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

The Continuing Education Course on Withdrawal from Psychiatric Drugs

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 17, 2017 at 9:01 0 Comments

This series of seven webinars will feature presentations by people with “expertise by lived experience,” psychiatrists, and other professionals. The educational purpose of the series is to present information and insights that arise:

  • from users’ experiences and their efforts to support others who want to taper from their psychiatric medications; research on drug withdrawal
  • the clinical experience of psychiatrists and other professionals who have supported patients…
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Stress, mental wellbeing and the health, social care and education workforce

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 11, 2017 at 13:00 2 Comments

Recently updated resource sheet is available HERE

Please let me know if you have links to add. 

Three short films about depression.

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 11, 2017 at 8:58 0 Comments

Linda Gask is the author of The Other Side of Silence: A Psychiatrist’s Memoir of Depression - an 'amazing story of both sides of mental health – the sufferer and the professional- and just how thin that wall actually is' (Annie Watkinson).

Video producer …

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Developing a National Forum for Trainee / Qualified Psychologists with Lived Experience of Psychological Distress

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 10, 2017 at 20:30 0 Comments

Natalie Kemp is setting up this forum.  See HERE for further details. 

Graduate Mental Wellbeing in the Workplace - new report

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 10, 2017 at 13:30 0 Comments

On this World Mental Health Day - 10th of October 2017 - Student Minds have published the first ever report to uncover the wellbeing of young graduates making the transition from university into the workforce.



The report, based off a survey delivered with colleagues at King’s College London and The City Mental Health Alliance, summarises findings from a large survey of over 300 recent graduates, and considers university preparation for the…

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Not by degrees: improving student mental health in the UK's Universities

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 10, 2017 at 12:48 0 Comments

Across the UK, there is a growing appreciation that mental health matters. For individuals, it can affect their ability to learn, earn, form strong and meaningful relationships, and live long and healthy lives. For government, it can affect productivity, demand for public services and levels of expenditure on out-of-work benefits. But as awareness of the importance of maintaining positive mental health continues to grow, and stigma relating to mental illness is slowly chipped away, other…

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The Positive and Mindful University - new report

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 10, 2017 at 12:43 0 Comments

'This report proposes a new way forward for higher education in addressing the problems of mental health among students as well as staff, and helping them achieve higher levels of fulfilment. More than 400,000 staff and 2.2 million students are engaged in higher education in the United Kingdom.

The pamphlet celebrates the diverse and remarkable work that is taking place at British universities. Much of this work is tilted towards offering support once problems have begun to manifest…

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International Journal for Students as Partners - latest issue

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 8, 2017 at 12:00 0 Comments

The second issue of the International Journal for Students as Partners (IJSaP) is available HERE

The journal, which is hosted by McMaster University Library Press, is co-edited by students and staff/ faculty from Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US.

In Issue 2 you will find an editorial, 2 opinion pieces on emotion and partnership, 4 research articles, 3 reflective essays, 3 case…

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Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 5, 2017 at 12:57 0 Comments

The Terms of Reference for the review have been published and can be read HERE.  The review is due to report in Autumn 2018.  Its stated aims are to 'help government create a forward-looking plan of changes to legislation and practice, resulting in an enduring legacy of mental health support.'

Exploring Experience: Bringing Authentic Voices to Mental Health Teaching

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 4, 2017 at 21:30 0 Comments

'Exploring Experience has been developed to create an accessible and manageable resource to support teaching and study in the field of mental health and distress. Six contributors with experiences of significant distress ("Experts by Experience", or EBE) were recruited through an open strategy, and were paid* to prepare the materials on this site. We have collated 35 videos of around ten minutes each, all recording self-edited responses to open questions…

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