Newman University News
Newman University News
Troubling Research: Liminal Spaces, Methodological Challenges, Innovative Approaches
In July this year, Newman University hosted a one-day conference followed by a half-day workshop with the title ‘Troubling Research: Liminal Spaces, Methodological Challenges, Innovative Approaches’. Its aims were to explore ways of:
- Engaging with marginalised groups so that research into their/our experiences and life-worlds can be more inclusively and authentically designed, conducted, recorded and communicated;
- Representing – for example, aesthetically, affectively – research processes and knowledge so that necessary complexities, uncertainties, instability, disorder can find a place in educational research discourse;
- Crossing boundaries, stepping over thresholds, that often unhelpfully divide and separate the multiple epistemic and psychic spaces we inhabit in our professional and personal lives.
Colleagues took part, from all parts of the UK and from as far afield as the USA; the presentations, think-pieces and performances spanned a range of disciplinary areas and professional fields, and were communicated through a variety of media. We were extremely fortunate to have Professor Alison Phipps (University of Glasgow), Professor Morwenna Griffiths and Dr Rosa Murray (University of Edinburgh) as keynote speakers their presentations and the full programme and abstracts can be viewed here.
The next day’s workshop explored the opportunities and challenges for the kinds of research inquiry that use aesthetic/affective modes such as creative writing, dance, drama, media, music, the spoken word and the visual and plastic arts – and in particular ways of aligning these with troubled, troubling and/or troublesome areas of social science research.
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14/08/2017: Newman students showcase research at CYPSY22 and European First Year Experience Conference
Psychology students at Newman University in Birmingham have recently had the opportunity to present their research findings at the 22nd Annual CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking Conference (CYPSY22), the European First Year Experience Conference and also have another conference lined up for August.
11/08/2017: Newman University launches innovative Foundation Year course
Newman University in Bartley Green, Birmingham has re-launched its existing social science degrees to include a brand new integrated, pre-degree Foundation Year.
02/08/2017: What do you do on your way to work?
Many people are faced with a daily commute to work that can become monotonous over time. Car journeys to work are often filled with thoughts of to-do lists for the day ahead or any other of life’s worries, and is usually not the most productive part of your day.
26/07/2017: Student dissertation findings to be presented at BPS Health Psychology conference
As part of Psychology student, Michael Swift’s final year of study, he has carried out research into “Self-management experience of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus: a qualitative study of young adults’ perspectives”.
12/07/2017: Newman University aims to improve mental health through football
Staff and students from Newman University have worked with the Aston Villa FC Foundation, and colleagues at Birmingham MIND and Sport Birmingham, to improve the mental health of people in Birmingham.
07/07/2017: Newman University hold Children’s University Graduation
Newman University Birmingham has once again hosted a graduation ceremony for the Children’s University.
04/07/2017: Newman continues late colleague’s research
Newman University is continuing the work of its late colleague, Dr Chris Upton, who as the region’s leading local historian, had researched the name of the well-known Needless Alley in Birmingham’s city centre.
21/06/2017: Newman Secures Silver TEF Rating
Newman University has secured a Silver rating in the first Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), awarded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
06/06/2017: University Careers Service provide students with head start
The careers team at Newman University have been working hard to integrate careers modules into general teaching, putting their students in an advantageous position when it comes to securing employment after their studies.
01/06/2017: Newman University receives Livesimply award
Newman University has been awarded the CAFOD Livesimply award for its work living simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the poor.
12/04/2017: Our Careers Service is Shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Leadership & Management Awards 2017
The Newman team have been shortlisted for the ‘Outstanding Student Services Team’ award.
23/03/2017: Newman Pro Vice-Chancellor Appointed to Awards Panel
We’re delighted to announce that Professor Duncan Lawson, Pro Vice Chancellor – Formative Education at Newman University, has been invited to join the inaugural judging panel for a new international teaching award, organised by the Higher Education Academy.
16/03/2017: Newman secures funding for enterprising venture
Newman University has been awarded £1,000 from the Enterprise Rent A Car (ERAC) Foundation to support a street-based youth work project in Bartley Green.
03/03/2017: Newman’s netball team are through to the cup final in Loughborough
The Newman netball team are through to the BUCS cup final. This is a massive achievement and a first for the Newman team. Having beaten the other teams, Newman face Loughborough’s 5ths at Loughborough.
24/02/2017: Newman student voices concerns about cuts in Road to Wigan project
In 1937, George Orwell’s famous book The Road to Wigan Pier told middle class England the uncomfortable truth about how people in the north of the country lived.
19/01/2017: Midlands twins embark on charity projects in Africa and Asia
Two twin sisters from Herefordshire will set off for Africa and Asia this month as part of an ambitious charity project. The pair are participating in The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development’s (CAFOD) Step into the Gap scheme, which enables young people to spend a year volunteering in the UK and visiting CAFOD partners overseas.
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