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Professor Feigenbaum and her team launch guide on social media storytelling for health literacy

Creating social media posts that aim to build health or information literacy is challenging. It is one thing to get likes on a video of a cute dog dancing or your latest holiday pics, it is another to develop reflective, empathetic understanding of complex phenomena in a bite-sized image or video.

To help guide people through the process of creating social media stories for information and health literacy,  Professor Feigenbaum designed the Pick N Mix strategy. This Pick N Mix method is based on research findings from her team’s UKRI/AHRC COVID-19 Rapid Response project that analysed over 15,000 webcomics to look at the role this medium played in public health messaging on Instagram during the first year of the pandemic. The guide also draws from current research in psychology, graphic medicine and media studies. It was designed by creative studio partners Minute Works.

On 10th June 2022 Professor Feigenbaum and her team of BU student RAs — Katie Penfound, Kristy Hart, Linh Trinh and Abbie Smith — launched the new guide during a training workshop for stakeholders delivered to project partners from University Hospitals Dorset, CILIP The Library and Information Association and CEMP’s EdD programme.
The guide and stakeholder training session are set to make a meaningful impact, already getting great feedback from stakeholders.
Reaching out to a wider audience, on 14 June 2022, Professor Feigenbaum and BU alumni Ozlem Demirkol Tonnesen, an AHRC project RA and PhD Candidate at the University of Southampton, published a piece for The Conversation’s Quarter Life series, translating their storytelling strategies for social media content creators in their 20s and 30s.
Professor Feigenbaum and her team’s research on social media storytelling for health literacy will feature later this year at the British Science Festival. For more resources on social media storytelling for information and health literacy, you can check out their healthy socials training pack and AHRC project website.

Dr Alison Cronin’s corporate crime consultation response acknowledged by the Law Commission

On the 10th June the Law Commission for England & Wales published its paper on Options for reform to improve the law on corporate criminal liability, following its consultation last year. Of note, Dr Alison Cronin’s response to that consultation has received multiple references in the Options publication which is being submitted to Government for consideration.

Another CMMPH COVID-19 publication on fathers

Congratulations to Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health (CMMPH) Visiting Faculty members Prof. Minesh Khashu and Ms. Jillian Ireland on the acceptance of their paper “COVID-19 restrictions and psychological well-being of fathers with infants admitted to NICU (neonatal intensive care units)—an exploratory cross-sectional study” has been accepted by Acta Paediatrica [1]. Acta Paediatrica

These authors, both employed by University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust, are part of an international team of researchers studying the role of fathers in maternity care.  The first author on the paper, Dr. Esther Adama is Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Edith Cowan University in Australia. Previous papers produced by some members of this team were both published in the Journal of Neonatal Nursing [2-3].

Congratulations to my colleagues!

Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen




  1. Adama E.A., Koliouli F., Provenzi L., Feeley N., van Teijlingen E., Ireland J., Thomson-Salo F., Khashu M and FINESSE Group (2022) COVID-19 restrictions and psychological well-being of fathers with infants admitted to NICU—an exploratory cross-sectional study, Acta Paediatrica (accepted).
  2. Fisher, D., Khashu, M., Adama, E., Feeley, N., Garfield, C., Ireland, J., Koliouli F., Lindberg, B., Noergaard, B., Provenzi, L., Thomson-Salo, F., van Teijlingen, E. (2018) Fathers in neonatal units: Improving infant health by supporting the baby-father bond & mother-father co-parenting, Journal of Neonatal Nursing 24(6): 306-312 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnn.2018.08.007
  3. Ireland, J., Khashu, M., Cescutti-Butler, L., van Teijlingen, E., Hewitt-Taylor, J. (2016) Experiences of fathers with babies admitted to neonatal care units: A review of literature, Journal of Neonatal Nursing 22(4): 171–176

Research Ethics Panel meetings in August

Research EthicsA Reminder for Staff and Postgraduate Researchers

There are NO Research Ethics Panel (REP) meetings held during August, so if you’re hoping to start data collection activities over the summer and are in the process of completing your research ethics checklist, please keep this in mind when planning your research activities and submit your checklist in time for the final REP meetings to be held in June and July.  Checklists received during August which need to be reviewed by a full Panel will be deferred until September (dates to be advised).

REPs review all staff projects and postgraduate research projects which have been identified as high risk through the online ethics checklist.  Details on what constitutes high risk can be found on the research governance, research ethics & integrity website.

There are two central REPs:

  • Science, Technology & Health
  • Social Sciences & Humanities

Staff and PGR ‘high risk’ projects are reviewed by one of the central REPs and Researchers (including PGR Supervisors) will normally be invited to Panel for discussions.

Staff Projects which are ‘low risk’

Reviews for low risk projects will continue as normal during August (via email), although turnaround may take longer than normal due to Reviewer availability during this month.

PGR Projects which are ‘low risk’

There are no changes to the review and approval process for low risk PGR projects and reviews will continues as normal throughout August, again subject to Supervisor and the Ethics Champions availability.

More details about the review process and REP meeting dates can be found on the governance, research ethics & integrity website.  Email enquiries should be sent to researchethics@bournemouth.ac.uk.

Panel recruitment: EoI for Deputy Chair (Science, Technology & Health Panel)

Research EthicsExpressions of interest are invited from members of the Professoriate, for the prestigious and honorary role of Deputy Chair, Science Technology Research Ethics Panel. The central research ethics panels work across the University to champion the highest ethical standards in research undertaken by staff and students (PGR).

This document provides further information about the role and the application process. The opportunity is open to Professors and Associate Professors.

Expressions of interest should consist of a CV and brief statement outlining your suitability for the role. These should be submitted to the RDS (researchethics@bournemouth.ac.uk) by 5pm on Friday 1 July 2022.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact:

– Prof Sam Porter, Chair of the Science, Technology and Health Ethics Panel

If you have any questions regarding the process, please email Sarah Bell or Suzy Wignall by email to researchethics@bournemouth.ac.uk.

Sharing Research with Practitioners: Working with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence and Abuse

University of Bristol and University of Bournemouth ‘Other side of the story: perpetrators in change’ Event 6 June. 

In April we shared that we would be holding training and networking events to share findings from an ongoing research project exploring the dynamics of Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA) perpetration. These were designed to provide an opportunity for professionals from health, social work, the charity sector and criminal justice agencies to explore and discuss the barriers and challenges working with perpetrators of DVA as well as include training sessions on key elements of perpetrator work. 

More than 50 professionals working in Domestic Abuse services across the health, social work, charity and criminal justice sectors attended the in-person event held at Bournemouth Executive Business Centre on the 6th June.  The Regional Practice Lead of RESPECT Make a Change, the national umbrella body who oversees quality and best practice for perpetrator services across the UK, Joanna Szuryn was our special guest in this event. We were also joined by a further 30 professionals for an Online Event run on the 7th June for those who could not join us in-person. 

As well as receiving training on key elements of this work, participants were also given access to a range of free online resources following the event to provide continued support for their work.  

The team have received some very positive feedback from attendees about the event outlining how they plan to address some of the challenges raised in practice: 

‘I think that what we discussed is a huge ‘gap’ in the system, and one that definitely needs addressing.’ 

‘I thought the event was excellent, well delivered, very professional and thought provoking. I thought each and every speaker was amazing, informative, knowledgeable, and open minded. It was great to be able to be in a room of other link minded professionals, all who want ultimately to reduce domestic abuse and sexual violence, to prevent it where possible, and to help bring about change, these were what we all had in common’. 

Many of the participants shared how valuable this training and networking event had been and how they would like to see more such events.  

The ultimate aim of the ‘Other Side of the Story: Perpetrators in Change’ (OSSPC) project is a 2.5 year project which has aimed to prevent further violence and change violent behavioural patterns by increasing the capacity of professionals to support DVA perpetrators to change. The OSSPC project is a European Commission funded project between partners in the UK, Romania, Cyprus, Greece, and Italy. The UK team is a partnership between Dr Jade Levell at the University of Bristol, and Dr Jane Healy, Dr Orlanda Harvey, Dr Terri Cole, Professor Colin Pritchard at Bournemouth University. Our local front-line partner is The Hampton Trust, who deliver perpetrator interventions across Hampshire and Dorset. The national and international reports from the first two phases of the project can be found here. 

The research project is a collaboration between partner organisations in the UK, Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Romania for more information see here:   


OSSPC Europe Official page “The Other Side of the Story: Perpetrators in Change” (OOSPC) | OSSPC.EU


Project Management Knowledge Exchange Opportunity

Project management and project delivery experts – take part in knowledge exchange within Parliament

The UK Parliament Project Delivery Community of Practice (CoP) is currently seeking experts in the following topic/s to share knowledge, expertise, insights and tools for their project delivery professionals. They hope that to find experts as soon as possible as the CoP working group has already been set-up.

This is a brilliant opportunity to work closely with project delivery professionals, make a range of contacts at Parliament, share research findings and contribute to shaping the project management community in UK Parliament.

The topics which they are seeking expertise on are:

  • Project/programme management and delivery
  • Leadership, management and performance
  • Change management, communications and engagement
  • Lessons and knowledge management
  • Sustainable business practices and behavioural insight
  • Centres of excellence, communities and social networks

If you would like to submit expertise, the you can find the form here, and do let our Policy and Public Affairs team know by emailing Sarah so that we are aware of your contribution. The deadline for recommendations is 12:00 midday on Thursday 23 June 2022, and be aware that you may not always get a response.

RKEDF Clinical Research Governance Sessions

As you will be aware, RDS offers something called the RKEDF, or Research & Knowledge Exchange Development Framework – as part of this there are a number of sessions available surrounding clinical research governance. These sessions can be booked as a 1:2:1 or in bespoke group sessions with Suzy Wignall, BU’s Clinical Governance Advisor.

As always, general chats/specific discussions can also be booked in too – please just email!

The RKEDF sessions available are as follows:

Please get in touch if you are interested in any of these sessions.

For general guidance, documents and further information surrounding processes, take a look at the Clinical Governance website.

Maritime Imagination themed Celebration of the Humanities & Law at BU, 21 June, 5.30pm

It’s our pleasure to invite you to join us for an evening of research and celebration from the Department of Humanities & Law at Bournemouth University, themed around The Maritime Imagination.

We’re delighted to welcome Chancellor Dr Kate Adie who will be opening our celebrations. We’ll be showcasing existing and future research as well as making connections across and beyond the University.

The maritime theme is useful to explore the different strands of Humanities and Law research at BU that links to the literary, cultural and historical heritage of the coast and its symbolism. There is also a rich seem of work into ships and maritime law, as well as human rights research into missing people on land and at sea and the associated feelings of loss. The real and imagined borders of national identity and its relationship to liminal spaces of the coastal shoreline, provide another strand of research.

Our event begins from 5.30pm on Tuesday 21st June in Poole Gateway Building, Talbot Campus, Bournemouth University.

Please RSVP via this link and advise if you require car parking.


Light refreshments, including a cream tea, will be provided.

We hope to see you there,

Best wishes,

Candida Yates, Prof of Culture and Communication

Prof Katharine Cox, Head of the Humanities & Law

Another research league table

This week Research.com, a prominent academic platform, published its 2022 Edition of the Ranking of Top 1000 Scientists in the area of Social Sciences and Humanities.  Professor Edwin van Teijlingen, in the Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health (CMMPH), is listed as number 234 in United Kingdom ranking as well as number 1238 in the Social Sciences and Humanities world ranking.


Funding Development Briefing – Spotlight on…Leverhulme Research Project Outline

The RDS Funding Development Briefings occur weekly, on a Wednesday at 12 noon.

Each session covers the latest major funding opportunities, followed by a brief Q&A session. Some sessions also include a spotlight on a particular funding opportunity of strategic importance to BU.

Next Wednesday 15th June, there will be a spotlight on the Leverhulme Research Project Outline.

We will cover:

  • Overview
  • How to apply
  • Q & A

For those unable to attend, the session will be recorded and shared on Brightspace here.

Please join the briefing by clicking the link below.

Click here to join the meeting

Reminder – Spotlight on MRC TODAY

The RDS Funding Development Briefings occur weekly, on a Wednesday at 12 noon.

Each session covers the latest major funding opportunities, followed by a brief Q&A session. Some sessions also include a spotlight on a particular funding opportunity of strategic importance to BU.

This Wednesday 8th June, there will be a spotlight on the Medical Research Council.

We will cover:

  • Overview
  • How to apply
  • Q & A

For those unable to attend, the session will be recorded and shared on Brightspace here.