New study examines impact of directly elected mayor16 October 2012What impact will a directly elected mayor have on the way Bristol is governed? A team of experts from Bristol’s two universities are conducting a unique study to examine the difference a directly elected mayor will make.
PhD student awarded accolade for reporting injustices12 October 2012A final-year postgraduate student in the University's Centre for the Study of Poverty and Social Justice has been awarded an international accolade for his independent reporting of Southern Africa in the print media. Admore Tshuma, a PhD student at the University and a part-time lecturer, was presented with a Zimbabwe International Performance Alliance (ZIPA) award for his outstanding journalism highlighting the daily reality of living under President Mugabe's oppressive regime. Admore has written many research articles for the print media in Southern Africa as well as for the national tabloids and broadsheets in the UK about Zimbabwe's troubles.
Queen’s honour for domestic violence researcher13 September 2012A researcher at the University of Bristol has been awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s honours in recognition of her outstanding research towards the prevention of domestic violence.
Bristol children in care get into gear30 August 2012An innovative project to support children growing up in care learn to drive, and to assess the impact it has on their lives, has been launched in Bristol. Drive for Opportunity, funded by the AA Charitable Trust, set out to provide driving lessons for four teenagers within the Bristol care system.
Hong Kong academic to visit School July 1619 July 2012Dr Maggie Lau, Assistant Professor from the Department of Social Sciences at the Hong Kong's Institute of Education will be visiting the School next week to work with Christina Pantazis, Dave Gordon and Eileen Sutton on the project 'Poverty and Social Exclusion in Hong Kong' which is being jointly funded by the UK ESRC and the Hong Kong University Grants Committee.
SPS congratulates all recent graduates17 July 2012A School Graduation party was held on 13 July in the gardens of 8 Priory Road, where graduates, their families and School staff celebrated with strawberries, fizz... and we even got some sunshine! Some postgraduates receiving their awards also attended and a good time was had by all.
School doctorate student receives top faculty commendation10 July 2012Dr Acomo Oloya Lovelock received a 'Faculty of Social Sciences and Law Commendation' on her outstanding Doctor of Social Science dissertation on "HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment among war-affected and internally displaced populations: The case of Acoliland, Northern Uganda" in June 2012.
SPS PhD student to attend prestigious international mentoring workshop on 'children's wellbeing'5 July 2012School for Policy Studies PhD student Di Qi has had a paper accepted at an international mentoring workshop on ‘Children’s Wellbeing’ organised by the International Society for Child Indicators Research (ISCI) and the European Science Foundation (ESF). Qi has also been awarded a participation grant for the event which is held in Goethe University, Frankfurt on 13 September 2012.
Dr Shailen Nandy awarded an ESRC Future Research Leaders Grant5 July 2012Dr Shailen Nandy, of the Centre for the Study of Poverty and Social Exclusion at the School for Policy Studies, has been awarded an ESRC Future Leaders Grant for £200k. His 3-year project is entitled “Are we there yet? Using the Bristol Approach to examine trends in absolute poverty in sub-Saharan Africa between 1995 and 2015”.
SPS academics to give plenary speeches at conference10 June 2012Dr Misa Izuhara and Dr Patricia Kennett will give a plenary speech at the Social Policy Association/East Asian Social Policy Network joint-annual conference 'Social Policy in an Unequal World' in York in July 2012. Titles of their talks will be "Space, place and households: The growing divide in an era of austerity" (Kennett) and "Housing wealth and intergenerational inequalities in East Asia" (Izuhara).
University hosts first UK Disabled Children Research Network22 May 2012Researchers working in the field of child disability gathered at the University of Bristol this week for the first meeting of the UK Disabled Children Research Network. The meeting, which was organised and chaired by David Abbott, Reader in Social Policy in the Norah Fry Research Centre at the School for Policy Studies, promises to be an annual event, with the Children’s Society pledging to host the 2013 event.
120,000 troubled families?19 May 2012The reliability of figures used as the basis for the Coalition’s ‘Troubled Families’ programme is questioned in new research published by academics at the University of Bristol. The government claims that there are 120,000 ‘troubled families’ in England, and has told local authorities how many live in each area. The programme defines ‘troubled families’ as ‘characterised by there being no adult in the family working, children not being in school, and family members being involved in crime and anti-social behaviour’. They claim that that ‘the Government identified a group of 120,000 troubled families whose lives are so chaotic they cost some £9 billion in the last year alone.’
Scientists find link between number of friends and physical activity in children8 May 2012Children with more friends are more physically active than those with less, scientists from the University of Bristol have discovered. Research funded by World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF)and the National Prevention Research Initiative (NPRI) found that for each additional friend a child spends around an extra ten minutes being physically active at the weekend.
SPS academic appointed to NICE Programme Development Group19 April 2012Professor Marianne Hester, Head of the Centre for Gender and Violence Studies, has recently been appointed to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) Programme Development Group responsible for producing guidance on preventing and reducing domestic violence between intimate partners.
SPS academic advises on Government Adoption plan report14 March 2012The government today (14/03/12) launched the Action Plan for Adoption: Tackling Delay (PDF, 251.5 kB).The action plan sets out a range of proposals to speed up the process for children; to overhaul the service for prospective adopters; and to strengthen local accountability for the timeliness of adoption services. Dr Julie Selwyn, of the Hadley Centre for Adoption and Foster Care, was the only academic advisor sitting on the expert working group that advised on the document.
Christine Barter advises on Casualty teenage relationship violence storyline12 March 2012Christine Barter, NSPCC Senior Research Fellow, has been acting as a consultant for the BBC series Casualty on the issue of teenage relationship violence. Following her recent research Casualty approached Christine to ensure the issue was depicted as accurately and sensitively as possible. Christine said, "It is important that our research findings not only influence policy and practice but also reach a wider audience and this is a fantastic opportunity to inform young people and parents".
Postgraduate visit evening announced: 27 March, 5-7pm12 March 2012Have you decided what to do after you have gained your undergraduate degree? Have you contemplated further study? On 27 March , from 5-7 pm, the School for Policy Studies is holding a visit evening at which you can find out more about our postgraduate programmes, our School and talk to programme directors.
Groundbreaking study reveals extent of global child poverty12 March 2012Poverty is currently the world’s biggest killer of children. Every day, many millions of children around the world enduring tremendous suffering and severe deprivation of their most basic needs, for shelter, food, water and education. A new book by academics at the University of Bristol, Global child poverty and well-being: Measurement, concepts, policy and action is the first to provide a global picture about how child poverty is understood, defined and measured.
MSc Social Work recruiting NOW!12 March 2012The MSc Social Work programme applications deadline is 16 April 2012. This programme is recognised as a qualifying programme by the GSCC. It is a two year full-time course which encompasses both teaching and work placements.
Nazand Begikhani wins the 2012 French Feminine Simone Landry Award10 March 2012Kurdish poet and School for Social Policy academic Dr Nazand Begikhani has been selected from among 42 poets in France to win the French Feminine Simone Landry Prize of 2012. This is an annual prize given to a renowned poet in France honouring the quality of her work as well as her 'courage in embracing life and facing its challenges'. She was selected unanimously by the jury members.
Recent studies examining teenage partner violence in Nonesuch magazine27 February 2012Two recent studies by researchers in the Centre for Family Policy and Child Welfare are the first to examine the incidence and impact of teenage partner violence in Britain. NSPCC senior research fellow, Christine Barter, led the landmark reports, which have set alarm bells ringing among policymakers and practitioners.
Abstracts welcomed - 10th Anniversary ESPAnet Conference 2012, Stream on 'Young People and Social Policy in Europe'21 February 2012On the 6-8 September the University of Edinburgh will host the 10th Anniversary Conference of the creation of ESPAnet, the European Social Policy Analysis Network. Lorenza Antonucci, School for Policy Studies, and Dr Myra Hamilton, Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales (formerly of SPS) are pleased to announce the presence of a new stream on 'Young People and Social Policy in Europe: New Risks and Emerging Challenges'.