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Research Staff Association coffee morning 29/11/17 – theme career pathways

The next BU Research Staff Association coffee morning will take place on the 29th November, 10-11 am in F105, Fusion, Talbot Campus. The focus is on career pathways for researchers within and outside of academia. These coffee morning are open to all staff at BU, and we particularly welcome those on research specific contracts including PGRs.

We are delighted to welcome guest speaker Penny Ballyntyne, Careers Adviser, BU Careers Service to share her knowledge and experience in this area.

We look forward to seeing you there.

BU Research Staff Association

 

Research Staff Association coffee morning 25.10.17 – theme Project Management

The next BU Research Staff Association coffee morning will take place on 25th October, 10-11 am in S107, Studland House, Lansdowne Campus. The focus is an Introduction to Project Management. These coffee morning are open to all staff at BU, and we particularly welcome those on research specific contracts including PGRs.

We are delighted to welcome guest speaker Dr Roger Atkinson, Senior Lecturer in Project Management to share his knowledge and experience in this area.

We look forward to seeing you there.

BU Research Staff Association

ADRC at CoPMRE Fourteenth Annual Symposium ‘Healthcare Simulation: playing seriously’

Dr Michelle Heward and Dr Michele Board from the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre (ADRC) attended the Centre of Postgraduate Medical Research and Education (CoPMRE) Fourteenth Annual Symposium ‘Healthcare Simulation: playing seriously’ on Wednesday 18th October 2017. During the day several presentations highlighted current research on simulation in healthcare education and its application in health and social care settings – from the use of virtual reality training for surgeons to the ‘simulance’ ambulance simulator by paramedics.

Dr Heward gave a presentation ‘using simulation in dementia education’ highlighting the ADRC’s current projects with Health Education England and Alzheimer’s Research UK. Both projects involve the evaluation of simulated learning in dementia education.

Health Education England  (HEE) has commissioned the ADRC to deliver a new ‘Train the Trainers’ enhanced education programme called ‘Dementia Education and Learning Through Simulation’  2 (DEALTS 2). This builds on previous work undertaken in 2013/14 by HEE to ensure healthcare professionals understand and can deliver key competencies according to the Dementia Core Skills Education and Training Framework at TIER 2 (Skills for Health and Health Education England, 2015). The ADRC have now delivered 13 train the trainers sessions nationally across England and are currently evaluating the adoption, adaption, and impact of the programme on practice until June 2018.

The ADRC also had a stand at the event providing attendees with information about their current research themes: ageing and dementia-friendly environments; nutrition and wellbeing; and activity and social inclusion. For more information about the ADRC please email adrc@bournemouth.ac.uk

ADRC at ‘VOICEs in dementia care’ conference in Nottingham

Dr Michelle Heward from the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre (ADRC) attended the ‘VOICEs in dementia care: the science and practice of communication’ conference hosted by the Institute of Mental Health, at the University of Nottingham on Tuesday 17th October 2017. This free event was open to anyone interested in understanding communication with people with dementia and attracted over 100 healthcare professionals working with people with dementia, family carers and academics.

During the day there were several presentations highlighting current research on communication and dementia, and its application in health and social care settings. This included the VideOing to Improve Communication Education (VOICE), an NIHR funded study led by Professor Harwood, to improve communication between healthcare professionals and people with dementia in acute hospitals. VOICE offers a different method for training simulated patients, grounded in patients’ real interactional practices as observed from video data. Attendees got to see a demonstration of an interaction between a healthcare professional and a simulated patient (trained using the VOICE approach), and hear about the new toolkit designed to improve the use of simulated patients in training healthcare professionals.

Other presentations focused on: how people with dementia are involved in decision making; optimising hearing-related communication; power of attorney in dementia care communication; and shared reading with people with dementia. This conference certainly provided food for thought given the ADRC’s interest in simulated learning.

BU RSA – get involved!

BU Research Staff Association (RSA) meets informally at a regular coffee morning which is open to all staff and PhD Students at BU. Each coffee morning has a research related theme and speakers are invited from across BU to share their experiences around this theme.

The next three coffee mornings will focus on:

Date Time Venue Theme Speakers
25 October 2017 10-11am S107, Studland House, Lansdowne Campus Introduction to Project Management Dr Roger Atkinson,
Senior Lecturer in Project Management
29 November 2017 10-11am F105, Fusion Building, Talbot Campus Career pathways for researchers within and outside of academia Penny Ballyntyne,
Careers Adviser, BU Careers Service
31 January 2018 10-11am S107, Studland House, Lansdowne Campus Developing your research ideas and where to look for funding Lisa Gale-Andrews and Emily Cieciura, Research Facilitators, Research and Knowledge Exchange Office

To ensure we have enough cake please email mheward@bournemouth.ac.uk to confirm attendance.

Further coffee mornings will also take place on 28 March,30 May, and 25 July 2018 – themes and speakers to be confirmed!!!!!

See you there!

BU Research Staff Association

ADRC at ICT4HOP’17 workshop in Bradford

Dr Michelle Heward represented the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre (ADRC) at the ‘Employing Information and Communications Technologies in Homes and Cities for the Health and Well-Being of Older People’ (ICT4HOP ’17) workshop in Bradford on 14-16 August 2017. Michelle received funding from the British Council Researcher Links scheme within the Newton Fund to attend this 3-day multidisciplinary workshop.

The workshop provided Early Career Researchers from the UK and China a unique opportunity to network and share their research expertise. Michelle presented her research on ‘the significance of lived experience when developing technological innovations to support health and well-being in later life’. Researchers were also treated to dinner with the Mayor of Bradford in the Town Hall and fish and chips at Bolton Abbey.

Thanks to the workshop co-ordinators Prof Ray Sheriff of University of Bradford and Prof Xiaohai He of Sichuan University, and to all those who contributed in making the event informative and enjoyable. This Workshop was funded under the UK-China Research and Innovation Partnership Fund, a part of the Newton Fund, and the National Natural Science Foundation of China. Building on a previous Workshop in Chengdu, China, ICT4HOP’16, held in August 2016.

Michelle Heward

Research Staff Association coffee morning 26.07.17

The next BU Research Staff Association coffee morning will take place this Wednesday.

This is the last coffee morning for this academic year so please take the opportunity to come along to network with other researchers and share your thoughts on this years themes and what you would find useful for next year.

  • Date: 26 July 2017
  • Time: 10-11am
  • Venue: Global Hub, DG68, Talbot Campus.

We look forward to seeing you there.

BU Research Staff Association

ADRC Advisory Board continues to develop Ageing and Dementia Friendly Design Guidelines

Following our first successful meeting earlier this year, the ADRC ‘Ageing and Dementia Friendly Design Advisory Board’ met for the second time in June 2017. The Advisory Board brings together internal staff and external members such as architects, designers and care home managers and developers (see previous article for a full list of membership*). The purpose of the Advisory Board is to exchange knowledge between academics and external stakeholder, to discuss findings from our research into the effects of typical and atypical ageing on wayfinding and navigation and – importantly – to translate research findings into practice-relevant design guidelines for the built environment that minimises spatial disorientation in later life.

In this meeting Prof Jan Wiener provided Advisory Board members with an overview of the relevant research findings and suggested new, improved design guidelines focusing on the use of landmarks to support orientation. The group discussed these findings and provided feedback about how these guidelines might be implemented, published and disseminated in the future. ADRC will continue discussions with the Advisory Board when they meet next in September 2017.

For more information about this research or the ADRC please contact Prof Jan Wiener jwiener@bournemouth.ac.uk

* http://blogs.bournemouth.ac.uk/research/2017/03/29/advisory-board-meet-to-discuss-dementia-friendly-design-guidelines/

Celebrating creative, fun and wacky BU research at the Festival of Learning

Researchers from across Bournemouth University (BU) hosted the Curiosity Playground event on 8th July 2017 as part of this year’s Festival of Learning. The aim of the event was to celebrate the diversity of research happening across BU and also included fun activities for children (and adults) to get them thinking.

We certainly entertained the crowds and had some thought provoking conversations about our research:

Thanks to those who took part in the event which was organised by the BU Research Staff Association (RSA). To find out more about BU RSA please come along to our next coffee morning on Wednesday 26th July 2017 at 10am in the Global Hub (DG68) at Talbot Campus.

Kind regards,

BU Research Staff Association

Growing up and getting old – 12th July 10am-1pm Talbot Campus

We are living longer, but are we really healthier?

Join the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre for our growing up and getting old event (part of Bournemouth University Festival of Learning week) which is fun and interactive for all. Hear about good nutrition and lifestyle choices, innovative hospital care, developments in care home design guidelines, and why older people should take up graffiti and practice Tai Chi (with a free taster session of Tai Chi).

The event will take place on Wednesday 12th July 2017 between 10am and 1pm in the Student Hall at Talbot Campus.

Book your place now: https://microsites.bournemouth.ac.uk/festival-of-learning/events/growing-up-and-getting-old/

Next ADRC Research Meeting Dr Ellen Seiss 8 June F111 (11.15am)

Thank you to those that attended the first ADRC Research Meeting in May. We kicked off with three interesting and humorous presentations (the ignite style moving the slides on so quickly was very entertaining) from our theme leaders:

  • Ageing and Dementia Friendly Environments – Prof Jan Wiener
  • Nutrition and Well-being – Prof Jane Murphy
  • Activity and Social Inclusion – Dr Ben Hicks

We continue with the next ADRC Research Meeting taking place at 11.15am, on 8th June 2017 in F111 (Fusion, Talbot Campus). We welcome Dr Ellen Seiss, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Bournemouth University to talk about her research in cognitive and clinical neuroscience. Ellen conducted her PhD in sensorimotor function in Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease. Her other research focuses on other disorders such as OCD and stroke, and an interest in the effect of glucose on cognitive function.

Ellen is currently involved in an m-health related EU Horizon 2020 project with Parkinson’s disease patients (called PD Manager) and was a co-chair for the Surrey Parkinson’s disease Research Collaboration (SPaRC) between 2012 and 2015. SPaRC’s aim was to stimulate research between two university hospitals and two universities. She also leads the ageing and neurodegenerative disorders unit in the MSc in Clinical and Developmental Neuropsychology.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Ageing and Dementia Research Centre

 

 

Research Staff Association coffee morning 31.05.17 – theme networking and collaboration

The next BU Research Staff Association coffee morning is focused on networking and collaboration.

We are delighted to welcome guest speaker Professor Edwin van Teijlingen to share his knowledge and experience in this area.

  • Date: 31 May 2017
  • Time: 10-11am
  • Venue: Well-being Centre, Bournemouth House, Lansdowne Campus.

We look forward to seeing you there.

BU Research Staff Association

Researchers – we need you…!

If that got your attention then keep reading – it gets better!

We need some more researchers from across Bournemouth University (BU) to join us in The Curiosity Playground (part of this year’s Festival of Learning). The Curiosity Playground celebrates the creative, fun and wacky research happening at BU. The purpose of this event is to increase public awareness of the spectrum of research that BU conducts, and the key message is that research is fun, interesting and amenable to all.

There is even some funding available to help develop props to showcase your research (and you get to keep them afterwards so you can use them for other events too).

So what are you waiting for GET INVOLVED!!!!

For more information please contact Michelle Heward mheward@bournemouth.ac.uk

BU Research Staff Association

 

Reminder: Invitation to join ADRC Research Meetings 09/05/17

We cordially invite staff and students with an interest in ageing and/or dementia research to join us at our monthly Ageing and Dementia Research Centre (ADRC) research meetings. The meetings provide an opportunity for those with related research interests to network and hear about the wealth of research in this area across BU.

We kick off our first ADRC Research Meeting on 9th May 2017 from 11-12.30 (S218, Studland House, Lansdowne Campus) with our theme leaders providing an overview of our three research themes:

  1. Ageing and Dementia Friendly Environments – Prof Jan Wiener
  2. Nutrition and Well-being – Prof Jane Murphy
  3. Activity and Social Inclusion – Dr Ben Hicks

Following the success of a recent FHSS research seminar, the presentations will be in the ignite style – which is a short five minute slots using images, narratives, and altmetrics (http://www.ignitetalks.io/).

We look forward to seeing you there.

Anyone wishing to present their ageing or dementia research at a forthcoming research meeting should contact Dr Michelle Heward to discuss further.

Kind regards

Ageing and Dementia Research Centre

Invitation to join ADRC Research Meetings

We cordially invite staff and students with an interest in ageing and/or dementia research to join us at our monthly Ageing and Dementia Research Centre (ADRC) research meetings. The meetings provide an opportunity for those with related research interests to network and hear about the wealth of research in this area across BU.

We kick off our first ADRC Research Meeting on 9th May 2017 from 11-12.30 (S218, Studland House, Lansdowne Campus) with our theme leaders providing an overview of our three research themes:

  1. Ageing and Dementia Friendly Environments – Prof Jan Wiener
  2. Nutrition and Well-being – Prof Jane Murphy
  3. Activity and Social Inclusion – Dr Ben Hicks

Following the success of a recent FHSS research seminar, the presentations will be in the ignite style – which is a short five minute slots using images, narratives, and altmetrics (http://www.ignitetalks.io/).

We look forward to seeing you there.

Anyone wishing to present their ageing or dementia research at a forthcoming research meeting should contact Dr Michelle Heward to discuss further.

Kind regards

Ageing and Dementia Research Centre

ADRC at National Dementia Action Alliance meeting in London

The Ageing and Dementia Research Centre (ADRC) was invited to join the National Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) Innovative Approaches to Dementia Care and Support event on Wednesday 19th April in London. Dr Michelle Heward represented ADRC at the event which provided an opportunity to connect with members of the National DAA and explore innovative approaches to dementia care and support.

The event was as co-chaired by Chris Roberts who lives with dementia, his wife and carer Jayne, and Neil Mapes (CEO of the charity Dementia Adventure). Throughout the event a range of speakers presenting new initiatives including John Craig (CEO of Care City); Dr. Ben Marathappu (Co-founder of the homecare provider Cera); University of Worchester’s peer support centres; SCIE’s augmented reality; and NHS Doncaster CCG innovative approaches to commissioning.

Discussion on the day focused on how these innovations might work in practice, as well as identifying the outcomes for people affected by dementia and their families.

 

 

 

 

 

Showcase YOUR research in the Curiosity Playground

The Curiosity Playground is part of this year’s Festival of Learning and celebrates the creative, fun and wacky research happening at Bournemouth University.  Hosted by the BU Research Staff Association (RSA), the event will involve researchers showcasing their work though creative and interactive methods, including props. The props will help to engage children, to enable the researchers to talk to them and their parents about their research. The purpose of this event is to increase public awareness of the spectrum of research that Bournemouth University conducts, and the key message is that research is fun, interesting and amenable to all.

If you are interested in being involved in the Curiosity Playground, please attend the next BU RSA Coffee Morning on 26 April (10-11am) in R302, Royal London House, Lansdowne Campus. The FoL organising team will be there to provide some info about how to plan a public engagement activity, with examples of what has worked well in the past.  They’ll be on hand to help you shape your ideas and think about innovative ways to share your research.

Eight lucky researchers will be chosen to take part in the event in July, and will be provided with a small budget to develop their activity for the day.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards,

BU Research Staff Association

Advisory Board meet to discuss Dementia-Friendly Design Guidelines

People with dementia often find it more difficult to understand and navigate built environments. Dementia-friendly environments compensate for impairments to maximise independence and quality of life. Within the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre (ADRC) a team of academics are conducting research into the design of supportive dementia-friendly environments. This research builds on over 10 years of research by Prof Jan Wiener and is currently supported by a two year ESRC grant which support a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and several PhD Students.

A key output of the research is to create empirically validated design guidelines that support effective way finding in people with Alzheimer’s Disease. These principles are widely applicable to many stakeholders including architects, building standards agencies and care commissioning bodies to ensure that they are used to develop national standards for residential care home design. Our Advisory Board who met for the first time in January 2017, is therefore formed of invited stakeholders from organisations that span these diverse disciplines: Dr Moamer Gashoot, BU; Sian Gregory, Sunrise; Alexandra Ledger, Bright Bay Design Limited; Jo Malyon, Alzheimer’s Society; Graham Parkes, Quantum Group; Stephen Pennington, QP Architecture; Lynne Petty, Sunrise; Becky Robson, Quantum Group; Sue Slater, First Port Retirement Property Services; Alice Stevens Arts Univeristy Bournemouth; and Susan Wiffen, BUPA. These invited stakeholder join internal colleagues who represent the ADRC: Dr Jan Wiener (Chair), Dr Ramona Grzeschik, Dr Michelle Heward, Christopher Hilton, Mary O’Malley, Denise Carroll and Michelle O’Brien.

The aim of our research is to help increase or preserve the independence and well-being of people with dementia, avoiding a further loss of autonomy, dignity and control that is, in theory, preventable. The Advisory Board will meet again in May and we look forward to the discussions at our next meeting!