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“When you’re stuck, just narrate” 10 + 1 tips on how to boost your research productivity

A Journalism Research Group research seminar. 3pm – 4.30pm, Wednesday 21 March in WG04.

After years of trial and error, Roman will share some thoughts and tips on how to do research, focusing on the main challenges of staying focused and becoming more productive. He will demonstrate some of the tools and routines he uses to organise his tasks, readings, notes and writing, as well as a few mental strategies on overcoming sticking points. This session is open to all within and outside JEC (including PhD students) but we envisage it as an interactive workshop-type session, in which colleagues will share their own thoughts, anxieties and practical tips.

The session is led by Dr Roman Gerodimos, Faculty of Media and Communication.

What are these sessions about?
They focus on the process of doing research rather than presenting the outcomes. They are less masterclass talks and more quality circles, where we all bring our research questions, dilemmas and dead-ends to the sessions. Whilst there will be someone leading the seminar, they are designed to be participatory.

Spaces are limited, so please email if you intend to come.

For more information about the Journalism Research Group (JRG) visit the CSJCC website:

All welcome. Hope to see you there.

Events Management graduate Kayleigh Jones publishes paper based on her dissertation

Kayleigh Jones graduated with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Events Management in 2017. She did extremely well in her dissertation which focused on how event managers create prestige value for corporate VIPs. Kayleigh’s tutor Dr Miguel Moital challenged her to prepare a manuscript based on her dissertation to be submitted to the European Journal of Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation. To Kayleigh’s and Miguel’s delight, the paper was accepted after very minor modifications (which shows the high quality of the submission). The article is free to download from the publishers website. In this post on the undergraduate blog, Kayleigh talks about the experience of doing her dissertation and shares her feelings upon seeing it published.


Publishing a journal article based on my dissertation – Kayleigh’s story

(CAFE SCIENTIFIQUE APRIL) Connecting women and vocation: The story after war (Talk by Dr Varuni Wimalasiri, FOM).

At the next Café Scientifique (Bournemouth) in April Dr Varuni Wimalasiri will be talking about some of the early findings from her project ‘Woman’s work’ which looks at women’s journey’s back to working lives following displacement due to war.  Come and along and join the conversation.

The project is funded by ‘ The Lloyds Bank Social entrepreneurs start up programme, in partnership with the school of social entrepreneurs (SSE) and jointly funded by the Big Lottery’


CQR’s Louise Oliver takes third prize in postgrad conference

The Centre for Qualitative Research congratulates one of its postgrad Affiliates, Louise Oliver, who has won third prize for her oral presentation in the recent Doctoral College Conference.

Louise’s PhD is entitled, “Family Narratives of Child-to-Parent Violence and Abuse: Lifting the Veil of Secrecy”. She is supervised by Lee-Ann Fenge and Kip Jones.

Brexit and Trade War in The Express

Professor Jens Holscher gave an interview on Brexit and Trade War in the Express:


Brexit and Financial Services

Professor Jens Holscher gave on interview on the effects of Brexit on Financial Services in the Bournemouth Echo:


Narrative Research Group Special Session – celebrating Dr Hywel Dix’s latest publication and showcasing the poetry of Dr Tom Masters.

On the 28th February, JEC’s Narrative Research Group was host to not one but two speakers; Dr Hywel Dix (Principal Academic in English, BU), and Dr Tom Masters (Lecturer in English & Communication, BU).

Hywel Dix introduces his research.

In the first half of the session, Hywel presented a short overview of his most recent publication, The Late-Career Novelist: Career Construction Theory, Authors and Autofiction (Bloomsbury, 2017). As Hywel explained, the book explores the ways in which bestselling contemporary novelists look back and respond to their earlier successes in their subsequent writings. Exploring the work of major novelists such as Angela Carter, V.S. Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan, Julian Barnes, A.S. Byatt and Graham Swift, the book considers the self-reflexive process by which these writers ‘write back’ to their earlier works, as well as address their public personas and status as significant contemporary writers. Further, in its approach to these writers and their work, the book draws for the first time on social psychology and career construction theory in an interdisciplinary examination of how the dynamics of a literary career play out in the fictional worlds of these novelists.

Tom Masters performs his poetry.

Following Hywel’s presentation and discussion amongst the group, Tom Masters then gave a recital of a number of his poems, followed by discussion of their themes and imagery. At the centre of Tom’s performance was a work in progress that he is writing as part of the bicentenary celebrations of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus (1818). Drawing on a range of influences, including Joseph Wright’s 1768 painting An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump, and Henry Fuseli’s The Nightmare (1781), the poem explores the conjoined intellectual and artistic contexts of the Enlightenment period, and the resonance of their Gothic overtones. When completed, the poem will be exhibited alongside Shelley’s original manuscript as part of a collection of works commissioned to acknowledge the influence of Shelley’s work. For those of us who have taught and lectured with Tom across units within JEC, it was a pleasure to learn more about his creative work in this forum.

Our next meeting will be Wednesday 21st March when we will welcome Dr Maxine Gee (Lecturer in Sceenwriting, FMC), who will give a talk on her research into science fiction and Anime. A further event in May will see Alexandra Alberda and Stephen Allard, first year PhD researchers in JEC, introduce their respective work on graphic medicine and digital poetics.

The Narrative Research Group and its meetings are open to all (staff and students); if you are interested in joining the group, attending the seminars, or being added to the mailing list then please email its convener, Dr Sam Goodman (


Doctoral College Researcher Development Programme

The Doctoral College would like to present the March monthly update.

This monthly update is for PGRs and their supervisors to outline upcoming research skills and development opportunities including events, workshops and networking opportunities supported by the Doctoral College. In this update we would like to promote the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT®) event, R.E.D talks, the Researcher Development Programme for 2017-18, and the 10th Annual Postgraduate Conference.

We are very happy to announce that 10th Annual Postgraduate Research Conference is taking place today. The conference will see PGR students, academics and other colleges from across BU come together to  celebrate the diverse and exciting research being undertaken. More information about the day will be sent over the next week.

Don’t forget to check out the Doctoral College Facebook page

CQR Seminar for this Wednesday cancelled

Sorry to inform you that this Wednesday’s ‘In Conversation’ CQR Seminar is cancelled due to illness.

Mark you diaries now, however, for the next Seminar on Wed. 11 April at 1 pm in RLH 208 presented by the ‘Gang of Four’.

Curious?  More information will follow. Stay tuned!

Here are the Seminars for the rest of the academic year:


Professor Jens Holscher Jas joined the review team of the Journal of Common Market Studies, a journal in which he had a number of articles published in the past.

BU Doctoral Summer School

BU are hosting a Doctoral Summer School between 4th – 6th July 2018!

The summer school is applicable to PhD candidates and early stage post-docs. Whilst the event is being sponsored by the European Media Management Association, we welcome applications from candidates whose research is located within a broad range of subject disciplines including: Business and Management, Communication, Creative and Cultural Industries, Journalism and Media Studies.

You can contact Dr John Oliver ( in the Faculty of Media & Communications for further information or visit the following link:

The application deadline is Friday 30th March 2018.

Centre for Qualitative Research Grows

BU’s Centre for Qualitative Research (CQR) website has been tidied up, including (at last!) a full list of Members, Associates, and Postgrad students! Growing steadily over the past year, it is noteworthy that members come from a range of disciplines and across faculties.

Faculty members and postgrad students are welcome to join the Centre. Membership categories include Full Member, Associate Member, and Post-grad Affiliate.

Visit CQR’s website here

Contact Kip Jones (Director) or Caroline Ellis-Hill (Deputy Director) for more information or to join.