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Tax Research Network (TRN) 26th Annual International Conference, 4-6 September 2017

Tax Research Network (TRN) 26th Annual International Conference, 4 – 6 September 2017

The Accounting, Finance & Economics Department of the Faculty of Management has this week hosted the Tax Research Network (TRN) 26th Annual Conference at the EBC.  Professor John Vinney opened the TRN Conference 2017 with a welcome address on behalf of the University and the event was run by Dr Alan Kirkpatrick and Dr Phyllis Alexander over three days (including a Doctoral Colloquium).

The event was a great success and thanks are due to our colleagues Charmain Lyons, Research & Knowledge Exchange Office and Rebecca Marney, BU Events Management Team for their considerable help.

The TRN has a wide international membership.  The delegates attending included some of the best known international and UK-based academics in taxation as well as senior figures from the professional bodies that sponsored the event: Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), both the global body and the regional organisation, ‘ICAEW Southern’ and the Chartered Institute of Taxation as well as Chartered Accountants Ireland.

The Keynote sessions were a particularly successful feature of the Conference.   The themes were:

  • ‘Challenges for taxation policy makers’ presented by Professor Judith Freedman of Oxford University:
  • ‘Making Tax Digital’ presented by Professor John Hasseldine of the University of New Hampshire: and,
  • ‘Tax and Trade – implications of Brexit and the special case of the UK-Irish border’ with presentations by Dr Brian Keegan who is Director of Taxation Policy at Chartered Accountants Ireland and by BU academics Dr Alan Kirkpatrick and Professor Tim Lloyd from the panel with further contributions from Professor Jens Holscher.  The other panellists were Judith Freedman (Oxford Univ), Ian Young (ICAEW) and Anne Fairpo (Temple Tax Chambers and a past President of the Chartered Institute of Taxation).

This event has helped to showcase BU’s facilities and expertise in the field of taxation research and education.

Dr Alan K Kirkpatrick, PhD MSc (Oxon) BA (Hons) Econ SFHEA FCA

Senior Academic in Accounting and Taxation, Director of TRIBUTE Tax Research,

Faculty of Management


Pharmacoeconomics Workshop (Professor Darrin Baines) – Egyptian (Cairo) Delegates

The Pharmacoeconomics Workshop funded by The British Council to promote economic and social impact in Egypt, recruited nine Egyptian delegates from academia and government, which involved key collaborator Professor Samir Farid from the Pharmacy Department, Cairo University;  Dr Amar Saad, Former Associate Minister of Health for Pharmaceutical Affairs. Researcher at the National Organization for Drug Control and Research (NODCAR); Dr Mahmoud Elmahdawy, Director, Patient Access & HEOR, Novartis Pharmaceuticals; Dr Ahmed Abuelhana, Director of Consultation & Training Center, Misr University Science & Technology Park.

The July one week workshop programme taught by Professor Baines, Health Economics, Faculty of Management, included a presentation from Professor Zaheed-Ud-Din Babar, Medicines & Healthcare, University of Huddersfield and concluded with a visit to McCann Health, London.


VeggiEAT goes to Lyon

Bournemouth University team from Faculty of Management, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences and Faculty of Science and Technology were at the Institute Paul Bocuse for VeggiEAT (@veggieat) mid-term review. It was a very productive meeting with a lot of effective outcomes for research and knowledge exchange. Professor Heather Hartwell represented Bournemouth University as PI and manager of the project and the team is pleased to announce that VeggiEAT will continue to move towards a healthier future for European Union.

If you want to know more about the project and get involved, please contact Professor Heather Hartwell ( and join Professor Ann Hemingway during the Interdisciplinary Research Week (

Working with VeggieEAT

Olivia Magnante, Undergraduate Student

I worked alongside Heather Hartwell and Veggieat to conduct my research for my dissertation project, which proved to be a great and interesting experience .  Veggieat is a European project so it was quite unique to be able to be part of such a large scale project for my dissertation, as it would have been impossible for me to organise and conduct the same research without the help of Heather. This was not only a great experience, but it allowed me to gather really interesting and in depth results to discuss within my dissertation, as well as obtain a substantially larger sample size.

It was exciting to be working alongside so many researchers and for the time that I assisted, I was not seen as a “helper” or a “volunteer”, but as a researcher doing the same work and input as others which was also really important. Most importantly though, it was an enjoyable way to conduct research. Many people do not have the resources or time to conduct research on this scale so it was great to have the opportunity to be a part of something a bit different. I feel this gave me a really good set of results which can give you the basis of an interesting discussion. As a final year it is really important to try and strive to achieve what you want, and the dissertation is a good example of how continuous hard work can pay off.

Congratulations to PhD student Sarah Price for her award


Well done to PhD student Sarah Price who has been awarded a grant from Sawtooth (worth approximately 5,000 US dollars) to use their software MaxDiff and CiW in conjoint analysis. They will highlight her research and BU on their web page which is great for impact and for dissemination of her work.

Sarah is collecting data in the UK and Germany where her research looks at eating out and aims to evaluate the type of information that consumers value when selecting food particularly in a work site canteen. Past food scares have created a great interest in information about food and so this is a hot topic of interest.

The grant will allow her to now progress with the primary data collection and analysis.

VeggieEat Research Assistant Vacancy

Research Associate Vacancy: An opportunity to work within the School of Tourism

Despite extensive guidance about good eating habits at both national and European level, research shows that too often people are not eating enough vegetables to maintain a healthy diet.  VeggiEAT is an exciting, European-wide collaborative research project designed to address the problem of poor diet and unhealthy eating.  By exploring the barriers to healthy eating, the project aims to challenge existing policy and business practices, as well as encouraging people to eat a more balanced diet.

 An exciting opportunity to support the project has arisen.  VeggiEAT is looking for an enthusiastic research associate to work with academics at BU on a short term contract.  The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the work of VeggiEAT through undertaking research activities, supporting academic colleagues and assisting with writing for publication. 

A full job description can be viewed here Research Assistant Job Description This is a five week, full-time position, beginning on, or around 3 November and ending on 19 December.  It pays an hourly rate of £16.37.

 To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to Charmain Lyons,,  by 5.00 pm on Wednesday 29 October 2014.

Applicants must be available for an informal conversation with Professor Heather Hartwell on either Thursday 30 October or Friday 31 October 2014.