UK Research

Why We're Swearing To Take On Mental Illness In Young People

Cynthia Joyce | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK
Cynthia Joyce

The message of our new campaign is one that I hope will make people not just stop and take notice, but stop and take action: 'It's time to swear to take on mental illness in young people'. Why swearing? Because it perfectly encompasses how so many of us feel about the state of mental healthcare today.

Why The Unreliable Polls Of 2016 Must Awaken New Methods Of Market Research

Mark Lund | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Politics
Mark Lund

What is left to say about the US election and Brexit? There seems to be a sense of fatigue now when people discuss these two events - a sense of disbelief and tiredness. However, the implications of both are so huge that we can't shy away from it and have to push ahead; not only to understand what's next, but how it all happened in the first place.

What Should We Expect From Child And Youth Mental Health Services?

Professor Miranda Wolpert | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK
Professor Miranda Wolpert

For the first time since I entered the children and young people's mental health sector more than 30 years ago, I feel like a baseline for realistic expectations of outcomes is finally starting to emerge.

Death Of The School Gate - How Can We Strengthen Parent Communities?

Susan Burton | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Parents
Susan Burton

This month, we've seen the UK falling again in the global Pisa rankings for both Maths and English. So just how should parents follow UK OFSTED guidance and increase "parental engagement" with their school and with other parents?

Does Evidence Make A Difference To People's Lives?

Nancy Hey | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Nancy Hey

There is strong evidence that brief music therapy is an effective way to support wellbeing in palliative care patients in hospitals. We also now know that there's initial evidence that music therapy has a positive effect on mood in post-stroke patients.

What Does Trumpcare Mean For The Future Health Of The USA?

Dr David Chivers | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Politics
Dr David Chivers

Explaining the US health system to UK and European audiences can be a challenge. In the US, access to affordable healthcare is a very emotive subject, attracting strong opinions across the spectrum. With the new President-elect heralding a shake-up for Obamacare - which was introduced to provide greater access to healthcare - emotions are likely to rise higher over coming months as this policy becomes a key area of focus for the new administration.

How To Reduce Damage Of Corporate Psychopaths In The Workplace

Kellie Vincent | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Kellie Vincent

Since I began looking into the murky area of corporate psychopaths I have been astounded by two things. Firstly, the level of interest in the area amo...

Have You Got The Festive Fear? What You Can Do About It

Malminder Gill | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Malminder Gill

I'm using the 'festive fear' as a collective term for negative feelings of stress, anxiety and irrational thoughts during the Christmas period. These could be feelings of financial stress, anxiety about seeing family members who've had rifts with in the past or perhaps obsessive irrational thoughts concerning your hosting skills or the gifts you've bought.

Funding For Urban Innovation: The Emerging UK Picture

Peter Madden OBE | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Politics
Peter Madden OBE

As the work begins and the dust starts to settle on this year's Autumn Statement, I think we can see it as a real shot in the arm for infrastructure, R&D and innovation. These measures should see a real return in terms of productivity and growth. They should, too, help the UK keep up in telecomms developments. And they present a great opportunity to push even harder on urban innovation, so our companies can continue to develop and sell world-beating products and services that help cities thrive.

Blogging For Feminist Research

Dr Kate Cook | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Kate Cook

I recently came across a recording of Christabel Pankhurst speaking, thanks to the researchers' blog, published by Manchester Metropolitan University'...

Brain Surgery With Glow In The Dark Cancer Cells

Dr. Sam Godfrey | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Tech
Dr. Sam Godfrey

Patients are given a special drink before their operation. This lemony-tasting drink contains a chemical called 5-ALA which is absorbed by cancer cells and then basically rearranged into a much larger molecule - one that looks a little bit crystal like.

Monitoring Coercive Control, Aiming to Save Lives

Dr Kate Cook | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK
Dr Kate Cook

On 29th December 2015 the new offence of "Coercive or controlling behaviour in an intimate or family relationship" came into force. Dr Kate Cook of M...

Fix The Problems: Written Medicine's Research Paradox Two

Murtada Alsaif | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Tech
Murtada Alsaif

Our solution to this problem was to increase the number of languages and the number of pharmacies enrolled so that each pharmacy can give us fewer surveys and we can still hit data collection targets.

Universities Are Key To Making Sure The UK Is Competitive in An Innovative World

Ian Walmsley | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK
Ian Walmsley

It is notoriously difficult to predict the technologies of the future: who can forget Tomorrow's World presenter Raymond Baxter confidently espousing the merits of paper underwear, or 'Whispering' Ted Lowe being forced to improvise by an uncooperative snooker-playing robot on the same programme?

Turning Guidelines Into Lifelines

Angela Culhane | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Angela Culhane

I had a piece of fantastic news last week, one of those breakthrough moments that all of us who work in and support the charity sector aim for. On the surface it may not sound that exciting. The news was that NICE, after undertaking an exceptional review, had agreed to update its guidelines for prostate cancer diagnosis and management

It's Time To Stop Viewing Breastfeeding As A Bodily Function

Lily Canter | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Parents
Lily Canter

The "breast is best" message is widely accepted in UK society and yet woman who assert the view that breastfeeding in public is a desirable social behaviour are accused of showing-off, being holier-than-thou and not following correct etiquette.

Clinical Trials For Anti-Cancer Medicines - Should I Take Part?

Kathleen Thompson | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kathleen Thompson

Most clinical trials compare the drug to another treatment- either a dummy drug (placebo) or an alternative treatment, which is already approved for treating people. This is called a double-blind study. This design gives the most reliable results, as it confirms that any benefit is genuinely due to the new drug. However it means some people won't receive the new treatment.

Science And Arts

Deborah Bull | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Deborah Bull

The data reveals that 52% of those who define themselves as 'sciency' also choose to describe themselves as 'arty', suggesting that many of us do not see our skills and interests as being confined to a single category.

Research Can Help Us Reverse The Crisis In Young People's Mental Health

Cynthia Joyce | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Cynthia Joyce

The mental health status quo has been accepted for too long, but this inaction is failing the next generation and will continue to do so. Only by acknowledging and prioritising the critical role of research can we see the progress in mental healthcare that our young people so desperately need.

Time To Embrace The Wisdom Of The Crowd?

Helen Rosethorn | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK
Helen Rosethorn

Dare I mention how many weeks there are left to the end of 2016? For many this triggers a small panic attack about preparing for the holiday season - for others it signals a countdown to the trauma of end of year performance appraisals.

Arthritis Attacks What it Means to Live

Liam O’Toole | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK
Liam O’Toole

This year, we want even more people like Nora to share their everyday experience of living with arthritis. With everyone's support, we can continue to invest in breakthrough treatments, the best information and vital support for everyone affected by arthritis today, and in the future.

I Am Pagliacci

Arthur Peirce | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

There is a very old joke; it has appeared in different forms over the years, most famously in Alan Moore's seminal graphic novel Watchmen. Most retel...

Independent Research Backs The Effectiveness Of Mosaic's Mentoring Programmes

Jonathan Freeman | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK
Jonathan Freeman

After a busy and successful year, Mosaic, HRH The Prince of Wales' mentoring initiative that is now proudly part of The Prince's Trust, has been busy ...

Moving Forward Following The EU Referendum - Globalisation Is Key

Professor Christina Slade | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Politics
Professor Christina Slade

You probably remember exactly where you were when you heard the result of the Brexit referendum. I was in Germany on June 24 when the news broke about Britain's decision to leave the EU. I spent the day with many of my peers from other universities and our mood was sombre. We feared for the future of research funding, staff and student mobility and international scholarly collaboration.

Is The Third Sector Making A Mockery Of Research?

Simon Stevens | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK
Simon Stevens

The problem is that it is now so easy for anyone to claim to be capable of conducting research, often without any academic understanding. You just produce an online survey with a few questions, promote it on social media allowing anyone to fill it in, wait until you reached the necessary 100 marks, and finally, make a song and dance about the headline figures.