2022/23 recipients

Pitt Rivers Museum - University of Oxford, Anthropology/Art History/Museum Studies
Elton House
"The Pitt Rivers team wish to hold an intensive session of rewriting and reworking the policy around ethics in regard to research and museum interpretation. Current research ethics standards in the department presuppose that researchers are 'outside' of the communities that they research and offers partner communities little to no agency, this has created an ethical research process that is antiquated, does not take into consideration nuanced and varied relationships between researcher and host groups, and generally lacks flexibility for cultural sensitivity."

University of Glasgow, School of Law
Auchinleck House
"Law has the highest participation rates in study exchange (outside modern languages), and a weekend retreat would provide time to reflect upon three questions: how can legal education better prepare commitment to legal values of democracy, rule of law and human rights?; how can exchange programmes strengthen cultural awareness and understanding?; and how can we encourage greater mobility following the loss of ERASMUS?"

University of Birmingham, History
Elton House

"Our group are producing a new history of the English family which we hope will influence generations of students, scholars, and the general public. We are co-writing chapters for the book, Rethinking the Early Modern Family (a follow-up to the major study The Family in Early Modern England (ed. H. Berry & E. Foyster, CUP, 2007). Our collective work examines family from two new perspectives: queer history and the history of the body. Our chapters are due in September 2023 and we will use this time to workshop and co-write our first drafts." 

University of Oxford, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Services
Silverton Park Stables
"We are the high blood pressure (hypertension) research group, based in Primary Care at the University of Oxford. Our work focusses on how best to treat people with high blood pressure, both older people (35% of the population) and in pregnancy (10% of the population), who may be at higher risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack. We will be working on two projects during our time at Silverton; reducing unnecessary hospitalisations resulting from inappropriate medication in older people, and developing a new intervention for women following hypertensive pregnancy.."

University of Exeter, Department of Health and Community Sciences
Wortham Manor
"Evidence for ways to improve health & wellbeing is mainly taken from younger populations. Established treatments many not be effective or suitable for those aged 75 and over. Our small team of committed researchers is gathering evidence from research in the oldest old population to produce an evidence map. We will use this retreat to analyse and write up our findings, identify gaps where more research is needed to improve the lives of this population, and discuss research ideas for the oldest old going forward based on this work."

Anglia Ruskin University, Global Sustainability Institute 
Princelet Street
"Our group are geographically dispersed (in Carlisle, Brighton and the Netherlands, among other locations); we will use the retreat to deepen our collective work through face-to-face sessions. The theme is "Re-storying as Resistance: Writing for Sustainability and Justice". We will spend time developing skills, undertaking collaborative writing and planning two specific outputs: an anthology and a session at a conference co-organised by the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative, the European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production, and Wageningen University."

Royal Holloway University of London, Geography
Obriss Farm
"Since 2020, as a team of early-career academics from four universities across the UK, Sweden and Canada, we have been examining the racialised and colonial features of development finance. Given the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemis, we have never met, and this stay will enable us to do so for the first time. We wil take stock of our online dialogue, collaborate in person to write and finalise our first journal article on financial governance under racial capitalism."

Aston University, Aston Law School, Disaster Ethics
Shelwick Court
"Our team of three - ethicist, lawyer and physician - is working on disaster ethics, an emerging interdisciplinary field concerned with the evaluation of/response to ethical dilemmas in all phases of disaster operations. Our stay will enable us to run a unique, simulated disaster scenario, drawing on research currently underway, to better understand the challenges faced, and the ethical frameworks professionals might use, when making decisions. The scenario would exploit the technological isolation, the feeling of being 'cut-off' and the sense of the unknown that the property provides - circumstances common in disaster."

The University of Glasgow, Archaeology
Ascog House
"We are a group of female academic staff, early career researchers and postgraduate research students who are all working on archaeological legacy excavation projects from Scotland, actively researching diverse projects that are bringing unpublished research to fruition. We will share the challenges of working with abandoned heritage archives and orphaned collections generated by collaborations with now deceased academic staff and rural avocational researchers that date from the mid-20th century on sites spanning prehistoric lithic scatters, bronze age cists to contemporary archaeology."