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Playfulness and academic performance of university students

Dr. Lukman Aroean, a Senior Lecturer in International Marketing in the Bournemouth University Business School, has recently paid a research visit to the Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia.  The research visit was funded by British Council Researcher Link and last from end of August to early October 2014. The research topic was about playfulness and academic performance of university students. A two-stage field research involving forty nine undergraduate students of the host university has been undertaken. At the moment the research team has identified interesting findings including the conceptualization of playfulness as an experience, how playfulness interacts with students’ academic performance and how personal preferences are related to the gap between playfulness and academic activity. Dr. Aroean has given two research seminars in the host university about the research findings. Further collaboration is under consideration including engaging business schools from the ASEAN (South East Asian Nations) region.   

Most cited article in MIDWIFERY

The scientific paper ‘Risk, Theory, Social & Medical Models: a critical analysis of the concept of risk in maternity care’ written by Dr. Helen MacKenzie Bryers (NHS Highland) and BU Professor of Reproductive Health Research is now listed on the website of the international journal Midwifery  as its top most cited paper since 2010 (1).   Midwifery, published by Elsevier, is one of the leading global journals in the field of midwifery and maternity care.

The paper provides a critical analysis of the risk concept, its development in modern society in general and UK maternity services in particular. Through the associated theory, the authors explore the origins of the current preoccupation with risk.  Using Pickstone’s historical phases of modern health care, the paper explores the way maternity services changed from a social to a medical model over the twentieth century and suggests that the risk agenda was part of this process.

‘Risk, Theory, Social & Medical Models’ has been cited 40 times in SCOPUS, measured today Jan. 25th 2015.   In Google Scholar the citation rate is even higher  and stands at 69.


Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen

Centre for Midwifery, Maternal and Perinatal Health

Faculty of Health & Social Sciences


  1. MacKenzie Bryers, H., van Teijlingen, E. (2010) Risk, Theory, Social & Medical Models: a critical analysis of the concept of risk in maternity care, Midwifery 26(5): 488-496.

Hi! I’m Jo…

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Hi, I’m the Project Administrator within the Research and Knowledge Exchange primarily responsible for the Faculty of Media & Communication externally-funded projects, so if you need a trip booking down the Zambezi or a taxi to Heathrow, I’m the one you need to talk to!

I’m also the clerk to the University Research Ethics Committee and the two University Ethics Panels, arranging the meetings and taking minutes. I really enjoy finding out about the research projects going on in the University, they are so varied and inspiring.

I’ve been at the University for a little over two years now – previously I worked for the Civil Service in a variety of roles, latterly as an Office Manager for the Official Receiver. I moved around a little, starting in Liverpool after graduating from Liverpool John Moores University working for The Employment Service and then moving on to the Official Receivers when returning south to Bournemouth.


In my spare time I like travelling, usually with family and exploring new cultures and territories. I love cooking and devising new recipes, watching films and reading fiction.

HE Policy Update


Russell Group

Greg Clark has told Russell Group universities that they must step up efforts to attract talented pupils from the northern regions and areas of low achievement. Research by The Times and the Sutton Trust revealed that all but one of the 20 councils that send the most children to the top third of universities are in London and the South East. Academic apartheid against north must end, leading universities told (The Times).


Fall in High Skilled Jobs

Britain’s economy has shifted more towards low-skilled jobs compared with other European countries, according to Oxford university research. High-skilled jobs hard to find as graduate pool grows (The Financial Times).

REF Results

The way universities have been presenting their REF results has been highlighted. One observer counted 14 universities tweeting that they were in the top 10, prompting claims that universities are crunching the numbers to present the results in the most favourable way. Universities worry about fallout from research ranking, (The Guardian).


North/South Divide

An interesting comment piece on the findings that all but one of the 20 council areas that send the most children to Britain’s top universities are in London and the southeast has been released. The piece suggests that one course of action is for universities to help close the gap in information and understanding, which often deters students from applying to university or results in poor decisions about institutions and courses. ‘Tackling the north-south university divide’ (The Telegraph)


Gender Gap in HE

UCAS figures show that students’ choice of degree is becoming increasingly polarised along gender lines. The figures show that nearly 58,000 more women entered university this academic year than men. The figures also reveal that there are more women than men in about two-thirds of subjects; these include subjects allied to medicine and education. However, male students strongly outnumber female students on engineering and computer science courses, with 20,300 more men doing engineering and 17,300 more on computer courses. Gender gaps among students revealed by Ucas (THE), Women students shun science  (The Times).

EU Students

The Times Higher Education shows how much higher education investment there is in different EU countries. It reveals that the UK spends the second most per student at €16,500 only behind Sweden which spends €20,520.  Analysis: are EU students feeling the squeeze? (THE).


Labour – £6000 fees

Analysis into why Labour may not commit to its £6000 tuition fee cap proposal highlights universities’ concerns. The article suggests that whilst Labour has promised to make up the difference in institutions’ income, universities are concerned where this money will come from and how it will be distributed. Why lowering tuition fees is more complicated than you think (BBC News).

International Students

Analysis of HESA figures showing where international students are coming from to study in the UK, reveals that the continued growth in the number of Chinese and other East and Southeast Asian students is making up for the drop in students from elsewhere. Hard Evidence: is immigration policy discouraging foreign students? (The Conversation).

Bid for Funded Education Projects


BU’s Fair Access Agreement includes a project fund to support fair access and widening participation projects and CEL offers the opportunity to bid for funding for pedagogic innovation, research and development projects annually. Therefore staff in Faculties and in Professional Services are now invited to bid for funds for projects which will contribute to outreach/ widening participation objectives and to improving the student learning experience at BU. 

To apply for funding, please complete the relevant project proposal form;

Form A is for Fair Access/ Widening Participation projects costing over £5000*

Form B is for CEL/ educational development ones.

The closing date for submission is Friday 27 February. Completed forms for all projects are to be submitted to:

Lukasz Naglik, Fair Access Outreach Liaison Officer, via email at

Fair Access projects costing over £5000 will be reviewed by the Fair Access Agreement Management Group (FAAMG). Details of projects will then be submitted to the next scheduled ULT meeting where a formal decision will be made. The Chair of the FAAMG will let you know whether the application has been successful within 2 to 4 weeks of this meeting taking place.  The Group may contact you prior to this for further information or clarification on your proposal.

CEL/ education innovation projects will be reviewed by a sub panel of the CEL Steering Group who will work to similar timescales as above.

We look forward to receiving some creative and exciting proposals that will help us to engage more effectively with schools, colleges and community organisations to enhance our targets to widen participation as well as to test out new ideas and approaches that will enhance student learning.


* Opportunities for funding for projects costing under £5000 have been advertised separately. Please contact Lukasz Naglik via e-mail at or phone 01202 9 61031 to request an application form.


Dancing with Parkinson’s: Standing Tall, Stepping Boldly and Feeling Lovely

Lunchtime Seminar on Thursday 12th February 2015 , 1-1.50pm in EB708, Lansdowne Campus

Dr Sara Houston, Principal Lecturer in Dance at the University of Roehampton

Against the backdrop of a five-year study into dance for people with Parkinson’s, Dr Houston will examine what it means to ‘live well’ with Parkinson’s through those who participate in a dance class.  She will  examine how participants’ aims to ‘stand tall and step boldly’ are embodied and shaped by their dancing experience.  The seminar  will highlight one woman’s claim that dancing makes her feel beautiful, and, as such, is fundamental to her wellbeing. She will debate the challenge that this claim poses to those who argue that beauty in dance is at best unimportant, at worst disenfranchising. In debating this challenge she will create a link between aesthetics and health through a reformulation of the value of beauty in the context of chronic illness and wellbeing. This link will then allow her to discuss how feeling lovely could become relevant and meaningful within the context of participating in dance.

Dr Sara Houston is Principal Lecturer in Dance at the University of Roehampton.  Currently, she leads a longitudinal mixed-methods research study examining the experience of dancing with Parkinson’s commissioned by English National Ballet.  Her work won her the BUPA Foundation Vitality for Life Prize in 2011 and she was a Finalist for the National Public Engagement Awards in 2014.  For the last five years, Sara’s project with people with Parkinson’s has developed her work on the intersection between dance as art, health and wellbeing and on the tensions and collaboration between quantitative and qualitative methodologies and between art and therapy models of engagement.  In 2014, Sara won a National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy for excellence in teaching.  She is Chair of the Board of People Dancing: the Foundation for Community Dance.  Her book Dancing With Parkinson’s: Art, Community and Wellbeing is in preparation and will be published by Intellect Books.

The seminar will be followed by the BU Humanisation Special Interest Group meeting  from  2 -4.30pm  in EB708, Lansdowne Campus. All are welcome.

Help us to celebrate leading Interdisciplinary Research at BU

Posted in BU research by Jo Garrad

Reminder: closing date for volunteers to showcase interdisciplinary research is 28th Janaury.

The RKEO are organising an Interdisciplinary Research Week 11-15 May 2015 to celebrate our interdisciplinary research which is tackling key societal challenges.

The inaugural interdisciplinary research week will consist of a series of five different events showcasing BU’s leading interdisciplinary research from across our four Faculties. Each lecture will be framed around how taking an interdisciplinary approach is enabling researchers to make a difference to society, students and key external partners.

Here’s where we need your help.  Does your research saves lives, create prosperity, protect the environment, change how we live, and/or inspire future generations?  Could you give a lecture to inspire our staff, students and external partners as to the power of interdisciplinary research?  If so, we would like you to volunteer to provide a lecture for this celebratory week.  You will receive the full support of RKEO in preparing for this event.  If you are interested in celebrating your interdisciplinary research then please get in touch by 28th January 2015 with Becca Edwards and Jo Garrad to discuss further.

Cyberbullying: A Growing Problem

Posted in BU research by Julia Taylor

Following Channel 4′s chilling real-time thriller ‘Cyberbully’ concerns about the safety of children and adults on-line are growing and a form of harassment has developed that involves malicious communications sent on electronic devices. This type of electronic harassment is collectively known as ‘Cyberbullying’ and the impact of this activity has raised a serious debate about the legislation available to combat this type of abuse, with many labelling the current legislation inadequate.

Cyberbullying is often thought to be associated with the bullying of teenagers by other teenagers, but adults in the workplace can also fall victim to this form of abuse. The term Cyberbullying is now sufficiently broad enough to cover the transmission, harassing or offensive messages that can include emails, tweets, social media messages and numerous other messaging applications that traverse the internet.

Broadly speaking, Cyberbullying is an increasing problem in the workplace, and one that is underestimated by the majority of employers. Some reports suggest that as many as 1 in 5 employees have experienced workplace bullying, including Cyberbullying and as a result workplace bullying is estimated to cost employers in the UK more than £2bn a year in sick pay and lost productivity.

By far the largest problems with Cyberbullying is the variety of devices, platforms, and social networks that can be used to a bully’s advantage, aside from that, there is no single legal definition of Cyberbullying within UK law at present. Consequently as an employer you could be liable for cyber bullying in a number of ways.

All employers have duty of care to provide a safe place of work in line with Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and if you fail to protect your employees from Cyberbullying by other staff members you will breach that duty of care.

The courts have held that the term ‘in the course of employment’ should be construed broadly. Essentially, if the event that could constitute harassment or Cyberbullying takes place in business hours or in circumstances where the bully makes uses their employer’s IT equipment or communications infrastructure, the employer could be at risk of a legal claim.

Although bullying is not a specific criminal offence in UK law, there are criminal laws that can apply in terms of harassment or threatening behaviour carried out online.

Activities that could constitute Cyberbullying could be criminal offences under the following UK laws:

  • Protection from Harassment Act 1997
  • Communications Act 2003
  • Malicious Communications Act 1988
  • Public Order Act 1986
  • Obscene Publications Act 1959
  • Computer Misuse Act 1990
  • Defamation Act 2013
  • Equality Act 2010.

In addition to the above, the Education and Inspections Act 2006 outlines some legal powers which relate more directly to cyber bullying. Head teachers have the power “to such extent as is reasonable” to regulate the conduct of pupils when they are off-site or not under the control or charge of a member of school staff. This is of especially significant to Cyberbullying in an educational context, which can often take place outside of the school environment but can impact very strongly on classroom environment of those involved.

There are a number of steps you can take as an employer or a parent to prevent Cyberbullying.

For Parents: Be aware of what your children are doing online. Explain to them that you may review their online communications if you think there is cause for concern. Encourage your children to inform you if there is a problem in their online activities.

For Employers: Create a clear set of policies that outline acceptable communications for your organisation. Ensure that you have an appropriate reporting system in place. Develop an anti-bullying code of conduct for all staff. Talk and educate staff on the issue of Cyber Bullying.

Latest Funding Opportunities

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

Medical Research Council, GB

Neurodegenerative disease research (JPND)

Spanning biomedical, healthcare and social science research, JPND aims to increase coordinated investment between participating countries in research aimed at finding causes, developing cures, and identifying appropriate ways to care for those with neurodegenerative diseases. MRC is leading on JPND activity for the UK and has EU funding of £2 million to support such research activity in the UK. 

Award amount max: Unspecified Closing date: 10/03/2015

Academy of Medical Sciences, GB

Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers offer funding of up to £30,000 to cover the cost of research consumables. The grants allow research-active Clinical Lecturers to gather data to strengthen their bids for longer-term fellowships and funding.

Award amount max: £30,000 Closing date: 16/03/2015


Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, GB

The BBSRC’s new pathfinder schemeenables potential follow-on funding applicants to secure small amounts of funding to carry out preliminary commercial activities.These activities will help to:

  • Develop a clearer understanding of the commercial potential of the outputs of a research grant
  • Assist with the development of a full follow-on funding application

Award amount max: £10,000 Closing date: No deadline

Wellcome Trust, GB

Seed awards in Society & Ethics, Medical Humanities

Seed Awards in Society & Ethics and Medical Humanities provide flexible, responsive funding, enabling researchers to develop a novel idea to a position where they could be competitive for a larger award from the Wellcome Trust or another funder.

The exploratory nature of Seed Awards gives scope for the use of bold or innovative methodologies, and a broad range of possible activities: from pilot and scoping studies to planning sessions and meetings of collaborative networks. The Trust encourages applicants who wish to use the grant to develop new approaches and collaborations.

Seed Awards support research in any field society and ethics that can enrich understanding of health, medicine and disease.

Award amount max: £50,000 Closing date: 27/02/2015

Translation Fund

The aim of Translation Awards is to develop innovative and ground breaking new technologies in the biomedical area.

Projects must have already demonstrated proof of principle, supported by experimental data. Applications should bridge the funding gap in commercialisation of new technologies in the biomedical area and must plan to take the product, technology or intervention to a stage at which it is sufficiently developed to be attractive to another party.

Award amount max: Unspecified Closing date 15/04/15

Economic & Social Research Council – ESRC, GB

The ESRC is pleased to announce the call for the third round of the ESRC Transformative Research Call. The aim of this call is to provide a stimulus for genuinely transformative research ideas at the frontiers of the social sciences, enabling research which challenges current thinking to be supported and developed.

The Council regards transformative research as that which involves, for example, pioneering theoretical and methodological innovation. The expectation is that the transformative research call will encourage novel developments of social science enquiry, and support research activity that entails an element of risk.

Award amount max: £250,000 Closing date 19/02/15

Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council – EPSRC, GB

The EPSRC’s Information and technologies (ICT) team would like to encourage researchers to pursue an immersive experience in other disciplines and user environments.

Discipline Hopping Awards will provide short-term support to allow researchers from core ICT fields with other disciplines and/or user fields. The aim of this is to foster new interactions, bringing a multidisciplinary and user-driven focus to research. Alternatively, non ICT specialists can apply for funds to bring a technological perspective to their home discipline.

Award amount: Unspecified Closing date: no deadline

Please note that some funders specify a time for submission as well as a date. Please confirm this with your  RKEO Funding Development Officer

You can set up your own personalised alerts on Research Professional. If you need help setting these up, just ask your School’s/Faculty’s Funding Development Officer in  RKEO or view the recent blog post here.

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

RCUK announcement on Pathways to Impact


RCUK have made an announcement on pathways to impact: and here

The key point is that RCUK has reaffirmed its commitment to Pathways to Impact and will require a clearly thought through and acceptable Pathways to Impact statement as a condition of funding in the future.  This change will take effect for peer review panels which take place after 1st April 2015 – please see the appropriate Research Council website for details.

On Monday, a number of councils also published their 2013-14 impact reports, which are linked below.

EPSRC have updated their guidance on pathways to impact:  and have published an Impact report: and a note about the next round of Impact Acceleration Accounts:

AHRC impact report:

ESRC impact report: and promoting REF impact case studies from ESRC funded research:

BBSRC has published its impact report:

MRC Impact report (published last year):

NERC Impact report:

STFC impact report:

Finally, the overall RCUK impact report:

You can also view RKEO advice on producing a pathways to impact document on our blogs ‘research toolkit’:

Funding Opportunity: British Medical Association

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BMA 2015 research grants -  now open for applications

The 2015 British Medical Association research grants are now open and are accepting applications online at<>.

The grants provide approximately £500,000 of research funding annually across ten different grants. Funding areas range from heart disease to schizophrenia to novel technologies to assist in patient care. Applications are invited from medical practitioners and/or research scientists for research in progress or prospective research.

Details of the grants available in 2015 can be found here<>.

For any further information on the BMA Research Grants please see their webpages at<> or  contact them directly<file:///\\\

or call 020 7383 6755.

Introducing Laura Zisa-Swann, your Project Delivery Officer.

I am the Project Officer within the Research and Knowledge Exchange Office covering the Faculty of Science and Technology.

I am responsible for providing professional and specialist advice and support to academic colleagues on all aspects of post-award R&KE activity, including advising on contracts and project deliverables, management of budgets and project management.

Opportunity to engage with UK Science Landscape Project for the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology

The Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology is looking at the UK Science Landscape. The aim of this project is to build a picture of the whole research landscape in the UK and to develop a stronger evidence base. This evidence base will help to inform future strategic decision-making and help the UK to maintain and develop its excellence in research.

As part of this project, the Council for Science and Technology (CST) wish to understand better how the UK’s research community defines itself and the links and interconnections that exist between research disciplines. To help to do this, the UK Knowledge Landscape Tool has been developed and has been designed to gather data from researchers on the disciplines, dependencies and key infrastructure they think make up modern research.

To be part of this and experimental approach, users can log on and create an account on the UK Knowledge Landscape website.

CST are interested in crowd-sourcing a large amount of data which will be analysed for statistically significant patterns across the whole body of responses and then used to produce outputs such as taxonomies or maps. The more responses the tool has, the better the mappings are likely to be, therefore, they would welcome your input.

Athena SWAN: A Dean’s perspective

Speaker: Professor Andrew W. Lloyd

Date and time: 3 Feburary 2015, 15:00-17:00

Location: K101, Kimmeridge House, Talbot Campus, Bournemouth University

Event Description: This presentation will outline the challenges and opportunities of developing both the Institutional Athena Swan Bronze Application and the subsequent development of the individual School Applications within the University of Brighton. It will discuss both the methods used to obtain and analyse the various datasets and the approaches adopted in terms of developing an action plan which would build on our existing practices to improve gender equality and develop a more inclusive and progressive culture within the university.

After the presentation there will be the opportunity for individuals to find out more about the Athena SWAN work at BU and take part in a focus group. 


Professor Andrew W. Lloyd MA (Cantab.) PhD CSci CChem FRSC FBSE FIMMM FHEA
Dean of the College of Life, Health & Physical Sciences, Professor of Biomedical Materials

Andrew Lloyd graduated from Robinson College, University of Cambridge in 1986 with a degree in Natural Sciences, specialising in bioorganic chemistry, biochemistry and pharmacology. He completed his PhD in biopharmaceutics and was appointed to the academic staff in the Department of Pharmacy, University of Brighton as a Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1989, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1993. He was made Reader in Biopharmaceutical Sciences and elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 1998 and awarded the chair in Biomedical Materials in 2000.  He was appointed as Joint Head of Research with responsibility for strategic planning in the School of Pharmacy & Biomolecular Sciences in 2000, Dean of the Faculty of Science & Engineering in 2003 and to his present post as Dean of the College of Life, Health & Physical Sciences in 2014.

Professor Lloyd led the Institution’s Athena Swan Self-Assessment Steering Group which secured the University Bronze Award in 2012 and chairs both the University Athena Swan Steering Group, which presently oversees the development of the School-based Award Applications, and the University Research Concordat Implementation Steering Group.

Event Schedule

15:00 Welcome  from Professor Tiantian Zhang, Head of Graduate School and Chair of BU Athena SWAN institutional self-assessment team

15:05  Talk from Professor Andrew W. Lloyd

16:00 Overview of the BU Athena SWAN submission, Professor  Tiantian Zhang/James Palfreman-Kay

16:10 Group discussions to consider what more should we do:

•         in addressing gender balance at BU?

•         in supporting and advancing women’s careers?

•         in organisation and culture change to enhance gender equality?

•         in supporting flexible working and managing career breaks?

16:55 Closing comments, Professor Tiantian Zhang

17:00 Event closes

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