About

RIX Research is a research and development centre committed to realising the benefits of new media for people with intellectual disabilities. We are a nationally recognised centre of excellence that explores ways of using web & multimedia technologies to empower people with intellectual disabilities and improve their lives. We do this through a wide range of project work that crosses the fields of education, health and social care.

RIX Research is part of RIX Research and Media at the University of East London and is complemented and supported by a sister entity, RIX Media. Products that have been successfully prototyped and developed through RIX Research can be made available to the market under the banner of RIX Media. This helps us make the benefits of our research as widely accessible as possible in a way that is realistic and sustainable.

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Our History

 

RIX Research and Media initially grew out of specialist project research at the University of East London (UEL) and was originally established at the RIX Research Centre at University in 2001.

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RIX Media

 

RIX Media is part of RIX Research and Media at the University of East London and is the sister site to RIX Research.

Products that have been successfully prototyped and developed through RIX Research are made available to market under the banner of RIX Media. This ensures that the benefits or our research are made as widely accessible and as cheaply as possible, in a way that is both realistic and sustainable.

 

 

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Special Olympics Wiki 2014

Special Olympics Wiki 2014

The Special Olympics Wiki 2014 project is a continuation of work started on the Special Olympics Wiki World Project, which took place in 2011/12.  RIX Research are again working ...
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Mental Capacity Act for Care Planning

Mental Capacity Act for Care Planning

 The Mental Capacity Act for Care Planning Project (2014)  aims to create a multimedia tool kit to help professionals to implement Mental Capacity Act principals into the...
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‘My Health, My Say’ NHS iPad App Project

‘My Health, My Say’ NHS iPad App Project

 My Health, My Say (2014) was a project led & funded by the Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust. The project looked at how the NHS Friends and Family Test, a key...
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Living Archive Project

Living Archive Project

 The Living Archive project (2014 - Current) is developing a digital and living archive of learning disability history . The three year project, led by Dr Liz Tilley from the ...
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Wiki Pilots for Education, Health & Care Planning

Wiki Pilots for Education, Health & Care Planning

 Throughout 2014 RIX Research has been piloting the use of our easy-build RIX Wikis for education, health and care planning. We have been running pilots in a number of setting...
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Future Learning with iPads European Course Program

Future Learning with iPads European Course Program

Future Learning with iPads & Tablets is an ongoing program of courses funded through the EU Grundtvig programme. The courses are organised and delivered by a consortium of th...
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Sensory Objects Project

Sensory Objects Project

 Sensory Objects (2012 - 2015) is an arts-based research project that aims to explore the possibilities of multi-sensory access to heritage. The project, funded through a gran...
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Project ICICLE

Project ICICLE

 ICICLE (2012 - 2013) stands for Inclusive Co-development and Implementation of a Community Learning Environment. The project was funded by the National Institute of Adult &am...
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Heads Up Project

Heads Up Project

 For the Heads Up project The Rix Centre Charity investigated and evaluated cost-free head and eye tracking solutions, like Head Mouse, Camera Mouse and virtual keyboards.&nbs...
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Greenwich PCP

Greenwich PCP

 The Greenwich PCP project was a pilot led by The Rix Centre Charity to explore the use of password- protected personal Easy Build Wiki websites as a tool for Person Centred P...
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W2ID

W2ID

 W2ID - Web 2.0 for People with Intellectual Disabilities - (2011 - 2012) was a 2 year multilateral partnership project funded by the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning P...
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Get Connected

Get Connected

 The Get Connected project, led by The Rix Centre Charity, examined the implementation of Multimedia Advocacy in partnership with six national care organisations (Choice Supp...
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Sparking Change with AFK

Sparking Change with AFK

 Sparking Change was the result of a three year participation project led and developed by Action for Kids in partnership with the The Rix Centre Charity. Action for Kids is a...
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Special Olympics Wiki World

Special Olympics Wiki World

 The Special Olympics Wiki World project was led by Rix Research @ UEL and delivered in partnership with Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia. The project was funded through the Eu...
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Symbol Surfing

Symbol Surfing

 The Symbol Surfing project was a research project looking at ways that freely available symbol recognition software on computers can benefit people with learning disabilities...
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Interactive Tables

Interactive Tables

 The Interactive Tables project was an exploratory development project led by The Rix Centre Charity and generously funded by the Rix-Thompson-Rothenberg Foundation. Touch scr...
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Books Beyond Words DVDs

Books Beyond Words DVDs

 For the Books Beyond Words project (2009) the RIX Multimedia Advocacy approach was employed to help produce two DVDs for Books Beyond Words.. Books Beyond Words are a So...
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Mental Capacity Act Information Point

Mental Capacity Act Information Point

 The Mental Capacity Act information Point project (2010) was funded by the Social Care Institute for Excellence  The project aimed to create a simple and highly acc...
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GP Health Action planning DVD

GP Health Action planning DVD

 Following the powerful impact the earlier Six Lives DVD project had had when presented to the Tower Hamlets Six Lives Panel, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets commissioned ...
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Six Lives Project

Six Lives Project

 The Rix Centre Charity was commissioned by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in 2009 in response to the government's Six Lives Report. We ran a series of workshops using th...
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Voices Within

Voices Within

 The Voices Within project aimed to combine art, technology and accessibility to create an immersive, interactive experience that would enable people with physical and learnin...
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Click Start

Click Start

 Click Start (2008-2009) is a research project that started with funding from the London East Learning & Skills Council (LSC) in November 2008. The project was delivered i...
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In-Folio

In-Folio

 In-Folio (2008 - 2009) was a research and development project led by The Rix Centre in collaboration with some of the UK’s leading Specialist Colleges. The In-Folio project w...
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Inclusive New Media Design

Inclusive New Media Design

 Inclusive New Media Design (2007) was an AHRC funded research project that was run from the Rix Centre at UEL and led by Dr Helen Kennedy as part of the AHRC/EPSRC Designing ...
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Newham Easy Read

Newham Easy Read

 The Newham Easy Read platform, launched in 2007,  was developed as part of The Rix Centre's Beyond the Road Ahead research work for the Social Care Institute for Excelle...
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Beyond the Road Ahead

Beyond the Road Ahead

 Beyond The Road Ahead (2008) was a piece of research funded by the Social Care Institute for Excellence that followed on from their 2004 project The Road Ahead, which had hig...
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Project @pple

Project @pple

 Project @pple’s (2004-2006) overarching aim was to explore, from a multidisciplinary perspective, the terms on which people with learning disabilities can access and particip...
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Trans-active

Trans-active

 Trans-active (2001) was a major transition project jointly delivered by researchers at the University of East London Department of Innovation Studies and Mencap. The project ...
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Events

Andy Minnion MBE

Andy Minnion MBE

Director

Andy has been the Director of RIX Research since The Rix Centre Charity was set up in 2004. He has been responsible for the development of research into multimedia for the benefit of the learning disability at the University of East London since 2001.

Andy has led a series of major research and development programmes from the Rix Centre including Trans-active (with Mencap), ‘Project @pple’ (DTI/ESRC) ‘Beyond the Road Ahead’ (with the Social Care Institute for Excellence) and ‘Click Start (Learning & Skills Council 2009) and In-Folio (JISC Techdis 2010).

Andy has a background in TV production and has taught multimedia production in Universities and community-based projects for more than 25 years, with a particular emphasis on media advocacy for marginalised and excluded communities. He has published a range of articles, books, programmes and websites that reflect this specialist way of working, in direct partnership with disadvantaged people. Andy was awarded an MBE in 2012.

Gosia Kwiatkowska

Gosia Kwiatkowska

Research Centre Manager

Gosia joined RIX in 2004 where she assumed responsibility for Multimedia Advocacy Course Development. She now lectures in Multimedia Advocacy for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of East London and provides training to external organisations within social care sector. Gosia has management responsibility for research and teaching provision at the RIX Research and Media.

She leads on the delivery of the centre’s research, teaching and learning activities and project manages a range of courses and projects. To find out more about Gosia’s specialist research interests and areas of expertise click here.

Mark Flint

Mark Flint

Technical Coordinator

Charlotte Ibik Saward

Charlotte Ibik Saward

Project & Communication Coordinator

Charlie joined RIX in April 2009. Charlie coordinates and supports various centre research projects and manages centre communications. She has been particularly involved in the development of Click Start and its user community and also coordinates the centre’s European projects, which to date have included the EC funded W2ID Project (Web 2.0 for People with Intellectual Disabilities) and the Special Olympics Wiki World Project.

Charlie has a special interest in the production of clear, accessible information that is easy to understand. She contributes to teaching and learning at RIX though the production of a range of learning resources and support materials, including software user guides and video guides for the centre’s e-learning courses. Charlie has a BA Hons in English and United States Literature from the University of Essex and a background in research administration and support.

Ajay Choksi

Ajay Choksi

Technical Assistant & Wiki Master

Ajay provides technical assistance and support to students on RIX training courses and workshops, as well as ensuring all technical aspects required for a workshop are ready.

Ajay is also the Wiki Master. During his time at RIX Research and Media, Ajay has become the expert in all things Wiki based. Ajay is our users go to man when requiring help with using and creating a Wiki. You can find Ajay’s very own public Wiki by Ajay’s Wiki.

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