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Taking the lead in professional education

A consortium including the School of Health and Social Care at Bournemouth University, the College of Medical and Dental Sciences at the University of Birmingham, the Centre for Interprofessional Practice, University of East Anglia and the School of Health and Human Sciences, University of Essex have been awarded International Collaborating Centre status by the Best Evidence in Medical and Health Professional (BEME) Collaboration ( ). The BEME Collaboration is an international organisation devoted to developing and producing systematic reviews of research evidence to inform health professional education

Being part of the leadership of the Collaborating Centre offers staff (from health but other professions also) the opportunity to shape the direction and emphasis of future systematic reviews in  professional education, conduct or contribute to systematic reviews in eduction with colleagues in national and international partner institutions and to use evidence to inform their teaching, learning and assessment practices.  For more information, please contact Sarah Hean at

BU Research Related Systems

BU has a number of internal systems that enable research activity and outputs.  To find out what the systems are, what they do and how they interact with each other, visit the ‘BU Research Related Systems’ page, which can be found under ‘Research Toolkit’.

The new page contains all you need to know about:

BRIAN (Bournemouth Research Information And Networking) - BU’s publication management system and how it’s linked to the BU staff profile pages.  If you have any problems accessing the system or you have any queries please contact and the BRIAN team will be happy to help.

BURO (Bournemouth University Research Online) - BU’s institutional repository. If you require help assessing whether an open access version of your work can be contributed to BURO please contact your Subject Library Team or

RED (Research and Enterprise Database) – this is a record of all the research and knowledge exchange activity which takes place at BU.  If you have any problems accessing the system or you have any queries please contact the R&KE Office .

Please note that Shelly Maskell is the new Research Outputs development officer within R&KEO and as part of this role, Shelly now manages BRIAN.

Website & BRIAN Training Sessions

Screen shot of new website

Due to popular demand we are hosting  training sessions for the new research webpages together with BRIAN training.

These sessions are open to all BU academic staff, post graduate research students and those supporting researchers in their communications activity.

During the session you will learn the following:

Research Webpages

  • Why BU has new research webpages
  • How you can upload content to the website
  • How the site can be used most effectively to maximise exposure of BU research.


  • What is BRIAN and why is it important
  • How to set up and maintain your BRIAN profile
  • How to ensure your details are correct
  • How to request a photo is uploaded
  • How BRIAN links to your external staff profile

To book on one of the following sessions please use the links below…

Thursday 27th March 2pm in P421 Poole House, Talbot Campus

Thursday 17th April 2pm in P421 Poole House, Talbot Campus

We hope to follow these with a session at the Lansdowne Campus (room pending). If you would be interested in a Lansdowne session or you have any queries, please  email Shelly Maskell on

What happened in HE last week…

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Labour have accused the coalition of “complete confusion” after Vince Cable said the write-off estimate on student loans will be revised downwards. Vince’s comments, in the House of Commons, appear to contradict recent remarks made by David Willetts. Coalition in ‘complete confusion’ over RAB, says Labour (THE) 

Immigration policy
The Financial Times argue, in an editorial, that the UK will have to abandon its myopic policy on immigration for one that maximises the contribution that skilled foreign workers can make to the UK economy. UK should scrap its migrant targets (FT)

Student compensation
The OIA is expected to reveal that it ordered more compensation to be paid to students in 2013 than the £1m it demanded in 2012. Surge in student complaints about poor-value universities (Sunday Times)


Immigrants to Britain are better qualified than the existing population — and many of those who settled here generations ago are considerably outperforming their white neighbours in education, according to a new study.

As the Times Higher Education releases its 2014 Reputation Rankings, Ben Jackson advises prospective students to take league tables with a pinch of salt. He speaks to Dan Seamarks, a prospective journalism student, who thinks league tables are an outdated form. “I was constantly told that I must look at league tables and use them when making my final decisions,” he said. “However, all of my universities’ strengths lay in different places.” No league table is perfect: Why you shouldn’t worry about university rankings (Independent)

Student recruitment
Universities are allocating more time and money to marketing open days, engaging with students on social media, improving their prospectuses and developing their university websites, a Guardian survey finds. Of those polled, 57% of marketers said open days were more important than five years ago, alongside external digital advertising (72%) and marketing on social media (98%). Have traditional student recruitment campaigns lost their bite? (Guardian HE)

Advice and guidance
Michael Gove’s decision to marginalise careers professionals and hand legal responsibility for careers guidance to schools, with no extra resources to back it up, has united a diverse array of voices in opposition. Gove faces criticism as delays to careers guidance jeopardises students’ futures (Guardian)


The CBI has said that the government needs to do more to make careers in STEM more attractive. It recommends cuts in tuition fees for some STEM subject courses and better training for existing workers.

Destination data
A ‘pioneering school’ set up in a poor area of London, under the free schools policy, is celebrating news that 100 of their students have received offers to study at Russell Group institutions. The Department for Education will certainly be happy. Let’s just hope the students have had the right advice and guidance from the school. New academy offered 100 places at top universities (Times)


HE policy
Student places: David Willetts has cautioned universities that they may not fill the tens of thousands of extra undergraduate places, being made available over the next two academic years, at least in the short term. Sector’s challenge is to fill the gap when the cap comes off  (THE)

Two-year degrees: The Conservative party in Wales has floated the possibility of cutting degree courses from three to two years to help cut student debt and get youngsters into the workplace more quickly if it wins power in Cardiff. This is similar to the work currently underway by John Denham MP in England. Welsh Conservatives float idea of two-year ‘fast-track’ degree courses (Guardian) 

Student attitudes: Most students still feel positive about their investment in their education despite the higher tuition fees faced by first- and second-year students at university in 2013-14, the Sodexo-Times Higher Education University Lifestyle Survey reveals. How has debt from higher fees changed students? (THE)

Connecting research and growth
Catapult Centres: Vince Cable has commissioned Hermann Hauser, co-founder of Acorn Computer, to look at how the catapult centres might be further developed. Technology research centres face entrepreneurial scrutiny (FT)

N8 Research Partnership: The N8 Research Partnership of universities is investigating the possibility of pooling its academic expertise for a major research project, according to the organisation’s new chair, Sir Alan Langlands. N8 to pool research to make a big splash (THE)

RCUK grants: Women are less successful than men in securing research council grant funding, according to new data. The analysis by Research Councils UK suggests that female scientists lag behind men in terms of grant success rates at almost every stage of their careers. Women trail men in securing research council grants (THE)

Research and development: UK spending on research and development as a proportion of gross domestic product fell in 2012, according to new figures. This ranks the UK 12th in terms of research and development expenditure in the EU-28 group. R&D spending drops as share of GDP, new statistics show (THE)

Student visas: Some universities could lose their licences to recruit overseas students if the government goes ahead with plans to further tighten visa rules, a former Home Office official has warned. The plans were outlined in a speech given last week by James Brokenshire, the immigration minister, in which he said the Conservatives would plough on with their drive to cut net migration to the “tens of thousands” by 2015 – despite the figure having risen recently to 212,000. Licences to recruit overseas students at risk (THE)

Expansion: “Visionary” vice-chancellors are pushing universities to expand overseas in ways that are not properly thought through and lack an “analytical” rationale, according to a consultant who has interviewed a number of senior university leaders. V-cs urged to put data first in race to expand overseas (THE)

The weird world of the Daily Mail
Don’t hire any staff: A bit of a strange article from the Daily Mail. Why does Open University chief on £400,000 need a speech writer? (Daily Mail)


The Times is looking at possible reasons behind the growing number of Russell Group Vice-Chancellors who are leaving their posts. They have apparently learnt that “governing councils are being urged to be tougher in making vice-chancellors justify their performance.”  University heads roll in drive to justify salaries (Times)

The OFT published today the outcome of its call for information on higher education in England, launched in October 2013 to see “how choice and competition were working” in the sector. The report recommends that the Competition and Markets Authority – the OFT’s successor body which takes over on 1 April – undertakes a “compliance review” of the sector. 

Industry is being starved of highly-skilled workers because of a shortage in the number of teenagers studying subjects such as science and maths to a high level, business leaders warned today. Semta – the sector skills council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies – warned that it was facing a shortfall of 80,000 workers within the next two years alone. Telegraph challenge to show science and engineering are the way ahead (Telegraph)

Latest Major Funding Opportunities

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

The BBSRC‘s Bioinformatics and Biological Resources (BBR) Fund aims to: support the bioscience research community with the establishment, maintenance and enhancement of infrastructures; support high quality bioinformatics and biological resources that align with otheir updated Strategic Plan: The Age of Bioscience; supply long-term funding and provide a stable environment for resource development and provision. The indicative budget for the call is £6.5M, subject to the quality of applications received, and will incorporate capital investment in software infrastructure. Full applications must be submitted using Je-S by 08/05/14 16:00.

The BBSRC Enterprise Fellowships aim to increase exploitation of ideas with commercial potential from BBSRC supported research.  The Enterprise Fellowships are designed to enable an individual to advance the commercialisation of existing research results or technological developments and are tenable for a period of one year.  The Fellowships enable the holder to concentrate on developing the commercial potential of their research, whilst also receiving formal training in relevant business skills. The Enterprise Fellowship programme provides entrepreneurship and business skills training through the participating Training Provider, currently the Entrepreneur Business School (EBS), which will be directly relevant to the Fellow as they seek to build their new business. Closing date 16/05/14.

The British Academy receives a generous grant from the Sino-British Fellowship Trust (SBFT), established by the late Dr Elizabeth Frankland Moore, to support individual or co-operative research projects. Research may be conducted either in Britain or in China, or in both countries, and must involve person-to-person contacts. Up to £10,000 is available. The closing date is 16/04/14.

Through the British Academy, the Ancient Persia Fund was established in 1988 in memory of the distinguished Russian scholar Vladimir G Lukonin. The aim of the fund is to encourage and support the study of Ancient Persia and related areas including Central Asia, in the period before the coming of Islam. Activities supported by the Fund include research grants for the study of Ancient Iran and neighbouring areas, covering the travel costs of students and scholars. Applications should be submitted by 16/04/14.

In both the recently published EPSRC E-infrastructure roadmap and the EPSRC Software as an Infrastructure strategy, the importance of software development and the need to invest in people and training in this area has been strongly highlighted. EPSRC has therefore made a long-term commitment to support software development, ensuring that funding continues to support leading scientific research and key codes used by the Engineering and Physical Sciences community. Subject to quality, up to £4M of funding is available for projects focused on the development of software that is used in computational science and engineering. All proposals submitted to this call must fall within the EPSRC remit. Closing date 28/05/14.
In a fourth call, EPSRC is looking to support a number EPSRC Fellowships in Manufacturing who have the potential to be future research leaders in their field in Manufacturing Research. The call is to support either academics who have recently moved from industry, or people in industry, involved in innovation, looking to move into academia. The aim is to offer up to 5 years of support for suitable candidates who not only have an appropriate background but can also articulate their vision for utilising their industrial experience to inform their future research direction. Applicants must register to apply by 17/04/14 with full submission by 01/05/14.
The BioProNET (Bioprocessing Network) is one of the Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (NIBBs) jointly supported by EPSRC and BBSRC. In order to aid members of BioProNET in the development of project teams for making bids to the Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst (or other competitive network funding streams), BioProNET has made available resources to support workshops to consolidate project discussions. This is an open competition, however anyone who applies will be required to register as members of the network and expected to engage fully with other network events. Up to £2,000 is available in funding. Applications must be submitted by 21/03/14.
EPSRC is inviting proposals from UK academics for projects which will support visiting Fellows from India, Israel or Japan to carry out cyber security research in, and build collaborative links with, the UK. Proposals are welcome in any area of research directly relevant to cyber security, including less well-represented domains such as the social, economic and mathematical sciences. Closing date 28/08/14

The Leverhulme Trust are inviting university applications to their new Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships scheme which was announced  in January 2014 as a means to support doctoral studies in UK universities and to nurture the future generation of aspiring young researchers. At a time of growing undergraduate debt, the Board wishes to ensure that increased indebtedness does not discourage graduates from undertaking doctoral study. The initial investment in the scheme is over £10 million, providing for 150 scholarships over the next three years. Closing date 11/09/14 at 16:00

NERC seeks proposals to host a new Centre for Doctoral Training specialising in risk and mitigation; using big data. Funding for ten studentships will be awarded per annum, and the CDT award will provide funding for three years of new student intake from 2015-16. Closing date 16:00 on 26/06/14

NERC and BBSRC invite proposals from consortia of research organisations interested in hosting a new Centre for Doctoral Training, specialising in the training of scientists with a high level of rounded skills and knowledge to tackle current and future challenges in soil science. Funding for eight studentships will be awarded per annum, and the CDT award will provide funding for three years of new student intake from 2015-16. Closing date  16:00 on 26/06/14

NERC is inviting proposals to its International Opportunities Fund (IOF). The IOF scheme provides resources to NERC-supported researchers to allow them to forge long-term partnerships with overseas scientists that add value to current NERC-funded science. IOF grants are pump-priming, to help stimulate novel research collaborations. up to £40,000 is available. The closing date is 16:00 on 22/04/14.

The Wellcome Trust is offering funding for accommodation and travel for ’Gathering Intelligence: A free seminar regarding Thomson’s life and work’ to be held at Edinburgh University Library on 16th May 2014. Applicants must apply by 28/04/14.

 Please note that some funders specify a time for submission as well as a date. Please confirm this with your RKE Support Officer.

You can set up your own personalised alerts on ResearchProfessional. If you need help setting these up, just ask your School’s RKE Officer in RKE Operations or see the recent post on this topic, which includes forthcoming training dates up to November 2014.

Dementia Friends Training open to all BU Staff and Students

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Do you wish to become a Dementia Friend?  Janet Scammell, Dementia Champion  is running an introductory session which will last from 50 mins to 1 hour on Thursday 20 March at 12 noon in TA131 (Tolpuddle Annex, Talbot Campus).   This training is open to all staff and students. At the end of the session, participants are invited to become Dementia Friends (which basically means promoting positive thinking about living well with dementia in their own communities).  You also get a lovely dementia friends badge!

If you wish to attend please let Michelle O’Brien know by either email or call 01202 962771.

CEMP Bulletin for March / April

Here is the updated CEMP Research / Innovation bulletin for March / April 2014. CEMP bulletin March | April 2014

Please contact Julian or Richard in CEMP if you are interested in any of the funding opportunities here, or have other ideas for collaborative projects with CEMP.

Book Now! The Leverhulme Trust are visiting BU on Wednesday the 19th of March 2014

Following on from our well attended visit from the AHRC and the British Academy I am pleased to remind you that the Leverhulme Trust will be visiting us next on the 19thof March – it is not too late to get yourself booked in….

Working on a variety of initiatives in R&KEO over the years, one element of development which we receive consistently excellent feedback, is the events we arrange where funders come to BU and present their organisations funding priorities and give advice on making an application. We have arranged for several funders to visit BU in 2014, we have already hosted visits from the AHRC and the British Academy and are pleased to announce our next arranged visit is with the Leverhulme Trust.

This will be taking place on Wednesday 19 March 2014, and Jean Cater (Mrs) The Assistant Director from the Leverhulme Trust which funds all academic disciplines will be visiting to discuss their grants and give advice on making an application.

Spaces on this event are becoming limited due to the room available so booking is essential!

Grants Academy members can be guaranteed a space by emailing Dianne. Or by emailing Staff Development

The booking hyperlink is:

Leverhulme Trust  funder visit

This is taking place mainly over the lunchtime period (12 midday until about 1pm -1:30pm ish) so please feel free to bring your lunch with you

We look forward to seeing as many of you who can make it.

BUDI – Lunch time seminar

BUDI welcome 
Associate Professor Elaine Wiersma to deliver a lunch time seminar

Date:     Tuesday 8 April
Time:     12 Noon until 13.00
Venue:  EB203

Limited places available:  email to reserve your place.

Engaging People Living with Dementia in the Development of Services: Lessons Learned from a Canadian Context
This presentation will explore the ways that a Canadian research team is engaging people living with dementia in the development of services. Specifically, two projects will be discussed—the development of a self-management program for people living with dementia, and a dementia journey mapping project. The engagement of health and social care providers with researchers and people living with dementia will be described within those two projects. Lessons learned about people, relationships, and process will be described and discussed.

Elaine Wiersma is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. She is the Advisor for the Interdisciplinary Certificate in Dementia Studies, the lead of re-THINKing dEMENTIA, the division of Dementia and Seniors’ Mental Health at the Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health, Lakehead University, and the chair of the North West Dementia Network. Her work has spanned community and long-term care sectors, using qualitative and participatory methodologies to examine the social dimensions of aging and dementia. Currently, her work is focusing on the development of self-management in dementia and exploring the context of aging and dementia in rural northern communities in Ontario. Elaine is engaged in a number of initiatives, both research and community initiatives, that seek to engage people living with dementia and care partners as equal partners, recognizing that the involvement of these groups is vital to creating more effective services and programs.

Open Access Event

On Wednesday 7th May, Bournemouth University will be hosting a sector-wide Open Access Event looking at the benefits of Open Access from both the green and gold perspectives, as well as, focusing on how Open Access can support the achievement of research impact. 

So far confirmed external sessions are as follows:
open access logo, Public Library of ScienceThe Benefits of Open Access
Alma Swan – Director of Advocacy Programmes, SPARC Europe
Open Access and Implications for REF2020
Ben Johnson – Higher Education Policy Adviser, HEFCE
The Twitter Effect and How Social Media Can Promote Engagement with Research
Jane Tinkler – Manager, LSE Public Policy Group
Sierra Williams – Managing Editor, LSE Impact of Social Sciences Blog
The Open Access Framework
Catriona MacCallum – Advocacy Projects Manager, Public Library of Science (PLOS)
Case Study: Successful Implementation and Best Practice
Catriona Cannon – Assistant Director, Bodleian Libraries University of Oxford
There will also be sessions delivered by Bournemouth’s BURO team and Bournemouth academics talking about their own open access experiences.
Places are limited so if you’re interested, please register here!

Dementia Friends Training – Thursday 20 March,Talbot Campus

Do you wish to become a Dementia Friend?  Janet Scammell, Dementia Champion  is running an introdutory session which will last from 50 mins to 1 hour on Thursday 20 March at 12 noon in TA131 (Tolpuddle Annex, Talbot Campus).   This training is open to all staff and students. At the end of the session, participants are invited to become Dementia Friends (which basically means promoting positive thinking about living well with dementia in their own communities).  You also get a lovely dementia friends badge!

If you wish to attend please let Michelle O’Brien know by either email or call 01202 962771.

Fusion – Exploring Histories of Women’s Radio in Europe

I am delighted to report that I, and my Co-investigator Dr Kate Murphy, have been successful in our Fusion Investment Fund bid, which will support an international academic research network Women’s Radio in Europe Network (WREN) that I have played a key part in developing since 2012.

WREN investigates the history and role of women’s radio in Europe and at the centre of this inquiry stands the idea of radio’s double articulation as both (domestic) technology and medium of communication. Women broadcasters and women’s radio provides a lens through which a number of histories and transnational flows can be analysed. Up till now, most women’s radio histories have mainly been examined within national contexts or narratives. These highlight the important role played by women’s radio in times of social change, financial and political crisis and modernisation. Yet, there has been no systematic research to the various patterns of transnational circulation mediated through women’s radio, nor a sustained comparative research. A vital aspect of WREN’s work is making these transnational connections between women, radio and society visible and accessible to researchers, practitioners and publics.

Funding was sought from the Staff Mobility and Networking Strand (SMN) and will enable a WREN workshop to be held at BU in the autumn (2014). WREN currently includes active members from the UK, Netherlands, Turkey, Denmark, Portugal, USA and Australia. The aim of WREN is to develop international collaborative research exploring women’s radio histories. The fusion funding will enable us to organise the first stand alone meeting of the network at BU. The aim of this meeting is to further develop plans for publications, bids for future external funding, and to build and develop our current web presence ( The workshop will also include an open seminar to which staff and students will be invited to attend. This is exciting news and I am looking forward to start planning and preparing!

Dr Kristin Skoog Lecturer in Media (Broadcasting History) – The Media School



Congratulations and Good Luck

February saw a relatively quiet level of activity for bids being submitted and awards being won with congratulations due to Schools for winning research and consultancy contracts.

For the Business School, congratulations to Andy Mullineux for his consultancy with Cooperatives UK Ltd.  Good luck to Maurizio Borghi and Ruth Towse with their AHRC application, to grants academy members Lukman Aroean and Julie Robson and to Gelareh Roushan with their British Academy application, to Hossein Hassani and Mansi Ghodsi with their SIGMA application, and to Juliet Memery and Dawn Birch for their contract to the Crown Estate.Professor Keith Brown

For HSC, congratulations are due to Keith Brown for his contract with Plymouth City Council and his consultancy with Mouchel Management Consulting Ltd.  Good luck to grants academy member Sarah Hean with her contract to Association for Medical Education in Europe.

For MS, congratulations to Richard Scullion for his consultancy with WISH (Women in Social Housing), to Darren Lilleker for his consultancy with Borough of Poole, to Peter Truckel for his two short courses, and to Paula Callus for her VFX Academic conference.  Good luck to Julian McDougall for his application to AHRC, and to Ana Adi and grants academy member Anna Feigenbaum for their application to the British Academy to research the digital memory of ephemera.

For the Faculty of Science and Technology, congratulations are due to Tania Humphries-Smith, Nigel Garland, Mark Hadfield, Clive Hunt and Philip Sewell for their EPDE conference with the Institute of Engineering Design, to Adrian Pinder for his consultancy with Natural England, and to Jonny Monteith for his consultancy with Anesco.  Good luck to Mark Hadfield and Zulfiqar Khan for their contract to Wessex Institute, and to Timothy Darvill for his application to AHRC to research Stonehenge and Avebury rock source exploitation during the neolithic.

For ST, congratulations to Ehren Milner for his consultancy with Bournemouth Borough Council, and to Richard Gordon for his two consultancies with the British High Commission and the Royal Office of Oman.  Good luck to Jonathan Hibbert for his consultancy to Resort Development Organisation.

Training on Mixed Methods – book now for 19th March

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This session will provide researchers with a broad overview of the practical and philosophical aspects of mixed methods research.  The following areas will be outlined:

  • paradigmatic assumptions of post-positivist and constructivist/interpretivist research
  • the key philosophical debates surrounding the paradigmatic stance of mixed methods inquiry
  • practical issues such as priority and sequence decisions, point of integration, write-up and dissemination

This session would be extremely useful for anyone thinking of using a mixed methods approach for their research, or those looking to develop their understanding of research paradigms more generally.

Facilitated by: Joanne Mayoh, Lecturer in Sport and Physical Activity, School of Tourism

Aimed at: Academic Staff

Date: Wednesday 19 March 2014, 13.00 – 15.00, P405, 4th Floor, Poole House, Talbot Campus


Higher Education in the News

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Nowadays in Higher Education we are increasingly being asked to respond to Government priorities, the needs of society, and changing attitudes towards the role of universities.

To help us navigate this increasingly dense minefield of ‘external context’ I have been collating the key policy indicators from the press at the end of each week – please find below the summary from last week for your information / personal amusement.

If you’d like any further information or have trouble accessing any of the articles please just email me at


The government’s new immigration minister, James Brokenshire MP, is trying to make a name for himself by threatening to make it tougher for education institutions to keep their student visa licences. He warned that he has “considerable concerns” about some education institutions; rejected fears that immigration policy is harming “world-class” universities as a “ludicrous fiction”; and dismissed anger from academics about the immigration checks they must mount on students.


Today’s pick is an interview with Nicola Dandridge (CEO of UUK) in which she says that she hopes student fees and university funding will not be election issues. She also warns that UUK will not support any Labour pledges for £6,000 fees or a graduate tax. Fees ‘amnesty’ tops UUK’s pre-election wish list (THE)  

Student places

Universities may need to cut their spending per student next year because teaching funds will have to cover up to 30,000 extra students, sector figures have warned. More students will stretch unit of resource, some fear (THE)

Also, institutions could be inspected if they take on “unusual” numbers of “unplanned” extra students when the cap on undergraduate recruitment is lifted in 2015-16, according to David Willetts. ‘Unusual’ growth in student numbers will be reviewed (THE)

Immigration policy

Home Office officials often make “poor quality” decisions when they reject student visa extension applications, UUK argues, making it vital that the government does not scrap the right to appeal. Vice-chancellors urge retention of right to appeal on visas (THE)

Also, open warfare has broken out between Vince Cable and his cabinet colleague, Theresa May, over immigration with the Liberal Democrat business secretary saying that every time he puts his head “above the parapet” by talking positively about migrants he feels he needs “a reinforced tin hat”. Coalition war breaks out as Vince Cable attacks Tory immigration target (Guardian)

World rankings

The THE have released their World Reputation Rankings today which ranks institutions by “reputation”. The table is based on academic votes with 10 UK institutions featuring (Cambridge – 4, Oxford – 5, Imperial – 13, LSE – 24, UCL – 25, KCL – 43, Edinburgh – 46, Manchester – 51/60, London Business School – 91/100, School of Hygiene and Trop Medicine – 91/100).

Student bursaries

A report from OFFA finds that some £1.3bn spent on bursaries over a five-year period had “no effect” on students’ chances of dropping out of university. 


Undergraduates at UCL could be helping academics to conduct research from day one of their degree courses, according to plans unveiled by Michael Arthur aimed at boosting the student experience. Research to start on day one of degree course (THE) 

A look at Poland – Student numbers

Dwindling student numbers are causing a problem for universities in Poland. After growing rapidly for two decades, higher education enrolments peaked in 2009, having risen fivefold to almost 2 million. This year, the numbers have tailed off and are set to fall further, even though Poland’s university enrolment rate is the fourth highest among OECD nations. Poland: growth stalls in an academy overdue for reform (THE)  


The vice-chancellor of Durham University is to step down from his position later this year. Chris Higgins to step down as Durham v-c (THE) 


Research excellence

Three universities which research brain tumours have been named as centres of excellence, two of which are Alliance universities. The University of Portsmouth, Plymouth University and Queen Mary University of London will be part of a national network of scientists. The aim is to revolutionise research into the tumours, which kill more people under 40 than any other cancer, a spokesman said. Universities named centre of excellence for brain tumours (BBC)

International students

Several UK universities have seen the number of Indian students plummet by more than 50 per cent in recent years. The figures came to light during a series of evidence sessions for the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee, which is investigating the effects of immigration controls on international student numbers in STEM subjects. Universities detail hit to Indian demand (THE)

Private institutions

Regent’s University London has become the second private institution to be admitted to UUK, following the University of Buckingham. For-profit institutions BPP University and the University of Law are other potential candidates that could seek to join UUK. Regent’s University London joins UUK (THE)


There is a damaging “apartheid’’ at the heart of England’s education system that is dividing academic qualifications from the pursuit of vocational skills, Michael Gove has warned. In a speech at the McLaren technology centre in Surrey, Gove said it was vital that school pupils should have access to both types of learning to ensure they are prepared for the changing labour market, which increasingly values technological ability and innovation. Michael Gove warns of UK education’s damaging ‘apartheid’ (FT)


Katie Allen, writing in the Guardian, looks at the growing attraction of apprenticeships. She says, “with half of new graduates trapped in low-paid, low-skilled work, the appeal of on-the-job training is growing fast.” Financial: Meet the white collar apprentices – no milk round, no tuition fees and no dirty overalls (Guardian)

HE policy

Step 1 of the government’s plan was George Osborne removing the cap on student numbers. Step 2 will remove ‘red tape’. And step 3? An end to the £9,000 cap on fees, says Peter Scott. Education: End to cap on university student numbers clears path for private equity (Guardian) 

The Oscars

Gravity, the space thriller starring Sandra Bullock, won seven Oscars this year. 40-50 graduates from Bournemouth University worked behind the scenes and played a key part in the process. The Gravity graduates: experience that’s out of this world (Guardian) 

And finally…..

Michael Gove will make political history as the first Conservative education secretary to send his child to a state secondary after his daughter won a place at the comprehensive school of her choice. Michael Gove’s daughter wins place at state school (Telegraph)


More than 160 academics have written to the Guardian to protest at being used as an extension of the UK border police, after universities have come under more pressure to check the immigration details of students.

While a fight is raging between the Tories and Liberal Democrats after Vince Cable suggested the recent increase in immigration figures was a “good thing”. Responding in the Mail on Sunday, Theresa May said that “we need boundaries” as there is “an overwhelming incentive for people to move from poorer nations to richer states.” While Liam Fox has said that the Tories must change their policy to win back voters from the UK Independence Party

However the Guardian has come to the defence of Vince Cable by arguing that pulling up the drawbridge in the face of global economic change and the digital era is simply not possible. Beyond the blame game (Guardian)

Labour education policy

All teenagers will have to study maths and English up to the age of 18 under a Labour government, the party will announce today as it unveils plans for a “national baccalaureate” to better equip young people for the workplace. All children to study maths and English to age 18, says Labour (Observer)

Social mobility

Harry Mount, writing in the Sunday Times, “argues that people in the Middle Ages had more chance of improving their station than we do”. He says this is, “bad news for the Tory toffs trying to rebrand themselves as the party for aspirational workers.” If you want to improve social mobility Mr Cameron, dish out new genes (Sunday Times)


“Six-hit” for PR History

Collating and editing six books on the history of public relations is one of the main projects being undertaken by Professor Tom Watson of the Media School during his FIF-supported study leave.

The books will be the first-ever study of PR’s history outside North America. Collectively the series is entitled “National Developments in the Development of Public Relations: Other Voices” and is being published by Palgrave in its new Pivot model.

The first book, Asian Perspectives in the Development of Public Relations: Other Voices, is now in production and will be published in May. It will be followed by Eastern Europe and Russia (being edited), Middle East & Africa, Latin America & Caribbean, Western Europe and a final book of essays on the theorisation of public relations history.

“In public relations literature for several decades, it was assumed that PR was an American invention,” Prof Watson said. “And American scholars nationalistically purveyed that world view. Since the start of the International History of Public Relations Conference at BU in 2010, it was evident that PR and informational/promotional communications have many sources which depend on social, political and cultural influences.

“This series will shift the historiography of PR and related methods of communication away from the US to the ‘other voices’ of the series title. It is an important development that keeps BU as a world leader in PR and media/communication history research, alongside the work of the Centre for Media History.”

Prof Watson says publication of the series should be complete by mid-2015. Each Pivot volume is up to 50,000 words and is published by Palgrave in e-book and print-on-demand formats. The publisher undertakes to publish each book within three months of its submission.

Vice-Chancellor PhD Scholarships

Posted in BU research by sbell

The Graduate School is delighted to announce the launch of the 2014 Vice-Chancellor Doctoral (Fee Waive) Scholarships (VC PhD Scholarships) which will offer support to up to 25 outstanding postgraduate research students (PGRs).

The VC PhD Scholarships will be awarded to candidates who meet the eligibility criteria, have the support of their supervisory teams, are accepted by the relevant Academic School and UET.

Details of the Scholarships:

The VC PhD Scholarships will provide a full fee waive for up to 36 months, and exceptionally to a maximum of 48 months in the case of part-time candidates.  Fees will be charged after 36/48 months respectively.  To be clear about the ‘48 month exception’: this is included so that in some cases a sponsor or employer may continue to provide candidates with part-time employment, effectively releasing them for doctoral study part-time.  Please note these scholarships will only be allocated to part-time candidates in exceptional circumstances.  The Scholarships may NOT be used to support professional doctorates, current BU postgraduate research students, nor may they be used to support BU staff to complete doctoral programmes.

Stipends, to cover living expenses, are NOT included in the scholarship and candidates must demonstrate at application stage that they are able to support themselves as part of the application process.

It is up to the Academic School or Faculty the number of Scholarships allocated.  Please speak to your Deputy Dean for Research & Enterprise for guidance on the number that will be available for your School/Faculty.

For full details about the Scholarships, including Candidate Eligibility, Process and Timetable, please refer to the VC PhD Scholarship 2014 – Policy

Prospective applicants should be directed to:



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