Pathways to Impact: ageing, diversity, connectivity & community

A ESRC Festival of Social Science event.

Date: Wednesday 7 November 2012

BU Executive Business Centre, Holdenhurst Road BH8 8EB. Time: 10am – 3 pm

Bournemouth University’s involvement in the ESRC Festival of Social Science (3-10 November) includes a one-day free event entitled, “Pathways to Impact: ageing, diversity, connectivity & community” on Wednesday, 7 November 2012. The event is open to the public by registration at

The day will feature stimulating activities and informal discussions about diversity, the potential damage of discrimination experienced by many older gay and lesbian citizens, and what can be done about it. 

A highlight of the day will be a special screening of the award winning NDA funded short film, Rufus Stone, directed by Josh Appignanesi (The Infidel) (  Based on three years of in-depth social science research, the film stars William Gaunt in the title role. As featured in The New York Times during its world premiere in 2011, Rufus Stone gives an account of being gay and growing older in the British countryside.

Rufus Stone had its beginnings in a three-year project that took place as part of a New Dynamics of Ageing Programme project at Bournemouth University entitled, “Gay and Pleasant Land?—a study about positioning, ageing and gay life in rural South West England and Wales”.

The research’s conclusions were that older gays and lesbians feel at high risk of isolation in rural areas constructed by sexuality, rurality and ageing—all components which need to be addressed and made more public. Film was seen as providing a medium with potential to impact on communities and invite discussion around these sensitive issues.

Also featured on the day will be the launch of National Lottery funded, Methods to Diversity, a learning tool to inspire agencies, practitioners and communities to think creatively about diversity within their ageing population. Methods to Diversity is a set of playing cards consisting of information, practical tips and engaging exercises to help agencies and community groups reflect imaginatively about their approach to working with older lesbian and gay people.

Equality South West’s Chief Executive Katie Pratt will begin the day with highlights from their survey, “Pride Progress & Transformation”.

Members of BU’s LGBT Research Advisory Committee will be on hand to informally share their experiences of working on BU research projects.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided and each delegate will receive a complimentary copy of the method deck, Methods to Diversity at the event.

The event is free, but places are limited and registration is necessary (

Contact: Dr Kip Jones


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