New members of staff- September 2016

We’ve welcomed ten new members of staff since 1st September.

Stephanie Davis, Psychology, whom many of you will know as one of our PhD students, is covering Katherine Johnson’s sabbatical this year.

Anna Zoli, Psychology, joins us from York St John

Donna Ewing, Psychology, joins us from BSMS

Deanna Dadusc, Criminology, joins us from Kent

Paul Teverson, Social Work, is a practicing social worker combining this 0.4 role with his local authority work

Helen Carter, Psychotherapy, is combining this 0.4 role with her therapeutic practice

Dwight Turner, Psychotherapy, is combining this 0.4 role with his therapeutic practice

Laura Harvey, Sociology, joins us from Surrey

Heba Youssef, Politics, has worked with us before and now has a more substantive post

Yaa Asare, Sociology, will be well known to many of you as she’s worked with us for some years. She also now has a more substantive post.

Festival of Social Science

Our collective thanks should go to Julie Green, Senior Administrator, for her excellent organisation skills in project managing the 2016 Festival of Social Science and a very stimulating and thought provoking Public Lecture by Professor Danny Dorling.  Thanks too to everyone who presented or chaired on the day.  We are aiming for a more amenable date in 2017 so that more people can attend.

Professor Kate Bullen

Professor of Psychology and Head of The School of Applied Social Science

 

Research news

We have had some extremely pleasing research grant news over the last two months. Aidan McGarry was awarded £249,850 by the AHRC for his grant application entitled “The Aesthetics of Protest: Visual Culture and Communication in Turkey” and Flis Henwood has had success as Co-I on a bid with colleagues at Sheffield (lead) and Sussex universities on a project entitled: ‘Knowledge, care and the practices of self-monitoring’. It’s funded by Leverhulme to the value of £217,770. Lizzie Ward and colleagues made a major contribution to the B & H Public Health annual report that has been recently published and features our older people and wellbeing work with their project on Later LifeCarl Walker was awarded a BPS Undergraduate Research Assistantship student summer bursary for one of our Psychology students, Jenny Terry. In addition,  Carl Walker and Mary Darking were awarded a UoB Excellence in Community Engagement award which will be presented to them at our summer graduation ceremony.  Many congratulations to everyone on these really pleasing achievements.

Professor Kate Bullen

Professor of Psychology and Head of The School of Applied Social Science

Remarkable Colleagues award

Yesterday afternoon saw the award tea party for the first Julian Crampton “Remarkable Colleagues” award.  I know that all our staff are remarkable in some way but some are even more remarkable than others.  I am sure that you will all join me in congratulating our very remarkable Becky Farmer (Deputy School Admin Manager) who was successfully nominated by 6 people for an award.  It really was a pleasure to attend the event to support Becky – who I know was dying quietly inside.  A very well deserved recognition of the work and extra efforts from one of our colleagues who makes a daily contribution to making the job so much easier.

Well done Becky and many congratulations from everyone in SASS.

Professor Kate Bullen

Professor of Psychology and Head of The School of Applied Social Science

New Departmental Administrator

I am delighted to be able to let you know that, from September, Emily Cubitt, who has been an Admin Assistant for the last two years, will become our new Departmental Administrator – a full time permanent role.  Helen Basterra, Admin Manager, has created this new role to provide greater administrative capacity to support a wide range of school activities.  More details will be circulated in September about Emily’s change of role.

Professor Kate Bullen

Professor of Psychology and Head of the School of Applied Social Science

Staff farewells

We said goodbye to a number of colleagues in June.  Bob Withers in the Psychotherapy team and Geoff Davies in the Psychology team were both with us on one year contracts and we’ve been grateful for their contributions.  Emma Conduct in Criminology and Andrew Bassett in Sociology have been longer serving members of staff who also reached the end of their contracts.  I know their colleagues will miss them and we wish them well for the future.  Most significantly we marked the retirement of Michael Cahill who has been with the University, in its various forms, since 1984.  Those of you who were able to attend his lunch last week will have been impressed, as I was, by Michael’s achievements in the field of Social Policy and his dedication to the School – indeed we owe our name to Michael who advocated for it at the time.

Professor Kate Bullen

Professor of Psychology and Head of the School of Applied Social Science