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Winners announced for the 2019 Research Impact & Knowledge Exchange Competition

The winners of the 2019 Research Impact & Knowledge Exchange Competition were announced at the annual SGSSS Collaboration Showcase held at the spectacular V&A Dundee on 15 May.

Congratulations to our 2019 winner Ashli Mullen of the University of Glasgow for her work that helped to establish an immigration advice service for the Roma community in Govanhill. And to our two runners-up Katie Gambier-Ross, University of Edinburgh and Lynne Gilmour, University of Stirling.

View a gallery of the shorlisted posters.

We were delighted to be joined by Professor John Rowan, Vice Principal for Research, Knowledge Exchange and Wider Impact, University of Dundee, who presented prizes and certificates of commendation to the ten shortlisted projects. The full results are below:


From informal to formal exploitation: welfare conditionality economic exploitation, and deportability (or what the state enables capital to do)
Ashli Mullen, University of Glasgow

I used my research findings to co-produce a briefing paper with my host fieldwork organisation (‘immigration enforcement activity and unlawful removals of Romanian Roma in Govanhill’), which we then used to secure emergency funding from the Scottish Government to establish an immigration advice surgery and partnered with a legal firm specialising in human rights law to deliver this. We have since secured further funding to establish a new Roma-led immigration and welfare advice service.

Runners up

Staying Safe ‘Going Out’- the experience of people affected by dementia
Katie Gambier-Ross, University of Edinburgh

I established the International Consortium for Dementia and Wayfinding as a platform to share knowledge about supporting people with dementia to live safe and independent lives in their communities.

Is There Anybody Out There? An exploration of the pathways of care and experience of children after they are referred to CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services) for reasons of suicidality
Lynne Gilmour, University of Stirling

Involving young people in research to create an animation to support the informed consent process with suicidal children; promoted suicide awareness, strengthened resilience, skilled up collaborators and will enable research participation.


Singing for breathing! Geographical perspectives on the lives of people living with breathlessness
Sophie Boyd, University of Glasgow

As part of research on ‘singing geographies’, a singing-for-breathing group has been developed with five GP services in Glasgow, with positive measurable impacts on health, wellbeing and quality of life.

Governed by Algorithms: A Foucaultian study of the governmentalities of Facebook
Thorsten Brønholt, University of the West of Scotland

Through KE, I have joined the Internet Commission, and am part of shaping an accountability and reporting framework for internet platforms, as well as informing UK, EU, and UN decision makers.

Reframing recovery: exploring arts informed adult learning and the perceived recovery journey of women that have experienced childhood sexual abuse and sexual violence
Nic Dickson, University of Glasgow

My research involved vulnerable young women in arts-based adult learning. My study had considerable impact, with survivors of childhood sexual abuse and homelessness reporting empowerment and enablement though their engagement.

Perception and Reality: An Exploration of Domestic Abuse Victims’ Experiences of the Criminal justice Process in Scotland
Emma Forbes, University of Glasgow

Influencing development of policy, practice and services re. domestic abuse: training input; contribution to cross-party working group Parliament; influencing practitioners; collaborative art project with survivors and partnering with policy makers.

Adaptive Expertise in Transplant Surgery: The Effects of Changing Organ Retrieval Practice on Individual and Team Performance
Gala Morozova, University of Edinburgh

This research has informed NHS Blood and Transplant’s policy through application of performance psychology to investigate the demands of proposed changes to organ retrieval practice on individual and team performance.

Safer for All: Scotland’s international development safeguarding support package
Anna Ross, University of Edinburgh

The development of safeguarding policy development tool for organisations to develop robust safeguarding practices. Working collaboratively with the Scottish government and the membership based organisation The Alliance, we co-produced the report and template using participatory methods with the international development community. We provided support and governance guidance to the sector that was missing, and developed trusting relationships between the different stakeholders in process.

Social, emotional and cognitive process in adolescent social media use and sleep
Holly Scott, University of Glasgow

I have established a school research partnership programme which has engaged with thousands of pupils across Scotland, supporting evidence-based approaches to healthy sleep and social media habits in the curriculum and national policy.

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