Southlands Methodist Trust provides grants to academics across Roehampton University’s academic departments, supporting projects which would explore areas of work that fulfil the charitable objectives of the SMT. Read about recent projects below:
2019 – 2020
Lifelong Reader: New Stories
Makerspaces: Supporting digital inclusiveness in urban communities
Dhaka – On Climate Change and Urbanisation in Bangladesh
Religion and Spirituality in the therapeutic space: exploring how trainee and newly qualified counsellors and psychotherapists, who identify as religious or spiritual, experience undertaking therapeutic training in the UK
Narratives of masculinity: visual accounts of young men’s experience of fatherhood
Visioning the Future of the City Together: Group relations in urban community neighbourhood planning
Thinking Place – Five Philosopher’s Huts
Student and staff perceptions on race and racism at the University of Roehampton
2018 – 2019
Dhaka documentary: a body of work, still photographs and short films, documenting the problems faced by climate refugees in Dhaka, including disseminating these findings internationally in the form of exhibition, online presentation, and publications. Read more about this project here.
Women imams in the “present”: data collection, research and editing of the final chapter of the recipient’s book “Women as Imams”, with a very specific focus on expressions of female ritual leadership in Islam and their link to social contexts.
Free schools and the moral purpose of education: a set of four case studies evaluating the impact of Single Academy Trust free schools in socio-economically deprived and ethnically diverse communities in meeting the needs of their students, their communities and the moral purpose of education.
Exploring the effects of a musical play intervention on young children’s self-regulation: a project exploring whether introducing musical play as an intervention in schools could have beneficial effects on children’s self-regulation.
Gospel teaching and personal finance: the project incorporates the Christian gospel into the topic of personal financial plans and structure, uncovering the role that Christianity plays in the balance between personal satisfaction and financial stability.
Service Operations Management applications in churches: a comprehensive literature review to find out how operations management might be used to reflect on church activities and how such systems have been applied by faith communities.
2017 – 2018
‘Sleuth’ – the Roehampton Journal: a new magazine that reported on the activities of Southlands College, covered events across the University community and highlighted stories from the local area.
Slavery, abolition and resistance: St Patrick’s Day and 250 years of Methodism on Montserrat: archival research was used to examine the influence of Methodism on the British Overseas Territory Montserrat.
The development of Christianity in China in the past thirty years: this project tried to shed light on Christianity in China by examining the significant effect of Christianism in interacting with traditional Chinese culture, with special attention paid to Methodist churches in China.
Promoting understanding of the work of multi-professional teams in children’s centres: the role of developmental research in tackling ‘disparate discourses’: with an interventionist research method, this project developed learning opportunities for multi-professional teams in children’s centres to develop integrated care for young children.
Signs of wonder: iconography and aesthetic practices of New Black Majority Churches (nBMCs) in the London Borough of Southwark: an investigation into visual expressions, including both iconography and also other important nBMC aesthetic practices such as architecture, websites and media products.
Encounters with otherness: a talk at a symposium in May 2017 on Media, Communication, and Film Studies Programs at Liberal Arts Colleges, in Maine, USA, which led to dialogue about how University of Roehampton’s Guerrilla Filmmaking module might be of use in an American liberal arts context.
2016 – 2017
Pilot study to test novel interactions within programmes for alcohol and drug users: a field research pilot study designed to develop treatment services to improve outcomes for alcohol and drug dependents in an out-patient treatment programme.
‘Love Across the Atlantic’ conference – an interdisciplinary conference on US-UK romance’: held at University of Roehampton in June 2017. It explored the history and enduring appeal of US-UK relationships.
The contribution of policy techniques, process and ‘performativity’ in the construction of teachings with Specific Learning Difficulties as ‘subjects’ in the English Further Education sector: exploring the experience of teachers with SpLDs and the challenges they face.
Meaning in loss therapy group for complicated grief: a UK pilot study: a pilot study based on a North American protocol and laying the groundwork for state-of-the-art bereavement theory and research
Immigration, spirituality and the arts: a project connecting social justice, spirituality, ethics and the arts in relation to lived social action, specifically contemporary ethical-pastoral responses to migration.
‘The survival of the neo-liberal-est’: keeping your best-self sane at work: a project to support and sustain teachers in their work and practice in neoliberal, high-performance school cultures, providing a space where demands are not made of them.
Grants for Project Funding
Find out more about funding for projects for those within the University of Roehampton community, and download an application form.