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Dr. Manjit Bola

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Harrington Building, HA109

mbola@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Psychology, Mental Health, Equality and Diversity, Health and Social Care

Manjit is a health psychologist, and has over twenty years of teaching and research experience. Her teaching experience includes designing, developing and delivering undergraduate; post graduate; bespoke and CPD courses. Her course leadership role is complemented with an active interest in conducting research with marginalised groups. Since 2001, Manjit has worked on a number of national community engagement programmes and is currently working on a national connected communities programme.

Manjit is research active within the area of social work and social policy and is a member of the Centre for Citizenship and Community.

Full Profile

Manjit joined the University of Central Lancashire in 2001, and since then has led on a number of Community Engagement research projects and courses which have been delivered on a national basis. The research projects have included working with a diverse range of community groups including mental health service users; Black and minority ethnic; older people; travellers; substance misusers; refugee and asylum seekers; lesbian, gay, and transgendered, and a number of socially disadvantaged groups such as the unemployed. The methodologies applied include action research; participatory approaches; community engagement and social network approaches. Manjit is currently working on a 5-year Connected Communities Project together with the Royal Society for the Arts (RSA). This action research project will analyse how different interventions build and sustain individual's personal networks. By doing so it aims to demonstrate and explore how the community dimension of people’s lives contributes to well-being and how it can be developed through a variety of activities.

In addition to the research interests, Manjit has extensive teaching experience which includes designing, developing and delivering undergraduate; post graduate; bespoke and CPD courses. Manjit has been the course leader for a number of programmes using different methods of delivery including face to face, blended, and fully online. She is currently the course leader for the post graduate certificate – Excellence in Leadership for Inclusion and Community.

Having combined interests in both research and teaching has meant further developments are being made in developing external knowledge transfer links with both statutory and voluntary organisations. It also contributes to Manjit’s portfolio of research informed teaching. Manjit is currently working with a number of voluntary organisations (for example, National MIND) to develop both CPD and accredited bespoke courses, which will use blended learning approaches. This is one of the main streams of work being conducted within the newly established Centre for Citizenship and Community within the School of Social Work.

Qualifications
PhD Women’s accounts of pregnancy: psychological and feminist issues, Brunel University, 1999
MSc Applied Psychology, Manchester University, 1992
BSc (Hons) Psychology with Science, Technology and Society, Manchester Metropolitan University, 1989

Publications

Bola, Manjit and Newbigging, Karen (2010) Mental Well being and Black and Minority Communities: Conceptual and Practical Issues. In: Public Mental Health: A Handbook. http://www.pavpub.com/p-308-public-mental-health-a-handbook.aspx . Pavilion, Brighton. ISBN 978 1 84196 285 6 Item not available from this repository.

Bola, Manjit and Walpole, T (2005) Perceptions and use of drugs among adolescents of some ethnic minority groups in the UK. In: Essays on Issues in Applied Developmental Psychology and Child Psychiatry. Mellen Studies in Psychology (1). Edwin Mellen Press. ISBN 978-0-7734-7519-9 Item not available from this repository.

Bola, Manjit, Drew, Clair, Gill, Ross, Harding, Stella, King, Estelle and Seu, Bruna (1998) I. Representing Ourselves and Representing Others: A Response. Feminism & Psychology, 8 (1). pp. 105-110. ISSN 0959-3535 Item not available from this repository.

Bola, Manjit (1995) Questions of Legitimacy? The Fit between Researcher and Researched. Feminism & Psychology, 5 (2). pp. 290-293. ISSN 0959-3535 Item not available from this repository.

More publications

Research

Social Inclusion and Connected Communities examining how the community dimension of people’s lives contributes to well-being and how it can be developed through a variety of activities.

Projects

5-year Connected Communities Project together with the RSA

Development of a bespoke course with National MIND on personalisation.

Teaching

Course Leader PG Certificate "Excellence in Leadership for Inclusion and Community"

Course Leader Bespoke Community Engagement courses and CPD courses

Research Student Supervisor

Admissions tutor

Memberships

FHEA

Conferences

Bola, M. (2012) Connected Communities: Social networks and impact on wellbeing. Connections to and with employment in Liverpool 8. Conference August

Bola, M. (2011) Connected Communities: Local people finding local solutions. East Durham Trust Conference, October.

Bola, M. & Knewbigging, K (2010) Conceptualising Mental Wellbeing: Chinese and Pakistani Communities in Scotland. International Social Science Conference, Cambridge, August.

Bola, M. and Fountain, J (2009) Keynote speech on ‘Participatory action research: the Community Engagement Model’ Mental Health Foundation, Scotland, October.

Bola, M. (2008) A seminar on ‘Mental Wellbeing in Pakistani and Chinese Communities: Peaceful Minds and Happiness? NHS Health Scotland, August .