Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series (KESS)

Protecting dignity, fighting poverty and promoting social inclusion in devolved social security

Dr Mark Simpson (Ulster) The protection of human dignity and poverty reduction are core functions of social security. Changes to working age benefits since 2010 have reduced claimants’ incomes, putting more people at risk of poverty and arguably reducing the ability of the system to support a dignified standard of living. Human rights law has … Read moreProtecting dignity, fighting poverty and promoting social inclusion in devolved social security

Government Policy & the Business of Sport in Northern Ireland

Dr Damian Gallagher (Ulster), Dr Ann Pegoraro (Laurentian University, Canada), Prof Audrey Gilmore (Ulster) and Mr Ryan Bell (Ulster) The principal aim of this presentation is to highlight a current gap in the government policy of Northern Ireland in relation to the business of sport.  It seeks to stimulate debate and aid understanding of how … Read moreGovernment Policy & the Business of Sport in Northern Ireland

Criminalising Revenge Porn in Northern Ireland: Laws and Lessons from England and Wales and other Common Law Jurisdictions

Dr Taiwo Oriola (Ulster) Revenge pornography encapsulates the act of online distribution or publication of sexually explicit private images or films of an ex-girlfriend, boyfriend, or partner, without their consent; with a view to humiliating or causing distress for a perceived wrong or slight. Whilst revenge pornography predates the Internet, the ubiquitous Internet, the social … Read moreCriminalising Revenge Porn in Northern Ireland: Laws and Lessons from England and Wales and other Common Law Jurisdictions

Police Stop & Search Powers: Understanding Nature & Extent of Adversarial Contact Between PSNI and the Public

Dr John Topping (QUB) Governed primarily under the Police and Criminal Evidence (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 (PACE), the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s (PSNI) use of stop and search powers have remained as a consistent – and growing – power over the past decade.  Analysis of most recent data shows the powers are used 68% … Read morePolice Stop & Search Powers: Understanding Nature & Extent of Adversarial Contact Between PSNI and the Public

Litigants in person in the civil and family courts in Northern Ireland

Prof Gráinne McKeever, Dr Lucy Royal-Dawson, Dr John McCord and Dr Eleanor Kirk (Ulster) This presentation presents findings based on qualitative and quantitative research with personal litigants conducted from September 2016 to September 2017, in civil and family law proceedings in Northern Ireland.  Research provides an evidence-based analysis of the reasons why people self-represent and the characteristics … Read moreLitigants in person in the civil and family courts in Northern Ireland

Interactive Technologies to Enhance Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Prof Stephen McClean (Ulster) While funding for higher education has been reduced there remains an impetus on universities to provide a high quality and engaging student experience. With increasing class sizes and diversity of learner, research reveals digital technology can be used effectively to enhance digital skills and promote active and collaborative learning opportunities. This … Read moreInteractive Technologies to Enhance Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Using GPS tracking devices to explore the geographies of young people

Dr Sally Cook, Dr Paul McKenzie and Dr Stephen Roulston (Ulster) This presentation highlights the communal divisions in one town in Northern Ireland, Coleraine, through the use of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) tracking. GPS can generate evidence to help us understand young people’s movements and geographies, particularly in a post-conflict context where notions of place, … Read moreUsing GPS tracking devices to explore the geographies of young people

Better Reading for Better Outcomes- Working Collaboratively to Narrow the Attainment Gap

Dr Claire McDowell (Ulster), Prof Julian Leslie (Ulster) and Dr Catherine Storey (QUB) Despite a nationwide understanding that reading well is essential to tackling the effects of poverty, Northern Ireland still has one of the highest percentages of children failing to reach the lowest literacy benchmark. Past research has shown that if children do not … Read moreBetter Reading for Better Outcomes- Working Collaboratively to Narrow the Attainment Gap

Role of Virtual Reality in Geography and Science Fieldwork Education

Prof Shailey Minocha (OU), Dr Steve Tilling (UCL Institute of Education) and Dr Ana-Despina Tudor (OU) Fieldwork has a long tradition in geography, and in certain sciences, notably geology, biology and environmental sciences. Fieldwork involves leaving the classroom and engaging in learning and teaching through first-hand experience of phenomena in outdoor settings. Exploration in natural … Read moreRole of Virtual Reality in Geography and Science Fieldwork Education

Voice, Agency and Blame: Victimhood and Dealing with the Past in Northern Ireland

Dr Cheryl Lawther, Prof Kieran McEvoy and Dr Lauren Dempster (QUB) This presentation presents the preliminary findings of an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project entitled ‘Voice, Agency and Blame: Victimhood and the Imagined Community in Northern Ireland’. The project is based on qualitative interviews over 2016/17, with over 70 victims and survivors, lawyers, … Read moreVoice, Agency and Blame: Victimhood and Dealing with the Past in Northern Ireland