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Introducing Katarina Krumplevska: Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hello! My name is Katarina Krumplevska and I have just finished my Undergraduate Research Assistantship position within the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences. The project I worked on was to validate a questionnaire which explored attitudes and beliefs of pain. This involved data collection, data analyses and starting to write up the results in a paper. As a graduate in psychology I had the experience of being a research assistant last year within the Psychology Department where I was involved in a health psychology project. I really appreciated the challenge of learning about pain and completing statistical analyses which were new. I think this project provided a great opportunity to realize that I can rise to the challenge of a project and work with people I have not worked with before. This has given me confidence which I believe will contribute to my next venture to do the MSc of Clinical and Developmental Neuropsychology at Bournemouth University in September.

Lunchtime Seminar on Measuring and Monitoring Research Impact 1-1.50pm, Wednesday 19th August in R301!

For those who will be around, please come along to support Jo George’s lunchtime seminar to hear her ‘Reflections on Measuring and Monitoring Research Impact from my Undergraduate Research Assistantship’.  She will present her findings around what makes a good impact case study, the case studies she has been working on, as well as her personal learnings.  Hope you can make it!

RCUK Telling Tales of Engagement Competition 2015

RCUKThe RCUK Digital Economy Theme (DET) is running a competition designed to help capture and promote the impact that your digital economy research is having. Three prizes of £10,000 are available to support researchers to further tell the story of research impact in an interesting and engaging way to a wider audience.

The competition, which has been co-developed with the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB), is designed to produce very informative case study exemplars which can be used to help the wider research community develop understanding of the nature of a pathway to impact. It aims to encourage applicants to tell a story to describe the pathway to impact which actually occurred. This should be even more informative because understanding how impact arises is key to planning for future impact pathways.

They want the stories to portray impact as including what capability has changed outside the institutions, and what benefits that exercising this capability change has then delivered. Each ‘Tale of Engagement’ in showing how the actual impact arises and the evidence of the impact itself will thereby show clearly the link between the impact and the research. Choosing how to tell the story should reflect the nature of the story itself. They hope that giving the timeline of the whole story should stimulate thinking on more imaginative and illustrative ways to tell the tale of engagement and the resulting impact.

You will need to complete the form on this page, addressing the questions raised in the ‘Scope of Competition’ section of the full call document, and taking into account the “Guidance on completing proforma” notes. You will need to attach to the form, a single PowerPoint slide which summarises your entry in an interesting and engaging way.

Closing date: 01 December 2015 at 12:00

Please contact your RKEO Funding Development Officer in the first instance if you are interested in applying to this call.

New publication by BU PhD student Jib Acharya

Jib paper India 2015

Congratulations to FHSS Ph.D. student Mr. Jib Acharya, whose paper ‘Study of nutritional problems in preschool aged children in Kaski District in Nepal’  has just been published in the Journal of Multidisciplinary Research in Healthcare [1].  The academic paper, based on his Ph.D. thesis, reports on his mixed-methods Public Health study addressing attitudes and knowledge of mothers of young children (pre-school aged) in one particular district in Nepal.  The research comprises a quantitative survey and qualitative focus groups.   Jib Acharya, who is originally from Nepal, compares and contrasts the attitudes, knowledge and behaviour of poor rural and poor urban women (=mothers) in that district.   The research is supervised by Dr. Jane Murphy, Dr. Martin Hind and Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen.


Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen



  1. Acharya, J., van Teijlingen, E., Murphy, J., Hind, M. (2015) Study of nutritional problems in preschool aged children in Kaski District in Nepal, Journal of Multidisciplinary Research in Healthcare 1(2): 97-118.

Progress on public engagement: Institutional survey – your support is required!

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In 2012, Bournemouth University signed up to the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) Manifesto for public engagement. Further details can be found here:

In order to understand the extent to which as BU is embedding public engagement, staff and students are being asked to complete this survey on annual basis. This will be used to assess progress and inform future plans.

The survey can be found here: and I would be most grateful if you could promote participation in the survey to any staff and students that you work with.

Three £20 Amazon vouchers will be given to participants entering the prize draw. It is anticipated that this survey will take 10 minutes to complete. Responses must be received by 4th September.

Any queries about this survey should be sent to Rebecca Edwards ( All responses will remain confidential.



Reminder that EoI are required for NERC standard grants round January 2016

nerc-logo-50thFollowing on from my previous blog post informing you of NERC’s demand management measures, this is a reminder that only one application can be submitted to the January 2016 standard grant round.  Therefore, expressions of interest are required by 21st August.  All details of the competition process and the form can be found here.

Media training for ESRC-funded researchers

Media training is changing at the ESRC.ESRC

Having taken on board extensive feedback from their delegates they are moving their media training forward to focus on the practical elements of working with the media.

They now offer a one day-long media training session that provides the opportunity to develop practical media skills in a safe environment.

They believe by concentrating their resources this way they will be able to give maximum opportunity for researchers, no matter what stage of their career, to develop their skills and feel comfortable handling media interviews. Whether a PhD student, postdoctoral researcher or senior fellow, the new practical media training session provides the guidance needed to engage the media with confidence – and plenty of opportunity to practice.

For more information, please see the article here.

The course will be taking place in different locations throughout the year. The forthcoming course dates are:

  • 17 September 2015 – London
  • 15 October 2015 – Cambridge
  • 30 October 2015 – London
  • 12 November 2015 – London

Book a place on a media training course.

For further information on any aspect of ESRC media training days please contact

Launch of BU’s new Bridging Fund Scheme for research staff

Golden gate Bridge wallpaperThis month sees the launch of the new BU Bridging Fund Scheme which aims to provide additional stability to fixed-term researchers who continue to rely heavily on short-term contracts usually linked to external funding. This situation sometimes impacts negatively on continuity of employment and job security and can result in a costly loss of researcher talent for the institution.

The new Bridging Fund Scheme aims to mitigate these circumstances by redeploying the researcher where possible, or where feasible, by providing ‘bridging funding’ for the continuation of employment for a short-term (maximum three months) between research grants. It is intended to permit the temporary employment, in certain circumstances, of researchers between fixed-term contracts at BU, for whom no other source of funding is available, in order to:

(a) encourage the retention of experienced and skilled staff, and sustain research teams and expertise;

(b) aconcordat to support the career development of researchersvoid the break in employment and career which might otherwise be faced by such staff;

(c) maximise the opportunity for such staff to produce high-quality outputs and/or research impact at the end of funded contracts/grants.

This is a great step forward for BU and for BU’s researchers and is an action from our EC HR Excellence in Research Award which aims to increase BU’s alignment with the national Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers (further information is available here:

You can read the full guidelines here: BU bridging fund scheme guidelines v1 070815

HE Policy Update


Ernst and Young

Ernst and Young, one of the UK’s biggest graduate recruiters is to remove degree classification from the entry criteria for its hiring programmes. The company claims they have found “no evidence” that success at university was correlated with achievement in professional qualifications. Ernst and Young drops degree classification threshold for graduate recruitment (THE).



UCAS has been accused of blocking efforts to improve social mobility by refusing to release important data it holds on students from poor backgrounds. The Chair of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, has called on UCAS to open up its gold mine of information to help end the “national scandal” of disadvantaged children missing out on places at top universities. Ucas refusing to release data it holds on students from poor backgrounds – while making £12m a year selling applicants’ details  (The Independent).


A Level Results

A shift towards teenagers taking the more traditional academic subjects will be revealed when A-level results are published next week. More students are now opting to take English and Maths at A-Level. A-level results will reveal shift in focus towards more traditional academic subjects  (The Independent).


Graduate Wages

According to a study by the Sutton Trust and upReach, Graduates’ wages increase more quickly if they went to a private school, compounding the fact that privileged university leavers attract higher starting salaries too. Graduates who went to private school ‘get bigger pay rises’ (THE).


Graduate Tax

When speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Andy Burnham, a Labour leadership contender, promised to replace tuition fees with a graduate tax if he leads the party into government.  This policy would be a shift from Labour’s current policy of lowering tuition fees in England to £6,000 a year by reducing tax relief enjoyed by those earning above £150,000. Andy Burnham pledges to replace tuition fees with graduate tax (THE).

Introducing Oliver Cooke: Student Engagement Coordinator in the Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team

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Hello my name is Oliver Cooke and I have recently started on my work placement working as the new Student Engagement Coordinator within the Research and Knowledge Exchange Office. I am responsible for engaging students with the research that Bournemouth University undertakes and to organise events where this engagement can be informative and entertaining.

I am currently working towards my degree in Media Studies and have a major interest in the advertisement sector. During my studies at Bournemouth University I worked as the Varsity Videographer for SportBU, which has given me a great amount of knowledge and expertise that will allow me to perform well in my new position.

I have major interests in films and music, as well as competing for the BU Olympic Weightlifting team.

Communicate 2015: the UK’s leading conference for environmental communicators

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Communicate 2015: Challenging Partnerships will run from the 10th of November till the 11th of November at the Bristol Science Centre. This event is the UK’s leading conference for environmental communicators, bringing together over 150 delegates each year to develop their skills, share best practice and debate the latest issues in engaging people with the natural world

During these two days there will be inspiring content, interactive workshops and engaging discussion in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere that provides fantastic opportunities for networking with fellow communicators.

It’s a great opportunity to learn more about public engagement and research communication through interactive sessions, top tips and networking with people across the sector.

The event began in the Bristol Natural History Consortium in 2003, when 6 organisations in Bristol joined forces on flagship environmental communication projects. From 2003-2008 they worked together under a message of understanding, before gaining charitable status in May 2008.

To register to the event and find out more please visit


Professor Colin Prichard’s research makes front page of yesterday’s Times newspaper

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Professor Colin Prichard from BU (social work) featured on the front page of The Times yesterday in an article which considers why Dementia is being diagnosed a decade earlier than it was 20 years ago.

A version of the article ‘Dementia victims are getting younger’ can be seen online at The Times

Colin Prichard and Emily Rosenorn-Lanng analysed data from 21 westernised countries, including the UK, between 1989 and 2010. The findings are published in the journal: Surgical Neorology International.


£5,000 funding available to SME’s


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Are you working with a start-up, micro, small and medium sized businesses? If the answer is yes encourage them to apply for funding to assist with their innovation and growth. Known as Innovation Vouchers businesses can receive up to £5,ooo of funding. This funding can be used to work with the university to support them with their future plans.

The application process is straightforward and information on this process along with more details about the funding can be found here.

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