Fellows' updates: September 2020

The Churchill Fellowship is a national network of 3,800 inspiring individuals leading change in every area of society. Here is the latest news on how they are sharing their ideas and putting their insights into practice across the UK.

Crime: Forensic scientist Leisa Nichols-Drew (CF 2018) has published research on preventing knife crime in the peer-reviewed journal Science & Justice. Leisa carried out the research following findings gathered during her Fellowship in 2018 when she travelled to Australia and Canada. Read our news story.


Criminal justice: Forensic anthropologist Lucina Hackman (CF 2019) has published research on communicating forensic science within the justice system, based on findings from her 2019 Fellowship. The paper is entitled ‘Communication, forensic science and the law’ and appears in the WIREs Forensic Science journal. 


Dementia: Dementia campaigner Agnes Houston (CF 2016) launched the audio version of her book, Talking Sense, at the International Dementia Conference. The book draws upon her Fellowship research and provides practical advice for carers who are supporting people living with sensory challenges.


Disability inclusion: Music specialist David Stanley (CF 2019) has saved a music department in America which he visited during his Fellowship from closing down. David addressed the university board which made a crucial difference in keeping the department open. Read our news story.


Disability inclusion: Company director Sue Sharples (CF 2019) presented her Fellowship findings on protecting learning disabled adults from sexual abuse, to charities Supported Loving and Learning Disability England. Sue shared her learnings through online webinars which have received positive feedback. 


Equality: Equality campaigner Patrick Vernon (CF 2018) has published a new book, 100 Great Black Britons, honouring the achievements of key Black British individuals through history. The book explores the stories of both new role models and previously little-known historical figures. 


Education: Associate headteacher Phil Avery (CF 2014) has been helping to lead UK research project on the impact of the lockdown on education. The report was published by the social enterprise ImpactEd on 14 September, and Phillip has also written a blog on the findings for Rethinking Assessment.  


Healthcare: Doctor Daniella de Block Golding (CF 2018) has written an article exploring how Black women are being neglected by HIV-prevention services, for online women’s magazine gal-dem, which was published on 18 September. Daniella’s Fellowship investigated treatments for people at high risk of contracting HIV. 


Healthcare: Principal investigator Rebecca-Ann Burton (CF 2015) has contributed research to a report on cardiac arrhythmias which has been published in iScience. Rebecca carried out her research with a Professor of Engineering whom she met on her 2015 Fellowship during a visit to the USA.


Homelessness: Charity worker Rory Weal (CF 2019) shared his Fellowship findings and recommendations on rural homelessness with UK homeless charities. Rory presented his insights in a webinar with Homelesslink and wrote an article for St Mungo's. Rory’s Fellowship explored responses to homelessness in rural communities.


Mental health: The work of police sergeant Belinda Mason (CF 2018) has been praised by the Duke of Cambridge on a visit to her police force in Belfast. Belinda has created a model of peer mental health support for emergency services inspired by learnings from her Fellowship. Read our news story


Mental health: Charity founder Neil Morris (CF 2008) self-published a book entitled Thought Provokers this month. The book draws upon Neil’s Fellowship, which explored the rehabilitation of men with mental illness, and shares his personal journey to overcome his own mental health challenges.


Prison reform: Prison officer Alex South (CF 2017) won first place in the Beechmore Life Writing competition for her short piece about prison life.  The story is entitled ‘One Day at a Time’ and provides an insight into the struggles faced by staff working in prisons. Alex's Fellowship investigated approaches to supporting prison staff. 


Suicide prevention: Consultant Anaesthetist Sangeeta Mahajan (CF 2019) shared learnings from her Fellowship on suicide prevention at an online event hosted by OneTeamGov. The event bought together 15 speakers and had over 900 attendees from across the public service, private sector and charities.


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