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    Widening participation in medicine in the UK and Australia: An international comparison of policy, process and experience

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    This thesis contains the photochemical investigation and synthesis of ten Manganese(I) Tricarbonyl complexes bound to variably functionalised 5-aryl-tetrazolato ligands. When irradiated with light, all 10 of the complexes simultaneously released three CO ligands, degrading into their original components and MnO2. The thesis also consists of the study of three Re(I) tricarbonyl complexes, with the general formulation Re(N^L)(CO)3X, with the aim of exploring their photophysical and photochemical properties. The two complexes bound to the thione ligand were found to undergo reversible ligand exchange with solvent when dissolved in acetonitrile

    A systematic review of risk communication in clinical trials : how does it influence decisions to participate and what are the best methods to improve understanding in a trial context?

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    The data underlying the results presented in the study are available from the published papers. Included studies available here: Reference 22 - DOI: 10.1177/009286150604000302 Reference 23 - DOI: 10.1542/peds.2009-1796 Reference 24 - DOI: 10.1177/1740774515585120 Reference 25 - DOI: 10.1017/S1357530902000558 Reference 26 - DOI: 10.1097/00000539-200302000-00037 Reference 27 - DOI: 10.1186/1472-6947-10-55 Reference 28 - DOI: 10.1177/014107689008300710. The authors would like to acknowledge Cynthia Fraser for help designing and running the search strategies and Paul Manson for updating the search.Peer reviewedPublisher PD

    Follow the policy : An actor network theory study of widening participation to medicine in two countries

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    CKNOWLEDGEMENTS Our thanks to all those who took part in this research and to colleagues at the Universities of Aberdeen and Curtin for their assistance with participant recruitment. Our thanks also to the Aberdeen-Curtin Alliance, which funded the PhD programme of work of which this study is part.Peer reviewedPublisher PD

    Meritocratic and fair? : The discourse of UK and Australia's widening participation policies

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    Funding information: This research has been conducted as part of a PhD, funded by the Aberdeen – Curtin Alliance PhD programme.Peer reviewedPostprin

    An investigation of sexual and relationship adjustment during COVID-19

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    The COVID-19 pandemic and the mitigation measures put in place have resulted in universal disruption in the usual ways of life for individuals. The current study sought to investigate how aspects of sexual health (well-being and functioning) and relationship satisfaction changed or remained stable during the pandemic. During two separate time points (Time 1 including Time 1 and a retrospective baseline, Time 2), participants completed online measures of sexual well-being (sexual pleasure, partnered and solitary orgasm frequency, sexual distress), sexual functioning, and relationship satisfaction. Participants reported slight declines in sexual pleasure, frequency of orgasms with a partner, and frequency of solitary orgasms from pre-COVID-19 (retrospective baseline) to Time 1, with no significant differences in sexual distress and relationship satisfaction. For individuals with vulvas, sexual functioning improved from Time 1 to Time 2, whereas no significant differences in sexual functioning were observed for individuals with penises. Aspects of sexual health and relational satisfaction did not sufficiently change across time points to be considered meaningful health outcome changes. Given that minimal disruptions were noted in pre-COVID-19 to COVID-19 sexuality, these results highlight the potential resiliency of individuals’ sexuality when facing sudden changes in their daily lives. Implications of COVID-19’s effects on sexual well-being and relationship satisfaction research are broadly discussed

    Coronal Heating as Determined by the Solar Flare Frequency Distribution Obtained by Aggregating Case Studies

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    Flare frequency distributions represent a key approach to addressing one of the largest problems in solar and stellar physics: determining the mechanism that counter-intuitively heats coronae to temperatures that are orders of magnitude hotter than the corresponding photospheres. It is widely accepted that the magnetic field is responsible for the heating, but there are two competing mechanisms that could explain it: nanoflares or Alfv\'en waves. To date, neither can be directly observed. Nanoflares are, by definition, extremely small, but their aggregate energy release could represent a substantial heating mechanism, presuming they are sufficiently abundant. One way to test this presumption is via the flare frequency distribution, which describes how often flares of various energies occur. If the slope of the power law fitting the flare frequency distribution is above a critical threshold, α=2\alpha=2 as established in prior literature, then there should be a sufficient abundance of nanoflares to explain coronal heating. We performed >>600 case studies of solar flares, made possible by an unprecedented number of data analysts via three semesters of an undergraduate physics laboratory course. This allowed us to include two crucial, but nontrivial, analysis methods: pre-flare baseline subtraction and computation of the flare energy, which requires determining flare start and stop times. We aggregated the results of these analyses into a statistical study to determine that α=1.63±0.03\alpha = 1.63 \pm 0.03. This is below the critical threshold, suggesting that Alfv\'en waves are an important driver of coronal heating.Comment: 1,002 authors, 14 pages, 4 figures, 3 tables, published by The Astrophysical Journal on 2023-05-09, volume 948, page 7