As the University of Dundee is completing a process of structural re-organisation an even greater emphasis and focus is placed on high quality interdisciplinary research. SDHI has entered its ‘teenage years’ as a broker and platform for innovative research across disciplinary boundaries. We would like to invite you to reflect with us about new opportunities for SDHI to engage across and between the universities, to facilitate new partnerships with community partners and the public, and to maintain a vibrant and supportive environment for experienced and novice researchers to learn and develop ideas in response to social and health-related challenges of the 21st Century. Join us in person on the 16th June at 2pm at the University of Dundee or engage with us by email firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @SDHIresearch #SDHI2015
The SDHI Research Showcase on Monday 1st December will now be held in The School of Physics and Astronomy, North Haugh, University of St Andrews from 2pm until around 7pm. Researchers are invited to present their work and activities at various work stations. There will be a short welcome address but mostly the event is meant as a bazaar for conversation and mingling.
If you would like to attend our Research Showcase either to present or merely to come along and see what others are doing then please register your interest with Fred Comerford (fac1 @st-andrews.ac.uk) or Rosanne Bell (r.c.bell @dundee.ac.uk)
Further information is available on the flyer or by contacting Fred or Rosanne
SDHI is hosting a Research Showcase on Monday 1st December in The Gateway Building at the University of St Andrews from 3.30pm until around 7pm. Researchers are invited to present their work and activities at various work stations. There will be a short welcome address but mostly the event is meant as a bazaar for conversation and mingling.
If you would like to attend our Research Showcase either to present or merely to come along and see what others are doing then please register your interest with Fred Comerford (fac1 @st-andrews.ac.uk) or Rosanne Bell (r.c.bell @dundee.ac.uk) by Monday 6th October.
For further information please see flyer or contact Fred or Rosanne
SDHI contributed to an event on the 23 October in the Steeple Church in Dundee that brought together many community organisations, Dundee city council and academics from various disciplines departments. The purpose of the four hour meeting was to explore how the university can engage and work more closely with local community organisations (e.g. Sign Post; Hot Chocolate). The event was led and organised by Dr Fernando Fernandes, School of Nursing & Midwifery/SDHI who – in his introductory remarks – highlighted the role of Brazilian scholar, educator and social activist, Paulo Freire in guiding the vision for more participatory and collaborative work between the university and the communities of Dundee. The afternoon was organised around round table discussion and a World Café style exploration of the issues that matter to communities. Many organisations struggle with limited resources and had mixed experiences with past engagement with the university. There was a strong wish for a real, not a tokenistic or temporary commitment for a joint working relationship. Value was seen in having the university build local capacity (accredited short courses), support practice-based evaluations, develop important technologies that reduce the monitoring and reporting burden, contribute to the volunteering programme. Academic expertise may also provide the evidence for promising interventions, which in turn may make funding more sustainable. The role of local businesses in potentially contributing to programmes that seek to address inequalities in pragmatic ways was also discussed. The event was just opening the discussion between the interdisciplinary ‘Engagement and Participation’ group at the University of Dundee and the community.
It seems like yesterday that SDHI was set up between the universities of Dundee and St Andrews but – indeed – 10 productive years have passed. This year we will be celebrating our 10 Year Anniversary and we have lots to celebrate. We will soon announce a pretty jam-packed programme of activities throughout the year, including seminars, international webinars with international speakers, cross university symposia and public engagement events. Watch this space and share the cake with us.