REACH Network

The REACH Network was established in 2016. It aims to bring together colleagues from the University of Exeter from a range of discplines, including the social sciences, business, arts and humanities and the medical school, whose current research activities and interests include a focus on ageing and dementia.

If you’d like to join the network email Dr Barbora Silarova (B.Silarova@exeter.ac.uk) and search #REACHExeter for network related activities.

REACH Network news

Save the date for the next REACH network event!

We are pleased to confirm the date for our next REACH network event:

Wed 19th September 2018, 2-4pm, Room G17 – G18, The Sir Henry Wellcome Building for Mood Disorders Research, University of Exeter, Exeter, EX4 4QG.

Programme: A fishbowl conversation with people with dementia. As usual there will be an opportunity for networking and cake and refreshments will be provided.

What is a fishbowl conversation? It is a form of dialogue that allows the entire group to participate in a conversation. In a fishbowl conversation, several chairs (e.g. 7-8) are arranged in an inner circle. This is the fishbowl. The remaining chairs are arranged in circles outside the fishbowl. A few participants are selected to fill the fishbowl (these will be people with dementia) and one chair is left empty while the rest of the group sit on the chairs outside the fishbowl. The moderator introduces the topic and the participants start discussing the topic. The audience outside the fishbowl listen in on the discussion. Any member of the audience can, at any time, occupy the empty chair and join the fishbowl. When this happens, an existing member of the fishbowl must voluntarily leave the fishbowl and free a chair. The discussion continues with participants frequently entering and leaving the fishbowl.

We hope to see you there!


25 April 2018

The REACH network gathered for presentations by:

  • Dr Ruth Lamont, from University of Exeter, School of Psychology, gave a talk: The ‘A Life More Ordinary’ project - Sharing experiences of living with dementia through art.
  • Louise Vennells, Press and Media Manager from University of Exeter, gave a talk: Communication and media.
  • Dr Joanne Connell, from University of Exeter Business School, gave a talk: Working Towards a Dementia-Friendly Visitor Economy.

13 December 2017

The REACH network gathered for presentations by:

  • Colin Bray, Libraries Unlimited. Colin gave a talk ‘Building a dementia friendly community one library at a time'
  • Sophie Smith, Impact and Partnership Development Manager.  Sophie told us about the upcoming Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and gave a short overview of work of the Innovation, Impact and Business team
  • Dr Susy Hope, geriatrician and UEMS Clinical Lecturer.  Susy talked about potential collaborations with South West Ambulance Service

16 May 2017

We have heard from Charlotte Burrows, Design Council Social Innovation Programme Manager, about the Transform Ageing programme and from Rachael Litherland and Steve Milton co-directors of Innovations in Dementia, about their work on empowering and inclusion of people with dementia. Thank you to our speakers for engaging talks and everyone who joined the meeting. 


12 September 2016

The aim of the event was for REACH Network members to get to know each other better, in a more informal setting. We carried out ‘academic speed dating’ session. We had 7 minutes to talk with one of the colleagues about our research interests and then moved to talk to another colleague. With six rounds we had a chance to get to know a good proportion of the Network Members. Hope everyone enjoyed the session!


8 June 2016

On 8 June 2016 we held the inaugural invitation-only meeting of the Centre for Research in Ageing and Cognitive Health (REACH) Network. Professor Manuela Barreto talked about the HASS ageing theme and Professor Linda Clare introduced the recently established REACH centre. Members shared information about their work and research interests, and discussed ideas for developing the network in a way that provides optimal benefit for all those involved. Thank you to everyone who joined the meeting and for all the positive feedback. We hope that the network will be a meaningful, sustainable and valued community.

Current Members

Organising Team

Professor Linda Clare, Psychology and PenCLAHRC

Professor Gabriella Giannachi, English

Dr Catriona McKenzie, Archaeology

Dr Siobhan O'Dwyer, UEMS

Dr Barbora Silarova, Psychology and UEMS

Professor Louise Allan, UEMS and REACH

Professor Vicki Goodwin, UEMS and PenCLAHRC

Dr Jane Masoli, UEMS and Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust

Professor Jane Elliott, Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology

Members

Louise Allan, UEMS and REACH

Rosalie Ashworth, UEMS and REACH

Cariad Astles, Drama

Tania Barton, Law School

Marta Bienkiewicz-Watson, Psychology and REACH

Bert Bond, Sports and Health Sciences

Joanne Bowtell, Sport and Health Sciences

Chloe Bradwell, Drama

Nicky Britten, UEMS

Joe Butchart, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust

Linda Clare, Psychology and PenCLAHRC

Rachel Collins, UEMS and REACH

Giovanna Colombetti, Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology

Joanne Connell, Business

Anne Corbett, UEMS

João Correa Delgado, UEMS

Tia deNora, Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology

Jane Elliott, Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology

Isobel Evans, Psychology and PenCLAHRC

Paul Farrand, Psychology

Alice Garrood, UEMS

Gabriella Giannachi, English

Vicki Goodwin, UEMS

Ali Haggett, History

Abi Hall, UEMS

Johanna Harris, English

Lucy Hodges, Welcome centre cultures + environments of health

Suzy Hope, UEMS

Chrissy Hussey, Admiral Nurse

Rachel Johnstone, Admiral Nurse

Iza Kavedzija, Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology

Susan Kelly, Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology

Debbie Kinsey, UEMS

Piers Kotting, UEMS and REACH

Ola Kudlicka, Psychology and PenCLAHRC

Ruth Lamont, Psychology and PenCLAHRC

Iain Lang, PenCLAHRC

Mark Levine, Psychology

Catherine Leyshon, Geography

Mike Leyshon, Geography

David Llewellyn, UEMS

Rachael Litherland, Innovations in Dementia

Bryony Longdon, Psychology and REACH

Anthony Martyr, Psychology and PenCLAHRC

Saul Mason, Admiral Nurse

Jane Masoli, UEMS and Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust

Rose McCabe, UEMS

Catriona McKenzie, Archaeology

Steve Milton, Innovations in Dementia

Thomas Morton, Psychology

Rachel Murray, Admiral Nurse

Sharon Nelis, Psychology and PenCLAHRC

Siobhan O'Dwyer, UEMS and REACH

Noreen Orr, UEMS and PenCLAHRC

Stephen Page, Hertfordshire Business School, University of Hertfordshire

Janice Ranson, UEMS

Jemma Regan, Psychology and REACH

Jessica Rundle, UEMS and the Graham Cole Scholar

Catherine Quinn, Psychology and PenCLAHRC

Serena Sabatini, Psychology and UEMS

Sharon Savage, Psychology and UEMS

Susi Sadler, UEMS

Gareth Shaw, Business

Barbora Silarova, Psychology and REACH

Rob Magnuson Smith, English and Creative Writing

Philip Stern, Business

Ken Stein, PenCLAHRC

Katherine Strick, UEMS

Catherine Talbot, UEMS

Ingelin Testad, UEMS

Jo Thompson Coon, UEMS

Louise Vennels, Press and Media Manager, University of Exeter

Krystal Warmoth, Psychology and REACH

Keith Wesnes, UEMS

Jakki Whitehead, Admiral Nurse

Penny Xanthopoulou, UEMS and MHRG

Adam Zeman, UEMS