Dr. Judy Scully

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Dr Judy Scully is Director of Corporate Partnerships and is based in the Department of Work and Organisational Psychology of Aston Business School. Her research profile includes knowledge transfer, organisational development (OD), HRM, and innovative policy development in the public, private and third sectors. In particular she has an interest in innovative systems that improve the health and well being of organisations and their staff.

As Director of the Aston Multi Media Interactive Research Suite between 2003 and 2007 she championed work on community engagement. She was awarded the Chancellor Medal in 2005 and the Community Engagement Award in 2008. Judy contributes a policy perspective to the CRISIS Centre.

Recent CRISIS-related projects Include:

  • Staffordshire Probation Service/ Home Office: The Community Payback Pathfinder project researched how the unpaid work service of Community Payback could be sub-branded into four distinct bands. The findings were used to inform local policy and fed into the national policy agenda. Subsequently there has been an increase in the public sector of community payback projects that have contributed towards the public purse.
  • Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service: (Co-Investigator with Shaw). People are a most valuable resource and we supported the service in thinking about their staff surveys and how staff could be consulted effectively.
  • National NHS Staff Survey Advice Centre (Co-Investigator with West and Dawson). Funded by the Healthcare Commission, now Social Care Inspectorate, the survey is, to our knowledge the largest survey in the world. The findings inform national standards and local policy and contribute towards the NHS anti-bullying policy. For example, our evidence showed that the NHS workforce experience more bullying and violence from the patients and their carers than the bullying and violence that is experienced by the London Underground Staff.

Recent non-CRISIS-related projects include:

  • Birmingham City Council: The Community Engagement partnership with Birmingham City Council has grown from a two page protocol with Aston Business School to include the first Business School ESRC student CASE award, ’Transforming performance through employee engagement and organisational support. A study of line managers and management in a large local authority’, a research project on ‘Short Breaks for Disabled Children and Young People’, that was used for their policy submission and my part time secondment to the Workforce Intelligence Planning Team as a member of their Business Transformation programme.
  • INDEX (Innovation Delivers Expansion): PI on innovation voucher scheme for SMEs that has informed national policy in the development of Innovation Vouchers as part of the Government Business Simplification Agenda. The £2m funded scheme is demand led and enables SMEs, who are awarded a voucher worth £3000 to choose an academic to work with on a business innovation. The scheme has delivered 220 vouchers thus far and has funding for a further 204 vouchers. It involves all of the thirteen universities in the region and is funded by the regional development agency Advantage West Midlands, ESRS, ERSRC and ERDF www.indexvouchers.org.
  • ESRC EREBUS (Co-Investigator with West and Shaw) Working in partnership with Universities of Aston and Birmingham the £2m scheme is a one of six University cluster schemes that are aimed to provide extensive knowledge exchange between academia and business to support transformation.