Ahead of Research Week next week (20-23 June), the Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex's (ARC KSS) Academy team is today (13 June) announcing the winners of the research poster competition held to recognise and celebrate the contribution of research to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion made by applied health and social care researchers during 2021/22.

Researchers throughout the region, including academics, health care, public health, social care and social work professionals, were invited to take part and submit a poster.  All entries were then evaluated by a panel of judges made up from members from the Organisation and Research CApacity Group (ORCA), Developing Research Careers Group and ARC KSS Public Advisors.

Following 14 submissions, the judges awarded the joint winning prize to:

Dr Jolie Keemink, (University of Kent) for the poster on: Consultation with older LGBTQ+ individuals to identify research priorities for EDI in residential care and Alice Tunks (Brighton and Sussex Medical School) for the poster on: Access to services for Perinatal Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (POCD).

The runner-up prize was given to Dr Devyn Glass (Brighton and Sussex Medical School) for a poster on: Primary and Community Health Services - Community Priority Setting.

Judges also awarded a highly commended to the poster submitted by Brontë McDonald (University of Sussex) on: Development of a psychological intervention for primary school attendance problems – co-design workshops with parent and educational professionals.

Professor Sally Kendall, ARC KSS Capacity Building Lead, said:

“We would like to congratulate all the researchers who entered this year’s research poster competition. The judging panel agreed that all entries were of very high standard and reflected the quality of research taking place across Kent, Surrey and Sussex and its potential for making a real difference to patients, families and the wider community.

"We would like to thank everyone that took part and invite you to take a look at all the entries on our website.  

As part of the programme of events next week all poster entries will be on display at the Research Symposium on Thursday 23 June at the University of Sussex and Jolie, Alice and Devyn have been invited to present their research posters at the symposium”.

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