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Looking to the future: power, privilege and co-production training

By Niccola, on 17 January 2021

Meet Humma, she is a PhD student on the UCL Wellcome PhD in Mental Health Science, here she shares her experience of taking part in Co-Production Collective training sessions as part of the programme.

Learning in Lockdown: Ask the Expert has Launched

By Caroline Francis, on 6 January 2021

As the country enters its third national lockdown and with schools set to be closed until February half-term or longer, we have an exciting new project to help students stay engaged with learning at home.

A Year of Co-production: What Have We Learned and What Is To Come?

By Rory, on 17 December 2020

Publications from 2020 confirm that interest in co-production is gathering pace. But from some perspectives, this approach to research is unwanted, unhelpful, or unrealistic. In this review, Rory takes a critical look at co-production and the new frontiers we can look forward to as it continues to develop.

How can technologies help us live happy, healthy lives as we age?

By Rory, on 16 December 2020

Georgie from the UCL Institute of Health Engineering shares with us her co-production journey to date, listening and learning. Find out how you can take part in shaping our future and finding the right technology to make ageing healthier and happier for all of us.

Co-production and involvement in health research: why aren’t we showing our working?

By Rory, on 15 December 2020

Centre co-producers, Jordan and Lynn, reflect on personal co-production, involvement experiences, and pose (many) difficult questions about how the Collective’s core values of Challenging, Transparent, Inclusive and being Human can be put into practice.

‘Hard-to-reach’ – the ghost of co-production past

By Rory, on 14 December 2020

Inspired by the challenges women faced while campaigning for their right to vote over a hundred years ago, Mandy writes from the perspective of a co-producer about the pressures of speaking up in public settings and how it could be helped by a more welcoming atmosphere.

The trees, the forest & the ecosystem… time to talk about our payment policy

By Niccola, on 6 December 2020

This is a blog from Co-Production Collective co-producer Susan, who shares a little about the work she has been doing in pulling together info so that we can start on co-producing our very own payment policy! Over to you Susan…

Co-creating change together: our direction for 2020 – 2022

By Lizzie, on 27 November 2020

As our first month as Co-Production Collective draws to a close, the giddy excitement of the launch is a happy memory, and we’re no longer tripping over our new name quite so much, our thoughts are turning to a big question – what next? Good job we’ve got a brand new strategy to point us […]

Performing Health: One year on.

By helencraig, on 25 November 2020

This blog has been written by Public Engagement Manager, Helen Craig, about her experiences supporting Performing Health, part of the Performance Lab programme which brings together artists, researchers, and students to explore how performance can animate research. It’s bittersweet to remember the Performing Health symposium held by UCL Culture almost a year ago. So many […]

Ambitiously co-producing mental health support

By Rory, on 23 November 2020

This blog was co-written by Sarah, Emily N and Juli who work at Ambitious about Autism with contributions from Saffron, Vera, Emily M and members of the Ambitious Youth Network. Find out how they have been adapting to the challenges of the pandemic and continue to co-produce the changes that autistic young people wish to […]