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If you have any questions please contact Natalie or Clare
If you have any questions please contact Natalie or Clare
The call for proposals is now open for the Economic and Social Research Council’s Festival of Social Science 2018. The festival offers an excellent opportunity to be part of a week-long celebration of social science—and we are keen to see many of our researchers at BU to take part in this exciting public engagement event as possible.
This year the ESRC festival will be taking place from the 3-10 November 2018, marking the eighth year that the festival has taken place in Bournemouth. Last year we had a jam packed schedule of events across a range of topics from Brexit through to hitchhiking—attracting diverse audiences. This year we are an official festival partner and so we are looking to make the festival bigger and better than ever before!
Present your research however you like— public debates, workshops, interactive seminars, film screenings, virtual exhibitions are just some of the formats we’ve had in previous years. If you want to try something completely new and different—we want to hear about that too. Your events can target a variety of non-academic audiences including young people, the public, third sector, business or government.
How to apply
Before completing the application form, please ensure you’ve read through the applicant guidelines available on the ESRC website. This will provide you with details of what the review panel will be judging events by, and make you aware of funding criteria for events.
If you’d like to discuss your event idea or need help with application form, please contact Engagement Officer, Natt Day (email@example.com).
BU hosts first seminar as part of a two seminar event.
Sponsored by the Leisure Studies Association and in partnership with Southampton Solent University and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium)
Wednesday 8th May in Executive Business Centre
Dr Andrew Adams has led on developing this event which for the first part of the event brings international scholars and stakeholdrs together to discuss issues and forge new agendas concerning the developing field of evaluation. Speacial attention is likely to focus on the value, application and importance of realist evaluation practices.
Speakers at BU include: Professor Fred Coalter (Leeds Beckett University), Professor Sam Porter (Bournemouth University) and Dr Reinhard Haudenhuyse (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
If you might be interested in attending more information can be found here; https://newsletters.bournemouth.ac.uk/t/8U0-5I90G-79RYK1F7BA/cr.aspx
The programme for the day can be found here; Seminar Programme
Further information can be obtained from
Andrew Adams: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Wednesday, 6th June 2018, BU’s Research and Knowledge Exchange Office will be facilitating a STEAMLab event on Virtual problems.
We’re seeking to come up with novel research which addresses the challenges of new immersive technology.
So, who should attend?
We want anyone who thinks they might have something to contribute, and who is available all day on Wednesday 6th June to come along. We will also be inviting relevant external attendees to contribute to the day. We welcome academics, NGO/business/government representatives/SMEs who wish to contribute to having a positive impact through addressing the challenges.
What do I need to prepare in advance? What will the STEAMLab entail?
Absolutely nothing in advance. During the STEAMLab, you’ll be guided through a process which results in the development of research ideas. The process facilitates creativity, potentially leading to innovative and interdisciplinary research ideas. These ideas will be explored with other attendees, and further developed based on the feedback received.
What if I don’t have time to think about ideas in advance?
You don’t need to do this. Some inspiring speakers with a range of backgrounds will be coming along to give your ideas…
What about afterwards? Do I need to go away and do loads of work?
Well… that depends! The STEAMLab will result in some novel research ideas. Some of these may be progressed immediately; others might need more time to think about. You may find common ground with other attendees which you choose to take forward in other ways, such as writing a paper or applying for research funding. Support will be available to progress project ideas after the day.
What if my topic area is really specific, such as health?
Your contribution will be very welcome! One of the main benefits of a STEAMlab event is to bring together individuals with a range of backgrounds and specialisms who are able to see things just that bit differently to one another.
So, is this just networking?
Definitely not! It is a facilitated session with the primary intention of developing innovative research ideas, which also enables the development of networks. It gives you the opportunity to explore research ideas which you may develop over time, together with the chance to find common ground with academics from across BU and beyond.
So, how do I book onto this event?
To take part in this exciting opportunity, all participants should complete the Virtual Problems-challenges-STEAMLab-Application-Form and return this to RKEDevFramework@bournemouth.ac.uk by 25th May. Places are strictly limited and you will be be contacted to confirm a place place on the STEAMLab with arrangements nearer the time. The event will be held in Bournemouth at the Fusion building.
By applying, you agree to attend for the full duration of the event on 6th June (c. 9:30 – 16:30). Spaces will be confirmed on 1/6/18.
If you have any queries prior to submitting your application, please contact Alexandra Pekalski RKEO Research Facilitator.
The M3 Network welcomes Chris Sawyer, Innovation Lead for Health & Care at Innovate UK, to speak at Bournemouth University on the 30th of May, 2018, 12:00-14:00. This event is an opportunity to gain not only information about Innovate UK and funding opportunities but to discuss the challenges facing health and care technology innovation.
Following the presentation there will be lunch and a facilitated workshop designed to bring forward ideas from academic and industry collaboration.
Academics from the M3 network and those from industry working with health and care technology are encouraged to attend. To book onto this session please e-mail RKEDevFramework@bournemouth.ac.uk with your name and organisation.
A multi-disciplinary team led by academics from the Business School have been awarded part of BU’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) to conduct research on Responsible Project Management (RPM) in the context of the ‘Rohingya crisis’ in Bangladesh.
“New knowledge about project management will be developed by studying and sharing understandings in the context of a human and environmental crisis, with particular emphasis on the competencies required to successfully engage diverse stakeholders” explains Dr Karen Thompson, from the Department of Leadership, Strategy and Organisations (LSO).
Dr Nigel Williams, Senior Lecurere in the LSO Department, elaborates, “Project management is often presented as an instrumental sequence of activities with defined outcomes. However, the reality of project practice involves uncertainty, ambiguity and complex human interactions with unpredictable outcomes. These challenges vary by context and particularly in developing countries which may be recovering from natural or man-made disaster, the rational/instrumental perspective of project management may be of little value.”
Bangladesh faces a large scale human disaster and is a country already highly vulnerable to the adverse effects of natural disasters due to its geographical location, flat and low-lying landscape and population density. Refugees arriving from neighbouring Myanmar are living in “an extremely precarious situation” (MSF 2018), and creating serious economic, social and environmental challenges. The economic impact of Rohingya refugees on the Bangladesh economy was already the subject of investigation by Dr Mehdi Chowdhury, Senior Lecturer in Economics at the Business School, who is a former resident of Bangladesh and joins the team.
Tilak Ginige, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Law, Faculty of Science and Technology, completes the team and has previously worked in the field of asylum immigration law.
The project will be funded for two years and will bring together the two disciplines of project management and responsible management. Empirical research in Bangladesh will be complimented by a collective social learning process with stakeholders to jointly frame and define problems, determine boundaries and intra team interactions. Outcomes are expected to improve the management of projects in Bangladesh and to develop new understandings, practices and sustainable relationships. New knowledge will have the potential to improve the management of projects and stakeholder engagement in other developing countries and projects where sustainable development is a priority.
For further information please contact Dr Mehdi Chowdhury email@example.com
MSF 2018. Rohingya Refugee Crisis. Available online at: https://www.msf.org.uk/issues/rohingya-refugee-crisis?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIrd6skYCP2gIVyZkbCh2BKAwZEAAYASAAEgLEOPD [Accessed 29 April 2018]
Photographs courtesy of Mohammad Romel
This week saw the pre-publication of ‘Qualitative evaluation of mental health training of auxiliary nurse midwives in rural Nepal’ in the international journal Nurse Education Today (published by Elsevier). The paper is a report of an evaluation of a THET-funded projectwhich run from 2015 to 2017. Bournemouth University led a team comprising Liverpool John Moores University and Tribhuvan University (the oldest university in Nepal). These three universities worked together on a training project of Auxiliary Nurse Midwives in Nawalparasi focusing on key aspects of mental health and mental health promotion. The project was funded under the Health Partnership Scheme (HPS) which is managed by a London-based organisation called THET (Tropical Health & Education Trust).
Mental illness is increasingly recognized as a global health problem. However, in many countries, including Nepal, it is difficult to talk about mental health problems due to the stigma associated with it. Hence a training programme was developed to train auxiliary nurse midwives, who otherwise are not trained in mental health as part of their pre-registration training in rural Nepal, on issues related to maternal mental health. After the training programme a selection of auxiliary nurse midwives were interviewed to establish their views on the training, its usefulness and ways to improve it.
Preeti Mahato is a PhD student in the Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health (CMMPH) who undertook an in-depth evaluation of our project as part of her PhD research. This qualitative study has three themes emerging: (1) issues related to training; (2) societal attitudes; and (3) support for women. The ‘training’ theme describes the benefits and limitations of training sessions. ‘Societal attitudes’ describes society’s attitude towards mental health which is largely negative. ‘Support’ describes the positive behaviour and attitude towards pregnant women and new mothers.
The paper concludes that there is a need for continued training for auxiliary nurse midwives who are based in the community. This gives them the opportunity to reach the whole community group and potentially have influence over reduction of stigma; offer support and diagnosis of mental ill-health. There is still stigma around giving birth to a female child which can lead to mental health problems. It is imperative to increase awareness and educate the general public regarding mental health illnesses especially involving family members of those who are affected.
Next week the Dorset Global Health Network will have its inaugural meeting on April 25th. The meeting will focus on Nepal starting at 18.30 with a Nepalese buffet.
There will be three short presentations followed by the film ‘Hospital’.
The Film “Hospital” provides a portrait of a state-run hospital in one of the most remote and poor districts of Nepal and how individuals can make a difference to people’s lives. It will be introduced by Dr Ollie Ross, who is a consultant to the Nick Simons Institute working in Nepal.
This will be followed by a discussion about the development of Dorset Global Health Network.
All are welcome. Book your place at www.focusnepal.eventbrite.co.uk
A year on from BU hosting the prestigious British Conference of Undergraduate Research, the annual BCUR 2018 gathering this year was hosted by the University of Sheffield last week. On the heels of a successful SURE 2018 at BU in March, 7 undergraduate students from across all faculties were supported to showcase their research at BCUR 2018 among close to 600 delegates. Atanas Nikolaev, a SURE sponsored student and recent graduate of Sports Management did a presentation on his ethnographic study of Embodied Experiences of Women at Leisure Centres, “The most interesting aspect of the conference to me was the opportunity to engage with like-minded people across various scientific fields. It was a great way to get exposure for my research project and be challenged with ideas that could potentially lead to future developments. BCUR was great to learn about research that was of interest to me and to potentially build lasting relationships with young researchers from across the country”.
Bethan Stephenson, an FMC student studying English presented a piece of research entitled ‘The Changing Space of Warwick County Museum’ which challenges notions of memory and how historic accounts are valued. Bethan said “I really enjoyed the experience of attending the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR) at Sheffield University, and found it very illuminating. I got there not really knowing what the conference fully entailed, and so was very pleasantly surprised. As a final year student, I’ve been recently contemplating post-graduation options, and the introduction to BCUR was incredibly informative. They discussed the importance of research-based careers, and the opportunities this can lead to. I’ve always loved research, and have multiple fields that I’m passionate about, and so I really feel like this introductory talk helped confirm my desire to undertake a masters, and possibly a PhD, in the future”.
Other BU students taking part included Charlie Simmons, a business studies marketing student presenting on Digital Immersion and the Streaming of E-Sports. Tereza Paskova, a final year Tourism student presented on Emotional Intelligence as a tool in customer satisfaction in tourism/hospitality settings. Isobel Hunt, a Faculty of Science and Technology student studying Psychology presenting on Consumer Decision Making and Trust for Online Restaurant Reviews and Scott Wilkes who is studying Sport Development and Coaching Sciences and also presented his research on the effects of stammer has on social participation in sport amongst Young People.
The involvement of BU undergraduate research at the national BCUR event along with a presence at their annual precursor event, Posters in Parliament, has been possible with key support and involvement from CEL and key contributors across all faculties. It is an opportune channel for students to engage with the research process and make real world connections to the impact of their work. For future opportunities in these initiatives, contact Mary Beth Gouthro firstname.lastname@example.org.
After the initial announcement and consultation, things had gone a bit quiet. Louis Coiffat from Wonkhe chaired a conference on it before Easter and wrote about it here. BU’s concern has been that there is likely to be an over-focus on commercialisation and technology transfer so that the result of the KEF is to recognise and distribute investment funds to those institutions already receiving income from commercialisation – rather than to invest in those participating in a broader range of knowledge exchange activities and with potential to develop important – but possibly less financially significant – technology transfer arrangements, e.g. in healthcare or other less remunerative areas (see John Vinney’s blog for Wonkhe from February).
And see the section below on research news – HEIF funding, which is likely to be influenced by the KEF – is increasing.
So the feedback from the conference is interesting:
We look forward to the response to the recent consultation to see where all this ends up.
The changes to the student loan repayment threshold announced by Theresa May last year have come into effect.
Graduates earning over the new £25,000 threshold are set to benefit too, with lower payments compared to before, for example:
Martin Lewis has written about the change in threshold on Money Saving Expert.com. It is also important to note that this change also affects interest dates.
Research England announced a pilot to explore a longitudinal, real-time evaluation approach for the REF 2021. The pilot will be led by research teams at Cardiff University and the University of Sheffield, and will test the feasibility of evaluating the perceptions, experiences and understanding of the REF among academics across career stages, and in a range of departments and universities.
The pilot will launch in the spring with the results available by early 2019.
Executive Chair of Research England, David Sweeney, welcoming the pilot, said:
Research England has agreed budgets for the academic year 2018-19 and capital budgets for the financial year 2018-19. Allocations for individual institutions will be announced in early May 2018. The letter to all institutions is here.
There is an overall increase of £70m available in 2018-19, enabling higher education institutions (HEIs) in England to deliver on the government’s industrial strategy and tackle global, national and local challenges.
The following budgets are being increased:
David Sweeney, Executive Chair of Research England, said:
And a new funding scheme to build research excellence has been announced- the deadline is noon on 17th July 2018.
“Aims of the Fund
As part of the Connecting Capability Fund Research England has invested £67 million in 14 collaborative projects between universities and with other partners to drive forward world-class university commercialisation across the country, including a project to build a creative technology network through a project led by the University of the West of England
Reminder: to inform our BU response to the HE Review all staff and students are invited to consider the issues in this (anonymous) short survey. Please take a look at the survey questions as we’d like to hear from as many staff and students as possible. You don’t have to answer all the questions. The major review of HE will shape the HE system, including how universities are funded for years to come. The survey will be available to staff and students until Friday 20th April.
The Secretary of State wrote to the Office for Students about its monitoring duty in relation to Prevent:
The Government Office for Science issued a report on Growth Opportunities for the UK Service Economy.
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We’re excited to announce that we are joining forces with Pint of Science again this year to bring science back to the pubs of Bournemouth.
Join us on the 14-16 May 2018 for evenings that’ll quench your thirst for scientific knowledge delivered to you over your favourite pint. This year we are exploring the fascinating topics of Beautiful Mind at The Four Horsemen and Our Body at Chaplin’s Cellar Bar. The full list of evening themes and the complete programme of talks are available to browse now here.
Fancy joining us? Well, you’re in luck! Tickets are available for the bargain price of £4, and are on sale at midday today from the Pint of Science website.
To celebrate the official ticket launch of Bournemouth’s Pint of Science 2018, join us at Chaplin’s Cellar Bar on Wednesday 18th April for the Half-Pint Pub Quiz. Gather yourself a team and come and show off your quizzing capabilities from 6:30pm. You could be in with a chance to nab yourself some amazing Pint of Science goodies!
Our final inaugural lecture for this academic year will take place in the EBC on Monday 30 April and will be given by Professor Jane Murphy from the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences.
Good nutrition helps us to stay healthy and is a fundamental part of living a long, full and rewarding life. Food security, lifestyle and personal choices are some of the key factors that influence our ability to eat well and meet our nutritional needs. To help us navigate through these issues, we need the advice of qualified, experience and skilled nutrition professionals. But with some many conflicting messages about nutrition and health, how do we know what’s best and who to believe? Who should we trust to provide scientifically sound and effective nutritional advice?
Through her inaugural lecture, Professor Murphy will discuss the nutrition landscape in the UK and draw on her research journey to show recommendations around diet changes, particularly those linked to age-related conditions, have been underpinned by scientific evidence. Her lecture will discuss the challenges faced by nutritional professionals when translating knowledge into practice and the solutions she has used when developing new approaches to education and training in the wider health and social care workforce.
Jane Murphy is Professor of Nutrition, a Registered Nutritionist and Dietitian and co-leads the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre at Bournemouth University. Her research is committed to key nutritional problems faced by older people, especially the complex problems faced by people living with dementia and those living with and beyond cancer. At a national level, her ongoing work with Health Education England has provided evidence informed, high quality education and training to improve practice in dementia care across the health and social care workforce. Professor Murphy is committed to advancing the professional practice of nutritionists and is an elected Council member and Trustee for the UK Association for Nutrition and sits on a number of other national advisory boards including the Malnutrition Task Force with Age UK.
You can book your free tickets here.
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Last week Sacha Gardener reported on this BU Research Blog on the publication of our most recent article ‘Why suicide rates among pregnant women in Nepal are rising’ in The Conversation. Since then we have been informed that this piece was reproduced in two Indian independent online newspapers, last week in The Wire and today in Scroll.in (India’s leading independent source of news, analysis and culture). Scroll.in used the heading ‘A project is training midwives in Nepal to stem rising suicides of pregnant women’, whist The Wire used the title ‘Why Suicide Rates Among Pregnant Women in Nepal Are on the Rise’. Suicide in pregnant women and soon after birth is an important issue in both Nepal and India. Just for completeness the original article, written by BU’s Visiting Faculty Dr. Bibha Simkhada and Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen based in BU’s Centre for Midwifery, Maternal and Perinatal health (CMMPH), can be found here!
Association for Psychosocial Studies Biennial Conference
Bournemouth University, 5th-7th April 2018
‘Psychosocial Reflections on a Half Century of Cultural Revolution’
A half century after the hippie counterculture of 1967 (‘the summer of love’) and the political turbulence of 1968 (‘May 68’), one aim of this conference is to stage a psychosocial examination of the ways in which today’s world is shaped by the forces symbolised by those two moments. It will explore the continuing influence of the deep social, cultural and political changes in the West, which crystallised in the events of these two years. The cultural forces and the political movements of that time aimed to change the world, and did so, though not in the ways that many of their participants expected. Their complex, multivalent legacy of ‘liberation’ is still developing and profoundly shapes the globalising world today, in the contests between what is called neo-liberalism, resurgent fundamentalisms, environmentalism, individualism, nationalisms, and the proliferation of identity politics.
A counter-cultural and identity-based ethos now dominates much of consumer culture, and is reflected in the recent development of some populist and protest politics. A libertarian critique of politics, once at the far margins, now informs popular attitudes towards many aspects of democratic governance; revolutionary critiques have become mainstream clichés. Hedonic themes suffuse everyday life, while self-reflection and emotional literacy have also become prominent values, linked to more positive orientations towards human diversity and the international community.
The programme is now available on the conference website:
There are five keynotes and eighty papers, with presenters from all continents, as well as a number of experiential workshops. As well as examining the main theme of societal change, there is an open stream of papers on a wide range of topics. Methods of psychosocial inquiry are applicable to most topics. As an academic community, the psychosocial is a broad church defined only by a commitment to exploring and linking the internal and external worlds – the deeply personal and the equally deeply societal as sources of experience and action.
BU colleagues can attend the whole conference at the hugely discounted rate of £40, or £25 per day.
On Thursday BU will host Sam Gyimah, the Minister for Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, for a question and answer event. This is an amazing opportunity for students and staff to directly question the Minister on HE and wider political matters.
This event forms part of Sam’s tour to a handful of universities. Entry to the event is by (free) ticket only. At the time of blogging approximately 50 tickets were still available.
Click here to book your ticket and for more details go to.
The event is being held in KG01 on the Talbot Campus on Thursday 15 March from 17:45-19:30.
Nibbles and refreshments will be available at the end of the event.
Tweeting and sharing on social media is encouraged!
Every year, the Research & Knowledge Exchange Office, along with internal and external delivery partners, runs over 150 events to support researcher development through the Research & Knowledge Exchange Development Framework (RKEDF).
Responding to your feedback and by popular request, below are the main events coming up over the next two months – please click on the event titles that are of interest to find out more and reserve your place as soon as possible:
Wednesday 21st March – Applying for an NIHR Fellowship Event (N.B. This event welcomes non-BU attendees)
Thursday 22nd March – NVivo Part One – Building your database (limited spaces)
Wednesday 4th April – BRIAN, Open Access and the Impact Module
Wednesday 4th April – International Funding – Working with Countries in South Asia
Thursday 5th April – The BU Protocol of Academics Engaging with Business
Wednesday 11th April – STEAMlab 3: Industrial Challenges (N.B. This event welcomes non-BU attendees)
11th, 12th & 13th April – Writing Academy
Tuesday 17th April – Research Ethics @ BU
Wednesday 18th April – Open data and the need for research data management plans, Getting started on applying for research funding, Pre-award finances, BU processes for applying for funding and Quality approvals at BU
Thursday 19th April – International Funding – Working with ASEAN countries
23rd & 24th April – An Introduction to Statistic Anaylsis with SPSS (Intermediate Session)
25th & 26th April – MSCA IF bid writing retreat – 2 days
Wednesday 2nd May – Introduction to the Royal Academy of Engineering – Visit
Wednesday 2nd May – EU funding outside Horizon 2020
Tuesday 8th May – Grants Workshop & Follow-up Bid Writing Retreat Day 2 of 2
Wednesday 9th May – Wellcome Trust- Visit
Wednesday 9th May – KTPs – an introduction
Monday 14th May – Fellowship Interview Training – Royal Academy of Engineering
Wednesday 16th May – Applying for funding from NIHR – an Overview of the Schemes Available (N.B. This event welcomes non-BU attendees)
Wednesday 16th May – Introducing and Evidencing Research Impact: the Basics
Thursday 17th May – Engaging with policy makers
Tuesday 22nd May – Writing Academy – Writing Day
Wednesday 23rd May – What is the Research Excellence Framework?
Professor Jens Holscher gave another interview to the Express on Brexit and the European Court of Justice: