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OpenCampus tea-time talks focus on maternal, sexual and reproductive health

From healthy lifestyles for expectant mums to the effect of diet on mental health, the OpenCampus Autumn series will explore a variety of maternal, sexual and reproductive health issues.

Academic staff will share insights from their research on the importance of a healthy diet and exercise during pregnancy, as well as sex education, asexuality and the relationship of food to mental wellbeing in the course of the programme.

Professor Julie Jomeen, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University, said:

“The University of Hull is committed to driving improvements to healthcare in our region and beyond. Our academic staff welcome the opportunity to demonstrate the impact they are having by helping to develop better healthcare services for patients.” 

“This series of talks is open to everyone. OpenCampus health events frequently attract a wonderful mix of clinicians, students, academics, and family members who have a particular interest whether they are carers, parents, patients or simply keen to find out more. The academic staff and postgraduates share their research and insights on a subject and this is often followed by very lively discussion.”

Sex education and teenage pregnancy will be the focus of the first talk in the series which starts at the University of Hull on Wednesday 10 October. 

Professor Mark Hayter, Professor of Nursing and Health Research at the University, said:

“Teenage pregnancy rates have dropped over the last 10 yrs. Is this due to better sex education - or is it more complicated than that?’

“My talk will look at what we know about the effectiveness of sex education, what sex education should be about and also how sex education can influence efforts to reduce unplanned teenage pregnancy.

“There is no doubt that sex education often causes significant debate with strong views held by many.”

The OpenCampus Programme is an informal and friendly way for visitors to learn at the University. The programme includes a termly programme of culture café sessions, a series of tea-time talks and the OpenCampus reading group.

Jackie McAndrew, Public Engagement and Postgraduate Researcher Experience Specialist, said: “The subjects covered in the programme are wide ranging, contemporary, historical, sometimes controversial, often challenging but always interesting and thought provoking. We like to make our sessions accessible for adults of all ages who are new to the subject. You are warmly invited to come along and try one of them for yourself.

“The University has some of the most talented and innovative teachers of this generation, and some of the keenest minds in the country undertaking cutting-edge research and teaching. These talented members of staff are working with us to develop the OpenCampus Programme, giving you the chance to hear about their meaningful research, fantastic ideas and expertise in a relaxed and informal setting.”

Admission is free for all talks, listed below, but booking is required. Book online here. 

Sex education and teenage pregnancy – how are they linked and have we got it right?
Professor Mark Hayter, Professor of Nursing and Health Research, University of Hull.
6.30-8.30pm, Wednesday 10 October 2018.
Wilberforce Building, First Floor, Lecture Theatre 1.

Asexuality as a sexual identity
Catriona Jones, Senior Research Fellow and PhD Candidate (University of Hull), Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull.
6.30-8.30pm, Wednesday 31 October 2018.
Allam Medical Building.

Fit for pregnancy
Professor Lesley Smith, Professor of Women’s Public Health, University of Hull. 6.30-8.30pm, 6.30-6.30-8.30pm Wednesday 21 November 2018.
Allam Medical Building LT1.

From superego to super gut: Transitioning from psychoanalysis to psychobiology in understanding the relationship of food to reproductive mental wellbeing
Professor Colin R. Martin, Professor of Perinatal Mental Health, University of Hull.
6.30-8.30pm, Wednesday 12 December 2018.
Allam Medical Building LT1.

"The University has some of the most talented and innovative teachers of this generation, and some of the keenest minds in the country undertaking cutting-edge research and teaching. These talented members of staff are working with us to develop the OpenCampus Programme, giving you the chance to hear about their meaningful research, fantastic ideas and expertise in a relaxed and informal setting" Jackie McAndrew, Public Engagement and Postgraduate Researcher Experience Specialist

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