Science and technology

Science and technology

Science and technology

Introduction

Our Covid-19 Action Fund provided grants for Churchill Fellows to run projects combating the effects of Covid-19 in all areas of society. Hundreds of pandemic projects nationwide are being run or assisted by Churchill Fellows, using the international expertise they gained during their Fellowships overseas. Here are the Action Fund recipients working on issues relating to science and technology.

January 2022 awards

Angela Eddy: evaluating the success of online charity services

Angela Eddy (CF 2005) from Retford in Nottinghamshire is a retired senior lecturer and a volunteer at the PBC Foundation, a charity that supports people with the auto-immune condition primary biliary cholangitis (PBC). The charity responded quickly to the first UK lockdown in March 2020 and were able to move their in-person services online.

Angela will use her grant to work with the PBC Foundation to evaluate the impact of shifting face-to-face support sessions online during the pandemic. This would include undertaking and analysing interviews with patients, health care professionals and charity facilitators to understand the implications from both a charity and patient perspective. Angela plans to use the findings to identify best practice and areas where current provision could be improved. These findings will inform recommendations to feed into existing ways of working and influence the structure and development of new resources for the existing website and digital app. Angela hopes that recommendations from this project will help other small charities wishing to adopt a similar approach.

Angela’s Fellowship to Australia and Canada in 2005 looked at work-based learning and advancing practice for therapeutic radiographers in cancer services.

December 2020 awards

Anita Shervington: engaging Black communities in science and health topics

Anita Shervington (CF 2015) is a community science and cultural organiser from Birmingham who has spent the last ten years working to open up health and science engagement for broader participation, visibility and leadership. She is the founder of BlastFest Ltd, a pop-up festival and engagement platform that fuses the creative power of science, Black arts and culture as a force for social change.

Anita will use her grant to design a strategic, culturally responsive, science communication model for Black communities. The model will be integrated with BlastFest’s events-based programme, ensuring that information on science and health-based issues, including the current pandemic, is provided clearly and accessibly for the audiences it serves. Anita hopes the project will increase science and media literacy through its creative and culturally responsive delivery and provide an evidence-based knowledge exchange platform that the public can understand and feel they can trust.

Anita's Fellowship to North and South America in 2015 explored community-led approaches to building ‘science capital’ through arts, culture and philanthropy.

January 2022 awards

Angela Eddy: evaluating the success of online charity services

Angela Eddy (CF 2005) from Retford in Nottinghamshire is a retired senior lecturer and a volunteer at the PBC Foundation, a charity that supports people with the auto-immune condition primary biliary cholangitis (PBC). The charity responded quickly to the first UK lockdown in March 2020 and were able to move their in-person services online.

Angela will use her grant to work with the PBC Foundation to evaluate the impact of shifting face-to-face support sessions online during the pandemic. This would include undertaking and analysing interviews with patients, health care professionals and charity facilitators to understand the implications from both a charity and patient perspective. Angela plans to use the findings to identify best practice and areas where current provision could be improved. These findings will inform recommendations to feed into existing ways of working and influence the structure and development of new resources for the existing website and digital app. Angela hopes that recommendations from this project will help other small charities wishing to adopt a similar approach.

Angela’s Fellowship to Australia and Canada in 2005 looked at work-based learning and advancing practice for therapeutic radiographers in cancer services.

December 2020 awards

Anita Shervington: engaging Black communities in science and health topics

Anita Shervington (CF 2015) is a community science and cultural organiser from Birmingham who has spent the last ten years working to open up health and science engagement for broader participation, visibility and leadership. She is the founder of BlastFest Ltd, a pop-up festival and engagement platform that fuses the creative power of science, Black arts and culture as a force for social change.

Anita will use her grant to design a strategic, culturally responsive, science communication model for Black communities. The model will be integrated with BlastFest’s events-based programme, ensuring that information on science and health-based issues, including the current pandemic, is provided clearly and accessibly for the audiences it serves. Anita hopes the project will increase science and media literacy through its creative and culturally responsive delivery and provide an evidence-based knowledge exchange platform that the public can understand and feel they can trust.

Anita's Fellowship to North and South America in 2015 explored community-led approaches to building ‘science capital’ through arts, culture and philanthropy.