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Latest Major Funding Opportunities

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

  • The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) and Medical Research Council (MRC) are establishing a £25M UK Regenerative Medicine Platform. Stage 1 – Research Hubs. Closing date: 01/10/13. Stage 2 – Research Consortia. Closing date: 18/09/13
  •  The NHS NIHR has issued a call for proposals to the Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme concerning diseases of the skin, chronic pain and sarcopaenia and its effects on older people. Closing date: 01/10/13 
  • The Technology Strategy Board is investing up to £8m in collaborative research and development via the Technology-inspired innovation call. Awards up to £500,000. Registration by 25/09/13 and Expressions of interest are to be submitted by 25/09/13 
  • The Technology Strategy Board and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) are to invest up to £4m in  feasibility studies which use environmental data to develop new solutions to business problems. A briefing webinar for potential applicants will be held on 8 October 2013. Awards up to £200,000. Closing date: 06/11/13 
  • This Technology Strategy Board and Medical Research Council Biomedical catalyst programme offers early and late stage funding to innovative small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) and researchers to develop solutions to healthcare challenges.  Maximum grant is £250,000. Registration closing date: 02//10/13 and closing date for applications: 09/10/13. A feasibility call is forthcoming later in 2013
  •  The Wellcome Trust is offering Research Fellowships to medical, dental and veterinary graduates. Closing date: 20/09/13 
  • The Wellcome Trust, through the Master’s Award is offering scholars the opportunity to undertake basic training in research and methods through a one-year Master’s course in the History of Medicine or Medical Humanities. Strong preference is given to applicants intending to make a long-term academic career in the subject. Closing date: 01/05/14

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HEFCE grants tied to research integrity

The Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) recently announced that all UK research institutions must comply with the Concordat to Support Research Integrity in order to be eligible for grants.

HEFCE stated, ‘we are party to a formal agreement or ‘concordat’ about standards and integrity in UK research. This sets out five commitments that assure Government, the wider public and the international community, that the highest standards of rigour and integrity will continue to underpin research in the UK.’

This condition will apply from 2013-14 and follows their consultation earlier in the year on implementing the concordat. HEFCE’s decision was prompted by a consultation on how best to implement the concordat. Of the respondents, 82 per cent agreed or strongly agreed that compliance with the concordat should be a condition of HEFCE grant funding. Only 11 per cent of respondents said that they disagreed or strongly disagreed with the suggestion. The 78 respondents included 59 universities.

The Concordat sets out five commitments:

  • Maintaining the highest standards of rigour and integrity in all aspects of research;
  • Ensuring that research is conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards;
  • Supporting a research enivironment that is underpinned by a culture of integrity;
  • Using transparent, robust and fair processes to deal with allegations of research misconduct should they arise;
  • Working together to strengthen the integrity of research and to reviewing progress regularly and openly.

Universities UK developed the concordat with the funding and research councils, the Wellcome Trust and a number of government departments. It was launched on 11 July 2012.

This follows Research Councils UK’s announcement that demonstrating compliance with the concordat will be a condition of further funding for universities.

BU Academics chosen as Finalists for The Organization Collection’s 2012 International Award for Excellence

Posted in BU research by lrossiter

“The Barriers that Hinder Rapid Prototyping Deployment within Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Which Should Come First?” was one the ten highest-ranked papers emerging from the 2012 Organization Collection’s peer review process.  All articles submitted for publication in the Organization Collection were entered into consideration for the International Award for Excellence.

Acknowledgement goes to Ahmed M. Romouzy Ali, Siamak Noroozi, Philip Sewell, and Tania Humphries-Smith who all contributed towards the successful article, which was Published in: The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management: Annual Review, Volume 12, (2012): 15-28.  The annual review consists only of articles considered to be of wide interest across the field.

The context of their research within industrial/manufacturing SMEs has significance for stimulating new product development, productivity and competitiveness through the deployment of RP technologies within the SMEs. The study involved a structured questionnaire survey with 200 SMEs followed by semi-structured interviews with ten Executive Managers of SMEs from the industrial/manufacture sector in the South West of England. The analysis of the collected data, in tandem with the supporting literature,  revealed the factors that influence the deployment of RP technology in SMEs. The findings were formulated into a strategy to help SMEs in making the decision of whether to deploy RP technology or not. The research has contributed new knowledge in the area of RP deployment in SMEs, which could potentially have a role in assisting their business survival through increased growth and competitiveness.

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ISBE Upcoming Events

Upcoming events from ISBE

Partnering to Deliver SME Growth: Developing HE as “Institutional Anchors” through Research-Led Business Support

Monday 2nd September 2013, University College London

The purpose of this second seminar within the ISBE SME Growth SIG series is to delve deeper into the ways in which a multi-disciplinary (public/private sector) approach to sustainable SME growth and performance can be fostered through a research led ‘institutional anchor’ role with UK HEIs.

Following on from the very successful first seminar (Researching Growth in SMEs: Application and Impacts) held in Manchester earlier this year this seminar will build on key issues explored regarding the research being carried out and its key strengths/weaknesses. One of the specific issues identifies at this seminar was the need to look in greater detail at the context specific support that could be provided to the business community through a combination of quantitative and qualitative research. Also how we can leverage out networks to assist such an approach.

During the second seminar, after Contributions from ERC and the Growth Accelerator, an example will be presented of a successful project within the South East that combines multi-methods and longitudinal research with direct business engagement and support. This will be followed by group sessions to reflect on how a broader model(s) for generating SME growth might be established and how we might best work together to support such a model?

To book your place or for further information visit

Food, Fibre, Fuel: The Rise of the Sustainable Society  ISBE Social & Sustainable Enterprise Network Special Interest Group Seminar Series

18th September 2013, Manchester Metropolitan University, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6BH

This seminar brings together practitioners and academics to learn from each other, connect and shape co-interests. This is an interactive event, small pitches, breakouts and more….

Aims and Objectives

There are numerous opportunities and challenges in shaping a sustainable society. Perhaps the greatest challenge is to develop strong networks of cross and interdisciplinary partnerships where we can increase knowledge, showcase eco-entrepreneurship and reflect on practice and theory.

The aim of this seminar is to build a community of academic researchers and practitioners, who wish share experiences and ideas with people of similar interests – but from different backgrounds – with the implicit objective to connect, learn, and shape the sustainability, eco and social entrepreneur agendas, both in universities and in the wider community.

The legacy from this event will be in the networks and partnerships created, and the actions and co-production that people will take forward after this seminar.

 This seminar is for:

  • academics interested in eco/social entrepreneurship and sustainability from research or education
  • academics who want to build real life eco/social entrepreneurial experience into their subjects and curricula
  • students wishing to improve their understanding of eco/social entrepreneurs and sustainability
  • local authority officers wishing to explore the relevance of eco/social enterprise social value and sustainability in their locality
  • Social enterprises and voluntary groups wanting to discover how they can influence universities and how universities can better support their work

To book your place or for further information visit

A Thinkspace on the Gendering of Entrepreneurship: New Theoretical and Empirical Insights

Friday 20th September 2013 (10:00-16:30), Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

How can gender theory be used to better understand entrepreneurship and to develop gender-sensitive enterprise policy and support? And how can our research on entrepreneurship inform understanding of different societies as gendered?

In this event, you will have a chance to think and comment about different forms of gender theory and how they inform our understanding of entrepreneurship by listening to – and discussing – papers to be published in a new special issue of the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research (IJEBR) on ‘The Gendering of Entrepreneurship: Theoretical and Empirical Insights’.

At GEN’s first ‘Think-Space on Gender and Entrepreneurship’ in 2011, GEN committee members launched the call for papers for this special issue of IJEBR. We had a tremendous response to the call for papers and hope that this special issue represents significant progress in the development of our gender research community. We seek to use this event to share the papers and our Editorial reflections on the use of gender theory, what recent research tells us about entrepreneurship and society and the research agenda going forwards. We will encourage discussion and support researchers and practitioners to think about the future of their own work.

As GEN members have asked for more social time to network, we are also inviting you all to join us for dinner on the evening prior to our event.

Presentations include:

• Managing the business of everyday life: The roles of space and place in ‘mumpreneurship’ – Dr Carol Ekinsmyth
• Contextualising Black migrant women entrepreneurs’ work-life balance experiences – Dr Cynthia Forson
• Women doing their own thing: media representations of female entrepreneurship – Dr Doris Eikhof, Dr Juliette Summers and Professor Sara Carter
• Empowerment and entrepreneurship: a theoretical framework – Dr Haya Al Dajani and Professor Susan Marlow
• Editorial reflections on ‘The Gendering of Entrepreneurship’ – Dr Julia Rouse, Lorna Treanor and Dr Emma Fleck

To book your place or for further information visit

Latest Major Funding Opportunities

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

  • The BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship supports scientists who have demonstrated high potential and who wish to establish themselves as independent researchers. Closing date: 23/10/13
  • BBSRC / FSA have announced a joint call for Early Career Research Fellowships. Closing date 23/10/13
  • ELRHA call – The Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) aims to improve health outcomes by strengthening the evidence base for public health interventions in humanitarian crises. Seed funding up to £10,000. Closing date: 10/09/13 for Expressions of Interest
  • The EPSRC Digital Economy Theme wishes to encourage user-driven research in the emerging area of Internet of Things. Closing date: 24/10/13
  • There is call for Expressions of Interests for the EPSRC / Jaguar Land Rover Programme for Simulation Innovation. Maximum award £1m. Closing date: 27/08/13
  • The EPSRC, through the RCUK Digital Economy Theme (DET),  invites academics to enter the Telling Tales of Engagement competition. Maximum award £10,000. Closing date: 10/10/13
  • ESRC has announced the third call for proposals for their early careers scheme, Future Research Leaders which supports outstanding early career researchers to carry out excellent research and to develop all aspects of their research and knowledge exchange skills. Maximum award £312,500. Closing date: 24/10/13
  • Nesta is supporting arts projects across Wales with its Digital Research and Development Fund. Closing date: 09/09/13
  • NERC invites proposals for its call for NERC PURE associates to transfer knowledge in the field of Probability, Uncertainty & Risk in the Environment. Closing date: 30/09/13
  • People Awards and Society Awards from The Wellcome Trust, support projects that enable the public to explore biomedical science, its impact on society and culture, its historical roots and the ethical questions that it raises. Closing date 04/10/13
  •  The Wellcome Trust has a scheme for postdoctoral scientists who have recently decided to recommence a scientific research career after a continuous break of at least two years. The Career Re-entry Fellowships are particularly suitable for applicants wishing to return to research after a break for family commitments. Closing date: 27/09/13
  • The Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Wellcome Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for the most promising newly qualified postdoctoral researchers to make an early start in developing their independent research careers, working in the best laboratories in the UK and overseas. Maximum award £250,000. Closing date: 27/10/13

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Dutch student builds on Rufus Stone with project on LGBT teens

Posted in BU research by Kip Jones

A student from the Netherlands, Coco Sips, has spent time recently in Bournemouth and Dorset learning about LGBT teens and particularly those isolated in rural settings. Her study had resonance with the film, Rufus Stone, and so Coco sought the advice Executive Producer and Lead of the Gay and Pleasant Land? Project, Dr Kip Jones, when planning her study. Jones commented: ‘Although the main characters in Rufus Stone are in their seventies at the end of our film, the consequences of their youth are very much the driving forces of their lifetimes and the film. We hope to continue to explore LGBT youth through community connections and issues of social inclusion in a follow-up study now under consideration’.

Sips also sought advice from Intercom Trust, a organisation for LGBT people in the south west penisula, that was central to the earlier Gay and Pleasant Land? Project on isolated older lesbians and gay men in rural south west England. Coco then worked closely with a local LGBT Space Youth Project‘s organisers and teens to produce her report and a short video, Into SPACE.

A participant in the video, "Into SPACE"

In the film, young LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) youth tell their story about feelings of acceptance and/or social exclusion living in the rural area of Dorset, Southwest of England. The film was produced by Coco Sips as a part of her thesis project, “Social Exclusion amongst young LGBT people living in Rural Dorset” and performed on behalf of Space Youth Project, a non-governmental organization in Dorset.

The film Into SPACE  can be viewed here.


Mike Baker Doctoral Programme is now open!

The Mike Baker Doctoral Programme is now open and has a deadline of 23 September 2013.

Funding is avaiable for the full costs of one PhD studentship (or 50% of the costs of two PhD studentships) to develop research and an evidence-base in higher education practice and policy, with an impact across the sector. The proposed project should be discipline-specific learning and teaching research or interdisciplinary/generic pedagogical research and should have a clear benefit to either practice or to policy on practice. Details of HEA disciplines can be found from the discipline based web pages. The supervisor should have a successful track record in the relevant area demonstrated through publications and broader dissemination efforts. Find out more about the call and how to apply on the HEA call webpage.

Canada-UK Collaboration Development Award (CDA) Programme Funding Available

The 2013 Canada-UK Collaboration Development Award (CDA) Programme is open for applications  to academic and industrial science and innovation experts in the UK and Canada. Ideal outcomes include joint publications; joint or complementary funding applications; student / researcher exchange programmes; sharing of equipment, materials and facilities; knowledge exchange of skills and techniques; institutional linkages; technology transfer; and industry sponsorship. Please do not be limited by these ideas – we strongly encourage the development of innovative models for collaboration. Initial outcomes should be delivered over the first 6 to 12 months following the visit and lead to the development of long-term relationships.m Funding is available for up to £1250 to support the applicant’s travel and subsistence either to or from the UK and the deadline is September 1st.

Congratulations and Good Luck

June saw a slight increase in activity for bids being submitted and awarded with congratulations due to Schools for winning research grants, consultancy contracts and organising Short Courses.

For ApSci, congratulations are due to Jonathan Monteith for his consultancy with Distributed General Ltd, and to John Gale for his contract with Heritage Lottery Fund.  Good luck to Jonathan Monteith for his consultancy with Merryfield Park Partnership, and to Kathy Hodder for her consultancy with Fieldwork Ecological Service Ltd.

For the Business School, congratulations to Ruth Towse and Maurizio Borghi for their AHRC research project in Music Publishing.  Good luck to Tim Ford and Mark Painter for their consultancy to RBS Group, to Lois Farquharson, Fabian Homberg, Roger Palmer and Dean Patton for their consultancy to Wiltshire Probation Trust.

Good luck to DEC, for Bob Eves KTP project with Consoler, to Sarah Williams for her application to MQ: Transforming Mental Health, to Christos Gatzidis for his application to Leverhulme, to Bogdan Gabrys and Marcin Budka for their submission to ITaaU Network, to Chang Liu, Sarah Bate, Angela Gosling and Nicola Gregory for their application to the Royal Society to research the cultural influence on typical and atypical development of face perception.

For HSC, congratulations are due to Keith Brown for his short courses with Powys County Council, to Lee-Ann Fenge, Keith Brown and Lynne Rutter for their contract with Hampshire County Council.  Good luck to Peter Thomas and Zoe Sheppard for their application to the National Institute for Health Research, to Anthea Innes, Michele Board and Sarah Hambridge from HSC, together with Sam Nyman and Jan Wiener from DEC, for their application to the ESRC Festival of Social Science, to Jonathan Parker and Sara Crabtree for their contract to IASSW, to Andrew Harding, Sue Baron, Di Galpin, Edwin van Teijlingen and Cate Wood for their contract to the Royal College of General Practitioners, to Lee-Ann Fenge, Maggie Hutchings, Jen Leamon and Anne Quinney who have also applied to the ESRC Festival of Social Science, to Keith Brown for his short course for Worcestershire County Council.

Congratulations to the Media School for Bronwen Thomas and Julia Round’s AHRC project for Research Networking Researching Readers Online, to Zhidong Xiao for his consultancy with the University of Bedfordshire, and to Stephanie Farmer for her consultancy to Nuffield Health, Chichester.  Good luck to Liam Toms for his consultancy to Doppelganger Productions, to Zhidong Xiao for his short course with Wuhan Vocational College of Software and Engineering, to Carrie Hodges of the Media School, Lee-Ann Fenge and Wendy Cutts from HSC for their application to ESRC, and to Julian McDougall of the Media School and Dinusha Mendes of the Business School for their application to the European Commission.

For School of Tourism, good luck to Heather Hartwell for her European application to COST on shaping consumer behaviour and food choice, and her application, together with Sean Beer and Jeff Bray, to the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and to Katherine King and Alessandro Inversini for their application to European Commission.

Latest Major Funding Opportunities

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

  • The Academy of Medical Sciences is supporting starter grants for clinical lecturers up to £30,000. Closing date 11/09/13
  • The AHRC is inviting proposals for projects to explore Big Data from an Arts and Humanities perspective. Funding for either smaller projects of up to £100k, or larger projects of up to £600k is available on a fEC basis, with the AHRC meeting around 80% of the fEC.  Closing date: 12/09/13
  • BBSRC has a call for the Support for development of bioinformatics tools and computational approaches to the biosciences. It is anticipated that successful grants will not exceed £150k. Closing date: 10/09/13
  • Nominations for BBSRC-funded researchers are now open. Closing date: 06/11/13
  • BBSRC is supporting professional internships for PhD students. Closing date: 05/08/13
  • BBSRC Policy Internships for BBSRC and NERC funded PhD students are available. Closing date: 09/09/13
  • Big Data consortium call from The Digital R&D Fund for the Arts. Applications invited for no more than £300k. Closing date:  13/09/13
  • Digital R&D Fund for the Arts Research+ call  provides an opportunity for existing projects, or projects that are due to start very soon, that are NOT funded through the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts, to apply for a grant to support a researcher to work on the project. Applications are invited up to a limit of £50,000. Rolling closing date to end December 2013
  • EPSRC - high-voltage direct current (HVDC) networks for offshore grid. Closing date: 24/09/13
  • Manufacturing the Future Challenge call from the EPSRC – up to £5m allocated and no closing date
  • ESRC – invites expressions of interest for the establishment of its Social Science of the Nexus network plus. Town meeting – 02/09/13 then deadline for Expression of Interest – 03/10/13
  • ESRC - appointment of a DEGRP research strategy group. Closing date: 05/09/13
  •  The Urgency Grants Mechanism is a pilot launched by ESRC, on behalf of RCUK, is to enable a response to urgent or unforeseen events (for example the August 2011 UK riots), where there is a strong case for immediate research. Provide grants for up to 24 months of work, to a maximum amount of £200,000 (100% fEC) of ESRC funding. Closing date: Not given.
  • IC Tomorrow has launched the Digital Innovation Contest – Sport. Awards up to £25,000. Closing date: 14/08/13
  • JPI Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change and the Belmont Forum are inviting  proposals for their food security and land use change call. Funding of up to 3m Euros. Closing date: 30/09/13
  • MRC-funded senior clinical fellowship at Harwell. Closing date: 09/04/14
  • The National Science Foundation has a call - ecology and evolution of infectious diseases programme. Award amount not given. Closing date: 20/11/13
  • NERC invites applications for its postgraduate skills development awards. Total budget for the scheme is £1m. Closing date:  30/08/13
  • NERC invites applications for its Arctic research station programme. Closing date: 31/03/14
  • The Royal Society invites applications for its research professorships. The scheme provides salary costs, a one-off start-up grant and research expenses. Appointments are usually made for up to 10 years. Closing date: 13/03/14
  • The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £10m in highly innovative collaborative R&D projects in the field of low carbon vehicles, closely aligned with the aims of the newly announced Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) and the joint government and industry automotive sector industrial strategy. Registration closing date: 06/11/13 and submission closing date: 13/11/13
  • The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £1.5m in collaborative research and development (CR&D) to encourage companies to rethink the design of products, components and/or services, with the potential to reduce their environmental impact by a factor of four in the Design Challenges for a Circular Economy call. Closing date: 04/09/13
  • The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £2.5m in feasibility and collaborative R&D projects to encourage the development and commercialisation of innovative processes that will generate high-value chemical products through industrial biotechnology and bio-refining through its Sustainable High-value Chemical Manufacture through Industrial Biotechnology 2 – Technical Feasibility call. Closing date: 16/10/13
  • The Wellcome Trust invites proposals for its cross-disciplinary Sustaining Health call. This call supports small awards in the order of £250,000 (exceptionally up to £500,000) for up to two years. Closing date for concept notes: 27/08/13
  • The Wellcome Trust is also supporting the Senior Investigator Awards. Awards are worth up to £425k per year and for any duration of up to seven years. Closing date: 22/11/13 (future rounds are available)
  • The Wellcome Trust – Strategic Awards. These provide flexible forms of support to excellent research groups with outstanding track records in their field. The support available can be tailored to the needs of individual groups with agreement from the Trust and might be justified in terms of the added value they will provide. Closing date: rolling deadline
  • The Wellcome Trust invites proposals for its intermediate fellowships for researchers in India. The total award for an Intermediate Fellowship typically amounts to INR 3.5 Crores. Preliminary application deadline: 26/8/13 and invited full application deadline: November/December 2013
  • The Wellcome Trust is providing support for new investigator awards in biomedical science. An award can be worth anything up to £425k per year and for any duration up to a maximum of seven years. Closing date: 22/11/13
  • Wellcome Trust–Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Postdoctoral Fellowships. Closing date 22/11/13

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I’ll bet you it’s a baby!



The new royal baby has been born.  Good news for Kate and William and also for the betting shops.  Apparently a large number of people bet on a girl being born on the estimated due date July 13th, and the punters seem to believe the gender would be female.  As a consequence, a large amount of money was made by UK betting shops.   The next bet is, of course, on his name.  Some websites seem to suggest the bookmakers favoured the name James, such as a website in the Netherlands (  A Canadian website suggested a few days before the birth that “James or George were the favourites” for a boy (  On the webpages of one of the UK’s larger betting shops today’s  (22nd July) top 13 boys’ names were: George, James, Alexander, Louis, Arthur, Henry, Phillip, Albert, Spencer, David, Thomas, Richard & Edward.


Betting on aspects of the royal birth and baby is a way of being involved in the same way that betting on your football team to win its first away-game of the season is part of being a supporter for some.  Luckily, there are many more options to waste your money, punters can also put money on the colour of his hair, baby’s first word, and if you want to wait a little longer for your money:  the name of his first love, age of first nightclub visit photograph, first official visit overseas, whether the prince will ever compete in the Olympics, and the university where he will study.



Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen

Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health

School of Health & Social Care

Bournemouth University, UK


 has launched!  is intended to provide access to lots of open data but also tools and somewhere to share ideas and approaches.

This is a landmark site for academia providing a single point of contact for linked open data development. It not only provides access to the know-how and tools to discuss and create linked data and data aggregation sites, but also enables access to, and the creation of, large aggregated data sets providing powerful and flexible collections of information. is working to inform national standards and assist in the development of national data aggregation subdomains.

We are all part of the constantly evolving open data agenda and its emerging culture. aims to bring together the higher education community and the wealth of data it has access to, and encourage that community to share, utilise, update, grow and generate demand for open data.

The data being aggregated via this site can be used in all sorts of ways including:

  • Improving transparency
  • Increasing participation
  • Increased knowledge
  • Identifying trends
  • Improving products and services
  • Innovating
  • Improving efficiency

A Women’s Academic Network at BU

This September marks the launch of a Women’s Academic Network here at BU. The launch event will be hosted by Professor John Vinney  and Sue Sutherland, OBE and is open to all BU academic staff.

 Why do we need a women’s academic network?

 Bespoke networks for women are common across business and within the media, both in the UK and across Europe and the USA.  Within the profession, there are networks for women in science and philosophy (for example). These bespoke networks exist in recognition that professional women regularly face gender related challenges in the workplace. Thus women’s networks also function to support women  and  to raise their profile within organisations and beyond, as well as to lobby on gender inequality issues. Despite decades of lobbying and the notable achievements gained by women in the workplace, women in academia have not managed to make significant gains across the sector.  This extraordinary situation has recently been highlighted in Nature and most recently, in the Times Higher Education through a series of features highlighting the seriousness of multiple career obstacles impacting on female academic staff in particular.

  How did we create WAN?

The network we are developing here is informed by work I undertook at UEA, as co-Chair of a Research Network for Women. I began by approaching a number of women across the University, and our initial meeting began with a discussion as to how we would envisage such a network and what its purpose would be We then ran a University wide survey, again to establish demand for such a group. We relied on the survey being passed forward and while we recognise that not everyone may have been able to participate, there was sufficient response from colleagues to identify a demand and need for such a forum to be established (see here for results). 

 What are our aims?

The aims of WAN are to support women and women’s interests, in all their diversity, across BU. 
As a distinct and separate entity we will also work alongside and support, Athena Swan, DDE and the Equalities Office.

 How will we do this?

Through a programme of events we will be seeking to:
Raise the profile of women across the University
Create a regular networking forum
Identify important career issues for women academics with a view to further consultation


What does WAN look like?

Our current committee (based on attendance at the last committee meeting) is as follows:

Co-Convenors (elected for one year in the first instance)

Amber Burton
Sara Crabtree
Heather Savigny

Committee Members

Carrie Hodges
Vanora Hundley
Julie Robson
Elizabeth Rosser
Chris Shiel
Gail Thomas
Shelley Thompson
Kate Welham
Amanda Wilding
Huiping Xian
Tiantian Zhang


How can you get involved?

Come to the launch event and learn more about WAN and how you can contribute to the network.


When is the launch?

September 26th
Where: venue tbc
What time: 5-7pm. Children and other dependents are welcome
To help us with catering and room bookings, please register by contacting Jo Downey (

Further details including room and speaker information will be provided nearer the time

 If you would like to offer an event, please contact Sara Crabtree, Amber Burton or Heather Savigny (;; )


Have your Say! What should the new online research degree monitoring system be called?

Posted in BU research by sbell

Calling all postgraduate researchers, supervisors and research administrators!

You should by now have heard that we are working hard to have our new postgraduate monitoring system online for the beginning of the new academic year.  The system will enhance the experience of all those involved in research degrees:

  • Postgraduate Researchers
  • Supervisors
  • Research Administrators

The main aim is to move away from paper-based forms and to a more streamlined on-line system.  The system will guide you through the process and monitoring of PGR progression.

We’re now at the exciting stage of naming the system.  The steering group has come up with a list of possible names for you to vote on.  Cast your votes here – for:

  • myResearch Degree
  • ResearchPAD (Progression, Administration, Development)
  • BURD (Bournemouth University Research Degrees)

The poll will be open until 22 July.  Happy voting!

Dr Fiona Knight
Academic Manager






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