32 Works

Progress of children through reception and year 1 during COVID-19 school disruption

Hannah Nash, Paula Clarke, Catherine N. Davies, Peter Hart, Matt Homer & Mathieson Rachel
Final Report 2 presents ICKLE project findings on the progress of children, during the Spring 2020 and Winter 2021 periods of school disruption, in Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum areas and Reading.

Educating children through reception and year 1 during COVID-19 school disruption

Hannah Nash, Paula Clarke, Catherine N. Davies, Peter Hart, Matt Homer & Rachel Mathieson
Final Report 1 presents the ICKLE project's findings on Leeds schools' remote education provision, and caregiver experiences of facilitating home learning, during the Spring 2020 and Winter 2021 periods of school disruption.

Protecting wellbeing and resilience in BAME families and communities during a public health emergency

Iyiola Solanke, florence ayisi, Claudia Bernard, Gargi Bhattacharyya, Anna Gupta, Raminder Kaur, Monica Lakhanpaul, Sabu Padmadas, Shirin Rai & Maria Stokes
Ignoring race, gender and class when tackling a pandemic can undermine not only wellbeing across Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic families and communities (BAME FC) but also their levels of trust in government. A framework to protect wellbeing and resilience in BAME FC during public health emergencies was developed by Co-POWeR to ensure that laws and guidance adopted are culturally competent.

Cultural heritage in the context of disasters and climate change: Insights from the DCMS-AHRC Cultural Heritage and Climate Change Cohort

Francesca Giliberto & Rowan Jackson

Evaluating Facilitators and Barriers to Accessing Staff and Volunteer Support Services in the West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership

Judith Johnson, Lucy Pointon, E Kaur, K Vogt, A Alzahrani & Chris Keyworth

WHAT DO TEENAGE GIRLS LIKE AND DISLIKE ABOUT PARK PLAY SPACES AND MULTI-USE GAMES AREAS? Addendum to the report What makes a park feel safe or unsafe? The views of women, girls and professionals in West Yorkshire

Anna Barker, George Holmes, Rizwana Alam, Lauren Cape-Davenhill, Sally Osei-Appiah & Sibylla Warrington Brown
This report presents the findings of a photo elicitation activity with girls and young women to explore what they ‘like’ and ‘dislike’ about park play spaces and multi-use games areas (MUGAs) with a focus on feelings of safety.

Institutionalising co-production of weather and climate services: Learning from the African SWIFT and ForPAc projects

Emma Visman, Linda Hirons, Martin Todd, Emmah Mwangi, Cheikh DIONE, Masilin Gudoshava, George Otieno, Maureen Ahiataku, David Quaye, Kamoru Abiodun Lawal, Joshua Talib, Jennifer Fletcher, Abdoulahat Diop, Tidiane Diedhiou, Diabel Ndiaye, Eniola Olaniyan, Patricia Nying'uro, Chris Ngetich, Mary Kilavi, Elijah Adesanya Adefisan, Victor Indasi, Shamton Waruru, Andrea Taylor & Steven Woolnough
There is growing recognition of the multiple benefits of co-production for forecast producers, researchers and users in terms of increasing understanding of the skill, decision-relevance, uptake and use of forecasts. This policy brief identifies lessons learnt from two operational research projects, African SWIFT and ForPAc, on pathways for embedding co-production into operational weather and climate services as the new standard operational procedure.

28 Months Later: Pandemic Crime in England and Wales to July 2022

Seyidoglu Hulya, Dixon Anthon , Jose Pina-Sánchez, Nick Malleson & Graham Farrell
By July 2022, violence and sexual offences, and theft from the person, remained statistically significantly lower than expected levels, with burglary, car crime, robbery and shoplifting far below expected levels (but falling within the rapidly expanding 95% confidence intervals). The other six crime categories plus anti social behaviour were at or trending towards expected levels. Recorded crime rates per 10,000 population are in orange, expected rates are dashed, with grey-shaded 95% CIs.

Delivering a just transformation through the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture

Rebecca Sarku & Stephen Whitfield

Conversation with Contemporary Scholar, Dr James Simpson

Helen R. Robinson
PGR Helen Robinson talks to Dr James Simpson about his new academic role in Hong Kong which has opened up interesting research opportunities. James’ areas of expertise comprise, inter alia, language education and migration, adult ESOL, multilingualism, and language education and development. Covering some of these areas in the context of challenges posed by moving countries during the COVID-19 pandemic, this conversation offers insights into work-life dynamics in strangely different circumstances. With an interdisciplinary audience...

Cumbria 2037: Decarbonising Mobility Futures

Monika Buscher, Julie Clark, Rosslyn Colderley, Alistair Kirkbride, Joanne Larty, Shona McCulloch, Emma Moody, Elizabeth Mullis, Ian Philips, William Vaudrey & Kate Willshaw
Transport is something we all use. Even in the digital age, we all need transport to connect with family, enjoy leisure, get to work, and to meet friends. Even if we never left the house we would still use transport indirectly, as we take deliveries from local shops or goods are transported from further afield. While big-picture concepts like climate change and decarbonisation can feel remote or overwhelming, this journal shows how decarbonisation is possible...

Impact of Decolonising Initiatives and Practices in The Faculty of Environment

Arjan Gosal & Laura Loyola-Hernandez
This report aims to understand some of the challenges and resistance towards decolonialising initiatives in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Leeds. We used an online anonymous survey in May/June 2022 to collect responses from all staff (including academic related and professional staff) from the faculty. In total, we received over 100 responses from the four schools within the faculty: School of Earth and Environment, School of Geography, School of Food Science and...

Shared ground heat exchange for the decarbonisation of heat

Catherine Bale, David Barns & Josh Turner
Shared ground heat exchange can deliver low-carbon electrified heat where individual heat pumps or heat networks are not feasible, such as in terraced homes. However, there is a policy gap around these mid-scale heat solutions. We outline the benefits and challenges of shared ground heat exchange, and actions needed by policy, housing, and innovation stakeholders to support further deployment.

New Uses of Screens in Post-Lockdown Britain - Study Report and Findings

Rafe Clayton, Carmen Lau Clayton, Marie Potter, Sultan Al-Azri & Ileyas Mogeh
The ‘New Uses of Screens in Post-Lockdown Britain’ study (NUSPB) set out to discover the current lived experiences of British people and how screen technologies may or may not have become more permanently integrated within their day-to-day lives following the coronavirus lockdowns of 2020-2021.

UK screen use in 2022: a need for guidance

Rafe Clayton & Carmen Clayton
The use of screens has become integral to our work and leisure in the UK. New research looking at UK adults’ use of screens during and after the coronavirus lockdowns has found a steep rise in total screen use. This was linked to perceived negative health impacts, with some groups being more vulnerable. Here we discuss the need for clear national guidance on screen use in the UK.

GCRF African Swift Nowcasting Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)

Alexander Roberts, Douglas Parker, John Marsham, Jennifer Fletcher, Morné Gijben Gijben, Abdoulahat Diop, Joseph Portuphy, Ben Lamptey, Samuel Owusu Ansah, Elijah Adefisan, Temidayo Israel Popoola , David Koros David & Cheikh Dione
This document outlines the suggested procedures for the operational production of nowcast warnings by African National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) developed by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) African SWIFT (Science for Weather Information and Forecasting Techniques) project. Information from geostationary satellites is routinely received by African NMHSs in near-real-time and this operating procedure outlines how this can be used to produce valuable nowcast warnings within the day-to-day operations of African NMHSs.

Values Based Recruitment: What works, for whom, why, and in what circumstances?

Karen Spilsbury, Carl Thompson, Karen Bloor, Veronica Mary Dale, Reena Devi, Catherine Jackson, Dorothy McCaughan, Angela Simpson & Russell Mannion
The National Health Service (NHS) employs over a million people, and the vast majority of these staff provide front-line patient care. Failures in care, particularly in Mid Staffordshire NHS Hospital Trust as detailed in the Francis Report in 2014, raised concerns about the values underpinning working practices in the NHS. One policy response to these concerns was to encourage recruitment of undergraduate health professional students, trainees and employees whose personal values are consistent with the...

Evaluating the impact of the Leeds Story Buses on children’s reading experiences: Data and recommendations

Emma Twine & Catherine N. Davies
Differences in early years development are strongly related to the socioeconomic gap in Leeds. There is a low take-up of early years services among some groups, and the percentage of children attaining a good level of development at the end of their first year at school is lower than the national average (66% vs. 72%, Leeds Observatory [source: DfE 2019]). A powerful way of tackling these challenges is to support children’s language and communication. Several...

What Makes a Park Feel Safe or Unsafe? The views of women, girls and professionals in West Yorkshire

Anna Barker, George Holmes, Rizwana Alam, Lauren Cape-Davenhill, Sally Osei-Appiah & Sibylla Warrington Brown
When women and girls feel unsafe, they are less likely to use, enjoy and benefit from parks, particularly when alone and after dark. Parks and play spaces should be better designed and managed to be well-used, sociable places that offer activities and facilities that are welcoming to women and girls. Changes should support women and girls to feel safe throughout the day and all-year round. Changes to parks must be part of an holistic approach...

Where is your office today? A research-led guide to effective hybrid working

Matthew Davis, Helen Hughes, Simon Rees, CHIA HUEI WU, Emma Gritt, Hannah Collis, Linhao Fang & Afshan Iqbal
This research examines the changes to workplaces and ways of working spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. We aim to understand the implications of the changes: learn lessons, share good practice, and provide guidance for organisations adopting hybrid working or adapting offices to support their future ways of working. In this interactive report, we share insights from a range of stakeholder and employee interviews, industry workshops, cross-industry surveys of UK office workers, employee diary data and...

Supporting carers of people with a progressive neurological condition

Florien Boele, Emma Nicklin, Sarah Bronsdon, Ian Brooke Mawson, Peter Buckle, Sian Cartwright, Claire Hulme, Lisa McInerney, Yvonne Palmer, Robbie Foy, Juliet Jopson, Rory O'Connor, Amy Rebane & Judy Wright
Unpaid carers provide round the clock support to people living with a condition that affects the brain and gets worse over time (progressive neurological condition). Caregiving can be rewarding, but can also affect carer health and wellbeing. Carers consistently report many unmet support needs. We believe that carers, academics, service providers, and policymakers need to work together to improve support for carers and offer five pillars of action.

Evaluation of the West Yorkshire Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub

Kerry Hinsby, Nigel Wainright, Lucie Moores, Jenny Bates, Judith Johnson, Chris Keyworth, Lucy Pointon & Adnan Alzahrani
The West Yorkshire (WY) Staff Wellbeing Hub aims to support NHS, Social Care and Voluntary Sector staff. This evaluation has been conducted as a partnership between the WY Hub and the University of Leeds. It presents data reflecting user uptake and experiences.

Reducing restrictive practices across health, education and criminal justice settings

John Baker, Kathryn Berzins & Sarah Kendal
In many institutions in the UK, when an adult or child is distressed or agitated, staff may use techniques such as physical restraint and/or being locked in a seclusion room to contain the situation. These ‘restrictive practices’ can be physically harmful and cause psychological trauma. We systematically reviewed interventions to reduce the use of restrictive practices in institutional settings and found the most effective interventions combined techniques from a common pool. Health, education and criminal...

UK Families Experiences of Film and TV during COVID and Beyond

Rafe Clayton, Carmen Lau Clayton & M Potter
Due to government restrictions, cinemas were closed in March 2020 and this rapidly accelerated the advancing trend of moving-image consumption taking place online (Gupta & Singharia 2021). Living under lockdown conditions and with the majority of British people [and many worldwide] having no option to watch movies other than within the home, the movie industry was unable to release its films through the normal theatrical channels (Sterritt 2020), leading to a significant pause in global...

Using geothermal mine water energy for food production in Leeds

Paola Sakai, Franca Hoffmann & Benjamin Carver
Using geothermal energy from unused coal mines for food production in vertical farms or glasshouses may increase food resilience in a low carbon way. An action plan to establish a pilot in Leeds was developed with stakeholders. There is an opportunity for Leeds to spearhead this approach for the UK and internationally.

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  • University of Leeds
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  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • University of Warwick
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  • Goldsmiths University of London
  • University of Edinburgh