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Research Photography Competition

Hello !

The entries to this year’s Research Photography Competition are now open!

Can you convey your research through an image?

We are looking for academics and postgraduates to tell the story of their research through a photograph, which can be used to inspire current BU undergraduates.

All submitted images will be showcased on the BU website late 2015, where staff and students will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite image/s. An exhibition will also be displayed in the Atrium Art Gallery during February 2016. Winners will then be announced during an Awards Ceremony which will take place on Thursday 4 February 2016.

How to enter the competition:

Step 1: Take your photo!

You can be as creative as you like in capturing the essence of your research. You could take a photo of your research in progress, showing how it is developed. Or you could focus on the people involved – the people behind the research, or the people benefitting from it. Unusual or artistic images are encouraged!

Step 2: Submit your photo

Submit your photo to the research email inbox, along with a 100–200 word description of your research by the 13th of January 2016.

Need inspiration?

Then take a look at our regular ‘Photo of the Week’, where you can read about the research behind the images or visit the Research Photography Competition 2015 webpages which highlight last year’s Research Photography Competition entries.

Research Photography Competition

Following on from last year’s successful research photo competition we are now seeking entries for our 2016 competition.

Can you convey your research through an image?

We are looking for academics and postgraduates to tell the story of their research through a photograph, which can be used to inspire current BU undergraduates.

All submitted images will be showcased on the BU website late 2015, where staff and students will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite image/s. An exhibition will also be displayed in the Atrium Art Gallery during February 2016. Winners will then be announced during an Awards Ceremony which will take place on Thursday 4 February 2016.

How to enter the competition:

Step 1: Take your photo!

You can be as creative as you like in capturing the essence of your research. You could take a photo of your research in progress, showing how it is developed. Or you could focus on the people involved – the people behind the research, or the people benefitting from it. Unusual or artistic images are encouraged!

Step 2: Submit your photo

Submit your photo, along with a 100–200 word description of your research by Friday 11 December 2015.

Need inspiration?

Then take a look at our regular ‘Photo of the Week’, where you can read about the research behind the images or visit the Research Photography Competition 2015 webpages which highlight last year’s Research Photography Competition entries.

Why take part?

Not only will your image help to inspire the next generation of researchers, it will also highlight all the fantastic research taking place across the university.

Should you have any queries, please contact Oliver Cooke in our Research & Knowledge Exchange Office (RKEO).

We look forward to receiving your entry.

14:live with Professor Edwin Van Teijlingen

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Hello!

14:live will be returning on the 17th of November 14:00-14:45 at Poole House Refectory, next to Papa Johns. This is open to all staff and students and I am pleased to welcome Professor Edwin Van Teijingen.

Bournemouth University has been conducting health research in Nepal for many years. Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen, Faculty of Health & Social Sciences, highlights key work conducted in Nepal. He will also highlight the work of four BU PhD students, whose research ranges from the health & well-being of Nepalese migrant workers in the Middle East (Pratik Adhikary) to nutrition in the poorest families (Jib Acharya) to the uptake of maternity care in rural Nepal (Sheetal Sharma) and the use of birthing centres (Preeti Mahato).

Prof. van Teijlingen has published over seventy academic papers on Nepal and in scientific journals based in Nepal.

The latest BU project focuses on mental health training needs of health care workers serving pregnant women. This THET-funded project will bring 15 highly experienced UK volunteers to train around 100 maternity care practitioners about key mental health issues in pregnancy and after birth. The target population is health care practitioners at the level of nurse and below (there are no doctors in rural villages). This BU-led project is jointly with Tribhuvan University (largest & oldest university in Nepal), Liverpool John Moores University and Green Tara Nepal, and the London-based Buddhist charity Green Tara Trust.

It would be great to see you all there to listen to what’s going to be a very interesting talk with Edward Apeh, and just to give you that little bit more incentive to come along, there will be 30 x tokens for the first 30 audience members to be exchanged for a FREE individual Papa John’s Pizza at the end of the talk, plus lots of free tea & coffee, don’t miss out! If you have any questions about this event or would like to hear about any other upcoming student engagement with research events, contact me on ocooke@bournemouth.ac.uk

Freshers’ Fair 2015

With the new academic year underway and everyone getting stuck into their studies, Freshers’ Fair takes a vital role in making the new arrivals feel a part of Bournemouth University.

Freshers’ Fair had an amazing range of things to offer to the new students, which did not go to waste, as the amount of people there was outstanding (the glorious weather helped a little!).

So this was the perfect opportunity to highlight some of the ground breaking research at BU. I promoted different events such as 14:live and Talkbu, as well as some new features on the research website like Photo of the Week and Researcher of the Month. I also displayed the prestigious ESRC photography competition which has some incredible pieces of photography.

The engagement and curiosity of the students at the Fair made it a pleasure to represent RKEO and BU at the event. I feel like it gave a valuable insight to the new students to a key part of the university!

 

TalkBU: Taylor Swift, zombies and why popular culture matters in Higher Education.

Taylor Swift, zombies and why popular culture matters in Higher Education.

Talk BU Live returns to Dylan’s Bar with this live talk from Dr Sam Goodman on Tuesday 29 September 2015 at 5:30pm.

The modern university is a troubled place. Under the pressure of reduced government funding and the rising expectations that come with increased student fees, the emphasis in contemporary media is on degrees that lead directly to a career.

As a result humanities subjects, such as English Literature and cultural studies, have come under criticism for being too broad, too wide reaching. It has been suggested that these degrees should focus solely on those subjects and skills that will ‘guarantee’ employment – a return to the so-called classics of Shakespeare and Dickens.

This decision would limit the texts and scope of the humanities and undermine the ability of scholars to pursue research, ultimately damaging the student experience in the process.

Using high-profile examples from contemporary popular culture, such as Taylor Swift, and the rise of the Zombie in video games, film and TV, BU’s Dr Sam Goodman will argue that the value of diverse humanities and the importance of academic freedom has never been greater.

About Dr Sam Goodman

Sam lectures in linguistics at BU and his research interests include 20th Century literature with a broad focus on identity, medicine, notions of Englishness and Empire, and post-World War 2 popular culture. This year he was selected as a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker and has recently published a book on spy novels, entitled “British Spy Fiction & the End of Empire”.

About Talk BU Live

Talk BU Live is a series of free on-campus events designed to get people talking and thinking. Talks are no more than 20 minutes long and open to all students and staff at BU.

You can get involved by tweeting #TalkBU or find out more by contacting the team or visiting the Talk BU page on the website.

Introducing Oliver Cooke: Student Engagement Coordinator in the Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team

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Hello my name is Oliver Cooke and I have recently started on my work placement working as the new Student Engagement Coordinator within the Research and Knowledge Exchange Office. I am responsible for engaging students with the research that Bournemouth University undertakes and to organise events where this engagement can be informative and entertaining.

I am currently working towards my degree in Media Studies and have a major interest in the advertisement sector. During my studies at Bournemouth University I worked as the Varsity Videographer for SportBU, which has given me a great amount of knowledge and expertise that will allow me to perform well in my new position.

I have major interests in films and music, as well as competing for the BU Olympic Weightlifting team.

Communicate 2015: the UK’s leading conference for environmental communicators

 

Communicate 2015: Challenging Partnerships will run from the 10th of November till the 11th of November at the Bristol Science Centre. This event is the UK’s leading conference for environmental communicators, bringing together over 150 delegates each year to develop their skills, share best practice and debate the latest issues in engaging people with the natural world

During these two days there will be inspiring content, interactive workshops and engaging discussion in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere that provides fantastic opportunities for networking with fellow communicators.

It’s a great opportunity to learn more about public engagement and research communication through interactive sessions, top tips and networking with people across the sector.

The event began in the Bristol Natural History Consortium in 2003, when 6 organisations in Bristol joined forces on flagship environmental communication projects. From 2003-2008 they worked together under a message of understanding, before gaining charitable status in May 2008.

To register to the event and find out more please visit www.communicatenow.org.uk