SPRC 25th Anniversary – 4 March 2015

On Wednesday 4 March (from 2.00pm) the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at Middlesex University will host a symposium celebrating our work, new publications and contributions to researching migration, social diversity and inequalities.

The event will also include the inaugural lecture of Professor Louise Ryan (from 5.00-6.00pm) and finish with drinks and refreshments.

The full programme of the event and the speakers will be available in January 2015, so for now please save the date in your 2015 diaries and we look forward to seeing you on 4 March 2015. More SPRC news on: www.sprc.info and www.facebook.com/SprcMdx

NHS ‘Whistleblowing’ reports now available online

The report of the ‘Freedom to Speak Up Review’ on whistleblowing in the NHS has just been published. The review included research projects commissioned to Middlesex University and led by David Lewis and Alessio D’Angelo, working with colleagues Lisa Clarke, Dora Papadopoulou and Patricia Jarrett.

For further information on the Freedom to Speak Up review and the Report by Sir Rober Francis visit: https://freedomtospeakup.org.uk/

The research project reports which have informed the review are available to download here: https://freedomtospeakup.org.uk/our-research/

Further information about the work with undertook at Middlesex university are available here: http://www.mdx.ac.uk/news/2015/02/sir-robert-francis-makes-freedom-to-speak-up-recommendations

Call for Papers – Mixed Methods Approaches to Social Network Analysis

A seminar organised by the Social Network Analysis Study Group (SNAG) of the British Sociological Association (BSA) with University of Greenwich and Middlesex University

12 May 2014, Middlesex University

Convenors: Alessio D’Angelo, Middlesex University Louise Ryan, Middlesex University Paola Tubaro, University of Greenwich

Key Note Speaker : Prof Nick Crossley, University of Manchester

Continue reading “Call for Papers – Mixed Methods Approaches to Social Network Analysis”

Social Network Analysis Study Group (SNAG)

I am now working with Paola Tubaro as convenor of the British Sociological Association’s Social Network Analysis study group – SNAG for short!

We are currently organising two events:

  • 08/01/2014: Training – Using Mixed Methods in Social Network Analysis
    A one-day training event organised by SNAG with University of Greenwich and Middlesex University. Venue: Greenwich University.
    To download the leaflet with further details and booking information click here.
  • 12/05/2014: Seminar – Mixed Methods Approaches to Social Network Analysis
    Key note speaker: Prof Nick Crossley, University of Manchester. Venue: Middlesex University. Call for papers coming soon. Watch this space!

For more information about SNAG click here.

Welfare needs of BME communities – programme now available

Thursday 18 July 2013, 10am – 4pm (tbc)
Middlesex University, Hendon Campus

Full programme on SPRC website. Deadline for registration: July 8th.

The current economic crisis and the ongoing welfare restructuring are having a disproportionate impact on Black and Minority Ethnic communities throughout the UK. As far-reaching government changes to benefits, housing, healthcare, advice provision and other services affect an already deeply unequal population, local community organisations need to work and advocate even more effectively for their clients and members. At the same time, recent funding and policy trends – from the shift to service commissioning to the ‘social cohesion’ agenda – have raised new challenges for the sustainability of BME sector as a whole.

This event aims to bring together practitioners, community activists, local policy makers and academics in an opportunity to engage with these issues through case studies, examples of good practices and ‘knowledge exchange’. Key themes to be explored include: Continue reading “Welfare needs of BME communities – programme now available”

Social Firms InfoMine launched this month!

Social Firms InfoMine is an innovative online diagnostic toolkit designed to find information and resources on the social firm sector and on how to develop a social firm. Social firms are enterprises whose specific purpose is to create quality jobs for people disadvantage in the labour market.
The toolkit includes an online questionnaire which guides the user through a set of questions, then produces a bespoke report with tailor-made information and links to relevant resources. Registered users can also search the entire resource database.

InfoMine was developed as part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project between Social Firms UK and Middlesex University’s Social Policy Research Centre, which I have been coordinating as ‘Knowledge Base Supervisor’.

SPRC New Website

We have just launched our new website for the SPRC (Social Policy Research Centre) at Middlesex University! The address is: www.sprc.info. Do visit for latest news about our research projects, events and other initiatives and for an archive of previous projects and publications. … and let me know what you think!

Internship opportunity at Runnymede Trust

Runnymede Trust is looking to recruit an enthusiastic intern to assist with an new project looking into the impact of the government’s Open Data agenda on BME organisations, communities and individuals. Main tasks will involve researching and writing a discussion paper on Open Data and its impact on BME communities and organising a seminar on the issue.

The project is being run in partnership with the Social Policy Research Centre at Middlesex University.

Please click here for full details. The deadline for applications is Sunday 12 August.