Regular updates on what's going on here at RCBC Wales

Political Awareness Training

Understanding the political landscape of the country you work in and knowing about how policy is developed and held to account is important. For our researchers, who we know want to make a difference with the projects they undertake, we feel that is so crucial we provide political awareness training every other year. Read more


18 May 2017

Coaching & Compassion

At our March Community of Scholars event we had workshops from two external speakers. Sylvia Vacher from Objectives training returned to RCBCWales having given a well received workshop at the September 2016 Residential. Her topic for this session was Coaching for Development and Growth. Fellows had the opportunity to have a go at being both a coach and coachee Read more


29 March 2017

Completions this year

Congratulations to two Fellows who have been awarded research degrees this year.


Kostantinos Papadopoulos is a physiotherapist who's studied at Bangor university. His PhD study addressed the question: Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: What is the most appropriate way to assess and measure?  Kostantinos is now a lecturer (Allied and Public Health) at Anglia Ruskin University.


Jonathan Tigwell is an occupational therapist who has been awarded Read more

Welcome to our New Fellows

It is with great pleasure that we can introduce our newest cohort of Fellows.


Christopher Evans - Paramedic - Bangor University

Edward Lord - Nurse (Mental Health) - Swansea University

Nicola Savory - Midwife - Cardiff University


First-into-Research (1 day per week for 12 months): Read more.


19 Jan 2017

2016 RCBC Residential

This year has flown by and as we start a new academic year the scholars have once again come together for a two day residential.The event started with presentations from all of the schoalrs, providing a really opportunity to hear about all of the great things that they have been doing. Read more.



6 Oct 2016

Welcome Henry Yeomans

RCBC Wales is delighted to welcome Henry Yeomans into the role of lay representative on our Operational Group.


Henry is a member of the Involving People Network.Since retiring from teaching in Further Education, he has been involved as a lay representative on a number of health and care research projects and  is also a coach at a Job Club in Pontypridd.

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23 Aug, 2016


Call Open for First into Research Fellowships

As part of our work to continue building research capacity, I am delighted to announce our latest Fellowship call. First into Research awards are for one day a week for up to 12 months. The Fellowships are targeted at newcomers to research or those wishing to develop confidence in research, to work on projects seeking answers to questions relevant to Nursing, Midwifery, the Allied Health Professions and Pharmacists in the specified fields. Please click here to see further details about this exciting opportunity.


Martin Steggall

(Grant Holder, RCBCWales)


14th July 2016

Tenovus Mobile Unit Hosts RCBC CoS

A big thank you to Tenovus Cancer Care who yesterday allowed us to hold our latest Community of Scholars (CoS) masterclass on one of their mobile support units. The truck is incredible. Once parked the sides are expanded out and the unit can be used to provide cancer treatment, counselling and support out in the community right across Wales.  

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1 July, 2016

Call Open for PhD Fellowships

Following a successful bid to Health and Care Research Wales to continue the valuable work of RCBC Wales in building research capacity across nursing, midwifery, pharmacy and the allied health professions, I am delighted to announce the first call for RCBC Wales PhD Fellowships. Please click here to see further details about this exciting opportunity.


Martin Steggall

(Grant Holder, RCBCWales)


16th June 2016

Camera shy? Not our fellows!

We have been putting our Fellows through their paces with a day of media training. Thanks to Melanie Doel and John Curzon, who between them have a wealth of broadcast experience with both the BBC and ITV, our May mastercalss was full of practical opportunities to develop the skills that every researcher needs in order to communicate their work to the public.    Read more


17th May, 2016

Masterclasses continue to address a range of topics

Andy McCann's session on resillience was highly interactive!

Every two months throughout the academic year, all of those who are currently funded under the RCBCWales scheme come together for bespoke days of personal and professional development. All Fellows receive training at their host institiutions so these masterclasses aim to provide opportunitites 'above and beyond' this. Since the residential in September...


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5th April, 2016

Latest PhD thesis submitted

Univesity of South Wales student Sue Thomas has recently submitted her thesis for the award of PhD. Her study has used a mixed-methods approach to develop a patient assessment instrument for district nurses to measure community-based patient complexity.


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1st February, 2016

Sue (left) with thesis.

Cardiff Uni Scholar leads marathon study

Based at the Cardiff University, physiotherapist Dr. Liba Sheeran has part-time funding from RCBCWales for the study TRAINing Physio in the pocketTM(PIP); Technology for personalised rehabilitation in back pain

Currently, she is also leading a study to follow 500 Cardiff half marathon participants who have never run before... Read more.

RCBC Welcomes new Scholars

From the most recent round of applications RCBC Wales is delighted to have been able to appoint 7 new scholars.


For the first time, funding was available for 3 postdoctoral research posts and from a very competitve pool of applicants Jessica Baille, Lucie Warren and Liba Sheeran have been funded to complete their projects at Cardiff University. Both Lucie and Jessica are previous recipients of RCBC PhD funding.



2015 RCBC Residential meeting

The 2015 RCBC Community of Scholars Residential event on 11th September at the Clayton Hotel, Cardiff was a great success. With the theme of Communicating your message, all Fellows presented posters of their work over the two days, interspersed with an 'Academic writing' workshop, led by Professor John Skelton, a session on 'Managing your digital presence,' from Julie Kissick, and a workshop looking at applying positive psychology principles to work, led by Sarah Lewis. Dr Tom Crick also spoke about his experiences as a member of the Sense about Science – Voice of Young Science network.


It was great to hear.....(Read more)

Professor Donna Mead steps down from RCBC

Professor Donna Mead has stepped down as RCBC Grant Administrator following her retirement from the University of South Wales. The new Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education, Dr Martin Steggall, takes over the role. Dr Steggall said, "Professor Mead has been the Grant Administrator since its inception in 2006 and I would like to pay tribute to her legacy to RCBC. Under her leadership, the scheme has flourished and is an acknowledged success."

We wish Donna all the best in her ongoing career.

Thanks to Dr Llewellyn

Thanks to Dr Mark Llewellyn for his role as Academic Facilitator for the Community of Scholars from 2012-2015. Mark's leadership of the Community of Scholars has been much appreciated over the last three years.

PhD Completions and a Chancellor’s Prize!!! (30 October, 2013)


I would like to congratulate a number of students on their recent PhD success. This is a huge achievement. You have all been exemplary student members of RCBC and your success is well deserved. I am very proud of you and your contributions to RCBC.  Read more...

Prof Donna Mead

Alun Islwyn Giles Award for RCBC PhD student (22 May, 2013)


Early Career PhD student, Nesta Roberts, was awarded the Alun Islwyn Giles memorial nursing scholarship at the CNO's Conference on 20th May. Congratulations Nesta! Read more...

Co-production and RCBC Wales (09 October, 2012)


The RCBC 'Residential' was held last month for the Community of Scholars, the theme of which this year was co-production. We had a number of interesting invited speakers all of whom have recently worked on, written or generally contributed to debates on co-production.


Reflecting on those discussions, and what they might mean for them are three of the new intake of scholars. You can see what they thought

by clicking the link below.


Interesting stuff...

European Doctoral Conference in Nursing Science (08 May, 2012)


The 13th European Doctoral Conference in Nursing Science (EDCNS) will be held at the Medical University of Graz, Austria, September 2012. RCBC Wales may be able to offer some support to existing RCBC fellows who have an abstract accepted for the conference. See further details here.

PhD Studentships now available (04 May, 2012)


RCBC Wales is offereing funding for up to 6 PhD studentships to commence from September 2012. To find out more click here.

Alumni Fellow wins paper of the day award at RCN Conference (24 April, 2012)


Dr Paul Gill of the Univeristy of Glamorgan was awarded paper of the day for his RCBC study paper entitled 'Participants' experiences of kidney transplant failure' at the RCN Annual International Nursing Research Conference in London, 23rd April. Further details can be found here. Well done Paul!

RCBC student receives recognition at Chief Nursing Officer's Conference (21 March, 2012)


PhD student, Cheryl Phillips, was awarded second prize for her poster presentation at the CNO's Conference on 15th March. Well done Cheryl! Read more

Thank you to Dr Iredale (03 February, 2012)


RCBC would like to thank Dr Rachel Iredale for her hard work and commitment in her role as facilitator of the Community of Scholars since the inception of the scheme. Read more


Chancellor's Prize for Edna Astbury-Ward


Congratulations to Dr Edna Asbury-Ward on being awarded The Chancellors Prize for her research at Glyndwr University. Read more

Jenny Welstand wins award for best presentation


Congratulations to Jenny Welstand on winning best oral presentation at the European Cardiovascular Nursing Annual Conference in Geneva. Read more


ViPER Event for First into Research Fellows

On Monday 18th January RCBC Wales held a ViPER event at Glyndwr University, Wrexham for its First into Research fellows. Each researcher presented details of their research topics with the aid of a poster and group discussion. The ViPER format (which stands for Visual Presentation and Expert Review) was used as a basis to encourage interaction and discussion within the group. Read more

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