Marx in the Key Hope

Room 3.9, Chancellor’s Building

A workshop hosted by the ESRC South West Doctoral Training Centre & the University of Bath

This workshop brings together academics, theorists and people involved in social and environmental projects, organisations and activism to read Marx and Marxists’ work in the context of current controversies, challenges and alternatives. Through a mutual co-production of knowledge informed by academic research, open discussion, local practitioner expertise and public experience, the work of Marx and Marxists will be read in new ways and shared in new forms with new audiences, in order to be put to new uses.

All welcome. Please register using Eventbrite.

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Troubling participation and inclusion in HE: Intersections, tensions and ways forward

Committee Rooms, Glamorgan Building, Cardiff University, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff CF10 3WT

Part of the Reconceptualising Participation and Inclusion in Higher Education Network

As our discussions thus far have shown, participation and inclusion in HE are concepts that can be usefully ‘troubled’ for a better understanding. At the same time, the process of asking such questions also leads to characterisations of current HE practices that are ‘troubling’, at least sociologically and pedagogically speaking. In this third workshop we will revisit issues of intersection and interaction across different forms of disadvantage, but also look at tensions between data and discourse across the UK. We will also attempt to put together today’s discussions with those in Workshops 1 and 2 to work out what kind of research questions and research process are not only intrinsically worthwhile but could most usefully harness the enthusiasm, expertise and opportunity across the emerging network and within GW4, with a view to potential project bids.

To book a place, please email: stating ‘GW4 workshop 3’, your institution and any specific dietary requirements. There are 60 places in total and we are hoping to be able to welcome 15 colleagues from each of the GW4 institutions. Travel costs will be reimbursed.

Cameras in the Courtroom: Screening the Criminal Trial


The GW4 Media and Criminal Justice Studies Network is holding a one-day Symposium to explore the introduction of cameras into UK courtrooms. The Network comprises academics from across the social sciences, arts, and humanities, and is currently interested in the production, distribution, and public reception of as-live courtroom footage.

The Symposium will consider issues arising from the current filming of appeals and prospective future coverage of criminal trials through audiovisual media. The programme includes keynotes, position papers, the screening of courtroom footage from different countries, and full-group discussion about, amongst other things:

  • The potential risks and benefits of filming criminal appeals and trials
  • The relation between trial footage and the ‘courtroom drama’ in film and TV
  • Different approaches to courtroom filming as revealed by international comparison
  • Factors in the public reception of courtroom footage as filtered through news media
  • The degree to which ‘as-live’ trial and appeal footage might ‘extend the public gallery’
  • The courtroom as dramatic arena vs the courtroom as backdrop for legal process
  • The meaning and operation of ‘transparent justice’

Places are free but must be pre-booked and and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please email to book a place.

There is a fund available to cover travel costs for postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers based in the UK — please email us for an application form if you wish to access this fund.

Understanding Religion and Law: Second Workshop

Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies
2-5pm workshop (1pm lunch)

Join the Understanding Religion and Law community for their second workshop.

Following the workshop, tea will be served followed by Professor van den Broeke’s lecture “Money Mammon and Ministry: State financing of Religious Communities in Europe?”

All are welcome to attend. For catering purposes, we would appreciate contact in advance. Please email: Robert Gleave (


1pm Lunch available in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies

2pm Welcome and Opening Remarks: Robert Gleave

2.15pm Julian Rivers (Bristol): “Religious Law and Secular Courts: the non-justiciability fallacy”

2.55pm Sumayra Yakar (Exeter): “Culture and Jurisprudence in Islamic Law: Fatwas on women driving in Saudi Arabia”

3.15pm Tea/Coffee

3.35pm Jonathan Doney (Exeter): “Compulsory Religious Education in England: Legalised Indoctrination?”

3.55pm Enise Yakar (Exeter): “Islamic law in a Secular State: Turkey’s Diyanat statements on women’s leadership”

4.15pm Steven Greer (Bristol): “Counterterrorism and Muslims in Britain: What’s the problem? What’s the solution?”

4.45pm Closing Remarks: Julian Rivers

Exploring the intersections of dimensions of disadvantage

Reed Hall (Upper Lounge), Streatham Campus, University of Exeter

WP policy and practice is dominated by area-based proxy measures of low participation and by operationalizations of social class that are problematic as indicators of disadvantage. Other dimensions of disadvantage such as gender, age, ethnicity and disability are acknowledged in statistics but under-examined for impact.

WP practitioners are increasingly aware of the need to address less well used indicators of disadvantage such as ‘care leaver’. However, there has been little investigation into the ways that different forms of disadvantage intersect and interact.

In this workshop we will explore the intersections of dimensions of disadvantage, paying particular attention to areas where the network has expertise such as mature students; ethnicity; care leavers, disability and gender.

View the programme.

Read more about this research community.

To book a place, please email: There are 60 places in total and we are hoping to be able to welcome 15 colleagues from each of the GW4 institutions. Travel costs will be reimbursed.


Exploring the intersections of inclusion and participation

Reconceptualising Participation and Inclusion in Higher Education Network

Workshop One: Exploring the intersections of inclusion and participation

Hosted by: Sue Timmis

10.00- 16.00

University of Bristol Graduate School of Education, Room 4.10

Introduction: Integrating widening participation and inclusion research and practice

Policy makers increasingly note the short comings of WP in focusing on access to university and ignoring the quality, nature, depth and comparative success of participation experienced by disadvantaged students. In contrast, the inclusion field focuses on improving the learning experiences of students once they have accessed education. Inclusion debates and practices however also tend to be narrow in that they focus on schools or disabled university students. Nevertheless they offer useful insights into particular aspects of learning experiences e.g. the role of technology in mediating participation. In this workshop one we will explore the intersections of inclusion and participation paying particular attention to pedagogy; institutional contexts and culture and powerful mediators of participation such as assessment and technology.

View the Programme.

To book a place, please email:
There are 60 places in total and we are hoping to be able to welcome 15 colleagues from each of the GW4 institutions. Travel costs will be reimbursed.

For those who are successful in booking a place at this workshop, we will send a short form asking them to share some details about themselves and how their research and/or practice relates to widening participation and/or inclusion. This information will be used as part of the small-group discussions.

Further workshops are planned for:

Workshop 2, December 2nd  2015, University of Exeter, will explore the intersections of dimensions of disadvantage, paying particular attention to areas where the network has expertise such as mature students; ethnicity; care leavers, disability and gender.

Workshop 3, January 11th 2016, Cardiff University will focus on mapping out future steps for the network. In part 1 therefore, there will be presentations on new methodological approaches, particularly inclusive and participatory research models. In part 2, a smaller core group will work collaboratively to develop a bidding ‘plan of action’.

For further information about the network you can contact Jane Seale:

Understanding Religion and Law workshop and lecture

Join us for a workshop and public lecture on ‘Understanding Religion and Law’.

1pm Lunch

2pm-5pm Workshop (1 West North 3.20, University of Bath)

5:30pm Public lecture by Professor Malcolm Evans ”Turning the Freedom of religion or belief inside out  and outside in” (8 West 1.1, University of Bath)



GW4 BEDMASH Network launch

Behavioural & Decision Making Sciences in Healthcare GW4 Network

Network aims:

Health and social care systems across the world are faced with increasing demand and complexity in heath needs within constrained budgets. Designing and delivering prudent healthcare services and public health policy, to ensure resources are used to maximum effect, is a challenging yet vital task.

In the context of strategic and operational decision-making, systems modelling and simulation has been shown to play a key role. To date, however, modelling approaches often fail to do justice to the behavioural aspects of social systems central to public health and health service interventions. This entails understanding complex interactions and emergent properties rather than just linear cause/effect relationships. For example: peer influence and social networks impact on public health policy; staff and patient behaviours and their complex dynamics impact on health service policy and effective delivery.

Interactions and relations within a socially complex system thus determine many of the important outcomes. New methods are therefore required to understand these dynamics in order to better inform the design of more effective interventions and optimal health service configurations, as well as explore the cost-effectiveness of psychological versus physiological interventions.

This multidisciplinary network will address these research challenges by bringing together expertise including those from Operational Research, Decision Sciences, Mathematics, Psychology, Sociology, Implementation Science, Organisational Studies and Public Health.

Reserve your place
The event is free and we have some funding to help cover travel costs.

15:30 – 16:00 Registration and refreshments
16.00 – 17:45 Lightning talks and group discussions
17:45 – 18:30 Networking opportunity with drinks and canapés

End of life decisions: brain injury, dementia, frailty

09.30 – 17.00 followed by a drinks reception

A 1-day conference led by members of the GW4 Dying Well Research Network

A great deal of discussion about what makes for a ‘good death’ often assumes that people can make their own choices. But many of us will face the end of our lives with severely reduced agency, and some of us will legally ‘lack mental capacity’ to make our own decisions.

This conference reflects on the challenges and the issues ‘reduced agency ‘raises for end of life planning and support. It will focus on people with dementia, people who lose capacity through catastrophic brain injuries, and those whose reduced agency is associated with multiple co-morbidities and frailty in extreme old age.

Four panel sessions will offer evidence, opinion and reflection on the following topics:

  • How decisions happen
  • Deciding in advance
  • Nutrition and hydration
  • Addressing pain and symptoms at end of life

Each panel will involve three speakers giving short presentations, followed by discussion workshops; an opportunity for delegates to contribute and feedback at the end of each session.

We are excited to welcome Prof Julia Verne, Clinical Lead, National End of Life Care Intelligence Network, Public Health England, and Prof Mark Drakeford, Minister for Health and Social Services, Welsh Government, who will both address the conference.

The conference is free to all. All delegates are asked to register.

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GW4 Science and Engineering Showcase

10:30am (10:30am-11 am Registration) to 3pm

Register today

The GW4 Alliance combines the intellectual capacity and physical resources of the four leading research-intensive universities in the South West of England and Wales: Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, and Exeter.

We are one of the most successful regional alliances in securing Research Council funded doctoral studentships. Our programmes provide cutting-edge doctoral study within a dynamic research culture that encourages innovative and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Attend our open event to find out more about the opportunities available within our four research-intensive universities.

  • Over 300 fully funded doctoral studentships available
  • Over 20 centres for doctoral training exhibiting their researcher programmes
  • Sector-leading researcher development training

The benefits from undertaking a doctoral programme through a CDT/DTP include:

  • Competitive stipends
  • Wide exposure to diverse research themes aimed at developing today’s evolving issues and future challenges
  • Integral involvement of leading industry, business, government and charity partners in both training and research
  • Studying in a supportive and exciting environment as part of a cohort with diverse areas of expertise

Why GW4?

  • Academic Excellence: GW4 hosts 23 UK Research Council postgraduate research partnerships and is involved in a further eight hosted by other universities.
  • Research Capacity: GW4 universities employ over 8,000 academic staff members, who in turn support over 22,000 postgraduate taught and research students
  • Researcher Development: GW4 postgraduate students benefit from access to training opportunities and resources from across the four institutions.

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