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 March 21, 2018 at 15:54 0 Comments

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Contribute to Asylum magazine

Posted by Jill Anderson on March 19, 2018 at 12:33 0 Comments

The latest issue of Asylum magazine is out now.

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