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Mindfulness meets Mother Nature in new BBC series

7 September 2020

Following his successful collaboration with the BBC on Forest 404, Centre PhD student Alex Smalley has once again collaborated with the BBC on a new four-part series, Mindful Escapes: Breathe, Release, Restore.

The series brings together video footage from the The BBC Studios Natural History Unit’s archives with voiceover from Andy Puddicombe, founder of the Headspace mindfulness app. The series will premiere on BBC Four from September 7, 2020, as four 30-minute episodes, and will also be adapted into shorter episodes for the Headspace app later this year.

The four episodes – Breathe, Change, Joy and Rest – will offer “the viewer immersive mindful experiences within the natural world“.

Alex has produced a web video about his research, which can be viewed here.

 



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New podcast – Alex Smalley

2 September 2019

Explain it to me …

Pete Hodges, the Centre’s Comms Assistant, invited researchers around the Centre to talk about their work. In the second of this podcast series, PhD student Alex Smalley discusses his research and his links with the BBC Sounds podcast series, Forest 404.



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Research Fellows’ and PhD Students’ Success

30 April 2019

The Wellcome Centre is incredibly proud of everyone who works with us but we want to highlight a few people who’s work has been in the spotlight.

Congratulations to ‘Waiting Times’, Michael Flexer and Kelechi Anucha

Michael Flexer, Publicly Engaged Research Fellow on the ‘Waiting Times’ project has won the 2019 Public Engagement Award from Birkbeck, University of London.

‘Waiting Times’ is funded by the Wellcome Trust and led by Prof. Laura Salisbury (Exeter) and Prof. Lisa Baraitser (Birkbeck).

Michael designed a series of storytelling workshops, ‘Messages in a Bottle’, in which users of the day hospice in Honiton shared stories of their experiences of time.

Michael delivered the workshops with Kelechi Anucha (PhD student on Waiting Times) and Hospicecare staff. Michael and Kelechi have offered the prize money (£150) back to the hospice, to be used to fund something that the users of the day hospice who collaborated in the research can enjoy.

The Birkbeck award committee particularly commended how the relationship with Hospicecare was carefully developed throughout the research process, making it an excellent example of engaged research. Dr Elliot Kendall, Director of Research (English and Film) congratulated Michael and Kelechi on this recognition of their impressive engaged research practice.

Engage Researchers Academy

Dr Charlotte Jones and Dr Michael Flexer have both won a place in the Engage Researchers Academy.

This is a year-long professional development programme that supports participants to develop their skills and experience in engagement and enhance the impact and relevance of their research.

We look forward to hearing more about the programme over the year, and benefiting from Charlotte and Michael’s experiences.

PhD Student collaborates on BBC ecodrama podcast

Our very own Alex Smalley has been working with the BBC’s ecodrama Forest 404 to understand how the sounds of nature might affect wellbeing. To take part in the study you can visit here, and to listen to Alex talk about it on BBC Radio Devon recently follow the link here



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