From the 19 – 25 October, we will be celebrating Open Access week! The theme for this year is “Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion”. Building on the previous two years, 2020’s theme seeks to investigate equity in open research - interrogating what is open to whom and trying to address inequalities in the system. On Wednesday 21st October, Holly Limbert, Repository and Open Access Librarian, will be delivering a workshop, 'Gender Equality in Open Research' which is open to all and will be of particular interest to women in research. The session aims to cover the benefits of Open Access, best practice for submissions to UDORA, and becoming more visible as a researcher by increasing your online profile. The session will also present itself as an opportunity to make connections and act as a space for sharing knowledge. Further information can be found on the event listing here where you can also sign up. The session will be delivered online.


Are you a PhD student or Postdoctoral Researcher? If so, we would love you to share your experiences about how Institutional Repositories have aided you in your research or your experience of submitting your thesis to UDORA and the benefits that this has had for you and getting your research out there. This would mean recording a short voice clip, 2-3 minutes long via a recording device or mobile phone. Please get in touch with Holly Limbert if you are interested as it would be fantastic to have you involved!’


For the most recent Open Access research publications on Covid-19, please follow this link to DOAJ (the Directory of Open Access Journals) where you will be redirected to a number of free to access literature.


Access to Taylor and Francis microsite for free Covid-19 literature is available here. 


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UDORA is the institutional repository of research produced by staff at the University of Derby, and an archive of our completed doctoral theses.

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  • Delivering patient centred care (Part 2): a qualitative study of the perceptions of service users and deliverers.

    Hyde, Emma; Hardy, Maryann; University of Derby; University of Bradford (Elsevier, 2020-10-07)
    There is growing awareness of the importance of patient centred care (PCC) in health care. Within Radiography in the UK, elements of PCC are embedded within professional body publications and guidance documents, but there is limited research evidence exploring whether perceptions of PCC are equivalent between those delivering (radiographers) and those experiencing (patient) care. This study aimed to address this gap by determining compatibility in perceptions of PCC between those using and those delivering radiography services in order to develop measurable indicators of PCC. This project was funded by the College of Radiographers Industry Partnership Scheme. Ethical approval was granted by the University of Derby College of Health & Social Care Ethics committee. This paper reports Stage 2 of the project, which was a series of focus groups and telephone interviews to enable deeper discussion and exploration of PCC. Situational vignettes were used to promote discussion and debate and encourage suggestions for PCC approaches. Audit tools to assess engagement with PCC were developed at individual and organisational level. Four focus groups and six telephone interviews were carried out in total. Focus groups were held in a variety of locations to promote attendance. Telephone interviews were used to capture participants who could not attend a focus group in person. Disparity between perceptions of service users and those delivering radiography services on what constitutes high quality PCC was evident. Perceived levels of care and the effectiveness of communication appeared to be the key influences on whether PCC was delivered. It is evident from the results of Stage 1 and Stage 2 that we have some way to go before we have parity in how care within diagnostic radiography is perceived, experienced and delivered. Audit tools and an educational toolkit are offered as ways to support increased PCC within diagnostic radiography practice. Several service improvements and audit tools are offered to support the increased delivery of PCC.
  • Are young people aged 16-19 using or expecting to use the gig economy for their careers

    Galfalvi, Esther; Hooley, Tristram; Neary, Siobhan; University of Derby (NICEC, 2020-10)
    Amid growing precarity and zero hour contracts, the ‘gig economy’ represents a new way of working mediated by web technology. Workers can sign up to a work platform – a website or smartphone program that manages the work automatically – and take on work at the tap of a button. Some platforms manage labour, such as driving for Uber or delivering food for Deliveroo, while others manage retail activity, such as Ebay or Etsy. Recent research has shown that a significant number of people are using platform work to earn money, with over half being young people aged 16-34. While there are some data regarding satisfaction levels and attractors, there is little research examining specific age segments of workers, or the relationship between platform work and career. Using data from focus group interviews with school and Further Education college students, this paper will discuss findings from research investigating how young people in England aged 16-19 perceive the gig economy and whether they feel that it will be relevant to their careers, with a view to discussing whether it may be necessary to include in careers education programmes or guidance. The interview data indicate that these participants were occasionally using platforms to make money, and a few were earning regularly, usually on retail platforms. While some interviewees appreciated the autonomy and flexibility promised by gig economy work, the uncertainty, perceived low status, and lack of career progression prevented them from taking it seriously as a career option. Instead, they preferred traditional forms of work that provide more stability and organisational support - an increasingly rare commodity in a labour market that is changing rapidly in the opposite direction. We conclude that while there may be little value in giving detailed individual guidance on the gig economy, it could be valuable to use it as a way of teaching young people about the labour market and different types of employment
  • Celebrity scientists: Inspiration or just entertainment?

    Dent, Maria Fay; Radford, Neil; University of Derby (The Association for Science Education, 2020-09-30)
    This article explores perceptions of science students about the influence of celebrity science on their aspirations. Does celebrity science inspire? Their views are contrasted with those of five prominent celebrity scientists (including Sir David Attenborough and Baroness Susan Greenfield). Qualitative interviews revealed that whilst a key factor in science aspiration is personal interest, celebrity scientists were perceived as having the potential and responsibility to inspire young people. Authenticity and credibility, alongside entertainment, were seen as potentially optimising this influence. Implications for teacher educators are considered from the perspective of working with science teachers, scientists and celebrity scientists, with the concept of ‘message to a name’ being introduced as a supportive tool.
  • Consumption and material culture of poverty in early-modern Europe, c.1450-1800

    Harley, Joseph; University of Derby (Routledge, 2020-12-31)
  • CloudIoT-based Jukebox Platform: a music player for mobile users in Café

    Kang, Byungseok; Lee, Joohyun; Bagdasar, Ovidiu; Choo, Hyunseung; University of Derby; Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea (Ministry of Education, Taipei, Taiwan, 2020-09-20)
    Contents services have been provided to people in a variety of ways. Jukebox service is one of the contents streaming which provides an automated music-playing service. User inserts coin and presses a play button, the jukebox automatically selects and plays the record. The Disk Jockey (DJ) in Korean cafeteria (café) received contents desired of customer and played them through the speakers in the store. In this paper, we propose a service platform that reinvented the Korean café DJ in an integrated environment of IoT and cloud computing. The user in a store can request contents (music, video, and message) through the service platform. The contents are provided through the public screen and speaker in the store where the user is located. This allows people in the same location store to enjoy the contents together. The user information and the usage history are collected and managed in the cloud. Therefore, users can receive customized services regardless of stores. We compare our platform to exist services. As a result of the performance evaluation, the proposed platform shows that contents can be efficiently provided to users and adapts IoT-Cloud integrated environments.

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