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Public Engagement: A liberating experience

Public engagement used to be something I shied away from but in the past month I have taken part in two public engagement events to present the work of the IDEAL study and even discussed them on BBC Radio Wales.  In the past I worried about how to translate research to the public in a meaningful and engaging…

WISERD Annual Conference: Early Bird Closing 29th May

Wednesday 13th July to Thursday 14th July 2016 Great Hall, Swansea University Bay Campus Come and join Wales’ largest social science conference! Swansea 2016 is set to be bigger and brighter than ever, offering an even greater choice of sessions for delegates in addition to plenary sessions, workshops, commercial exhibition and of course, the opportunity…

Absent Friends and Absent Enemies: reflections on the Radical Social Innovation Colloquium

  Let me introduce you to Moran’s Law of Academic Conferences: the more a conference draws on a single discipline, the less interesting it is.   The most mind numbingly boring conferences now are those lumbering leviathans, the Annual Conferences of  professional associations, where the only way to survive is to disappear to the bar to…

Measuring trade union membership: Harder than it may seem?

Declining levels of trade union membership is often cited as evidence that trade unions have become less relevant within the modern UK economy. In 2012, particular attention was given to this issue as levels of union membership among TUC affiliated unions fell to beneath 6 million members for the first time[i].  The recent development and…

Dementia Awareness Week: WISERD to sponsor special film screening

The Canadian film Away From Her will be screened on 18th May with Dr Alex Hillman taking part in the expert panel discussion following the film. In collaboration with Cardiff University sciSCREEN programme, the screening aims to engage audiences in dementia research through cinema.  The screening will be followed by a panel discussion of 4 speakers…

Where does the money go when your local authority pays more than £500 per week for a care home bed?

Everyone’s agreed that there is a crisis in adult social care and the sector needs more money but no one has looked into where and with whom the money ends up. A new CRESC public interest report titled Where does the money go? The financialised chains and the crisis in social care shows uses follow-the-money research to show how…

Dementia: “illness” label can lower mood

WISERD Director, Professor Ian Rees Jones, comments on new findings from the IDEAL project which focuses on the potential for living well with dementia from the perspective of people with dementia and their primary carers. Research from the IDEAL project has revealed that people who perceive dementia symptoms as an illness feel more negative than…

What’s in a name? How family carers understand dementia

  The ‘Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia 2020’ focuses on the need to improve the public’s awareness of dementia; one common misconception about dementia is that it is a normal part of ageing. Another area identified in the report is the need to improve diagnosis rates, with current figures indicating that only 59% of those…