December Updates

by | Dec 10, 2014 | Events, News, Staff blogs | 0 comments

by Dr Maura Duffy

December has been a busy and exciting month at HCRI. Some of the highlights so far include:

“Afghanistan: The transition” Photography Exhibition

On Thursday 4th December HCRI launched Afghanistan: The transition the Medecins Sans Frontires/Doctors Without Borders (MSF)’s photography exhibition, in collaboration with documentary photographers Andrea Bruce and Mikhail Galustov, that presents a series of highly evocative photographs capturing personal stories from MSFs Afghanistan projects to highlight the serious ongoing problems of accessing basic health care in Afghanistan. HCRI staff and students were joined by the Manchester branch of the Friends of MSF who introduced the exhibition. Professor Peter Pormann, Founding Director of the John Rylands Institute also attended. The exhibition has been brought to Manchester in collaboration with HCRI and will run until mid-February 2015 at the John Rylands library on Deansgate.

In conjunction with the exhibition, HCRI is hosting a panel debate on the health and broader humanitarian implications of the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014. This event will take place on 5th February from 5.30- 7.30 in the John Rylands Library on Deansgate. Keep an eye on our events pages for more details of this event and to register.

Graduation Ceremony

On 8th December HCRI staff and students attended the Graduation Ceremony for HCRI PhD, MA, BSc and online PGDip and PGCert students. There ceremony was presided over by Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University. It was great to catch up with so many past students and to celebrate their achievements with them. Congratulations to all our students! Special congratulations to Birte Vogel who was awarded her PhD and to Megan Corder for receiving the HCRI prize for her outstanding dissertation. Birte’s thesis was entitled Peace Spaces: Analysing civil society’s contribution to conflict resolution in Cyprus and was supervised by Prof. Roger Mac Ginty and Prof. Oliver Richmond. Birte is now working within the HCRI team as a Researcher and Grant writer.

BSc Global Health student panel debate

On Tuesday 9th December staff from the BSc in Global Health attended a round table panel debate organised by the BSc students on the post-2015 health and development agenda. The students took on the roles of different global health actors to debate the way forward after the Millennium Development Goals deadline of 2015. Well done to our students for a highly informative and entertaining debate!


As this semester draws to a close we are already looking forward to semester 2!

Have a great holiday everyone and see you in 2015


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