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Ketso Taster session: Integrating co-production into delivery of strategies and services

Learn how the Scottish Refugee Council has been using Ketso to engage with refugees and the public sector across Scotland.

Ketso Taster session: Integrating co-production into delivery of strategies and services

17 March 2014, 14:00 – 17:00 (tea and coffee from 13:45), Studio 2.3, Humanities Bridgeford Street, University of Manchester 

Ketso is a hands-on kit for creative engagement, which was awarded a commendation by the Royal Town Planning Institute NW for ‘positive contribution to community engagement’ in 2013. (www.ketso.com)

Joe Brady, the Head of Integration of the Scottish Refugee Council will discuss their experience of using Ketso to facilitate genuine dialogue with stakeholders, from designing events and projects, to developing services and programmes of work to developing a refugee integration strategy. This strategy, “New Scots: Integrating Refugees in Scotland’s Communities”, looked at integration across the public sector, in partnership with COSLA and the Scottish Government and involved communities and the voluntary sector at its core.

There will also be the opportunity to experience Ketso with a practical introduction to the tool kit, giving you an opportunity to share ideas around co-production and engagement with other delegates.

Please register here.

Posted on behalf of Dr Joanne Tippett, School of Environment, Education and Development, The University of Manchester & Managing Director and Founder: Ketso.

‘Diving into the data pool: exploring how medical data is shared’

You’re all invited to join the debate…Free public event: ‘Diving into the data pool: exploring how medical data is shared’

Nowgen is organising this event during Manchester Science Festival to explore how openly society wants medical data to be shared. We will feedback your views from the event to the Nuffield Council on Bioethics enquiry into ‘big data’.

Every time you search the web, travel or visit your GP you generate huge amounts of data, which can then be analysed for marketing and research. Most of us accept this as part of modern life, but how do we feel about our medical data being used in a similar way?

Medical data is a powerful tool for biomedical research, but are there implications for privacy, consent and the relationship between individuals and society? Share your views on this controversial subject and discuss the value and challenges of sharing medical information with Manchester’s leading ‘big data’ experts.


  • Professor Andy Brass (School of Computer Science, University of Manchester)
  • Dr Sarah Devaney (School of Law, University of Manchester)
  • Dr Mark Duman (Patient Information Forum)
  • Chaired by Dr Bella Starling from Nowgen.

This event is suitable for anyone aged 14+.

Venue: Kanaris Theatre, Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL

Date and time: Thurs 31 Oct, 6pm – 7.30pm

Cost: Free

Booking: Strongly recommended. Click here to book places through Eventbrite:

We look forward to seeing you there.

Posted by Kate Dack, Public Programmes Manager, Nowgen

Open science and ethics debate

Two University of Manchester professors will host a public meeting where they will ponder the question: Will science save the world?

Lucio Piccirillo, Professor of Radio Astronomy, and John Harris, Lord Alliance Professor of Bioethics, will discuss various themes relating to the direction of science, and to the hopes and fears surrounding it.

They will discuss themes such as the Large Hadron Collider, the case of the H1N5 virus, the risk of bioterrorism, and various other hot themes raised by contemporary science.

The pair will talk about the ethical implications of scientific freedom and will engage with members of the audience for any questions arising.

The free event takes place at the Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville Street, Manchester, on 24 May from 5pm to 7pm.