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BU Graduate School Santander Scholarship awarded to SciTech PhD Student – Alimohammad Shahri

SciTec PhD student Alimohammad Shahri has been successful in securing a BU Graduate School Santander Scholarship Award, to the value of £2,500.

The grant will support Alimohammad to visit three research groups in Europe: the Open University in the UK, Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain, and Simula Research Lab in Norway.

Alimohammad’s PhD thesis research investigates novel methods for the obtainment and analysis of users’ feedback on the quality of software systems and the utilization of that feedback to improve the service and plan the evolution of a system. The visits will allow Alimohammad to present his work and interact with scholars in the three groups and do joint work especially in the areas of requirements engineering, model-driven development, gamification to motivate users to play an active role in contributing knowledge useful to evolve software, and datamining techniques of users’ feedback to infer their collective judgement on the role of software in meeting their requirements.

Alimohammad’s research is part of the SOCIAD project, funded by an FP7 Marie Curie CIG grant and Bournemouth University, and his supervisory team consists of Dr. Raian Ali, Prof. Keith Phalp and Associated Prof. Jacqui Taylor.

For further information regarding Alimohammad’s research please contact him at



HSC PGR Colleen Deane is awarded BU Santander Scholarship Award


HSC PhD student Colleen Deane has been successful for the second year running in securing a BU Graduate School Santander Scholarship Award, this time to the value of £2,500.

The funds will be used to support Colleen’s current collaboration with world leading researchers at the MRC/ARUK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing based in the University of Nottingham.  Colleen will have the exceptional opportunity to work with muscle cells and investigate the novel role of vitamin D on muscle growth and the underlying regulatory mechanisms. Colleen is under the supervisor of Dr Timothy Etheridge and Dr Jane Murphy.

For further information regarding Colleen’s research, please contact her:


PG Researcher Development Workshops – What’s available in February

 WHAT’S AVAILABLE in February 2015:

  • Wednesday 4 February 2015 – Managing Working Relationships (Supervisor and PGR)
  • Wednesday 4 February 2015 – Peering Mentoring
  • Thursday 5 February 2015 – Imposter Syndrome
  • Wednesday 11 February 2015 – Managing your Citations using Endnote and Endnote Web
  • Wednesday 18 February 2015 – An Introduction to Critical Thinking
  • Wednesday 18 February 2015 – Introduction to Research Philosophy
  • Wednesday 25 February 2015 – The Art of Facilitation

Further details and information on how to book your place, are available via myBU (Graduate School PGR Community).  You’ll also be able to see what’s available over the coming months.

Don’t forget that you’ll need to log on with your student username and password.

PG Researcher Development Programme – Available workshops

Whether you have just arrived a BU to start your research degree or you’ve been here a while and want to refresh your skills and knowledge, the following workshops are available:

Finding Information and Using Researcher Tools (REPEAT)
Outline: The session will include an introduction to advanced searching skills, using citations smartly and analytical tools.

  • Date: Wednesday 29 January 2014
  • Time: 09:00 – 11:00

IT SKILLS – Word 2010: Structuring your Thesis
Outline: The workshop will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to allow you to structure your thesis (to get the best out of the workshop you must have basic PC skills and be confident using the basic features of Word).

  • Date: Monday 3 February 2014
  • Time: 14:00 – 16:00

Managing your Citations using Endnote and Endnote Web (REPEAT workshop)
Outline: The session will include an introduction to Endnote and Endnote Web, exporting from databases, Cite While You Write tool

  • Date: Wednesday 5 February 2014
  • Time: 14:00 – 16:00

IT SKILLs – Excel 2010: Introduction to Essential Features 
Outline: This workshop will give an overview of essential features available in Excel.  The skills and knowledge you acquire will enable you to use the software efficiently.

  • Date: Monday 10 February 2014
  • Time: 14:00 – 16:00

 IT SKILLS: Powerpoint – Create and enhance your Presentations 
Outline: This workshop will cover a wide range of PowerPoint techniques to allow the user to create and run a PowerPoint show using PowerPoint 2010 (to get the best out of the course you must have basic PC skills (ie. be able to use a mouse, keyboard and Windows XP) and be confident using the basic features of PowerPoint

  • Date: Monday 17 February 2014
  • Time: 14:00 – 16:00

Further information, including how to book your place can be found on myBU (Graduate School PGR Community).  Remember you will need to log on with your student username and password!

PG Researcher Development Workshops – January 2014

Welcome to 2014!  Don’t forget we have a full programme of PG Researcher Development workshops available to you throughout the coming academic year.  For the month of January, there are still places available on the following workshops:

  • Monday 13th January 2014 – Presentations Skills – only 3 places remaining
  • Tuesday 14th January 2014 – Peer Mentoring Training (For PGRs who wish to develop their skills further there will be the opportunity during the afternoon to explore the use of simple coaching models to structure practical learning conversations)
  • Wednesday 15th January 2014 – Introduction to SPSS (repeat workshop)
  • Monday 27th January 2014 – Managing working relationships (PGRs & Supervisors) with Dr Margaret Collins
  • Tuesday 28th January 2014 – Creative Thinking and Problem Solving

Full details (including information on how to book onto the workshops) can be found on myBU (Graduate School PGR Community).  If you have any problems accessing myBU, please email


PG Researcher Development Programme – New Workshops

New workshops have now been added to the programme for the month of February including:

  • Academic Writing
  • Research Methods (Quantitative; Qualitative & Mixed)

Full details can be found on myBUGraduate School PGR Community.

Please remember to log on with your student username and password.

If you have any questions or require assistance accessing myBU , please email:

6th Annual PG Conference – 22 January and 23 January 2014 – CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

The Graduate SchoolCALL FOR ABSTRACTS. 

The Call for Abstracts from any BU registered postgraduate research student is now open and full details including the necessary forms and guidelines can be found on the Graduate School website or myBU (Graduate School PGR Community).  The deadline for submission is 5 pm on Monday 2nd December 2013.

We are still looking for PGR volunteers to help out over the two days (chairing oral presentations; setting up on the day (possibly evening before); signposting visitors on the day), so if you’re interested in putting your name forward, please email your PGR Rep Ashley Mitchell.

If you have any questions about the conference, please get in touch with the Graduate School Team by emailing :

Congratulations again to Sheetal Sharma!


Having won the poster prize at last Friday’s GLOW conference in Birmingham,  Sheetal Sharma found out today that she has also been awarded a travel grant from one of the organisations supporting the ECTMIC 2013 Conference she attended in September. 

Sheetal presented a poster at the 8th European Congress on Tropical Medicine & International Health, 2013 (ECTMIH-2013) which took place 10-13 September 2013 in Copenhagen (Denmark).  Sheetal’s abstract of the poster is officially published see

The reference is:

Sharma, S., van Teijlingen, E., Hundley, V., Stephens J.,  Simkhada, P., Angell, C.,  Sicuri, E., Belizan, J.M. (2013) Mixed-methods evaluation of a maternity care intervention in rural Nepal: measuring what works, Poster P.2.3.004 (A), Tropical Medicine & International Health  18 (Suppl. 1): 108–231.


Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen
Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health
School of Health & Social Care

Santander Mobility and Scholarship Awards 2013 14

Santander is committed to supporting higher education and are once again, through the Graduate School, offering Scholarships and Mobility Awards to any registered BU Postgraduate Research Student.



4 x £5,000 Scholarships

Scholarships are available to PGRs to undertake a specific piece of work and build or develop links with international researchers through travel to:

4 x £2,000 Mobility Awards

Mobility Awards are available to PGRs to:

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Belgium
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Germany
  • Korea
  • Mexico
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • USA
  • UAE
  • Uruguay


Full details, including application forms and the relevant policy documents can be found on myBU – Graduate School PGR Community (follow the Funding – Development and Mobility Awards Tab).  Remember you will need to log on to myBU with your student username and password.

The closing date for applications is 5 pm on Thursday 9th January 2013.


Congratulations to Emily Norton – School of Applied Sciences!

 At the UK’s leading remote sensing and photogrammetry society’s annual conference Applied Sciences’ postgraduate researcher Emily Norton’s presentation was awarded the President’s Cup for the best oral presentation out of the 45 delivered over the course of the three day event.

The conference theme was ‘Earth Observation for Problem Solving’ and Emily’s paper “The Prospection for Mass Graves: A Multi-Platform Approach” looked at the role and her recent results of using remote sensing techniques to locate mass graves. Two other Applied Sciences’ postgraduate researchers, Heather Papworth and Matthew Sumnall, also presented papers at the conference. The Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc) conference was held at the Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor Hotel between the 4th-6th September 2013, and was hosted by the University of Glasgow. The cup, after being engraved with Emily’s name as the 2013 winner, will be officially awarded at next year’s conference dinner by former BU Vice-Chancellor, Paul Curran, who is President of the Society.

Well Done Emily!

Paul Cheetham
School of Applied Sciences

BU PhD Studentship Competition 2014 – Call for Project Proposals

 The Graduate School is delighted to announce the launch of the 2014 BU PhD Studentship Competition. Potentially, there will be up to 50 studentships available across two parallel strands: (1) Matched Funded and (2) Fully Funded.

At this stage, Academic Staff are invited to submit proposals for studentship projects which, if successful, will be advertised to recruit PhD candidates for an October 2014 start.

Full details can be found on the Graduate School Staff Intranet.

 Support for Academic Staff:

Staff Development are running a one day workshop “Funding your Studentship: engaging effectively with business and industry” on Tuesday 15 October 2013 for academic staff considering submitting a proposal(s). Full details of the event and how to book are available here.

Submission Deadline:

Applications should be submitted on the Studentship Proposal form to the Graduate School; email: no later than 5pm on Monday 6 January 2014. Funding decisions will be made in line with the Studentship Policy within 3 weeks of the deadline.

PGR Development Fund 2013/14 – REMINDER

Don’t forget that the PGR Development Fund is now open for applications

Applications will be considered at two points during 2013/14 and the deadline for the first round will be 17:00 on Monday 30th September 2013.

The PGR Development Fund is open to BU postgraduate researchers (PGRs) irrespective of the mode of study (full-time/part-time) or funding status (BU studentships/externally funded/self-funded/ VC PhD Scholarship).

Individual awards will provide financial support of normally up to £1,000 for research activities related to an individual PGR’s research project or personal development.

Examples of research activities covered by the Scheme include:

  • Conferences (to present – either poster or oral and you must provide evidence that you have submitted either a poster or oral abstract for consideration);
  • Research development e.g. attending external training events specific to your research project;
  • Personal development e.g. attending external personal development training events;
  • Organisation of an academic conference at BU with external participants;
  • Attendance at external networking events leading to advance of the research;
  • Meetings or networking events linking to publications or dissemination of research.

You should also map the proposed activity onto the relevant sub-domains of the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF):

Knowledge & Intellectual Abilities A1 – Knowledge base A2 – Cognitive abilities A3 – Creativity
Personal Effectiveness B1 – Personal qualities B2 – Self-management B3 – Professional & career development
Research Governance C1 – Professional conduct C2 – Research management C3 – Finance, funding & resources
Engagement, Influence & Impact D1 – Working with others D2 – Communication & dissemination D3 – Engagement & impact

Awards will only cover direct costs including travel, subsistence, training or development costs and all applications will need to include a precise breakdown of costs.  Applications should be supported by your Supervisory Team and the relevant Deputy Dean (Research & Enterprise) of your Academic School.  This year the Graduate School is keen to assist as many PGRs as possible and due to the competition for funding, will favour applications that can demonstrate good ‘value for money‘.

PGRs wishing to apply must submit a completed Application Form and email Graduate School Funding ( by 17:00 hrs – Monday 30th September 2013.

Applications to the Scheme will be reviewed independently and all decisions on funding will be made by the Graduate School.

For further information please read the PGR Development Scheme Policy

Advanced Notice! 2014 PhD Studentship Competition

At the end of September the Graduate School will be launching the 2014 PhD Studentship Competition. The Competition will open for project proposals (from Academics) seeking funding for projects to start in September 2014, as part of the Fusion Investment Fund.

This year there will be approximately 50 studentships available across two parallel strands

  1. Matched Funded Projects
  2. Fully Funded

There will be two rounds for proposals with the first round launching on Monday 30 September 2013 which will close on Monday 6th January 2014.  In the event that not all studentships are allocated in the first round, a second round will be run subsequently for projects starting in January 2015.

To assist academics, a one day workshop will be organised, by Staff Development, to cover topics such as how to target and develop relationships with external organisations; networking and project costings etc.  This workshop will take place in October and further details will be available when the Competition is launched.

Further details about the 2014 PhD Studentship Competition, including the policy document and project proposal forms, will be available when the competition is launched on the 30th September.


Dr Fiona Knight
Academic Manager
The Graduate School



BU Research wins Best Competitive Paper at CCT13 (Tucson, Arizona)

Blog Post by Rebecca Watkins, Postgraduate Researcher – Media School

Consumer Culture Theory (CCT) is an interdisciplinary field that comprises macro, interpretive, and critical perspectives of consumer behaviour, and the CCT conference has become the premier international venue for consumer culture researchers spanning a broad spectrum of academic disciplines to come together to share their ideas, empirical insights, and theoretical interests in an engaging, cutting edge, collegial forum. The conference invites original contributions in the form of full papers that undergo a rigorous peer review process with three double blind reviewers, and as a result research presented at the conference is consistently of an exceptionally high standard.  At this year’s conference in Tucson, Arizona, Bournemouth University PhD student Rebecca Watkins and senior lecturer Dr. Mike Molesworth were awarded Best Competitive Paper for their contribution entitled ‘The Biographies of Digital Virtual Goods’. The paper communicated empirical findings from Rebecca’s PhD research which explores ownership and possession in the context of digital goods, from magical swords, luxury cars and avatars within virtual worlds, to mp3s, ebooks, and social networking profiles. Building on award winning research by Dr Denegri-Knott and Dr Molesworth from Bournemouth University’s Media School, Rebecca and Mike highlight the ways in which the nature of digital goods encourages the delaying of classification decisions, resulting in vast digital hoards, and in doing so contribute to existing understanding of digital goods as possessions by providing insight into their biographies, including the significant ways in which they diverge from the typical biographies of material goods. Thus a key contribution of the paper, and of Rebecca’s research more broadly, is to illustrate that our understanding of material culture and consumption, so understandably rooted in the materiality of goods, is problematised by the emergence of digital possessions, often leading to tense and turbulent relationships between consumers and the providers of these digital goods that are yet to be adequately addressed by policy makers.

*Rebecca’s attendance at the conference was partially funded by the Graduate School’s PGR Development Fund


Have your Say! What should the new online research degree monitoring system be called?

Calling all postgraduate researchers, supervisors and research administrators!

You should by now have heard that we are working hard to have our new postgraduate monitoring system online for the beginning of the new academic year.  The system will enhance the experience of all those involved in research degrees:

  • Postgraduate Researchers
  • Supervisors
  • Research Administrators

The main aim is to move away from paper-based forms and to a more streamlined on-line system.  The system will guide you through the process and monitoring of PGR progression.

We’re now at the exciting stage of naming the system.  The steering group has come up with a list of possible names for you to vote on.  Cast your votes here – for:

  • myResearch Degree
  • ResearchPAD (Progression, Administration, Development)
  • BURD (Bournemouth University Research Degrees)

The poll will be open until 22 July.  Happy voting!

Dr Fiona Knight
Academic Manager






Santander Mobility Awards

I am delighted to announce that Santander have very generously provided the Graduate School, as part of the fusion fund, a further five £5k scholarships for postgraduate research students (PGRs).

These awards are intended to support PGRs to undertake study, research and/or network activities at a Partner Institution from within the UK Santander Universities Network and/or one of the Overseas Santander Partner Universities.  Awards made will cover only direct costs (travel; subsistence; training or development costs) and all applications will need to include a precise breakdown of costs

To be eligible to apply, applicants must be registered at BU on a postgraduate research degree irrespective of mode of study (full-time / part-time) or funding status (BU studentships / externally funded / self-funded) and must be a national from one of the countries listed within the Santander Scheme.  Please see the Policy document for further details.

Successful applicants will be expected to participate in general PR activities about their research and provide a short report based on the research activity. This may involve attending events and promoting the benefits of the funding. 

For further information, please read the GS Santander Travel Grants – Policy

To apply, please complete the GS Santander Application Form and submit it by email to by 5 pm, Monday 1st July  2013.