Picture the scene… it’s 2016 the 1st April 2016 to be precise and you’ve had an article you have been working on for the past 6 months accepted by your first choice journal – well done you – you spend the next 3 months eagerly waiting to read your hard work in print. When it finally it is published you are ecstatic, it is well received by your colleagues, peers, journalists and the public – your research is out there and making a real impact to society, you couldn’t have imagined a better reception. Well done you again!
Now fast-forward to submission of the next REF where you enthusiastically submit your lovingly crafted, well received, well cited article for submission with the full expectation that it will certainly be assessed as a 4* publication but then the bomb drops… the article is “UNCLASSIFIED”. Why I hear you cry?! Well back in 2016 when your article was accepted you did not make it open access – simple.
HEFCEs decision on non-compliance of their Open Access Policy really couldn’t be clearer in this aspect:
“Any output submitted to the post-2014 REF that falls within the scope of this policy but does not meet its requirements or exceptions will be treated as non-compliant. Non-compliant outputs will be given an unclassified score and will not be assessed in the REF.”
We have 12 months to get ready for to comply with HEFCEs Open Access policy and we have to start now. Only the author and the publisher know when an article is accepted and this is the key point for the policy. So, if you want to have the full benefit of all your hard work, then make sure that when an article is accepted by a publisher you upload it to BRIAN – simple.
For further information on how to you go about making your outputs open access, please see the guidance here. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with queries or attend one of our Open Access Workshops over the next few months.
Further information on HEFCEs policy can be found here
Are you an archaeologist, computer scientist, ecologist, animator, anthropologist, palaeoanthropologist working in a Professional Service? ….
Or simply interested in landscapes and how they influenced human evolution?
If so why not drop by and find out more about BU’s newly launched Institute for Studies in Landscape and Human Evolution (ISLHE) at 1.30 PM on the 25th March (TAG01). We would like to invite BU staff to an opportunity to find out more and see how they might get involved over coffee.
ISLHE’s research agenda focuses around the role of landscape process in driving human evolution. What drove the evolution of our species? Why did some species of the human family tree become extinct while others did not? What role did climate change and landscape process in Africa play in guiding this evolution? These are fundamental questions about our own origins and what drove our evolution. The research agenda focuses on tackling these questions from a landscape-based perspective integrating a wide range of fields anthropology, archaeology, palaeoanthropology, ecology, remote sensing of modern analogues with both earth and computer science.
Working both in the field and using computer modelling we hope to tackle some of these questions over the next few years. Another key part of our agenda is to work with computer animators to bring our science alive in the imagination of both scientific and popular audiences.
Join us to find out more!!
Dr John McAlaney from the Department of Psychology has visited Qatar University to present research that he and his colleague Dr Raian Ali of the Department of Computing have been conducting on the psychological and socio-technical aspects of cybersecurity. Attendees at this multi-disciplinary event included researchers from the Open University, the Qatar National Research Fund and the British Council. Dr McAlaney also attended a reception organised by the British Embassy in Doha, where His Excellency the British Ambassador Mr Nicholas Hopton welcomed the attendees to Qatar and spoke about the importance of interdisciplinary research and the benefits of collaborative research between the UK and Qatar.
Dr McAlaney presenting to the delegates
Owing to the success which BU has had as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science over the past three years, this year, the ESRC have invited us to become an official Festival partner.
This means that you will not have to apply through the competitive external process, but instead we will be allocating funding through an internal competition.
To submit a proposal to be part Festival, you will need to complete this online form by 4pm 8th May. The form can be found here and any queries should be directed to email@example.com.
Funding is available for direct event costs (e.g. to hire an external venue, or pay for event materials) and the allocation for this will be reviewed by an internal panel. The maximum application is £1,500, but we expect awards to be in the region of £500.
Please note that the Festival takes place between 7th-14th November 2015. Further information about the Festival, including examples of previous events can be found here.
For those of you who have an interest in Medical Research, there has been a very exciting development made in the field by Apple.
ResearchKit is Apple’s opt-in program for users to share their HealthKit data with medical researchers hoping to tackle a wide array of diseases.
ResearchKit will be an open source effort that pulls data from multiple sources including the Apple Watch and iPhone. It officially launches next month, but the first five applications are available today for interested users.
Apple’s launch partners for ResearchKit represent some of the premier medical institutions today, places like Penn Medicine, Stanford Medicine, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation. For an example of one of the partnerships manifesting in the first five apps, Williams explained mPower. This allows anyone with an iPhone to contribute to Parkinson’s research by turning their device into a diagnostic tool. mPower includes a tapping test to evaluate hand tremors, a microphone “ahh” test to assess vocal chord variations, and a walk-test where the iPhone precisely measures a user’s gait. Other initial apps address medical initiatives such as breast cancer, asthma, and diabetes.
ResearchKit could offer scientists a sample size that was previously a rare occurrence. Apple CEO Tim Cook believes ResearchKit will change medical research in a way which is truly profound.
BIS (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) have launched a formal consultation on reviewing the research councils. The deadline for responses to BIS is 17th April 2015 and BU will be submitting an institutional response that reflects the views of the majority of staff.
To facilitate the production of the institutional response the Deans of Faculty have been invited to each submit a Faculty-based response taking into account the views of academic colleagues. It is of paramount importance that academic and research staff engage with this consultation for two reasons:
- Evidence is required on the balance of the funding portfolio and so potentially affects disciplines differently.
- Evidence is required on integrating with agencies and organisations and so would affect Faculties differently.
The call for evidence focusses on four areas: strategic decision-making, collaborations and partnerships, balance of the funding portfolio, and effective ways of working.
The full consultation document can be accessed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/nurse-review-of-research-councils-call-for-evidence
The consultation refers to the triennial review of the research councils which can be accessed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/triennial-review-of-the-research-councils
How to contribute
To contribute to the consultation please send your comments using this form (Faculty response-Nurse-review-of-research-councils-call-for-evidence-form) to your Faculty contact by 27th March as follows:
HSS – Prof Gail Thomas
Management – Prof Keith Wilkes
Media – Stephen Jukes
SciTech – Prof Richard Stillman
19th March Launch consultation internally
27th March All individual feedback to be sent to the Deans
1st April Each Dean to send a Faculty response to Jo Garrad
9th April Jo Garrad to send a draft institutional response to John Fletcher
14th April All final feedback to be sent to Jo Garrad
16th April Deadline for submitting final institutional response to BIS
Organized by Dr. Tim Breitbarth from the Sport Academic Group (FM) for the 3rd time after October 2012 and 2013, the 3rd International Week Sport Management saw international visitors contributing to the research culture, knowledge transfer and student experience on campus.
Beginning of March, Dr Christopher Huth (Senior Lecturer in Sport Events and Governance, Bayreuth University), Konstantin Druker (Lecturer in Sport Management at our Erasmus partner university SRH Heidelberg) and Kasper Roe Iversen (PhD researcher at University of Southern Denmark) provided guest presentations on Level C to Level M on sport fandom, turnaround management in sport organisations and sport sponsorship.
As part of the Business Research Seminar Series Research and the Roundtable International Sport Business, Dr Huth and Mr Druker presented their research projects on crowdfunding as a new means of financing professional/amateur sport organisations and a stakeholder analysis of the German Golf League.
In addition, Tim inspired the very strong PhD researcher audience at the Business Research Seminar Series with his assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the form of a PhD thesis, a shortened version of a conference keynote presentation he held in 2014, including reflections on how to keep your sanity and make progress.
Beyond the teaching and research spheres, much discussion on career and administrative aspects of higher education in different countries/at different universities was facilitated. Joint journal and special interest publications are in the pipeline.
Read about 2013 here:
Read about 2012 here:
We would like to invite you to the next research seminar of the Creative Technology Research Centre.
Speaker: Jessika Weber
Title: Location-based, mobile Augmented Reality Games: Creating Engaging Game Experiences with Tourism Urban Environments
Date: Wednesday 25 March 2015
Room: Stevenson LT, Poole House, Talbot Campus
Increasing usage of mobile devices has changed the way we perceive and connect with our environment. Location-based Augmented Reality games turn urban spaces into playgrounds in which stories and playfulness unfold their potential and create unique experience based on existing physical and historical elements mediated by mobile technology. Introducing these games into the context of travel and tourism, not much is known by game designers of how to address the requirements of tourists in order to create engaging experiences with the urban physical environment.
This study explores the game experience of tourists with two location-based, mobile AR games during playtests by combining mobile HCI, game design and tourist experience theory in order to understand the interaction with these games in a tourism context. The study applied a triangulation of qualitative methods to develop a theoretical framework for location-based, mobile AR games to create engaging experiences with the tourism urban environment.
We hope to see you there.
With a general election in May and a government spending review to follow, this is a critical time for social science to shout loudly about its value to the UK economy and society.
On 17th April at Cardiff University the Campaign for Social Science will present the recommendations of its new report The Business of People: The Significance of Social Science over the Next Decade (launched 24th February in Westminster by Minister for Universities, Science and Cities, Greg Clark MP). We hope for a fruitful dialogue with social scientists at Cardiff on the current state and future direction of social science in the UK.
Event runs from 12.15 to 3pm.
- Buffet lunch served from 12.15pm
- First session from 1-2pm, with opening remarks from Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, Professor George Boyne
- Jonathan Breckon, Board Member, David Walker, Head of Policy, and Roses Leech-Wilkinson, Research and Policy Officer at the Campaign for Social Science will present the report The Business of People and its recommendations for the future of social science
- Professor Justin Lewis will present a response to the report on behalf of Cardiff University
- Followed by a Q+A session involving the panel and audience
- The Campaign panel will be available before and after for individual discussions
- Second session from 2-3pm to provide further opportunity to discuss the future of social science with reference to key research initiatives at Cardiff University
- Highlights from current social science research centres and initiatives at Cardiff University followed by a discussion on fostering collaboration within and across the social sciences at Cardiff and beyond
Those interested in any aspect of the social sciences – from sociology to economics – are encouraged to attend the event.
Register for free here: MailScanner has detected definite fraud in the website at “bit.ly”. Do not trust this website: http://bit.ly/CfSSCardiff
The call for proposals closes at 4.00pm on Thursday 30th April.
The scheme provides funds for small, local or ‘pilot’ projects promoting STFC science and technology. Almost anyone can apply, including grant-funded research groups, STFC research facility users, schools, museums, etc. Awards range from £500 to £10,000 and the expenditure can go towards materials, salaries and travel & subsistence.
Projects must be relevant to publicising engagement or teaching about the STFC science and technology areas, namely:
• particle physics;
• nuclear physics;
• space, ionospheric, solar and planetary science;
• studying materials with muon and neutron sources
• studying materials with synchrotron light sources
• research using laser facilities
Applicants should also consult the STFC Public Engagement Strategy in advance of submitting your proposal and are also encouraged (if applicable) to consider working with under-represented audiences such as girls and young women in engineering and physics, groups in areas geographically remote from STEM activity and underperforming schools.
Please see the notes for guidance for further information.
All applications must be submitted through the RCUK Joint electronic submission (Je-S) (link opens in a new window) system. E-mailed or hard copy applications will not be accepted. Please be aware that it may take up to four weeks for organisations to register for the first time on the Je-S system.
For further information and advice please contact Andy Thompson Tel: 01793 442098
Today academic publisher Elsevier sent round an email with the top five most downloaded articles from the international journal Midwifery.
We were pleased to see that the fifth paper on that list is a BU paper jointly written with Dr. Helen Bryers, Consultant Midwife in Scotland.
Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen
For our second GeoNet seminar guest lecturers Paul Sochaczwski and David Hallmark joined us to discuss the work and contributions of scientist and activist Alfred Russell Wallace. Paul recounted Wallace’s heroic journey to Rio Negro and South-Asia where he collected over 125,000 species, including orang-utans, birds of paradise, butterflies and beetles. This epic journey was no mean feat for Wallace, self-financing his travels over a distance of over 22,000km. He had to overcome many obstacles including language barriers, identifying new species without taxonomy books, preserving and protecting his species collection and shipping them safely back to England.
David Hallmark carried on the interesting discoveries of Wallace by discussing the extent of his role in the development of the Theory of Selection from a legal perspective. The question of whether Charles Darwin outright stole Wallace’s idea or whether he ‘developed’ and ‘adapted’ it was discussed. Darwin became obsessed with losing priority after Wallace sent him his Ternate Paper in 1858 and thus published his own work (on the origin of species) a year later without acknowledging Wallace. David suggests that Darwin deliberately omitted Wallace, claiming the 600+ page book as an abstract to avoid having to provide attribution. After hearing the evidence provided by David from witnesses, Darwin’s personal quotes, diary edits, and the timeframe of each scientists published papers it appears that Darwin did commit plagiarism rather than just the mistaken performance of an academic.
I personally found it interesting that David considered how many academics felt that Darwin deserved to have priority due to classist attitudes at the time. However, Wallace may have agreed, and thus stepped aside in order for the more influential and powerful Darwin to establish the Theory of Natural Selection and to contradict religious beliefs at the time.
The controversial topic sparked up an interesting discussion amongst the audience, with Darwin’s integrity as a scientist and a man coming under critique. Interestingly the audience still felt empathy towards Darwin despite the evidence suggesting that he had ‘stolen’ Wallace’s idea. The conclusion seemed to be that Wallace was regarded as a ‘reluctant hero’ who himself accepted Darwinism as an ‘adopted’ idea.
However, perhaps the real question is whether the world could handle or accept Wallace as the originator of the Theory of Selection and what effects this would have on current attitudes towards scientists and societies already present mistrust.
So the next time you have a lecture in Bournemouth University’s Wallace lecture theatre you’ll know it’s named after Alfred Russel Wallace!
Charlotte Unwin (intern to GeoNet)
‘Health and Wellbeing through Occupation’
International Occupational Science Conference
3rd & 4th September 2015
DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS APPROACHING – 31st March 2015
The deadline of 31 March is fast approaching for the submission of abstracts with NO EXTENSION TO THIS DATE.
SUBMIT YOUR PAPER NOW!
Interesting abstracts have been arriving from all over the world but we would encourage more from within BU and are sure there are many more stimulating and noteworthy papers to come from both the academic and student communities. Your paper could be a valuable addition to the bank of work we are currently building for the conference.
PLEASE DO NOT MISS THE DEADLINE!
SHARE YOUR WORK OR EMERGING IDEAS.
CONFIRMED SPEAKERS: Prof. Clare Hocking, Prof.Emer. Judith Okely, Dr. Sridhar Venkatapuram and one other, still to be confirmed.
Go to www.bournemouth.ac.uk/osec for further details and advice on the submission process
or email Julie Atherton – firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01202 962804.
The latest ABS Journal Guide has lifted an article first-authored by Dr. Tim Breitbarth to be the single most-cited paper in the only 3* journal in the field of sport business.
Considering all major citation databases, Tim’s paper “The role of corporate social responsibility in the football business: Towards the development of a conceptual model” co-authored with Phil Harris in European Sport Management Quarterly (2008) is leaving the strongest footprint in the academic community.
Dr Tim Breitbarth from the Faculty of Management is a regular author, guest editor, project leader, track convener at international conferences as well as invited speaker on CSR in general and CSR in sport.
Breitbarth, T. & Harris, P. (2008): The role of corporate social responsibility in the football business: Towards the development of a conceptual model. European Sports Management Quarterly, 8(2): 179-206.
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has attracted considerable interest in the management discipline, but has rarely been evaluated and explored in the sports management research arena. In evaluating the sports, management and marketing literature, this article considers the role of CSR in professional football. It argues that an increased awareness and integration of CSR into the football business fosters the competitiveness of the game and creates additional value for its stakeholders. The article proposes a conceptual model which outlines the agency role of football in order to create political, cultural, humanitarian and reassurance value. Empirical evidence supporting the model is applied based on case studies from four key countries that currently dominate the shaping of CSR discussion and are vital for the game itself: England, Germany, Japan and the US. The article’s aim is to encourage sports management to see CSR as an opportunity-driven concept, which can assist in achieving better strategic direction, and outlines areas where future research can improve sport management’s appreciation of this rapidly more important topic.
There is still a chance to experience a number of works as part of the
Contingencies Sound Art Exhibition
The current work (16 – 20 March) is by Antonio Della Marina
Della Marina’s music puts sound in pole position, even going as far as to claim that it is more important than the artist himself. With an extremely reduced set of initial parameters, he realises intense sets, quietly spectacular landscapes of sweet hummings, changing in frequency, sequence, pitch and colour, forming little melodies as well as emotive harmonic clusters.
Further details here
Contingencies is an exhibition, talk and concert series featuring sound art, music and technology. It is a collaboration between the Emerge Research Group, Creative Technology Research Group and the Co-Lab.
Curated by Tom Davis, Ambrose Seddon and Bill Thompson
Do you have an academic colleague who would benefit from spending time at Bournemouth University? Then a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship might meet your needs…
The current call is now open with a closing date of 10th September 2015. Please follow the link to see the call documents and context. More information aboout the call is given on the dedicated MSCA webpage, including success stories to inspire you!
To support you and your potential fellow, RKEO are running a two-day Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship on 14th and 15th April. You are welcome to invite your potential fellow to this event, so that you can work together, developing your bid. The days will be a mixture of training and supported time to start writing your bid. Refreshments will be provided.
This event is free but does not include any travel or accommodation for your guest academic. You must book your place via Sue Townrow email@example.com. External guests must have a BU academic with them at the event and bookings cannot be accepted from non-BU staff. When booking please give numbers attending and any dietary requirements. Please note that numbers are limited, so book now.
Please do not ask your guest to book any travel until your attendance is confirmed by RKEO. If the guest requires a a visa to attend, any letters required must be supplied by your Faculty.
If you don’t yet have a fellow or they cannot attend, you are still welcome to attend this event. BU academics who wish to be fellows are also invited.
During the consultation on Faculty structures it became evident that there is an interest across the University in closer cross-Faculty collaboration amongst those whose work is based in or influenced by the social sciences. To this end, Prof. Barry Richards of FMC and Prof. Jonathan Parker of HSS are convening a meeting at 2.30 (note start time) on Tuesday 17th March (in PG11, Talbot Campus) to discuss cross-Faculty collaborations in social science-based research. There are already a number of such collaborative projects underway, and the aim of this meeting would be to explore the prospects for developing existing links and shared activities in a more strategic way. This could create new synergies, raise BU’s profile as a place where ‘4*’ social research and thought leadership can be found, and strengthen our hand in funding bids. It could also have implications for research organization and REF planning.
So if you are engaged in or planning some research which you think might benefit from an environment with stronger inter-Faculty links and a richer interdisciplinary context, or would just like to know more about SS research across BU, do put this meeting in your calendar.
For further details, please contact Prof. Barry Richards