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VeggieEat Research Assistant Vacancy

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Research Associate Vacancy: An opportunity to work within the School of Tourism

Despite extensive guidance about good eating habits at both national and European level, research shows that too often people are not eating enough vegetables to maintain a healthy diet.  VeggiEAT is an exciting, European-wide collaborative research project designed to address the problem of poor diet and unhealthy eating.  By exploring the barriers to healthy eating, the project aims to challenge existing policy and business practices, as well as encouraging people to eat a more balanced diet.

 An exciting opportunity to support the project has arisen.  VeggiEAT is looking for an enthusiastic research associate to work with academics at BU on a short term contract.  The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the work of VeggiEAT through undertaking research activities, supporting academic colleagues and assisting with writing for publication. 

A full job description can be viewed here Research Assistant Job Description This is a five week, full-time position, beginning on, or around 3 November and ending on 19 December.  It pays an hourly rate of £16.37.

 To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to Charmain Lyons,,  by 5.00 pm on Wednesday 29 October 2014.

Applicants must be available for an informal conversation with Professor Heather Hartwell on either Thursday 30 October or Friday 31 October 2014.


LOVE your drafts, DON’T delete them, ADD them to BRIAN! – International Open Access Week

open access logo, Public Library of ScienceDon’t delete your drafts!  You will hear this A LOT over the next couple of years as the open access movement gathers even more momentum and the role of green open access and institutional repositories is moved to the fore of the next REF (likely to be REF 2020).  HEFCE have confirmed that all journal papers and conference proceedings submitted to the next REF will have to be made freely available in an institutional or subject repository (such as BURO) upon acceptance (subject to publisher’s embargo periods).


  • A journal paper / conference proceeding that was not made freely available in a repository, such as BURO, from the point of acceptance will not be eligible to be submitted, even if it is made available retrospectively.
  • The version made available in BURO should be the final accepted version but does not have to be the publisher’s PDF
  • This is applicable to outputs published from April 2016 onwards.

It is excellent to see the Funding Councils promoting the open access agenda and embedding it within the REF.  Making outputs freely available increases their visibility and is likely to increase their impact, not only within the academic community but in the public sphere too.  It ensures research is easily accessible to our students, politicians and policy-makers, charities and businesses and industry, as well as to potential collaborators in other countries which can help with building networks and the internationalisation of research.

Talking to academic colleagues around the University it is apparent that the normal practice is to delete previous drafts, including the final accepted version, as soon as a paper is approved for publication.   This needs to change!  Many publisher’s will already allow you to add the final accepted version of your paper to BURO (just not the version with the publisher’s header, logo, etc) and this is set to increase in light of the HEFCE consultation.  Rather than deleting the final version, add it to BRIAN so it will be freely available to everyone in the institutional repository, BURO.

We need to get into the habit now of doing this now.  BRIAN is linked to the Sherpa-Romeo database of journals so you can easily check the archiving policy of the journal.  All you need to do is:

1. Log into your BRIAN account and find the paper.

2. One of the tabs is named ’full text’.

3. If you click into this tab you will see a link near the Sherpa-Romeo logo to check your ‘publisher’s policy’.

4. Click on this and you will see the archiving policy for this particular journal, clearly stating which version of the paper can be uploaded. Ideally you are looking for your journal to be a green journal which allows the accepted version or (even better but quite rare, unless you have paid extra to make it freely available) the publisher’s version/PDF. See the screen shot.

5. Click ‘back’ and then click on the ‘full text’ tab again and you will see a link (in a blue box) to ‘upload new file for this publication’.

6. Upload the file and follow the onscreen instructions.

7. Your full text will then automatically feed through to BURO and be available open access in the next few days.


In point 4 I mentioned about paying extra to the publisher at the point of acceptance to make it freely available upon publication.  This is often referred to as the gold route to open access publishing and at BU we have a central dedicated budget for paying these fees.  You can find out about the GOLD route to open access publishing here: Gold route

So the overriding message is:


Festival Fever – Inspiration for your Festival of Learning 2015 event!

Stuck for event ideas for the Festival of learning in 2015!?

Well don’t worry! In this blog post Festival Fever will take over and show you events which have worked well in the past and possibly a few stand-out ideas you may wish to build upon for this year.

Let us take you through a countdown of ‘Hit’ topics and stand out events of last year’s festival as well as eye catching events at the British Science Festival and stand out events you could run in the future!

Hits at last year’s Festival of Learning

5. Marketing and business skills

Have you thought of creating a business event which focuses on marketing? Well if last year’s attendance at this event is anything to go by you will attract a very strong turnout. This event was fully booked last year and is a safe bet to draw in business professionals and members of the public alike! If you can use group discussions in your event this will also enhance the experience for individuals who are attending.

4. Gaming, computers and coding

These topics proved highly popular throughout the festival. Key examples of this success were ‘Is gaming the new reading?’ and ‘Hour of code.’ It really does seem that computers are becoming vital organs in modern life; this means the potential to interest large numbers will always be there when choosing an event of this genre.

3. Everyday professional skills

Teamwork,time management, or the magic of mailbox management.  Is there an event you could run that would tap into helping people develop these skills? If you have a clever way to engage the audience in a workshop that can enrich their professional development your event will be in high demand as well as an interesting way to give back to the community.

2. Health and fitness

Health related topics have shown to be popular both in the past at the festival, but also at other UK science festivals. Fitness is something that is at the forefront of many of our minds and if you’ve got an interesting take on this you’ll be sure to get the public onside.

1. Topics involving real-world current issues

Tying your event into current issues can help inspire debate in panel sessions, as well as draw in big audiences.  They are also more likely to be picked up for press coverage and could help to boost your event numbers even further.


Eye catching events at the British Science Festival

As you may have seen in an earlier series of blog posts, we recently attended the British Science Festival to get some inspiration on what to include in our own Festival of Learning.  You can read the full post of hot events from the festival here, but these were two of our favorites:

-The Huxley debate (As seen at the British Science Festival)

A debate which puts the spotlight on the security flaws of companies such as Facebook and Google can really entice a large number of people, “why is this?” you may ask, the reason is that the companies Facebook and Google touch the lives of the majority of us. This in the media spotlight with recent scandals SnapChat and Icloud storage!

-Your Astonishing Liver/ Health related topics

A further hit from the British Science Festival was ‘Your Astonishing Liver’ this proved to have a very strong turnout, with an audience of varying demographics. The clear strength of all health related topics is their ability to create very strong debates with the audience. In “Your astonishing liver” the panel facilitated a health debate around the right for non-registered organ donors to receive donated organs through the use of electronic voting. By using the response pads and looking at the results on a screen this is an engaging way of illustrating the discussion and capturing data from your event.

Other ideas to set your event apart from the crowd


Take your event offsite to a unique venue – what about approaching the aquarium to find out if you could run your event there?

Run your activity as part of the Festival of Learning On Tour so people get a taster for it in advance?

In more general terms, what can really add to the experience for the general public are events that are uniquely wacky and involve free samples as well as hands on activity. By having a strong blend of these ideas in your event, you can really stand out from the crowd and get your event noticed.


For help and support in developing your event email Naomi Kay, Public Engagement Officer in R&KEO.

Latest Major Funding Opportunities

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

Wellcome Trust

University Awards in Society and Ethics

This scheme allows universities to attract or retain outstanding research staff at an early to mid-stage in their careers by providing support for up to five years, after which time the applicant takes up a guaranteed permanent post in the university. Up to five years’ support is available, providing your full salary for three years, 50 per cent in the fourth year and 25 per cent in the fifth year. Travel expenses to attend meetings are provided for five years, but research expenses are provided for the first three years of the award only.

Closing Date for preliminary applications: 23/1/15  at 17.00

Closing Date for Full application: 02/4/15 at 17.00


Innovate UK

Detection of clandestines

This call for proposals is seeking to achieve a step-change in UK Border Security through new technologies for detecting people hidden in vehicles. Funding will be provided by the Home Office’s Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST) and Border Force. CAST exists to protect the public using science and technology by providing high quality, impartial advice, innovative solutions and frontline support to the Home Office and its partners. Border Force is a professional law enforcement command within the Home Office and is responsible for securing the UK border and controlling migration at 138 ports and airports across the UK and overseas.

Award: £400k for all Phase1 contracts 

Registration Closes: 07/1//2015

Closing Date: 14/1/2015


Wellcome Trust

Short-term Research Leave Awards for clinicians and scientists

This scheme enables clinicians, scientists and other healthcare professionals to undertake up to 6 months (FTE) of research at a centre or department with academic expertise in medical humanities, to explore the wider determinants and contexts of their own medical and scientific work. Awards can last for up to six months. We will provide the salary of a locum or replacement lecturer for the duration of the award, and a set amount for travel to conferences.

Closing Dates for preliminary applications: 23/1/2015

Closing Date for full applications: 2/4/2015


Art and Humanities Research Council

Collaborative Doctoral Awards and Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships

Collaborative Doctoral Awards are intended to encourage and develop collaboration and partnerships between Higher Education Institution (HEI) departments and non-HEI organisations and businesses. These awards provide opportunities for doctoral students to gain first hand experience of work outside the university environment. The support provided by both a university and non-university supervisor enhances the employment-related skills and training a research student gains during the course of their award. The studentships also encourage and establish links that can have long-term benefits for both collaborating partners, providing access to resources and materials, knowledge and expertise that may not otherwise have been available and also provide social, cultural and economic benefits to wider society.

Closing Date: 10/12/14 at 16.00


Wellcome Trust

Senior Investigator Awards in Medical Humanities

We will support researchers who have an international track record of significant achievement, who have demonstrated the originality and impact of their research, and who are leading their field. Senior Investigator Awards provide flexible support at a level and length that is sufficient to enable exceptional researchers to address the most important questions about medicine in its social, cultural, and historical contexts. The Medical Humanities funding scheme supports bold and intellectually rigorous research applications that address important questions at the interface of medicine, health-related sciences, and the wider humanities. While we encourage interdisciplinary work, our principal aim is to fund the best research by the brightest scholars at all stages in their academic careers.

Typical Senior Investigator Awards are for up to five years and provide a generous and flexible package of funding.A Senior Investigator Award might be in the range of £100k to £200k per year, depending on the needs of your research and your ability to justify the proposed costs.

Closing date for preliminary applications: 23/1/2015

Closing date for full applications: 2/4/2015


Wellcome Trust

New Investigator Awards in Medical Humanities

Researchers should be able to articulate a compelling vision for their research and demonstrate the talent, track record and originality to achieve it. New Investigator Awards provide flexible support at a level and length that is sufficient to enable exceptional researchers to address the most important questions about medicine in its social, cultural, and historical contexts. The Medical Humanities funding scheme supports bold and intellectually rigorous research applications that address important questions at the interface of medicine, health-related sciences, and the wider humanities.While we encourage interdisciplinary work, our principal aim is to fund the best research by the brightest scholars at all stages in their academic careers.

Typical New Investigator Awards are for up to five years and provide a generous and flexible package of funding. A New Investigator Award might be in the range of £100k to £200k per year, depending on the needs of your research and your ability to justify the proposed costs.

Closing date for preliminary applications: 23/1/2015

Closing date for full applications: 2/4/2015

Wellcome Trust

This scheme allows universities to attract outstanding research staff by providing support for up to five years, after which time the award holder takes up a guaranteed permanent post in the university. Up to five years’ support is available, providing your full salary for three years, 50 per cent in the fourth year and 25 per cent in the fifth year. Travel expenses to attend meetings are provided for five years, but research expenses are provided for the first three years of the award only.

Closing date for preliminary applications: 23/1/2015

Closing date for full applications: 2/4/2015

Wellcome Trust

Research Fellowships for Health Professionals

This scheme is intended for practising health professionals who wish to carry out research in any area within the remit of the Society and Ethics Programme, either full-time or part-time, while maintaining their work commitments. The research should address a real-life issue in the candidate’s professional practice that is relevant to the Programme. Part-time fellows will be expected to spend at least 50 per cent of their time on their research. This scheme can be used to enrol on a PhD for those who have little or no humanities or social science experience. The scheme can also be used to undertake postdoctoral research. It is particularly aimed at people who intend to pursue a long-term academic career exploring the ethical or social aspects of biomedical research or health interventions.

The fellowship will enable successful candidates to pursue their social and ethical research interests in one or more appropriate departments or research facilities.

An award will not normally exceed £250 000, exclusive of any standard Wellcome Trust allowances. The fellow’s salary is provided, plus appropriate employer’s contributions. Essential research expenses, including travel and fieldwork, are available, as is a set amount for travel to conferences, seminars and other meetings of a scholarly nature. If enrolling for a PhD, an agreed salary will be provided, together with PhD registration fees, research expenses and a contribution to travel and general training costs. The maximum duration of the award is three years full-time. Candidates wishing to apply for a part-time award will be handled on a case-by-case basis, but awards will typically not be longer than four years in duration. The time permitted for professional activities or other non-research activity during the fellowship is normally restricted to a maximum of eight hours or two programmed activities per week.

Closing date for preliminary applications: 23/1/2015

Closing date for full applications: 2/4/2015


Arts & Humanities Research Council

This highlight notice, open until the end of July 2015, seeks to encourage research networking applications that explore innovative areas of cross-disciplinary enquiry that straddle the remits of the AHRC and other Research Councils and which involve significant boundary-crossing engagement and exchange between arts and humanities researchers and researchers/ practitioners in emerging areas of science and technology (broadly defined, including social science, engineering and medicine). We hope that the networking awards funded under the highlight will help to bring distinctive arts and humanities perspectives and approaches more centrally into these emerging fields of cross-disciplinary enquiry. The highlight notice also provides an opportunity to build networks to explore, through inter-disciplinary dialogue, how arts and humanities research might play a leading role in the development of research agendas in a number of areas (see below for further information) of potential future collaborative working across the Research Councils.

We will welcome proposals which are more exploratory or speculative in nature in terms of developing the potential for future cross-disciplinary engagement in areas where there may have been limited previous engagement between different research communities and recognise that in some cases this may generate increased risks or uncertainty around the research outcomes. Proposals which draw on a range of perspectives and subjects from within the arts and humanities will be strongly welcomed but proposals which are only or primarily cross-disciplinary within the arts and humanities will not fit this highlight notice (though of course will be welcomed under the networking scheme more generally).

Closing Date: 31/07/2015


Arts & Humanities Research Council

AHRC & Cheltenham Festivals: call for events at Music and Jazz

To mark its tenth anniversary in 2015, the AHRC is looking to extend its partnership with Cheltenham Festivals by inviting applications from researchers to present their research at one of a series of six engaging public events at the Cheltenham Jazz and Music Festivals in 2015. Cheltenham Festivals is the charitable organisation behind the town’s internationally acclaimed Jazz (opens in a new window), Science (opens in a new window), Music (opens in a new window) and Literature (opens in a new window) Festivals. Through cutting edge and creative programming, Cheltenham’s four festivals have provided a platform for debate and commentary from scholars across the world.

Up to twenty successful applicants will have a chance to develop their event ideas with experienced Cheltenham Festival producers and members of the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement at a dedicated workshop. Of these, up to six will have the chance to hold their event at either the Jazz or Music Festivals. An initial workshop to be held on 6th January 2015 will focus on these festivals. The selected researchers will benefit from a unique opportunity to work closely with the Cheltenham Festival producers to create interactive and engaging events, invite high profile speakers, where relevant, and ultimately share their research with a public audience. We welcome applications from individual researchers or project teams with one lead applicant, working in all areas of the arts and humanities. The topics of the proposed events should fall within one of the disciplines within the AHRC’s remit, and should fit into the themes of the Festivals.

Closing Date: 1/12/2014


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Fellowships for the Future of Manufacturing: Challenges from the Manufacturing Foresight Report

The Manufacturing the Future Theme is looking to establish a number of Fellowships that will act as a response to the Manufacturing Foresight report, focussing on the Manufacturing research opportunities around the key technologies that are likely to, when integrated into future products and networks, collectively facilitate fundamental shifts in how products are designed, made, offered and ultimately used by consumers. Successful Fellowships for the Future of Manufacturing will be expected to not only undertake leading research but also inform the research agenda around the challenges highlighted in the Foresight report, linking with the key activities required to enable this.

These Fellowships are intended to be analogous to the prestigious Dream Fellowship award, enabling talented researchers to take time out from their everyday activities, to give them the freedom to gain new knowledge of novel creative problem solving techniques, explore new radical ideas and develop new ambitious research directions, but in this case concentrating on key research issues for the UK that were identified in the Manufacturing Foresight report

Closing Date: 9/12/2014 at 16.00


Innovate UK

Improving food supply chain efficiency

Innovate UK, together with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) are to invest up to £11m in business projects to improve the resource efficiency and resilience of the food and drink supply chain.
The aim of this competition is to help companies develop innovative ways to: reduce the production of waste, use resources such as energy, water and raw materials more efficiently, improve the productivity of food manufacturing and processing operations, improve the resilience of the food supply chain by making better use of resources and reducing environmental stresses on food systems.
Proposals must be collaborative and business-led. We expect to fund mainly industrial research projects in which a business partner will generally attract up to 50% public funding for their project costs (60% for SMEs). We expect projects to range in size from total costs of £250k to £1m, although we may consider projects outside this range.
The deadline for expressions of interest is  3/12/2014 at 12.00
A webinar briefing for potential applicants will be held on 15/10/2014. 
Economic and Social Research Council

What Works Wellbeing

The interest in wellbeing is growing both nationally and internationally and the UK is regarded as one of the leading countries in this area. International focus has been on how societies, governments, communities and populations measure their progress, economic and social – including the UK’s Legatum Institute’s Commission on Wellbeing and Policy. In November 2010, David Cameron launched a national ‘measuring wellbeing’ programme undertaken by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) driven by public consultation. ONS now publishes regular wellbeing reports and data at a national and local level and has developed a measurement tool for wellbeing comprising 10 domains. A recent All Party Political Group has published a report on translating wellbeing evidence into policy.

Decisions about good public services are made on the basis of strong evidence and what works. The government has established a number of What Works Centres to enable evidence to better inform decision making and ESRC has invested heavily in these. ESRC is now embarking on a joint three year investment with Public Health England, Arts and Humanities Research Council and a number of government departments and other partners to further progress the understanding and application of wellbeing evidence.

Closing Date:  2/12/2014 at 16.00


British Academy

British Academy Conferences in 2016

The British Academy, the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences, is currently inviting outstanding proposals for our 2016 conference programme. This presents an exceptional opportunity for UK scholars who can demonstrate academic leadership and vision to run a landmark conference featuring leading-edge research as part of the Academy’s events programme. (Lists of recent British Academy Conferences). Any UK-based scholar is eligible to submit a proposal. If successful, you will be the academic convenor of the conference, and the British Academy’s staff will handle the administration of the conference, so that you can focus on ensuring the quality of the scholarship presented is of the highest possible calibre.

We are inviting proposals for conferences to be held in 2016. British Academy conferences:

  • are held at the British Academy’s premises at Carlton House Terrace (in central London close to Westminster and Piccadilly Circus, and easily accessible by train from each of London’s five airports)
  • are ideal for up to 135 participants
  • offer the opportunity to bring together a large number of academics from different subject areas
  • include the possibility that a themed volume of essays arising from the conference might be published in the Proceedings of the British Academy series
The deadline for the submission of proposals (including the references) is 27/2/2015.


Wellcome Trust

Research Fellowships

This scheme supports individuals at all stages of their career not in established academic posts, wishing to undertake a period of research. Strong preference is given to applicants with a good prospect of achieving an academic career as a specialist in medical humanities. The maximum duration is three years. The awards are full-time but can be tenable on a part-time basis if a case can be made that personal circumstances require this. Fellowships provide research expenses and a salary, plus appropriate employer’s contributions. Research expenses include travel to libraries and archives or overseas fieldwork, and a set amount for travel to conferences, seminars and other meetings of a scholarly nature.

Closing date for preliminary applications: 23/1/2015

Closing date for full applications: 2/4/2015


Wellcome Trust

Four-year PhD Programmes

The Wellcome Trust wishes to provide support for four-year Basic PhD Programmes in academic institutions in the UK and the Republic of Ireland (RoI). Wellcome Trust Four-year PhD Programmes were introduced in 1994 and are noted for the high-quality postgraduate training they provide.

The Trust hopes to continue to support the best graduates in leading academic research environments, where they will receive high-quality, specialised and innovative training that will ensure they can meet future challenges in their chosen field of biomedical or public health research. There are currently 28 recruiting PhD programmesbased at UK and RoI institutions.

Support for each PhD programme will be for a period of five years, with an annual intake of typically not more than five students, reflecting the availability of high-quality training opportunities within the programme.

Preliminary application deadline: 8/12/2014 at 5pm

Full application deadline: 27/4/2015 April 2015  at (5pm)


Wellcome Trust

Research Fellowships

This scheme is for individuals not yet in established academic posts, who wish to undertake a period of postdoctoral research. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of research on the social and ethical aspects of biomedicine and healthcare, Research Fellowships may provide postdoctoral researchers with support to enable them to obtain research training, either in a new discipline or in a new aspect of their own field, e.g. a humanities scholar who wishes to be trained in social science.

In such cases, the requested training must form a substantial component of the proposed research and should not normally be available via the standard funding routes, e.g. by learning new skills as a postdoctoral researcher on a project grant. The requested training should also include methodologies and skills that are new to the applicant. Research training provision can include participation in taught courses, and periods spent in other research groups gaining practical, technical or other skills for introduction to the sponsor’s or individual’s own group.

The maximum duration is three years. An award will not normally exceed £250 000, exclusive of any standard Wellcome Trust allowances. The awards are full-time but can, in exceptional circumstances, be tenable on a part-time basis if a case can be made that personal circumstances require this. Fellowships provide a salary, plus appropriate employer’s contributions.

Closing date for preliminary applications: 23/1/2015

Closing date for full applications: 2/4/2015



Call 2014 Announcement

CHIST-ERA is looking for transformative and highly multidisciplinary research projects in Information and Communication Sciences and Technologies (ICST). They should explore new ideas with potential for significant scientific and technical impacts in the long term. Each year, CHIST-ERA launches a call for research proposals in two new topics of emergent scientific importance. Between 2010 and 2013 the following topics were supported: Quantum Communication, Autonomic Systems, Knowledge Extraction, Low-power Computing, Intelligent User Interfaces, Adaptive Communication Networks, Adaptive Machines and Distributed Computing. In the Call 2014, two separate topics are addressed, namely:

  • Resilient Trustworthy Cyber-Physical Systems (RTCPS)
  • Human Language Understanding: Grounding Language Learning (HLU)
Closing Date: 13/1/2015


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.

If thinking of applying, why not add notification of your interest on ResearchProfessional’s record of the bid so that BU colleagues can see your intention to bid and contact you to collaborate.


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All BU postgraduate researchers and masters students are invited to submit an Abstract to present their research project or research journey at the 7th Annual Postgraduate Conference on 20th and 21st January 2015. There are 3 categories of presentations – oral, academic poster or photography. We look forward to receiving your Abstract soon – the closing date for entries is Monday 10 November 2014. Visit the Graduate School website for more information on how to submit your Abstract and register for the Conference. Or email: with any questions.

Knowledge Should Not Be Trapped Behind A Paywall – International Open Access Week

(article originally published on, 2 October 2014)

Now in its eighth year, Open Access Week is an international event that celebrates the wide-ranging benefits of enabling open access to information and research–as well as the dangerous costs of keeping knowledge locked behind publisher paywalls.

From October 20 to 26, academics, researchers, and curious minds everywhere will be encouraged to learn about the various hurdles to open knowledge and share stories of positive advancements in the effort to make open access the norm in scholarship and research.

Whether you’re looking to learn more, to champion open access policies, or to raise awareness in your community, there are plenty of ways to get involved in Open Access Week. Read on to find out why we fight for open access to knowledge and how to take part in Open Access Week activities.

Why Open Access?

When we say “open access” we are referring to the practice of making scholarly research available online for free upon publication (or soon after). Open access policies should aim to remove barriers and encourage scholarly and educational reuse of research. Copyright restrictions sometimes undermine scientific ideals of openness and collaboration; good open access rules help to bypass traditional copyright limits by encouraging full use of open licensing systems that enable sharing.

Reasons for supporting open access policies abound. From maximizing taxpayer funded research to increasing the exposure and use of publications, facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration, and enhancing the overall advancement of scholarship, the need for open access is more important now than ever. As tuition prices continue to rise and Internet adoption is at an all time high, trapping knowledge behind prohibitively expensive paywalls is a disservice to scientists and problem solvers across the world. Progress is stifled.

Research institutions, academics, and the intellectually curious are increasingly embracing the open access model for research worldwide. Open Access Week is about keeping the dream of easy-to-access knowledge alive. And we have a chance to connect this global momentum toward open sharing with the advancement of constructive policy changes on the local level.

This year’s theme is Generation Open. We’ll be focusing on the importance of students and early career researchers embracing open access, and exploring how changes in scholarly publishing affect academics and researchers at different stages of their careers.

What You Can Do

There are all kinds of ways to get involved. We invite you and your community to join us for this exciting week of action. Here’s how:

  • Write a blog post or place an op-ed in your local newspaper or on-campus publication. Find out if your campus has an open access policy and tell your story about why open access is important to you. Let us know if you write something.

  • Share on social media: simply spreading the word is important … and easy! Post your thoughts about open access and share articles and media that EFF will be posting throughout the week. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

  • Host a screening and discussion about the film The Internet’s Own Boy, a powerful documentary that tells the story of activist and innovator Aaron Swartz, who also was a passionate and outspoken advocate for open access. Here is our guide to help you organize a screening of this important film. Be in touch if you decide to organize a viewing.

  • Print and share handy guides to help people in your community get up to speed on why we demand open access to research. There’s one on Diego Gomez’s case and one on the open access movement more broadly.

EFF has long been a leader in the open access movement. The Internet should be a place where we can share ideas and get educated, unimpeded by unfair paywalls. We are thrilled to join forces with dozens of organizations across the world for this year’s Open Access Week to spread message loud and clear: research should be free, available, and open for everyone’s benefit. Generation Open, here we come.

Call for papers – International Conference on Innovation Through Knowledge Transfer 2015

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InnovationKT15 will be of interest to all knowledge professionals – those academics, business people, managers and researchers working within innovation, enterprise, knowledge transfer, exchange and sharing. This event is running from 15 to 17 April 2015 at Staffordshire University.  For submission dates please click here for more information.

Featuring world-class speakers, oral presentation sessions and interactive workshops, the InnovationKT 2015 conference will provide an excellent opportunity to publish a paper in journal and book form, and at the same time disseminate, share and discuss the impact of university-business and business-business interactions. Papers on relevant topics are invited to be evaluated for the conference under peer-review and if accepted, published in the proceedings.

Click here to view past events and find out more.   






peer-review and if accepted, published in the proceedings.






Conference Scope






InnovationKT15 covers the following topics (although this list is not intended to


be exhaustive) :




- Case studies of successful university-business


- Examples of best practice in respect of innovation and knowledge transfer from




- Innovative innovation and knowledge transfer mechanisms


- The outcomes and results of university-business and business-business projects


- Management of projects and development of applicable policy




Applicable knowledge transfer mechanisms and paradigms include, but are not


limited to:




- The UK Technology Strategy Board (TSB) Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)




- Spin-out companies


- Incubators and entrepreneur schemes


- University-industry contracts and consultancy


- Licensing of university-originated intellectual property


- Other modes of knowledge transfer and technology transfer, e.g. work-based


learning projects


- The knowledge transfer, knowledge origination and knowledge exchange process






Invited Sessions






An invited session consists of a presentation session of 6 to 12 or more papers on a


specific conference topic, organised as half or full day mini-conference. We invite senior


specialists who have an interest in a specific conference topic to take responsibility for


an invited session, gathering papers from a range of research expertise around the world.


If you would like to arrange an Invited Session please contact:






Dates & Deadlines






General Track




Submission of Papers: 19 Jan 2015


Notification of Acceptance: 16 Feb 2015


Upload of Files for Programme / Proceedings: 16 March 2015




Early Registration Deadline: 1 March 2015




All deadlines are provisional and subject to change.












The collaboration between Staffordshire University and UK partners includes


excellent relationships with local and national companies as well as 17 further education


colleges plus charitable organisations such as the Institute for Children, Youth and Mission


and Oasis College.




Staffordshire is world renowned for its pottery and there are many beautiful attractions around


the area where you can immerse yourself in British culture. Take a tour around various pottery


museums, galleries and attractions, maybe visit Stoke Minster and round it off with a nice cup


of English tea at Gladstone Tea Room overlooking their famous cobbled courtyard!






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BU staff take ICSR conference to Barcelona


On 9-10 October, BU staff helped organise the 3rd international Conference on Social Responsibility, Ethics and Sustainable Business (aka ICSR), at Blanquerna School of Communication and International Relations in Barcelona. Previous conferences – led by CMC’s Georgiana Grigore with help from CMC colleagues – have been held in Romania in 2012 and Bournemouth in 2013.

CSR and business ethics remains high on the agenda: the conference attracted 76 delegates from 23 countries, delivering 70 papers. We started the conference in style at a wine tasting event, held in central Barcelona. For your benefit, your correspondent made copious mental notes about the various wines on show; their nose, their balance, their body, their finish and so on, but sadly forgot almost everything other than they tasted good and were Spanish. Maybe he tasted too much wine that night…

Anyway, the morning after the conference was opened by a keynote by Professor Josep Rota (University of Iowa), who spoke about communication and development.

Josep Rota


We then broke out for panel sessions for the rest of the day, before convening for a keynote delivered by Ana Palencia, Communications Director for Unilever Spain. Her talk showcased the various CSR initiatives Unilever is pursuing in Spain with the aim of achieving ‘sustainable growth’.

Ana Palencia

The first day was finished at the spectacular San Pau Hospital, where the gala dinner was held. We were pleased to learn that they did not serve hospital food: at least not British style.

They don't call him Tasos "three puddings" Theofilou for no reason...


The second day was kicked off by a keynote by non-other than BU’s Professor Tom Watson. His critique of both the theory and practice of CSR was finished by the proposal of a CSR checklist for practitioners to build into their practice.

Prof Tom Watson

After a day of parallel sessions and a keynote by Professor Luis Franco (University of Barcelona), delegates were taken on a bus tour of Barcelona, stopping for a tour of the Miro Foundation and Olympic Mountain. The day was closed by some much needed ‘networking’ over sangria and tapas.

Conference delegates at the Miro Foundation, Barcelona


BU staff were prominent throughout the 2014 conference as Chair (Georgiana Grigore) and on the organising committee (Tasos Theofilou and Dan Jackson). The ISCR network is growing in numbers, influence and confidence. The conference organisers are currently evaluating offers to host next years’ conference from South America, India and Europe. The best papers from the Barcelona conference will be published in a special issue of Tripodos.

The "Bournemouth mafia"



What Works Wellbeing – workshop and call

ESRC, AHRC and Public Health England, together with other partners, are investing in a new three-year programme to progress the understanding and application of wellbeing evidence. Four evidence-based programmes relating to wellbeing will be commissioned, these being:

  • community
  • work and learning
  • culture and sport
  • cross-cutting capabilities

Guidance for the call will be released on 29th October 2014, the deadline will be 2nd December, and a workshop for potential applicants will be held on 5th November in Birmingham.

Further information is available at

Celebrate International Open Access Week at BU — 20 to 26 October 2014

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its eighth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

WHAT IS IT?       Open access is free, unrestricted access to peer-reviewed scholarly research literature and data.

WHY DO IT?       Publicly-funded research should be made freely available to the community who support it


To the members of public

  • Allows access to journal articles without restrictions of costs and time delay
  • Reveals the latest medical discoveries and breakthroughs (which may save your life)
  • Gives crucial information  freely to medical professionals, students and nurses in developing countries so saving thousands of lives
  • Enriches the educational experience of millions of students and teachers around the world (who otherwise cannot afford subscriptions to prestigious journals)

To the academics

  • Removes  barriers  to networking and sharing research
  • Increases exposure and use of publications
  • Facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration and new discoveries
  • Increase usage, citations and impact

Please visit the links below to hear from our academics about some of the Open Access research that is available to you:

Get involved. Participating in Open Access Week can be as simple or involved as you like. It can also be a chance to let your imagination have full rein and come up with something more ambitious, wacky, fun.

Celebrate Open Access at BU and join us in these exciting events. No need to register, just turn up.For more information about

  • The International Open Access Week and how you can get involved or help out;
  • Open access in general;
  • how to publish your article open access

Please get in touch with Pengpeng Hatch (, tel: 01202 963154).

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Introducing Kerri Jones – RKEO Funding Development Officer for the Faculty of Science and Technology

I am a Funding Development Officer within RKEO, supporting the Faculty of Science and Technology. I am here to support academic colleagues in identifying suitable funding opportunities and applying for research funding. I can guide you through the proposal process  and provide advice on funder guidelines, terms and conditions and the costing process.

So, if you are thinking about applying for funding or have an idea that you would like to develop, please get in touch.

Previously I was part of the administration team in the school of Applied Sciences and the Faculty of Science Technology, as an Academic Quality Administrator. I was responsible for supporting colleagues with quality and regulatory matters.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and traveling. I am also a big Formula 1 fan.

Latest Major Funding Opportunities

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

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. The Innovator of the Year Award recognises and rewards individuals and small teams who have harnessed the potential of their excellent research. The competition has three categories; commercial, social and most promising and it is designed to recognise the full breadth of impacts that BBSRC-funded research can have. Winners in each category will receive a £15,000 award, with a further £15,000 for the overall winner. Closing date for nominations: 27/10/14

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. Applications are invited for responsive-mode research grants. These support investigator-led research activities can address any topic within the council’s remit. Grants may be used for research projects, technology development, equipment or use of existing facilities, new facilities or infrastructure provision, research networks and coordination, and summer schools. Short-duration activities, such as small pilot projects or proof-of-concept studies, may also be supported. Award varies. Closing date: 4pm 08/01/15

British Academy, GB. The Brian Barry Prize in political science is worth £2,500 and is awarded annually for excellence in political science, as displayed in an unpublished essay. The award is made in partnership with Cambridge University Press and the British Journal of Political Science in honour of Brian Barry, a distinguished Fellow of the Academy and founding editor of the Journal.  The winning entry will be published in the British Journal of Political Science. Closing date: 31/01/15

British Academy, GB. The Wiley Prize in Psychology, worth £5,000, is awarded annually for lifetime achievement by an outstanding international scholar. Closing date:  31/1/15

Innovate UK, GB. Biomedical Catalyst-Feasibility Studies. This joint Innovate UK and Medical Research Council programme offers grant funding through the Biomedical Catalyst and is available to UK businesses (SMEs) and academics looking to develop innovative solutions to healthcare challenges either individually or in collaboration. The award varies depending on business type and activity. Registration closing date: 18/03/2014

Innovate UK , GB. Innovate UK and the Ministry of Defence invite applications for their global navigation satellite system antenna call, for research proposals in the area of low-SWAP GNSS Multi-frequency or Wideband Antennas. Grants are worth up to £50,000 over four months in phase one. Registration closing date: 3/12/14

Innovate UK , GB. Innovate UK and the Department for Energy and Climate Change invite proposals for their heat networks demonstrator competition.  This competition aims to stimulate innovation that helps address cost and performance efficiency challenges related to heat networks. Phase one feasibility studies may be worth up to £50,000 and last from January to March 2015; phase two projects are expected to range between £100,000 and £1m and last from May 2015 to March 2016. Closing date for phase one proposals: 12 noon 28/11/14

Wellcome Trust, GB. Wellcome Trust and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology invite applications for their postdoctoral fellowships. Postdoctoral Fellowships provide four years’ support for recently qualified postdoctoral researchers to gain experience of research at the interfaces between biology/medicine and mathematics, engineering, computer, physical or chemical sciences. Closing date: 24/11/14,  5pm

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.

If thinking of applying, why not add notification of your interest on ResearchProfessional’s record of the bid so that BU colleagues can see your intention to bid and contact you to collaborate.

Crowd – Automatic Synthesis, Motion and Navigation for Computer Games

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We would like to invite you to the first research seminar of the Creative Technology Research Centre for the new academic year, that will be delivered by Professor Edmond Prakash.


Title: Crowd – Automatic Synthesis, Motion and Navigation for Computer Games

Time: 2:00PM-3:00PM

Date: Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Room: P335, Poole House, Talbot Campus (Please note the new venue)



A huge challenge is to model, simulate, and navigate tens of thousands of characters in real-time where they actively and realistically avoid collisions with each other and with obstacles present in their game environment.

This research talk will look at the challenges and state-of-the-art solutions for deployment of crowd in computer games.

We hope to see you there,

Introducing Sam Squelch: Student Engagement Coordinator

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My name is Sam Squelch and I am currently on placement working in the research and knowledge exchange office until July 31st. My degree is in Business Studies and I will be looking to gain and develop valuable skills during my placement that I can take into my last year to help me achieve my desirable grade.

I am the student engagement coordinator working in the knowledge exchange and impact team. I will be assisting the event coordinator in the festival of learning, however my main focus will be on organising events over the course of the year engaging students with the research here at Bournemouth University.

My background is in carpentry and joinery so taking on this placement is a massive change for me, but it is a change that I am enjoying every second of. In my spare time away from work I very much have a passion for football, I enjoy playing football and also enjoy the stress of following my boyhood football club. I also enjoy socializing with my friends and enjoy reading the newspaper daily or watching the news.

Social science researchers – help identify strategically important methodological research areas

The National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) is consulting with the UK social science research community to identify nationally important methodological research areas. This will inform a call for proposals for new methodological research projects in 2015. The projects will form parts of a Centre with funding of £5million in total. Contribute to the consultation at

Introducing Alexandra Pękalski – Research Facilitator


I am Alexandra Pękalski (nee Peirce) and I am the Research Facilitator for the Media school, School of Tourism and The Business School. I am part of the Funding Development Team, which offers support and advice with all pre-award activities, such as horizon scanning, identifying funding opportunities and developing and submitting proposals.

So, the question you undoubtedly have is what is a Research Facilitator and what can they do for me? If you haven’t already glazed over like my friends and family. I am here to support researchers to gain funding for their research ideas/solution to societal problems!

But if you’re still with me, this really is a new and exciting role for the university and along with my three other colleagues we are here to help with the following:

  • To develop and critique your proposal
  • Help bring together research team
  • Write, review and critique text
  • Ensure your proposal meets the funder’s strategic aims
  • Suggest ideas to strengthen the content of your proposal
  • Help you form inter/multidisciplinary research collaborations
  • Facilitate internal peer review

Within my role as Senior RKE Support officer, I have worked across all 6 Schools/Faculties and have knowledge and understanding of a broad range of sponsors including European Commission, AHRC, EPSRC and Leverhulme (to name but a few!). Before the world of Research Administration I held various roles at the University such as, Programme Administrator, Planning & Resources Officer and Project & Finance Manager. I have also worked in the private sector as a Marketing Executive.

I am particularly keen to work on developing and supporting multi/interdisciplinary collaborations within the university and externally, developing a new researchers development framework and working closely with early careers researchers.

Outside of work!

I enjoy eating, not just outside of work, but all the time. Every 10 minutes.  I love food! Due to this love of food I am currently reading a booked called “French Women Don’t Get Fat”.

I am also learning Polish (if only to ensure my daughter doesn’t sail me down the river with my in-laws), am attempting to master rollerblading with the hope Bournemouth will finally get an ice rink, I can join an ice hockey team and somehow get to the winter Olympics (recently inspired by Cool Runnings).

If you’re thinking about developing a bid, and would like some guidance, advice or support, please feel free to get in touch with me or the Funding Development Team.

Tomorrow is deadline day for Fusion Investment Fund applications

If you would like to apply to either strand of the Fusion Investment Fund, please make sure you submit your application by the deadline which is 12pm tomorrow!

No exception will be made to this deadline.

For all the strand policy documents, Fund FAQs and information about applying, please visit the FIF intranet pages.


Please direct all initial enquiries to the Fusion Investment Fund Co-ordinator, Sue Townrow, at Fusion Fund.

The Fusion Investment Fund is managed by Samantha Leahy-Harland.

Introducing Dianne Goodman the New RKEO Funding Development Officer for Media School


Hi, my name is Dianne Goodman, I am the new Funding Development Officer within the Research and Knowledge Exchange Office where I look after the Media School – which means that I support Media School academics with their Research applications/bids through the processes to submission (otherwise known as pre-award). This can include checking applications meet the guidelines of the Research Councils and other funding organisations, providing costings, sense checking proposals, obtaining institutional approvals. Previously people will know me as the Support Administrator for the Grants Academy. You will find me in Weymouth House in room W116 on Thursdays.

I have over 20 years of work experience in the Interior Design Business and the Banking Industry in both the UK and Canada. During this time I set up my own Interior Design Business. I have a BA First Class (Hons) in Interior Design and Furniture which is how I first came to work at Bournemouth University where I taught the 4th Year students within the Interior Design Unit framework.


I enjoy hiking, biking and snowboarding and I relax with yoga classes, walking on the beach near where I live and making my own craft items and soft furnishings. I am very interested in recycling and I often ‘freecycle’ unwanted items. I also enjoy having a good rummage in charity shops and am a bit of a ‘magpie’. I am a big fan or Orla Kiely products and there are few moments in my life when her scribble stem leaf design is far away from me in some form or other.

Dianne Goodman

Funding Development Officer (MS)
(01202) 961300

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