Author spotlight: how does shift work affect healthcare students?

Author spotlight: how does shift work affect healthcare students?

Healthcare student Geri Gee has recently published an article about her research in our student research journal Fields. We caught up with her for a chat about her work and her experiences getting published.

How would you explain your research to someone new to the subject?

My research was designed to address the needs of healthcare students undergoing an academic degree, in order to practice in their relevant field, such as; nursing/ midwifery. It was evident from a literature review that there was little to no research supporting and identifying the impact of shift work on healthcare students. The literature review highlighted significant implications to shift work, therefore the team I worked with felt it necessary to explore how these implications could affect a healthcare professional so prematurely in their career and how these implications would impact on the future health of individuals and that of the national health service and its retention of healthcare professionals.

As a first time author, how did you find the process of getting published?

Having my work chosen to be published was very exciting. The step by step process required a fair amount of my personal time, in between applying for and commencing new employment. It was an educational process that was supported by the Press, who were very instructive and succinct in their advice. It was a both challenging and rewarding process.

How do you think this experience has helped you develop new skills?

Publishing my article has educated me on the difference between writing an assignment and writing for an academic journal. I feel that the process has encouraged me to consider further study and given me a drive to become involved in clinical research as the impact of the outcomes can be of a significant nature. I believe that my writing skills have improved alongside my skills to review reliability of research, which ensures practice based reading contributes to changing my personal practice, committing to meeting the current needs of the service users.

Read Geri’s article in Volume 3 of Fields

New issue of student research journal Fields

New issue of student research journal Fields

Launched in 2015, Fields is quite unique as a journal in that it gives students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, the chance to publish their work through a rigorous academic peer review process. As well as giving a platform to this excellent research, the process gives the students valuable experience of the publishing process – something which they can draw on if they choose to pursue a career in academia.

Following the great success of Volume 1 and Volume 2, we are pleased to announce that Volume 3 is now available to read on our open access publishing platform.

Read Volume 3 of Fields

Professor Janet Hargreaves has been Editor for the journal for two years, and has enjoyed seeing the journal develop from its first issue:

Having been involved with the development of this journal from its beginnings as an editorial board member, and for the past two years as editor, I feel privileged to have read such an excellent body of student work, and to be presenting the papers for this third volume.

Professor Janet Hargreaves, Editorial

In this new issue we have an impressively diverse range of subjects including literature, pharmacy, social care and engineering to name a few.  It is very rewarding to see such high quality work being produced by students across all of the seven Schools at the University.

Over the coming months we will be publishing blog posts by the authors to give you an insight into their research and their experiences of being published in Fields, so watch this space!

Congratulations to all the students for their hard work throughout the process.

Writing ‘boot’ camp to foster proactive and supportive writing cultures for undergraduates.

With Volume 3 of Fields about to be published, we are enjoying looking back at the development work @tali_hud has been doing with undergraduate researchers

Teaching and Learning Institute

The Teaching and Learning Institute logoThe Teaching and Learning Institute is gathering short case studies of academic practice to enable colleagues to share their approaches to teaching and learning more widely and encourage interdisciplinary and interprofessional learning.

The Teaching and Learning Institute coordinates, evaluates and disseminates inspiring and innovative teaching and learning

In this case study, Cheryl Reynolds, senior lecturer in the School of Education and Professional Development, writes about using writing ‘boot camps’. As part of a two-year, blended learning degree in Education, undergraduates need to develop the confidence and expertise to write convincingly about their own educational research. One way to support this is to foster proactive and supportive writing cultures for undergraduates. A two-day, writing ‘boot camp’ that sought to initiate such a culture was devised.

Why did you decide to try this out?

Many students struggle to meet the challenge of writing academically and were frequently requesting more emphasis on academic…

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Celebrating Academic Book Week 2017

Celebrating Academic Book Week 2017

Happy Academic Book Week 2017!

Following on from the success of Academic Book Week 2016, this international celebration of academic books is back for a second year with a focus on diversity, innovation and influence.

At the University of Huddersfield Press we are really proud of our academic book portfolio, and are particularly excited about our open access publications programme, which is set to continue to expand over the next few years.

Publishing our academic research books both in print and as online open access versions gives us the opportunity to widen our readership and really achieve one of our main objectives: to make high quality research available and accessible to all.

There is a great range of seminars, debates and lectures on throughout this week to celebrate the academic book, and we will be following #AcBookWeek and @AcBookWeek to keep up to date.

I have curated a brief list below of the online events this week but for full details visit the official site:

Monday 23rd

Altmetric for books: tracking engagement and driving discovery

Time: 15:30 – 16:30

Napier University and Blackwell’s Edinburgh: Innovations in Learning and Teaching Giveaway

Time: January 23 – 27

Location: online

CABI: ABW Social Media Competitions and Special Offer

Time: January 23 – 27

January 24

Atwood Tate: Finding a Job in Academic Publishing Q&A

Time: January 24 (Jan 24) (Jan 27)

Liverpool University Press: Using Primary Sources Launch

Time: January 24

January 25

Brill Publishing: Digital Humanities at Brill 

Time: 13:30 – 14:30

January 26

LIVE TWITTER DEBATE: Is there a place for independent publishing in the academic world?

Time: 14:00 – 15:00 GMT

Twitter – use #indyacademics and #acbookweek to join the debate


The Making of a University – book review

The Making of a University – book review

We are pleased to bring you this great review from John Hargreaves.

Dr John A. Hargreaves graduated from the University of Southampton and has taught in secondary, higher and adult education in West Yorkshire. He completed his MA and PhD as a part-time student at Huddersfield where he is currently a Visiting Research Fellow in History. He gave the Annual J.H. Whitley Lecture for the University at Halifax Town Hall in 2015.

John O’Connell, The Making of a University. The Path to Higher Education in Huddersfield, University of Huddersfield Press, 2016 ISBN 978-1-86218-054-3

John O’Connell’s eminently readable and characteristically trenchant survey of the foundations and development of the precursor institutions which became the University of Huddersfield from 1992 is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding how Huddersfield ultimately acquired such a prestigious centre of higher education and how its distinctive ethos and commitment to serving the needs of the local as well as a global community developed during its formative years from the early nineteenth century to the late twentieth century. This development encompassed among other bodies a mechanics’ institution, a female educational institute, a college of technology and a polytechnic, each phase of which is analysed within the context of wider educational change and the more localised factors shaping the development of Huddersfield and the emergence of Kirklees during a period of spectacular expansion rising from an average annual increase in its higher-education student numbers from about four per cent to sixteen per cent in 1991-2.

The author, a former secondary school teacher who became Head of the Department of History and Political Studies at Huddersfield Polytechnic in 1972 and Head of the Department of Humanities and Dean of the Faculty of Arts with the designation of professor from 1984 meticulously researched the book in his retirement from 1989, assisted by former colleagues, particularly Professor Brendan Evans. The late Professor O’Connell contends that whilst in one sense the University of Huddersfield can be termed a post-1992 university, such a description fails to do justice to the historic roots ‘ranking the university alongside civic universities with more easily recognised older traditions’ so vividly evoked in the authoritative text. Moreover, this is enhanced by an abundance of carefully selected, relevant images, many in colour, illustrating landmarks in the remodelling of the accommodation for learning from nineteenth-century gothic to the more angular twentieth-century styles. In addition, there is also a gallery of predominantly bearded and whiskered Victorian educational pioneers such as Frederic Schwann, Edmund Eastwood, G.D. Tomlinson, Frank Curzon and George Jarmain, though not the redoubtable George Searle Phillips, who O’Connell considers even more influential than the prosperous exporter and bibliophile Schwann during this period. They appear together with a host of later national figures including both Margaret Thatcher, who performed the designation ceremony for the Polytechnic on 23 April 1971, Anthony Crosland, who announced the inclusion of Huddersfield amongst his confirmed list of polytechnics on 5 April 1967 and no fewer than three photographs of Harold Wilson, a frequent visitor to the expanding institution over the years, whose association with the University continues through an annual lecture series.

You can order your copy by visiting our online store, and if you are a staff member, student or alumni of the University you can also enjoy an impressive 50% discount.

Beerhouses, Brothels and Bobbies – a new look at 19th Century policing

Beerhouses, Brothels and Bobbies – a new look at 19th Century policing

We have been really excited here at the Press about our latest release: Beerhouses, Brothels and Bobbies by David Taylor. The culmination of David’s detailed research, the book explores issues facing the police in the 19th Century, focusing on Huddersfield and the surrounding district. The stories contained in the new book are real eye openers, and give a tangible taste of life for policemen, criminals and everyday families over 150 years ago.

You can order a paperback copy or read the open access version online today.

Prior to the launch we caught up with the author David Taylor to chat to him about what it was like to research the book and to explore some of his favourite stories from it.

Interview with David Taylor

What inspired you to take an interest in nineteenth-century policing?

My initial interest was in the incidence of crime and, particularly, in Asa Briggs’ contention that crime-ridden Middlesbrough (where I was teaching at the time) was ‘the British Ballarat’. I quickly became fascinated by the extent of inter-personal violence in the town and the overt, and often large-scale, hostility towards the police, especially by members of the Irish community. This raised the intriguing question: who, in their right mind, would want to be a policeman in the Victorian ‘frontier town’ that was Middlesbrough?  The answer, of course, was that few truly wanted to become policemen, at least in the early years of the “new police”, and policing was seen as a stop-gap occupation either to tide men over in times of trade depression or to provide a stepping stone to a more “respectable” occupation, such as a railway porter. However, within a surprisingly short period of time, policing became seen as an acceptable career and not just in Middlesbrough as I demonstrated in my first monograph, Policing the Victorian Town. Although I have written more generally on the development of nineteenth-century policing, I remain convinced that local studies are a most valuable way of exploring the complexities and contradictions of early policing. Hence the latest book looking at Huddersfield and the Huddersfield district that has enabled me to research a region, which in economic and political terms was central to some of the most important developments in the nineteenth century, and yet in terms of policing has been largely overlooked by historians.

Was there anything surprising that cropped up during the research for the book?

Two things – both relating to the Huddersfield district – were surprising. The 1862 Honley anti-police riot and its aftermath was an eye-opener, even more so as no academic historian had mentioned it. However, perhaps the most surprising aspect of the research, given the received wisdom among police historians, was the amazing career of Thomas Heaton, the superintending constable of the Upper Agbrigg (Huddersfield) district in the two decades before the creation of the West Riding County Constabulary. He must have been an absolute pain to the dozens of beerhouse keepers found serving outside licensing hours, the numerous young men playing pitch-and-toss in the streets and lanes and even the old men watching a cricket match on Sunday, all of whom he prosecuted – but he was certainly a determined and single-minded constable!

Do you have a favourite chapter? And why?

It’s difficult to pick one (though I would say that!) but chapters 7 and 9 would be in joint first place. The sheer indefatigability of Thomas Heaton, whether chasing-down law-breaking beerhouse keepers in Fenay Bridge, Shepley, Shelley and Netherton on Christmas Day, or organizing and leading the pursuit and capture of the Wibsey gang of cloth thieves in an all-night, all-action operation, makes for an important, and often amusing story. Similarly, the anti-police disturbances in Honley and Holmfirth (discussed in chapter 9) constitute a story that just keeps on giving with large-scale protests and court-room drama driven by insensitive local policing and misguided judgment calls by senior police figures.

Do you think your research has any relevance to present-day policing?

Although it would be naïve to suggest that there are lessons that can be learnt from the past and applied (largely unproblematically) to the present, I am convinced that the study of the past – important and interesting as it is in its own right – has a relevance beyond the period under study, precisely because history is essentially a dialogue between past and present. There are two points that I would stress from my study of policing in mid-nineteenth century Huddersfield. First, the persistence of the specific problem of beerhouse-brothels, and the associated practice of trafficking young women, and the difficulties facing determined police officers seeking to eradicate that problem, (discussed in chapter 5), provide a longer-term perspective on seemingly unique current problems. Second, the overarching theme of the book – policing by consent, its meaning and extent – is very pertinent to an age which has been experiencing for several years a crisis in policing. By considering the complexities of the concept and establishing a realistic definition of the term; and by exploring the difficulties in establishing and maintaining a realistic degree of policing by consent in the “safe” context of the distant past of mid-nineteenth century Huddersfield, it is possible to raise and explore the difficult and sensitive questions that relate to present-day policing.

The launch of the British Journal of Pharmacy

The launch of the British Journal of Pharmacy

We are very excited to announce the official launch of a brand new pharmacy journal: the British Journal of Pharmacy.

Read Issue 1 of BJPharm

A first in its field, BJPharm offers an open access publishing opportunity with no Article Processing Charge (APC)whilst maintaining a high quality peer review and editorial process. We caught up with Editor Hamid Merchant to chat about how the journal has developed and what authors and readers can expect.

What is BJPharm all about?

BJPharm is a new open access journal publishing a wide range of innovative pharmaceutical research. There is no publication fee or article processing charge and published articles are available to everyone via the University of Huddersfield University Press.

The journal accepts manuscripts on pharmacy themes from a wide array of pharmaceutical sciences including:

  • pharmacy
  • novel therapeutic targets and molecular pharmacy
  • contemporary formulation strategies to improve drug delivery and targeting
  • pharmaceutical and medicinal chemistry
  • pharmacokinetics and therapeutics
  • pharmacoeconomics
  • pharmacovigilance
  • innovations in teaching pharmacy

All submitted manuscripts are subject to a double-blind peer review as part of the publication process.

All manuscripts on publication will have a DOI number and be preserved in the Portico archive, which offers long-term storage and availability of published articles. The articles are published under a Creative Commons License, allowing the authors to retain their copyright whilst allowing unrestricted use by others, provided the original work is properly cited. The published articles are CrossRef and Google Scholar compliant, which offers the readership and broad visibility of publications.

What inspired you to launch BJPharm?

Like many other researchers, we feel frustrated when we want to read an article but our institution does not have a subscription. Moreover, research supported through public funds should be open access to allow those funding it to access it freely. The research councils and government have also emphasised the benefits of open access publishing and recently made it mandatory to publish open access in some instances.

There is a lack of gold open access journals in pharmacy disciplines with a good reputation, particularly in the UK, that do not charge high article processing charges to authors.

By launching this journal, we aim to bridge the gap between reputation and the ability to access the research. The journal will be fully peer-reviewed and unlike other open access journals will not charge any fee to authors, hence it will be free to publish by authors and free to access by readers across the globe.

How is BJPharm different from other journals in your field?

Many open access journals in the field lack credibility and a rigorous peer-reviewed process, and may accept poor quality publications if authors agree to pay their fees. The reputable journals offering optional open access incur a substantial upfront payment to cover their publication costs, and hence many authors cannot afford to publish open access in a journal with a credible reputation. The BJPharm bridges this gap in reputation and quality yet offering a free service to authors and readers across the globe.

How important do you think it is to encourage open access publishing?

We believe that open access publishing is the future of research. A fantastic peace of research can only be appreciated fully if it can be accessed and read freely across the globe. The ability to access scientific literature instantly using portable devices has made research more accessible, and open access publication can dramatically enhance this readership.

It is also important from the point of view of members of the public and for patients. The more we would like patients and carers to get involved in their individual conditions and treatment, the more they need to access reliable scientific resources to improve their knowledge; inability to access the scientific literature freely is a major obstacle. Let’s take an example, Malaria is a massive public health issue in African countries, and the top research in Malaria is published in journals which are far beyond the reach of those nations.  Open access publishing bridges this gap and allows anyone to access recent advancements in science and literature which are particularly for the benefit to the public health, safety and their well-being.