CHAD recently attended two excellent conferences, the Staffordshire University Research Conference and the Faculty of Public Health Annual Conference, both offered great opportunities for learning, sharing and networking.
On 23rd May 2017, Staffordshire University held their Staff Research Conference. This year’s theme was ‘Inspiring Research: Encouraging and Nurturing our Research Culture’. Opened by Liz Barnes (Vice Chancellor) and supported by Martin Jones (Deputy Vice Chancellor) and Marc Jones (Director of Research).
We welcomed a diverse range of colleagues to our stand – including colleagues we are already collaborating with, colleagues who had heard about us and wanted to find out more and new colleagues that we met for the first time. It was encouraging to see so much interest in our vision and our work, and we are actively planning how we can work with more of our University colleagues in the future.
With over 70 presentations in the parallel sessions, the event highlighted the breadth of research happening across the University. It provided a great opportunity to share some of the work we are doing currently in CHAD and our research officer, Rachel Massie presented our work on rough sleeping and street activity, highlighting four key aspects of CHAD’s vision – to conduct locally relevant research, to collaborate, use an assets based approach and put community at the heart of research.
Overall, the conference more than achieved its aims and it was inspirational to be part of all the great research happening at Staffordshire University. The networking was invaluable and as a result we have organised a two-day writing retreat for CHAD and our wider team to accelerate our efforts to share our research through publication. Thanks Rachel Bolton-King for facilitating our learning. We are keen to see how research develops at Staffordshire University and what exciting collaborations develop out of this conference for both CHAD and the wider University.
On 20th June members of CHAD made the short trip across to Telford for the Faculty of Public Health Conference 2017.
It really did provide a fantastic opportunity for networking with individuals and organisations interested in public health and driving change from across the UK. It was great to see colleagues who already know about CHAD finding out how our work was progressing; but just as importantly meeting new people and talking about our work. We hope some of the contacts we made lead to future collaborative research projects, support and critical friends.
To see the presentations made at the Faculty of Public Health Conference, click here.
We are already excited to see what the CHAD symposium will bring in November.
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