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HSS Ignited by FHSS Research Seminar

Thank you very much to all who presented and attended the FHSS Research Seminar this Wednesday. It took a slightly different format with four presenters (Professor Alison McConnell, Associate Professor Carol Clark, Dr Jonny Branney and Dr Clare Killingback) sharing their research findings in short five minute slots using images, narratives, altmetrics, and Ignite style presentations (http://www.ignitetalks.io/).

It was great to have a bite-size selection of research topics which attracted an audience from across disciplines. It was a fun, friendly atmosphere which led to a lively discussion and buzz around current research.

We plan to run a similar session again so we’re looking for volunteers. If you are interested in getting involved please email Clare at: ckillingback@bounemouth.ac.uk

Many thanks to everyone.

Meet the Entrepreneur event

The Business School and BU Centre for Entrepreneurship were delighted to welcome Olly Whittle, founder of BudiPay, to the EBC on the afternoon of the 15th Februay.

This seminar, the third in the current series of Meet the Entrepreneurevents, provided a great opportunity for students and staff to hear about Olly’s personal journey as an entrepreneur and learn more about his own experiences as a business owner and his approach to funding and growing an innovative business in the UK and Internationally.

BudiPay is a group peer-to-peer payment app which helps people transfer money using their smartphones. Olly is concentrating on growth opportunities in emerging markets such as India where traditional banks are typically inaccessible to rural communities. Olly has begun negotiations with the top private banks in India to offer BudiPay’s core technology to facilitate scenarios such as payroll and reimbursement.

Mark Painter, Business Development Manager for the Business School, said, ‘I was delighted Olly was able to visit BU and talk to us today. I had heard Olly speak before and I knew his story and insights into starting and growing a business would be of huge interest to students’. Mark added, ‘I was also really pleased that we were joined by a group of students from the BU International College’.

The next Meet the Entrepreneur event will be held at the Talbot Campus on Friday 24th March and will feature Gary Seneviratne, co-founder of Addio. Further details can be found at www.bucfe.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three tales of sexual intrigue from Kip Jones

C4nQP3CXUAAICo9 ‘True confessions: Why I left a traditional liberal arts college for the sins of the Big City’ by Kip Jones has been published today in Qualitative Research Journal (QRJ)

Three tales of sexual intrigue from Kip Jones.  A story, a reminiscence, and a scene from a film.

By means of several auto-ethnographic stories (including a scene from a working script for a proposed film), the author interrogates numerous ideas and misconceptions about gay youth, both past and present. 

Being straight or being gay can be viewed within the wider culture’s need to set up a sexual binary and force sexual “choice” decision-making for the benefit of the majority culture. Through the device of the fleeting moment, this essay hopes to interrogate the certainties and uncertainties of the “norms” of modernity by portraying sexuality in youth.

Also available as a draft on Academia.edu

Latest Major Funding Opportunities

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

Economic and Social Research Council

ESRC and the Welsh Government invite proposals for a Wales Centre for Public Policy. The centre will bring together the ministerial expert advice function currently provided by the Public Policy Institute for Wales (PPIW) with the functions of a newly established What Works Centre, to be known as What Works Wales.  The centre and its component parts will be established from October 2017 and run until September 2022, subject to a satisfactory interim review.

Maximum award: £6.1 million. Closing date: 4pm, 16/03/2017

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

The Engineering and Physical Science Research Council invites expressions of interest for its Supergen leaders energy networks programme. This is the first of a two-stage process designed to launch the next phase of the Supergen Programme. This stage features a competition to identify the appropriate ‘Research Leader’ for a future Supergen hub, in Energy Networks. Up to £150K is available for this initial stage of the process, which will cover the six months that the successful applicant will build their consortia. This can be used to buy-out teaching (if required), fund networking activities, workshops and general admin support during this period.  Expressions of interest are due by 23/03/17.

Maximum award: £150,000. Closing date: 4pm 20/04/17

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council invites expressions of interest for its call on supergen leaders in bioenergy. This is the first of a two-stage process designed to launch the next phase of the Supergen Programme. This stage features a competition to identify the appropriate ‘Research Leader’ for a future Supergen hub, in Bioenergy. Up to £150K is available for this initial stage of the process, which will cover the six months that the successful applicant will build their consortia. This can be used to buy-out teaching (if required), fund networking activities, workshops and general admin support during this period.  Expressions of interest are due by 23/03/17.

Maximum award: £150,000. Closing date: 4pm 20/04/17

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council invites expressions of interest for its call on supergen leaders in offshore renewable energy. This is the first of a two-stage process designed to launch the next phase of the Supergen Programme. This stage features a competition to identify the appropriate ‘Research Leader’ for a future Supergen hub, in Offshore Renewable Energy. Up to £150K is available for this initial stage of the process, which will cover the six months that the successful applicant will build their consortia. This can be used to buy-out teaching (if required), fund networking activities, workshops and general admin support during this period.  Expressions of interest are due by 23/03/17.

Maximum award: £150,000. Closing date: 4pm 20/04/17

Medical Research Council

The Medical Research Council, under the biomedical catalyst programme, invites proposals for its call on regenerative medicine research committee. This opportunity supports translation of fundamental discoveries toward benefit to human health. The Biomedical Catalyst: Regenerative Medicine Research Committee (RMRC) provides support for high quality proposals that may underpin or progress the development of  regenerative medicine therapies to improve human health. The RMRC: Supports confidence in concept studies that if successful will promote the translation of fundamental discoveries toward benefits to human health, thereby accelerating the transition from discovery research to mature translational development projects; Funds preliminary work or feasibility studies to establish the viability of an approach, through addressing focussed research questions needed to unlock progress in pre-clinical development and/or early clinical testing of novel regenerative medicine therapies; Forms part of the MRC’s Translational Research Strategy and forms part of the Biomedical Catalyst funding stream, operating in conjunction with the Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme. Funding is at 80% fEC.

Maximum award: not specified. Closing date: 15/03/17

The Medical Research Council invites proposals for its new investigator research grant in neurosciences and mental health. This supports researchers who are capable of becoming independent principal investigators and who are ready to take the next step towards that goal within the area of neurosciences and mental health. Applicants are expected to combine time spent on the NIRG with a portfolio of other activities, such as time spent on other research grants or clinical duties, teaching, administration duties, or other time spent in faculty.

Maximum award: not specified. Closing date: please check call information for details.

The Medical Research Council invites applications for its partnership grant in neurosciences and mental health. Partnership grants provide core funds for one to five years to support partnerships between diverse groupings of researchers and can be used for infrastructure support, platform activities and for bringing together managed consortia or multidisciplinary collaborations. The grant will fund such items as: Studentship allocations; Research centres; Equipment and materials; Networking/collaboration; Directed grants to institutions, research groups etc; Institutional development; Hosting conferences.

Maximum award: not specified. Closing date: please check call information for details.

The Medical Research Council invites applications for its programme grants in neurosciences and mental health. Programme grants provide larger, longer term (five years) and renewable programme funding. They aim to help the medical science community to ‘think bigger’. A programme is defined as a coordinated and coherent group of related projects, which may be developed to address an inter-related set of questions across a broad scientific area.

Maximum award: not specified. Closing date: please check call information for details.

Natural Environment Research Council

The Natural Environment Research Council invites proposals for its third environmental risks to infrastructure innovation funding call, which supports innovation projects that apply existing research to industry challenges. Preference is given to the following topics: tools and methods to help understand the propagation of impacts of environmental hazards as a result of interdependencies between infrastructure assets, including from international connections and supply chains; the impact of sequences of hazard events or combinations of hazards on the infrastructure system; space weather impacts on UK infrastructure; lightning impacts on UK infrastructure; scour of structures in rivers and estuaries. Expressions of interest are due by

Maximum award: not specified. Closing date: Please check individual competition details.

Royal Society

The Royal Society invites proposals for its scientific meetings. These two-day meetings drive forward discussion between science and other topics that have previously been beyond the scope of a traditional Discussion Meeting. Our scientific programme offers a unique opportunity for you to present an international, two-day conference in your field, with the chance for publication in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society following the event.

Maximum award: Not specified. Closing date: 03/04/17

If you are interested in submitting to any of the above calls you must contact RKEO with adequate notice before the deadline. Please note that some funding bodies specify a time for submission as well as a date. Please confirm this with your RKEO Funding Development Officer You can set up your own personalised alerts on Research Professional. If you need help setting these up, just ask your School’s/Faculty’s Funding Development Officer in RKEO or view the recent blog post here. If thinking of applying, why not add notification of your interest on Research Professional’s record of the bid so that BU colleagues can see your intention to bid and contact you to collaborate.

Sport Management academic appointed Editor in Chief of International Sport Journal

Earlier this month senior academic Dr Andrew Adams who is in the Department of Sport and Physical Activity accepted the role of Editor in Chief for the Taylor and Francis Journal Managing Sport and Leisure. Dr Andrew Adams takes on the editorship at a time when the journal has just been listed in the Emerging Sources Citation Index, which is the first stage to being included in SSCI and gaining an impact rating. The journal has a remit to publish high quality research articles to inform and stimulate discussions relevant to sport and leisure management globally. Dr Adams is well equipped to drive this journal forwards having published across both of the fields of sport and leisure in a variety of international journals, and has has organised and convened international sport, and international leisure conferences here at BU in the last two years.

Making BU the home for this journal is another statement of recognition for both the Department of Sport and Physical Activity and Bournemouth University as a whole and further reinforces BU’s growing national and international recognition for sport and leisure research that has implications for professional practice. Fusion is well served in the Department of Sport and Physical Activity by having this journal edited here by Andrew at BU

If any BU staff are interested in submitting a paper Dr Adams is more than happy to discuss their project with them – it may also be the case that discussing an idea may lead to publication and collaboration cross-departmentally and even cross-disciplinary.

The current edition can be found at: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rmle21/current

 

Student Research Assistantship – academic applications now live

Academics are invited to submit applications for the semester-based round of the SRA programme.  Application deadline is 1st March 2017.

The programme is funded by the Fusion Investment Fund and this year has a focus to support departments in their co-creation targets whilst supporting students to undertake paid work under the guidance of an experienced academic in a research position that is directly related to their career path and/or academic discipline.  Each department has it’s own allocation of funding and we encourage collaboration between departments for this scheme.

The academic applications will be assessed against the following criteria which you will need to demonstrate within the application form:

  • Student-centred
  • Co-creation and co-production
  • Fusion
  • External engagement
  • Impact
  • Cross-Faculty
Summer programme

This placement is for successful students to work for 30 hours a week for a total of four weeks in June/July 2017.

The SRA programme is coordinated via RKEO and the Faculties.

Academics will apply for the funding via an application form. A Faculty based panel will review all staff applications and decide which applications to continue to the student recruitment stage of the scheme.  The application deadline for this round is 1st March 2017.

Approved academic applications will be advertised as SRA positions to students with student applications being received, processed and managed centrally within RKEO and distributed to the relevant academics after the closing date. The academics will be responsible for shortlisting, interviewing and providing interview feedback to their own candidates. Successful students will need to complete monthly timesheets, signed by their supervisor for payment and processed by the relevant Faculty.

These SRA vacancies will be available to taught BU students only, where SRA applicants must be able to work in the UK, be enrolled during the time of their assistantship and also have an average grade of over 70%.  Staff are permitted to have multiple SRAs.

If you have any queries, please contact Rachel Clarke, KE Adviser (KTP and Student Projects) –  sra@bournemouth.ac.uk

Research Staff Association coffee morning 25.01.17 – theme networking and collaboration

We kick off 2017 with the first BU Research Staff Association coffee morning of the year, focused on networking and collaboration.

We are delighted to welcome guest speaker Professor Edwin van Teijlingen to share his knowledge and experience in this area. We also welcome Charlene Parrish from RKEO to tell us more about the Student Project Bank.

  • Date: 25 January 2017
  • Time: 10-11am
  • Venue: Well-being Centre, Bournemouth House, Lansdowne Campus.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Please let us know if you are attending so we that can order enough cake mheward@bournemouth.ac.uk

BU Research Staff Association