Have a look at our BSc Nutrition & Exercise Science student blog!

“SCRAN came about as a result of some of those questions and comments I mentioned in my first post. Something that came up a lot were people – mostly, but not exclusively, fellow students – who were bemoaning their lack of cooking skills and confusion about what good nutrition meant.

Recognising how frustrating I used to find my own inability to prepare meals was, and comparing that to how much I now enjoy cooking – and not to mention how much more nutritious and balanced my diet has become as a result, I began seeking out others who may share my concerns and be willing to help out.

I have found many. Most, unsurprisingly, were fellow nutrition students, but not all. Some just love to cook and to help people. Within the university hierarchy too, there has been enthusiasm and support.

The summer break has interrupted us as we scatter to all corners, but over the coming months we will be working to bring together some resources, which we hope will include peer-to-peer cooking classes, demonstrations on campus, subject specific workshops, and of course, the online HQ for students to come for information and guidance.”

If anybody would like to get involved pleas get in touch:



The Lancashire Science Festival #lancscifest #uclanhealth #skillzone

The College of Health and Wellbeing again showcased the #skillzone as part of the Lancashire Science Festival on Thursday the 30th of June and Friday the 1st of July 2016 where schools attended and then for the public on Saturday the 2nd of July.

It has been the largest UCLan event with approximately 13,000 people attending over the three days this year, with over 8000 on Saturday alone! The Festival as a whole won the Heist award for best community engagement project last year. The College of Health and Wellbeing have been involved for the last four years, increasing its input each year. This year we again organised and ran the #skillzone in Greenbank building which received fantastic feedback. We ran a variety of workshops and drop in sessions including ‘operation!’, ‘become a paramedic’, ‘how healthy are you?’ and ‘become mummified’. ‘Fun with serotonin’ and the ‘dress up station’ were in the sports hall for the show floor. The research team and Comensus also had stalls. Local Ambulance, Fire and Police services organised a crash scene again, which everyone loved.

Over 100 staff and students were involved in the colleges input and did an amazing job of showcasing what the college can do. One video on our Facebook sitereached 8000 people and had nearly 2000 views! On twitter we had 1400 profile views and over 30000 impressions in just TWO days! One tweet alone made nearly 3000 impression.



CTU HeRMI seminar

The Health and wellbeing Research Methodology and Implementation (HeRMI) hub draws together personnel into groups with expertise in 8 key methodological areas (e.g. qualitative approaches, biostatistics and clinical trials, evidence synthesis). Each group aims to improve the College of Health and Wellbeing’s capacity and capability for research.  The groups have discussed and produced strategies and plans to take account of types and levels of expertise, identify training needs and internal and external opportunities for development, and groups work together to host a monthly seminar series reflecting each methodological area.

This month, the Lancashire Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) hosted a successful HeRMI seminar on 12th July 2016 titled Trial Site selection: Engaging clinical staff in complex interventions. The seminar was hosted by Denise Forshaw, Principal Clinical Trials Manager of the Lancashire CTU. Thirty six people were in attendance, of whom twenty were external NHS staff based around the UK. The seminar opened with an introductory presentation by Denise Forshaw, who explained the Lancashire CTU’s involvement in the Acute Stroke Nursing study HeadPoST and how clinical sites are selected by Lancashire CTU Trial Management Team not only for this study, but for research studies in general. This introduction was then followed by short presentations from a number of representatives (including doctors and research nurses) from clinical sites around the UK. These staff discussed the highlights and difficulties they had faced running not only this particular research study, but how their experiences could shape future research studies in their sites.

Hayley Tyrer