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1 May 2024

MELODIC paper published in BMC Geriatrics

We are thrilled to share our latest publication for MELODIC in BMC Geriatrics. This systematic review looked at all psychosocial (nondrug) interventions on inpatient mental health dementia wards. We found that interventions may be helpful in reducing distress, but there is a small amount of research and more is needed to help us work out what interventions are most beneficial and how they should be delivered. The findings are informing our MELODIC programme theory and intervention development.

Read our systematic review in BMC Geriatrics
29 April 2024

MELODIC project progress shared at major conference

Naomi Thompson (below, centre) attended the Alzheimer’s Disease International Conference 2024 in Krakow from 23 -26 April. It was great to share some of the work we are doing with music therapy in inpatient mental health dementia wards, hear about exciting research development around the world, make new connections, and explore the beautiful city.

Five people posing at the 2024 Alzheimer's Disease International Conference - Naomi Thompson is in the centre
27 March 2024

GSI welcomes writer and archaeologist for guest seminar

On 26 March 2024, we were delighted to welcome the writer and archaeologist Electra Rhodes for a GSI seminar on Queer Landscapes and Ecologies.

Find out more about Electra Rhodes on X
19 March 2024

HOMESIDE team to present study results at BAMT 2024

The HOMESIDE study results will be presented at the British Association for Music Therapy Conference (BAMT) 2024, taking place from 17-19 May in Leicester and online. The conference theme is ‘About All of Us, For All of Us, By All of Us’.

Find out more about and register for BAMT 2024
1 March 2024

MELODIC holds co-design workshop

The MELODIC project team had a fun and fruitful co-design workshop on Friday 16 February, as part of work package 2. They looked at findings so far, mapped out the key components and style for the protocol for music therapy on dementia inpatient wards, and thought about the next stages of the project.

13 people from Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research's MELODIC project posed in a line in a hall, holding or playing a range of musical instruments
27 February 2024

Sexual Violence Research Group (SVRG) to host first webinar

Join ARU's SVRG on Thursday 29 February as they launch their new webinar series. In this session, PhD student Abbie Lake and supervisor Dr Theresa Redmond will discuss ways PhD supervisors can support the wellbeing of students undertaking research in sensitive or potentially traumatic areas.

Learn more and register for the first SVRG webinar
15 January 2024

ESNEFT survey now closed

As part of our ongoing evaluation of Professional Advocacy, we would like to thank everyone in ESNEFT who completed our survey. Over 400 nurses and midwives responded from across the Trust between 9 October and 22 December 2023. We are most grateful for their time and input. We will use the survey data to help us to better understand what staff in ESNEFT need from their professional advocacy service.

31 December 2023

EIDS team completes eHealth research

In December 2023, the EIDS team completed our research on environmental impacts of eHealth, having interviewed 23 health sector professionals, and worked with an NHS Trust to conduct quantitative analysis on travel impacts of a virtual health app. You can read a briefing on our findings (PDF) and a briefing about doing research in a sustainable way (PDF), which we also produced. We are very grateful to all participants who gave their time to support this research.

23 November 2023

Project team shares expertise at Going Global conference

At the British Council's request, Dr Robert Priharjo shared lessons learned from implementing TNE Nurse UKIND at the Going Global conference at the University of Edinburgh on 22 November 2023. This three-day conference brought leaders of international education together to discuss mobility, science and TNE, including the benefits of partnerships for training, evaluation, and qualifications.

A large number of delegates posing in a conference room at the UK-Indonesia Higher Education Forum in Edinburgh in November 2023
Find out more about the Going Global conference
22 November 2023

ARU experts provide moving and handling training in Indonesia

Nic Guthrie and Daniel Heggie (Senior Lecturer in Clinical Skills and Simulation) shared their expertise in teaching students moving and handling techniques with colleagues at UGM from 15-21 November 2023, as part of the TNE Nurse UKIND project's aim to promote quality of education in nursing through "train the trainer" sessions on core skills.

13 November 2023

Maria Buaki-Sogo appears on panel at Nursing Live 2023

Maria Buaki-Sogo appeared on the Inspiring Careers in Nursing panel at the 2023 Nursing Live conference in Liverpool on 10 November. She spoke on the topic of 'unlocking professional development', giving voice to some of her colleagues and sharing her own story to inspire attendees to recognise and build upon their considerable nursing experience.

Maria Buaki-Sogo speaking on a panel, with panel chair Joanne Bosanquet looking on, holding a tablet

Maria Buaki-Sogo on stage with panel chair Joanne Bosanquet

10 November 2023

Article by Maria Buaki-Sogo, Sally Goldspink, and Hilary Engward features on front page of Nursing Times

An article written by the PNA/PMA impact project team features in, and appears on the cover of the November 2023 Nursing Times magazine. The article, titled 'Workforce assets: recognising the value of long-serving nurses and midwives', aims to start a conversation about the experience, role and value of long-serving nurses and midwives, and how these can inform workplace planning.

Read 'Workforce assets: recognising the value of long-serving nurses and midwives' (login may be required)
24 October 2023

ARU and partners announce first event in Improving Quality Improvement series

Royal Papworth NHS Trust, ARU, Cancer Research UK and the Cambridge University Hospitals Leads for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Professional (NMAP) Research are excited to announce a three-part series looking at the science of Quality Improvement and how its use can be improved in healthcare. The first event, with Prof Jo McPeake, will take place on 2 November at 5pm and is open for virtual attendance.

Find out more about and book your place for the first Improving Quality Improvement event
3 October 2023

HOMESIDE team publishes trial results in eClinicalMedicine

The results of the three-year HOMESIDE trial were published in the journal eClinicalMedicine, part of the Lancet, on 2 October 2023. The findings show that music and reading interventions delivered by trained caregivers in community contexts do not decrease enduring psychological symptoms of dementia.

View the eClinicalMedicine article
25 September 2023

MELODIC holds first co-design team day

The MELODIC project team held their first co-design day on Friday 22 September 2023. They would like to thank everyone who joined them in-person or online – they are very much looking forward to co-creating with you over the coming 18 months! If you have lived experience of dementia/inpatient mental health dementia wards, there's still time to join us.  

Seven members of the Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy research posing together in a hall at the first MELODIC co-design team day
Email us at [email protected] for more information
11 September 2023

ESNEFT nurses and midwives to be invited to share their experiences of Professional Advocacy Service

From 2 October 2023, we'll be inviting nurses and midwives working for ESNEFT to complete an anonymous survey on their knowledge and experience of PNA and PMA, as part of Workstream 3 of our evaluation. We'll ask staff about their awareness of professional advocates, whether they have used their services, and how we can make the PNA/PMA service relevant to them.

5 September 2023

MELODIC project launched

The MELODIC project was officially launched with an in-person team day at ARU's Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research on 4 September 2023.

Six researchers from the Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research playing percussion instruments and a guitar outside the Jerome Booth Centre
14 August 2023

Maria Buaki-Sogo to present poster at RCN International Nursing Research Conference 2023

Maria Buaki-Sogo has had a poster presentation, A Narrative Inquiry into Long Serving Nurses and Midwives: Understanding Opportunities, Barriers and Professional Development in an NHS Trust, accepted for the RCN International Nursing Research Conference 2023, taking place on 6-8 September at the University of Manchester.

View Maria's RCN International Nursing Research Conference 2023 poster presentation (PDF)
14 August 2023

Maria Buaki-Sogo to join panel at 2023 Nursing Live conference

Maria Buaki-Sogo has been selected to be part of an expert panel on Inspiring Careers in Nursing at the 2023 Nursing Live conference, taking place on 10-11 November at ACC Liverpool.

Find out more about the 2023 Nursing Live conference
14 July 2023

BARIN in the field

The UK BARIN team are in the field from 15 July to 30 August. Our team has expanded, welcoming Dr Georgia Hole, dendrochronologist, and Dr Callum Pearce, anthropologist.

30 June 2023

ARU and Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) to hold second joint research conference

Researchers and clinicians from ARU and EPUT will share their latest collaborative work at their second annual joint research conference on 15 September at Hughes Hall, Cambridge. The conference's theme is 'digital innovations in practice' and will include a keynote from Prof Andrew Bateman (University of Essex) on digital innovations in rehabilitation, as well as networking opportunities.

Find out more about and book your place at the second ARU and EPUT joint research conference
30 June 2023

ARU's Medical Technology Research Centre (MTRC) announces second conference

ARU's MTRC has announced its second annual conference will take place on 13-14 September 2023 at Hughes Hall, Cambridge. The conference will particularly focus on the benefits of collaboration, and delegates will hear from Prof Wei Chen (University of Texas Arlington) on nanotechnologies, and Prof Michael Sutcliffe (University of Cambridge) on biomedical engineering.

Find out more about and book your place at the second MTRC conference
5 June 2023

Running Artfully Network (RAN) to hold event on running, art, and sustainability

Artists, writers, poets, social scientists, academics, runners, and non-runners are invited to join RAN for a networking day of active, artful presentations and provocations with a sustainable emphasis at ARU's Science Centre in Cambridge on 21 June 2023. Expect quick-fire presentations, provocations, physical activities, manifesto writing, connection, reflection, and more.

Find out more and book your place for RAN's Running Towards a Sustainable Future (not from our House on Fire) event
25 May 2023

Anwar Akhtar delivers powerful keynote at theme launch

Critically acclaimed British Pakistani writer, journalist, theatre producer and documentary filmmaker Anwar Akhtar delivered a powerful keynote talk at the second Safe and Inclusive Communities launch event at ARU in Chelmsford on 8 March 2023.

Read more about Anwar Akhtar's talk
4 May 2023

Sustainable Futures announces speakers for first annual conference

The Sustainable Futures team have announced the speakers for their forthcoming conference on resilience to extreme events. Delegates will hear from professionals and experts on the themes of Cultural Heritage, Healthcare, and Infrastructure in Cambridge on 21-22 June 2023.

Find out more about the Sustainable Futures Conference on resilience to extreme events
13 April 2023

Sustainable Futures to hold conference on resilience to extreme events

The Sustainable Futures team have organised a conference on resilience to extreme events. Taking place on ARU's Cambridge Campus on 21-22 June 2023, the event aims to bring together experts and professionals from around the globe to share knowledge and practical insights on how to prepare for, and respond to extreme events.

Find out more about the Sustainable Futures Conference on resilience to extreme events
3 April 2023

EIDS team completes case studies

During winter 2022 and spring 2023, we worked with several NHS Trusts and organisations to develop detailed case studies on innovation and best practice in delivering digital health services.

17 March 2023

In Fair Health? team to introduce new research at Cambridge Festival

On 22 March 2023, Prof Margaret Greenfields, Research Assistant and PhD student Sophie Coker, and Sheldon Chadwick of the Showmen’s Mental Health Awareness Charity will present their research findings on the health experiences of Travelling Showmen, followed by a panel discussion. There will also be the opportunity to view Mary Humphrey's Images from Showmen’s Lives photography exhibition.

Find out more about the In Fair Health? event at the Cambridge Festival
9 December 2022

Dr Helen Wheeler presents at ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting 2022

On 5 December, Project Co-lead Dr Helen Wheeler introduced BARIN at ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting 2022 (ASM2022) in Toronto, at the special CINUK session.

30 November 2022

Dr Helen Wheeler leads A-BON/BARIN research coproduction meeting

Project Co-lead Dr Helen Wheeler recently led a research coproduction meeting between Arctic Beaver Observation Network (A-BON) and BARIN in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. Members pooled their knowledge on beavers and their effects on ecosystems.

Dr Wheeler would like to offer her thanks to everyone who participated for their great knowledge-sharing and food for thought concerning ongoing research coproduction.

29 November 2022

Academics present diabetic health research at Health, Performance and Wellbeing launch

Dr Raju Sapkota, Dr Pamela Knight, and Dr Justin Roberts gave a poster presentation, 'Barriers to the uptake of diabetic health services among Black Caribbean people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in the UK' at the Health, Performance and Wellbeing research theme launch in Cambridge on 28 November 2022. They discussed the aims, methods, and findings of their research into Black Caribbean patients' healthcare experiences.

View the 'Barriers to the uptake of diabetic health services among black Caribbean people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in the UK' poster (PDF)
29 November 2022

Academics present contraception access research at Health, Performance and Wellbeing launch

Dr Susan Walker and Claire Hooks gave a poster presentation, 'Improving access to contraception for women experiencing drug addiction' at the Health, Performance and Wellbeing research theme launch in Cambridge on 28 November 2022. They summarised the aims, outcomes, and future of their project, which involved developing a network of public and third sector stakeholders who work with women with drug addiction who also required contraception.

View the 'Improving access to contraception for women experiencing drug addiction' poster (PDF)
24 November 2022

Read the latest IRENES newsletter

Find out about the latest IRENES project developments in the UK and internationally in our newsletter.

Read the fifth IRENES newsletter
6 October 2022

In Fair Health? team to showcase research at Chelmsford Science Festival

Members of the In Fair Health? team will be at Chelmsford's Meadows Shopping Centre on 13 October 2022 with fun, interactive fairground activities for all the family. Drop by to learn more about the life, culture and work of Travelling Showmen and the health and wellbeing challenges that they face.

Find out more about the In Fair Health? event at the Chelmsford Science Festival
22 September 2022

Safe and Inclusive Communities hosts festival event

The Safe and Inclusive Communities team will be discussing their experiences of working with ‘hard to reach groups’ from marginalised and often vulnerable communities, as well as the difficulties in researching politically sensitive themes, at the Chelmsford Science Festival on 12 October 2022.

Find out more about our Chelmsford Science Festival event
22 September 2022

Sustainable Futures to launch to the public with appearance from first British astronaut

The Sustainable Futures theme launches to the public at Chelmsford Cathedral on Tuesday 18 October 2022, with a keynote speech by Helen Sharman OBE, the first British astronaut. Helen will also answer questions in discussion with Abigail Blake, ARU Masters student in Sustainability.

Find out more about the Sustainable Futures launch event with Helen Sharman OBE
22 September 2022

Sustainable Futures to hold event as part of ARU Family Science Day

The Sustainable Futures team is holding an event alongside the Gaia exhibition at Chelmsford Cathedral, in support of the ARU Family Science Day on Saturday 15 October 2022 at the Chelmsford Science Festival.

Download Sustainable Futures activities for families
22 September 2022

Sustainable Futures to hold launch event

ARU researchers are invited to attend the launch of the Sustainable Futures research theme in Cambridge on 27 September 2022. This is a great opportunity to network with colleagues, meet regional leaders in sustainability, and collectively brainstorm new, exciting areas for research activity.

5 September 2022

Sustainable Futures members discuss direction for 2022/23

The Sustainable Futures leadership team met with representatives from ARU research groups aligned to the theme to feedback on internal and external research and stakeholder engagement about the theme and to discuss priorities and planning for 2022/23.

1 September 2022

Images from Showmen's Lives exhibition comes to ARU's Cambridge campus

Images from Showmen's Lives, an exhibition of photos created by Mary Humphrey to engage participants in the In Fair Health? project, will be on display on ARU's Cambridge campus throughout September for World Fun Fair Month 2022.

1 March 2022

EIDS team holds scoping workshop

We held a virtual workshop in February 2022 with 15 experts from across the health sector, to scope out opportunities and challenges for our research. Thanks to all participants for a hugely useful session!

6 September 2021

EIDS project launches

The EIDS project officially launched on 1 March 2021, and was announced at the Digital Economy Sustainable Digital Society 2021 Proposal Processing Panel on 3 March.

View the EIDS record on EPSRC Grants on the Web
1 December 2020

Tsee community-based monitoring project report for 2020 published

The Wildlife Change in the Arctic team have published a research update alongside our community researchers in Jackfish Creek, as part of the tsee' community-based monitoring project.

Read the tsee' community-based monitoring report for 2020 (PDF)