2018 Train and Engage projects funded

UCL Culture is delighted to announce the awardees in the latest round of Train and Engage funding.

Train and Engage is a training and funding program for postgraduate research students, who are looking to connect their work with public groups.
The unit is proud to have funded 9 projects in 2018/19 and brief summaries are below.

Eleanor Armstrong – Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment, Institute of Education

Behind the Glass Cabinet
Behind the Glass Cabinet is a 10-part podcast series, showcasing and celebrating alternative narratives around museum objects delivered in conversation with Eleanor. Each episode presents an objects in a science museum local to her co-host, and celebrates a story that is not presented to the audience in that space. By inviting conversations with people who have knowledge of objects within museum spaces, but are not working as curators or are those who traditionally develop the narratives in science museum space, Behind the Glass Cabinet will encourages listeners to question the science museum’s ‘single’ story of science.

Xaviera Gonzelez-Wegener – Education, Practice and Society, Institute of Education

All means ALL: our inclusive revolution
The aim of my project is to enable a professional learning community of heads, teachers and support staff in Chile, to work together under a common goal of enabling quality and inclusive education for all students. Given the particular socio-cultural tensions that all members of the school community are facing, due to inconsistent policies that are difficult to balance in practice, practitioners and managers need to develop an in-depth discussion to deconstruct and build together new attitudes towards diversity and how to embrace it in practical terms.

Danbee Kim – Sainsbury Wellcome Centre

Dear Neuroscience Event Series
“Dear Neuroscience” is an event series where artists, crafters, parents, and neuroscientists join forces to co-create explorations of neuroscience "in the wild". Neuroscience research today focuses heavily on studying nervous systems in sterile and predictable environments, but brains evolved in the messy, unpredictable world full of the unknown and the unexpected. Neuroscience now has the technology to complement laboratory research with field work, which we believe to be crucial for understanding the human mind. “Dear Neuroscience” will provide the opportunity for artists, crafters, and parents of young children, who have each refined a highly motivated and skilfully observant relationship with wild neural phenomena, to share their questions, insights, and hopes with the neuroscience community. 

Sin-Manw Lam – Culture, Communication and Media, Institute of Education

Workshops and Sharing of Teaching Resources for in-service Mandarin teachers in London and Scotland

The demand of learning Mandarin has been expanded rapidly in the last decades, yet there is a lack of teaching resources to support in-service teachers. We are going to offer two parallel full-day workshops for Mandarin teachers in London and Scotland on effective teaching strategies of Chinese characters. Two themes will be covered: (i) Chinese character learning, and (ii) vocabulary learning. The workshop will enable teachers to put theory into classroom practices, with handy teaching materials that they can immediately use in their teaching. A website will be built to share all teaching resources developed from the two workshops for use by teachers in the wider community.

Shaun Liverpool – Psychology and Language Sciences

Promoting shared decision making for children and young people mental health services   
This project sets out to facilitate a series of workshops beginning September 2018 inviting public groups with interest in child and adolescent mental health to attend workshops that will explore creative ways to develop and disseminate materials on Shared Decision Making (SDM) for child and adolescent mental health services. We will highlight research findings and solicit ideas and opinions from the public, to facilitate creative ways to disseminate SDM information to various groups of people (e.g., families, schools, health care providers).  To encourage creativity, we will engage in group activities with volunteer students from the Department of Arts and Sciences and utilise IDEO Method Cards (a tool utilizing methods to inspire design) to facilitate co-production of ideas. The workshops will take place at various locations within communities across London. Conducting the workshops in various locations will allow us to reach a more diverse group of persons while controlling for the imbalance between researchers and community groups.  

Vasileios Mavroudis – Computer Science, Information Security and Privacy

Pirates and Primes
Cryptogame is an open and publicly available serious-game that makes complex technical concepts accessible to non-experts, students or adults. Our initial focus is on security and privacy concepts, but the project could be also extended to include challenges from other disciplines. As part of the development of our game, we will organize sessions with different groups to investigate its playability and functionality, and to evaluate the learning outcomes based on a pre-/post-test procedure. The game framework, the challenges and all the schematics of the parts will be publicly available for everyone to print and organize their own sessions. Moreover, we aspire our online space to act as a central repository, where session organizers can exchange and improve different challenges.

Mhairi McKenzie – UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

Sibling Health Research Awareness Day
The Sibling Research Open Day will involve a series of talks and workshops from a variety of invited speakers. It will be the aim to include variety in the workshops and presentations available on the day for instance session could include an interactive Q&A, group discussions and poster presentations, along with presentations. Those invited to speak will include:
1.    Leading researchers looking at siblings of individuals with long-term illness or disability,
2.    Young people involved in The Sibling Research Advisory Group
3.    Members of the only UK wide charity supporting siblings, SIBs. 
By inviting a variety of speakers, including siblings themselves, it will help to create a balance of opinions. This will be an opportunity for those with an interest in sibling research to learn about current activity, meet others with a shared interest, and potentially express an interest in getting involved in the future.

Annarita Papeschi – The Bartlett School of Architecture

The Heartbit Walks
The HeartBit Walks aim at raising public awareness about the use of biometric data for co-creative processes. Besides offering to the public the opportunity to gain insights into the making of biometric sensing devices, the project will offer the opportunity to experience first-hand how this type of technology might inform novel co-creative processes. The event will also constitute a critical resource for the multidisciplinary group of researchers currently involved in the project, to gain a different perspective into their personal strands of research on the topic.

Georgia Pavlopoulou – Lifespan Learning and Sleep Lab, Institute of Education

Sleep Research Open Day by Lifespan Learning and Sleep Lab
The Sleep Research Open Day will involve a series of talks and workshops from a variety of invited speakers, parental advisory research group meetings and a mini Photovoice exhibition. Those invited to speak will include leading researchers looking at sleep research in developmental conditions. This will be an opportunity for those with an interest in this area to learn about current activity, meet others with a shared interest, and potentially express an interest in getting involved in the future.


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