Staff successes: Faculty of Arts, Professional & Social Studies

22 November 2011

Dr Alex Douglas and Jackie Douglas, both lecturers at Liverpool Business School, were Guests of Honour at the Kenya Institute of Management’s 12th Annual Company of the Year Awards in Nairobi, Kenya earlier this month.

Image of Dr Alex Douglas and Jackie Douglas at the Kenya Institute of Management's AwardsOver 800 guests, representing many national and international companies, attended to hear Dr Douglas deliver a speech extolling the virtues of quality management and the journey to excellence embarked upon by many of these companies.

There were 14 award categories,including Manager of the Year, CEO of the Year and Company of the Year. Jackie announced and presented one award and Alex had the honour of announcing and presenting the award to the Company of the Year 2012 which was Mabati Rolling Mills, with Toyota as a close runner-up. The assessment process involved the evaluation of organisations against the criteria that make up the Organisational Performance Index (OPI), an Excellence Model not dissimilar to the Malcolm Baldrige Model in the USA and the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) Excellence Model - against whose criteria LJMU has recently performed so well.

Alex and Jackie also made contacts at the new Management University of Africa, located in Nairobi and have begun what they hope will be a long association with the institution.

Dr Robert Macdonald, RIBA, Reader in Architecture at LJMU has been elected a Councillor of the NHS Merseycare Trust, with the Constituancy of Service Users and Carers.

One in four people will suffer some form of mental distress during their lifetime. There is little research attending to the actual experience of mental patients in the setting of the pychiatric hospital. Robert's post doctoral research reports on a participation observation project in special care and acute mental care units.

Image of (left to right) Graham Lewis, Architect, North West Design Associates; Dr Rob MacDonald; Joe Forster, Chairman, Design In Mental Health Network and Clinical Lead Nurse, Mersey Care NHS TrustDr MacDonald's research experiences highlight the need for more accountability, patient inclusion and participation. To achieve this we need to open our understanding of the life inside the mental hospital, with more direct insight and patient experience. The adoption of such a radical approach to mental patient participant might be a challenge to the established way of managing psychiatric hospitals but Rob's conclusions suggest that these care settings need to be participatory and inclusive. Increasingly all patients need to have the opportunity to work with sympathetic architects, interior designers, landscape designers, nurses, doctors and therapists.

Dr Robert Macdonald presented his findings at The LJMU Institute for Health Research Conference 2011.
Rob is supervising two postgraduate students Ms Liz Butterworth (Past, Present and Future of the Mental Hospital) and Ms Lyndsay Morton (Maggie's Centres; Cancer Care Hospitals).  He leads an annual Healing Haus design teaching project with LJMU postgraduate students which involves a visit to the Rathbone Low Secure Hospital and a mini-conference. Rob has sat for twelve months on the CIG (Capital Investment Group) at Ashworth High Security Hospital.

On Monday 14 November Dr Carlo Panara from the School of Law was invited to deliver a talk at the Institut Universitari d'Estudis Europeus at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain) in the framework of the interdisciplinary research project Eureges (The Autonomous Communities in the European Union: An Evaluation).

Image of Dr Carlo Panara dleivering his talkThe project investigates the participation of regional authorities in the EU decision-making process. Dr Panara is a recognised expert on this topic and is widely published in the field (in 2011 he published the book 'The Role of the Regions in EU Governance'

The Eureges project has been running since 2008 and  is funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. During 2012, the project will lead to a publication in Spanish language in a special issue of the journal Afers.

The Public Affairs Office at the US Embassy in London congratulated Dr Bella Adams, Director of the American Studies Resource Centre, LJMU, for the successful completion of a year-long project partially funded by the Embassy, American Studies Today journal and the ASRC’s website.

Image of Bella AdamsThe Office also stated that "the Embassy has been very pleased to be associated with Liverpool John Moores University and this project". Reinforcing this association, the Minister of the Embassy also invited Dr Adams to a reception welcoming the new Cultural Affairs Attaché, Ms Monique Quesada, to London. Arrangements are also being made for the assistant cultural attaché to visit LJMU in February 2012.

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