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Survey - Big Alcohol Conversation

Greater Manchester’s Big Alcohol Conversation

The Voice of the University of Manchester Staff and Students

Alcohol has a huge impact on the health of individuals, communities and health services across our city region. Between November 2018 and February 2019 Greater Manchester hopes to engage thousands of people from across the city region to increase understanding of this impact. Greater Manchester needs to talk.  Alcohol related harm costs Greater Manchester £1.3bn a year. That’s how much our services such as police and hospitals spend dealing with the impacts of the way we drink. To put it another way, that’s £125,000 for every hour of the day, or £41 for every second.

GMCVO and 10GM (through the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership) are leading on the Community Engagement element of the Conversation and have commissioned voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to carry out various kinds of structured conversations with their contacts, targeting those people least likely to be heard within the mainstream conversations.

Dr Stephen Brookes, a full-time member of the Health Group at the Alliance Manchester Business School is the Programme Director for the MSc International Healthcare Leadership Programme and a strong advocate of preventative approaches in improving well-being.   He is also a voluntary Director for the Launch Project Greater Manchester which is a Social Enterprise that seeks to support efforts to create happier and healthier communities across Greater Manchester by targeting social isolation and poverty. The Launch Project is one of a number of VCSE groups that has been commissioned to conduct the Big Conversation and many different groups are being engaged.

Dr Brookes is looking for 30 volunteers from both academic staff and students to complete an online survey before the end of January to inform this conversation.  Similar surveys and conversations are taking place across the region, supported also by a range of focus groups.  The aim of Dr Brookes’ request is to seek the opinion of University Staff and Students who are teaching or studying and living in the City to provide their voice to this conversation. Staff and Students who agree to complete the online survey (it will take no longer than 10 minutes to complete) will be invited to a session in the early Spring in which Dr Brookes and colleagues will host a workshop in which the findings of the Big Alcohol Conversation will be discussed within the context of health and well-being.  For this reason, please let Dr Brookes know when you have completed the survey which is accessed from the link below:

Please Note:  When completing the Survey, you will be asked first to say which organisation has asked to you to complete this.  Please enter “The Launch Project Greater Manchester CIC”. Please then contact Dr Stephen Brookes below to let him know that you have completed the online survey.

Email:   Telephone:  07890 267162

New Year’s honour for Fiona Devine

Head of School Professor Fiona Devine, CBE, OBE, was named in the 2019 Honours list for services to the social sciences.

Professor Devine joined the School as acting Head of School in 2013 before taking the role permanently in 2014.

She was previously Head of Sociology (2004-7), Head of the School of Social Sciences (2009-13) and Co-Director of Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC) (2012-4) at the University which she first joined in 1994. Prior to Manchester, she worked at the University of Liverpool, the Policy Studies Institute, and the former Department of Employment in London. She studied Sociology and Government as an undergraduate at the University of Essex where she also completed an MA and PhD.

Fiona's research interests are in the related fields of social stratification and mobility (with a comparative focus including the US), work and employment, and politics and participation. With a team of colleagues from the LSE, York, Durham and MMU, she was involved in the BBC’s Great British Class Survey, an online survey completed by over 300,000 thousand people and a class calculator completed by 9 million people. The results have appeared in the book, Social Class in the 21st Century, published by Penguin in 2015.

For more information, please take a look here.

Smart Gates for AMBS Building Access

Don't forget - to access the new AMBS building, students will need to use their student IDs to work the Smart Gates at reception.