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FHSS PGR Impact Workshop

Many thanks to all those who attended the Health and Social Sciences PGR Impact Workshop on 5th October. This was a great opportunity for those at various points on the PhD journey to consider how their research might be impactful.

Those who attended commented that the workshop was a timely reminder of the importance of integrating impact into a doctoral project as well as understanding the importance of public engagement as knowledge exchange.

Thanks to Dr James Gavin and Jane Forster for their input to the session on the importance of public and patient involvement in research and seeking impact in the context of policy.

For those in HSS please feel free to contact Clare Killingback, Impact Champion for more information on Research Impact.

Nursing Students Experience Virtual Reality


The ADRC is working with Alzheimer’s Research UK to evaluate another form of simulated learning and evaluate the effectiveness of their newly created Virtual Reality app ‘A Walk Through Dementia’ (AWTD) which offers a unique glimpse into life for a person living with dementia. The Android and IOS Phone app was developed by Alzheimer’s Research UK and virtual reality specialists VISYON, and uses the widely-available Google Cardboard headset. It is designed to help the public think beyond memory loss to gain a fully immersive insight into the varied symptoms people with dementia can experience in everyday life.


A Walk Through Dementia is the first time a smartphone Cardboard app has been used to engage the public with the condition. The experience, which can also be viewed headset-free on the app or online at, uses a combination of computer generated environments and 360 degree video sequences to illustrate in powerful detail how even the most everyday task of making a cup of tea can become a challenge for someone with dementia.  To date Alzheimer’s Research UK have received some preliminary feedback on using AWTD from the public, health care professionals and care sector.


On 11th October over 280 year 1 undergraduate adult and mental health nursing students attended a Dementia themed study day, led by Dr Michele Board, and during the day they gained insight into the lived experience of dementia using the AWTD Virtual Reality App. With support from Professor Jane Murphy, Laura Phipps from Alzheimer’s Research and Professor Liz Falconer, the students were instructed to use the app and discuss questions about the film and how it might influence their practice. The prospect of this session was a little nerve wracking, but the result amazing. The students really engaged and said how valuable the app was and giving them an insight into dementia.

SAIL Project Team Meeting

Last week, Prof Ann Hemingway,  Prof Adele Ladkin  and Dr Holly Crossen-White joined European research colleagues in Ostend, Belgium for a SAIL Project bi-annual team meeting. Over two days  all research partners from four different European countries had the opportunity to share their initial research data from pilot projects being developed within each country for older people. The BU team will be undertaking the feasibility study for the SAIL project and will be drawing together all the learning from the various interventions created by the other partners.



New CMMPH midwifery publication

Congratulations to Dr. Sue Way and Prof. Vanora Hundley in BU’s Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health (CMMPH) on their latest publication on the latent phase of labour.  Their paper ‘Defining the latent phase of labour: is it important?’ appeared in Evidence Based Midwifery and was written with midwifery colleagues across the UK, Germany and Canada [1].



Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen




  1. Hundley V, Way S, Cheyne H, Janssen P, Gross M, Spiby H (2017) Defining the latent phase of labour: is it important? Evidence Based Midwifery 15 (3): 89-94. 


Dr. Miguel Moital’s Iberian trip

Dr. Miguel Moital, Principal Academic in Events Management, Faculty of Management, recently traveled to Portugal and Spain to present his work.

In Portugal, Miguel talked to students from the Masters in Tourism Management at the UCP – Portuguese Catholic University (Braga Campus). BU has an Erasmus agreement with UCP for staff exchange. Miguel talked about key issues in academic writing, presenting material from his e-book on the topic.

In Spain, Miguel delivered a presentation about ‘Managing Prestige in Spa & Thermal Experiences” to 35 participants of a pre-TERMATALIA course, attended by industry and institutional participants from countries such as Argentina, Costa Rica, and Colombia.

The course received coverage in the regional media, including a report by TV Channel Telemino (see after 2 minutes) and newspaper La Region.

The presentation was based on his research around the consumption of prestigious experiences, part of it co-created with Undergraduate Students through their dissertations.

TERMATALIA – 17th International Exhibition of Thermal Tourism, Health and Wellness is “the only specialized fair in the world that represents a thermal bridge between Europe and Latin America, bringing together professionals from more than 25 countries”. TERMATALIA alternates between Ourense (Galicia), where it originates, and a Latin -American country (next year it will take place in Iguaçu, Brazil).

Ourense features many thermal baths which feed off from the natural hot springs, with a number of both public pools (free to use) and private pools (fee paying, tough €6 will pay for 2 hours on the best one) scattered along and around the Miño river.

Outariz Thermal Baths, Ourense


Association for Psychosocial Studies Biennial Conference

Association for Psychosocial Studies Biennial Conference

Bournemouth University, 5th-7th April 2018



‘Psychosocial Reflections on a Half Century of Cultural Revolution:

The 50th anniversary of seasons of love and protest’ 

Now with new Open Stream on “ New Directions in Psychosocial Studies” 


Join us to reflect on revolutionary relationships and politics which challenged authority then and which influence us now. The cultural forces and the political movements of 1967 and 1968 aimed to change the world, and did so. Where are we now? Recent developments of some populist and protest politics could be seen as a continuation of the revolutionary movements in the 1960s. Hedonic themes that recall the summer of love suffuse contemporary life, and self-reflection and emotional literacy have also become prominent values, along with more positive attitudes towards human diversity and the international community. We invite you to offer psychosocial analyses of the development and legacy today of the ‘revolutions’ in sex, personal life and politics. This could be via explorations of contemporary issues in politics, culture and artistic expression, or through historical studies. All proposals for papers must indicate how they address both psychological and social dimensions of their topic.


Due to popular demand, we have added a new open stream, for those who wish to submit proposals for papers, panels or visual art presentations on

“Current and New Directions in Psychosocial Studies”

Further details:

Send your abstract of 250-300 words to

Final deadline: 1st December 2017. Confirmation of acceptance: 1st Jan

(existing submissions, notified by 1st. November).

We welcome contributions from academics and practitioners from different fields and disciplines and very much look forward to seeing you there!

BU RSA – get involved!

BU Research Staff Association (RSA) meets informally at a regular coffee morning which is open to all staff and PhD Students at BU. Each coffee morning has a research related theme and speakers are invited from across BU to share their experiences around this theme.

The next three coffee mornings will focus on:

Date Time Venue Theme Speakers
25 October 2017 10-11am S107, Studland House, Lansdowne Campus Introduction to Project Management Dr Roger Atkinson,
Senior Lecturer in Project Management
29 November 2017 10-11am F105, Fusion Building, Talbot Campus Career pathways for researchers within and outside of academia Penny Ballyntyne,
Careers Adviser, BU Careers Service
31 January 2018 10-11am S107, Studland House, Lansdowne Campus Developing your research ideas and where to look for funding Lisa Gale-Andrews and Emily Cieciura, Research Facilitators, Research and Knowledge Exchange Office

To ensure we have enough cake please email to confirm attendance.

Further coffee mornings will also take place on 28 March,30 May, and 25 July 2018 – themes and speakers to be confirmed!!!!!

See you there!

BU Research Staff Association

Centre for Qualitative Research ‘In Conversation” this Wed 1 pm Fenge & Jones

Not to be missed!

This Wednesday at 1 pm in RLH 201

Lee-Ann Fenge and Kip Jones converse about a focus group that became an innovative journal article, and now about to become a short ‘script in hand’ performance by YOU the audience!

“I’m her partner. Let me in!”

All BU staff and students welcome! 

See you there!

See all of the ‘In Conversation’ CQR Seminars listed here.











Physiotherapy student co-creation for published smartphone app review

Last year was the first year of a new Level 6 unit on the Physiotherapy programme called “Innovation in Physiotherapy”, and as unit lead I was keen to encourage the students to appraise smartphone apps in healthcare. Much of my research to date has been looking at “eHealth” (electronic health) and I was keen for them to have more awareness of these growing forms of healthcare adjuncts.

The students worked in groups to select their apps and then present their app reviews to the class, and following this they were encouraged to write up their app reviews and submit them for publication. I am happy to say that along with Adam Arthur, Alastair Bolton, Alex Evens and Philip Slemon, we have had our app review (“World Rugby Concussion’ by World Rugby Limited: a smartphone application for the general public”) published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine (Impact factor 6.724). This is my first co-creation paper with students since arriving at BU, and hopefully this process can be replicated in future years in the unit.

The article can be found at:

Vitae Researcher Development International Conference

On 11 – 12 September 2017 Clare Cutler and Natalie Stewart (Doctoral College Research Skills and Development Officers) attended the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference, focused on researcher development policy, impact and application.

With over 400 delegates in attendance, the conference celebrated 100 years of the modern PhD in the UK and 50 years of researcher development. With a strong emphasis on the future of researcher development, the growing importance of developing the highest calibre research students, and an increasingly diverse and competitive job market, we came back inspired…inspired to provide a sector leading researcher development programme accessible to all Bournemouth University postgraduate research students.

Three Minute Thesis UK Final

The UK National 3MT® Final was hosted at the conference gala dinner where six finalists from across the UK competed to win a £3k grant to spend on a public engagement activity and a place on the Taylor & Francis Journal Editor Mentoring Programme. This year’s winner was Thomas Fudge from Brunel University. Thomas, who completed his undergraduate degree in Product Design here at BU, stole the prize with the winning presentation on ‘decentralised sanitation for developing communities with energy and nutrient recovery’. You can watch all of the finalist presentations on the Vitae Website here.

Researcher Development Programme

With Researcher Development at the forefront of the research agenda, this year the Doctoral College Researcher Development Programme will be offering over 150 workshops, online modules and video resources specifically for our postgraduate research student’s professional, personal and research development. We have also teamed up with the University of East Anglia, to provide an interactive online training series which is due to launch later this month.

In addition to this full and varied programme we will also be launching the Doctoral College’s inaugural 3MT® event. For your place in this national competition and to be in with a chance of presenting your research at the 2018 Vitae Conference 3MT® Final, don’t forget to submit your application by Sunday 22 October 2017 to


Emerald removes embargo period on all journal articles in open access repositories

Emerald has today, 26th September 2017, removed the embargo period on all Green open access. Author accepted manuscripts (AAMs or postprints) of journal articles held in open access repositories such as BURO will now be available on publication. This applies not only from today, but also to any Emerald publications currently under embargo in repositories.

Emerald Group Publishing

This is a huge advance for open access as Emerald had previously extended their embargo periods in response to the RCUK/ Finch statements on embargo periods and green open access.

Lunchtime Talk With Visiting Fellow Marianne Martens

Marianne Martens, recently appointed as a Visiting Fellow in the School of Journalism, English and Communication will be giving a talk based on her current research on Wednesday 27 September at 1p.m in F305. All welcome and you are welcome to bring your lunches! Details below.

For the Love of Harry Potter: Fans’ Activism in Fan Fiction, Festivals, and Charitable Works

First published in 1997, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter changed the landscape for children’s publishing, in terms of sales figures, bestseller status, and book length.  The Harry Potter books are cross-over titles, which means that even though they are published as children’s books, their appeal extends to adult readers as well. One of the reasons for this, is the rich world-building that exists within the books. This world-building also lends itself exceptionally well to various fan-based activities, from fan fiction, to festivals, to charitable works.  Protective of the books and their characters, J.K. Rowling (and related corporate entities) are not always supportive of such fan activities. Marianne Martens will present her in-progress monograph, which examines how and why fans contribute their labor in support of Harry Potter, and the ensuing tensions between fans and the corporations who own him.

Marianne Martens, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor at Kent State University’s School of Information. Her research covers the interconnected fields of youth services librarianship and publishing, and the impact of interactive reading technologies. Previously, she was vice president of North-South Books in New York. Martens is the author ofPublishers, Readers, and Digital Engagement (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). You can read more about her work at

Student-staff publication in the leading Brazilian tourism journal

Dr. Miguel Moital, Principal Academic in Events Management (FM), has just published a paper co-authored with MSc Events Management graduate Cisil Andirin and Dr. Carla Cardoso, Associate Professor at the Portuguese Catholic University (Braga Campus).

After this publication, Dr. Moital has published a total of 8 outputs with BU Undergraduate and Masters students (7 journal articles and 1 book chapter). Journal articles include publications in the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, International Journal of Event and Festival Management, Young Consumers and Journal of Fashion Marketing & Management (All Emerald journals), as well as Event Management (a Cognizant journal).

The paper, entitled “Service failures as organizational crises in business travel: origins and operational strategies as perceived by events professionals” was published in the Brazilian Journal of Tourism Research (RBTUR). RBTUR is the leading Brazilian tourism journal edited by the Brazilian Research and Post-Graduation in Tourism Association – ANPTUR. The journal is open access and the paper can be downloaded here.

The paper is based on Cisil’s Masters dissertation and focuses on exploring crisis management perceptions and practices by meetings professionals from two perspectives: origins of crisis and crisis management strategies. Focusing on Turkish meeting planners, the paper found that according to them crises are more about service failures than major disruptive events that question the organisation’s existence as per the traditional definition of crisis. As a consequence, the paper suggests that distinction between the notions of service failure and crisis may be artificial rather than real. Therefore, researchers planning studies on crises-service failure should consider looking at both literatures in order to integrate both bodies of knowledge.


BOS Survey Tool unavailable 3-4 October 2017

There are changes to the service delivering the Bristol Online Survey (BOS) Tool as the service is transferring from Bristol University to Jisc.  The transfer of the BOS service from the University of Bristol to Jisc is scheduled to take place during the week commencing October 2, 2017.

To enable the transfer of its database, BOS will be offline from the morning of Tuesday October 3, for a period of up to 48 hours. During this time users will not be able to access BOS and all surveys will be offline.

From Thursday October 5, the service will be supported by Jisc.

Please note that the support email address and telephone number will change after the transfer. These will be advertised on the BOS website.

Users will be able to log in with the same usernames and passwords after the transfer, and should not notice any significant changes. All surveys and survey data will be transferred, and any surveys that were open prior to the transfer will be accessible to participants as soon as the service is restored.

A notification will be placed on all user Dashboards two weeks prior to the transfer to inform them of the upcoming downtime and transfer to Jisc, but please also make every effort to notify your account’s users.

If you have any questions please contact the support team at or call on 0117 394 1783.

Freshwater Taxonomy success!

Last week (11-15 September 2017) saw the successful delivery of the NERC-funded Advanced Training Course Freshwater Taxonomy and Field Identification Skills, awarded to Professor Genoveva F. Esteban (SciTech, Department of Life and Environmental Sciences) in collaboration with the Freshwater Biological Association (  The course is free for PhD students and early-career researchers.  With a strong emphasis on training excellence and practical hands-on experience this short course offers expert tuition in freshwater fieldwork, taxonomy, and freshwater science. The course provided in-depth training on the well-established use of macro-invertebrates as the core component of freshwater bio-assessment and also included specific training in field and laboratory methods for investigating and identifying microscopic organisms like diatoms, meiofauna and protists. The participants’ feedback was outstanding; Davina Hill from the University of Cumbria tweeted “Thanks for a fascinating and inspiring course in Freshwater Taxonomy. Recommended!”

The course will also be delivered in 2018 (dates to be confirmed). Please contact Genoveva F. Esteban for further information. Photograph courtesy of Hai Luu.