Ms Amy Beardmore

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  • Qualifications:BA Hons, MSc (Dist)
  • Position:Research Associate - Public Health and Community Development
  • Department:HAS - Applied Sciences
  • Telephone:+4411732 87153
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About me

Amy is a Research Associate at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol. Having graduated from UWE with a 2:1 in Sociology in 2002, Amy went on to work in a number of private and public sector organisations. In 2006 she joined Bristol City Council as Commissioning Projects Officer for the Young People's Drug Strategy Team, supporting and monitoring the performance of young people's drug treatment services in the city. It was here that she developed a passion for working in the public sector, as well as a keen interest in population health and wellbeing.

In May 2013 Amy joined UWE as a Research Officer in the Bristol Social Marketing Centre. During her five years in post there were many managerial and structural changes within the department, and Amy's role became increasingly research-focused. By 2016 she was exclusively supporting and assisting numerous research projects within both her home Faculty of Business and Law, and for the Bristol Centre for Public Health and Wellbeing (BCPHW), based in the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences (HAS). In September 2018 Amy successfully applied for the role of Research Associate in Public Health and Community Development within BCPHW where she is currently focusing primarily on the evaluation of two major projects, namely the Big Lottery funded 'Bristol Ageing Better' and the 'Strengthening Local Communities' project in Gloucestershire. She also recently led an 'Outcome Harvesting' evaluation of a small community intervention, also in Gloucestershire.

Amy has experience in interviewing a broad range of subjects, as well as in conducting focus groups and working with a variety of internal and external stakeholders. She has previously worked on a number of research projects, including a Social Return on Investment (SROI) study of the 'Future Builders Initiative' for young people at risk of homelessness, and an audit of local social prescribing services.  She has also worked on evaluations of projects such as Golden Key - a systems change initiative for people with multiple complex needs - and the 'Healthcare Change Makers' pilot, which aimed to test a new approach to patient and public involvement in the city. Her analytical and written skills are strong, and she has co-authored a number of articles, reports and literature reviews. In 2017 she had her first co-authored paper published with colleagues from the University of Bath, a literature review on the subject of individual differences in susceptibility to influence techniques.  

Amy completed her MSc in Public Health at UWE in January 2018, for which she was awarded a Distinction. Her earlier work on social prescribing led to a keen interest in the field, and her dissertation explored the social prescribing workforce and their experiences of working in the sector. This work was published in the Journal of Health Organisation and Management in November 2019. Her aim is to continue publishing papers and apply to the DPhil in the near future.

Amy has recently started teaching on the Public Health Masters and has led seminars on Health Promotion and Principles of Evidence Based Public Health, as well as Dissertation Workshops. She is also currently supervising five Masters dissertation students. 

Area of expertise

Qualitative research and public health evaluation. Strong fieldwork skills, particularly interviews, evaluations and focus groups. Excellent writing, communication and organisational skills.


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