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Events and Media Coverage

This page will be updated with upcoming events and media coverage from the Northern Hub for Veterans and Military Families Research. For any inquires, please visit our Contact Us page.


Military Widows’ Experiences of Social Isolation and Loneliness Co-Production Workshop – 11 May 2022

Our co-production workshop, focusing on Military Widows’ Experiences of Social Isolation and Loneliness, was a big success!

Military Widows Co-Production Workshop May 2022 v2

Held at Northumbria University London Campus, the workshop provided an opportunity to develop policy recommendations and guidance for service provision with key stakeholders from across the sector.  With a focus on reducing social isolation and loneliness for military widows, the aim of the day was to influence organisation practices; inform policy; to raise understanding of issues in the military widowed population; and to build an inter-disciplinary cohort of organisations that can work together in the future on these issues.

This event is part of a wider research project, funded by the Forces In Mind Trust, and in collaboration with the War Widows’ Association, exploring the experience of social isolation and loneliness of military widows.

Research Project Team - Dr Gemma Wilson-MenzfeldDr Amy JohnsonMary MorelandDr Tracy CollinsProf. Matt KiernanGill McGill

Project Twitter Page - @LresearchSi  #militarywidowsSIL


One is too Many Co-Production Event – 31st March 2022

We carried out our first co-production event for our project ‘Suicide among the Armed Forces and Veteran Population: Understand-Identify-Prevent’ funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.  This event is one in a series of workshops we are holding around the UK, with the aim to develop a model of suicide prevention in Armed Forces community.

Held in the Great Hall, Sutherland Building at Northumbria University, the day was attended by bereaved families and key stakeholders in the region (i.e., Government, Local Authority, NHS and Third Sector).  Our next co-production event will be in South Wales.

ITV News Report


War Widows InTouch Project Report Launched – 25 February 2022

We are pleased to share the full report from the War Widows InTouch Project, in partnership with the War Widows’ Association, and funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.

Aiming to connect members of the War Widows’ Association across the UK through digital technology, this project explored the experiences of the War Widows InTouch Project programme. Benefits including improved access to technology and internet connectivity through iPad provision and improved digital skills using a personalised remote learning approach.

Read the report here.


HRH The Princess Royal Visit – 08 February 2022

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited the Northern Hub for Veterans and Military Families Research, to hear about the quality and impact of our research helping to transform services and support for the UK Armed Forces community.

The Princess Royal met with the team to discuss our innovative, collaborative research to better understand the needs of the Armed Forces Community and to help inform and shape policy change to improve services and support. Before departing The Princess Royal unveiled a plaque to commemorate the visit.

“It is a real privilege for us to share the hub’s translational research to improve the health and social well-being of the veteran community with The Princess Royal. Our work is driven by the needs of veterans and their families - integration into the community that we work with and for is at the heart of the hub’s mission. As a multidisciplinary team of academics and experts by experience, we strive to attract and facilitate collaboration across the Armed Forces sector and work as a collective force for impact and change across emotionally challenging matters. It is an honour for the hub’s hard work to be recognised by Her Royal Highness."

Professor Matt Kiernan, Director of the Northern Hub

Northumbria University Press Release

HRH The Princess Royal meeting our Co-Director Gill McGill with Director Prof. Matthew Kiernan.

HRH The Princess Royal speaking with members of the Northern Hub for Veterans and Military Families Research


Knock on the Door Project Report Launch - 29 September 2021

The full report from the Knock on the Door Project, funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust is now available.

This report is about the experiences of bereaved military families in the UK and the impact of their loss. The aim of the study was to explore and understand the impact that death, whilst in military service, has on the surviving family. Specifically, it focused on how casualty notification was undertaken and the impact that the current process had on the long-term well-being of the family. The findings illustrate how notification of the death of a spouse or loved one and subsequent emotional and practical support offered have long-term impacts on family members.

Read the report here.

Northumbria University Press Release


Rethinking Military Spouses: Critical Research Group Webinar Report - 20 September 2021

On the 9th of July 2021, the Rethinking Military Spouses: Critical Research Group hosted a webinar titled ‘Bringing the Homefront to the Forefront: UK Perspectives on Critical Research with Military Spouses’. The research group, which includes the Northern Hub's Dr Alison Osborne, published a report outlining information about the event and includes an overview of the main points of discussion: 'Seeking and Gaining Access to Recruit Military Spouses', 'Hearing Military Spouses’ Voices through Qualitative Methodologies', 'Pursuing Impact Agendas: Who, What, Why', 'Balancing Criticality with Military and Academic Expectations'.

Read the full report here.

Read the report summary here.

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