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To mark Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May), here are a selection of projects, receiving funding from our Health and Wellbeing Research Theme, which are:

Online hub to support the wellbeing and mental health of undergraduate health and social care students 

Lisa Hyatt, Senior Teaching Fellow; Nikki Jarrett, Senior Lecter; Claire Tea, Teaching; Jenny Roddis, Associate Head of R&I; Sarah Harper, Teaching Fellow and Miznah Al-Abbadey, Lecturer.

The aim is to develop and evaluate an online resource hub for healthcare students containing resources to support their mental health and wellbeing while in practice during the coronavirus outbreak and other major incidents.

Support for parents/carers of children with special educational needs and disability who have experienced child exploitation

Anita Franklin, Professor in Childhood/Education studies, and Wendy Sims-Schouten, Reader (Associate Professor) in Childhood Studies.

This pilot, exploratory study, working in partnership with two highly respected expert national voluntary organisations, seeks the views and experiences of up to 20 parents/carers of children and young people with SEND who have experienced child exploitation (sexual and/or criminal – these are often inter-linked).

The Safety Academy

Caroline Strevens, Reader in Legal Education; Caroline Mitchell, Hon Senior Lecturer in SHCP; and Ashraf Labib, Professor of Operations and Decision Analysis.

This multidisciplinary group will draw on the expertise and input across two faculties including Healthcare, Business and Law and Operational Research.  The researchers have the potential to broaden this to embrace Educational Psychology, Patient safety leads and experts within the NHS and Health Education England. 

Measuring student and staff wellbeing and resilience - a Covid-19 snapshot study to inform future evaluation of interventions for improving student and staff mental health, wellbeing and inclusion

Denise Meyer, Head of Wellbeing; Daphne Kaklamanou, Senior Lecturer; Laura Hyman, Senior Lecturer and Zarah Vernham, Senior Lecturer.

‘This project will take the opportunity presented by the Covid-19 crisis to conduct a mixed methods study providing a snapshot of current student and staff wellbeing and resilience in the face of the presenting life and learning challenges with moving to remote working practises and social isolation. The aim is to lay the foundation for an ambitious and extensive research programme centred on this innovative model for intervention and drawing on research capacity and expertise from across the University.’  

Public perceptions and adherence to national health guidelines

Miznah Al-Abbadey, Lecturer; Cody Porter, Teaching Fellow SCCJ and Adam Harvey, Lecturer.
Research questions this project will look to answer:

'-How well do people understand public health guidelines and what factors affect adherence to those guidelines?
-Are people’s understanding of guidelines reflected in their behaviour? If not, are there any key barriers?
-How sceptical are people about the information they receive and is this affected by the source of information?
-How accurate are people at identifying fake news? ‘