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Summer Grant Success at School for Policy Studies

1 October 2014

Staff in the School for Policy Studies (SPS) have secured a raft of research grants over the summer months.

Staff in the School for Policy Studies (SPS) have secured a raft of research grants over the summer months.

Val Williams has been awarded a research grant of £225k from the NIHR School for Social Care Research entitled, ‘Victims of the System: assessors and assessed’, with co-applicants Sue Porter and Jon Symonds at SPS and in partnership with the West of England Centre for Independent Living (WECIL). This research will deliver detailed analytic understanding of how social care assessments of disabled people are carried out, and will seek to find ways to improve those practices. Dr. Williams has also secured a €50k grant with WECIL from the International Foundation for Applied Disability Research for research which will explore the ways in which the French and English education systems each support disabled young people to develop their own self-determination.

Angie Page and Ashley Cooper are co-investigators on a grant worth £163k to Bristol from NIHR PHR (Public Health Research). The study will look at the impact on physical activity of re-housing people from the London borough of Newham to flats on the newly developed Olympic Park. The study is led by a team in the Population Health Research Institute at St George’s Medical School, London.

Elaine Farmer and Dendy Platt (in partnership with the NSPCC) have secured funding from the Department for Education for research entitled, ‘Improving permanence in relation to children returning home’.

Andy Gouldson has been successful in a grant application to the EU-China Green Economy programme (run by ESRC and international partners in France, Germany, Netherlands and China). The 3 year study will examine the dynamics of green growth in European and Chinese cities. In other ESRC funding, Danielle Turney has won an ESRC Knowledge Exchange Award entitled, ‘The application of a cognitive and affective interviewing model in social work supervision’. Pauline Heslop has been awarded funding for an ESRC Seminar Series, ‘International comparisons of mortality data about people with intellectual disabilities’ and David Sweeting has also been successful as a co-investigator in an ESRC seminar series, ‘Reuniting planning and health: tackling the implementation gaps in evidence, governance and knowledge’, in partnership with UWE, Liverpool, Newcastle, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Cardiff, and Public Health England.

In the School’s on-going success in attracting funding from the AHRC, Sue Porter has been successful in two collaborative bids for development funding: ‘Alternative Futures: Disability and Community’ and, ‘Challenging Elites: Rethinking disconnection and recovering urban space.’ Debbie Watson has been successful with a creative designer based at the Pervasive Media Studio in securing funding as part of the AHRC and REACT (Research and Enterprise in Arts and Creative Technology) (REACT) partnership.

Finally, in health related funding, David Abbott has been awarded a grant from the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign looking at end of life preferences for men with muscular dystrophy.

Angeliki Papadaki has been awarded pump-priming funds from Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative (Research Capability Funding) to validate a questionnaire assessing adherence to the Mediterranean diet among people at high cardiovascular risk. Patricia Lucas, Karen Morgan and Demi Patsios have secured funds from the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute through their Research 4 Health call, and is called, ‘Understanding inequalities in oral health in Bristol’.

David Abbott, Director of Research at SPS, said: “I’m struck by the very wide variety of grants, funders and topics that colleagues across the School have secured. Congratulations to all the award holders.”

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