Ian Light Award

The late Ian Light, service user consultant and lecturer in health and social care at City University London, was a founder member of the Developers of User and Carer Involvement in Education (DUCIE) network.   

This award, in Ian's name, aimed to support and nurture user and carer involvement development workers employed in UK higher education, enhancing their effectiveness and capacity to effect change.  

The award was open to anyone involved in supporting the development of infrastructure for user and carer involvement in higher education institutions.  Priority was given to applications from workers for whom this is the sole focus or main purpose of their role. 

The award aimed to support collaborative projects developed in partnership between two development workers and was for work in pairs.   

Five of the pairs who received awards wrote up their projects for the benefit of others - see below.

2010 Award winners

1) Sandra Duggan and Pat Walton
Project title: Creating a service user and carer centre on the virtual learning environments (VLEs) at the Universities of Teesside and York

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2) Joan Cook and Isabel Turner
Project title: Independent Teaching and Training Policy

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3) Valerie Gant and Judith Davies
Project title: Crossing Boundaries - the role of development workers in promoting the expert knowledge of service users and carers in social work education.

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2009 Award winners


1) Carol Massey (Havering College) and John Macdonough (LSBU)
Project title: London User Involvement Network

Project title: From Principles to Practice

2) Barrie Holt (University of Huddersfield) and Chris Essen (University of Leeds)
Project title: Research network and workshop for service users and carers in developing research skills and capabilities within West Yorkshire Universities

2008 Award winners

1) Chris Essen (University of Leeds) and Lisa Malihi-Shoja (University of Central Lancashire)
Project title: A shared exploration of ‘community engagement' as a comparative approach to ‘service user and carer involvement' in developing relevant health and social care professional education.

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2) Debbie Kouzarides (University of York) and Gina Hardesty (Lincoln University)
Project title: Service User and Carer Led Consultation Surgery for Students

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3) Liz Lefroy (Glyndŵr University) and Pam Hutton (Havering College of Further and Higher Education)
Project title: Getting to grips with participation - initial training for service users and carers who want to get involved

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Ian Light Award Publications. 

Developing a User and Carer Centre on the VLE

PINE teaching policy

Crossing Boundaries

Community Engagement as an Approach

Getting to Grips with Participation.

Setting up a user and carer consultation surgery

Blog Posts

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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.

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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:

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

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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. 

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

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 All welcome! 

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Posted by Jill Anderson on April 12, 2019 at 20:30 0 Comments

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The Engaging with Voices videos are intended as inspiration and support for people interested in compassionate…

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Posted by Jill Anderson on April 11, 2019 at 21:23 0 Comments

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Supporting student mental health in higher education - new book

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 10, 2019 at 8:18 0 Comments

Supporting Student Mental Health in Higher Education

by Samuel Stones and Jonathan Glazzard

April 2019  2144pp   ISBN 9781912508778   



Student mental health is a key consideration in higher education with recent reports identifying a major gap in provision by universities and how ill-equipped…

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My name is Rachel: Radio programme

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 8, 2019 at 21:32 0 Comments

Rachel Waddingham hears voices. The first time she heard them she was lying in a bed. “You’re so stupid”, “they are watching you”, “it would be much better if you just ended it all”. She was also convinced she was being watched, that she was at the centre of a conspiracy. She ended up dropping out of university and eventually was admitted to a psychiatric unit. “I began to hear the alien speak to me, and that alien told me that I was a murderer, that it could control me, that it was going to…

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