Patient & Population Health and Informatics Strategy Away Day

The Patient & Population Health and Informatics (PPHI) team within the Medical School held an away day with the theme “Strategy for Success in Research” on the 1st March 2017. The purpose of the event was to encourage discussion amongst staff at all levels on what an effective strategy to excellent research should include.

PPHI Away Day at the King Arthur Hotel









Over 110 Medical School staff attended the all-day event, at the King Arthur Hotel (Reynoldston, Swansea). Staff from a variety of disciplines contributed to presentations, discussions and interactive workshops. The day also provided a networking opportunity and a chance to communicate research priorities to the wider Medical School.

Professor Ronan Lyons opened the event by welcoming delegates and thanking them for coming. Professor Helen Snooks then discussed Swansea University’s strategic plan for 2015 – 2020, and key objectives moving forward. 

PPHI Away Day Prof Keith Lloyd


Dean and Head of School, Professor Keith Lloyd presented on the Strategic plan of Swansea University Medical School and how we can successfully continue to draw in research funding in the future.




Professor Keith Lloyd, Dean and Head of Swansea University Medical School

Professor Sinead Brophy, then gave an overview of the current PPHI research strategy, and suggested opportunities for a strategic approach to complement both the Medical School and Swansea University’s strategic goals.  Noteworthy contributions came from lay person representatives Julie Hepburn and Barbara Harrington on the contributions of patient and public involvement in research, and how consideration of such can contribute to successful research.

PPHI Away Day Prof Greg Fagan and Dr Julie Peconi

Members of each PPHI research team presented on aspects of their research, including an overview of their research strengths and their team’s vision moving forward. 





Professor Greg Fagan and Dr Julie Peconi, Swansea Trials Unit

PPHI Away Day Joy Ogeh-Hutfield


The afternoon began with guest speaker, Joy Ogeh-Hutfield, who provided a motivational talk entitled “Redefining Diversity for the 21st Century”. Delegates were encouraged to challenge their own ideas on diversity through interactive exercises.




Joy Ogeh-Hutfield

Dr Sarah Rogers, facilitated an interactive session in which delegates discussed the following themes: working together effectively, barriers to excellent research, contributing factors to excellent research, ensuring long-term sustainability, research support from Swansea University Medical School, building successful collaborations.

PPHI Away Day interactive session


Professor Gareth Jenkins, Chair of Research at Swansea University Medical School, then provided a closing summary of the day’s events and thanked everybody for their attendance.




Teams working on interactive session

PPHI Speakers at Strategy Away Day


The day ended with a raffle with prizes that were donated by various heads of research teams.

We asked attendees to provide anonymous feedback for the day for future reference. Many described the day positively, calling it “a success” and “a very informative day”. It was suggested that more opportunities like this would be welcomed in the future.


Speakers at the PPHI Strategy Away Day, 2017

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