Posts By / Naomi Kay

Today at 11 – support to develop your Festival of Learning event

This morning (Wednesday 19 October) I’m basing myself in the cafe area on the ground floor of Fusion to answer all your Festival of Learning questions.  If you’ve got an event idea you want to discuss, or want help writing your application come along and say hello.  I’ll be here 11am-12pm.

To find out more, including when future drop in sessions are taking place have a look at this blog post.  To submit your Festival event take a look at the guidance available here on the staff intranet.

NCCPE Engage Conference – Could you submit anything

The NCCPE’s Engage conference will be running 29th/ 30th November 2016 and they’re currently looking for content under the following key themes:

• Culture change: creating a culture where engagement is valued and supported
• Effective practice: sharing insights into high quality engagement practice
• Engaged research: creating impactful research
• Engaged students: the role of engagement within teaching and learning
• New ideas: taking our thinking forward about the role of engagement within higher education

If you think you could offer something take a look at the full call here and contact Naomi Kay in RKEO if you would like financial support to fund travel/ accommodation for the conference.

Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team Summer Sucesses

Over the past month or two the Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team (KEIT) have had quite a few successes we’re #BUProud of so we thought we’d share them.

Firstly we’re delighted that HEIF5+1 has been extended to HEIF5+1+1 and that there will be a further 12 projects funded until August 2017  – to find out more take a look at Jayne’s post about it here

In case you haven’t spotted it Rachel has also been working hard with the PR team to do some comms around our Olympic themed research. This content was shared internally, externally & on social media and had some good engagement which led to Bryce Dyer and Osman Ahmed being interviewed on Wave 105 & Tim Rees being featured in the Independent.

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She’s also been working with Alex Wardrop to have her research on how to improve access to higher education featured in Times Higher.

Thanks to Charlene’s hard work the Student Project Bank is almost up and running! We will be launching to students in October and are planning a pilot event for September/October – more information to follow soon!

I’ve also been working hard with Genna to finish the wash up report for Festival of Learning and we’re pleased to say that event with less events we still had over 4,500 visits over the course of 5 days compared to 5,000 over a week with an additional 50 activities in 2015.  We’re already planning madly for next year when we’ll be running FoL from 8-12th July, mark the date in your diary and start thinking of your event ideas!

We’re also hugely proud to announce we’ve launched our impact toolkit aiming at supporting the academic community to develop and record impactful research.  This is available here on the blog and contains helpful tips and examples of case studies.  There is also a handy mini-guide available in a printed format floating around the campus or available from anyone in the team.

Finally we’re very pleased to greet our two newest members of the team, Joanna Pawlik and Hannah Jones who will be working as the Event Coordinator/ Student Engagement Coordinator (respectively) for the next 12 months.


Are you interested in taking your research to Countryfile Live?

An opportunity has come up for BU staff and students to take their research to Countryfile Live, taking place at Blenheim Palave 4-7 August 2016.  Travel and expenses will be covered by BU and you can either do all four days or just go for two.

For further information about the event take a look at their website, and if you’d be interested in taking your research, email .  We will be attending alongside other universities so this is an excellent networking opportunity, as well as an opportunity to talk to the public about your research.

The themes of the event are around conservation, wildlife and agriculture so research around these areas would be especially relevant.