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Inaugural Lecture of Professor Catherine Pope: Why Medical Sociology Matters

June 13, 2013
by Alison Simmance via Work Thought Blog

Inaugural Lecture Catherine Pope, Professor of Medical Sociology 21 June 2013 | 17:30 – 20:00 Lecture programme:  5.30pm Tea & coffee; 6.00pm Inaugural Lecture; 7.00pm Drinks reception All welcome! RSVP at: For further details, please contact Tim Lees (   Inaugural Abstract Medical Sociology is one of the most successful branches of Sociology, applying as it does […]

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Recognising the role and contribution of the intermediate level workforce in healthcare

June 13, 2013
by Alison Fuller via Work Thought Blog

In the wake of the scandal about healthcare standards at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust laid out in the Francis Report , the debate about the regulation and registration of the healthcare support workforce has been ratcheted up. The Times journalist Camilla Cavendish has been asked to undertake an independent review  in to the […]

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Seminar 3: Perspectives of Employers – Digital technologies and school-to-work transition

June 12, 2013
by Alison Simmance via Work Thought Blog

Seminar 3: Perspectives of Employers Digital technologies and school-to-work transition Thursday, 11th July, 4 to 6pm| Building 32, Room 2097 We are an interdisciplinary working group at the Work Futures Research Centre at Southampton University. Our aim is to explore the role of digital technology in the formation of learner identities and in school-to-work transitions. […]

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World Environment Day 2013- Messages

June 7, 2013
by Alison Simmance

This year the University of Southampton joined the global community in celebration of World Environment Day (5th June 2013).

Guest speaker Chris Tyas from RSPB stimulated thought and debate on the latest developments of the RSPB Wallasea Island Coastal Project.

The project is a landmark conservation and engineering scheme for the 21st century, on a scale never before attempted in the UK and the largest of its type in Europe. The project will receive 4.5million tonnes of material excavated during the Crossrail operations in London to help shape Europe’s largest man-made nature reserve. The aim of this project is to combat the threats from climate change and coastal flooding by recreating the ancient wetland landscape of mudflats and saltmarsh, lagoons and pasture. The landmark project adopts a true multidisciplinary approach in relation to climate adaptation, coastal conservation and engineering.

An art exhibition, provided by local Year 10 school students, on the World Environment Day Theme Think.Eat.Save was also displayed at the event.

Overall Winner: Sandown Bay Academy; Runner Up: Henry Cort Community College; Best Presentation: Bitterne Park School; Peer-Assessment: Oasis Academy Lord’s Hill. All other exhibits: Carisbrooke College; Hamble Community College; King Richard School; Redbridge Community School; St George Catholic School; The Sholing Technology College; Upper Shirley High School; Woodlands Community College.


Presentation slides now available on Slide Share.

The University of Southampton’s multidisciplinary groups- the Sustainability Science at Southampton (SSS) USRG and Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI)- were delighted to have the opportunity to exhibit the creative work from local secondary school students and to welcome Chris and members of the public to join the university in celebrating this important day.


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Music & the Digital Economy- Upcoming Seminars

June 4, 2013
by Alison Simmance




Don’t miss out on the following two upcoming DE Lunch-time seminars relating to music and the web!

Learn about how digital music is driving the web economy at  ‘The Web and the Songlines of the Global Village’ by Ronise Nepomuceno on the 19th June.


 The talk will focus on highlighting locations with a strong dominance of Independent Music and their strategies on the use of the web for the production and distribution of music. We will also discuss the effect this has on other creative areas and the way the relationship of the public with music is changing. Read more on the DE website.



Discover what the new ‘digital liveness’ exercise is at ‘Walk inside a piece of music via the 3D Binaural Audio Rendering Engine’ by Ben Mawson on the 22nd July.


The talk will outline some of the technical challenges in building 3DBARE and the musical compositions using space as an expressive layer which Ben has developed over the past two years, during his PhD research. These include the ongoing ‘Audio Portrait of a City’, spread across Southampton’s green spaces and the early stage project ‘Listening for Infection’ (a proposed collaboration between Music and the Faculty of Medicine), exploring biomedicine through sonic gamification. Read more on the DE website.


All DE Lunch-time seminars are free to attend and lunch is provided. All are welcome.

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