Kent Adult Research Unit (KARU) aims to encourage greater involvement of the local (and wider) public in the research carried out at the University. This is done through members of the public signing-up to the KARU database. Once signed-up, they are informed when there are opportunities to take part in the Universities research and of any KARU events/newsletters. Set-up by Ruth Lamont, Libby Cuthbert and Dr Hannah Swift, the Unit’s key aims are to 1) provide researchers with alternative participants for research, beyond the student population, and 2) promote greater public awareness of the research carried out at the University. For more information or to sign-up, visit the KARU webpage or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Earlier this year Dominic and Hannah were invited by The Gerontology Society of America and Age UK to contribute to a very special joint issue of the Public Policy & Aging Report. The summer issue, “Cross-national Perspectives on Age Discrimination” included 5 articles exploring the sources of age discrimination, tackling age discrimination and the dilemmas associated with asserting older people’s rights while acknowledging age-related vulnerability. Dominic and Hannah provide the first article in the issue. The article “Ageism Doesn’t Work” explains the processes that contribute to ageism, people’s experiences of ageism and some of the negative consequences of stereotypes and misconceptions about age.

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Professor Dominic Abrams has been elected President of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) for 2013-14. He will be the first president in SPSSI's 76 year history to be based outside North America. For more information see the University of Kent press release.

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Hannah and Ruth presented at the British Gerontology Society conference hosted by the University of Keele this year. Hannah presented a study from her PhD looking at how charities that represent older people present and market themselves, and how this influences people’s willingness to donate money to them. She also presented a chapter Dominic co-authored on ageism as a form of social exclusion. Ruth presented a very informative review of over 17 studies that have investigated how stereotypes about older people influence their ability to perform tasks, such as problem solving, mental arithmetic and memory.

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Earlier this year Hannah was invited to comment on Macmillan’s research report, “The age old excuse: The under treatment of older cancer patients” on the BBC Radio Kent breakfast show. The show discussed ageism and Hannah helped explain how ageism is expressed in health and social care settings. The public were invited to give their experiences and opinions on the topic, which really made for an interesting show and demonstrated that there is still has a lot to do to eradicate this problem.

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