Students and Lecturers benefit from co-creation projects

The co-creation programme is a pilot scheme aimed to provide support to the development of student/lecturer collaborative projects.

As part of this scheme, teams of students and lecturers have been awarded £500 each to provide assistance with their projects.

Students and staff were encouraged to work together as equals, valuing each other’s ability to contribute to high quality academic work. 

On Monday 20 April 2015 the awards were presented by Professor Gail Thomas, Dean of Health and Social Science, to:

  • Rebecca Dixon-Wright and Dr Carol Wilkins for Women’s hopes and anxieties in early pregnancy
  • Kirsty Tointon and Dr Jane Hunt for Adding to the evidence base of children’s nursing: developing publications
  • Sian Ridden and Dr Vanora Hundley for A Midwives Guide to Working With The Media
  • Jamie Parkinson, Daniel West and Dr Jonathan Williams for Is there a correlation between wobble-board performance and static balance performance?
  • Ben Hayes, Dr Carol Clark and Dr Jon Williams for Systematic Review Aimed to Investigate the Effect of Current Lifestyle Interventions on the Reduction of Metabolic Syndrome.

Professor Gail Thomas said: “The co-creation project is about having a fusion of research, professional practice and education, and the marriage of these component parts being the foundation of an excellent student experience and learning opportunity.

“A key element of this is to ‘inspire’ and this is around getting students, graduates and staff to enrich the world.”

The project has been a resounding success, for example, as result of Rebecca Dixon-Wright’s and Dr Carol Wilkin’s work, they have submitted abstracts for conferences and hope to be published in the journal Midwifery. As a result, this project could have implications on future practice by understanding the issues that affect women during the early stages of pregancy.

On working together with lecturers 3rd year Child Health Nursing student, Kirsty Tointon, said: “I found it really interesting working together, working with Jane, and working on a different level from lecturer/student to more of a partnership. I’ve really I’ve enjoyed that.”

Dr Vanora Hundley continued: “I’ve really enjoyed working with Sian. brought a unique perspective to the project that bridged the gap between media and midwifery through her previous experiences prior to studying at Bournemouth University.”  

Gail added: “I’m really pleased to say the students have been successful in getting a prize. It’s up to them what they do with that funding, it can help with getting to a conference to present at, buy some books and it is also a reward for their energy and enthusiasm to have a go.”

For more information please contact Anita Diaz at or on 01202 965679