Who we are & how to take part

What is Fuse? 

Fuse brings together the five North East Universities of Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside in a unique collaboration to deliver robust research to improve health and wellbeing and tackle inequalities. Fuse is one of the five UK Public Health Research Centres of Excellence, it works hand-in-hand with the NHS, local and national government, voluntary and community sectors to help transform public health.

Find out about the events we run, the research we do, the people involved and how to join on our main website.


The blog

This blog is a forum for sharing our 'warts-and-all' experiences of doing and translating public health research. Posts differ in tone: some are written informally and others formally depending on the subject matter. However, we are not looking for posts that read like a reports or news items.

The most successful posts tend to reflect personal views/experiences and are written by one or two people rather than a group.  These often spark interesting discussion, both on-line and in person.

We hope that the blog provides an insight into public health research for those not directly involved by revealing what is going on ‘behind the scenes’: depicting the joys and frustrations, acting to inspire or provide support to others.

The blog is currently overseen and edited by a friendly group of Fuse members. We publish blog posts once a week and publicise these via our main twitter account (@fuse_online) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/fuseonline).

All views expressed in a post are exclusively those of the author or authors.


How to contribute

We welcome posts of 500-700 words from anyone involved in public health and are happy to discuss any ideas for posts with you.

Email your posts to Mark Welford (m.welford@tees.ac.uk), Fuse Communications Officer.

Still need convincing?  Then read this post on why you should blog.  If you can't think of anything to write, why not start with our 3 questions quiz?


Video introduction (new)

We also ask that you to introduce your post in a 20 second video.  Please do this on your mobile phone, holding the phone in landscape mode (the long way, horizontal.  As opposed to upright/vertical/portrait). 

In your video please say:
  • Who you are;
  • What your role is and link to Fuse;
  • What your post is about; and
  • Encourage people to read and comment.
This doesn't need to be an Oscar winning performance, it's simply to entice people to read your post.  Here's an example by Nat Forster, which introduced this post: "Brands, bottles and breastfeeding: sharing stories of early motherhood"