Jolien Vos, graduate research assistant and PhD student with CaHRU, was winner of the student Postgraduate Choice Award at the University of Lincoln Student Union Awards ceremony on 23 April 2015. The award, sponsored by the Graduate School, is given to individuals who improve the postgraduate learning environment and encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary work.
Jolien won the award for being an inspiration to other research students due to the quality and interdisciplinary nature of her work. Jolien has supported other PhD students by co-running, with staff member Kelly Sisson, the successful PhD PALS Scheme. She has also represented the University at a number of external events and conferences, including the internationally renowned Ageing & Society conference, where she won an award in 2014 for her presentation from her doctoral studies on navigating the health care system.
Anna Thomson recently joined the team at CaHRU on a doctoral studentship funded by the Lincoln University Research Investment Fund. Anna gained both her BSc (Hons) Psychology and MSc Health Psychology through her studies at Sheffield Hallam University. Before joining the team, she worked as a research assistant within the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Lincoln. Throughout this position she worked on projects which included investigating optimal handover practice within an acute medical setting, the social care needs of people affected by cancer, and the effectiveness of a local carer’s support service. This reinforced her enthusiasm for research which aims to investigate effective ways to improve health and health care services, with a vision to subsequently reduce health inequalities and improve quality of life for particular populations. Anna’s interests will be further explored in her PhD, supervised by Dr. Karen Windle and Dr. Ros Kane, where she will evaluate new models of care for older people with long term conditions.
Michael Toze has recently joined CaHRU on a doctoral studentship funded by the Lincoln University Research Investment Fund. He gained a BA (Hons) History from the University of Durham and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies from Kingston University.
Prior to joining CaHRU, he worked for eight years in a variety of roles within local government, including committee management, policy development and performance measurement. He also volunteered with, and at times managed, small voluntary and community organisations working with the LGBT+ community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and other minority gender identities and sexual orientations). This developed his interest in how individuals within the LGBT+ community interact with social networks, community organisations and statutory services.
Michael will be taking this further in his PhD, supervised by Drs Zowie Davy and Karen Windle, which is looking at health and social care issues affecting older LGBT+ people in rural and urban communities.