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Professor Mark Jackson

Public engagement

In addition to my scholarly output over recent years, I have also been committed to broader public dissemination of my research and the Centre's activities, partly through my membership of the Wellcome Trust's Public Engagement Strategy Group but also through close contact with local and national media and through activities with local schools, such as Colyton Grammar School. Both my own work and research within the Centre have generated increasing media coverage, in local national newspapers (such as the Express and Echo and the Times Higher Education Supplement). In particular, I have contributed substantially to a number of radio and television programmes on disability, infanticide, and allergy.

Public engagement and outreach activties include:

• BBC Radio 4 programmes on the history of disabilities, `From Rags to Rights', 2000

• Advisor, Channel 4 programme on the London Foundling Hospital, for a series on the eighteenth century, 2002

• Advisor to NPR American radio company for a series on the history of air pollution and the London smog of 1952, 2002

• `On the air', BBC Radio 3, 13 June 2004

• `The Long View', BBC Radio 4, 7 September 2004

• `Law in action’, BBC Radio 4, July 2005

• Live interview on Radio Foyle, on the history of allergy, 4 May 2006

• Live interview on Radio Foyle, on the history of allergy, 31 July 2006

• Interview for an article by Heidi Dawley, `Know us by the allergies that afflict us’, Media Life Magazine, 14 August 2006

• Interview for BBC News online article by Brendan O’Neill, `All the fashion’, 31 July 2006

• Interview for an article by Danylo Hawaleshka, `The allergy epidemic’, Macleans, 5 June 2006

• Interview for an article by Drake Bennett, `Our allergies, our selves’, Boston Globe, 14 May 2006

• Live interview on Radio Devon, on the history of food allergy, 23 March 2007

• Regular teaching to GCSE (history of medicine) and A-level students (research skills and history) at Colyton Grammar School, Devon

• Interview for BBC 4 Today programme, on allergy, 21 April 2008

• Live panel contribution to Simon Mayo Show, Radio Five Live, 13 May 2008

• Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, `Writers and remedies: Proust and his illnesses’, discussion with D J Taylor, Alison Finch and Peter Guttridge

• Advice to Asthma UK in the preparation of a timeline of asthma, available at http://www.asthma.org.uk/how_we_help/research/making_progress/asthma_timeline.html

• Consultant, Minnow Films, for a documentary on Royal Earlswood Asylum and the history of learning difficulties, due to be filmed in September 2011

• Interview with Anna Hodgekiss, Daily Mail, for an article on health trends since the 1950s

• Interview with Joanne Lacey, MEAT, on modern allergies, August 2011

• Collaboration with Angela Rumble, dentist and artist, relating to images of people with learning difficulties and the history of feeble-mindedness for an art exhibition in Faversham, November 2011

ESRC Festval of Social Science event, Colyton Grammar School, debate on asthma and pollution, November 2012

 

Contribution to discipline

My external national and international contributions to the discipline include:

  • Member of History Sub-Panel, REF 2014
  • Senior Academic Adviser (Medical Humanities) at the Wellcome Trust, 2013-
  • Chair of the Wellcome Trust Research Resources Funding Committee, 2008-2013
  • Invited keynote lectures in Washington, Exeter, Zurich, London, Birmingham and Edinburgh
  • Specialist Advisor to RAE 2008 UOAs 62 (History) and 60 (Philosophy)
  • Chair of the Welcome Trust Medical Humanities Strategic Award Funding Committee, July 2008 and April 2009
  • Chair of the Wellcome Trust Research Resources in Medical History Funding Committee, 2008- 
  • Member of the international Search Committee for the position of Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL, 2008
  • Member of the College of Reviewers, Canada Research Chairs Program, 2008- 
  • Chair of the Wellcome Trust Research Resources in Medical History Funding Committee, 2008- (Member from 2003)
  • Chair of the Wellcome Trust History of Medicine Funding Committee, 2003-8 (Member from 2000-3)
  • Chair of the Wellcome Trust panel reviewing the UCL Centre for the History of Medicine, April 2005
  • Member of the Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Strategy Group, 2002-8
  • Member of the Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Strategy Group, 2004-8
  • Accreditation panel member, Museums Libraries and Archives Council, 2005-
  • Reviews Editor, Social History of Medicine, 1997-2001
  • Member of Editorial Advisory Board, Medical Humanities, 2001-
  • Member of Editorial Advisory Board, Studies in the History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 2004-
  • Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Medical Biography, 2007-12
  • Editor, Arts and Humanities section of Medical Education, (2002-3)
  • Member of the Programme Committee of the Wellcome Trust Centre History of Twentieth-Century Medicine Group, 2001-9
  • Chairman of the National History in Medical Education Working Party, 2000-6
  • Council member of the Devon and Exeter Medical Society, 2002-
  • Lecturer, Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, Peninsula Medical School, 2002-

Media

I have contributed substantially to a number of radio and television programmes and newspaper and journal articles on disability, infanticide, allergy and stress, including:

• Live interview on Radio Devon, on the history of food allergy, 23 March 2007

• Interview for BBC 4 Today programme, on allergy, 21 April 2008

• Live panel contribution to Simon Mayo Show, Radio Five Live, 13 May 2008

• Consultant, Minnow Films, for a documentary on Royal Earlswood Asylum and the history of learning difficulties, due to be filmed in September 2011

• Interview with Anna Hodgekiss, Daily Mail, for an article on health trends since the 1950s, 2010

• Interview with Joanne Lacey, MEAT, on modern allergies, August 2011

• Popular online magazine article, `When asthma kills’, Zócalo Public Square, (1 March 2012), available at http://zocalopublicsquare.org/thepublicsquare/2012/02/29/when-asthma-kills/read/nexus/