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  • Young people’s engagements with heritage: tackling inequality & other opportunities for public policy

    Blamire, Joshua; Rees, James; Elkington, Rob (The British Academy, 2024-05-23)
  • Wind disturbance-based tomato seedlings growth control

    Yang, Peiji; Hao, Jie; Li, Zhiguo; Tchuenbou-Magaia, Fideline Laure; Ni, Jiheng; School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, WV1 1LY, UK (Elsevier BV, 2024-05-20)
    Wind-disturbance is a potential eco-friendly technique for tackling leggy seedlings. This study uses orthogonal experimental design and seedlings vigour assessment by strong seedling index (SSI) to investigate wind-disturbance on regulating tomato seedlings growth. Changes in endogenous hormone levels and biomechanical properties of tomato seedlings were investigated using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and uniaxial tension tests. Results showed that factors influencing significantly SSI, in descending order, are wind disturbance time (T), seedling age at the onset of wind disturbance (SA), wind velocity (V), and interval time (I). The wind-disturbance effect was found to be optimal with SSI = 0.126 for a condition where V, T, I and SA values are 3 m s−1, 1 min, 30 min, and 15 days, respectively. V and T were positively correlated with the ethylene and abscisic acid content in seedling leaves, abscisic acid and auxin content in stems, cytokinin and ethylene content in roots, and the elastic moduli of stems and roots but negatively associated with the cytokinin content in stems and leaves, auxin and abscisic acid content in roots, and leaves’ elastic modulus. Wind disturbance mechanism for controlling seedlings growth involved eliciting the accumulation of abscisic acid in stems and leaves and reduction of the auxin content in roots to about the optimal threshold for roots growth thereby reducing seedling stems and leaves development and promoting a better roots growth and a high SSI. This work offers theoretical insights and technical guidance for utilising wind-disturbance as a sustainable seedling cultivation and personalised seedling management approach.
  • Impostors or interlopers? Intersectionality and belonging in mid-career academia

    Mondokova, Andrea; Suresh, Subashini; Renukappa, Suresh; Tsouroufli, Maria; Karodia, Nazira (British Academy of Management, 2024-12-31)
    This developmental paper explores the sense of belonging amongst a frequently overlooked group in higher education, the mid-career academics. The ‘leaky pipeline’ in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) academia is a widely accepted phenomenon affecting women and minorities and whilst much of the efforts to date focus on the bottom-up approach by increased recruitment of future STEM academics, this project seeks to focus on the often-forgotten middle part of the pipeline. In an effort to transform academia for the better and to remove any societal, organisational and personal barriers continuously experienced by students and staff, it is essential that all groups receive an equal amount of attention. Therefore, this research seeks to fill the gap in understanding of lived experiences of mid-career STEM academics. This qualitative study sets out to understand how the intersectional self-identification of participants impacts their experiences of (non)belonging in UK higher education. Following the initial stages, the project intends to explore the raised issues in more depth, as well as to expand its reach to include participants from across more UK universities. This will be done to evaluate their experiences of the identified themes and to gauge their proposed solutions. In the long term, the research seeks to develop a blueprint for sustainable solutions towards improving the work environment of academic colleagues employed at post-92 institutions.
  • Experiences of healthcare workers working in COVID-19 isolation wards in Lesotho: a qualitative study

    Mahlelehlele, Bokang Amelia; Lebona, Maselobe; Murandu, Moses (Science Publishing Group, 2023-02-24)
    Background: Health and wellbeing of Healthcare workers impacts the health of the nation. COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light a number of challenges faced by Healthcare workers all over the world, affecting their psychosocial, financial, spiritual and physical well-being. There has been an alarming number of healthcare workers being affected by COVID-19 across the globe, some even succumbed to death as a result of COVID-19. Some identified reasons for this tragedy have been lack of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), insufficient knowledge about the disease, shortage of healthcare workers and the compromised welfare of the Healthcare workers. Few studies within Lesotho focused on the perceptions of healthcare workers on COVID-19 and there was none conducted on the experiences of healthcare workers working in the COVID-19 isolation wards therefore, the aim of this study is describe the experiences of Healthcare workers working in COVID-19 isolation wards in Lesotho. Material and Methods: A descriptive phenomenological research design was utilized and data was collected using unstructured interviews which were audio-recorded. The interviews were conducted amongst the nine Healthcare workers who were working in the COVID-19 isolation ward and they composed on one office assistant, two medical doctors and six registered nurses. Analysis: Colaizzi’s seven-step method of qualitative data analysis was followed in this study. Results: Findings revealed increased workload, significant amount of negative emotions in the early stages of the pandemic, positive emotions at the later stage as well as stigma and discrimination. Conclusions: The COVID-19 pandemic placed a huge burden on the health care system. Health care workers, being in the front line, were significantly affected; they had to endure continued psychological distress because of the unique type of care required.
  • Barriers to lifestyle modification compliance among type 2 diabetic patients in Lesotho

    Malefu, Ts’osane; Mahlelehlele, Bokang Amelia; Murandu, Moses (SciVision Publishers, 2023-02-02)
    Diabetes mellitus (DM) has been considered a serious long-term condition which is one of the top 10 causes of death among adults and it has got a major impact on lives and well-being of individuals, families and societies. The most common type of DM in Africa is Type2 (T2DM). Diabetes being a major problem worldwide, healthy eating coupled with regular physical activity help in achieving a good glycemic control as well as delaying and reducing the onset of commonest diabetes complications. The current study aimed at exploring the barrier to lifestyle modification compliance among type 2 diabetic clients at Paki health center Lesotho. In this study, a quantitative descriptive design was applied in exploring the barriers of compliance to lifestyle modifications (diabetes self- management) among adults with type 2 diabetes. Data was collected using semi-structured questionnaires, which were administered to 40 study participants who were purposively selected for inclusion into study. The study revealed that among other factors, financial constraints 21participants (52.5%) is associated with non- compliance to healthy eating habits. Other reasons from non-compliance to healthy eating were identified as absence of written instructions, sickness, lack of stamina to exercise, laziness and lack of access to physical activity facilities with percentages 85%, 65%, 50% and 40% respectively. Thus, study findings reveal needs for continuous health education on health benefits of healthy eating habits and physical activity.

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