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Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team

Ensuring that BU’s knowledge is informed by society, for the benefit of society, is at the core BU’s vision and values. As part of the Research and Knowledge Exchange Office, the Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team (KEIT) brings this vision alive through corporate level initiatives for knowledge exchange with multiple audiences include the public, industry and undergraduate students. The mechanisms for knowledge exchange are varied and include the Festival of Learning, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF), Business Services and Research Communications amongst others. Through dedicated specialist roles, the team also works to understand the value of engagement and evidence the impact of BU’s work for society.

Dr Rebecca Edwards

Dr Rebecca Edwards

Knowledge Exchange and Impact Manager

(01202) 961538
M406, Melbury House

I lead the Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team to work across BU through a series of corporate level initiatives designed to ensure our research activities are informed by society for the benefit of society. This role builds on my previous experience at BU as Public Engagement and Impact Manager/Research and Knowledge Exchange Development Manager.

My passion for research and knowledge exchange stems from my time as a researcher dating back over the last decade or so. After completing a BSc in Geography from Royal Holloway, University of London, at the same institution I was awarded an ESRC CASE Studentship to explore the impacts of public space policy – co-funded by Grosvenor Estates and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). This triggered my dual passions of understanding the impacts of national government policy at a localised level and how society engages within the public sphere. I was then appointed as a Research Associate at Cardiff University, first as part of the Regeneration Institute and latterly the Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research (WISERD). Here I had a diverse and varied role, working on multiple research and knowledge exchange projects – often at the same time!

Through funders including the ESRC and Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), I explored my passion for governance and policy through research into social housing, urban regeneration and safeguarding young people. After three years at Cardiff, I then spent the next three at University of Southampton as a Research Fellow within the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC), funded by the ESRC, Office for Civil Society and Barrow Cadbury Trust. Here, I project managed a work stream of three interrelated projects which focused around the environment and the third sector.

Other interests include supporting local charities, having fun on the beach (and sometimes in the sea), walking (preferably up mountains), hanging out with my friends/family (one baby boy, one husband, one Jack Russell and two cats), experimenting with new recipes, going to gigs and trying to understand rugby.

Daniela Doncakova

Daniela Doncakova

Knowledge Exchange and Impact Officer

(01202) 961342
M402, Melbury House

As the Knowledge Exchange and Impact Officer I work across Bournemouth University to ensure effective day-to-day management of initiatives which support the growth of innovation and research impact.

Previously I worked at the University of Southampton as an Impact Programme Officer, where I managed the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) Funding Scheme in Research and Innovation Services (RIS).

My previous role to that was a Programme Manager for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) – University of Southampton, where I managed the application process for the Clinical Boards, as well as managed funded research projects on behalf of the funder (Department of Health)

Outside of work I enjoy travelling and spending time with my pets.



Rachel Clarke

Rachel Clarke

Knowledge Exchange Advisor (KTP)

(01202) 961347
M402, Melbury House

As the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) Officer I am responsible for developing and managing the Institutions KTP portfolio and also for brokering relationships, with a KTP focus, between the University and the business world.  Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are beneficial to all parties involved and I’m delighted to be working in this setting.  As an example, a direct result of a KTP project can increase profits and innovative mobility within partner businesses. As part of my role involves the active promotion of KTPs, I will be spending time out and about at events, so if you see me around, please do say hello!

For the past 4 years I have been working in the Careers & Employability team at the University in an employer liaison capacity; organising careers events and sourcing and advertising an range of job opportunities for students, be it part time, placement and graduate.  Previous to this, I have worked in operations and recruitment in the local area and as such have built up a network of contacts over the years.  Prior to my working life, I studied at Bath Spa University and achieved a degree in Media Communications and Cultural Studies.   I feel that this role of KTP Officer will hone in on my skills and experience gained over the years.

Outside of work, I play roller derby with the local league, Dorset Roller Girls.  This keeps me busy attending games, training (on and off skates) and I am also part of their fundraising committee.  I have a keen interest in music and when I’m not training for derby, I am attending music gigs.

Rachel Bowen

Rachel Bowen

Research Communications Manager


(01202) 968234
M402, Melbury House

As Research Communications Manager, I am responsible for promoting the excellent research undertaken by BU’s academics and helping to demonstrate its impact on society.  This involves working with academics to find out about the research they’re doing and advising on the best ways to share it with wider audiences.

My interest in research stems from previous campaigns and policy work in the charity sector, where studies produced by academics  were essential to making credible arguments to Government.  Having seen how influential it can be in public policy, it’s exciting to be in a position where I can help to demonstrate the value of research to society more widely.

Outside of work, I spend my time hiking and kayaking around various bits of the UK.

Charlene Parish

Charlene Parish

Project Coordinator: Student Project Bank

(01202) 961281
M402, Melbury House

As a project coordinator I am responsible for the day to day running of the Student Project Bank; a new and exciting project that provides students from across BU with the real-world projects to use as part of their academic studies.

For the past five years I have been working in SciTech as a research assistant in the Department of Archaeology, Anthropology & Forensic Science (AAFS), where I specialised in geophysical survey, topographic survey and GIS. I was lucky enough to carry out field work on World Heritage Sites in Tanzania and Rapa Nui (Easter Island), as well as working in sites in the Avebury landscape and Pembrokeshire. I studied Field Archaeology at BU and it was a pleasure to return here in a professional context.

Outside of work I play roller derby for Dorset Roller Girls. When I’m not on skates I enjoy hiking, camping, yoga and travelling.

Genna West

Genna West

Engagement and Impact Facilitator

(01202) 968240
M402, Melbury House

(on maternity leave)

As Engagement and Impact Facilitator, I am responsible for supporting BU academics to develop research impact through meaningful engagement with external stakeholders. This includes supporting BU’s major engagement events, and working with academic colleagues to develop engagement strategies to enhance funding bids and deliver and evidence impact.

This role builds on experience gained as BU’s Knowledge Exchange and Impact Manager during Rebecca Edwards’ maternity leave and my previous role as the Knowledge Exchange Manager within the ESRC Centre for Population Change, based at the University of Southampton. In this position, I worked closely with policy makers, practitioners, the academic community and members of the public to highlight the relevance of demographic research and facilitate ways that it could be widely used. I particularly enjoyed working on a large public engagement project – the ‘How to get to 100 and enjoy it’ exhibition – which toured the UK to communicate latest research on the challenges and opportunities associated with Europe’s ageing population.

I hold a first-class BA Hons degree in Geography and Spanish from Plymouth University and spent my third year living and studying in Madrid. Upon finishing University I worked in a range of research, communications and events roles, including coordinating international conferences for a research institute and a graduate placement at the Higher Education Academy’s subject centre for Education at the University of Bristol.

Outside of work, I love to travel and am always looking for opportunities to try out my most recent hobby – scuba diving – since completing my PADI a few years ago in Borneo. I also play netball in local leagues and spend as much time as possible at the beach!

Dr Natalie Day

Dr Natalie Day

Engagement Officer

(01202) 961215
M402, Melbury House

As Engagement Officer, I am responsible for organising and delivering many of the events that BU academics can get use in to engage with the world at large. This includes likes of the Festival of Learning (FoL), FoL: On Tour, Café Scientifique and the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences.

My love for public engagement can be traced back to my days as a PhD researcher in Infection and Immunity in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton (UoS). Not content with talking to my cells about my data, I designed my own hands on ‘Lungs’ engagement activity which I took out on the road. After this experience, I started volunteering with the Public Engagement with Research unit (PERu) at UoS, became a STEM Ambassador and volunteered with the BSA to help organise and deliver as many public engagement activities as possible. After completing my PhD, I joined PERu full-time as their Digital Engagement Officer. In this role I was responsible for helping ensure digital outputs were embedded in public engagement projects through staff training, resource creation and content building.

Outside of work I am a keen gig-goer and a freelance music journalist, dabbler of stand-up SciComedy, avid cinema goer and if that weren’t enough I’m also attempting to finish my first novel.

Devon Biddle

Devon Biddle

Event Coordinator

(01202) 961214
M402, Melbury House

My name is Devon and I am completing a Business degree at Bournemouth University. I have been given a fantastic opportunity to work as the Events Organiser in the Research and Knowledge and Exchange department for a year placement, something I am extremely thrilled about as it incorporates two of my passions; learning, and organising events.

I am excited to be working with academics to share their research with the general public, as well as enhance my skills learnt throughout my degree.

In my spare time I love to help run and organise campaigns for both women’s liberation and LGBTQ+ activism, complimenting my almost unhealthy obsession with dogs and social media.

Sacha Gardener

Sacha Gardener

Student Engagement and Communications Coordinator

(01202) 961356
M402, Melbury House

As Student Engagement & Communications Coordinator, I am responsible for promoting Bournemouth University’s world leading research to BU students, identifying strategies and plans of the best ways to get them involved. I also support the communication activities for BU’s research which includes writing for our research websites and blogs, as well as supporting the social media channels.

From studying BA (Hons) Communications and Media at Bournemouth University, I have found a love for marketing and new media such as social media platforms, digital television/magazine services and blogs. With the rapid advancement of technology, I believe new media is extremely powerful and significant to communicate and engage with most audiences today; which is why it is very exciting to be offered a position where I can use new media strategies to promote research and organise events/activities targeted towards people like me!

Outside of work, I enjoy lifting weights in the gym, watching TV series (currently loving Power, Ozark and Billions), dreaming about places to travel and explore, and just generally chilling out and spending time with my boyfriend and friends! My personal goals for this year are to learn how to drive and learn Bahasa Indonesia.