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Transforming Broomhill: Community Regeneration Evaluation

Author: Professor Isobel Anderson, Ms Trudi Tokarczyk, Ms Catherine O'Shea
Date: February 2019
Abstract: River Clyde Homes commissioned the University of Stirling to work with regeneration partners to review progress of the Broomhill Regeneration Project. This report presents the findings of an initial assessment of the ambitious project for community regeneration in the Broomhill estate, in Greenock, Inverclyde. 
Tags: Regeneration, Housing, Community Development

The potential for lynx reintroduction to Scotland

Author: Mr Tom Ovenden
Date: May 2019
Abstract: This briefing summarises an innovative modelling approach that provides scientific evidence to inform the complex decisions surrounding the potential reintroduction of Eurasian lynx to Scotland and the conservation management of other species.
Tags: Conservation management, species reintroduction, lynx

Housing through Social Enterprise

Author: Dr Steve Rolfe et al.
Date: May 2019
Abstract: This paper summarises research which demonstrated that tenants’ health and wellbeing is shaped by whether they are able to feel at home in their tenancy, and that this is underpinned by four key foundations.
Tags: Housing, wellbeing, health

Smokers’ response to standardised tobacco packaging

Author: Dr Crawford Moodie
Date: March 2019
Abstract: This briefing summarises research which concludes that users of standardised tobacco packaging are more likely to notice health warnings and consider the risks of smoking.
Tags: Smoking, tobacco, public health

Older people, Social Isolation and Loneliness in Scotland: Insights from the Healthy Ageing in Scotland (HAGIS) study

Author: Dr Elaine Douglas
Date: March 2019
Abstract: Acknowledging the increasing recognition of social isolation and loneliness as major public health issues, the Scottish Government’s policy document A Connected Scotland (2018) sets out a strategic approach to tackling loneliness through building stronger social connections. This briefing paper summarises insights from the HAGIS study into social isolation and loneliness among older people in Scotland.
Tags: Older people, social isolation, loneliness

Scottish Ambulance Service New Clinical Response Model

Author: Professor Jayne Donaldson
Date: February 2019
Abstract: The Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) implemented the New Clinical Response Model (NCRM) for Emergency 999 Calls in November 2016. The briefing paper summarises a University of Stirling led evaluation, suggesting that the  new model accurately identifies patients in greatest need through emergency 999 calls.
Tags: Health

Specialist palliative care in care homes

Author: Dr Liz Forbat
Date: December 2018
Abstract: Palliative Care Needs Rounds are triage meetings that have been introduced in residential care for older adults to help identify and prioritise care for those most at risk of unplanned dying, with inadequately controlled symptoms. The briefing paper sets out implications of a recent studies for the Australian government’s National Palliative Care Strategy.
Tags: Social Care; Health

Specialist palliative care in care homes (pilot study)

Author: Dr Liz Forbat
Date: October 2018
Abstract: Palliative Care Needs Rounds are triage meetings that have been introduced in residential care for older adults to help identify and prioritise care for those most at risk of unplanned dying, with inadequately controlled symptoms. The briefing paper sets out implications of a pilot study for the Scottish Government’s  Strategic Framework for Action on Palliative and End of Life Care.
Tags: Social Care; Health

Your tenants are gay, get over it!

Author: Dr Peter Matthews
Date: December 2017
Abstract: This policy briefing paper focuses on the experiences of customers with a non-normative sexual or gender identity.
Tags: Housing, equalities, LGBT+

Homelessness support for LGBT+ people

Author: Dr Peter Matthews
Date: December 2017
Abstract:  Homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) people is becoming an increasing concern among LGBT+ organisations and homelessness organisations. This briefing explores the issue of homelessness among LGBT+ people.
Tags: Housing, equalities, LGBT+, homelessness

Approaches to specifying curriculum areas of learning

Author: Professor Mark Priestley
Date: May 2017
Abstract: In a working paper prepared for the Welsh Government, Professor Mark Priestley considers the development of a new curriculum for Wales, presenting and critiquing different approaches to how a national curriculum can be framed.
Tags: Education, curriculum

A perspective on learning outcomes in curriculum and assessment

Author: Professor Mark Priestley
Date: May 2016
Abstract: In a briefing paper published by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, Professor Mark Priestley considers the role of learning outcomes in curriculum and assessment, including their potential to facilitate better learning and teaching.
Tags: Education, curriculum, learning, learning outcomes

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