pin 2 October 2020

Shame and Medicine

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The Shame and Medicine project has officially started, and is launching a new website! (See: https://shameandmedicine.org) Shame and Medicine is an interdisciplinary research project funded by a Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award. The project is led by Luna Dolezal (Exeter) and Matthew Gibson (Birmingham) and based at the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health […]

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2 October 2020

Shame and Medicine

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The Shame and Medicine project has officially started, and is launching a new website! (See: https://shameandmedicine.org) Shame and Medicine is an interdisciplinary research project funded by a Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award. The project is led by Luna Dolezal (Exeter) and Matthew Gibson (Birmingham) and based at the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health […]

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24 September 2020

Community voices, barriers and enablers

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C2 Connecting Communities – a key partner for WCCEH’s Transforming Engagement Beacon project – recently hosted a webinar with Jennifer Dixon (Chief Executive of the Health Foundation) as part of a series celebrating the launch of Lord Nigel Crisp’s new book, Health is made at home; hospital is for repairs. The webinar series – Building a […]

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23 September 2020

Ending an epidemic and the ‘new normal’

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There is no simple return to the way things were in the aftermath of an epidemic: whatever normal is built in the aftermath is a new normal…much of what we accept as everyday reality in the future will only be seen as different to those who look backward to find the subtle scars where the […]

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22 September 2020

Making Sense of Ageing & Finding Its Time

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Jessie Stanier recently delivered a webinar for Professor Susi Ferrarello‘s class Bioethics & Diversity at California State University, on the topic of ‘Making Sense of Ageing and Finding Its Time’. Widely advertised on the Philos-L mailing list, it was well-attended by academics from around the globe as well as the students in the class. Some […]

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21 September 2020

Centre-sponsored conference is held fully online for the first time

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WCCEH were pleased to co-sponsor the British Society of Phenomenology’s 2020 conference, which, due to the pandemic, was held entirely online for the first time. Despite this, the engagement and participation was incredible from the 150 attendees, especially in the Q&A sessions. The BSP’s conference was co-hosted by the Centre’s Luna Dolezal and Jessie Stanier, […]

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17 September 2020

Recruitment for PhD project goes ahead

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  WCCEH PhD Student Raawiyah Rifath has begun recruiting for her project. Please contact her if you would like to participate.

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17 September 2020

‘Time Being’ premieres at Exeter’s Maketank

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Time Being Deborah Robinson A collaboration with Ruairí Corr 24 September – 26 September 2020   A 14 minute film with sound   Socially distanced hourly screenings Free admission Timed tickets only. Booking strongly advised   Part of Waiting Times Maketank, 3-5 Paris Street, Exeter EX1 2JB Join us at the spacious Maketank in Exeter City […]

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17 September 2020

Checking Out checks in the first round of interviews

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WCCEH research fellow Lorraine Hansford has been working on her project Checking Out since late last year, examining the concept of a “good death” in low-income families and communities, and how this can be achieved. The original plans for Checking Out were amended following the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Lorraine has skilfully reconfigured […]

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7 September 2020

Broad Spectrum comes to Radio 4

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Autism, despite being seen as a particularly ‘male’ condition, is increasingly being diagnosed in women in their 30s, 40s and 50s – or even later in life. WCCEH PhD student Helen Keen is one of them, and she has produced a half-hour documentary – Broad Spectrum – for BBC Radio 4, talking with other women […]

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7 September 2020

Mindfulness meets Mother Nature in new BBC series

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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 […]

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1 September 2020

Suffering from the ‘Lockdown Blues’? Share your experiences online

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Share your experiences of loneliness and Covid-19 as part of a major new creative project People in the South West can now share their experiences of the considerable isolating impact of the coronavirus pandemic, as part of a major new project designed to collect stories of loneliness and community. The Lockdown Blues is an online […]

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28 August 2020

‘Mitigating loneliness in youth’ project sweeps across Europe

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Professor Manuela Barreto has been awarded funding from Erasmus+ to pursue a cross-European project about easing youth loneliness over the next three years. Working with high-school teachers from Portugal, Lithuania, Poland, Turkey and the UK, the study, funded by Erasmus+, intends to co-create an intervention for loneliness with high-school students. Parties involved include two academics, […]

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27 August 2020

Intercultural competence migrant training approved by WHO now available online

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Following the publication earlier this year of the World Health Organization’s toolkit for Migration and Health, we are pleased to share that the toolkit has now also been turned into a MOOC (massive online open course) through the WHO. The Centre’s Deputy Director for Learning, Dr Felicity Thomas, authored the initial report in close partnership […]

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18 August 2020

Working out relationships? Free teaching materials for PSHE lessons

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Working out Relationships? is a fun and interactive two-part lesson plan for use in PSHE classes for Key Stage 4 pupils devised by Prof. Anne Barlow and Dr Jan Ewing at Exeter Law School. It is based on an idea which came from the findings of an interdisciplinary research study on relationships where they worked […]

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22 June 2020

Exploring Society with COVID-19

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The Wellcome Centre for Environments and Cultures of Health and The Exeter Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences (Egenis) have been leading a cross-college initiative from SSIS and HUMS to launch the platform “Society With COVID-19”. Drawing on longstanding expertise in the social study of science and in the medical humanities at the University […]

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12 June 2020

WCCEH announce a creative collaboration on LGBTQ+ loneliness and history with the Northcott Theatre and Natalie McGrath

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Following an initial seed phase in which three artists were granted funding to think about loneliness, theatre and performance alongside scholars at the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health, we are excited to announce the direction that this collaboration will take. Working closely with the Centre and with Exeter’s Northcott Theatre, the acclaimed […]

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15 April 2020

Participants needed for Beacon Healthy Relationships Research Project

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Research participants sought: if you have used child-inclusive mediation we would like to speak to you. We are conducting confidential telephone interviews with parents and young people aged 8 and over who have experienced child inclusive mediation. We give a £20 Amazon voucher to parents and a £15 Amazon voucher to the young people we […]

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13 March 2020

Postponement of External Advisory Board Events

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It is with regret that we have decided to cancel the talks and other activities that had been arranged to take place on 18-20 March, as part of WCCEH’s External Advisory Board. Earlier this week, we made the decision to also cancel Professor Judith Green’s public lecture and the conference dinner that was planned. We […]

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4 February 2020

Workshop on Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems in Dakar

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At the end of January I co-organised a workshop with Enda Santé on Partnership for Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems (Àndadoo ngir lekk bu sel, in Wolof) financed by the Exeter GCRF facilitation fund. The workshop brought community health workers and people from Popenguine together with academic researchers in nutrition, pharmacy, public health, history and […]

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13 January 2020

New Appointments at the Centre

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Professor Judith Green, Dr Des Fitzgerald and Dr Martin Moore will be joining the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health in 2020, following a rigorous and robust recruitment campaign in the latter part of last year. The Centre spent much of 2019 involved in preparing a recruitment campaign to attract staff with interdisciplinary […]

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9 December 2019

Resting and Rushing

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Our research associate Dr Ayesha Nathoo was featured on a BBC radio programme, Resting and Rushing, alongside Claudia Hammond, Matthew Smith and Sarah Cook. The full podcast can be downloaded or listened to online here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000bp2c  

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5 December 2019

Sustainable food networks and the Devon Net Zero Task Force

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On Friday 29th November Rebecca Sandover was an expert witness in the Devon Net Zero Taskforce’s hearings to gather evidence towards creating a Devon Carbon Plan. Rebecca focussed on measures to bring more, affordable local food to local markets and local food procurement, drawing on evidence from her recent research, including including her WCCEH-funded project Devon […]

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2 December 2019

Congratulations to colleagues at ECEHH

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We’re delighted to share the news that the European Centre for Environment and Human Health has been designated as a Collaborating Centre on Natural Environments and Health by the World Health Organization. This achievement recognises the Centre’s significant contribution to science and policy-making from a decade of interdisciplinary research. We congratulate our colleagues Lora Fleming […]

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20 November 2019

New study identifies problems with mental health self-referral system

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People with anxiety or depression who go to see the GP are often given a leaflet with numbers for psychological services and advised to give them a call. This system of “self-referral” for common mental health problems has been in place for more than 10 years. In sheer numbers terms, it appears to have been […]

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13 November 2019

DE-STRESS Project shortlisted for Mind Media Award

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Congratulations to Centre members Felicity Thomas and Lorraine Hansford! A series of items about antidepressant use on Radio 4’s PM programme, which featured De-Stress, a collaborative project between the universities of Exeter and Plymouth (funded by Economic and Social Research Council and supported by PenARC), has been shortlisted for an award at the Mind Mental […]

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8 November 2019

Making the most of waiting

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Ray Earwicker, a WCCEH friend, writes … If time is a great healer, is waiting the problem? Florence Nightingale (1859) certainly thought so. She saw it as bad for health – “apprehension, uncertainty, waiting (my italics), fear of surprise…do a patient more harm than any exertion.” It’s tiresome too, as the Kinks noted in 1965 […]

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4 November 2019

WCCEH celebrates Exeter – UNESCO City of Literature

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We’re thrilled to learn that Exeter has been awarded ‘City of Literature’ status by UNESCO – the only new place in the UK to gain this prestigious status. Exeter will join 65 cities around the world as a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Centre members have been closely involved in the development of […]

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18 October 2019

Rats and the Global History of Maritime Fumigation Seminar

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The Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health and the Centre for Maritime Historical Studies warmly invite you to a joint seminar: Dr Christos Lynteris: Rats and the Global History of Maritime Fumigation 5pm Wednesday, October 23 University of Exeter, Amory 106 (Building 29 on the university map) Christos Lynteris (University of St. Andrews) […]

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9 October 2019

Centre seminar: A good death? The cultural contexts of palliative care

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The latest in the series of seminars run in partnership with the WHO Collaborating Centre for Culture and Health considered the question of a ‘good death’ and the cultural contexts of palliative care. End of life care aims to help people live and die with dignity. Cultural norms, beliefs and expectations heavily influence how this […]

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7 October 2019

The Department of Ultimology

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The Department of Ultimology Ultimology is the study of endings, and the essay ranges across multiple disciplines; history of art, communications technologies, linguistics, the climate emergency, the history of disease and personal stories. Centre academics Dora Vargha and Luna Dolezal contributed to this RTE radio essay written by Fiona Hallinan and Kate Strain.  

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16 September 2019

New podcast – Robin Durie

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Explain it to me … Pete Hodges, the Centre’s Comms Assistant, invited researchers around the Centre to talk about their work. In the third of this podcast series, the Centre’s Deputy Director for Research, Robin Durie, discusses engaged research and his pathway to it.

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11 September 2019

Academic wins prestigious book award

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Dr Dóra Vargha celebrated last month as her book Polio Across The Iron Curtain was announced as the winner of the prestigious European Association for the History of Medicine and Health Book Award 2019. The prize is awarded to the best book on the history of medicine from the preceding two years, and is presented at […]

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2 September 2019

New podcast – Alex Smalley

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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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6 August 2019

New Centre podcast series

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Explain it to me … Pete Hodges, the Centre’s Comms Assistant, invited researchers around the Centre to talk about their work. In the first of this podcast series, Fred Cooper talks about his work on the Centre’s Beacon Project ‘Loneliness and Community‘.

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2 July 2019

Mental Health Awareness Weekend

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With the first Exeter Mental Health Awareness Weekend taking place at Exeter Phoenix this year, we thought that the opportunity was ripe to get the word out about what we do. So much research at WCCEH relates to mental health, whether directly or indirectly, that this seemed like a fantastic event to get involved in; […]

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2 July 2019

Librarians vs Loneliness

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Librarians vs Loneliness, a collaborative day conference jointly organised between WCCEH, Egenis, and Libraries Unlimited, took place on Thursday 27th June. Funded by an Engaged Research Exploratory Award, the workshop was loosely structured around four thematic sessions, followed by an expert panel of library staff. The guiding principle was to draw academics and practising librarians […]

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30 April 2019

Research Fellows’ and PhD Students’ Success

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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 […]

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29 April 2019

Another successful External Advisory Board meeting

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The External Advisory Board plays a crucial part in how the Centre functions. Academics and practitioners from the international community were invited to join the board at the start of the grant in 2017. Board members were chosen based on their knowledge and experience, as they link to the Centre’s themes and vision, and therefore […]

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28 April 2019

The Wellcome Centre funding schemes

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After two rounds of our Research Support Funding scheme, we have reflected on the feedback from applicants (both successful and unsuccessful) and mentors and have refreshed the funding routes the Centre offers. Our new schemes were launched in January 2019. We welcome your questions, feedback or thoughts on these ideas. Please send any comments to […]

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In short...

Shame and Medicine

2 October 2020

Community voices, barriers and enablers

24 September 2020

Ending an epidemic and the ‘new normal’

23 September 2020

Making Sense of Ageing & Finding Its Time

22 September 2020

Centre-sponsored conference is held fully online for the first time

21 September 2020

Recruitment for PhD project goes ahead

17 September 2020

‘Time Being’ premieres at Exeter’s Maketank

17 September 2020

Checking Out checks in the first round of interviews

17 September 2020

Broad Spectrum comes to Radio 4

7 September 2020

Mindfulness meets Mother Nature in new BBC series

7 September 2020

Suffering from the ‘Lockdown Blues’? Share your experiences online

1 September 2020

‘Mitigating loneliness in youth’ project sweeps across Europe

28 August 2020

Intercultural competence migrant training approved by WHO now available online

27 August 2020

Working out relationships? Free teaching materials for PSHE lessons

18 August 2020

Exploring Society with COVID-19

22 June 2020

WCCEH announce a creative collaboration on LGBTQ+ loneliness and history with the Northcott Theatre and Natalie McGrath

12 June 2020

Participants needed for Beacon Healthy Relationships Research Project

15 April 2020

Postponement of External Advisory Board Events

13 March 2020

Workshop on Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems in Dakar

4 February 2020

New Appointments at the Centre

13 January 2020

Resting and Rushing

9 December 2019

Sustainable food networks and the Devon Net Zero Task Force

5 December 2019

Congratulations to colleagues at ECEHH

2 December 2019

New study identifies problems with mental health self-referral system

20 November 2019

DE-STRESS Project shortlisted for Mind Media Award

13 November 2019

Making the most of waiting

8 November 2019

WCCEH celebrates Exeter – UNESCO City of Literature

4 November 2019

Rats and the Global History of Maritime Fumigation Seminar

18 October 2019

Centre seminar: A good death? The cultural contexts of palliative care

9 October 2019

The Department of Ultimology

7 October 2019

New podcast – Robin Durie

16 September 2019

Academic wins prestigious book award

11 September 2019

New podcast – Alex Smalley

2 September 2019

New Centre podcast series

6 August 2019

Mental Health Awareness Weekend

2 July 2019

Librarians vs Loneliness

2 July 2019

Research Fellows’ and PhD Students’ Success

30 April 2019

Another successful External Advisory Board meeting

29 April 2019

The Wellcome Centre funding schemes

28 April 2019

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