Post-graduate student Sandie Brown speaking at the conference about her research.

Post-graduate student Sandie Brown speaking at the conference about her research.

On Monday the 8th of July 2013 the Business School held an successful post-graduate research day highlighting the work of students on the  MA VTS Leadership Development.

Well attended by both academics and students, the conference keynote Co-production of research: for good or ill? was given by Professor Carolyn Kagan from  Manchester metropolitan University’s Research Institute for Health and Social change (RIHSC) who discussed co-production of research and the challenges and opportunities that this presents for researchers and third sector organisations and others who participate in such work.

Prof. John Diamond, Co-organizer of the day noted that:

The conference was the opportunity for the students (all of whom work in the Voluntary and Community Sector across the North West) to discuss their work with their peer group but also with colleagues from other universities. They were genuinely impressed with what they heard . It was a real demonstration of the quality of their work and their commitment to the Programme. We hope that many of the group will want to continue to work with us – because linking ideas to practice and thinking about how practice and policy can be changed is a core part of what we are about in the Business School. We would like to thank One Lancashire and the University for their support to the students on the Programme.

Papers were given on a range of subjects including:

* The methodological challenges of researching ethic minority communities;

* The role of tenants and residents’ association in urban economic regeneration;

* findings of an investigation into a recovery community;

* The experiences of BME VSOs in the Greater Manchester area and how reflection on activities changes their practices;

* How change to policy and third sector practice impact on the most vulnerable in our society.

A full list of abstracts can be read here.