Reflection on 2014
2014 concluded with a writing retreat on 12th December in the John Henry Brookes Building (JHBB). Amazingly there were 26 participants. Before a description of what happened in the retreat it seems appropriate to do a round-up of publishing achievements for the year.
The group has established a pattern of two retreats a year with monthly 1.5 hour meetings where work-in-progress is reviewed. There appears to be a real sense of the power of working collaboratively within the group as a whole, and also the partnerships and sub-groups who have worked purposively and in relatively short spaces of time to produce writing outputs which are warmly welcomed by publishers. The other key thing to note is the diversity and range of topics
The group started the year with Jacinta presenting her poster (based on Robert Browns eight questions) to the group,
for feedback. She went onto develop the article, which was accepted for publication by The British Journal of Cardiac Nursing: Medicines management in the community: An HF Specialist Nurse Prescriber’s Experience
Jacinta is an alumni who completed the non-medical prescribing programme at Oxford Brookes.
James has been an inspiration to the whole group by being the first to share his writing. His commentary piece was published in the Pan African Medical Journal in October 2014
Barriers to successful implementation of prevention-of-mother-to-child-transmission (PMTCT) of HIV programmes in Malawi and Nigeria: a critical literature review study
James is an alumni who successfully completed the MSc in Public Health at Oxford Brookes University and has worked with his supervisor Gail Lansdown to produce this article based on his dissertation work.
James Whiteside is an alumni of the Undergraduate Adult Nursing programme at Oxford Brookes and has worked very hard with Dan Butcher his dissertation supervisor on this writing output:
“Male Nurses use of Touch. Introducing and preparing Students for Touch Interventions.” This has been accepted for publication by The British Journal of Nursing subject to response to reviewers comments.
Mamdooh is an alumni of the MSc Infection Prevention programme has worked with Gail,Lansdown, James Okoli and Marion Waite to produce a case study based on dissertation experiences. As students who engaged with the dissertation process this piece serves as an insight into how they made the dissertation a successful experience and important lessons for other students and the institution. Supervisory relationships the experiences of international masters students was published in the December 2014 edition of the Brookes eJournal of Learning and Teaching
Ann Foley and Claire Gibbs
Ann and Claire- took on role of student teaching assistants as a pilot project in the MSC Nursing Studies Programme in 2014 and have reflected and written collaboratively with Jan Davidson-Fischer and Marion Waite about their experiences for a journal that is to be launched shortly by JISC, The Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Students as producers: The Postgraduate Teaching Assistant Pilot Project
Ann and Claire are both current students on the MSc Nursing Studies Programme at Oxford Brookes.
The December was an opportunity to welcome new members to the group. This included Emma a current adult nursing undergraduate student, alumni OT students and two groups of psychology students . Emma has been commissioned to write four student columns for the British Journal of Nursing in 2015. Emma has joined the group in order to explore different ways of writing a column. In the retreat she put the final touches to her first column, “A View from Valencia”. This was an outcome of undertaking an Independent study module and a placement in Spain.
A new approach to writing with learners was evident during the retreat. Wakefiled Carter and colleagues joined the group with several groups of UG & PG psychology students. The students had worked in groups of four on primary research projects as a component of their programme of study. Each had submitted a individual lab report for assessment (topic tattoos and piercings ). The work during the retreat focused upon turning individual lab reports into a collaborative research article for a student journal associated with The British Psychological Association. The group are trying to break new ground in that the journal has not historically published primary research Wakefield and his colleagues were using this activity as part of their Brookes Team Teaching Fellowship project, the Vertical Enhancement of Statistics and Psychology Research (VESPR)
Link to the VESPR project
It feels as though the group has now got an established community of practice and expertise that enables us to welcome new and diverse ways of writing for publication. It is an interesting time at Brookes for academic research writing. A colleague Dr Sian Jones has also started” a shut-up and write group” and there is a new Project for Enhancing the Student Experience (PESE) led by Dr Helen Walkington “Every Student Published.