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7TH ANNUAL POSTGRADUATE CONFERENCE 2015

Posted in BU research by dsmythe

All BU postgraduate researchers and masters students are invited to submit an Abstract to present their research project or research journey at the 7th Annual Postgraduate Conference on 20th and 21st January 2015. There are 3 categories of presentations – oral, academic poster or photography. We look forward to receiving your Abstract soon – the closing date for entries is Monday 10 November 2014. Visit the Graduate School website for more information on how to submit your Abstract and register for the Conference. Or email: pgconference@bournemouth.ac.uk with any questions.

Knowledge Should Not Be Trapped Behind A Paywall – International Open Access Week

(article originally published on http://www.eff.org), 2 October 2014)

Now in its eighth year, Open Access Week is an international event that celebrates the wide-ranging benefits of enabling open access to information and research–as well as the dangerous costs of keeping knowledge locked behind publisher paywalls.

From October 20 to 26, academics, researchers, and curious minds everywhere will be encouraged to learn about the various hurdles to open knowledge and share stories of positive advancements in the effort to make open access the norm in scholarship and research.

Whether you’re looking to learn more, to champion open access policies, or to raise awareness in your community, there are plenty of ways to get involved in Open Access Week. Read on to find out why we fight for open access to knowledge and how to take part in Open Access Week activities.

Why Open Access?

When we say “open access” we are referring to the practice of making scholarly research available online for free upon publication (or soon after). Open access policies should aim to remove barriers and encourage scholarly and educational reuse of research. Copyright restrictions sometimes undermine scientific ideals of openness and collaboration; good open access rules help to bypass traditional copyright limits by encouraging full use of open licensing systems that enable sharing.

Reasons for supporting open access policies abound. From maximizing taxpayer funded research to increasing the exposure and use of publications, facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration, and enhancing the overall advancement of scholarship, the need for open access is more important now than ever. As tuition prices continue to rise and Internet adoption is at an all time high, trapping knowledge behind prohibitively expensive paywalls is a disservice to scientists and problem solvers across the world. Progress is stifled.

Research institutions, academics, and the intellectually curious are increasingly embracing the open access model for research worldwide. Open Access Week is about keeping the dream of easy-to-access knowledge alive. And we have a chance to connect this global momentum toward open sharing with the advancement of constructive policy changes on the local level.

This year’s theme is Generation Open. We’ll be focusing on the importance of students and early career researchers embracing open access, and exploring how changes in scholarly publishing affect academics and researchers at different stages of their careers.

What You Can Do

There are all kinds of ways to get involved. We invite you and your community to join us for this exciting week of action. Here’s how:

  • Write a blog post or place an op-ed in your local newspaper or on-campus publication. Find out if your campus has an open access policy and tell your story about why open access is important to you. Let us know if you write something.

  • Share on social media: simply spreading the word is important … and easy! Post your thoughts about open access and share articles and media that EFF will be posting throughout the week. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

  • Host a screening and discussion about the film The Internet’s Own Boy, a powerful documentary that tells the story of activist and innovator Aaron Swartz, who also was a passionate and outspoken advocate for open access. Here is our guide to help you organize a screening of this important film. Be in touch if you decide to organize a viewing.

  • Print and share handy guides to help people in your community get up to speed on why we demand open access to research. There’s one on Diego Gomez’s case and one on the open access movement more broadly.

EFF has long been a leader in the open access movement. The Internet should be a place where we can share ideas and get educated, unimpeded by unfair paywalls. We are thrilled to join forces with dozens of organizations across the world for this year’s Open Access Week to spread message loud and clear: research should be free, available, and open for everyone’s benefit. Generation Open, here we come.

Call for papers – International Conference on Innovation Through Knowledge Transfer 2015

Posted in BU research by jcodling

InnovationKT15 will be of interest to all knowledge professionals – those academics, business people, managers and researchers working within innovation, enterprise, knowledge transfer, exchange and sharing. This event is running from 15 to 17 April 2015 at Staffordshire University.  For submission dates please click here for more information.

Featuring world-class speakers, oral presentation sessions and interactive workshops, the InnovationKT 2015 conference will provide an excellent opportunity to publish a paper in journal and book form, and at the same time disseminate, share and discuss the impact of university-business and business-business interactions. Papers on relevant topics are invited to be evaluated for the conference under peer-review and if accepted, published in the proceedings.

Click here to view past events and find out more.   

 

 

 

 

 

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InnovationKT15 covers the following topics (although this list is not intended to

 

be exhaustive) :

 

 

 

- Case studies of successful university-business

 

- Examples of best practice in respect of innovation and knowledge transfer from

 

practitioners

 

- Innovative innovation and knowledge transfer mechanisms

 

- The outcomes and results of university-business and business-business projects

 

- Management of projects and development of applicable policy

 

 

 

Applicable knowledge transfer mechanisms and paradigms include, but are not

 

limited to:

 

 

 

- The UK Technology Strategy Board (TSB) Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)

 

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- Spin-out companies

 

- Incubators and entrepreneur schemes

 

- University-industry contracts and consultancy

 

- Licensing of university-originated intellectual property

 

- Other modes of knowledge transfer and technology transfer, e.g. work-based

 

learning projects

 

- The knowledge transfer, knowledge origination and knowledge exchange process

 

 

 

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An invited session consists of a presentation session of 6 to 12 or more papers on a

 

specific conference topic, organised as half or full day mini-conference. We invite senior

 

specialists who have an interest in a specific conference topic to take responsibility for

 

an invited session, gathering papers from a range of research expertise around the world.

 

If you would like to arrange an Invited Session please contact: admin@kesinternational.org

 

 

 

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General Track

 

 

 

Submission of Papers: 19 Jan 2015

 

Notification of Acceptance: 16 Feb 2015

 

Upload of Files for Programme / Proceedings: 16 March 2015

 

 

 

Early Registration Deadline: 1 March 2015

 

 

 

All deadlines are provisional and subject to change.

 

 

 

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The collaboration between Staffordshire University and UK partners includes

 

excellent relationships with local and national companies as well as 17 further education

 

colleges plus charitable organisations such as the Institute for Children, Youth and Mission

 

and Oasis College.

 

 

 

Staffordshire is world renowned for its pottery and there are many beautiful attractions around

 

the area where you can immerse yourself in British culture. Take a tour around various pottery

 

museums, galleries and attractions, maybe visit Stoke Minster and round it off with a nice cup

 

of English tea at Gladstone Tea Room overlooking their famous cobbled courtyard!

 

 

 

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this email as the account is not monitored. You can also follow  @IKT_Talk and @KESIntl on

 

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BU staff take ICSR conference to Barcelona

 

On 9-10 October, BU staff helped organise the 3rd international Conference on Social Responsibility, Ethics and Sustainable Business (aka ICSR), at Blanquerna School of Communication and International Relations in Barcelona. Previous conferences – led by CMC’s Georgiana Grigore with help from CMC colleagues – have been held in Romania in 2012 and Bournemouth in 2013.

CSR and business ethics remains high on the agenda: the conference attracted 76 delegates from 23 countries, delivering 70 papers. We started the conference in style at a wine tasting event, held in central Barcelona. For your benefit, your correspondent made copious mental notes about the various wines on show; their nose, their balance, their body, their finish and so on, but sadly forgot almost everything other than they tasted good and were Spanish. Maybe he tasted too much wine that night…

Anyway, the morning after the conference was opened by a keynote by Professor Josep Rota (University of Iowa), who spoke about communication and development.

Josep Rota

 

We then broke out for panel sessions for the rest of the day, before convening for a keynote delivered by Ana Palencia, Communications Director for Unilever Spain. Her talk showcased the various CSR initiatives Unilever is pursuing in Spain with the aim of achieving ‘sustainable growth’.

Ana Palencia

The first day was finished at the spectacular San Pau Hospital, where the gala dinner was held. We were pleased to learn that they did not serve hospital food: at least not British style.

They don't call him Tasos "three puddings" Theofilou for no reason...

 

The second day was kicked off by a keynote by non-other than BU’s Professor Tom Watson. His critique of both the theory and practice of CSR was finished by the proposal of a CSR checklist for practitioners to build into their practice.

Prof Tom Watson

After a day of parallel sessions and a keynote by Professor Luis Franco (University of Barcelona), delegates were taken on a bus tour of Barcelona, stopping for a tour of the Miro Foundation and Olympic Mountain. The day was closed by some much needed ‘networking’ over sangria and tapas.

Conference delegates at the Miro Foundation, Barcelona

 

BU staff were prominent throughout the 2014 conference as Chair (Georgiana Grigore) and on the organising committee (Tasos Theofilou and Dan Jackson). The ISCR network is growing in numbers, influence and confidence. The conference organisers are currently evaluating offers to host next years’ conference from South America, India and Europe. The best papers from the Barcelona conference will be published in a special issue of Tripodos.

The "Bournemouth mafia"

 

 

What Works Wellbeing – workshop and call

ESRC, AHRC and Public Health England, together with other partners, are investing in a new three-year programme to progress the understanding and application of wellbeing evidence. Four evidence-based programmes relating to wellbeing will be commissioned, these being:

  • community
  • work and learning
  • culture and sport
  • cross-cutting capabilities

Guidance for the call will be released on 29th October 2014, the deadline will be 2nd December, and a workshop for potential applicants will be held on 5th November in Birmingham.

Further information is available at http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding-and-guidance/funding-opportunities/32283/what-works-wellbeing.aspx

Celebrate International Open Access Week at BU — 20 to 26 October 2014

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its eighth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

WHAT IS IT?       Open access is free, unrestricted access to peer-reviewed scholarly research literature and data.

WHY DO IT?       Publicly-funded research should be made freely available to the community who support it

BENEFITS

To the members of public

  • Allows access to journal articles without restrictions of costs and time delay
  • Reveals the latest medical discoveries and breakthroughs (which may save your life)
  • Gives crucial information  freely to medical professionals, students and nurses in developing countries so saving thousands of lives
  • Enriches the educational experience of millions of students and teachers around the world (who otherwise cannot afford subscriptions to prestigious journals)

To the academics

  • Removes  barriers  to networking and sharing research
  • Increases exposure and use of publications
  • Facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration and new discoveries
  • Increase usage, citations and impact

Please visit the links below to hear from our academics about some of the Open Access research that is available to you:

Get involved. Participating in Open Access Week can be as simple or involved as you like. It can also be a chance to let your imagination have full rein and come up with something more ambitious, wacky, fun.

Celebrate Open Access at BU and join us in these exciting events. No need to register, just turn up.For more information about

  • The International Open Access Week and how you can get involved or help out;
  • Open access in general;
  • how to publish your article open access

Please get in touch with Pengpeng Hatch (pphatch@bournemouth.ac.uk, tel: 01202 963154).

All logo and colour scheme attributed to : www.openaccessweek.org

Cyber Hygiene: Are You Squeaky Clean?

Posted in BU research by Julia Taylor

Recent high profile hacks stress the importance of ensuring effective cyber security measures are in place. Criminality in the cloud has become a prominent issue with the latest publicity around the intrusion of Apple’s iCloud and the insensitive dissemination of celebrity private and intimate photographs. Users of the popular photo messaging service, Snapchat, who used an unofficial third-party app to circumvent the anti-save function have also fallen victim to a malicious attack whereby more than 100,000 videos and photos were released online. Last month’s ‘Peter Pan virus’ brought the issue of cyber security a bit closer to home as tens of thousands of people received an email which appeared to be from BH Live, the Bournemouth entertainment company, claiming they had booked tickets to see a pantomime at the Bournemouth Pavilions. The perpetrators used a basic phishing technique to lure recipients to open the attachment, which installed a virus capable of stealing passwords and sensitive personal information.

The rapid rise in reported high profile cyber-enabled attacks highlights the need for greater awareness to cyber risks. This has been specifically recognised in the USA and Europe as October has been dubbed the official cyber security awareness month to encourage vigilance and protection by all computer users. Therefore, the Bournemouth University Cyber Security Unit (BUCSU) is holding three cyber security awareness events in the coming weeks to provide BU staff and students with guidance on how to keep you and your family safe online. We’ll have a few giveaways and demonstrations, so be sure to stop by – dates and times are below:

  • Talbot Atrium – Thursday, 23 October 0900-1600
  • EBC Ground Floor – Monday, 27 October 1100-1500
  • Bournemouth House Lounge – Thursday, 30 October 1100-1500

If you’ve got any burning questions about cyber security….or perhaps you’ve been the victim of a cyber crime and want to know how to prevent a future attack….or maybe you simply want to pop by to check out our giveaways and demonstrations….either way, we’re looking forward to seeing you at one of the events!

Introducing Kerri Jones – RKEO Funding Development Officer for the Faculty of Science and Technology

I am a Funding Development Officer within RKEO, supporting the Faculty of Science and Technology. I am here to support academic colleagues in identifying suitable funding opportunities and applying for research funding. I can guide you through the proposal process  and provide advice on funder guidelines, terms and conditions and the costing process.

So, if you are thinking about applying for funding or have an idea that you would like to develop, please get in touch.

Previously I was part of the administration team in the school of Applied Sciences and the Faculty of Science Technology, as an Academic Quality Administrator. I was responsible for supporting colleagues with quality and regulatory matters.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and traveling. I am also a big Formula 1 fan.

Latest Major Funding Opportunities

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The following funding opportunities have been announced. Please follow the links for more information:

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. The Innovator of the Year Award recognises and rewards individuals and small teams who have harnessed the potential of their excellent research. The competition has three categories; commercial, social and most promising and it is designed to recognise the full breadth of impacts that BBSRC-funded research can have. Winners in each category will receive a £15,000 award, with a further £15,000 for the overall winner. Closing date for nominations: 27/10/14

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. Applications are invited for responsive-mode research grants. These support investigator-led research activities can address any topic within the council’s remit. Grants may be used for research projects, technology development, equipment or use of existing facilities, new facilities or infrastructure provision, research networks and coordination, and summer schools. Short-duration activities, such as small pilot projects or proof-of-concept studies, may also be supported. Award varies. Closing date: 4pm 08/01/15

British Academy, GB. The Brian Barry Prize in political science is worth £2,500 and is awarded annually for excellence in political science, as displayed in an unpublished essay. The award is made in partnership with Cambridge University Press and the British Journal of Political Science in honour of Brian Barry, a distinguished Fellow of the Academy and founding editor of the Journal.  The winning entry will be published in the British Journal of Political Science. Closing date: 31/01/15

British Academy, GB. The Wiley Prize in Psychology, worth £5,000, is awarded annually for lifetime achievement by an outstanding international scholar. Closing date:  31/1/15

Innovate UK, GB. Biomedical Catalyst-Feasibility Studies. This joint Innovate UK and Medical Research Council programme offers grant funding through the Biomedical Catalyst and is available to UK businesses (SMEs) and academics looking to develop innovative solutions to healthcare challenges either individually or in collaboration. The award varies depending on business type and activity. Registration closing date: 18/03/2014

Innovate UK , GB. Innovate UK and the Ministry of Defence invite applications for their global navigation satellite system antenna call, for research proposals in the area of low-SWAP GNSS Multi-frequency or Wideband Antennas. Grants are worth up to £50,000 over four months in phase one. Registration closing date: 3/12/14

Innovate UK , GB. Innovate UK and the Department for Energy and Climate Change invite proposals for their heat networks demonstrator competition.  This competition aims to stimulate innovation that helps address cost and performance efficiency challenges related to heat networks. Phase one feasibility studies may be worth up to £50,000 and last from January to March 2015; phase two projects are expected to range between £100,000 and £1m and last from May 2015 to March 2016. Closing date for phase one proposals: 12 noon 28/11/14

Wellcome Trust, GB. Wellcome Trust and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology invite applications for their postdoctoral fellowships. Postdoctoral Fellowships provide four years’ support for recently qualified postdoctoral researchers to gain experience of research at the interfaces between biology/medicine and mathematics, engineering, computer, physical or chemical sciences. Closing date: 24/11/14,  5pm

Please note that some funders specify a time for submission as well as a date. Please confirm this with your RKE Support Officer.

You can set up your own personalised alerts on ResearchProfessional. If you need help setting these up, just ask your School’s RKE Officer in RKE Operations or see the recent post on this topic, which includes forthcoming training dates up to November 2014.

If thinking of applying, why not add notification of your interest on ResearchProfessional’s record of the bid so that BU colleagues can see your intention to bid and contact you to collaborate.

Crowd – Automatic Synthesis, Motion and Navigation for Computer Games

Posted in Uncategorized by djohn

We would like to invite you to the first research seminar of the Creative Technology Research Centre for the new academic year, that will be delivered by Professor Edmond Prakash.

 

Title: Crowd – Automatic Synthesis, Motion and Navigation for Computer Games

Time: 2:00PM-3:00PM

Date: Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Room: P335, Poole House, Talbot Campus (Please note the new venue)

 

Abstract:

A huge challenge is to model, simulate, and navigate tens of thousands of characters in real-time where they actively and realistically avoid collisions with each other and with obstacles present in their game environment.

This research talk will look at the challenges and state-of-the-art solutions for deployment of crowd in computer games.

We hope to see you there,

Introducing Sam Squelch: Student Engagement Coordinator

Posted in BU research by ssquelch

Hello,

My name is Sam Squelch and I am currently on placement working in the research and knowledge exchange office until July 31st. My degree is in Business Studies and I will be looking to gain and develop valuable skills during my placement that I can take into my last year to help me achieve my desirable grade.

I am the student engagement coordinator working in the knowledge exchange and impact team. I will be assisting the event coordinator in the festival of learning, however my main focus will be on organising events over the course of the year engaging students with the research here at Bournemouth University.

My background is in carpentry and joinery so taking on this placement is a massive change for me, but it is a change that I am enjoying every second of. In my spare time away from work I very much have a passion for football, I enjoy playing football and also enjoy the stress of following my boyhood football club. I also enjoy socializing with my friends and enjoy reading the newspaper daily or watching the news.

Social science researchers – help identify strategically important methodological research areas

The National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) is consulting with the UK social science research community to identify nationally important methodological research areas. This will inform a call for proposals for new methodological research projects in 2015. The projects will form parts of a Centre with funding of £5million in total. Contribute to the consultation at http://www.ncrm.ac.uk/survey/index.php/162988/lang-en.

Introducing Alexandra Pękalski – Research Facilitator

Hey!

I am Alexandra Pękalski (nee Peirce) and I am the Research Facilitator for the Media school, School of Tourism and The Business School. I am part of the Funding Development Team, which offers support and advice with all pre-award activities, such as horizon scanning, identifying funding opportunities and developing and submitting proposals.

So, the question you undoubtedly have is what is a Research Facilitator and what can they do for me? If you haven’t already glazed over like my friends and family. I am here to support researchers to gain funding for their research ideas/solution to societal problems!

But if you’re still with me, this really is a new and exciting role for the university and along with my three other colleagues we are here to help with the following:

  • To develop and critique your proposal
  • Help bring together research team
  • Write, review and critique text
  • Ensure your proposal meets the funder’s strategic aims
  • Suggest ideas to strengthen the content of your proposal
  • Help you form inter/multidisciplinary research collaborations
  • Facilitate internal peer review

Within my role as Senior RKE Support officer, I have worked across all 6 Schools/Faculties and have knowledge and understanding of a broad range of sponsors including European Commission, AHRC, EPSRC and Leverhulme (to name but a few!). Before the world of Research Administration I held various roles at the University such as, Programme Administrator, Planning & Resources Officer and Project & Finance Manager. I have also worked in the private sector as a Marketing Executive.

I am particularly keen to work on developing and supporting multi/interdisciplinary collaborations within the university and externally, developing a new researchers development framework and working closely with early careers researchers.

Outside of work!

I enjoy eating, not just outside of work, but all the time. Every 10 minutes.  I love food! Due to this love of food I am currently reading a booked called “French Women Don’t Get Fat”.

I am also learning Polish (if only to ensure my daughter doesn’t sail me down the river with my in-laws), am attempting to master rollerblading with the hope Bournemouth will finally get an ice rink, I can join an ice hockey team and somehow get to the winter Olympics (recently inspired by Cool Runnings).

If you’re thinking about developing a bid, and would like some guidance, advice or support, please feel free to get in touch with me or the Funding Development Team.

Tomorrow is deadline day for Fusion Investment Fund applications

If you would like to apply to either strand of the Fusion Investment Fund, please make sure you submit your application by the deadline which is 12pm tomorrow!

No exception will be made to this deadline.

For all the strand policy documents, Fund FAQs and information about applying, please visit the FIF intranet pages.

 

Please direct all initial enquiries to the Fusion Investment Fund Co-ordinator, Sue Townrow, at Fusion Fund.

The Fusion Investment Fund is managed by Samantha Leahy-Harland.

Introducing Dianne Goodman the New RKEO Funding Development Officer for Media School

 

Hi, my name is Dianne Goodman, I am the new Funding Development Officer within the Research and Knowledge Exchange Office where I look after the Media School – which means that I support Media School academics with their Research applications/bids through the processes to submission (otherwise known as pre-award). This can include checking applications meet the guidelines of the Research Councils and other funding organisations, providing costings, sense checking proposals, obtaining institutional approvals. Previously people will know me as the Support Administrator for the Grants Academy. You will find me in Weymouth House in room W116 on Thursdays.

I have over 20 years of work experience in the Interior Design Business and the Banking Industry in both the UK and Canada. During this time I set up my own Interior Design Business. I have a BA First Class (Hons) in Interior Design and Furniture which is how I first came to work at Bournemouth University where I taught the 4th Year students within the Interior Design Unit framework.

 

I enjoy hiking, biking and snowboarding and I relax with yoga classes, walking on the beach near where I live and making my own craft items and soft furnishings. I am very interested in recycling and I often ‘freecycle’ unwanted items. I also enjoy having a good rummage in charity shops and am a bit of a ‘magpie’. I am a big fan or Orla Kiely products and there are few moments in my life when her scribble stem leaf design is far away from me in some form or other.

Dianne Goodman

Funding Development Officer (MS)

dgoodman@bournemouth.ac.uk
(01202) 961300

First Wessex Dementia Conference

Tuesday 14 October saw the first Wessex Dementia conference hosted by Public Health England, NHS Wessex CSN and The Wessex AHSN. The turnout was much larger than expected demonstrating the increase in interest, enthusiasm and energy surrounding the dementia field. The timeline in the image attached shows just a small selection of projects about dementia that are happening in our region across the dementia timeline; that is from pre-diagnosis, diagnosis, post-diagnostic support to end of life care. BUDI’s work spans this care spectrum but only a handful of our projects are on this timelines as at BU alone we have been involved in 50 dementia projects in the last 2 years (we presented on our Orchestra project with the BSO, the 10 agency partnership project on Dementia Friendly Communities in Dorset we were part of, and the NHS Dorset Memory Advisory service we evaluated as well as having a very popular stand; orange stress balls proved to be particularly popular for our hard working clinical and practice colleagues!)  Taken together with the work of our colleagues from the voluntary, statutory and private sectors alongside our academic colleagues based at other Wessex Universities there is now a critical mass of work going on in our region which bodes well for those who might be affected by dementia in the future in Wessex but also for those currently living with dementia who are participating and hopefully benefiting from the groundswell of commitment to improving not just the diagnostic rate in our region (which two years ago was one of the lowest in the country) but to providing high quality support and services.

Introducing Ehren Milner: RKEO Funding Development Officer for the School of Tourism and the Business School

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I am the RKEO Funding Development Officer for the School of Tourism and the Business School. My role involves supporting colleagues with sourcing and applying for research funding. I aim to help provide guidance on funding terms and conditions and guide colleagues throughout the funding application processes here at BU.

I have spent much of the past fourteen years working as a heritage consultant in the academic sector on behalf of QUANGOs. Much of this work has focused on the analysis of local authority policies and EU legislation and the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to analyse spatial data and provide socio-demographic segmentation. I’ve also given the odd lecture on IT, geochemistry and planning law.

Outside of work my interests are running, home brewing and BBQing.

 

ESRC impact prize 2015, celebrate your impact!

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Impact helps to demonstrate that social science is important, that it is worth investing in and worth using.

In 2015 the ESRC is celebrating 50 years of supporting excellent social sciences. The 2015 impact prize is an opportunity to celebrate the outstanding economic and social impacts achieved by ESRC funded researchers over the last 50 years, this is one that cannot be missed.

This prize is now in its third year, growing ever more each year and brings together successes of impact from different aspects of ESRC research. This is an annual opportunity to recognise and reward the success of ESRC funded researchers who have achieved or are currently achieving, outstanding economic or societal impacts. The prize celebrates outstanding ESRC research and success in collaborative working, partnerships, engagement and knowledge exchange activities that have led to significant impact.

You are eligible for the prize regardless of how long ago you were funded, whether you were funded 50 years ago or very recently, it does not matter, as long as your research has helped change the world, provided deep insights into key social and economic questions, shaped society and made a difference, then this competition is for you, you must apply!

This competition is also looking for an impact champion, someone who has inspired, supported and encouraged others to achieve impact.

The prizes are very generous and are an added incentive to you applying for this competition. With £90,000 worth of prizes to be won, and six prize categories, what a great way to celebrate your amazing research impact. The closing date for applicants is 20th November 2014 with the awards ceremony sponsored by SAGE being hosted in central London week beginning 22 June 2015.

To see the categories, gain inspiration from previous impact prize winners or if you’re interested in applying for this fantastic opportunity, click here.

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