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Ageing and Dementia Research Centre at the Alzheimer’s Research UK ‘Living with Dementia 2017’ Conference

On 1st February 2017 the South Coast Network of Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) held the ‘Living with Dementia 2017’ Conference. This one day public meeting was designed to provide the public with an opportunity to hear about the latest in dementia research. Topics discussed during the day included: end of life care, dementia friendly cities, research into new treatments and how we might improve diagnosis. The event brought together researchers from across the South Coast including the Universities of Bournemouth, Southampton, Portsmouth, Brighton and Sussex with interested members of the public.

Prof Jan Wiener, Dr Ben Hicks, Dr Michelle Heward and Iram Bibi represented the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre (ADRC) at the conference hosting a scientific cafe in the afternoon session. The scientific cafes were interactive sessions that members of the public were invited to join academics round-the-table for informal discussions about their current research projects. The ADRC projects discussed focused on the psychological and social aspects of living with dementia and included an evaluation of an acute care setting, the development of serious games and tai chi for people with dementia, dementia-friendly environments, and the use of graffiti to give people living with dementia the opportunity to express themselves.

The conference attracted over 100 members of the public many of whom were either caring for someone with dementia themselves, or working in the dementia field. This was a fantastic opportunity for ADRC to disseminate the findings of their research to the public and network with other researchers from the ARUK South Coast Network.

FHSS and ADRC Seminar ‘Using Technologies for Safer Walking: A Participative Inquiry’ Dr Brannelly (Uni of Soton)

You are cordially invited to the next Faculty of Health and Social Science (FHSS) and Ageing and Dementia Research Centre (ADRC) joint seminar:

Using Technologies for Safer Walking: A Participative Inquiry

Dr Petula (Tula) Brannelly

Senior Research Fellow, University of Southampton

21st June 2017 1-1.50pm

R301, Royal London House, Lansdowne Campus

This research project examines the use of GPS and other technologies that people with dementia and their families use to help with wayfinding and location. In this presentation, discussion will focus on data from police officers involved in missing person investigations, people with dementia and their families using the technologies; and the experiences of people using the technologies gathered using an ethnographic go-along interview approach, where a researcher goes out walking with the person using the technology. Tula will draw attention to the ethics of care approach to technology use for people with dementia and their families. Project website www.southampton.ac.uk/dementia-rights 

 

All staff and students welcome.

 

Biography

Dr Brannelly joined the University of Southampton as a Senior Research Fellow in November 2015 to work with Ruth Bartlett on the Using GPS with Care project funded by the Alzheimer’s Society. It is an interdisciplinary participatory project centralising the experiences of people with dementia and their families. From 2006 – 2015 Tula was a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health at Massey University in New Zealand, and before that a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham. Tula completed her PhD, ‘Citizenship and care for people with dementia’ at Birmingham in 2004. Prior to that Tula worked in mental health nursing roles with older people.

Tula’s interest in the ethics of care has sustained relationships with colleagues from the Universities of Brighton, Professor Marian Barnes and Dr Lizzie Ward, and Birmingham, Dr Nicki Ward, resulting in an edited collection to be published in October 2015, Ethics of Care, Critical Advances in International Perspectives, Policy Press. Whilst at Massey University in New Zealand, citizenship shaped by impacts of colonisation led Tula to consider ethics of care and collective cultures and to work with Maori. Tula has researched and published with Dr Amohia Boulton to understand more about the place of care in indigenous culture. PhD supervision has included Dr Stacey Wilson (Crisis intervention, Dean’s List) and Dr Sione Vaka (Tongan constructions of mental health; Sione is the first Tongan mental health nurse with a PhD, Health Research Council funded). Tula has also researched care workers and ethics at a dementia unit, completed a qualitative study of mental health service user activist priorities for change in mental health services (in NZ and UK), and evaluated the impact of antidiscrimination training on student nurses.

 

Research Staff Association coffee morning 25.01.17 – theme networking and collaboration

We kick off 2017 with the first BU Research Staff Association coffee morning of the year, 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. We also welcome Charlene Parrish from RKEO to tell us more about the Student Project Bank.

  • Date: 25 January 2017
  • Time: 10-11am
  • Venue: Well-being Centre, Bournemouth House, Lansdowne Campus.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Please let us know if you are attending so we that can order enough cake mheward@bournemouth.ac.uk

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Research Staff Association coffee morning 30.11.16 – theme funding

The BU Research Staff Association coffee morning is back for 2016/17. It is still an informal opportunity to get together but will now have a research related theme.

This month’s theme is funding and we are delighted to welcome guest speakers Ehren Milner (RKEO), Emily Cieciura (RKEO), Lisa Gale-Andrews (Clinical Research Unit), and Sharon Docherty (Clinical Research Unit) to share their knowldge about funding.

  • Date: 30 November 2016
  • Time: 10-11am
  • Venue: Global Hub, DG68, Talbot Campus

We look forward to seeing you there.

Please let us know if you are attending so we can order enough cake mheward@bournemouth.ac.uk

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Dementia Institute at Alzheimer Europe in Copenhagen, Denmark

Prof Jane Murphy, Joanne Holmes, Dr Michelle Heward, Ben Hicks and Sophie Bushell attended the 26th Annual Conference of Alzheimer Europe which took place in Copenhagen, Denmark from 31 October to 2 November 2016.

This years conference theme was ‘excellence in dementia research and care’, and addressed numerous aspects of developing a dementia-friendly society, exploring the challenges concerning excellence in diagnosis, medical treatment and research as well as innovative person-centered care related to the progress of the disease and living well with dementia in society.jane-and-joanne

Jane and Joanne presented a poster on their work on ‘Nutrition and dementia care: Developing an evidence-based model for delivering person-centred care in nursing homes. Michelle discussed the findings from a recent project focusing on hospital care in her paper on ‘Promoting excellence in hospital care for people with dementia: a UK case study’. Ben presented a poster on his recent project ‘How does Cage Cricket enhance the perceived life experience of people with dementia and their care partners?’. Sophie presented a paper showcasing her PhD research ‘Improving wellbeing for people with dementia living in a purpose built care environment by introducing self-chosen activities’.

What is BU Research Staff Association?

BU Research Staff Association (RSA) is a forum to promote BU research culture. Research staff from across BU are encouraged to attend to network with others researchers, disseminate their work, discuss career opportunities, hear updates on how BU is implementing the Research Concordat, and give feedback or raise concerns that will help to develop and support the research community at BU.

Coffee mornings

BU RSA meets informally at a regular coffee morning which is open to all staff 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 programme for 2016/17 is as follows:

Date Time Venue Theme Speakers
28 September 2016 10-11am B420, Lansdowne Campus Ethics

 

Sarah Bell
Martin Hind
Carole Bond
Katarzyna Musial-Gabrys
30 November 2016 10-11am Global Hub, DG68, Talbot Campus Funding Ehren Milner
Emily Cieciura
Lisa Gale-Andrews
Sharon Docherty
25 January 2017 10-11am Wellbeing Centre, Bournemouth House, Lansdowne Campus Networking and collaboration Edwin van Teijlingen
29 March 2017 10-11am Global Hub, DG68, Talbot Campus Impact Zoe Sheppard
31 May 2017 10-11am Room TBC, Lansdowne Campus TBC TBC
26 July 2017 10-11am Global Hub, DG68, Talbot Campus TBC TBC

BU Research Staff Representatives

There are two BU Research Staff Representatives. Their role is to facilitate the BU RSA coffee mornings and attend the BU Research Concordat Steering Group and the University Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee to provide an update on the BU RSA and raise any feedback or concerns. This ensures that feedback and concerns raised by research staff are fed into the BU Research Concordat Action Plan, so that they are addressed going forwards.

The current BU Research Staff Representatives are:

Dr Michelle Heward
mheward@bournemouth.ac.uk

Bournemouth University Dementia Institute
Dr Marcellus Mbah mmbah@bournemouth.ac.uk
Centre for Excellence in Learning

Faculty Research Staff Representatives

Each Faculty also has a Research Staff Representative. Their role is to attend Faculty Research and Knowledge Exchange Meetings to provide an update on the BU RSA and feedback any comments or concerns.

The current Faculty Research Staff Representatives are:

Faculty of Health and Social Science Faculty of Management Faculty of Media and Communication Faculty of Science and Technology
Dr Pramod Regmi
pregmi@bournemouth.ac.uk
Dr Julia Hibbert
jhibbert@bournemouth.ac.uk
Post Vacant Sara Miellets
miellets@bournemouth.ac.uk

Have your say….

If you are a member of research staff and have any feedback or concerns that you would like to raise, please come along to the next coffee morning or contact any of the Research Staff Representatives to share your thoughts. All comments will be treated in confidence.

RSA coffee morning – new monthly research related themes

The BU Research Staff Association coffee morning is back for 2016/17. It is still an informal opportunity to get together but will now have a research related theme.

This month’s theme is ethics and we are delighted to welcome guest speakers Sarah Bell (RKEO), Dr Katarzyna Musial-Gabrys (FST), Martin Hind (FHSS), and Dr Carol Bond (FHSS) to share their experiences of obtaining ethics and sitting on the BU ethics panel.

  • Date: 28th September 2016
  • Time: 10-11am
  • Venue: B420, Bournemouth House, Lansdowne campus

Please let us know if you are attending so we can order enough cake mheward@bournemouth.ac.uk

See you there,

Michelle and Marcellus

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BU Research Staff Association at the Festival of Learning 2016

A team of researchers at Bournemouth University (BU), representing the BU Research Staff Association (RSA), held an event as part of the annual Festival of Learning. The event captioned ‘Making a difference through research: research with impact’ took place on Tuesday 28th June 2016 in the Fusion Building of the Talbot Campus of BU, and drew a cross section of participants from the University, including members of the public. During the event, presenters showcased research that makes a difference and responds to societal needs. Poster presentations and demonstrations at the event covered a range of topics such as:

  • Improving short term management of patients with dementia admitted to hospital
  • BU Research in Nepal
  • Blaming active volcanoes or active volcanic blame? Volcanic crisis management in developing countries: the case of Cameroon
  • SME Access to Finance
  • Developing a support framework to enhance the placement experience of international students
  • Exploring lifestyle factors among African immigrants living with Type 2 diabetes in the UK
  • Making an Impact with UK Media
  • An evaluation of online 3D Mass Customisation (MC) Design
  • Integrating the Tourism Industry with Emergency Response Planning for Crises and Disasters, Using Building Block Scenarios in the Context of Complexity: Case Study on Cruise Ship Industry
  • Water Pollution vs. Water Management in India

Lead presenters include the following BU researchers: Marcellus Mbah, Michelle Heward, Mary Duah-Owusu White, Yolanda Barrado-Martín, Huiwen Zhao, Folashade Alloh, Genoveva Esteban, Majda Al-Salti, Mary Nanyongo, Thanh Huynh, Pramod Regmi, Henry Bang and Katie Thompson. The following photos captured the engaging and inspiring nature of the event:

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We are thankful to all members of staff who gave a presentation or contributed in some respect to the success of the event. The next BU RSA coffee morning will take place in July. Should you want to get in touch with BU Research Staff Association (RSA) for support or information, do contact the representatives, Marcellus Mbah mmbah@bournemouth.ac.uk. and Michelle Heward mheward@bournemouth.ac.uk.

Showcase YOUR research at the RSA Festival of Learning Event

We are looking for researchers from across BU to take part in the BU Research Staff Association (RSA) Festival of Learning event ‘RSA – Research with impact’ on 28th June 2016 between 4 -7pm.

During this event researchers from across BU will have an oppoortunity to showcase their research to the public in innovative ways (e.g. through Lego, artefacts,  or talking around an exhibited poster or object etc). Please note that we have a small budget to help researchers pay for posters and other artefacts.

If you would like an opportunity to showcase your research to wider audiences then please email Michelle Heward mheward@bournemouth.ac.uk for an expression of interest form (expressions of interest to be received by 27th May 2016).

Kind regards, Michelle Heward and Marcellus Mbah

BU Research Staff Association

BUDI at Alzheimer’s Disease International Conference in Budapest

Mary O’Malley and Dr. Michelle Heward represented Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI) at the 31st Alzheimer’s Disease International Conference in Budapest from 21-24th April 2016.

Mary presented a poster showcasing her PhD research ‘Alzheimer’s disease International (ADI) – “You can get completely disorientated and reason is because all the corridors look the same” – a qualitative study into the orientation experiences and design preferences of older people with memory difficulties living in retirement complexes’. Michelle presented a paper on ‘Fire safety in the home: local lessons – global reach’ as part of a session on dementia friendly communities.

This years conference theme was ‘Dementia: Global Perspective, Local solutions’, with a strong local, national and international presence creating unique synergies and inspiring new ideas in the pursuit of making a difference in the lives of those living with dementia.

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Whilst at the conference Mary and Michelle caught up with Hilary and Peter Paniccia, from Somerset, who have previously participated in several BUDI projects. Hilary lives with dementia, and is supported by her husband Peter (who is now chief photographer at many national and international dementia events). They have become real advocates of dementia awareness and are both actively involved in numerous groups and projects, including the European Working Group of People with Dementia. They really bring to life the phrase ‘living well with dementia’ – a true inspiration to us all. You can see Hilary and Peter speaking about how they live well with dementia in our ‘living well with dementia’ video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWUZFiy2Qy8.

Mary O’Malley and Michelle Heward

Dementia Awareness Sessions for staff

BU are working towards becoming a dementia-friendly university: http://blogs.bournemouth.ac.uk/research/2016/02/17/bu-working-towards-becoming-a-dementia-friendly-university/

As part of this work we are running a number of dementia awareness sessions for staff:

Thursday 25th February 2016 13:00-14:00 Talbot Campus
Thursday 17th March 2016 13:00-14:00 Lansdowne Campus
Monday 25th April 2016 14:00-15:00 Lansdowne Campus
Wednesday 25th May 2016 13:00-14:00 Talbot Campus
Monday 20th June 2016 10:00-11:00 Talbot Campus

Sign up for a session here: https://staffintranet.bournemouth.ac.uk/workingatbu/staffdevelopmentandengagement/ddeevents/budementiaawarenesssession/

Research Staff Association (RSA) coffee morning 24 Feb EBC Cafe area

The next Research Staff Association (RSA) coffee morning will be taking place on Wednesday the 24th February, in the café area of the EBC (Lansdowne Campus) from 10 to 11am. This is an informal opportunity to meet other research staff over coffee and cake, discuss your work and share ideas for future collaborations. We would also like to share how our plans for the RSA in 2016 are shaping up – so it’s not to be missed!

For catering purposes please email mheward@bournemouth.ac.uk to confirm your attendance.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Kind regards, Michelle Heward and Marcellus Mbah (RSA Staff Representatives)

BU: Working towards becoming a Dementia-Friendly University

The number of people living with dementia is set to increase as the population ages. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, a dementia-friendly community is a ‘place where the community acts consciously to ensure that people with dementia (along with all its citizens) are respected, empowered, engaged and embraced into the whole’. Nationally this agenda is being led by the Dementia Action Alliance and the Alzheimer’s Society who have have recently launched a formal dementia-friendly recognition process to ensure that communities are accountable to people affected by dementia.

BU becoming a dementia-friendly university is an essential part of our preparation for an increasingly ageing society. A number of staff and students have already spoken out, in confidence, about concerns for family members, close friends and themselves. Sadly, this is a real welfare concern for staff and students and is likely to develop at a fast pace. BU therefore needs to ensure that all staff and students are aware of dementia, understand what it is like to live with the condition, and know where to turn if they need further advice and guidance about dementia.

A Steering Group made up of staff from across BU has been created to take forwards this work. The Steering Group are working towards an action plan to enable BU to apply for recognition that we are ‘working towards becoming dementia friendly’. To achieve this recognition we are working on four areas:

1. Developing new buildings and refurbishments to take account of dementia-friendly design principles as part of the general accessibility principles guiding new build, lead by Estates.
2. Ensuring that policies and procedures support staff who might be concerned about their memory, or who are caring for family members with dementia, lead by HR.
3. Providing training to raise awareness of dementia and enable staff to accommodate the needs of people affected by the condition, lead by BUDI.
4. Ensuring that communications are dementia-friendly, lead by Marketing and Communications

As part of this work we are running a number of dementia awareness sessions for all staff, please sign up for a session here: https://staffintranet.bournemouth.ac.uk/workingatbu/staffdevelopmentandengagement/ddeevents/budementiaawarenesssession/

We will continue to keep you up to date with our progress, but in the meantime if you have any questions or for more information please contact budi@bournemouth.ac.uk or call 01202 962771.

BU Dementia-Friendly University Steering Group

Research Staff Association (RSA) coffee morning 27 Jan Talbot TAG30

The next Research Staff Association (RSA) coffee morning will be taking place on Wednesday 27 January, at Talbot Campus in TAG30 from 10 to 11am. This is an informal opportunity to meet other research staff over coffee and cake, discuss your work and share ideas for future collaborations. We would also like to share our plans for the RSA in 2016, so its not to be missed!

For catering purposes please email mheward@bournemouth.ac.uk to confirm your attendance.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Kind regards, Michelle Heward and Marcellus Mbah (RSA Staff Representatives)

BU Research Staff Association develops

The second BU Research Staff Association (RSA) coffee morning took place today in the EBC café. This was a fantastic opportunity for research staff across BU to meet to discuss their work and share ideas for future collaborations. Members of RKEO were also on hand to provide research related advice and support. We will continue to hold the BU RSA coffee mornings in 2016 on the last Wednesday of each month, in the EBC café between 10-11am.

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To enable research staff to showcase their work internally and externally, the BU RSA also hopes to participate in a number of BU events in 2016. If any one has any ides or would like to help organise these events then please do get in contact with us.

See you on 27th January at the first coffee morning of 2016!

Kind regards, Michelle and Marcellus
Michelle Heward and Marcellus Mbah (BU RSA)

BUDI at the Care and Dementia Show, Birmingham 2-4 November 2015

Dr Fiona Kelly, Dr Suyu Liu and Dr Michelle Heward represented Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI) at the Care and Dementia Show held at the NEC in Birmingham from 2-4th November 2015. The Care and Dementia Show is designed to provide education, products and services to any organisation responsible for the care of older people.
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This show attracted over 300 national exhibitors from many sectors of the care industry, including care home providers. This was a fantastic opportunity for BUDI to network and meet a range of potential collaborators. During the event we met over 200 delegates, many were interested in BUDI’s research and education services, including the MSc Applied Dementia Studies programme.

The show was a good opportunity to meet practitioners in the field of dementia care, and to see first-hand the range of products and services on offer to people affected by dementia.

Research Staff Association (RSA) coffee morning 25 Nov in EBC Cafe area

The second Research Staff Association (RSA) coffee morning will be taking place on Wednesday the 25th November, in the café area of the EBC (Lansdowne Campus) from 10 to 11am. This is an informal opportunity to meet other research staff over coffee and cake, discuss your work and share ideas for future collaborations. It will also provide an opportunity to make suggestions toward a planned RSA seminar series that will act as a conduit for researchers of the University to showcase their work.

For catering purposes please email mheward@bournemouth.ac.uk to confirm your attendance.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Kind regards, Michelle Heward and Marcellus Mbah (RSA Staff Representatives)