Author Archives: Alison Kidd

About Alison Kidd

Research Psychologist

How to plan a research project

I thought this guide might be over simplistic but actually it makes some very useful points and I strongly recommend a read. I certainly was reminded of mistakes I’ve made in my multiple research projects over the years.

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Is it bad to be “Economically Inactive”?

Listening to the Radio 4 Today programme this morning, someone was being interviewed about the current problem of high job vacancy rates partly as a result of the growth in “inactive” people following the Covid epidemic. “Inactive” it seems has … Continue reading

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Inspiration from William Blake

“William Blake knew what we all eventually realize, if we are awake and courageous enough: that the best way — and the only effective way — to complain about the way things are is to make new and better things, … Continue reading

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Update on Melodica Sound Chamber project

Great to get an update on Connell’s project. https://connellmcbride.com/2022/08/01/melodica-case-design/

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‘I’ve got an idea’ fund reopens

As of today (01/08/2022), our idea fund is open again for applications. Last award – Fibe Team – Creating textiles from potato harvest waste

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Melodicas & Potatoes – 2 new Idea Fund Awards

We are delighted to announce our latest two ‘I’ve got an idea Fund’ awards for individuals and small organisations who have a technical idea that they want to test out to see if they can make it work. Fibe – … Continue reading

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Just started a mini natural regeneration experiment

I’ve written up here the motivation and why it interests me as an experimental psychologist. Watch this space if you are going to be around for the next 50 years or so!

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Idea Fund Award – geometric expandable structures

We are delighted to announce an ‘I’ve got an Idea’ Fund award to Isle of Arran resident, Alistair Reid for his idea of geometry inspired, expandable structures for temporary packable accommodation. Alistair has been experimenting with different geometric structures which … Continue reading

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Early Hate Mail

Whilst working in y Gaer (Brecon Museum) recently, one of my colleagues encountered this startling exhibit of early hate mail. As the UK Government seeks to introduce the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill to limit disruptive protest, I found … Continue reading

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Domestic Heat Trial in Rural Wales

I have just completed a report on a small domestic heating trial (12 households) which we ran here in rural Wales during January and February. Our aim was to explore a way that households could reduce the energy consumption of … Continue reading

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