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RCUK Statement of Expectations for Research Fellowships and Future Research Leaders

Research Councils UK (RCUK) has published its Statement of Expectations for Research Fellowships and Future Research Leaders, which sets out common principles for the support of all Research Council-funded fellowships and future research leaders.

The Research Councils want to ensure that the individuals funded as fellows or future research leaders are equipped and supported to be adaptable and flexible in an increasingly complex global research environment.

The document details what is expected of research organisations, including providing fellows with a named mentor, and the individual researchers, including a commitment to playing an active role in the wider research area through peer review. It also sets out what is expected of the research councils.

If you are interested in applying for an RCUK fellowship then please contact the RKEO team in the first instance.

IHPRC celebrates 5th birthday

The International History of Public Relations Conference (IHPRC) celebrated its fifth birthday on the first day of the 2014 conference on Wednesday, July 2.

The conference chair, Prof Tom Watson, was joined in cutting the celebration cake by Prof Don Wright (BostonUniversity), Associate Professor Meg Lamme (UniversityofAlabama) and Associate Professor Natalia Rodriguez Salcedo (UniversityofNavarra), who were members of an advisory panel consulted on the establishment of the conference in 2009.

 The conference, which was opened by the Dean of The Media School, Stephen Jukes, has been attended by delegates from more than 12 countries. Some 33 papers and a Keynote Panel have been presented.

More than 150 papers have been offered by delegates from 30 countries in the past five years. The conference has established the field of PR history and spurred a big growth in journal and book publishing, with two more books launched at the 2014 conference.

 Planning is already beginning for the 2015 conference to be held on July 7-8.

(L-R) Prof Don Wright, Prof Tom Watson, Assoc Prof Meg Lamme & Assoc Prof Natalia Rodriguez Salcedo


Reminder: Upcoming seminar from Australian visitor Dr Terry Haines

Further to the previous announcement (, a title and abstract is now available for the seminar:

Tuesday 8th July, 2pm, TA134, Talbot campus:

Dr Terry Haines, Monash University, Melbourne.

Reversing research and implementation science for practices that are widely provided, dogma heavy and evidence light.

Some widely provided health services have an absence of evidence for effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and/or safety yet persist in clinical practice. It is possible that these practices are wasting valuable resources, but alternately may be valuable assets to service provision. Provision of these services in the context of usual care is a considerable barrier to conducting a conventional trial. Our team has recently developed a novel research approach to conduct a trial for this context[1]. This approach turns a conventional stepped-wedge, cluster randomised controlled trial design on its head.  This presentation will outline the strengths and limitations of the stepped-wedge design relative to other experimental designs, describes how this design was turned into a novel disinvestment research design, and then describe its first application in a clinical setting. The clinical example involves the withdrawal of weekend allied health services from acute medical and surgical wards across three hospitals in Australia. The early results of this trial run contrary to current initiatives to create a 7-day a week health service.


1. Haines T, O’Brien L, McDermott F, Markham D, Mitchell D, Watterson D, Skinner E: A novel research design can aid disinvestment from existing health technologies with uncertain effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and/or safety. J Clin Epidemiol 2014 , 67(2):144-151.

If you are able to attend the seminar, please let Samuel Nyman know by email:

Latest HSC Midwifery paper in Open Access

Our latest paper in Midwifery ‘Translation and validation of the German version of the Mother-Generated Index and its application during the postnatal period’ is now freely available through Open Access on the Midwifery (Elsevier) webpages.


The lead author Susanne Grylka-Baeschlin, together with my colleagues Kathrin Stoll and Mechthild M. Gross, secured funding from COST to make this paper Open Access. The paper was part of Susanne’s M.Sc. project at the Midwifery Research and Education Unit, Hannover Medical School, Germany.


We would like to thank the ISCH Cost Action ISO907 (Childbirth Cultures, Concerns, and Consequences: Creating a dynamic EU framework for optimal maternity care) for funding the Open Access.   COST (European Cooperation in Science & Technology) is one of the longest-running European frameworks supporting cooperation among scientists and researchers across Europe. For further information on COST in general see:   UCLan lead this particular COST Action and Prof. Soo Downe is the Chair of the Action (


For my colleagues at Bournemouth University please, note there is also funding available for Open Access publishing within the university:



Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen


Today’s slides from ROMEO project


Thank you very much for all of you who attended today’s presentation of the joint project between the University of Aberdeen, Bournemouth University and the University of Stirling.  For those who missed the session or who asked for a copy of the slides after the session, please find these included in the BU Research Blog.

ROMEO Edwin June 2014

The project was funded by National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment (NIHR HTA) programme (09/127/01).  Therefore, I must point out that “views and opinions expressed therein (and here) are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the HTA programme, NIHR, NHS or the Department of Health.”


As with all HTA reports the final report and a ten-page summary are both freely available online, see:


Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen

Centre for Midwifery, Maternal and Perinatal Health.


National Security: Advancing Capabilities to Meet Current and Future Threats

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On Thursday 3rd July, the BU Cyber Security Unit (BUCSU) will be exhibiting at the National Security: Advancing Capabilities to Meet Current and Future Threats conference in London.

The conference will offer delegates an opportunity to investigate the key threats and risks to the UK’s national security. They will also learn of the latest developments in developing the UK’s cyber security and the role technology can play in protecting infrastructure and ensuring business and service continuity.

Facing the issue of developing the UK’s cyber security, there are two important areas which need to be tackled – the shortage of security practitioners and the increasing skills gap between existing knowledge and new cyber threats.

In response to these issues, BUCSU will be launching at the conference its ‘job retention through education plan’.  The unit is already working closely with the Police and there is traction to work with other government agencies too; this conference will provide an excellent opportunity to engage with these agencies and UK businesses.

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.

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:

22 July 2014

26 August 2014

23 September 2014

28 October 2014

25 November 2014

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.

Teachers’ Pension Scheme for Academic Staff

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Craig Tiley from the Teachers’ Pension Scheme will be visiting BU on Monday 7th July 2014, 10:00-11:00, Talbot Campus to give a presentation on pension provision for staff.

All Academic staff are welcome to attend, regardless of whether they are already members or are thinking of joining the scheme.

The presentation will be approximately 45 minutes with some additional time available to ask questions.

You may also be interested in the following websites for more information:

To book on or for more information please visit the Staff Development and Engagement Pages on the Staff Intranet.


Find out more about KTP on Friday 4th July!

On Friday 4th July, R&KEO are hosting a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Awareness Day for academics who wish to explore KTP.

Throughout the day, guest speakers will talk about the KTP process and KTP experiences.  Speakers range from representatives from the Technology Strategy Board (the body behind funding KTPs), University staff and also case studies of recent BU KTPs.

The session will be held in the Executive Business Centre, Lansdowne Campus from 9am-4pm, refreshments and lunch are included.

Spaces are limited so if you would like to attend, please do contact Rachel Clarke by close of play on Wednesday 2nd July, to book your place.

Rachel Clarke, KTP Officer – 01202 961347,

‘Intelligences’ theme of PR conference

Dr David MacQueen and Prof Tom Watson of The Media School both chaired panels and presented papers at the PR Meeting #4 conference in Barcelona last week.

The conference, which features research on critical approaches to public relations and strategic communication, had a focus on ‘intelligences’ this year.

Dr McQueen chaired a session which included fellow speakers from the the US, Spain and New Zealand. His paper, jointly authored with Graeme Baxter of Robert Gordon University, considered community resistance to corporate power in Scotland and Ireland.

Prof Watson presented a critical review of repetitive research issues in PR, in a session which also included speakers from Australia and Sweden. On the final afternoon of the conference he was a panel speaker on academic writing and publishing.

“This conference is a top event as it has broad international participation and always pushes into new research territory,” said Prof Watson. “This year, it was built around Howard Gardners’s work on intelligences, which brought forward aspects such as competitive, professional, spiritual, digital, emotional, dialogic, wicked and feminist intelligences.”

(L-R) PR Meeting # organisers Prof Jordi Xifra (Pompeu Fabra) and Prof David McKie (Wakato) with Prof Tom Watson

Maternity, Midwifery & Baby Conference

A recent free Maternity, Midwifery & Baby Conference held in London offered an ideal opportunity for Bournemouth University to showcase two innovative projects. The first, co-presented by Dr. Sue Way and Sian Ridden, a 2nd year midwifery student, focused on a joint chiropractic and midwifery newborn clinic which was set up with Fusion principles in mind. There are a number of aims of the clinic, of which the main is to optimise women’s opportunities to breastfeed successfully by providing chiropractic care for babies and breastfeeding support and advice to mothers. There are two further important aims, one of which, is to enhance student (undergraduate midwifery students & chiropractic students) learning opportunities and secondly, to provide networking and collaborative opportunities for students and staff in relation to research and dissemination of findings around these particular topics. When it was Sian’s turn to present, she was confident and articulate. She discussed a case study and how her knowledge was enhanced by being part of the clinic. Sian found attending the clinics provided her with a great learning experience and it was empowering that she was able to provide breastfeeding support under the guidance of the experts in the respective fields (Alison Taylor and Dr. Joyce Miller). Preliminary breastfeeding results from the clinic are promising. More details to follow in due course. Finally the seminar concluded by discussing the re-launch of the clinic in September, and to raise awareness of the re-launch, a free local conference (funded by Fusion Funding) for the community will be taking place on the 12th July 2014. For further information on the above clinic or the conference please contact Alison Taylor on or Dr. Sue Way on .


The second seminar presentation took place after lunch and it focused on a study which is currently taking place involving five 3rd year midwifery students and the feasibility of incorporating newborn infant physical examination (NIPE) competencies into the pre-registration midwifery programme.  Traditionally these competencies are usually achieved post qualification when midwives have a number of years’ experience under their belt. However BU midwifery students felt differently and Luisa Cescutti-Butler discussed how the study was initiated by Luzie who asked the question: “why couldn’t they learn all the necessary skills in the third year of their programme”? Luzie took to the podium and presented her section like a duck to water. She didn’t shy away from the difficulties from taking this extra study on, but was quite clear that the benefits for women in her care were worth the extra work.  The presentation generated quite a lot of heated discussion with some midwives in the audience quite adamant that students should not be taking on this ‘extended’ skill. However Luzie was able to stand her ground and confidently counter ague as to why students should gain these skills during the undergraduate programme. She received a resounding clap and cheers from the audience.

It takes some courage to stand up in a room full of people and present, and Sian and Luzie were brilliant.  Both students did Bournemouth University and in particular the midwifery team proud. For further information on the above study please contact Luisa Cescutti-Butler on




E-learning, MOOCs and the Future of Legal Studies: Reflections from Harvard’s CopyrightX

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There has been a lot of discussion as to the merits and demerits of MOOCs for academic knowledge and HE. In this post, I would like to share my own experience from successfully completing my first MOOC in Copyright, offered by the University of Harvard .  Going back to being a student again –let alone a Harvard student- has not been easy: the endless hours of listening to lectures on YouTube, preparing for the real-time online seminars but mostly having to take written exams that closely resemble the exam administered to students in the Harvard Law School course was a mentally challenging experience. And now that it is over –as amost students do at the end- I must admit I thoroughly enjoyed it.

According to a recent European Commission report on web skills (May 2014), a MOOC is defined as a “an online course open to anyone without restrictions (free of charge and without a limit to attendance), usually structured around a set of learning goals in an area of study, which often runs over a specific period of time (with a beginning and end date) on an online platform which allows interactive possibilities (between peers or between students and instructors) that facilitate the creation of a learning community. As it is the case for any online course, it provides some course materials and (self) assessment tools for independent studying”. Ever since their emergence in 2007, MOOCS have been met with disbelief and skepticism. Often argued to be a disruption to current HE business models, MOOCs have been heavily criticized for their low academic quality and limited pedagogical values and have been branded as an instance of technological disruption: in times of financial insecurity , the temptation to succumb to cheap alternatives, bringing down the costs of education is  strong.  On the other hand, keeping the entry costs low, MOOCs have been praised for their democratizing effect in offering education for all. Of course, distance learning and online education is not a new thing. Yet, since the early days of MOOCs in 2007, many things have changed: from 2011 onwards there has been a “digital  tsunami” of MOOCs, most of which –although open and accessible to all- diverted from the original aim of offering open content hosted on non-proprietary platforms and open software.

Are MOOCs really an educational start up closer to venture capitalists rather than academics or do they offer an attractive online alternative to those unable to finance their studies?

CopyrightX is a course running for twelve-weeks, offered yearly under the auspices of Harvard Law School, the HarvardX distance-learning initiative, and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.  Advertised as a “course [that] explores the current law of copyright through a combination of pre-recorded lectures, weekly seminars, live webcasts, and online discussions, [helping participants to critically] examine and assess the ways in which law seeks to stimulate and regulate creative expression”, Copyrightx is rather different from most MOOCs, not quite ticking all the boxes. In this sense, although open in general, enrolment is limited to only 524 participants chosen by the course’s administrators. This has certainly not been one of those MOOCs that mere attendance is required, if at all. During the course of this unit, all students have the same responsibilities with the 100 Harvard law students attending the same unit on campus. Each week all students were required to watch a series of pre-recorded lectures delivered by the Director of the Berkman Institute, Prof. William Fisher, complete the readings and actively participate on a real-time seminar, led by a Harvard TA for over two hours on Adobe.

While the technology is still lacking the capacity to fully facilitate the needs of an online seminar group, this has certainly been a rewarding experience. Not only were we able to discuss on contemporary copyright issues and note future challenges but we were also able to gain insight to a broader perspective, each one of the participants sharing experiences from their own cultural background and academic expertise. Personally, I was pleased to share my views on digital copyright related issues and inform the relevant debate as well as get to know the other’s views and experiences, especially those from non-academic/legal domains. This interaction among peers is probably one of the most notable features of Harvard’s CopyrightX: not only was this possible during the weekly seminar real time, but it was also further facilitated in the form of two forums: one for each seminar section (garden) and a general forum open to all sections (forest). Of particular interest was also the material provided for further studying in the form of interactive online maps, prepared using the MindManager mapping programme. Last a series of special events featuring guest speakers helped in further contextualising all knowledge gained: Joshua Redman’s talk on creativity in music and Justin Hughes (principal negotiator on behalf of the United States of the 2013 Marrakesh Treaty  to Facilitate Access for the Visually Impaired) account on negotiating copyright treaties have been equally thought provoking events.

Having completed probably one of the most competitive and demanding MOOCs out there, I was able not only to boost my copyright skills but also to gain great overview and overall experience in online learning and technology supported teaching. Is MOOCs the way to go for HE or the academic business model of Universities is still unrivalled? My view is that the things offered in both cases are different and in any case they can complement each other aiding better access to knowledge: MOOCs appear to be offering a learning experience, which presupposes absolute autonomy of the student. Although there are still certain weekly tasks and assessment upon successful exams at the end of the course, MOOCs would qualify more as a great tool to boost existent knowledge or build on already existing skills rather than create independent learners. As an academic, I benefited in various ways from this: in what could be described as a “participatory teaching environment”, all students were both tutors and tuttees, benefiting from their online interaction and exchange of expertise.

At the same time, in spite of the multifaceted ways in which one can benefit from MOOCs, the academic business model and Universities at large are still the basis of HE.  The ethos and values of an academic environment, this agora of free deliberation among the students and the tutors cannot be replaced by online learning. The latter is merely transferring skills; the former is about building capacities and achieving personal development. As such, the success of MOOCs presupposes and relies heavily on a solid educational model of on-campus learning. This distinction should be made clear. In the words of Professor Darryl Tippens, provost of Pepperdine University: “If we aren’t careful, we will bifurcate education into two separate and unequal systems: the residential college education, which involves rich interactions between professors and students, enhanced by an array of heady co-curricular experiences with the goal, not just of information transfer, but transformation—the formation of competent, ethical citizens and whole human persons. The other model will promise less: somewhat depersonalized, “objective” and fact-based training; skills development that leads to certificates, badges and degrees—valuable, but carrying less prestige.”



Attention all WordPress users – Wordcamp is coming to BU

Posted in Computer Science by nkay

WordPress is the powerhouse behind 1 in 5 sites on the web.  Everything from this research blog, JayZ’s, Ebay, and even the New York Times online is based on a WordPress template.

This July, BU and Silicon South are hosting the 7th Wordcamp UK developers conference, inviting the best and brightest WordPress developers and users to come and share their tips and tricks to get the most out of your site.

Taking place in the EBC on the weekend of the 12th and 13th July there are lots of ways you can get involved:

  • Tickets cost £20 (including a free t-shirt), these are selling fast so purchase quickly to secure your place.  To find out more click here
  • Perhaps you know a thing or two about WordPress you’d like to share? You can submit your own sessions you might like to run, this could be an hours talk or a five minute lightning presentation – find out more about proposing a session here
  • If you’d like to be involved but don’t know want to run a session, we are looking for a few volunteers to help with the running of the event.  This would be fairly light touch, just helping with registration as people arrive and helping ensure sessions keep to time.  In return we can offer you a free ticket for the weekend, including lunch on both days. If you’d be interested, or know someone who might be, please send me an email and I can give you more details.


Agri-food themed specific call launched for KTP

A new call for targeted Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) has been announced and it has an agri-food theme.

Below I have extracted the main points from the KTP agri-food call:

  • Funders are: The Technology Strategy Board (TSB), along with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Invest Northern Ireland, the Scottish Funding Council and the Welsh Government
  • Total amount allocated to this call is £2.3m
  • The reason behind this call is to improve the competitiveness, resilience and responsiveness of the agri-food supply chain – from primary production, including aquaculture, through to retail
  • The Biotechnology and Biological Research Council (BBSRC), Food Standards Agency (FSA), Medical Research Council (MRC) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) will also consider co-funding KTPs on an individual basis
  • Proposals are expected to address at least one of the following challenges; 1) innovating to benefit consumer health, wellbeing and choice, 2) improving productivity, resource efficiency and resilience in the supply chain and 3) assuring safety and security across the supply chain
  • KTP that can yield benefits across more than one of the above challenges are encouraged
  • The TSB expect most KTP supported through this call will last up to 2 years
  • The TSB have outlined examples of what these targeted KTPs might look like; improved resource efficiency and/or waste minimisation, improving nutritional quality through better products or ingredients and packaging and logistics supply chain.  Further examples can be found here

This call closes on 11th February 2015.

If you have any comments or perhaps know of a company who might be interested in this call, please do let me know.  Rachel Clarke, KTP Officer – or 01202 961347.

Writing Academy Lunchbyte Sessions





Co-Authorship and How to Write with Authors:

Wed 2nd July 12:30-14:00 The Octagon, Sir Michael Cobham Library, Talbot Campus

Presented by Prof. Mark Hadfield this Writing Academy lunchbyte session will look at co-authorship in general, techniques for writing with authors, how to manage these relationships and dealing with difficult ao-authors. 

After the presentation, attendees are invited to stay and discuss the topic with the speaker over lunch.


Writing English as a Foreign Language:

Wed 16th July 12:30-14:00 P406, Poole House, Talbot Campus

Presented by Paul Barnes from the library this Writing Academy lunchbyte session will look at:

  • Academic style
  • Levels of formality (register)
  • Grammar – including tense usage, passive voice, prepositions and relative clauses
  • Vocabulary choice

After the presentation, attendees are invited to stay and discuss the topic with the speaker over lunch, there is also an option for attendees to book one to one appointments with the speaker to discuss any individual needs they may have.


My Publishing Experience: Prof. Matthew Bennett

Wed 23rd July 12:30-14:00 Russell Cotes Museum, Bournemouth

In this Writing Academy Lunchbyte session Prof. Matthew Bennett will talk about his personal publishing experience, his approaches to research and writing, how to develop a publication strategy and the challenges of working with colleagues and dealing with both reviewers and editors.  He will talk about all type of publishing from journal articles, to books via edited compilations.  Drawing on personal experience he will also focus on how you target high impact journals.   After the presentation, attendees are invited to stay and discuss the topic with the speaker over lunch.

If you have any questions relating to these sessions then please contact Shelly Anne Stringer

To book a place on either of these workshops, please email

Congratulations to Sheetal Sharma (HSC)

Congratulations to HSC PhD student Ph.D. Sheetal Sharma who was co-author on a blog today on the recently published Lancet series on Midwifery.  The blog is illustrated with some of Sheetal’s beautiful photos from her Ph.D. research fieldwork in Nepal.


Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen

Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health

Bournemouth University



BUCfE Connects with Gaming Students at FODI

Members of the CfE team were delighted to connect with Gaming and Music final year students at the FODI event to explain upcoming proposed entrepreneurial programmes.

Speaking during Glyn Hadley’s and Christos Gatzidis’ lectures, the Student Entrepreneurship Manager had the opportunity to give a high level overview of the Bournemouth University Graduate Incubator’s offerings including:

  • Hackathon
  • Bootcamp
  • Competition
  • 12 months incubation space

The Business Ideas Hackathon was the main focus of the talk.  The Hackathon will be a 36-hour business idea hack to identify and develop out innovative potential high growth businesses.  Running in the Autumn semester 2014, the Hackathon will enable students to devise and code a new business from the ground up and provide an environment to test out the proposed business model.  Students from SciTech will team up with students from HSC, Media, Tourism and Business, for instance, to code a solution to a real-world problem or to scope out a potential fast-growing business.   The focus is on innovation, creativity and on high growth with fusion of different disciplines being key to success.  Whilst this initial presentation was to SciTech, students from any disciplines are invited to apply and presentations will be given to all schools in September.   Bournemouth University students about to enter their final year are invited to register their interest at this stage at our Hackathon page.

Designed to hone and refine business ideas, the Bootcamp will be for participants of the business idea hackathon or those who already know what business they want to do.  The Bootcamp will enable participants to build out their business plans and to start to develop their offering and their pitch.

The Bootcamp feeds into the Business Idea Competition:  a Dragon’s Den-style event where businesses pitch to win 12 month’s free incubator space and business support at the Centre for Entrepreneurship.

SciTech students had left their industry placements for the day to attend the FODI event, with some of the students showcasing their work to the general public.  During the event, BUCfE incubator business Static Games were able to feature their new game, Mendel’s Farm, and sign up beta testers for their imminent release.

The CfE team are immensely grateful to Glyn Hadley and Christos Gatzidis for allowing us some time to present to their students.

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