The ESRC 2018 Festival of Social Sciences came to BU!

Dr Sally Lee
Professor Lee-Ann Fenge
19th November 2018

This year’s Festival ran from 3-10 November 2018 and included over 300 events across the UK. With everything from film screenings, exhibitions, workshops and walks to debates and hands-on experiences, there were events suitable for all ages and all walks of life. For further details about the national programme and to find out more about how social science affects your everyday life please go to

The research team at the National Centre of Post-Qualifying Social Work and Professional Practice organised two separate events this year. These ESRC Festival of Social Science events showcased recent research and best practice responses to supporting people with issues around sexual well-being and dealing with ageing and loneliness. Alongside key presentations there were opportunities to think creatively about how both agencies can work together to build creative responses to tackle these issues.

The first event took place on 5th November and explored how good health and social care practices can support people with their sexual well-being. Speakers considered the potential impact of a range of disabilities on sexual well-being and the types of support needed. In addition, the law in relation to sexual expression was discussed as well as thinking about achieving sexual well-being following sexual trauma. Time was made to discuss the issues raised by speakers and participants. Click here to view the event page

The second event was on 7th November and built on the very popular day held during last year’s Festival of Social Science on exploring creative ways to combat loneliness. Caring Canines  returned this year by popular demand and the day highlighted activities to share with others including origami and a meditation and relaxation session. Speakers explored current research about loneliness and financial scams and showed digital stories made as part of research investigating financial abuse from scams as well as digital games currently being developed. The event also explored the role of social prescribing to combat social isolation and loneliness. This event was aimed at members of the public and professionals working in the area of ageing and loneliness. Click here to view the event page

For further information about the events please contact:

Event 1: Dr Sally Lee, Lecturer Social Work

Event 2: Professor Lee-Ann Fenge, Director of the Centre for Seldom Heard Voices

Meet the author(s)

Dr Sally Lee

Programme Lead for the MA and BA Social Work programmes
Sally completed her Post-Doctoral Research in 2016, exploring social work practice, physical disability and sexual well-being. Sally is Programme Lead for the MA and BA Social Work programmes and teaches across both programmes leading the Professional Practice with Adults units and the First Placement unit with the BA students.
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Professor Lee-Ann Fenge

Director of the Centre for Seldom Heard Voices
Lee-Ann is Professor of Social Care in the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences. She is a Registered Social Worker and has always been committed to advancing the professional evidence base of social care practitioners.
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