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Newcomers presents...

Newcomers presents...

Our first ever Newcomers webinar series “Newcomers presents…” is coming! Via two virtual sessions, we’ll be offering the opportunity for postgraduates early career researchers from the University of Essex to present their current research, and will be opening the sessions for anyone to attend to learn more about the great research going on at Essex.

Book your place to attend here and view the programme below!


Related LibGuide: Newcomers by Hannah Crago

Tuesday 9 June 2020
14:00 - 15:00
Time Zone:
UK, Ireland, Lisbon Time (change)

What is the programme?

The call for submissions has now closed, and we have a great range of speakers lined up!

In this webinar, Newcomers Presents...

Personal budgets' impact on carers

Exploring social inclusion and participation: assessing the impact of the Care Act (2014) on the social experience of being a carer - Kathryn Chard

The Care Act (2014) is a piece of adult social care law which gives people with caring responsibilities, referred to as carers; an entitlement to public funds in the form of direct payments to promote their wellbeing.
Direct payments are promoted as way to facilitate their involvement in society, such as access to employment, education and leisure.
Applying a mixed methodology design this paper will present key findings from the quantitative and qualitative elements of my study in order to assess the extent to which the new provisions for carers under the Care Act (2014) can achieve their aim.

Kathryn Chard is a third year PhD student in the School of Health and Social Care. Kathryn's research is assessing a piece of Adult Social Care law called the Care Act (2014). In particular, Kathryn is examining the extent to which the Care Act can promote the wellbeing of carers through the use of personal budgets. Wellbeing is defined by the Act in relation to a series of social indicators, encompassing economic and social inclusion such as access to employment, education and leisure.  

Kathryn's background is in social work and she has spent a number of years in roles where she has worked on the implementation of the Act in relation to carers rights under the law and experienced first-hand the challenges of implementation against a backdrop of cuts to Local Government. The Care Act claims that personal budgets will improve wellbeing (s1, 2014). 

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Two person neuroscience

Hyperscanning which is measuring the neural synchronisation in brain activity of multiple people simultaneously - Priyasha Khurana

Priyasha Khurana is an undergraduate student studying Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience. Priyasha is currently in their placement year. Priyasha's main area of interest in research is Neural synchrony and measuring the brain activity of two people simultaneously (process known as hyperscanning); when they are engaging in a social interaction such as verbal communication. Priyasha has previously worked on EEG (Electro-encephalography) and eye-tracking psychology experiments as a research assistant in the psychology department, University of Essex. Priyasha also worked as an assistant clinical psychologist in Southend University Hospital, NHS foundation trust. This year, Priyasha has been mainly working with Dr Megan Klabunde on her fNIRS hyperscanning studies. Priyasha is also a Research Assistant at the Social Neuroscience Lab in Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London performing analysis on fNIRS data with Professor Antonia Hamilton.


Bolivian indigenous history

Elite constructions of race and space in pre-revolutionary Bolivia (1920-1950) - Olivia Arigho-Stiles

Olivia Arigho-Stiles is a second year PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex. Her CHASE-AHRC supported project examines the history of ecological thought within highland indigenous movements in twentieth century Bolivia.


Corporate political strategies

The role of Managerial-Regulatory Ties in legitimacy-building - Adebola-Akande Oluwatosin

There is a dearth of research on the antecedents and mechanisms deployed by firms to improve the nature of their regulatory environments, when building legitimacy in institutionally challenging contexts (Grier, Munger, & Roberts, 1994, Hillman, Keim & Schuler, 2004). While legislatures enact policies, the role of the regulatory agencies in operating under legislative oversight to interpret, implement, and enforce statutes, through the design of administrative regulations, cannot be over-emphasised. This presentation integrates social capital and institutional theories to explore the antecedents and mechanisms deployed by firms to improve the nature of their regulatory environments when building legitimacy.

Oluwatosin Akande is a third year PhD student at the Essex Business school. Her research focuses on business-government relations, corporate governance, strategy and international business. She has presented her research papers in conferences such as the 46th Academy of international Business UK and Ireland chapter conference.

She has a strong background in economics, management, strategy and business administration. She holds a BSc in business administration from the University of Exeter and MSc in Business organisation science from Warwick Business school. She is a recipient of the Exeter Leaders Award.

Oluwatosin has rich industry experience, having worked in management consulting, and as a research officer for the UK’s largest independent advice provider, and a nuclear energy power plant. She is currently a graduate teaching assistant in modules such ‘International business strategies’, ‘Business Research Methods’, ‘International business environment’ and ‘Organisational behaviour’.

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What is the format of the webinar?

The webinars will be run by the Newcomers team, and the panelists will present their work for 8 minutes each. There will be 3-4 panelists per session. The total time for each webinar will be 60 minutes; this means there will be lots of time for questions. The webinars will be recorded, and added to our Institutional Repository in an accessible format (with subtitles), so can be watched back at a later date. The webinars are free to attend and open to everyone.


How can I attend?

If you’d like to attend this webinar, book your place to attend here. This booking is for Tuesday 9th June. There is a separate event booking for the session on Thursday 28th May.

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