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Interdisciplinary Research Week 2016 Programme of Events

InterdisResWeek2The second Interdisciplinary Research Week (IRW) is being held from 25th to 29th January 2016.  Join us at one or more of these free events to celebrate the breadth and excellence of Bournemouth University’s research, across it’s many disciplines.

This five day event includes a programme of lectures, art based events, film, discussions and healthy debate all designed to stimulate new ideas and examine important societal issues from across the globe.

Events also include funder visits from the Wellcome Trust who will be talking about their most recent collaborative project ‘Hubbub’ and why working across various disciplines, sectors and organisations is important to them as funders; and the British Academy who will share emerging findings from a project they are carrying out on interdisciplinary research.  They are looking at how the whole higher education and research systems supports such research in terms of publishing, research funding, academic careers, teaching and beyond.

The IRW events are open to everyone (only one event is for BU academics and researchers only).  Do check out the whole programme of events to see what might interest you and publicise the week to your friends and family.

Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team – KEIT flying high as ever!


The KEIT team have been working hard this December and have had a very busy and productive month where some team highlights, projects and updates have included:

  • KTP’s – there are changes brewing within Innovate UK in a bid to make KTP more competitive and innovative. Changes are due to start being implemented from the second quarter of 2016, with communications being provided early 2016 from Innovate UK
  • Undergraduate Research Assistants – we received an overwhelming 52 applications for the 2016 URA scheme. All awarded positions are currently recruiting for students to work on the projects in spring.
  • Student Project Bank – the project is currently recruiting for a Project Co-coordinator with a project launch date of early 2016

Business Engagement

  • HEIF – project activity for the last 12 months forms part of the latest return sent to HEFCE. This includes commentary and financial information on all projects in addition to a case study. “BUG” was selected for this purpose.  Click here for more details on the project.
  • The first quarterly report and committee meeting for the current 12 live projects has taken place. All projects are progressing well.  External media coverage has already featured the project led by Sarah Bate:” Superior Face Recognition: Generating KE with the Police Force with coverage in The New Scientist and The Independent.  With interest also shown by ITV and the BBC.
  • There was a great turn out at the BRAD event on business engagement and networking that included presentations from internal and external speakers. With good feedback there is certainly an appetite to engage more with the business community as well as fellow academics. We are looking at how these opportunities can be developed so keep an eye out for more information on the research blog and other staff communication channels.

Public Engagement

  • The ESRC Festival of social sciences was a huge success last month with a great turn out of people and some really positive feedback! Thank you to those that came along or participated in running an event.
  • The call for proposals for the Festival of learning is now open with a January 31st It’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase the wonderful research coming out of BU to the public. If you’re interested in running an event then click here for details on how to submit a proposal.
  • KEIT ran a public lecture day for the University of the 3rd Age which proved to be a great hit with two really interesting topics from around the restoration of the Epping – Ongar heritage railway and our local environments rich marine history.
  • The next Café Scientifique is happening on Tuesday 2nd February where we will be joined by Martin Graff for a valentine’s themed topic around the function of nonverbal behaviour in Human Courtship. Please do feel free to come along to this free event at Café Boscanova in Boscombe at 7.30pm. Click here for more details.
  • Genna West, Katie Breadmore and Naomi Kay from team KEIT had a great time at the NCCPE Engage conference in Bristol to discover the latest trends and updates in all things public engagement.
  • The interdisciplinary Research week kicks off in January with a number of different topics being covered running. Click here for details on some great free events!
  • Student engagement co-ordinator Oliver Cooke is still busy collecting all of your Research Photography Competition entries – The deadline is 13th Click here for details on how to submit a photograph.

That’s it for KEIT this month – we’re all looking forward to a spot of mince pie eating and mulled wine drinking. Merry Christmas to you all and see you in the New Year!


If you’re feeling inspired by this blog post and would like to get involved with some of our projects then feel free to get in touch:

Genna West – Knowledge Exchange and Impact Manager

Rachel Bowen – Research Communications Manager

Rachel Clarke – Knowledge Exchange Adviser (KTP)

Jayne Codling – Knowledge Exchange Adviser

Naomi Kay – Public Engagement Officer

Katie Breadmore – Public Engagement Event’s Organiser

Oliver Cooke – Student Engagement Coordinator

To find out more about us and what we do, take a look at our team page.

CsJCC book launch

On Wednesday 9 December, the Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community held a book launch to celebrate the work of colleagues who have published monographs or edited collections over recent months.  In total we had around 9 books to browse and discuss and it was great to hear of further book projects in development.  Books on display included Gothic in Comics and Graphic Novels by Julia Round, British Spy Fiction and the End of Empire by Sam Goodman,  The Play of Political Culture, Emotion and Identity by Candida Yates and Narrative: the Basics, by Bronwen Thomas. Edited volumes included Shaun Kimber’s, Snuff: Real Death and Screen Media and Nael Jebril’s Political Journalism in Comparative Perspective. Soon to be published is Chris Pullen’s Straight Girls and Queer Guys, his ninth book so far!

Pictured below are Candida Yates, Sam Goodman and Peri Bradley talking about their books.














Peri Bradley’s book on Food, Media and Contemporary Culture features contributions from several colleagues in the Faculty of Media and Communication, while Media, Margins and Popular Culture edited by Einar Thorsen, Jenny Alexander, Heather Savigny and Dan Jackson is a collaboration between CsJCC and the Centre for Politics and Media in the Faculty.

Colleagues attending the event were keen to start reading the volumes on display. All books will soon be available from the library.










Unlocking UK Productivity: Internationalisation and Innovation of SMEs

erc-logoUnlocking UK Productivity is a new report which has been co-authored by Goldman Sachs, the ESRC funded Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) and the British Business Bank (BBB). Its findings draw heavily on ERC’s core research themes.  To read the full press release, please click here.

HSS Writing Week 4th-8th January – How can Bournemouth University Clinical Research Unit support you?

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The Faculty of Health and Social Sciences is holding a Writing Week between 4th-8th January 2016 aimed at supporting staff to find time in their busy academic diaries to prioritise writing grant applications and papers for publication.

The Bournemouth University Clinical Research Unit offers methodological and statistical collaboration for all healthcare researchers in the area. It supports researchers in improving the quality, quantity and efficiency of research across Bournemouth University and local National Health Service (NHS) Trusts. It incorporates the Dorset office of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research Design Service who offer free methodological support to researchers who are developing research ideas in the field of health and social care.

BUCRU will be supporting Writing Week in HSS by holding two drop-in sessions on Tuesday 5th January and Thursday 7th January 12-2pm in R508 Royal London House. We would also like to extend the invitation across the other Faculties for anyone who feels we may be able to support them. For those unable to attend the drop-in sessions, we would be delighted to arrange an alternative appointment.

Please see further information here, contact our adminstrator Louise Ward on 01202 961939 / or visit our website. We look forward to seeing you!

Congratulations to FHSS staff on latest KPI publication

Five RiversCongratulations to FHSS Celia Beckett and Jaqui Hewitt-Taylor and colleagues Richard Cross and Pam McConnell based at Five Rivers Child Care, Salisbury. Their first paper describes the exciting process of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project between BU and Five Rivers Child Care which started in 2012 and finished recently in 2015.[1]    The project was established to develop a stepped assessment package that would help to identify the emotional and behavioural needs of children who are looked after to ensure the right services are accessed and to monitor their progress.



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  1. Celia Beckett , Richard Cross , Jaqui Hewitt-Taylor , Pam McConnell (2015) Developing a process for assessment of the emotional and behavioural needs of “looked after” children: the Five Rivers model Journal of Children’s Services, 10(4):  324-38.

What will Marty McFly need in 25 years? 

Or, to put it another way, how do we realise the transformational impact of digital technologies on aspects of community life, cultural experiences, future society and the economy’?

On 26th and 27th January 2016,  RKEO will be hosting a sandpit workshop to facilitate exploration of this topic to:

  • Raise awareness –  interdisciplinary approaches are an integral element of research successclock
  • Provide a space to explore ideas
  • Provide a mechanism for continual peer review
  • Support proposal development
  • Stimulate research proposals in promising areas of research for the University

The Research Sandpit process comprises:

  • Defining the scope of the issue
  • Sharing understanding of the problem domain, and the expertise brought by the participants to the sandpit
  • Taking part in break-out sessions focused on the problem domain, using creative and innovative thinking techniques
  • Capturing the outputs in the form of a research project

To take part in this exciting opportunity, BU academic staff should complete the Sandpit Application Form and return this to Dianne Goodman by Tuesday 5th January. Places are strictly limited.

By applying, you agree to attend for the full duration of the event – full day 26th January and half day 27th January.

This event is part of BU’s Interdisciplinary Research Week.

Research Photography Competition

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Hello !

The entries to this year’s Research Photography Competition are now open!

Can you convey your research through an image?

We are looking for academics and postgraduates to tell the story of their research through a photograph, which can be used to inspire current BU undergraduates.

All submitted images will be showcased on the BU website late 2015, where staff and students will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite image/s. An exhibition will also be displayed in the Atrium Art Gallery during February 2016. Winners will then be announced during an Awards Ceremony which will take place on Thursday 4 February 2016.

How to enter the competition:

Step 1: Take your photo!

You can be as creative as you like in capturing the essence of your research. You could take a photo of your research in progress, showing how it is developed. Or you could focus on the people involved – the people behind the research, or the people benefitting from it. Unusual or artistic images are encouraged!

Step 2: Submit your photo

Submit your photo to the research email inbox, along with a 100–200 word description of your research by the 13th of January 2016.

Need inspiration?

Then take a look at our regular ‘Photo of the Week’, where you can read about the research behind the images or visit the Research Photography Competition 2015 webpages which highlight last year’s Research Photography Competition entries.

Well done Sophie Smith!

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Sophie SSophie Smithmith, Lecturer in Occupational Therapy (Faculty of Health and Social Sciences) has been awarded a ‘You’re Brilliant!’ Award by the Occupational Therapy students.

The awards which were introduced to BU in 2010 have been a great way for students to nominate staff who they think are brilliant. And Sophie definitely fits that description. Sophie was praised as being fun, approachable, warm, welcoming, calm, happy, positive and a fantastic teacher.

Sophie would like to say a big thank you to all who nominated her for their kind words.

Well done Sophie!

How to submit your proposal for running an event at Festival of Learning 2016

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The Festival of Learning enters its fourth year in 2016 and will be running from Saturday 25 – Wednesday 29 June. It’s a fantastic public engagement opportunity for BU to showcase the great research coming out of the university. The call for proposals is now open and the process for submitting an application is simple:

  1. Think of an idea for an event that demonstrates your research – will it be innovating and interesting to members of the public? Watch our video from 2015 for some inspiration.
  2. Decide if you want your event to be a bookable event that people can sign up for or whether you’d like a run a stall or drop in activity instead (i.e. an activity based on passing traffic rather than pre-bookings)
  3. Consider who you want to be your target audience (adults, families, businesses etc.)
  4. Consider whether your event meets the Festivals objectives, what you plan to do during the event, how it will appeal to your intended audience and what your attendees will get out of attending the event.
  5. Complete the Festival of Learning event application before January 31st 2016: see here (We are unable to accept late proposals due to the tight turn around between the call closing and review by the panel.)

If you would like to discuss an idea in more detail, please call/ email Naomi Kay (Public Engagement Officer) 61342/ or click here for more detailed information about submitting a proposal.bubbles

Latest Major Funding Opportunities

money and cogsThe following funding opportunities have been announced. Please follow the links for more information.

Arts & Humanities Research Council

The AHRC have announced a highlight notice for the Public Policy in the Leadership Fellows Scheme to enable researchers to work in collaborative engagement with policy makers. Closing Date: 30/9/16

British Academy

Proposals in the fields of Cognitive Benefits of Language Learning and Mathematics Anxiety are being welcomed to review ongoing policy and research activities as part of the Special Research Projects programme.  Funding of up to £150,000 is available.  Closing Date: 13/1/16

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Expressions of interest are welcome for the topic Reducing Industrial Energy Demand.  The EPSRC has made available up to £4m of funding available for multi-disciplinary collaborative research in order to reduce industrial energy demand.  Expression of interest Closing Date: 3/2/16.  Full proposal closing date: 25/2/16

Expressions of interest are welcome for the topic Systems Change – Towards a Circular Economy. The EPSRC are committing up to £5m for projects up to three years which focus on modelling and understanding whole systems approaches to the circular economy.  Expression of interest Closing Date: 11/2/16.  Full proposal closing date: April 2016

Innovate UK

5G applications and services. Investment of up to £1m is being made available for R&D projects to stimulate 5G use. Projects are expected to range in size from total costs of £150,000 to £220,000.  Registration closes: 20/1/17. Closing Date: 3/2/17

Surface engineering and coating technologies for high-value manufacturing. Awards of up to £2m are available for technical feasibility concept and application studies examining surface engineering and coatings, positioning the sector to identify potential areas for further innovation. Registration closes: 3/9/15 Competition closes: 16/3/15

If you are interested in submitting to any of the above calls you must contact RKEO with adequate notice before the deadline.

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.

Pre-award Bid Timeline & Sample Costs

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As part of the pre-award review conducted in early – mid 2015, one of the approved actions was for the RKEO pre-award team to provide the following:

1. Pre-award Bid Timeline: to inform you of what happens in the pre-award process and the timeframes required for steps to be followed for internal approvals and costing preparation. The internal legal and finances approvals processes need to be followed to comply with BU’s Financial Regulations. The Quality Approval process aims to bring your funding proposal to the best quality possible in the competitive bidding arena. As these processes involve various parties within BU, this Timeline assists you to understand the timeframes involved for each step so that we can provide you with optimal support.

2. Sample Costs: this provides the base rates of some common costing items and is to assist you to fill in the ‘Costing Information Request’ section of the Intention to Bid (ITB) form. When the ITB form is received by RKEO, your Funding Development Officer will use the base rates you provided to prepare a more accurate costing.

These documents are titled “RKE Bid Timeline” and “RKE Sample Costs” – they can be found on the Staff Intranet under the section “Research”.

If you have any queries or have any issues with accessing these documents, please contact your Funding Development Team.

Faculty of Management’s Dr Debbie Sadd is visiting Japan next week

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Dr Debbie Sadd from the Faculty of Management, is travelling to Japan as a guest of the British Council as a keynote speaker at the Sharing experiences from London 2012 symposium in Tokyo on the 18th December (
The Knowledge Partnership, based in London, approached selected UK universities to write case studies around the roles and opportunities they gained from London 2012 and in particular to share experiences and forge a deeper UK-Japan collaboration.
Debbie’s case study of BU’s opportunity to reform the learning environment and curriculum, raise our institution’s reputation, and build our brand image from on-going legacy projects was selected as one of the exemplars for the symposium. There will be over 80 Japanese Universities in attendance as well as members of the Japanese Organising Committee for the Olympic Games.
Debbie will report further once she has returned from her trip.

Research Councils’ grants system to capture ORCID iDs from early next year

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The Research Councils today announce that they have become members of the Jisc UK ORCID Consortium and their grants system will be ready to start capturing ORCID identifiers (ORCID iDs) in early 2016.

This news is the culmination of several years of engagement between the Research Councils and Jisc to understand how they can improve the flow of information across the higher education sector. In a joint Research Councils UK (RCUK) and JISC report published earlier this year, ORCID iD was identified as the leading standard for a researcher identifier.

By becoming a member of ORCID through the Jisc UK ORCID Consortium, the Research Councils have benefited from reduced membership as well as access to enhanced technical resource. The Consortium should accelerate adoption and provide a smoother path to ORCID integration for UK universities. By becoming a member of ORCID universities can integrate the ORCID iDs of their researchers into their own research information system which in the longer term will make the flow of information to RCUK and other funders quick and easy.

The ORCID iD gives researchers a unique digital identity which can be kept throughout their career. This allows them to keep an on-going record of their scholarly activities even if they change research organisation or leave academia. In the short-term, an ORCID iD should ensure correct assignment of research outputs by allowing them to be unambiguously linked to their creators. It also increases the chances that a researcher’s work is discoverable. In the longer term, it should bring about efficiency improvements by saving time and duplication in grant applications and enhanced reporting of research outputs to funders as well as improved analysis of outcomes.

Further information about the benefits of using ORCID are outlined in the RCUK blog. The announcement on the Jisc website can be found here.

BU has also recently joined the Jisc UK ORCID Consortium and RKEO will be looking at integrating ORCID IDs with existing systems early next year.

For information on how to obtain an ORCID ID, please see this link –

Smart 2015/2016 – R&D funding available

Innovate 2011v4A grant scheme which offers funding to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to engage in R&D projects in the strategically important areas of science, engineering and technology.

The scheme supports SMEs carrying out R&D which offers potentially significant rewards and that could stimulate UK economic growth.

Three types of grant are available:
  • Proof of market
  • Proof of concept
  • Development of prototype.
Any UK SME undertaking research and development may apply; applications are accepted on a rolling basis for assessment by independent experts.
This call is currently open closing on 21 January 2016.

Contact a member of the funding development team if you have any questions .


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