Community Research Conference

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Blackburn University Centre

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Blackburn College is located in the heart of the local community and we are opening our doors to all staff and the public on 6th July to showcase a selection of the community orientated research output produced by our academics.

There will be 4 symposiums throughout the day;

  • Leisure lives – a historical perspective of leisure activities for women in the inter-war years, and South Asian communities in the twentieth century

  • Students as Producers – an overview of working with students on real-world research projects from bridge building to interactive media

  • Science – a discussion of a range of research applications from keeping our children safe online to weight-loss

  • Arts – an exploration of art practice from photography to fine arts that puts Blackburn to the fore

Following on from this event we are pleased to announce on Friday 7th July UCBC will be holding its annual Teaching, Learning and Assessment conference with the theme of ‘Health, Counselling and Psychology’.

Research topics this year are diverse and will include Workplace Stress, Autism, Dementia, HIV/AIDS, Paranormal Beliefs and the Experience of Ex-Muslims Living in Muslim Countries, among other things.

So please book onto the sessions of your choice and we look forward to seeing you on the day

This is a FREE community event and lunch will be provided.

If you want to book on please click the 'Select a time' option. The 9.30am slot is for the whole day and the other slots are allocated by symposium as per the agenda below.


9.30-10.00 Registration

10.00-10.10 Welcome from the Executive Dean

10.10-11.20 Leisure Lives Symposium

Sandra Nichol - Mass Observation: Worktown women and the pub in the inter war years

Abdul Hafiz - Negotiating leisure in diasporic identities and constrained experiences: Family leisure in South Asian families in twentieth century Britain

Judith Moss - A little treat every week: Women’s magazines, leisure,domesticity,gender and identity in inter-war Britain

11.20-11.30 Comfort Break

11.30-12.30 Students as Producers Symposium

John Barker – Funded research projects with students

Peter Shukie, Joanna Neil, Asma Daji, Dulcie Holden, Karen McErlean Interactive essays and digital innovation in assessments

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-14.40 Science Symposium

Katrina MacFarlane – Agent mediated information exchange

Valerie Todd - Using the Theory of Planned Behaviour to explain the process of post- surgical weight-loss in a married couple jointly undergoing bariatric surgery: A clinical case-study approach

Terry McDonough - Discourse and Cognition: Simulating Social Imaginaries

14.40-14.50 Comfort Break

14.50-16.00 Arts Symposium

John Harrison – Slow’ photography: gazing at, and navigating through, ‘lost fields and meadows’

Bill Card – Emma’s running bath: Uprooting site specific art

Jamie Holman – Blackburn to the Fore!

16.00-16.10 Closing remarks

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