A team of young researchers who worked with academics from Teesside University can now see their findings rendered into print with the launch of a new book.
Dorothy Newbury-Birch, Professor of Alcohol and Public Health Research in the University’s School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law, revisited her school days by returning to the place where she was once a student herself to lead the research, which involved input from two groups of teenagers.
The students from Norham High School in North Shields worked with Professor Newbury-Birch to compile research looking at the association of mental health and being involved in sport. She previously worked on a separate piece of research with another group of teenagers at the school examining how students and teachers felt about the new GCSEs.
The GCSE research, which is now complete, is featured in a chapter of a new book, which was officially launched this month at Norham High School. Professor Newbury-Birch is co-editor of the book – Co-creating and Co-producing Research Evidence: A guide for practitioners and academics in health, social care and education settings.
Each chapter has been written by an academic and either a practitioner or those involved in the research, giving examples of work carried out, along with lessons learned, in public health, education and criminal justice settings.
Professor Newbury-Birch, said: “We have worked with the students at Norham for around four years now and the young people involved have been extremely committed and enthusiastic. It is, without question, the most satisfying piece of work I have ever been involved in.”
Gill O’Neill, deputy director of public health at Durham County Council, has been working with Professor Newbury-Birch’s team for over five years on co-production of research and a number of chapters in the book relate to this work.
Gill said: “It’s been an absolute privilege to be involved in this project, which has provided opportunities for school pupils in the North East to be involved in important research about issues that affect young people across the country. I’m sure the book will be a valuable resource for those working in health, social care and education.”
Teesside University Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Professor Paul Croney, has written the foreword for the book.
In his foreword, Professor Croney says the “innovative book will help academics and practitioners to work together more effectively to deliver research findings that have a direct influence on individuals lives,” adding: “It is work like this that will help develop the next generation of researchers.”