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Get involved in the Festival of Learning 2016! Applications open now!

You have until 31st January to submit your application to be get involved and run an event at the The Festival of Learning. In its fourth year now -the dates for 2016 have been set as Saturday 25 – Wednesday 29 June for a shorter and more compact 5 day festival.

What kind of events could I put on?

We’re open to ideas and willing to support a wide variety of events, you could run anything from a professional development workshop to an art exhibition or you could just have a stool with some hands on activities for passers-by.

Some examples:

  • Gaming, computing and coding
  • Everyday professional skills
  • Health and fitness
  • Topics involving real-world issues
  • Media workshops

I’m keen to run an event! What do I do now?

You have until 31st January to submit your application to be considered as part of the festival of learning. Please click here to find the proposal form and instructions on how to submit. If you would like support in developing an event idea or for any further information then please get in touch with Naomi Kay (nkay@bournemouth.ac.uk), Public Engagement Officer.

Festival of Learning 2016

The festival of learning is in its fourth year and the dates for 2016 have been set as Saturday 25 – Wednesday 29 June for a shorter and more compact 5 day festival. Do make a note of these dates in your diary and let your friends and family know as there will be a huge variety of events they will be able to attend, all for free!

What kind of events could I put on?

We’re open to ideas and willing to support a wide variety of events, you could run anything from a professional development workshop to an art exhibition or you could just have a stool with some hands on activities for passers-by.

Some examples:

  • Gaming, computing and coding
  • Everyday professional skills
  • Health and fitness
  • Topics involving real-world issues
  • Media workshops

I’m keen to run an event! What do I do now?

You have until 31st January to submit your application to be considered as part of the festival of learning. Please click here to find the proposal form and instructions on how to submit. If you would like support in developing an event idea or for any further information then please get in touch with Naomi Kay (nkay@bournemouth.ac.uk), Public Engagement Officer.

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

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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!

Team KEIT (RKEO)

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.

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

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/ nkay@bouremouth.ac.uk or click here for more detailed information about submitting a proposal.bubbles

Find out how to submit your Festival of Learning 2016 Proposal

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/ nkay@bouremouth.ac.uk or click here for more detailed information about submitting a proposal.

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The ESRC (Economic & Social Research Council) Festival of social science is kicking off this Saturday 7th and below are just a few of the events that are running throughout the week! Please come along and get involved.

The festival  offers a fascinating insight into some of the country’s leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives – both now and in the future. In 2015, Bournemouth University has become a Festival partner with more than a dozen events on topics including healthy eating, financial scams, mobile working, identity theft, intellectual property and dementia.

 

Pathways to Impact Part Deux!– Are you interested in LGBT and ageing issues?  Are you looking for tools to engage your group or staff about the discrimination experienced by older gay or lesbian service users and what to do about it?

The aim of this event is to share our tools with you and hear the stories from others who have used them. We are inviting them to discuss how they have used the two learning tools within their organisations’ activities.

Back in 2012/13 more than fifty participants took part in either a one-day ESRC Festival of Science event entitled, “Pathways to Impact: ageing, diversity, connectivity and community” and/or attended the two-day Master class in Ageing and LGBT Issues, “Train the Trainers” in April, 2013.  The events included activities and informal discussions about diversity, the potential damage of discrimination experienced by many older gay and lesbian citizens, and what could be done about it.  It was also an opportunity to screen the award winning, short film, RUFUS STONE and launch the “Methods to Diversity” Method Deck learning tool to inspire agencies, practitioners and communities to think about diversity within their ageing population.

The aim of this year’s event is to follow up with participants from both events to track the impact of the outcomes of those activities, film screenings and discussions. We are inviting them to discuss how they have used the two learning tools within their local communities. Our part will be to listen!

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pathways-to-impact-part-deux-tickets-18205534243

 

Church as place: an ethnography – Held on site within St Peter’s Parish Church this event will ask the question: What meanings of place and space are constructed by non-religious and religious visits to church buildings?

The event will include an exhibition relating to the research findings from our ethnographic study of church visiting, conducted by members of the Centre for Social Work, Sociology & Social Policy (Prof Jonathan Parker, Prof Sara Ashencaen Crabtree & Rev Dr Ian Terry). There will also be an opportunity to discuss and debate the value of churches in contemporary society and the role they play in today’s social life, plus ways in which accessibility can be enhanced.

The current activities associated with St Peter’s Parish Church will be shared and attendees will be invited to look around so they can actively engage with the building as they learn and ask questions about the architecture, traditional functions of the church and the importance of the benefits church can bring to those who visit.

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/church-as-place-an-ethnography-tickets-18646725859

 

Creativity and Dementia:making a connection – During this event Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI) will bring dementia awareness to life, enabling the public to engage with the topic of dementia through creative activities, including: a screening of performances from the BUDI Orchestra (formed of people affected by dementia and musicians); wayfinding; Tai Chi and music workshops and poetry sessions.

The event aims to challenge people’s perceptions of the condition and the negative stereotypes of people with dementia. It will enable the audience to see first-hand that it is possible to for people with dementia to take part, learn something new and have fun, all at the same time.

There will also be an opportunity to hear more about the Dementia-Friendly University initiative at Bournemouth University (BU), attend a screening of the film Still Alice, become a Dementia Friend, and join SportBU rowing and cycling 850,000 kilometres – a figure chosen to represent the number of people currently diagnosed with dementia across the United Kingdom.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creativity-and-dementia-making-a-connection-tickets-18951436256

 

We look forward to seeing you at an event!

Festival of Learning 2016: Call for Expressions of Interest- Now Open!

As one Festival of Learning ends, another one arises. The call for expressions of interest for FOL 2016 is now open – this is just the idea stage and is your opportunity to say that you’d like to be considered bubblesfor next year.

Over the past few years the Festival of Learning has had circa 5,000 visits. To further this success in 2016, we need you to host lectures, workshops and debates (or whatever type of engaging activity you can think of) showcasing our fantastic knowledge base at BU.

Why get involved?

  • It is a great opportunity to celebrate life at BU and share your passion with a different audience.
  • It can add fresh perspective to your research. Read this article about how public engagement can help you think about your research from a fresh perspective.
  • It can change people’s lives. Here in the Festival office we have been moved by members of the public telling us about how the Festival has helped reignite a passion for learning, helped support the growth of the charity and even helped people to walk barefoot on a beach for the first time in years.
  • It is a great networking opportunity. Colleagues involved in the Festival in previous years have developed partnerships which have, for example, led to collaborative PhD studentships.
  • It is fantastic for skills development. Especially for early career researchers, the Festival offers an unprecedented opportunity to develop communication techniques which engage members of the public and builds confidence in communicating complex ideas (essential for a future lecturing career!)
  • It helps to meet the expectation of funders and policy makers. The European Commission, HEFCE and our Research Councils (amongst others) expect researchers to demonstrate to the public the value of their research. The Festival provides of a great vehicle to do this as you will receive central support (e.g. for marketing) rather than going it alone.
  • It can support student recruitment. And not just undergraduates, but those looking for postgraduate courses and short courses who have never before considered BU as a potential place to study.

 

Stuck for Ideas?

We had some fantastic events at this year’s festival. Why not have a look at the website to see the kinds of things that went on. Listed below are some of the favourite events from 2015 that demonstrated some innovative and tactful ways to engage the public with research.

  • Zombie Science was a series of fun and interactive sessions looking into the causes of disease and infection control.
  • Jurassica was an event for children to learn about the incredible Jurassic Coast on our doorstep and an opportunity for them to create their own individual work of art to take home.
  • Improve your teamwork was an event that was ideal for individuals and businesses wanting to learn more about how individuals operate in teams, develop an understanding of team roles and ultimately, improve performance.
  • The cyber security awareness workshop gave attendees a chance to learn about the latest cyber threats, learn how secure their password is, and how people may be watching them with interactive demonstrations.
  • Radio drama involved the public in producing, developing and recording short form radio dramas for birst.co.uk and broadcasting them live at the end of the day, supported by actors, staff and students in the Media School. This gave the public a chance to see the radio studio at work behind the scenes.
  • Mindful over mindless was a talk that explained to the public how and why they should incorporate mindfulness into their daily lives to improve their wellbeing and explored the close relationship between the mind and body by drawing on the effects that modern living can have on our physiology.

 

What hasn’t been done before?

Well a lot certainly has been done but if you can think outside the box a bit, there are tonnes of new ways to engage the audience. We love what Science Ceilidh do. They run workshops of your favourite dances rejigged with a twist of science. From simulating your immune system with the Dashing White Blood Cell to swinging your partner DNA base-pairs in the Orcadian-Strip-the-Helix -They’re pulling all the stops out to make science enjoyable and understandable to everyone in an innovative way.

You don’t have to run a long event. Many members of the public actually prefer to attend an event which only lasts an hour or so, rather than for a whole day.

Fill out the expressions of interest application here to get involved. We’re completely open to ideas and we’d love to hear from you! Contact Naomi Kay for any queries.

Progress on public engagement: Institutional survey – your support is required!

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In 2012, Bournemouth University signed up to the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) Manifesto for public engagement. Further details can be found here: http://bit.ly/1LNCZZv.

In order to understand the extent to which as BU is embedding public engagement, staff and students are being asked to complete this survey on annual basis. This will be used to assess progress and inform future plans.

The survey can be found here: http://bit.ly/1L1Rryf and I would be most grateful if you could promote participation in the survey to any staff and students that you work with.

Three £20 Amazon vouchers will be given to participants entering the prize draw. It is anticipated that this survey will take 10 minutes to complete. Responses must be received by 4th September.

Any queries about this survey should be sent to Rebecca Edwards (redwards@bournemouth.ac.uk). All responses will remain confidential.

 

 

Introducing Katie Breadmore: Event Organiser in the Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team

katieHi! My name is Katie Breadmore and I am currently working towards my degree in Events and Leisure Marketing. The third year of my course involves a yearlong work placement (until the end of July, 2016) in which I am working for the Knowledge Exchange and Impact team in the Research and Knowledge Exchange Office as an event organiser. My role involves the planning and co-coordinating of BU’s annual Festival of Learning as well as supporting a variety of other public engagement events over the course of the year. I am excited to see the events that I will be planning come to light and am ready for the challenge!