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Transdisciplinary Arts Practice: Moving Sideways to Move Forward

Transdisciplinary Arts Practice: Moving Sideways to Move ForwardWe would like to invite you to the next research seminar of the Creative Technology Research Centre.


Speaker: Bill Thompson (Video & Sound Artist, Lecturer in Music and Audio Technology, Bournemouth University)

Title: Transdisciplinary Arts Practice: Moving Sideways to Move Forward

Time: 2:00PM-3:00PM

Date: Wednesday 14th January 2015

Room: P335, Poole House, Talbot Campus



I’ll be discussing recent collaborative work with choreographer Ian Spink involving transdiciplinary practice across several projects in Scotland, as well as past work with choreographer Claire Pencak and archaeologists Antonia Thomas and Dan Lee at the Ness of Brodgar site in Orkney. I’ll also discuss  some of my work with / against technology in my solo and sound art practice as well my experience leading collaborative arts practice workshops with Ian Spink ( fast + Dirty ) and individually ( Fail Again, Fail Better ) at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and elsewhere.

We hope to see you there.


Centre for Entrepreneurship student event with Business Mania

The Centre for Entrepreneurship continued its program of activities for BU students just before Christmas with a joint event with Business Mania, the BU student enterprise society.  We were delighted that CfE tenant and student entrepreneur Robin Humphries, from award winning Static Games, was able to give a presentation to a group of 70 students about his experience of setting up a business.  Robin gave the group an insight into the challenges he has faced and provided hints and tips for budding entrepreneurs.









Static Games has been a tenant in the Centre for Entrepreneurship since early 2014 and the CfE have been delighted to support the growing company, even assisting them to successfully pitch for £10,000 equity-free Creative England funding.  This business event is one of many forthcoming student activities the Centre for Entrepreneurship will be involved in. If you have any student entrepreneurs on your courses who would like to find out more please do contact us:

For the full write up and video please visit the BUCFE website


The Wessex Forum Event to be held at BU – - discussing ‘Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services & the Green Economy’ in the Wessex region

Date: Wednesday 11 February

Location: Bournemouth University – Executive Business Centre

Time: Starting at 9.30am (all day event)

Event details:

The Wessex Conservation Forum aims to bring together representatives from NGOs, Universities and Government bodies for a free one day conference discussing ‘Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services & the Green Economy’ in the Wessex region. The services which nature provides us with, such as clean water, clean air, fertile soil and food, are not only crucial for the well-being of human-kind, they also represent an astronomical value. It has been estimated by economists that the loss of biodiversity was costing the EU €450 billion annually, equal to 3% of GDP. Hence, halting the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services is now a UK and EU priority for 2020.

Confirmed speakers include representatives from organisations such as: the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, the Freshwater Biological Association, Bournemouth University, University of Southampton, the Dorset Local Nature Partnership, Wessex Water and the Bournemouth & Poole Sustainable Food City Partnership. The conference will be centred around a series of talks in order to showcase research output, identify areas for further research and promote collaboration in order to fulfil these needs.

A complimentary lunch and refreshments will be provided on the day, and there will be plenty of opportunities to make and renew contacts throughout the day.

To book: This event is popular and places are limited.  Click here to register for your free place.

More information: We hope to see you at this event but if you are unable to attend and  want to find out more about the work that BU is involved in why not sign up to receive more information. The Wessex Portal (formerly the Poole & Purbeck Portal  has been developed with the assistance of  funding from the Higher Edication Innovation Fund – HEIF)  as an  online community to promote a better understanding of our region’s unique natural and heritage assets.

Click here to  sign up to receive more information on jobs,  general news and projects taking place as part of this initiative.

RKEO Coffee Morning, 4th February

Posted in Coffee Morning by jschofield

The next RKEO coffee morning is fast approaching and this one will concentrate on the wonders of the Project Delivery Team within RKEO, its personnel, the work they do and how they can help you.

The Team has three specialist areas: Finance, Outputs and Governance which feed into Faculty dedicated teams. So if you want to know more about managing projects, applying for ethics approval, how to use BRIAN, Open Access or anything else Research and Knowledge Exchange focused please come along and have a chat with us, or just to enjoy a coffee and cake.


The coffee morning will be held in the RKE Office on the 4th Floor Melbury House (Lansdowne Campus) starting at 9.30am on Wednesday 4th February.


We look forward to seeing you!

Launch of the Quick Guides to…

The Research and Knowledge Exchange Office have prepared a number of useful quick guides for applying to various funders and for certain activities.  These include the processes and procedures that need to be followed at BU.  You can access these either through the link above to the home page or by hovering over the ‘Research Toolkit’ menu option on the blog and all options will appear under the ‘Quick Guides to Funding and other useful information’. 

For a sneak preview of the individual funder or activity guidance, please click on the links below.

Quick guide to funders:

Quick guide to activities:

For further information on these guides, funding opportunties, activities and how we can help you, please contact the RKEO Funding Development Team.

£9.5m funding – Integrated supply chains for Energy systems


Innovate UK has launched a funding competition with up to £9.5m available to address the need for a diverse mix of energy sources and systems.

The aim of this competition is to encourage cross-sector supply chains that can deliver integrated energy solutions to meet the many energy systems challenges of achieving a low-carbon economy by 2050.Projects should focus on both the demand and supply side across the energy networks of electricity, heat and combustible gases. 

 This is a two-stage competition with a first stage of feasibility studies. Up to three projects will then be chosen for follow-on collaborative research and development (R&D) following a collaboration workshop on conclusion of the feasibility stage. At each stage, projects must be led by a business. 

Design Council Spark: a new kind of product innovation fund – up to £65K available





Have a great product prototype but not sure what to do next?

Design Council Spark is a new kind of product innovation fund to uncover the UK’s next great inventions. Apply now for a chance to win a place on this 20 week bespoke support program, as well as up to £65k investment to help bring your physical product prototype or idea to market.

Design Council Spark is a fund and accelerator that provides support and investment into product innovations which are primarily physical. It is looking to attract individuals/teams with revolutionary product ideas that offer brilliant solutions to everyday problems. 

The not-for profit programme is unique. Participants donate 5% of future sales revenue back into the fund, fuelling a movement of revolutionary products for the UK and beyond. The call for entries will last until  31 January 2015. 

Click the link for further details.

NEW BUDI Orchestra Coming Soon!

Do you know someone living with dementia in Dorset who likes music?

If so, BUDI would like to invite the person with dementia and their carer to become part of a new BUDI Orchestra starting this January 2015. We would like them to share their musical talents and take part in a music evaluation hosted by BUDI and professional musicians.

We hope to evaluate the effects of a novel music initiative on their daily lives. They will have the opportunity to learn a new instrument, sing, or showcase their existing musical talents to their peers.

No previous musical experience is necessary, we’re looking for people who are willing to come along and ‘give it a go’!

For further information, please contact: Laura Reynolds on 01202 962546, or email:

Please disseminate this notice to anyone who you think may be interested in the project. A PDF flyer can be provided – please email:

Latest Major Funding Opportunities

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

Arts and Humanities Research Council, GB

The AHRC, with the Indian Council for Historical Research and the British Library invites expressions of interest for researchers to attend a workshop on ‘Cultural Heritage and Rapid Urbanisation in India’. The event will bring together academic experts from both countries to address an issue of growing importance as India seeks to preserve and position its rich cultural history within the context of an emerging urban landscape. It will draw on a range of disciplinary perspectives including urban history, heritage, languages, the digital humanities and archaeology. The workshops are open to UK-based researchers meeting the AHRC’s standard eligibility requirements from all disciplines within the arts and humanities. Applicants should have a particular research interest in the topics noted above and be able to articulate this in their expression of interest. Closing date: 30/01/2015 at 4pm.

British Institute of Persian Studies, GB

Applications are invited for research grants to support primary research in all fields of Iranian  and wider Perisianate world studies in any relevant subject, including anthropology, archaeology, the visual arts and architecture, history, linguistics, literature, philosophy, religion, political science and cognate subjects, as well as for the organisation of conferences, lecture and workshops. Grants are worth between £200 and £8,000 each. Closing date: 16/02/2015.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, GB

EPSRC invites proposals for investigator-led projects under its manufacturing the future theme. Proposals should address key research challenges facing manufacturing in the UK, both currently and in the future. Investigator-led projects should address the following research priorities: innovative production processes; manufacturing informatics; sustainable industrial systems; frontier manufacturing. There is no maximum award amount, but the total award budget is £5,000,000.  Closing date: There is no official closing date but batching dates  have been identified, the next one being 27/02/2015.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, GB

EPSRC together with Natural Environment Research Council invites technical assessments and applications for its ARCHER leadership project. Applicants may apply for a minimum of 100,000 kAU for maximum of two years. The resource is for pre-competitive research only and the research area must lie within the remit of either the EPSRC or NERC. This call is for compute resource only, including core Computational Science and Engineering support as provided by the ARCHER Service to all users. However, no additional support for staff or consumables can be applied for. Thus applicants must demonstrate substantial high performance computing expertise within their team in order to be considered for funding. Individuals eligible to hold a full EPSRC or NERC grant, and persons of similar standing in industry or the third sector, may apply. Closing date: Technical assessments due by 4pm, 11/02/2015. Full applications due by 4pm, 23/02/2015.

Fisheries Society of the British Isles, GB

The FSBI invites applications for its PhD studentships. Applicants must have the agreement of a supervisor based at a university or research institute in the UK or Republic of Ireland. Studentships are based on the NERC stipend rate plus a £1,000 supplement, and include a contribution of £1,500 per year towards consumables.Closing date: 13/01/2015.

Innovate UK, GB

Better interactions between people and machines-feasibility study  aims to encourage innovation in improving the interaction between people and computer devices and systems. Proposals may address innovations in underlying technologies, in combining emerging technologies, or in employing tools to improve the user experience. Projects must be collaborative and business-led. The competition is open only to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, with the option to collaborate with one additional SME or research organisation or academic partner. Projects should last between three and 12 months and have total project costs of up to £50,000 with small businesses receiving up to 70% of their eligible project costs and medium-sized businesses up to 60%. Closing date: 25/03/2015.

Smithsonian Institution, US

The Smithsonian Institution’s Tropical Research Institute invites applications for the three-year Tupper postdoctoral fellowship. This supports research conducted under a designated advisor in one of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s facilities. Applicants may be of any nationality and from anywhere in the world. Applicants in the disciplines of ecology, anthropology, palaeontology, evolutionary biology, molecular phylogenetics, biogeography, animal behaviour, neurobiology, soils sciences, and physiology of tropical plants and animals are strongly encouraged. One fellowship, which includes an annual stipend of US$48,000 plus travel and research allotments, is awarded for a three-year period. Closing date: 15/01/2015.

Please note that some funding bodies 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.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, an Associate’s perspective

Posted in Uncategorized by Rachel

As Bournemouth University’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) portfolio increases, here are the thoughts of current KTP Associate, Celia Beckett, as she reflects on the benefits of her KTP experience.

“There are many benefits to being a KTP associate but perhaps the most important is having the chance to receive training about how to tackle many of the difficult issues of the workplace. It has been so supportive to have the backing of the KTP and to attend the two residential courses.

Coming from a background of academia and having only previously worked in the public sector the challenges of working in a different environment were considerable. I only realise now just how naïve I was about the skills that I would need to develop. I had years of work experience in social work and as an academic researcher and as the post I was engaged in was closely related to my knowledge base I assumed that it would be relatively easy to implement my ideas. My brief was to implement an assessment system into the child care organisation I was based in to assess the emotional and behavioural difficulties of the children and integrate this with improved interventions and planning.

Another key important benefit is the dual supervision, including support from the University as well as the work supervision.  This has been invaluable and enables time for reflection, another person’s pair of eyes and ears to either validate what you are doing or to make suggestions. It provides realism especially when the going gets tough and it is hard to see the way forward. Again going back to the training I was able to learn about my own strengths and limitations and how this could make it difficult to work through issues e.g. that I was a finisher / completer and that much of my frustration was when I found it hard to achieve my objectives. Recognising that some things were not in my control or that change takes longer was critical.

A third benefit was the insistence that I must attend and present to as many conferences and meetings as possible. This was invaluable. It is so easy to be complacent and think that you know about a subject when ideas have moved on or you have missed out particular bits of information. Through attending conferences I was able to make contact with experts in the field and this enabled me to develop further the assessment framework. I already had considerable experience and useful contacts so I ended up with the support of the key people in my field of work. The presentations were also very useful and I worked on 3 posters  and 2 papers, and a number of presentations that helped me think through the salient issues.

A fourth benefit was the importance of finding new ways of working and key to this was communication. Again through the KTP Adviser it was suggested that I should send out a regular bulletin/newsletter. I have just completed newsletter 9 and by the end of the project there will have been 10 newsletters. The style of communication was also very important as to start with I was wanting to put in a more scientific content with graphs and tables, but I soon realised that a much lighter touch was needed and have included pictures, cartoons and competitions. As long as I can get some attention as to what I am doing that is what matters.

Finally it has enabled me to plan for the future of the work I am doing. Currently my work is being taken over by 3 new employees which is a real vindication of the value of the work and we are also going back to Innovate UK for further funding. This time rather than a joint application it will be owned by the company, but they may decide to buy some expertise from the University in terms of academic supervision to retain the links.


Fusion Investment fund 2014/15 – Making sense of DRM in game development (Madrigal)

Posted in Uncategorized by mfavale

The United Kingdom is Europe’s second largest video game market and the fifth largest in the world. Almost all videogames developers now implement techniques that are designed to protect and enforce copyright law. This restrictive technology is now beginning to hamper the ability of gaming companies to innovate by imposing platform boundaries and these measures now appear to also be problematic to the game development lifecycle. The roots of this complex problem are grounded in several disciplines including copyright law, cyber security, and creative technology. This restrictive technology can prevent you from copying certain CDs or DVDs to a portable device to watch during your train journey or even go as far as to dictate which brand of coffee capsules you put in your expresso machine.

This is Digital Rights Management (DRM).

The Madrigal project has been awarded a Fusion Investment Fund to investigate, identify and communicate how game developers make sense of DRM technology when developing video games. At present virtually no empirical research exists on how much videogame developers really know about the relationship between DRM and copyright law in terms of boundaries to DRM implementation, or on their real expectations from currently available DRM technology. Do they really understand it? Do they like it? Do they implement it regularly? Do they respect the boundaries? Is DRM legal? Other pressing issues that need addressing include, does DRM really stifle competition? After all the developers are protected by copyright law, but where do the issues with DRM really lie?

These questions surrounding the issue of DRM have gained more coverage recently thanks to the Apple trial. In which Apple was accused of anti-competitive behaviour because it refused to disclose its DRM to competitors. The collection of this entirely new data on the complexities of DRM will form part of the basis for a wider-reaching research project involving not only legal and IT scholars at BU but also international academic and industry partners. With its research expertise in copyright law innovation, usable security research, and game development, and its institutional drive for fusion across inter-disciplinary research, education, and professional practice, BU is uniquely situated to start tackling this problem.

If you would like further information on this research feel free to contact us or to tweet us. We look forward to any feedback. Also, if you are interested, keep tuned, as we will tell you what we learned from our experience at the end of the project (July 2015).

Dr. Marcella Favale (Principal Investigator) Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management, BU,, @MFavaleIP

Dr. Shamal Faily ( and Dr. Christos Gatzidis (, Faculty of Science and Technology, BU

Neil McDonald (Research Assistant ) BU Cyber Security Unit (BUCSU) @BUCybersecurity (

Research Professional – all you need to know

Every BU academic has a Research Professional account which delivers weekly emails detailing funding opportunities in their broad subject area. To really make the most of your Research Professional account, you should tailor it further by establishing additional alerts based on your specific area of expertise.  The Funding Development Team Officers can assist you with this, if required.

Research Professional have created several guides to help introduce users to ResearchProfessional. These can be downloaded here.

Quick Start Guide: Explains to users their first steps with the website, from creating an account to searching for content and setting up email alerts, all in the space of a single page.

User Guide: More detailed information covering all the key aspects of using ResearchProfessional.

Administrator Guide: A detailed description of the administrator functionality.

In addition to the above, there are a set of 2-3 minute videos online, designed to take a user through all the key features of ResearchProfessional.  To access the videos, please use the following link: 

Research Professional are running a series of online training broadcasts aimed at introducing users to the basics of creating and configuring their accounts on ResearchProfessional.  They are holding monthly sessions, covering everything you need to get started with ResearchProfessional.  The broadcast sessions will run for no more than 60 minutes, with the opportunity to ask questions via text chat.  Each session will cover:

  • Self registration and logging in
  • Building searches
  • Setting personalised alerts
  • Saving and bookmarking items
  • Subscribing to news alerts
  • Configuring your personal profile

Each session will run between 10.00am and 11.00am (UK) on the fourth Tuesday of each month.  You can register here for your preferred date:

27th January 2015

24th February 2015

24th March 2015

28th April 2015

29th May 2015

23rd June 2015

28th July 2015

25th August 2015

These are free and comprehensive training sessions and so this is a good opportunity to get to grips with how Research Professional can work for you.

First BU publication of 2015

Those working in the reproductive health field or in local media will be familiar with the phenomenon of the reporting of the first baby born in the New Year.   For example, you may have read a short item of the first baby of 2015 born just after midnight with a lovely picture of the baby with proud parents and/or midwife.


This BU Research Blog is the equivalent of the first publication for 2015.  I contributed a chapter called ‘Sociology of Midwifery’ to the edited book Sociology for Midwives published by Polity Press (Jan. 2015) and edited by Ruth Deery, Elaine Denny & Gayle Letherby.

The Polity Press website lists three reviews of the book by eminent academics in the field of midwifery:

“What is the point of sociology for midwives and midwifery? A sociological perspective can give us a different understanding of reproduction and maternity care. It can help us challenge our ‘common sense’ assumptions about how people and the world tick. This new book provides midwives and midwifery students with a readable comprehensive and up to date review of the field of sociology applied to reproduction and maternity care. The editors bring together a very impressive amount of material and present it in an accessible and clear way. Their facility for handling complex theoretical and detailed empirical material is admirable.”

Jane Sandall, King’s College London


“The editors and authors of this fine volume have produced a wonderful introduction to the value of a sociological imagination in the practice of midwifery.”

Barbara Katz Rothman, City University of New York

“The authors set out to ‘stimulate the sociological imagination’ of their readers. The combination of theoretical analysis and application of sociological theory to specific practice situations provides extensive opportunities for this to take place. Readers who are new to the sociology of maternity care will find ample material to excite and engage them. Those who already have dipped into this vast and fascinating field will find new applications, angles and perspectives that can cast a fresh light on why we do what we do in maternity care, and that provide possible routes for positive change in the future.”

Soo Downe, University of Central Lancashire

For more details of Sociology for Midwives, see:


Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen

Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health

Bournemouth University

Mission Accomplished – Establishment of research collaboration, student and staff exchanges with the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Posted in Uncategorized by vtauringana

 Back in April this year I reported that I had been awarded Fusion Investment funding to establish a research, staff and student exchange partnership with the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. As part of that mission, I visited the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) from the 22nd April to the 26th April, 2014. The visit involved a number of meetings with the lead UKZN academic contact (Professor Lesley Stainbank), the Dean of the School of Accounting, Finance and Economics and the Acting Vice Chancellor of the University. I was also able to meet with the students at UKZN’s campuses in Durban and Pietermaritzburg. In addition, I presented an academic paper on the effect of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) guidance on greenhouse gas disclosure by UK firms.


On my return to BU, I submitted a proposal for the establishment of research, staff and student exchange to the BU International and UK Partnerships Committee (IUPC). The proposal was approved at the committee’s meeting in July 2014. Professor Lesley Stainbank then visited BU for familiarisation from the 27th to the 29th October 2014 as proposed in the fusion fund application. While at BU, Professor Stainbank had a number of meetings with, among others, the Acting Dean of the Business School (Professor Keith Wilkes), Director of International partnerships (Kerry Berry), the Associate Dean for Student Experience (Mark Ridolfo) and other academic members of staff who would like to visit UKZN. The visit by Professor Stainbank to BU brought to an end the project and in that respect I consider that the mission to establish research, student and staff exchange has been accomplished.


I am also happy to report that the paper I presented at UKZN has now been accepted for publication by the British Accounting Review which is a 3* Association of Business Schools (ABS) rated journal. BU has kindly paid for the paper to be published as open access. The paper can be accessed at: The other outcome of the project is that I have now started working with Professor Lesley Stainbank on research projects.  Professor Andy Mullineux (Faculty of Management) will be visiting UKZN next April as part of the partnership agreement and other staff members from the Business School (now part of Faculty of Management) have also expressed an interest in going to UKZN.

Dr Ven Tauringana

 Associate Professor of Accounting

Faculty of Management


Autumn Statement: funding announced to help businesses create the next generation of products

New funding announced in the Autumn Statement will help businesses create the next generation of products in innovative areas from robotic tools and printable electronics to carbon fibre composites.

  • £61 million will be invested across the High Value Manufacturing Catapult centres whose cutting-edge equipment and expertise is helping around 2,250 manufacturers create innovative technologies and products
  • a £28 million investment will create a new world-class research and development centre – the National Formulation Centre – specialising in the development of formulated products such as medicines and chemicals

For the full news story click here. 


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