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Research and Scholarly Activity Day

Research and Scholarly Activity Day/
Research and Community Engagement Conference

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 9.00am-4.30pm

University of Suffolk welcomed speakers from across the region and beyond at a conference showcasing the university’s collaborative projects in research and community engagement, read more about it here.

This one day conference brought together academics, public sector organisations, health and social care providers, the voluntary sector and students to:

  • Share existing innovative research projects taking place in Suffolk
  • Encourage people to think about broader research opportunities
  • Identify key research challenges

Programme for the day

Keynote speakers included:

Laura Higgins

Laura Higgins is the Online Safety Operations Manager at South West Grid for Learning, lead partner of the UK Safer Internet Centre, where she established and manages two specialist Helpline services. The Professionals Online Safety Helpline has established itself as a lifeline for professionals who work with children and young people, experiencing issues with digital technology and online safety. In Feb 2015, SWGfL launched a brand new service specifically to support victims of revenge porn, the only service of its kind in Europe. The Helpline has received thousands of calls in its first year of operation & provides regular guidance to policy makers, Governmental departments, media and law enforcement. Laura has significant experience in public speaking on all matters relating to internet safety, revenge porn and the abuse of women, and was honored to speak at the Commission on the Status of Women event at the United Nations in New York in 2015. She has an unhealthy interest in social media, you can follow her @laurahiggins.

Dr Ruth May

Ruth May was appointed as Executive Director of Nursing at NHS Improvement within the Nursing Directorate in April 2016 following her role as Director of Nursing at Monitor. She currently also holds the post as Deputy Chief Nursing Officer and has previously held the roles of Regional Chief Nurse for NHS England (Midlands and East), Nurse Director for the NHS Midlands and East SHA and Chief Nurse at NHS East of England between July 2009 and June 2015. Ruth has a theatre nursing background and nearly 30 years experience of working in the NHS. During her career she has held several high profile NHS leadership roles including two Chief Executive appointments of acute hospitals, Chief Executive of a Primary Care Group and Director of Nursing of a PCT. Ruth supported the national work in development of Quality Surveillance Groups, which operate as a network of organisations locally and regionally, working together to act as an early warning system for quality. The aim of QSGs is to identify risks to quality at an early a stage by proactively sharing information and intelligence between commissioners, regulators and those with a system oversight role. Ruth was SRO for Action Area 5: ensuring we have the right staff, with the right skills in the right place. Ruth led the development of the NQB How to Guide with support from nurses across England which was a huge step in the cultural shift on safe nurse staffing.

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