Friday 3 February 2023

Welcome to your Wrapped, Fuse Open Science Blog

Posted by Mark Welford, Fuse Communications Manager, Teesside University

If you use Spotify (other streaming platforms are available) then you will no doubt have received your own personalised ‘Wrapped 2022’. A helpful (if somewhat creepy!) summary of your annual listening habits in one eye-searing psychedelically coloured package. Apparently, my most listened to song in 2022 was Baby Shark - I have a 3 year old.

Around this time of year I do a similar (if slightly less garish) job of pulling together the top 5 Fuse blog posts from the previous year.

But this year is a little different.

It’s award season and this year the blogs listed below were in the running for a coveted gong. Not at the GRAMMYs, Oscars, Emmys, BAFTAs, or BRITs but the (much more prestigious) first ever Fuse Awards!

Earlier this week (30 January), the post with the most views was crowned best blog of 2022 with the author awarded a shiny trophy at our ceremony in Durham *link may contain SPOILERS*.

So without further ado, here is the full list of the runners and writers in reverse order, culminating with the post that received the most views...

Posted by Tim Townshend, Professor of Urban Design for Health, Newcastle University

“...primarily designing around the needs of the private car - rather than humans - has been a disaster.”

Prof Townshend explores how we can plan for a healthier future by intervening in the built environment. From the 'toxic high street', to the green (and blue) spaces in our cities that encourage physical activity and social interaction, positive for physical health and mental wellbeing.

Posted: 13 May 2022

4. Science, and the art of communication

Posted by Louis Goffe, Research Associate, NIHR Policy Research Unit in Behavioural Science

"...building the evidence-base isn’t enough, we all need to work on at least one aspect of the artistic craft of research promotion."

COVID19 has brought into sharp focus that health promotion takes more than good science, there is an art to the delivery. In this post, Louis explores vaccine misinformation, the infodemic, involving the public and advocacy.

Posted: 28 January 2022

3. What support do children and young people actually want when their parents use drugs and alcohol?

Posted by Cassey Muir, Fuse & NIHR School for Public health Research (SPHR) funded PhD Researcher from Newcastle University and Kira Terry, Lived Experience Expert.

“No-one has ever asked me about how I feel in any of this.”

Fuse PhD student Cassey shares her research aiming to understand the experiences, perceived impacts and coping strategies of young people whose parents use substances. The post ends with Kira’s thoughts about contributing to the project as a Lived Experience Research Advisor.

Posted: 9 December 2022

2. Is a picture truly worth a thousand words?

Posted by Emma Adams, NIHR ARC NENC Mental Health Fellow at Newcastle University, and Experts by Experience from Fulfilling Lives Newcastle Gateshead & #HealthNow Newcastle

Find out how Emma and her Experts by Experience worked together to develop striking visuals to share what they had learned from a study exploring access to community based mental health and substance use support during the COVID-19 pandemic for individuals experiencing homelessness and those providing support.

Posted: 25 March 2022

And in at number one our award winner...

1. Universal Credit experiences and research co-production

Posted by David Black, Fuse Public Partner and Expert by Experience. Introduction by Mandy Cheetham, Research Fellow in the Applied Research Collaboration North East and North Cumbria (ARC NENC), Northumbria University

“In the past I'd always found the process of seeking
 help from the unemployment benefit system to be
 relatively easy, but Universal Credit was a disaster
 for me.”

Ever wondered how you could help shape research as a member of the public? In this Fuse blog, David shares his personal experiences of claiming benefits and how this has informed research to assess the impact of Universal Credit.

Posted: 11 March 2022

Below is a photo of David (second from the right) along with the other Fuse Award winners. Congratulations to all! 

Catch up with all the award winners using #FuseAwards23 or see the event programme on the Fuse website for all those shortlisted.

Join Fuse to be in with a shout of winning a coveted Fuse Award in 2024!

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