggested that mandated easily accessible, succinct screening and diagnostic tools that could be used in situ would aid frontline professionals in identifying service users with neurodiversity issues sooner, and support their rehabilitation, desistence, treatment and risk management. View her presentation below:

Following on from Marie we had Dr Lucy Wainwright (Director of research at EPIC) & Paula Harriott (Head of Prisoner Engagement – Impact and Influencing, Prison Reform Trust).   Lucy and Paula spoke about their observations of neurodiversity in prison, sharing a video of a colleague discussing his lived experience of neurodiversity and the challenges that presented him within a prison setting. Their colleague highlighted that in their experience the prison system was not set up to respond effectively to people with neurodiversity and that they were often seen as challenging by staff, that they had to prove their neurodiversity and related experiences (they discussed having to prove that they had a university degree in spite of their neurodiversity) at every stage and requests for additional support were either not met or incorrectly met (i.e., getting the incorrect reading filter and staff assumptions, rather than engagement).  Support was given for more training and awareness of neurodiversity across the whole criminal justice system, and consideration given to the challenges facing policy makers, HMPPS staff, and prisoners at the current time in terms of resources. View their presentation below:

The final talk of the day was by Professor Debbie Stark Regional Director for The Office of Health Improvement & Disparities South West (OHID) and NHSE Regional Director of Public Health South West, who discussed ‘’Public Health Approaches-Health & Justice’’ and emphasised the importance of this network in breaking down some of the language, communication, and practice barriers between public health, health, and justice. In doing this Debbie reinforced the importance of partnership working, especially in challenging and difficult times. View her presentation below:

The event was a great success, with many people talking in the break and afterwards (online and in person) to make connections with each other. We have already started planning for the next one, in February 2023, and if you would like to know more, join the network, attend the event, get involved with the steering group or present at an event please do reach out. Please complete the online form to join the network.

Black History Month 2022: Research Focus

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As part of Black History Month 2022, we are spotlighting individuals working around the following themes:

  • Skills
  • Innovation
  • Research
  • Business

In this spotlight, we focus on Dr Faatihah Niyi-Odumosu and her innovative research around physical activity and health promotion in chronic kidney disease. Faatihah’s past work looked at investigating the impact of physical activity and exercise trials on kidney function, markers of chronic inflammation, physical function, and health-related quality of life of adults with non-dialysis chronic kidney disease.

She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Applied Human Physiology at UWE Bristol but has previously worked across the UK and internationally in various roles and has over 10 years of teaching experience. She was a physician and a lecturer in Physiology at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria where she co-founded the Exercise and Sports Science Research Group, a University Teacher at Loughborough University, and a lecturer in Biomedical science at De Montfort University, UK.

She gained her PhD in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Loughborough University. Faatihah is a fellow of the higher education academy (FHEA) with a postgraduate certificate of teaching in higher education (PGCTHE).

Recently Faatihah has been involved in cross-disciplinary research on lifestyle medicine: physical activity and health promotion in varied lifestyle diseases and interdisciplinary approaches to developing effective and sustainable physical activity across under-represented groups (Elderly (Healthy ageing), Black, Asian, and other ethnic minorities; and Women) addressing barriers and limitations to regular physical activity.

In addition to this, Faatihah is involved in ongoing collaborative health-related projects across social and rehabilitation robotics including digital health interventions and an AI (and mixed reality) feasibility study for pre-op planning and simulation of minimally invasive (keyhole) cardiac valve surgeries.

Faatihah was recently awarded funding as part of the UWE Bristol Vice-Chancellor Challenge Fund for a project to look at the use of AI to interpret video recordings of keyhole cardiac surgeries to appraise surgeons’ performance, optimise surgical tasks, and identify training needs (IVA HEART).

She also won a cross-faculty grant for integrating AI and AR in the pre-operative planning of keyhole cardiac surgery (AI/ARMICVS).

Faatihah is a Co-I on a £1.8M UKRI-funded project (Fitbees) to encourage sustainable physical activity in under-represented groups currently not engaging with the digital fitness market

Faatihah is secretary of the LMIC International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) research council and a Commonwealth scholar.

Going forward Faatihah wants to solve health challenges through innovative research and establish a research theme on “Healthy ageing and lifestyle medicine” including more collaborative projects and successful bids.

“My ultimate research goal is to develop innovative strategies to improve (and sustain) quality of life and healthy ageing with no limit to age, ethnicity, sex, or clinical condition.”

UWE Bristol Success within Horizon Europe

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Whilst the delay to the UK’s Association to the Horizon Europe continues, UK-based applicants can still apply for funding as a consortium partner. The UK government has confirmed successful Horizon Europe applicants will receive funding from UKRI regardless of the outcome of the UK’s efforts to associate with Horizon Europe. This applies to all Horizon Europe competitions with a final deadline date on or before 31 December 2022, where the delay to UK association to the programme may prevent them from signing grant agreements.

In the interim, nearly 600 UK recipients have been granted Horizon Europe Guarantee funding, worth a total of £343 million in programmes relating to all three pillars of the Horizon Europe R&I programme.

Within the 2021-2022 Work Programme, UWE Bristol have received £2.4M of funding on a range of topics including governance models, robotics, machine learning, mobility, and biotechnology. Below is a summary of some of our Horizon Europe projects.

GREENGAGE (3 year, £4.2M Innovation Action)

UWE Bristol Staff: Zaheer Khan, David Ludlow

GREENGAGE’s vision is to promote innovative governance and help public authorities in shaping their climate mitigation and adaptation policies by engaging with citizens to develop 4 Citizen Observatories (CO) in Bristol, Copenhagen (Denmark), Turano-Gerace (Italy) and North-Brabant (The Netherlands). The COs focus on mobility, air quality, healthy living and support the delivery of carbon neutral neighbourhoods, rural depopulation and infrastructure and investment optimisation. Earth-observation and in-situ data will be combined with data from COs to gain new insights and support policy making and decision making processes. Bristol’s CO (in partnership with Bristol City Council and Knowle West Media Centre) will focus on the development of the city’s first Liveable Neighbourhood scheme in partnership with the local community. Using co-design, the local community will be engaged in the scheme from inception, encouraging participation from historically underrepresented groups.

UWE Bristol’s main roles in this project include stakeholder engagement and requirements analysis, co-designing pro-environmental use cases, developing pathways to adoption of a smart urban governance model and evaluation design.

BioMeld (4 year, £3.9M Research and Innovation Action)

UWE Bristol Staff: Andrew Adamatzky, Michail-Antisthenis Tsompanas, Larry Bull

Bio-hybrid machines (BHMs) combine living cell actuators with artificial materials to achieve greater autonomy, flexibility, and energy efficiency compared to standard robots. However, BHMs are developed in silos of individual research groups, making their development more of an art relying on individual knowledge, intuition, and skills than on standardized decision-making processes. To push the manufacturing of BHMs towards bio-intelligent paradigm and model-based engineering, BioMeld (A Modular Framework for Designing and Producing Biohybrid Machines) proposes to develop a self-monitoring and self-controlling manufacturing pipeline of BHMs.

UWE Bristol’s tasks will involve creations of BHMs morphologies in the soft-body physics engine Voxelyze. As these morphologies evolve, their performances will be evaluated and encoded by a Compositional Pattern Producing Network, implementing mutation, evolution and selection with machine-learning-based optimization. Two deep neural networks (DNN) will be implemented, and their suitability will be evaluated.

SOTERIA (4 year, £3.7M Research and Innovation Action)

UWE Bristol Staff: Colin Booth

The emergence of complex urban mobility environments where interactions between different types of Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs) and with motorised vehicles poses the need for a clear understanding of user behaviours, as well as appropriate urban safety action plans and assessments, supporting the achievement of the EU’s ‘Vision Zero’ for zero fatalities in road transport by 2050.

SOTERIA (Systematic and orchestrated deployment of safety solutions in complex urban environments for ageing and vulnerable societies) will supply a holistic framework of innovative models, tools and services enabling data driven urban safety intelligence, facilitating safe travelling of VRUs and fostering the safe integration of micro-mobility services in complex environments. At the operational level SOTERIA uncovers unexplored behavioural characteristics of VRUs and engages Living Lab communities in social innovation activities for the co-creation of urban safety solutions and infrastructure designs.

UWE Bristol leads WP1 (Protection principles and solutions design) and is responsible for the living labs setup, the organization of the stakeholders’ co-creation activities, and the VRUs behavioural analysis and mobility needs definition. A method based on the quadruple helix of stakeholders’ engagement will be applied in the living labs, engaging residents in 8 cities across several European countries, addressing different types of VRUs including people with disabilities, the elderly, and children.

For further information about these projects, or guidance on Horizon Europe and our eligibility, please reach out to Kate Trigg, Research and Knowledge Exchange Development Manager.

Inaugural “This is Essential Work” exhibition launched

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Picture by Aline Brune, one of the profiled artists from the exhibition.

The “This is Essential Work” project is an online open-access intersectional feminist exhibition initiated by academic mothers and creators, Michal Nahman (UWE Bristol) and Susan Newman (Open University) in response to their experiences and interdisciplinary research on the commodification of breastmilk and forms of exploitation of women’s bodies and labour. The project received over 700 submissions and the online exhibition was recently launched

The exhibition saw work submitted from several countries including the UK, Brazil, Germany, the USA, China, Nigeria, India and more.

The exhibition emerged from research funded by a UWE Vice Chancellor’s Award for Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research conducted just before the Covid-19 pandemic, in Bengaluru, India, into mother’s provision of “excess” breastmilk to a private company that was processing it and selling it at a profit.

The volume of work was both moving and invigorating.

The judging team commented:

“For this exhibition, the art conveys how work and bodies get devalued. This feminist exhibition is about showcasing this gendered work: to acknowledge, to grieve, and importantly, to connect with one another.

We are showcasing mother/artists who question the value that society puts on their work, including all kinds of labour. The list of our Essential Work is endless and it holds up the world.”

View the online exhibition.

Malaria Programme Management Policy Article Published in BMC Public Health

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Professors Peter Case and Jonathan Gosling recently had a co-authored article, ‘Effective management of district-level malaria control and elimination: Implementing quality and participative process improvements’, published in BMC Public Health. The article reviews organisation development and quality improvement work that Peter and Jonathan have been conducting in the malaria space for the past nine years and concludes with some policy recommendations for improved programme management.

Although it is widely recognised that strong programme management is essential to achieving better health outcomes, this priority is not recognised in malaria programmatic practices.

Increased management precision offers the opportunity to improve the effectiveness of malaria interventions, overcoming operational barriers to intervention coverage and accelerating the path to elimination.

Peter and Jonathan propose a combined approach involving quality improvement, quality management, and participative process improvement, which they refer to as Combined Quality and Process Improvement (CQPI), to improve upon malaria programme management. They draw on evidence from other areas of public health, as well as pilot implementation studies in Eswatini, Namibia and Zimbabwe to support the proposal. Summaries of the methodological approaches employed in the pilot studies, overview of activities and an outline of lessons learned from the implementation of CQPI are provided.

Their findings suggest that a malaria management strategy that prioritises quality and participative process improvements at the district-level can strengthen teamwork and communication while enabling the empowerment of subnational staff to solve service delivery challenges. Despite the promise of CQPI, however, policy makers and donors are not aware of its potential. Investments are therefore needed to allow CQPI to come to fruition.

Read the full paper.

Climate communications and social action planning for young people’s improved self- and system-efficacy

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Written by Sophie Laggan, Research Fellow

Intergenerational learning

We all need to work together to address the climate and ecological crisis and young people are crucial to this process. However, as many young people have a chronic lack of self- and system-efficacy – the belief that they, their community, people in positions of power and the tools available to them can make a difference – they do not engage in decision making[1]. It is therefore our job as adults to overcome these barriers to allow as many people as possible to partake in sustainability decision making. Rather than prescribing solutions, older people need to connect with the younger generation over what they care about and provide a framework for them to find their power, enabling young people to work together to come up with contextually relevant solutions and create channels for these ideas to be implemented. Our project is just one example of many that shows how this can be achieved.

Youth Climate Communications

At the start of this year an idea was sparked that led Dr Laura Fogg-Rogers and I to create Climate Communications training specifically for young people (16-24-year-olds). As science communicators, we are acutely aware that it is not just what you communicate but why, how, where and with whom you communicate that counts. So, we wanted to share what we knew with young people for them to gain the confidence and skills they needed to communicate with diverse audiences in engaging ways that specifically aimed to influence the audience’s decision making. We pulled together colleagues from different specialisms and with connections to young people, and together we delivered a free day-long workshop at UWE, with food and drink vouchers for all participants. 12 young people attended, representing Avon Schools Eco Network, UWE-Bristol, and the Youth Action Partnership of CCC-Catapult.

A key focus of the workshop was for the young people to agree on ways of working together – as this is all too often forgotten about when working on projects/campaigns – and for them to narrow down their area of interest (e.g., fast fashion, food waste, meat consumption) into a tangible action for a person in position of power and influence. From this, they worked in teams to map those in positions of power and influence within their educational setting, role played with such people to learn the art of active listening and influencing, prototyped an object for an interactive stall, and turned their hand to filmmaking to raise awareness about their issue. The segment on object prototyping was delivered by Dr Deborah Adkins, who used her 3D laser-cut wooden home models to showcase how these are being used to raise awareness about retrofitting, while the film-making segment was led by science communicator Joshua Warren. You can read more about the day here.

From communications to social action

In the process of developing the workshop we saw a knowledge exchange funding opportunity from UKRI HEIF to further develop the training. All the team pulled together to write the application and we were thrilled to hear, just a few weeks after the pilot workshop, that we had been successful! This gave us another five months to deliver training to young people in the West of England, under the name of CAH-OOT: Climate Action Hub: empowering youth engagement. Taking on board the feedback from the pilot we ran social media training with interested participants and thread this training along with the sessions from the day into a Youth Climate Comms Toolkit. The toolkit was shaped by additional input from the participants and their networks and with support of Team Entrepreneurship Coach Lauren Davies, who ensured entrepreneurial competencies were embedded throughout. In the two months since it has been uploaded, it has had over 400 views and been handed out physically to over 150 young people.

Bite-size trainings from the workshop were offered during the Great Science Share, UWE’s Family Fun Day and at the Global Goals Centres’ Groundbreakers awards ceremony. In addition, in-depth training, consisting of two two-hour sessions held on consecutive weeks was delivered to a college at Bristol. The aim was for the young people to work together on creating communication campaigns around a priority area for their college to lay the foundations for a youth-led Climate Action Plan. The first session focussed on action planning and effective team relationships, while the time in-between was for teams to prototype their communication methods supported by a Team Entrepreneurship student coach and the toolkit. They also had to think about costs associated with the change they were asking for, as for many their audience would have this in the forefront of their mind, as well as co-benefits to show the wide-ranging impact the change could have on their place of education. The final session, meanwhile, was for the teams to present their ideas and reflect on questions such as “what do we do if at first, we do not succeed?” and “how to we maintain and build momentum on these issues?”. Together, the teams came up with plans to speak with Catering about monitoring and reducing food waste, work with the business team to change the bins and signage to make recycling easier, and develop a poster campaign to promote the reusable cup incentive scheme that the young people were previously unaware existed. The teacher was very keen to support the students and helped facilitate the necessary conversations.

In total, CAH-OOT directly engaged 201 young people and 337 adults and indirectly engaged at least 5,000 young people. Further, it is estimated that the total reach of the project to all ages, thanks to the promotion of our work at various events and through media channels is over 35,000.

Particpants of the pilot

Replicating and refining

Findings from both the pilot and the in-depth training revealed that these sessions improved young people’s hopefulness, trust in decision makers and belief that they could make a difference. This is exactly what we had hoped for and thus, knowing this model works, we applied for more funding, this time from Enterprise Educators UK, to roll out the project to more formal and informal education settings. A matter of weeks after we finished CAH-OOT we heard that once again we were successful, this time scoring 1st place from all applicants!

Thanks to our efforts in promoting CAH-OOT, we already have a handful of organisations wishing to work with us and will begin our conversations with them this September to work out how we can work together for mutual benefit. To ensure the project remains co-designed, we will take on board all the suggestions from the participants and coaches on how to improve the training and will invite participants to contribute to any papers that we produce. All pilot participants have been given a local veg box voucher as a token of our gratitude and their affiliated organisation acknowledged in all publications produced.

A huge thank you to all the UWE staff involved in this project: Sophie Laggan (AQMRC/SCU); Lauren Davies (Team Entrepreneurship); Dr Laura Fogg-Rogers (Engineering/SCU); Dr Deborah Adkins, (ABE); Dr Sara-Jane Williams (DGEM); and Dr Rosamund Portus (DGEM); and Joshua Warren and Louisa Cockbill (Engineering/SCU).


[1] Li, C.J. and Monroe, M.C., 2019. Exploring the essential psychological factors in fostering hope concerning climate change. Environmental Education Research, 25(6), pp.936-954; Ojala, M., 2016. Young people and global climate change: Emotions, coping, and engagement in everyday life. In: Geographies of children and young people handbook. Volume 8 Geographies of global issues, change and threat. / [ed] N. Ansell, N. Klocker, & T. Skelton,, Springer reference , 2016, p. 1-19

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