RA6a: Additional observations, Evidence of esteemConferences and Symposia.
Over 50 keynote papers have been given at conferences organised by international learned societies or governmental organisations in more than thirty countries. These papers reflect the diversity of research interests and embrace gerontology, gender and social welfare, health policy and provision, ethnicity and racialised divisions, terminal illness, child and family welfare, governance of welfare, statistical analysis and research methodologies.
Members of the UoA (Anand, Atkinson, Bornat, Brown, Chamberlayne, Clarke, Darr, Douglas, Komaromy, Lloyd, Mackintosh, Peace, Rose, Rolph, Stainton Rogers, Tucker, Walmsley) have been involved in the organisation of both national and international symposia and conferences over the period of assessment. Examples range from EU funded conferences on Biographical Methods and Professional Practice, through ESRC funded Risk Analysis conferences, to the 'Making Research Count' conferences in 1999 and 2000. Stainton-Rogers is chair of the organising committee for the 2nd International Conference on Critical Health Psychology, Aston August 2001. Members of the UOA are working with the National Family and Parenting Institute in developing a major conference on Parents and Children for 2002.
Advisors on policy and practice issues
Davies’ work on professional regulation for the Royal College of Nursing in 2000 was incorporated into the Cabinet Office's Policy Review to inform the NHS plan. Aldgate was specialist advisor to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Health 1997-8 in relation to children in the care system, which shaped the Care Standards and Leaving Care Acts (2000). Rose was a member of the Independent Committee of Enquiry into Women's Imprisonment (1998-2000). Himmelweit has chaired the Women’s Budget Group, advising the Treasury and other government departments. Brown was a member of the DH working group producing statutory guidance on multi-agency responsibilities in cases of abuse of all vulnerable adults. Thomas is Secretary to the RSS’s Official Statistics Section. OU staff have also advised: the Health Education Authority on the needs of black and ethnic minority communities (Douglas, 1999); the Runnymede Trust Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain (Lewis, 2000); the Chief Medical Officer's Working Party on Children and Young People with ME (Tucker, 2000). Lewis and McLaughlin submitted expert evidence to the McPherson Enquiry, strongly influencing the report's approach to racial stereotyping.
In the field of social care, individuals have authored high profile government publications, such as the Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families (Department of Health 2000) and the Overview of the Department of Health's Children Act research The Children Act Now- Messages from Research (ministerial launch Spring 2001) They have also played major roles in developing national curricula for practice education. Aldgate designed a conceptual framework and curriculum to underpin the Government's Post Qualifying Award in Child Care. An OU team (Rose, Aldgate, Peace and Davies) was commissioned by CCETSW and the Department of Health to develop the curriculum for training Regulators and Inspectors (2000-2001).
Unit members have acted as advisors to government and national bodies on research and other grant funding matters. These include the DH Chief Scientist’s review of the Dartington Social Research Unit (Aldgate, 1998); the DH's Research Liaison Group (Aldgate); the Home Office (Hughes); the DH (Walmsley, Atkinson) and the National Assembly for Wales (Atkinson) in relation to learning disability. Internationally, Rose is an assessor for the EU Daphne Programme Projects. The advisory work of a number of individuals reinforces the theme in this submission of commitment to improving services. Links can be seen between the research submissions and the expertise of individuals who serve on various national and international committee. For example, Dimmock is Chair of the National Stepfamily Association and Board member of Parentline; Rose is a Trustee and Chair of the Management Committee of Homestart, and the Coram Family and advisor to NCH Action for Children and the Children's Society. OU staff also sit on Advisory Boards for 15 grant funded projects in other universities on a wide range of topics, including deliberative democracy, education action zones, health issues, inspection regimes, nursing, residential care, child welfare and older people.
International research collaborations
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