Thursday, 4 December 2014

52 weeks in public health research, part 48

Posted by Amelia Lake and Mark Welford

From Amelia Lake: A sign in an Italian cafĂ© in Shildon where the energy drink team had a meeting and were about to conduct focus groups. The team Steven Crossley (@akindoftrouble), Shelina Visram (@ShelinaVisram), Mandy Cheetham & me took the opportunity to look around the local area and sample local (Italian) cuisine!

From Amelia Lake: With a two-and-a-half year old the arrival of the festive season means the arrival of advent calendars. So far we've avoided chocolate ones. Long may that avoidance last!

From Mark Welford: Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake) event for the Health and Social Care Institute to celebrate completing the move into our new quarters. The idea was to bring everyone together following the upheaval of the move from Parkside West - I wonder if a Kaffee und Frucht theme would have been as popular?! 

From Mark Welford: Peter van der Graaf getting creative with art supplies borrowed from his children. As an institute we have been challenged to take a selfie and come up with a three word statement that sums up our message to stakeholders for the School of Health and Social Care winter conference. The conference will focus on how we communicate with, and present ourselves to, our key stakeholders.

Our three words: 'Is this REFable?' The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions - it's all about research with impact!

A reminder from the Fuse blog group:

Each Thursday of 2014 we’ll try and post around four pictures on the Fuse blog that capture our weeks in public health research, from the awe-inspiring to the everyday and mundane. Given that more of the latter than the former exists in most of our lives, we foresee problems compiling 208 images worth posting on our own. So this is going to have to be a group project. Send an image (or images) with a sentence or two describing what aspect of your week in public health research they sum up and we’ll post them as soon as we can. You don’t have to send four together – we can mix and match images from different people in the same week.

Normal rules apply: images you made yourself are best; if you use someone else’s image please check you’re allowed to first; if anyone’s identifiable in an image, make sure they’re happy for it to be posted; nothing rude; nothing that breaks research confidentiality etc.

Email your posts to or contact any member of the Fuse blog group.

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