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April looking busy at University Centre Shrewsbury

April sees the programme of public events at University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) moving into a higher gear, with no fewer than six events taking place throughout the month.

The month kicks off with a sold-out event at Macclesfield Silk Museum hosted by Professor Deborah Wynne, English Literature Programme Leader at UCS. Next comes a talk on Thursday, April 4 at 1pm, Nursing Men with Psychological Trauma, presented by Dr Claire Chatterton of the Open University’s School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care, which will discuss the emotional and psychological damage suffered by soldiers during World War One, with specific reference to the nurses treating them.

On Thursday, April 6 at 6pm, UCS welcomes Dr Simon Brown of SETsquared, Europe’s leading incubator network. An incubator is an entity, in this case linked to universities, which aims to support innovative scientific start-ups, and Dr Brown will be examining the possibility of exploiting the potentially lucrative intellectual property that is currently languishing deep in folders in university labs. The talk is called Uncovering Hidden Gems – What Unexploited Intellectual Property Can be Found Lurking in the Bottom Drawers of Our University Labs?

Much of Professor Elizabeth-Mason Whitehead’s research focuses on stigma, and her talk on Wednesday, April 19 at 1pm will explore the stigmatisation of those with conditions such as leprosy and ebola, and the impact of that stigmatisation upon health and social care. Professor Mason-Whitehead is the Programme Leader for the new MSc in Rural Health at UCS, and she has a background in nursing and midwifery, as well as in academic research.

On Saturday, April 22, the first of three Reading Group Meetings takes place, with a consideration of Elizabeth Gaskell’s best-loved novel, Cranford. The group will meet between 1.30pm and 3.30pm and will be led by Katie Baker, who teaches at UCS on the Children’s Literature and Nineteenth-Century Women’s Writing modules and is studying Gaskell as part of her ongoing research.

The month bows out with a day-long exploration [HI1] of Georgian Shrewsbury on Saturday, April 29, hosted by UCS History Programme Leader Dr James Pardoe. The study day has been arranged to honour the memory of architectural historian Julia Ionides, who was the administrator for the charity the Dog Rose Trust and jointly ran the Dog Rose Georgians, formerly the Georgian Group, Shropshire and Marches Regional Branch. The day will include a talk by architect Peter Howell, also of the Dog Rose Georgians, and Dr Tim Jenkins, UCS Visiting Lecturer on History and Archaeology, on Julia’s legacy, and an examination of the Quarry as ‘a pleasure ground for a leisure town’ by landscape and social historian Advolly Richmond. For full details of the day, which runs from 10am until 4pm with an optional walking tour at 4.30pm, visit ucshrewsbury.ac.uk; to book a place, email [email protected] or [email protected].

With the exception of the Story of Silk, all talks take place at Guildhall. To book a place on all talks with the exception of the Study Day, email [email protected] or call 01743 297553.

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