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See below for examples of some recent collaborations across the public and voluntary sectors.
Our ICT4D (Information and Communications Technologies for Development) Collective works in partnership to undertake research, teaching (undergraduate and postgraduate) and consultancy relating to the appropriate and sustainable use of ICT to support poor and marginalised communities across the world.
Launched in 2004, it was awarded the status of a UNESCO Chair in 2007. It’s now an official multidisciplinary research centre at Royal Holloway.
Dr Mark Exworthy in the School of Management has collaborated with other Royal Holloway academics together with academics from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Birmingham University; Durham University; and the Open University, on a study for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The study looked at the impact of increased local autonomy in the NHS on organisational performance.
It found that freedom from the centre did not always facilitate freedom to innovate or be responsive to local needs because although local practitioners may now be able to exercise autonomy they are not always willing to do so.
It also found that the emphasis on formal performance (e.g. activity or financial metrics) tended to overlook the role played by informal performance (e.g. goodwill and trust). The study has implications for the design and implementation of health system reforms in England.
For the last six years students in the Department of Drama and Theatre have been encouraging elderly people to tell their stories in a project inspired by the work of Age Exchange Theatre Trust. They have helped elderly residents in care homes take part in creative activities and, in doing so, have learnt about the relationship between memory and social well-being. Led by Professor Helen Nicholson, reminiscence theatre has taken place in different residential homes across the south east of England, as well as for elders who live in care near Hiroshima in Japan.
Music often plays a central role in the workshops, particularly with dementia patients who are often able to remember the words of songs they knew as a child long after they have forgotten their childhood memories.
Reminiscence theatre has its roots in health and social care, where reminiscence therapy is used to promote the social and psychological well-being of older citizens.
Our understanding of the Holocaust - its origins, its aftermath and relation to the history of the twentieth century - is still developing 65 years after Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated by soldiers of the Red Army. To mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2010, Royal Holloway’s Holocaust Research Centre joined forces with the Imperial War Museum to organise an evening of debate and discussion.
The event, called ‘Understanding the Holocaust Today’, saw leading Holocaust historians Professors David Cesarani OBE, Peter Longerich, Dan Stone and Zoe Waxman discuss topics such as the changes in Russia and Eastern Europe; war crimes; and the question of survivors and memory after the last eye witness dies. The event was chaired by the Deputy Director of the Holocaust Research Centre, Professor Robert Eaglestone.
“The process of remembering is never stationary,” comments Professor Eaglestone. “Recent research by historians has added a great deal to what we know of the Holocaust, and much of this material is not yet widely known”.