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Dr. Peter Bridgewater, Chairman of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee is coming to BU!

The Environmental Change & Biodiversity Research Theme would like to invite you to their seminar on 5 March. Dr. Peter Bridgewater, Chairman of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, will lead the seminar and discuss “Biodiversity governance in the Anthropocene”.

Peter has had a glittering career in the science-policy interface. He currently holds a position as the chairman of the JNCC and has held many reputable positions in the past, including but not limited to: chair of the International Whaling Commission, Secretary General of the RAMSAR convention of wetlands, Chief Scientist UK Nature Conservancy Council and a position on the Board of the Millenium Assessment.

The seminar will be held in the Coyne Lecture Theatre from 11am to 1pm on 5 March. All are welcome, so please come by if you’re interested in hearing more from Peter!

Renewable energy and renewable technology within the BU fusion and cross-school collaboration initiative

This cross-school fusion event is an opportunity to hear about renewable energy initiatives that are engaging the local community and businesses.  A multi-disciplinary network has been developed that engages students with practitioners, real world issues and the development of practical solutions.  In the presentations we will discuss the student experience and how this initiative is developing the transferable skills needed for employment in the 21st century.  You will also hear about the multi-disciplinary network that has been created to focus on renewable energy and renewable technology, current activities and future potential.  There will be an opportunity for informal discussion with those involved and for networking with local businesses and community organisations.

The event will take place on Thursday, 14 February from 1300-1530 in The Octagon, Sir Michael Cobham Library. For a full programme and more detail, please click here.

To book your place, please email staffdevelopment@bournemouth.ac.uk.

Research Ethics training course coming soon!

You asked, we delivered! That’s right, due to popular demand BU has invested in an online research ethics training course. The course is mainly for post graduate research (PGR) students and academic staff. The course covers standard practice and recent changes in universities’ ethics relating to research that investigates people and their data. The course applies, for example, to the healthcare disciplines, to natural and social sciences, education and welfare services, humanities, law and media studies. Ethics standards apply very generally across many topics, methods and disciplines of research. This course has used several health research examples, because the ethics questions tend to stand out clearly in health research. Viewers working in other disciplines are invited to consider how the same questions apply to their own research.

The aims of the course are to help you to:

  • understand and use the frameworks and basic tools in research ethics debates
  • explain and justify your decisions about research ethics
  • know about resources for extending and updating your knowledge of ethics.

Please keep an eye on the blog for more information regarding when the course will go live. The course will be accessible via myBU.

Environmental Change & Biodiversity Research Theme seminar on Thursday!

The Environmental Change & Biodiversity Research Theme is holding its third and final seminar of the term on Thursday 13 December. The seminar will be held in Christchurch House CG13 at 1200. Tea and coffee and biscuits will be provided.

Kevin Wood will present some results from his PhD on mute swan-plant interactions in the River Frome. The swans are sometimes considered a pest, because when in large numbers can significantly depelte the amount of vegetation in such rivers with potential negetative effects on trout and salmon. The title of his talk is “Go with the flow: seasonal changes in water velocity determine foraging patch choice by mute swans”. The seminar will also be a chance for any new first year PhD students to present a few slides about their PhD, as was done by a few students in a previous seminar. Please let Richard Stillman know if you would like to present at an upcoming seminar.

BUDI Internal Conference – final call for abstracts

This serves as the final call for abstracts for the BUDI internal conference taking place on 31st January 2013. If you are interested in highlighting an idea that might have links with dementia or a piece of work you have done that could have relevance in the field of dementia then send us an abstract. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words, presentations will be 10 mins duration with five minutes allowed for questions and posters should be of A0 portrait size and an award will be given for the best poster on the day. Abstracts for poster and paper presentations should be forwarded to Patricia McParland. Further details can be found on the staff development page.

BUDI continues to work towards a truly collaborative approach to dementia and with this in mind our first internal conference will take place on the 31st January 2013. The theme of this conference is creative collaboration. We are keen to explore new innovative approaches to all aspects of living with dementia and caring for people with dementia. To register, please visit the staff development page.

For more information, please contact Patricia McParland, Project Manager BUDI.

Code of Ethical Fundraising & Donors’ Charter

A new university-wide policy has been implemented; the Code of Ethical Fundraising & Donors’ Charter.

All staff who have any involvement in fundraising, dealing with corporate sponsors, negotiating with suppliers and other organisations, and managing relationships with external organisations should be aware of and adhere to this procedure.

To spread the word to staff about the Code the Alumni and Development Office will be holding four coffee mornings in December, open to all staff. These will include a short presentation from Claire House-Norman, Director of Development and Alumni Relations (as well as cake!) and staff will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the Code further with Claire and her team.

The coffee mornings will be held from 10.30am-11.30am on:

  • 3rd December, 21 Lansdowne Rd
  • 4th December, The Retreat, Talbot Campus
  • 5th December, 21 Lansdowne Rd
  • 6th December, The Retreat, Talbot Campus

If you would like to attend please register using the form at: https://bournemouthuniversity.wufoo.com/forms/k7p8r5/

The policy can be found the Policies and Procedures Section of the BU Intranet.

If you have any queries about the policy please contact Claire House-Norman or for queries about the events please contact Tom Galpin.

Environmental Change & Biodiversity Research Theme seminar on Thursday!

The Environmental Change & Biodiversity Research Theme is holding its second seminar of the term on Thursday 22 November. The seminar will be held in TAG01 (Tolpuddle Annex) at 1200. Tea and coffee and biscuits will be provided.

The seminar will be quite informal and will be used as an opportunity to discuss ideas that are in development as well as presenting completed results.

The next Environmental Change & Biodiversity seminar will be held on 13 December in Christchurch House CG13 at 1200. Richard Stillman is the theme leader, so please let him know if you would like to present at one of the upcoming seminars.

BUDI introduces two new dementia PhD studies

The Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI) would like to introduce two new dementia PhD studies by Clare Cutler and Ben Hicks.

Clare Cutler, a research assistant in BUDI, has recently started a PhD in the field of dementia. The PhD looks to investigate how experiences of war impact on living with dementia and how understanding such experiences may enhance improvements in knowledge, awareness, care and wellbeing. As experiences of war extend far beyond the battle field, the study aims to look at groups other than veterans and prisoners of war. This is particularly relevant as it will increase understanding and insight into how traumatic experiences affect people with dementia and may help to provide reasons to promote personal and therapeutic care. Clare’s academic background in history and archaeology along with working in the field of dementia provides an interesting collaboration between the two subject areas. For more information on this project please contact Clare on 01202 965163.

Ben Hicks has recently joined the BUDI team to undertake a PhD in collaboration with AgeUK Dorset. Previously he worked as a researcher at the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) where he was a member of the health and well-being team. Before moving to BUDI, he managed a research project for the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) which informed the development of guidance documentation for carers wishing to implement and use Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to improve the well-being of people with dementia.  The current PhD looks to draw upon and advance this work, by exploring the use of computer game technology as a care intervention to improve the well-being of men with dementia in rural areas of Dorset.

Working closely with AgeUK Dorset and other dementia care providers in the local area, Ben will lead consultation groups with dementia experts, care practitioners, men with dementia and their family members to ascertain the most appropriate gaming technology to introduce; this could include the Xbox Kinnect, Nintendo Wii or the Nintendo DS. Having established the technology to be used, he will run a series of care interventions with men with dementia each lasting three months. He will determine the success and sustainability of these interventions by collecting qualitative and quantitative data prior to their introduction, immediately after their conclusion and three months post intervention.

The consultation period is due to commence in early 2013, with the care intervention phase likely to run through late 2013 to early/mid 2014 and the final results and guidance documentation to be published in 2015. For further information on the project please contact Ben on bhicks@bournemouth.ac.uk

NEW Online Ethics Checklist Launches TODAY!!

I’m pleased to announce that the new online ethics checklist is live! Click HERE to access the online ethics checklist. Please keep in mind that if you submit a checklist, the person you indicated as you supervisor will receive an email notifying them of your submission.

Our IT developers have done a fantastic job creating an easy, collapsible, web-based form to replace our current paper checklist; the best part is that the form is collapsible, so it is entirely researcher specific. Not only will this online form streamline the submission process across the University, it will also provide a central repository for all approved checklists to facilitate the improvement of compliance within the Schools. The new online ethics checklist will soft launchs today for two months of beta testing and will fully launch on 1 January 2013. This two month period will give us time to beta test the checklist with a handful of student groups across BU to ensure all the technical bugs are sorted out.

Would you like to be involved in the beta testing? If so, please get in touch with me and we’ll set everything up! I’ve already had a handful of volunteers to test the checklist, but please let me know if you’d like to get involved. Additionally, please let me know if you’d like a sneak peek of the online checklist – I’m more than happy to give you a quick tutorial.

The link to the new checklist will be made available on the Research Ethics website.

 

Environmental Change & Biodiversity Research Theme seminar on Thursday!

The Environmental Change & Biodiversity Research Theme is holding its first seminar of the academic year on Thursday 1 November. The seminar will be held in Kimmeridge House KG03 at 1200. Tea and coffee and biscuits will be provided.

The seminar will be quite informal and will be used as an opportunity to discuss ideas that are in development as well as presenting completed results. Additionally, this will be an opportunity for new PhD students in the theme to give a brief (about 5 min) overview of their PhD, and meet staff with overlapping interests. So far the following people have offered: Farah Al-Shorbaji, Adrian Blake, Katharine Bowgen, Danny Sheath and Ann Thornton. Their PhDs cover a range of subjects including the genetics, behaviour and ecology of fish, the effect of eutrophication of coastal habitats, and the effect of environmental change on birds.

The next Environmental Change & Biodiversity seminars will be held on 22 November in Stevenson Lecture Theatre at 1200 and on 13 December in Christchurch House CG13 at 1200. Richard Stillman is the theme leader, so please let him know if you would like to present at one of the upcoming seminars.

NEW Online Ethics Checklist Launches on 1 November!!

I’m pleased to announce that the new online ethics checklist is developed and ready to go live! Our IT developers have done a fantastic job creating an easy, collapsible, web-based form to replace our current paper checklist; the best part is that the form is collapsible, so it is entirely researcher specific. Not only will this online form streamline the submission process across the University, it will also provide a central repository for all approved checklists to facilitate the improvement of compliance within the Schools. The new online ethics checklist will soft launch on 1 November for two months of beta testing and fully launch on 1 January 2013. This two month period will give us time to beta test the checklist with a handful of student groups across BU to ensure all the technical bugs are sorted out.

Would you like to be involved in the beta testing? If so, please get in touch with me and we’ll set everything up! I’ve already had a handful of volunteers to test the checklist, but please let me know if you’d like to get involved. Additionally, please let me know if you’d like a sneak peek of the online checklist – I’m more than happy to give you a quick tutorial.

The link to the new checklist will be made available on the Research Ethics website as well as being placed on myBU.

Carbon Reduction Event 2012 – Get Involved!

BU has accepted an invitation to be the specialist educational sponsor at a Govtoday-hosted Carbon Reduction event in November. Adrian Newton (ApSci) is the lead academic on this and we have been working closely with Govtoday to gather as much information about the event as possible (i.e. more about the event, who will be attending, how will BU benefit, etc.).  The attached document provides an overview of all the information gathered. You can also visit the event’s website for more detail: http://www.carbon-reduction.co.uk.

We want to ensure we capture all available expertise/research in the field of carbon reduction, so we’re casting a wide net. Could you please get in touch if you would like to get involved? There are several ways you can get involved, to include:

  • Would you like to attend the event on 27 November? This will provide an opportunity to present your research to public sector decision makers. We can send up to four delegates. Please let me know if you’d like to attend.
  • If you do not wish to attend, but would like to see your work featured in the presentation to be given on behalf of BU, then please send relevant PowerPoint slides to me for inclusion.
  • Would you like to provide materials for the exhibition space? If so, please provide details of your research that you would like to feature.

This is a fantastic opportunity for BU to show off our strengths and experience in research and knowledge exchange, particularly CPD and training!

LAST CHANCE – sign up here for the Dementia luncheon!

Prof. Anthea Innes, the director of the Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI), is planning a dementia lunch as part of the BU Research Theme development. The BU Research Themes were launched almost a year ago at the first of the BU-wide Fusion events. The Themes are society-led, encourage cross-School working and collaboration, and will be the main vehicle through which BU research is presented externally in future.

At BU, we are proud of the way in which we demonstrate the fusion of research, education and professional practice, and Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI) demonstrates the benefits that this collaborative way of thinking can bring to our dementia work in three ways:

  1. By working across schools, it is possible to draw on the strengths of academics with a wide variety of disciplines.
  2. By working with local service providers and engaging with local people, we can strengthen, develop and consolidate links with these key stakeholders.
  3. BUDI will promote the fusion of research, education and practice. Our locally relevant evaluation and research will be combined with international research evidence so that we can develop training courses and other educational activities to inform and shape professional dementia care in the region.

Would you like to get involved in this exciting cross-school initiative? If so, please fill in the form below and we’ll sign you up. The lunch is planned for Wednesday, 28 November at La Piccolo in Lansdowne (http://www.lapiccolaitalia.co.uk/) from 1200-1400. Act fast – this is on a first-come-first-served basis and there are only a few spots left!

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Interested in increasing the quality of dementia care and support? Get involved in this exciting cross-school initiative!

Prof. Anthea Innes, the director of the Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI), is planning a dementia lunch as part of the BU Research Theme development. The BU Research Themes were launched almost a year ago at the first of the BU-wide Fusion events. The Themes are society-led, encourage cross-School working and collaboration, and will be the main vehicle through which BU research is presented externally in future.

At BU, we are proud of the way in which we demonstrate the fusion of research, education and professional practice, and Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI) demonstrates the benefits that this collaborative way of thinking can bring to our dementia work in three ways:

  1. By working across schools, it is possible to draw on the strengths of academics with a wide variety of disciplines.
  2. By working with local service providers and engaging with local people, we can strengthen, develop and consolidate links with these key stakeholders.
  3. BUDI will promote the fusion of research, education and practice. Our locally relevant evaluation and research will be combined with international research evidence so that we can develop training courses and other educational activities to inform and shape professional dementia care in the region.

Would you like to get involved in this exciting cross-school initiative? If so, please fill in the form below and we’ll sign you up. The lunch is planned for Wednesday, 28 November at La Piccolo in Lansdowne (http://www.lapiccolaitalia.co.uk/) from 1200-1400. Act fast – this is on a first-come-first-served basis and there are only a few spots left!

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Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI) tackles dementia in Dorset!

Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI) tackles dementia in Dorset, the region with the lowest rate of diagnosis of dementia in the UK.  International research excellence underpins our mission to provide high quality service evaluation, bespoke consultancy and education locally, nationally and globally.

On the 16 May 2012 Bournemouth University launched the Bournemouth University Dementia Institute, (www.bournemouth.ac.uk/dementia-institute) otherwise known as BUD. The launch took the form of a  public meeting on dementia attended by older people, carers, clinicians, care workers and professionals and students. As well as presentations by Professor Anthea Innes, BUDI Director, and Michele Board, Senior Lecturer in Older People Nursing and a core member of BUDI,  Karen Cosgrove from the Alzheimer Society and Steve Collins from AgeUK made up an event panel taking questions from the floor.

The idea for the Institute came about when Anthea Innes took up post at BU in December 2011 based on local interest and demand for dementia education, research, service evaluation and consultancy. Dorset has the lowest rate of diagnosis of dementia in the UK, and despite examples of local innovation in Dorset across the voluntary, statutory and private sectors there is much to be done to improve the care and support offered to people with dementia and their families, starting with ensuring people are given an accurate and timely diagnosis but also that they are signposted to support throughout their journey with dementia, up to end of life care. Bournemouth University have responded to this challenge by funding the creation of the Institute and dementia is now an emerging priority at the University.

Service evaluation, consultancy, research and education and training are all offered by BUDI. Our aim is to work with local stakeholders and to conduct work locally, nationally and internationally to drive forward our vision of a society that is dementia friendly and supportive of all those affected by dementia.

To take forward our pledge of working with local stakeholders  a carers forum, was held on the 10 September.  Carers have evaluated this positively welcoming the opportunity to share their experiences, as well as their views on the dementia priorities that BUDI should consider in taking forward our work in the Dorset region. Running in parallel to the carers forum was a session for people with dementia who participated in a range of activities (IPads and Nintendo DS being the favourites); this also provided the opportunity for the BUDI team to hear and learn about the experiences of living with dementia from local people.

Ongoing work includes two projects commissioned by Bournemouth Council, the first is a programme named the ‘Cupcake Club’ offered over the summer months to people with dementia living at home or in Extra Care Housing. This programme seeks to promote mental, social and physical activity for those with dementia who can have limited support over the summer months when services traditionally take a break. The second Bournemouth Council project is focusing on technology for people with dementia, again available to people living at home or in Extra Care Housing this programme offers people with dementia the opportunity to engage with a range of technologies such as the Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS and the Apple IPad in a supportive environment designed to promote a sense of fun and play amongst group members.

A cross-school project is a collaboration with colleagues in the Schools of Health and Social care and Tourism where the team are exploring the views of people with dementia on their experiences of tourism and leisure attractions locally, nationally and internationally while finding out from Dorset based Tourism providers what they are doing or would like to do to promote Dementia Friendly Tourism.

39 staff from across BU have signed up to an interest in dementia; this creates an exciting opportunity for a truly inter-disciplinary way of working that goes beyond the core medical, health and social science disciplines who have been attracted to the dementia field.  Watch this space!

ApSci’s Genoveva Esteban and Andrea Galotti get ‘stuck in’ with their research fieldwork!

Dr Genoveva Esteban collecting water samples at East Stoke Fen (Wareham).  This research is in partnership with the Dorset Wildlife Trust to link science with conservation. Dr Esteban’s investigates ‘cryptic’ biodiversity, i.e. the biological diversity that is invisible to the naked eye, which includes microbes and other small-sized organisms that constitute the basis of food chains.

 

Dr Andréa Galotti is investigating a new biological tool to control nuisance insects (e.g. midges) that grow in drinking and other water systems.  The research in is partnership with SembCorp Bournemouth Water.

Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen visits Nepal for further fieldwork on the maternity care project!

Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen (School of Health & Social Care) visiting Nepal again in june 2012 for further fieldwork for the maternity care project funded by Greer Tara Trust (http://www.greentaratrust.com/).  As part of this project in the rural areas of Daichhinckali and Chhaimale, Green Tara Trust promotes education and understanding in all aspects of maternal and child healthcare to over 10,000 people.

Bournemouth Univeristy in close collaboration with the University of Sheffield is involved in the evaluation of this health promotion intervention.  The photos show Prof. van Teijlingen conducting fieldwork in rural communities.

Challenge: Collaborate with fellow researchers across BU…Solution: Join one or more of BU’s Research Themes

The BU Research Themes were launched in December at the first of the BU-wide Fusion events. The Themes are society-led, encourage cross-School working and collaboration, and will be the main vehicle through which BU research is presented externally in future.

We’re now encouraging staff and postgraduate research students to sign up to one or more of the Themes! This is a great way to get involved in the BU research environment and to meet other academics and students from across the University. Many of the themes are now starting to hold meetings to determine how to move the themes forward and this is your chance to get involved.

There are eight BU Research Themes:

  • Creative & Digital Economies
  • Culture & Society
  • Entrepreneurship & Economic Growth
  • Environmental Change & Biodiversity
  • Green Economy & Sustainability
  • Health, Wellbeing & Aging
  • Leisure & Recreation
  • Technology & Design

If you would like to join one or more of the Themes, then complete the form below and I will add you to the list.

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