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Research reaches out

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Young people and ethnic communities get a steer on our research

People from ethnic communities and young people living locally can now help shape Brunel University London’s research with the launch of two new engagement groups.

Brunel Global Ethnic Majorities Action Group (GEMAG) and Youth Action Group (YAG) now sit alongside Brunel’s Older Person’s Reference Group (BORG), widening the diverse network of voices enriching research.

"We are incredibly proud to launch GEMAG and YAG,” said Prof Christina Victor, Brunel’s Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor of Research Culture and Governance.

“These groups will not only empower ethnic communities and young people but also enrich our research and strengthen our ties with the community,” said Prof Meredith Jones, Director of the Institute of Communities and Society. “Their voices are vital in shaping the direction of our research and we look forward to working with them ahead."

GEMAG was launched to involve and tackle the unique challenges facing people from ethnic minorities living in West London and beyond. Its goal is to make Brunel’s research more inclusive and collaborative. The idea is that listening to people from this community will help research projects reflect their diverse needs and perspectives.

Brunel Youth Action Group (YAG)’s focus is to engage 18 to 25-year-olds in research. It is an avenue for young people to get involved in research, offer their unique perspectives, and help shape the future of healthcare training at Brunel.  Organisers are keen to sign more members.

Brunel Older Person’s Reference Group (BORG) began in 2009. With about 200 members aged over 50, BORG helps raise the profile of research into ageing. Members participate in research and help guide teaching in fields like physiotherapy and occupational therapy. Their valued input helps make Brunel’s research on ageing relevant and meaningful.

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