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2018 Beacon Bursaries round two awarded
UCL Culture is delighted to announce the awardees in the latest round of Beacon Bursary public engagement funding.Beacon Bursaries support staff and postgraduate research students at UCL to embed public engagement with external communities as a core activity within their research and teaching. The scheme funds public engagement activities that enhance staff and postgraduate research students’ activity, skills and understanding of public engagement.We have funded six projects in this round, four of which will see UCL researchers engage with communities and local organisations in east London.The funded projects are:Cini Bhanu – Primary Care and Population HealthThe Story of my Pills: medication use in dementia in east LondonThis project will establish a dialogue between older people with dementia in east London and their carers, UCL researchers, artists and local support organisations. Over a number of sessions, researchers will use creative art approaches including art therapy and storytelling to engage an ethnically diverse community to share their views about medication use and find the best medium to express their voices.Dr Cini Bhanu is a GP and Academic Clinical Fellow at the Department of Primary Care and Population Health.Dieter Deswarte – AnthropologyParticipatory documentary project to support and raise awareness of LGBTQ+ people facing hate crime in BrazilIn the context of a dramatic increase in hate crimes against LGBTQ+ people in Brazil, this project will use documentary storytelling as a tool for a group of LGBTQ+ people to share their story in a safe space. Working collaboratively with the researcher and local organisations, participants will reflect, document and communicate their experiences, and gain new skills and confidence. The creative outputs will be shared at an exhibition and through local networks to give voice to and raise awareness of the challenges faced by LBGTQ+ people in Brazil.Dieter Deswarte is a lecturer on the MA in Ethnographic and Documentary Film at UCL Anthropology, where he runs a studio on Cinematic Documentary Storytelling.Paulina Bondaronek –  eHealth Unit, Primary Care and Population HealthToo much noise, not enough space: noise pollution, tinnitus and isolationThis project will explore the issue of living with tinnitus, within the context of rising noise pollution in urban spaces. It will bring together people diagnosed with tinnitus, along with organisations and networks that support them, to exchange experiences and socialise in a safe space. Drawing on an interdisciplinary group of UCL researchers, participants will co-produce potential solutions to mitigate social avoidance of social spaces in London. In the long term, the project seeks to build a relationship and trust between a community of people living with tinnitus and researchers at UCL, and raise awareness of the lived experiences of those living with tinnitus.Paulina Bondaronek is a PhD student in UCL’s eHealth Unit with a background in health psychology.Chi Nguyen – Bartlett School of ArchitectureCreative Participatory Publishing for Community OrganisingThis project will engage local residents and shopkeepers of Custom House, an ethnically diverse and economically challenged area of Newham in east London, who are facing significant urban change and displacement through the pressures of council-led regeneration and private development. Through two creative publication-making workshops, the project will facilitate knowledge exchange about community organising and support community members to self-produce a ‘community organising guide’, an educational and visual communication tool to engage others to be part of community-led change. It is a collaboration between PEACH (a community organisation of neighbourhood voices) and UCL PhD student Chi Nguyen.Chi Nguyen is a communication designer and PhD student at the Bartlett, whose research looks into the civic role of publishing in public debates and community-led conversations about urban change.Hannah Jennings – Institute for Global HealthSharing knowledge about DiabetesThis project will work with BAME communities in east and west London who live with type 2 diabetes or are at high risk of diabetes. Through a series of interactive, participatory workshops, the project will explore the lived experience of diabetes in BAME communities and reflect on the relevance and applicability to the London context of research on community mobilisation in rural Bangladesh and its impact on diabetes prevention and control.Dr Hannah Jennings is a Research Associate at the Institute for Global Health.Saffron Woodcraft – Institute for Global Prosperity'The Good Life Game': a participatory method to engage young people with research about prosperity in Hackney Wick, east LondonThis collaborative project with youth organisation Hackney Quest, will share the findings of community-based research asking adults what prosperity means to them  (carried out by the Institute for Global Prosperity in 2017) with a group of 16-18 year olds from Hackney Wick.  The project will invite young people to reflect on the findings and to co-design participatory research methods for a future project, which will examine young people’s perspectives on prosperity and their aspirations for the future to inform policymaking and social action projects in east London.Saffron Woodcraft is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Global Prosperity. 7 project were funded in Beacon Bursary round one:Victoria Dawson – History, Social and Historical SciencesWomen in the Miners’ Strike, 1984-5 – Reminiscence DayThe bursary will be used to record a reminiscence day at the National Coal Mining Museum for England (NCMME) bringing together 30 women from across Britain to discuss their experiences during the strike; it will allow us to record the event using videography and photography creating useful, high-quality outputs for the NCMME archive, for future researchers to engage with, and the creation of a short video and professional photos for use in the public dissemination of the project’s findings – both on our project website and the physical exhibition planned at the NCMME. A specialist videographer will record and edit the discussions to facilitate this. Photography will capture images to be used in an online exhibition, especially images of women’s strike ephemera. Photographing memorabilia, alone and with its owner, allows for a greater documenting of the context in which a document or object exists, creating a more tangible link between the ephemera and the human activity that produced it, allowing for retention of the human connection to the historic event. It will add visual material to the NCMME archive for the historians of the future. Having an image or video of a person giving an oral history testimony provides an immediate connection that a sound recording alone cannot. Hannah Ishmael – Information studiesCreating and Finding Voices: the role of oral histories and community-led archives in the African diasporaThrough working with London-based Sierra Leonean communities, this project explores the ways oral history (the recording of personal stories and histories) and community-led heritage (archives) initiatives, can be used to stimulate an inclusive and broader approach to the study and research in citizenship, global history, migration and diaspora.Paula Gomes Alves – Primary Care and Population HealthDisseminating the findings of a project about substance use treatment experience (iCARE): a researcher-service user collaborationThis project seeks to promote an active collaboration between UCL researchers and a group of 8-10 service users in substance use treatment (SUT) towards the development of digital resources (e.g. videos, podcasts, multimedia presentations) to disseminate the findings of the iCARE project. We have chosen digital resources as they are likely to have the greatest reach and impact among our target group of users of SUT.Anne Laybourne –Division of PsychiatryWhat should we do and how should we do it? A networking and consensus event to set an agenda for older people’s care research in NewhamThe form taken by this event will be co-designed with the communities of interest. However, it is anticipated that an event based in the Newham community will take place in October 2018 which will stimulate dialogue between ageing- and care-interested UCL researchers and create space for networking, priority setting through consensus work, and an collaborative assessment of the extent to which research can offer solutions to the needs prioritised by Newham’s care sector.Joanna Morrison – Institute for Global HealthVisual techniques for ethical engagementDr Morrison will work with 10 artists from the Janakpur Women’s Development Centre (JWDC) in rural plains Nepal and researchers from HERD International Nepal, who are conducting research about diabetes and healthy lifestyles. Artists and HERD researchers will discuss each aspect of the consent form which they will use in the diabetes research, and sketch pictorial images which represent each aspect. The sketches will be visual prompts for the lay researchers and will also help respondents with low literacy. Artists will then pre-pilot the consent form with other artists, refine and paint the pictures, and then pilot the form with community members and health workers. These interviews will be observed by HERD researchers, who will collect feedback from respondents about how they felt with the researcher using a pictorial consent form, and collect feedback from researchers using the pictorial consent form. HERD researchers will show the final pictorial consent form to the chair of the Nepal Health Ethics Committee and discuss the feasibility and acceptability of using it in Nepal.Rachel Rosen – Department of Social Science, Institute of EducationBridging Migration Research and Experience: co-constructing knowledge about gender, migration and settlement  Women’s experiences of migration are often shaped by gender-based discrimination and violence, familial responsibilities, and limited access to social benefits based on shifting ideas about the ‘deservingness’ of migrants. As a result, displaced women often face increasing hardship over time. At the same time, research suggests that social networks and involvement in community-based projects can mediate or challenge the precarity caused by migration and settlement experiences. However, research about migration is often financially and linguistically inaccessible to migrants, or may miss key issues and understandings that emerge from lived experience. This project will address these barriers and absences by bringing migrant women’s perspectives and experiences to the core of research on migration, supporting their capacities for engagement, and ameliorating their geographical and social isolation. A team of staff and students will run 3 face-to-face sessions at UCL that will bring our research on migration and gender into dialogue with women’s lived experiences of forced migration and settlement. Participatory, arts-based methods will be used to facilitate these encounters, with the focus for each session determined collaboratively to actively involve participants. Emilia Smeds, Jenny McArthur, Enora Robin - Science, Technology, Engineering and Public PolicyTake back the night: a night in the life of London’s care workersTake back the night: a night in the life of care workers” is a 15 minute film exploring what it means to be working at night in three of London’s hospitals. Through interviews with care workers and observation of their journey to and from work, as well as of their activities at work, the film aims to give voice to night time care workers, and show the contribution that they make to London’s Night Time Economy. Film is a powerful medium to communicate this, and is supported by empirical evidence developed in our research to date. By exploring the constraints faced by night time workers when moving around the city, the documentary also seeks to shed light on night time workers’ transport needs and spark policy discussions on how transport provision at night can cater for those needs.   
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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 EducationBehind the Glass CabinetBehind 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 EducationAll means ALL: our inclusive revolutionThe 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 CentreDear 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 EducationWorkshops and Sharing of Teaching Resources for in-service Mandarin teachers in London and ScotlandThe 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 SciencesPromoting 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 PrivacyPirates and PrimesCryptogame 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 HealthSibling Health Research Awareness DayThe 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 Group3.    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 ArchitectureThe Heartbit WalksThe 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 EducationSleep Research Open Day by Lifespan Learning and Sleep LabThe 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. 
Beacon Bursaries
The Beacon Bursaries have been designed to support staff and postgraduate research students at UCL to do public engagement. This scheme funds public engagement activities that increase staff and postgraduate research students’ activity, skills, and understanding of public engagement. Bursaries are part of a strategic programme of activities that aim to embed public engagement as a normal, valued activity for UCL staff and postgraduate research students. Applications are made using a short form.Applications for 2018 are now closed. Check back in spring 2019 for the next round of funding.The UCL Public Engagement Unit can provide advice and feedback on draft applications, and answer any questions about applying. Please email us at publicengagement@ucl.ac.uk We awarded 6 Beacon Bursaries in the most recent round. Read more about them here.You can also download a list of all previously funded projects.For announcements and further information sign up to our newsletter.We will be running our usual, larger, funding call in 2019.[[{"fid":"6595","view_mode":"medium","fields":{"height":"500","width":"800","class":"media-element file-medium","format":"medium","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Beatboxing image","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Beatboxing after laryngectomy ","field_caption_heading[und][0][title]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][url]":"","field_caption[und][0][value]":" Beatboxing after laryngectomy, a Beacon Bursary funded project led by Dr Evangelos Himonides ","field_float_left_right[und]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"},"link_text":null,"type":"media","field_deltas":{"1":{"height":"500","width":"800","class":"media-element file-small","format":"medium","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Beatboxing image","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Beatboxing after laryngectomy ","field_caption_heading[und][0][title]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][url]":"","field_caption[und][0][value]":"%3Cp%3E%3Cem%3E%26nbsp%3BBeatboxing%20after%20laryngectomy%2C%20a%20Beacon%20Bursary%20funded%20project%20led%20by%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22https%3A%2F%2Firis.ucl.ac.uk%2Firis%2Fbrowse%2Fprofile%3Fupi%3DEHIMO21%22%3EDr%20Evangelos%20Himonides%3C%2Fa%3E%26nbsp%3B%3C%2Fem%3E%3C%2Fp%3E","field_caption[und][0][format]":"limited_html","field_float_left_right[und]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"},"2":{"height":"500","width":"800","class":"media-element file-medium","format":"medium","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Beatboxing image","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Beatboxing after laryngectomy ","field_caption_heading[und][0][title]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][url]":"","field_caption[und][0][value]":" Beatboxing after laryngectomy, a Beacon Bursary funded project led by Dr Evangelos Himonides ","field_float_left_right[und]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"}},"attributes":{"height":"500","width":"800","class":"media-element file-medium"}}]]  
Beacons for Public Engagement
Beacons for Public EngagementThe UCL Public Engagement Unit was created in 2008 as one of six in the United Kingdom to be funded by the beacons for public engagement programme set up by HEFCE, Research Councils UK and the Wellcome Trust.Beacons funding was intended to help the staff of UCL:To work with audiences that UCL has not traditionally talked or listened to, including socially excluded groups.To better connect UCL with London, through work with local communities and creative organisations in the local area.To find new models and opportunities for dialogue between academic and non-academic groups in all of UCL's subjects.To increase the amount and quality of public engagement work undertaken at UCL.This report captures and describes the activities that have taken place under the UCL-led Beacon as part of the BPE programme. The Public Engagement Unit (PEU) was established within UCL to support staff and students to involve members of the public in their work. Achievements from May 2008 to December 201191 public engagement projects have been funded through various grantsOne Beacon Fellowship has been completed and five public engagement mentors have been appointedA total of 237 partner groups/organisations have been linked to the programmeCreation of the Annual UCL Provost’s Awards for Public EngagementCreation of the Annual UCL Public Engagement SymposiumOver 37,560 people have attended programme and project activitiesOver 1600 UCL staff and students and 530 people outside UCL, have taken part in training and mentoring on public engagement£98,136 additional funding has been received from external agencies to support projects facilitated by the PEUAdvice and support has been provided on 47 public engagement and research funding applications to external bodies. These have been awarded funding totalling over £10 million37 Bright Club events have been delivered, and attended by approximately 3,933 people60 Bright Club podcasts have been created with an average download figure of 1,955 per episodeCreation of the Bite-Sized Lunchtime Lecture series featuring 44 speakers over three academic termsDevelopment and approval by the UCL Senior Management Team and UCL Council of a UCL Public Engagement StrategyPublic engagement is now included as a requirement in the UCL academic staff promotions criteriaThe PEU has had a long term impact in supporting institutional commitment to public engagement. It has been successful in creating an independent structure and model for public engagement, and has addressed many barriers traditionally faced by HEIs undertaking public engagement. The PEU has also driven a culture change at UCL both at a strategic and grassroots level, which has led to a longer term commitment to public engagement through the continuation of the unit. The PEU can now build upon the success that the Beacons for Public Engagement programme has allowed, and focus on a more targeted approach within the Schools and Faculties.You can find out more about the Beacons for Public Engagement Programme on the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement's websiteYou can download the final report on Beacons for Public Engagement Programme by going to our resources section.
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Bloomsbury Festival
The Bloomsbury Festival is an annual celebration of the diverse communities that live and work in the Bloomsbury area.UCL hosted a hub for the festival in 2016 and 2017 and it has been a fantastic opportunity for UCL staff and students to engage with communities in the Bloomsbury area.[[{"fid":"4735","view_mode":"small","fields":{"format":"small","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Man with book","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][title]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][url]":"","field_caption[und][0][value]":"","field_caption[und][0][format]":"limited_html","field_float_left_right[und]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"},"type":"media","field_deltas":{"1":{"format":"small","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Man with book","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][title]":"","field_caption_heading[und][0][url]":"","field_caption[und][0][value]":"","field_caption[und][0][format]":"limited_html","field_float_left_right[und]":"none","field_file_image_decorative[und]":"0"}},"link_text":null,"attributes":{"height":"300","width":"450","class":"media-element file-small"}}]]In 2016, UCL Culture supported 14 research teams to set up stalls and activities across campus with the theme of “Language”. We discussed topics ranging from using baking to tell stories about dementia, speaking to cephalopods and the language of data. The campus was host to dance troupes, theatre companies and artists, as hundreds of attendees arrived to find out more about the work going on at UCL.UCL Culture is looking forward to again hosting a hub in 2017, working on the theme of “Independence”. For more information, sign up to the UCL Culture mailing list and keep an eye on the Bloomsbury Festival website.
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