2021 Summer Conference

The UHMLG Summer Conference will be held online this year, on the afternoon of Thursday 17 June and morning of Friday 18 June.

The Science of Information Management and Systematic Reviews, Thursday 17 June

Focusing on tools and approaches to information management, particularly in the area of supporting systematic reviews, we’ll bring together expert speakers and give you the opportunity to exchange ideas with colleagues.


13.40-14.00 Covidence and Rayyan: From the Side Lines

Paula Sands, Engagement Librarian at the University of Southampton

Biography: Paula Sands is an Engagement Librarian at the University of Southampton, she has been supporting the Faculty of Medicine as part of the team at the Health Services Library for 8 years or so. Paula is terrified to admit that she has been working in and around NHS libraries for 26 years, she started her NHS library career in Chichester in 1995! Her current role encompasses delivering training for literature search strategies for systematic reviews, including the reference management software EndNote, she encourages the use of Rayyan for screening as part of this. Paula is also part of a wider team who promote open access and best practice for research data management across the University.

14.00-14.30 Software Tools to Support Title and Abstract Screening for Systematic Reviews in Healthcare: An Evaluation

Hannah Harrison, Research Associate, Primary Care Unit, University of Cambridge

In this study, we identified and evaluated the usability of software tools that support T&Ab screening for systematic reviews within healthcare research. Key properties of each software tool were identified using a feature analysis adapted for this purpose and the highest scoring tools were then included in a user survey. Based on this study, we would recommend Covidence and Rayyan to systematic reviewers looking for suitable and easy to use tools to support T&Ab screening within healthcare research.

Biography: Hannah completed an MSci in Physics at Imperial College London in 2014, before going on to study for a DPhil at the University of Oxford in Accelerator Physics. She joined the Prevention Group in the Primary Care Unit, University of Cambridge in 2018 as an NIHR Systematic Review Methods Fellow. In this role she trained as a public health researcher, completing the MPhil in Primary Care Research and developing methodological expertise in risk prediction models and systematic reviews. In October 2020 she began an NIHR Development and Skills Enhancement Award, with the aim of further developing skills in risk model development and public health modelling.

14:30-14.50 Panel discussion

14.50-15.10 Break

15.10-15.50 Overview of the PRISMA 2020 Statement for Systematic Reviews

Matthew Page, Senior Research Fellow in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University

Abstract: In this presentation, Dr. Matthew Page will provide an overview of the PRISMA 2020 statement for systematic reviews, highlighting key innovations in the guidance, with particular focus on the updated guidance for reporting the methods and results of the search and selection processes.

Biography: Matthew Page is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. Matthew’s research aims to improve the credibility of health and medical research. He has led many studies investigating the transparency, reproducibility and risk of bias in systematic reviews and randomized trials of health interventions and has developed methods to address these issues. He co-led the 2020 update of the PRISMA reporting guideline for systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and was an associate scientific editor for the 2019 edition of the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions.

15.50 – 16.10 Break out Rooms: Randomized Coffee Trial

16.10-16.20    Round-Up and Close

The Art of Influencing and Hybrid Working, Friday 18 June, 10.00-13.00

Whether it’s your line manager, your reports, colleagues, or partners in your own or other institutions, we all need influencing skills. Our first speaker will help you improve your powers of influence to get the results you want.

Many of us are likely to remain working in a hybrid style – sometimes on campus, sometimes at home – long after COVID is a distant memory. Organisations are now planning for making hybrid working part of everyday working practice. So how are these organisations intending to implement hybrid working? And how, as the people experiencing it, can we best cope with this new way of working? We’ll explore this in the second part of the morning.

10:00-10.10 Open and Welcome

10:10-10:50 Routes to a Flexible Future: Imperial College Library Services in COVID and Beyond

Simon Hall, Imperial College London Library

Abstract: Imperial College London’s Library Services support a College community of around 22,000 students and staff as well as 4000 NHS library members. Over the last 15 months the pandemic initially forced the closure of their libraries but with the majority of services now reopen, Library Services have been grappling with how to manage a desire from staff for more flexible and remote working along side the need to keep services open and running smoothly.

Biography: Simon Hall is the Head of Library Liaison (Medicine & NHS) at Imperial College London where he oversees the services at five libraries which serve Imperial’s Faculty of Medicine and five partner NHS trusts

Find out how Imperial’s approach has been informed by ‘Four Ps’: Policies, Practicalities, Personal Preferences and Place as well as our flexible working mantra: As flexible as possible, as fixed as necessary.

11:00-11:30 Breakout Rooms: Facilitated Discussion on Flexible Working

12:00-12:50 The Science, Craft and Guile of Influencing: From Research to Practical Action

Bill Lucas, University of Winchester

Abstract: How do you persuade people to do the things you want them to do?! Prof Bill Lucas explores the evidence guiding our attempts to influence others and offers suggestions for putting these into action.

Biography: Bill is the Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning and Professor of Learning at the University of Winchester.

Bill’s research focuses on understanding those dispositions for learning which help people success and flourish in life, how they can be cultivated and how they can be evidenced. In 2017 He was appointed to be the co-chair of the strategic advisory group of the new PISA 2021 (2022) test of Creative thinking. Bill is an academic adviser to the OECD’s Centre for Educational Research and Innovation and chairs Eton College’s research and innovation centre.

Bill is a founding member of the Rethinking Assessment movement. Since its launch Bill has advised THIS Institute in Cambridge and led its fellowship programme.

Bill is a prolific writer, and has authored more than eighty books and many research reports. With Ellen Spencer he has recently explored the ways key dispositions for learning can best be cultivated at school in a series of books, most recently Zest for Learning: Developing curious learners who relish real-world challenges. In 2020 Bill co-authored the Durham Commission on Creativity and Education. His most recent report is Rethinking assessment in education: The case for change. His acclaimed critique in 2015 of the education system in England, Educating Ruby: what our children really need to learn, written with Guy Claxton, asks challenging questions about the future direction of schools. As we re-conceptualise the kinds of dispositions, skills and knowledge we want all young people to acquire, Bill argues that framing these as twentieth century skills is unhelpful and off-putting to many researchers and practitioners – Why we need to stop talking about twenty-first century skills, Centre for Strategic Education, Melbourne, 2019.

12:50-13:00 Round up and close