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 two to three 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.

A series of meetings is currently being planned, on academic writing for involvement workers. Details to follow.  

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.


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

Blog Posts

Medication free treatment in Norway

Posted by Jill Anderson on March 26, 2017 at 17:00 0 Comments

From Mad in America: 'Åsgård psychiatric hospital in Tromsø, Norway is a rather tired-looking facility, its squat buildings mindful of institutional architecture from the Cold War era, and in terms of its geographic location, it could hardly be located further from the centers of western psychiatry. Tromsø lies 215 miles north of the Arctic Circle, with tourists coming during the winter months to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. Yet it is in this…


Committed: the battle over involuntary psychiatric care - new book

Posted by Jill Anderson on March 26, 2017 at 11:07 0 Comments

In Committed, psychiatrists Dinah Miller and Annette Hanson offer a thought-provoking and engaging account of the controversy surrounding involuntary psychiatric care in the United States. They bring the issue to life with first-hand accounts from patients, clinicians, advocates, and opponents. Looking at practices such as seclusion and restraint, involuntary medication, and involuntary electroconvulsive therapy―all within the context of civil rights―Miller and…


Democratising health: service user participation, co-production and advocacy for social justice - Call for Papers

Posted by Jill Anderson on March 22, 2017 at 12:51 0 Comments

International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare (IJHRH) is a double-blind peer reviewed journal with a unique practical approach to promoting equality, inclusion and human rights in health and social care.   The journal explores what is currently known about international discrimination and disadvantage, with a focus on issues influencing the health of populations. Content considers the social determinants of health, equity and interventions that help to overcome barriers…


'Reclaiming our university' manifesto

Posted by Jill Anderson on March 22, 2017 at 11:34 0 Comments

The movement 'Reclaiming Our University' has written a Manifesto to reclaim the academic world and reshape it in a more communal sense.  Further details are HERE.

Critical Global Health - new mailing list

Posted by Jill Anderson on March 21, 2017 at 11:00 3 Comments

The list is for the communication and exchange of information on workshops, conferences, call for papers, jobs, books, articles, films, blogs and websites related to global health and its study by critically-minded scholars in the social sciences and humanities.

Click here.


Posted by Jill Anderson on March 18, 2017 at 22:21 0 Comments

AnswerGarden is a minimalistic feedback tool. Use it in the classroom as an educational tool or at work as a creative brainstorming tool. Post it in a tweet or you can embed it on your website or blog to use it as a poll or guestbook.

Find out more

Asylum 24.1 - Out now!

Posted by Jill Anderson on March 16, 2017 at 17:04 0 Comments

This issue is the second in atwo-part series highlighting new and original work on the theme of Mad Studies – inspired by the second Mad Studies stream at the Lancaster Disability Studies conference in September 2016 .

'It must be a sign of the times. Mad Studies comes…


Emerging Proud

Posted by Jill Anderson on March 16, 2017 at 13:30 0 Comments

Normalising spiritual experiences is fundamentally a Human Rights issue.

Article 9 of the Human Rights Act states a right to Freedom of thought, belief and Religion. And yet certain spiritual beliefs are still being pathologised as mental illness.

The inclusion in the DSM-IV (1994; Diagnostic and statistical manual) of a diagnostic category called “Religious or Spiritual Problem” was heralded as a significant breakthrough. It was intended as an acknowledgment…


Details of five recent articles on service user and carer involvement in education

Posted by Jill Anderson on March 15, 2017 at 13:30 0 Comments

Petra Videmšek (2017): Expert by experience research as grounding for social work education, Social Work Education
This article is based on an investigation that involves five experts by experience in the field of mental health and eight students of social work. Both groups investigated the experiences of people with mental ill-health living in group homes. The article identifies the advantages if the researchers are expert by experience and the…

The Handbook of Person-Centred Therapy and Mental Health: theory, research and practice: new book

Posted by Jill Anderson on March 14, 2017 at 14:11 0 Comments

First published in 2005, and now extensively updated and with a new title, The Handbook of Person-Centred Therapy and Mental Health challenges the use of psychiatric diagnoses and makes a powerful case for the effectiveness of person-centred approaches as the alternative way to work with people who would otherwise be diagnosed with severe mental illnesses. This second edition captures the significant changes in recent years in how mental health and ill health is conceptualised and…


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