Supervisory Team: Dr Margaret Brown, Dr Rhoda Macrae and Dr Angela Beggan
Full time. Recipient of the Erskine / Alzheimer Scotland / UWS Studentship
Date Commenced: 27th August 2019
Thesis Overview: Angela’s study aims to explore how meaning can be understood in activities and interactions with people living with advanced dementia. The main objective is to increase understanding of how meaning in this context can be created and supported. Action Research and creative methods will actively involve people with advanced dementia in a care home setting, their families and care home staff. Possible creative methods include exploring objects with people with advanced dementia, creating diaries with family members, and using a confidential ‘App’ with staff. Expected outcomes include guidance around creating meaning with people with advanced dementia, and a creative display of the research journey and findings.
In Summer 2022, Angela Gregory won the ‘People’s Choice’ award for her Three Minute Thesis® (3MT) presentation, ‘The Thing’. Angela is an Artist and Occupational Therapist by background, and her PhD study aims to understand meaning in activities and interactions with people living with advanced dementia using an action-orientated, creative approach in one Scottish care home. In her 3MT presentation, Angela uses a mixed-media sculpture to tell a story about her study. The sculpture, aka ‘The Thing’, was inspired by Robert Stake (2010) and created by Angela to document her learning and illustrate her research process. The 3MT is still available to view here: https://youtu.be/NKFK5DmK1us
Angela was presented the 3MT award at the UWS Research Festival on Thursday 23rd June 2022 by Stephanie Zihms, Lecturer in Researcher Development at UWS.
Angela’s supervisors are Dr Margaret Brown, Dr Rhoda Macrae and Dr Angela Beggan and she is funded by UWS, Erskine and Alzheimer Scotland. Additional funds were awarded to Angela in June 2020 from the Scottish Dementia Research Consortium (SDRC) to support her research during the pandemic.