• Exploring New Voices: Future Practice in Applied Theatre

      Jones, Rhiannon; Connelly, Heather; University of Derby (2019-01)
      Exploring New Voices: Future Practice in Applied Theatre Conference aimed to extend and refresh practice amongst a creative community of theatre-makers, academics and world-class practitioners. At the conference questions were asked to address challenges and share ideas that explore how Applied Theatre can bring ‘New Voices’ into our work and revolutionise the way we co-create with diverse communities. To this end, teachers, academics, students, and theatre-makers explored new ways of developing and exploring their practice by exchanging invaluable insights with practitioners working in a variety of fields within Applied Theatre and participating in workshops led by the nation’s leading Applied Theatre specialists, each of whom guided participants on a different area of practice under the umbrella concept of shared agency with communities. As part of the event InDialogue, (2019) Dr Rhiannon Jones (University of Derby) and Dr Heather Connelly (University of Lincoln) - Co Founders of InDialogue presented their artistic research & collaboration which focuses on the use of dialogue to generate practice across all creative disciplines. They also announced the call for participation for InDialogue 2019; the international symposium hosted by one of the InDialogue partners for 2019; Derby Theatre. The 4thiteration of InDialogue will bring together UK and International based artists and researchers to push the boundaries in thinking about the use of DIALOGUE and SITE within PRACTICE, across the disciplines of art and design. Inviting proposals that activate the temporary occupation of a variety of regional cultural venues Derby Theatre, Déda, S.H.E.D , Mansions of the Future, Nottingham Contemporary. The call seeks to harness the potential movement of InDialogue through the region in a variety of contexts to afford further examination of dialogic practices.
    • Exploring public perspectives of e-professionalism in nursing

      Jackson, Jessica; University of Derby (RCN Publishing Ltd., 2019-12-02)
      Background E-professionalism is a term used to describe the behaviours of healthcare professionals, including nurses, in the online environment. While a range of professional guidance on the use of online social media platforms is available, there has been little research into the perspectives of patients and the public more generally on nurses’ e-professionalism. Aim To explain what, how and why the public make decisions about the acceptability of nurses’ online behaviours and e-professionalism, and to make recommendations for nurses on managing the information they share online. Method This was a mixed-method critical realist study. Participants in a survey (n=53) and two focus groups (n=8) discussed and rated the acceptability of five vignettes related to nurses’ online behaviours based on real-life examples. Findings The participants generally thought that nurses are entitled to have a personal life and freedom of speech and to promote causes they believe to be important, even if these were not aligned with their own beliefs. Participants unanimously considered the use of profane language against any individuals or groups to be unacceptable. Conclusion The public make decisions on the acceptability of nurses’ online behaviours based on a range of complex factors, including social and individual values, attitudes and beliefs, as well as their intent and consequences. Recommendations for nurses on how to manage the information they share online include: using separate platforms for personal, educational and professional purposes; using functions that control who can ‘tag’ and share their posts; and ensuring any information they share that relates to healthcare or nursing practice is up to date and evidence based.
    • Exploring real world learning through Company Aside

      Daly, Darren; Barth, Caroline; Shelton, Fiona; University of Derby (2014)
      This is a case study of the ‘Company Aside’ initiative at Derby Theatre focussed on its efficacy as a learning model. The presentation was part of The University of Derby’s Learning, Teaching and Assessment conference on Pedagogies for The Future. It is an evaluative case study of the ‘Company Aside’ initiative as a learning model. The research was drawn from focus group discussions and questionnaires with students and professionals engaged on the programme, identifying key challenges, successes and considerations for further development.
    • Exploring the benefits of surround sound in contemporary live music performances

      Crossley, John; University of Derby (Audio Engineering Society, 2016-06)
      Spatial audio utilizing 5.1 surround sound and newer developments such as object oriented audio has become well established in cinema and home theaters. The expansion of this into live musical performance is quite limited. This work explores the benefits of surround sound for contemporary music performance. A 20-channel Wavefield synthesis system was compared to a high quality stereo sound reinforcement system under identical experimental conditions. An original composition was used to avoid familiarity with program material and to encourage focus on spatial considerations. Data drawn from audiences at both performances is used to quantify the perceptual differences for the average audience and to draw conclusions as to the usefulness of using a system of this type in an “average” contemporary live music performance.
    • Exploring the Challenges of Electric Vehicle Adoption in Final Mile Parcel Delivery

      Anosike, Anthony; Loomes, H; Udokporo, C.K.; Garza-Reyes, Jose Arturo; University of Derby (Taylor & Francis, 2021-09-23)
      The rise in e-commerce has increased last mile parcel deliveries, in turn affecting the sustainability of transport. With the worldwide efforts to minimise fossil fuel use including the UK Government's plans to end the sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2035, alternative fuels need to be explored. Currently one of the most promising solutions is the electric vehicle which produces zero tailpipe emissions. This paper aims to explore the challenges of adopting Electric Vehicles (EVs) in final mile parcel deliveries, and thus identify potential directions for future research. To achieve this, we developed a systematic literature review to better understand the nature of these challenges and to provide a background from which to acquire more information from leading logistics companies in the form of in-depth interviews. We found that the companies encountered different challenges based on their fleet sizes, schedule and capacity to implement the required structural and infrastructural changes to support the efficient running of their last mile delivery operations on EVs.
    • Exploring the experience of novelty when viewing creative adverts: An ERP study.

      Zhou, Shujin; Yin, Yue; Yu, Tingting; Stupple, Edward J. N.; Luo, Junlong; Shanghai Normal University; University of Derby (Frontiers, 2018-04-09)
      The electrophysiological correlates of experiencing novelty in creative advertising were studied in 28 healthy subjects using event-related potentials. Participants viewed images that were difficult to interpret until a description was presented providing either a creative description (CD) featuring an unexpected description of the image based on the original advertisement, or a normal description (ND), which was a literal description of the image (and served as a baseline condition). Participants evaluated the level of creativity of the description. The results showed that the N2 amplitude was higher for CDs than for NDs across middle and right scalp regions between 240 and 270 ms, most likely reflecting conflict detection. Moreover, CDs demonstrated greater N400 than NDs in a time window between 380 and 500 ms, it is argued that this reflects semantic integration. The present study investigates the electrophysiological correlates of experiencing novelty in advertising with ecologically valid stimuli. This substantially extends the findings of earlier laboratory studies with more artificial stimuli.
    • Exploring the importance of cultural collectivism on the efficacy of lean practices: Taking an organisational and national perspective.

      Wiengarten, Frank; Gimenez, Cristina; Fynes, Brian; Ferdows, Kasra; University College Dublin (Emerald., 2015-02-03)
      The purpose of this study is to assess the influence of cultural collectivism on the efficacy of lean practices. Furthermore, this study assesses whether or not potential cultural disadvantages related to the level of individualism at the national level can be compensated for at the organisational culture level. Hofstede’s cultural dimension of individualism is used to test whether practicing a collectivistic culture at the organisational level can fully compensate for the potential disadvantages of being geographically situated in an individualistic culture when practicing lean. Results suggest that cultural collectivism at the national and organisational level have a significant impact on the efficacy of lean practices. Furthermore, the negative impact of being situated in an individualistic country cannot be fully compensated for through practicing a collectivistic organisational culture when practicing lean. This study represents a comprehensive attempt to simultaneously assess the collectivism cultural components of lean practices at the national as well as at the organisational level.
    • Exploring the international utility of progressing compassionate mind training in school settings: a comparison of implementation effectiveness of the same curricula in the UK and Portugal

      Maratos, Frances A.; Matos, Marcela; Alberquerque, Isabel; Wood, Wendy; Palmeira, Lara; Cuna, Marina; Lima, Margarida; Gilbert, Paul; University of Derby; University of Coimbra (British Psychological Society, 2020-09-01)
      Given current retention and well-being crises within the teaching profession worldwide, this research sought to explore implementation efficacy of a Compassion Mind Training (CMT) programme in cross-cultural school-settings. A 6-module CMT curriculum was implemented in teaching staff of two primary schools in the UK (N=76) and one primary school in Portugal (N=41). Results revealed that high-quality implementation was achieved across the UK and Portuguese cohorts, with the majority of staff providing extremely positive ratings regarding all aspects of module content, delivery, and interest/relevance. Moreover, recommendation of the CMT to others was the modal response across cohorts. These findings indicate that CMT in school settings has international appeal and utility in helping educators manage educational-based stresses.
    • Exploring the legal framework for ‘criminality information sharing’ in England and Wales: working Paper

      Grace, Jamie; University of Derby (2012-02-15)
      One serious issue addressed is that while the legal framework with regard to criminality information sharing for public protection purposes may be complex, it is currently lacking one vital ingredient with regard to the sharing of ‘soft intelligence’ data: there is no statutory guidance as to what an appropriate degree of consultation might be in particular circumstances of sharing criminality information that is not simply convictions or cautions data etc. This is perhaps where statutory codification or better, perhaps, statutory specificity, along the lines of the ‘gateways’ for the admissibility of ‘bad character’ evidence in the Criminal Justice Act 2003, would be or real and meaningful assistance to Chief Constables and other responsible for the sharing of ‘criminality information’ across the public sector. More profoundly, we must ask a more moral question of the current statutory framework, since it is so inflexible, with regard to the disclosure of convictions and cautions, however foggy and distant these offences may (or may not) be.
    • Exploring the long-term influence of the family nurse partnership on the lives of young mothers

      Woodward, Amelia; Ward, Derek; Jackson, Jessica; University of Derby (Oxford University Press, 2017-10-20)
      Background The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is an intensive nurse led home-visiting programme for first-time mothers under 19 years old and their babies, run by the English Government. This small qualitative study is part of a larger study which examined the key outcomes of the programme in one UK location. Few studies have explored the experiences of young mothers after graduating from the FNP. The aim of this study was to explore mother’s own experiences of the programme and particularly how the FNP programme has had an impact upon parents and their children post-graduation from the programme. Methods Data was collected using face to face, semi-structured interviews with a purposeful sample of 12 mothers who had graduated from the FNP programme. Mothers were asked about their experience of the programme and their subsequent life-course. The interviews were recorded and then transcribed verbatim. Analysis of the data was conducted using a constant comparative approach. Results The mothers who had participated in the FNP program were very positive about their experiences and talked about the continued impact the programme has had on their lives. Themes emerging from the data included the importance of the supportive nature of the relationship with the family nurse and how participating in the FNP had increased their self-confidence and has empowered them to make positive changes in their lives. Conclusions The interviews found that mothers valued the intervention and it had a long-term impact on the mothers. In addition ways in which the FNP intervention has influenced the lives of clients and their families, that are not routinely measured by the programme were identified. Researchers are now working with the programme providers to support its development of a more flexible intervention model of parenting support so that the beneficial effects of the programme can reach more vulnerable parents. Key messages: •Mothers value the FNP intervention and continue to benefit from the programme after it has finished •Further development and evolution of the model is being undertaken which aims to reach more parents and should be researched.
    • Exploring the potential role of coaching skills.

      de Witt, Julie T; University of Derby (2018-07-04)
      Part of our role is to develop and inspire the leaders of the future; so they will go onto deliver high quality healthcare services for all of us. However, inspiring leaders of the future is not as simple as including in a curriculum. Various reports examining the failures within the UK NHS seem to emphasize this unfortunately (Francis, 2012: Keogh, 2012: Morecambe Bay, 2015). Addressing intrinsic motivation is key in embedding the concept of leadership into our graduates, as future clinical leaders within the NHS. This is also where a coaching approach in both personal tutoring and in the class setting (team coaching) can work. Using a coaching approach we may begin to tap into that area below the waterline and encourage the student to reach their own solution; one which addresses their inherent motivation. In this invited talk I will outline some of those strategies and why you should consider building some of them into your practice.
    • Exploring the psychological rewards of a familiar semirural landscape: connecting to local nature through a mindful approach

      Richardson, Miles; Hallam, Jenny (2013-02-21)
      This study analyses a 53,000 word diary of a year engaging with nature through over 200 trips to a semi-rural landscape. Thematic analysis revealed two themes; the transition from observer to nature connectedness and the ways in which the natural environment was experienced once a connection was made. These themes are discussed in relation to theories that seek to explain the positive effect of nature and nature connectedness. The findings are important as they suggest that repeated engagement with local semi-rural countryside can lead to a mindful approach and psychological rewards that do not require travel into the wilderness. The work informs further research into outcomes and processes of nature based interventions such as: trip frequency, duration and diary keeping.
    • Exploring the relationship between corporate branding, internal branding and employer branding: an empirical study

      Punjaisri, K.; Cheng, Ranis; Foster, Carley; Nottingham Trent University (2010)
    • Exploring the relationship between corporate, internal and employer branding

      Foster, Carley; Punjaisri, K.; Cheng, Ranis; Nottingham Trent University (EmeraldBingley, 2010)
    • Exploring the relationship between corporate, internal and employer branding - an empirical study

      Foster, Carley; Punjaisri, K.; Cheng, Ranis; Nottingham Trent University (2011)
    • Exploring the relationship between gamma-band activity and maths anxiety

      Batashvili, Michael; Staples, Paul; Baker, Ian; Sheffield, David; University of Derby (Taylor and Francis, 2019-03-18)
      Previous research has outlined high anxiety in connection with gamma modulation, identifying that gamma-band activity (40–100 Hz) correlates with processing of threat perception, attention and anxiety. Maths anxiety research has also noted the involvement of these aspects, yet this has not been investigated from a neurophysiological standpoint. Electroencephalography (EEG) was used to research gamma-band activity in relation to maths anxiety over two studies. The first measured gamma differences during the processing of complex addition and multiplication stimuli. Results identified differences between high and low maths anxious individuals; significantly greater gamma power was observed in those with high maths anxiety than those with low maths anxiety. As a control condition was not used, the second study replicated the design, but also applied a non-numerical control condition amongst the other stimuli sets. This showed significantly greater gamma activity in high maths anxious individuals across numerical conditions, but not in the non-numerical condition. High maths anxious individuals likely show attentional bias and threat perception to numerical-based stimuli, as indexed by gamma power. This study provides the first evidence of greater gamma-band activity in high maths anxious individuals and serves as a foundation for the exploration of gamma activity in high maths anxious individuals.
    • Exploring the Relationship Between Mathematics Anxiety and Performance: An Eye-Tracking Approach

      Hunt, Thomas E.; Clark-Carter, David; Sheffield, David; University of Derby; Department of Life Sciences, College of Life and Natural Sciences; University of Derby; Derby UK; Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health Sciences; Staffordshire University; Stoke-on-Trent UK; Department of Life Sciences, College of Life and Natural Sciences; University of Derby; Derby UK (2014-12-09)
      Summary: The mechanisms underpinning the relationship between math anxiety and arithmetic performance are not fully understood. This study used an eye-tracking approach to measure a range of eye movements of 78 undergraduate students in response to performance on an arithmetic verification task. Results demonstrated a significant positive relationship between self-reported math anxiety and response time, indicating reduced processing efficiency. Analysis of eye-movement data reinforced the utility of an eye-tracking approach in studying arithmetic performance; specific digit fixations, dwell time, saccades, and regressions all significantly predicted response time. Furthermore, findings highlighted significant positive correlations between math anxiety and fixations, dwell time, and saccades. Despite there being little evidence that eye movements mediate the math anxiety-to-performance relationship, relationships observed between math anxiety and eye movements provide a useful starting point for research using an eye-tracking methodology in studying math anxiety and performance; the present findings suggest future work should focus on calculation strategy.
    • Exploring the reliability and validity of the Huntington’s Disease quality of life battery for carers (HDQoL-C) within a Polish population

      Aubeeluck, Aimee; Stupple, Edward; Bartoszek, A; Kocka, K; Ślusarska, B; Stupple, Edward J. N.; University of Derby (MDPI, 2019-06-30)
      Huntington’s disease (HD) is a rare genetic neurodegenerative disorder that causes motor disorders, neuropsychiatric symptoms and a progressing deterioration of cognitive functions. Complex issues resulting from the hereditary nature of HD, the complexity of symptoms and the concealed onset of the disease have a great impact on the quality of life of family carers. The caregivers are called the “forgotten people” in HD, especially with relation to genetic counseling. This study aims to explore the reliability and validity of the Huntington’s Disease Quality of Life Battery for carers (HDQoL-C) within a Polish population. A total of 90 carers recruited from the Enroll-HD study in Polish research centers of the European Huntington’s Disease Network completed a polish translation of the HDQoL-C. Data were subjected to Principle Components Analysis (PCA) and reliability measures. The Polish version of the shortened versions of the HDQoL-C is similarly valid compared to the original English version and suitable for use within this population. The HDQoL-C has previously demonstrated a wide range of benefits for practitioners in capturing and understanding carer experience and these benefits can now be extended to Polish speaking populations.
    • Exploring the turning points in researchers’ lives: using the three-scene storyboarding technique

      Hooley, Tristram; Law, Bill; Bentley, Kieran; University of Derby (2013-03-19)
      This publication sets out an approach to careers work called three scene storyboarding. Storyboarding aims to help researchers to set down their experiences, to think about their careers and to take action based on this reflection. Storyboarding is a creative technique which asks researchers to think about their lives in narrative terms and to set down their experience in the form of drawings. This is an innovative technique that asks them to think about their careers in an unfamiliar way. It can therefore be a challenging technique for professionals to get started with. However, this report shows that the storyboarding approach can be useful and that it can expand any researcher's career-management repertoire.