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How the Foundation is engaging with communities and inspiring students

Our stories bring to life what's happening around Liverpool John Moores University in terms of engagement with our communities. They aim to shine the light on the amazing work that our students and staff are involved in.

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Technology truck inspires students

The RS Components TITAN II truck recently rolled up next to the BRE exemplar houses at Byrom Street and invited visitors on board to enjoy the live demonstrations of state-of-the-art technology.

A mixture of LJMU staff, students, industrial colleagues and secondary school pupils discovered the latest VR technology and were encouraged to take on the immersive experience of being on top of a skyscraper. Other interactive experiences included practical uses for the Industrial Internet of Things, 3D printing and digital electronics, and this follows the vision of the LCR 4.0 team, based within the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, to bring Industry 4.0 to life through showcasing practical uses of digital technology.

Anthony Walker, Strategic Manager of LCR 4.0 commented, “This was a fantastic couple of days, with so many visitors from different backgrounds learning more about the practical use of Industry 4.0 technologies. It was great to see so many Year 7 and 8 students being inspired by new technology, leaving the truck with beaming smiles and keen to study STEM subjects further as their interest in engineering and technology peaked. This is just one of the initiatives we are undertaking to show that there are exciting career opportunities in engineering, particularly given that Industry 4.0 will open up even more possibilities to forge a career in digital technology, and it is only right that we start to ensure our younger scholars are aware of such opportunities. Showcasing and demonstrating technology is a great way to do this.”

Encouraging local communities to embrace physical activity

LJMU’s School of Sport and Exercise Sciences has been collaborating closely with the likes of ukactive, EdComs, Places for People Homes, and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, as part of a Sport England funded programme. The initiative is aimed at increasing physical activity participation amongst families, particularly those with children.

The team focuses on families living in selected areas of Hull. The primary aim of the project is to bring together and galvanise various ecosystems, in order to create a model that could work over a national network of cities and towns. This is being done through the collaboration of both national and local partners. The hope is that the scheme will ultimately engage, enable and empower whole communities to connect with their local facilities and open spaces, using them to take part in fun physical activities with their entire family.

A joint statement from the coalition, said:

“Our new programme aims to make family activity the beating heart of Hull again. By combining our expertise and knowledge of family health, physical activity and community engagement, we can make sure families have more ways to be active together in their area. New, fun activities can help to make people happier and healthier, build relationships, and breathe new life into community facilities, parks and open spaces."

LJMU law students raise funds for Law School Challenge

Students studying law at LJMU have raised close to £5,000 for charity as a part of the Law School Challenge and have won a Gold Award for their efforts. Run by the LawWorks and Advocate, the Law School Challenge aims to raise money for charities to support the facilitation of free legal advice and to raise awareness of their work.

Placing first out of a number of universities across the country competing in the Challenge, LJMU alone raised a quarter of the total funds this year. Students volunteered their time organising and helping out in a range of fundraising activities including an International Women’s Day themed pub quiz. They will be invited to the House of Commons to be acknowledged for their Gold Award by the Attorney General.

To find out more about law at LJMU, follow @LJMULaw.

LJMU paves the way for a new generation of scientists

LJMU was given funding in order to expand an innovative chemistry outreach scheme. The goal was to encourage young people from 11 schools across deprived areas of the Liverpool City Region to become the new generation of scientists for the future. Funding for the ‘Shaping Futures with Chemistry’ scheme was awarded through the Merseyside Collaborative Outreach Programme (MCOP). It builds on LJMU’s Royal Society-backed ‘Chemistry for All’ scheme. LJMU scientists and students will work with an additional five local schools in Knowsley, St Helens, Wirral and a new area – Halton – to provide engaging and enriching chemistry activities, both in schools and around LJMU campuses.

Liverpool was ranked amongst the most deprived areas, according to the English Indices of Deprivation 2010, with just over half (51 percent) of all neighbourhoods classified in the most deprived category nationally. This figure fell six percentage points, according to the 2015 Index, which was comparatively small compared to other areas. In addition, a report by the Campaign for Science and Engineering also highlighted that just 25 percent of students entering higher education to study physical science in the academic year 2009/10 came from deprived areas.

Primary school children educated by LJMU students on the dangers of UV

Liverpool John Moores University is currently working with cancer charities Skcin and Clare Daly Foundation, to roll out the Sun Safe Schools accreditation across primary schools across the region of Liverpool, which promises to benefit up to 10,000 children across the city. Students from LJMU’s School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences have introduced a programme of fun interactive workshops and assemblies with key stage 1 and 2 pupils. These have been launched in order to broaden their understanding of the dangers of UV, and reinforce sun safety at a young age. This project forms part of the 3Es public engagement initiative at PBS - aimed at engaging, educating and enhancing local communities about the very real dangers of skin cancer.

Dr Laura Randle, from the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, commented:

“PBS is committed to ensuring a strong collaboration with these charities. The Sun Safe Schools initiative is a great example of this. Our student ambassadors have grown in confidence and enthusiasm during their training, and we hope many more schools sign up to this scheme in the future. The accreditation has been developed by Skcin, and is aimed at educating primary school children on the huge importance of sun safety from an early age. The scheme also assists primary schools in implementing a suitable ‘sun safe policy’ and prompting the reinforcement of sun safety at home. Public Health Liverpool are also supporting the programme.”

Nursing students give their time to teach schoolchildren CPR

There are nearly 30,000 cardiac arrests outside of hospital each year in the UK and only 7-8% of people who receive resuscitation attempts survive to be discharged from hospital, according to the Resuscitation Council. This figure is much lower in the UK than in other developed countries.

The National Framework, Resuscitation to Recovery, is clear that the chances of survival are time-dependent; the longer the attempted resuscitation is delayed, the worse the outcome. But bystander intervention can help treble the chances of survival.

While great progress has been made in installing electronic defibrillators at sports grounds and public buildings – many a result of campaigns following the devastating loss of a loved one – there will likely always be situations where there’s no defibrillator available, say, at home, for example. That’s why learning how to do CPR is so incredibly important.

Restart a Heart Day, an initiative by the Resuscitation Council, encourages people to learn the life-saving technique. This year, two second year Child Nursing students from LJMU, Naima Horrocks and Neve Ryles, volunteered to take part. In the space of one day, the students achieved an amazing feat – training 240 pupils from one school how to do CPR.

Naima describes the experience: “Giving children the awareness and knowledge of CPR skills can potentially save lives. Being a part of Restart a Heart Day was great – to see so many children wanting to know more about how they can help.”

“It was a unique experience to use skills that we have learnt during our course to help children recognise when someone needs help,” Neve added.

Sarah Barton, the Resuscitation Officer and Education Nurse at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, who organised the event praised the student volunteers: “Neve and Naima trained 240 kids in one school. 240. That's incredible! They are a credit to you and your university. I cannot stress enough how amazing they have been.”

Dave Melville, Senior Lecturer in LJMU’s School of Nursing and Allied Health, is understandably proud of his students’ achievements: “This has been a brilliant experience for Neve and Naima; their commitment and dedication is a clear example of the ethos of child nursing – improving the lives of those around them.”

Students to help honour fallen police officers

A new monument will be established at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire as a place for people to pay their respects to police officers who have been killed while protecting the public. More than 1,400 police officers and staff killed on duty will have their names inscribed on the monument. Alongside this physical memorial, students at LJMU are working in partnership with the Police Memorial Trust to create an online, digital memorial to tell the story of the individuals who’ve been lost in the line of duty. Students from policing and journalism will be involved initially and as the project continues there will be further collaboration with LJMU’s history department and the School of Education.

The digital memorial is in two parts. Part one is concerned with honour and remembrance. This will tell the stories of the individual officers named on the memorial. Part two is concerned with education and information. Through the use of an ‘on this day’ feature, this part of the digital memorial will tell the story of the history and development of the British policing model and examine some contemporary policing issues. The digital memorial will enhance the visitor experience of the memorial through the use of mobile applications. It will also be available online, thus extending access to a potentially global audience. The memorial aims to create a greater understanding and reconnection with the public and to bring back a sense of pride and value into UK policing.

Recently staff and students attended a reception hosted by the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Right Honourable John Bercow MP. When interviewed by LJMU journalism students Home Secretary Sajid Javid commented on the memorial: “The project has done remarkably well, it is important to everyone. There are people that go out to work every day to protect us and put themselves in the face of danger. They don’t know what is going to happen, and sadly some of them don’t come back home.”


Helping improve access to justice in the local community

Based out of LJMU’s School of Law, the Legal Advice Centre offers free advice to those who need help understanding their legal rights. Following funding cuts to legal aid, affordable advice is difficult to obtain in Liverpool, as it is in many cities and towns across the UK. Here’s where the Legal Advice Centre steps in. Run by student volunteers from the School of Law and supervised by volunteer solicitors from leading Liverpool law firms, the Centre advises on cases involving family law, civil litigation, employment law and wills and administration. Anyone can access the services, whether they are students, staff or the general public. Dual purpose, the Centre benefits law students by providing the practical legal skills and client experience they need to pursue their careers, while servicing the community by providing tailored advice to help clients take the next steps in resolving their legal issues.

“Studies have shown that the general population is legally disempowered and disengaged. One study in 2015 said that only 6% of people seek advice for their legal issues.”

– Rachel Stalker, senior lecturer in law and founder of the Legal Advice Centre

The Legal Advice Clinic is open during term time and offers both appointment and drop-in clinics. Find out more about the Legal Advice Centre.