DUCIE network

Developers of User and Carer Involvement in Education

  • Are you employed to develop user and carer involvement strategies within a higher education institution?
  • Are you an academic for whom service user and carer involvement is a core aspect of your role?
  • Do you ever find yourself feeling isolated or estranged from the HE environment? Or struggling to get other people to engage with involvement work?
  • Do you sometimes feel that you don't know how to ask the ‘right' questions? (Or that other people don't!)

The Developers of User and Carer Involvement in Education (DUCIE) network is there for you. 

DUCIE aims to enhance the involvement of users and carers in learning and teaching through development of a support network for user and carer involvement development workers employed within UK higher education institutions (HEIs).

Meetings are held one to two times a year, with email and telephone contact maintained in between through the DUCIE jiscmail discussion list and online chats here on the mhhehub. Find out more.

If you are a user and carer involvement worker in a Higher Education Institution (you may be employed under a different title, such as ‘development worker', ‘consumer academic' or ‘administrator'), you are welcome to join DUCIE. You are also welcome to bring along with you a colleague who supports your role within your institution.

To join DUCIE and/or for further information, contact  Jill Anderson j.anderson@lancaster.ac.uk

See here for details of past outputs of the Ian Light Award for work in pairs.

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You may also be interested in the LIVED EXPERIENCE NETWORK (LEN). Contact Jools Symons for further details.

Blog Posts

'What can non-clinical universal approaches to student mental health achieve?': Funding call

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 21, 2019 at 13:53 0 Comments

SMaRteN are pleased to invite proposals for small research projects to investigate non-clinical and universal approaches to improving student mental health.



A whole university approach should consider how all aspects of university life impact upon student mental health. In considering non-clinical and universal interventions we have the opportunity to look up-stream and investigate how the context within which students’ study may be adapted to reduce the risk of…

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Asylum back catalogue goes online

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 21, 2019 at 13:49 0 Comments

Back issues of Asylum magazine, from 2010-2018 are now freely available on the Asylum website as downloadable pdfs.  A great resource for use in teaching.



More recent issues will go up after 12 months has…

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Personality disorder: prison vs community

Posted by Dr Sue Wheatcroft on August 25, 2019 at 17:30 0 Comments

This is a blog I wrote for CLINKS in May 2019. The exact link appears at the bottom of this blog.

Personality disorder: prison vs community

It is a sad and worrying fact that, as it stands, the best place in Derbyshire to get help for someone with a personality disorder (PD) is in HMP & YOI Foston Hall. Since 2013, the prison’s CAMEO unit has provided intervention and treatment pathways for…

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International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health.

Posted by Jill Anderson on July 23, 2019 at 11:16 0 Comments

Follow over the next three days for tweets from the 9th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health.

Children and Young People's mental health - links and resources

Posted by Jill Anderson on July 23, 2019 at 10:52 0 Comments

I was just asked - by someone preparing a session for young people in a secondary school - for some links to resources on children and young people's mental health.   They were particularly interested in alternative/critical perspectives.  My initial response is below, in case of use to others (though some links are Lancaster related).  Please add ideas and suggestions:

It might be worth having a look at BoingBoing's academic resilience approach - it's well explained…
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Asylum 26.2 is out now

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 6, 2019 at 23:08 0 Comments

The latest issue of Asylum magazine is out now. See HERE for further details and a couple of sample articles.

Think Ahead Programme - Independent evaluation

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 1, 2019 at 7:52 0 Comments

The Think Ahead social work qualifying programme was launched in 2016, with the aim of providing a new, mental health focused route into the social work profession in partnership with employer organisations. 

An independent evaluation has just been published, based on the experience of the programme over its first two years. 

READ THE…

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Mad Studies group - Birmingham

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 18, 2019 at 10:30 0 Comments

Are you a Lived Experience Practitioner (LXP)? (Mad) Academic? Student? Clinician? Service User? Carer?

 All welcome! 

‘Mad Studies’ is a field of scholarship, theory, and activism about the lived experiences, history, cultures, and politics about people who may identify as 'Mad', mentally ill,…

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