The next Global Café will be on Wednesday 11 March 2020 at the third floor of BU’s Executive Business Centre, It starts at 18.30 with a light Buffet Dinner followed by a series of short talks at 19.00. These short talks will be from a range of four speakers and there will be time to network with other participants. We aim the finish at 21.00.
Whether you’re looking to get started in public engagement with research, or hoping to build on your experience to boost your impact, we have training coming up for you.
Getting started in public engagement with research
Wednesday 11th March 2020, 10.00 – 12.00 Lansdowne Campus
Public engagement is increasingly valued as a skill in researchers, and by funders. This workshop aims to get academics from zero or little experience in public engagement with research (PER) to a position where they are confident carrying out PER activity with awareness of audience, delivery and evaluation. This workshop will be delivered by Adam Morris, Engagement Officer at BU.
By the end of this workshop you should be able to:
Understand what is meant by public engagement and why it is an increasingly important part of a research career
Identify relevant audiences and understand how to target engagement
Plan public engagement activity that complements and benefits research
Evaluate public engagement activity and use this to demonstrate impact
Wednesday 29 April 2020 09.00 – 13.00 Talbot Campus
This course will develop your public engagement skills to a high level. It is aimed at academics with some public engagement experience, and/or those who have completed the ‘Getting started in Public Engagement’ course. The course offers an opportunity to reflect on past public engagement work and plans for the future. In particular, we will focus on developing your own plans with guided feedback and discussion. This workshop will be delivered by an expert trainer from the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE).
By the end of this workshop you will…
Explore frameworks and concepts that deepen thinking about People, Purpose and Process
Apply those explorations to your own work
Consider how to take the concepts into your own work in the future
This course will cover why evaluation is important, look at ways to get started, explore different techniques, and consider what your findings can tell you and your organisation or funder. We will also cover the ways in which evaluation can be used to generate evidence for impact. With an emphasis on how to conduct evaluation, join us for a programme of practical activities and discussion as together we demystify evaluation and find the fun in revealing and identifying your effectiveness. This workshop will be delivered by an expert trainer from the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE).
By the end of this workshop you will:
develop an awareness of the value and importance of evaluating public engagement.
gain familiarity with the process of evaluation and the usefulness of planning.
consider the uses of evaluation including improving activities; sharing good practice and reporting.
begin to explore the issues and challenges of evaluating public engagement.
continue to develop personal and professional skills, for example in communication, planning and critical reflection.
increase confidence in evaluating public engagement activities.
Elsevier, the manufacturers of SciVal, will be coming to BU to deliver a number of workshops on their research performance online tool.
SciVal shows bibliometric data for individuals and organisations and is used by some funders and organisations when assessing research grants, informing research evaluation and identifying collaborators worldwide.
27th February 2020 at Talbot Campus
There are two sessions running during the day as follows:
09:30 – 11:00 SciVal for REF purposes
11:30 – 12:30 SciVal Introduction (for Researchers and Professional Support Staff)
13:30 – 14:30 SciVal Introduction (for Researchers and Professional Support Staff)
15:00 – 16:30 SciVal for REF purposes
To register book your place for one of these workshops, please e-mail Organisational Development stating which session(s) you wish to attend.
In the last month we had several FHSS-Psychology success stories. The first one was a recently accepted joint publication between Mr. Paul Fairbairn and Dr. Fotini Tsofliou in the Department of Rehabilitation and Sport Sciences, Dr. Andrew Johnson in BU’s Department of Psychology. The joint paper is called ‘Effects of a high DHA multi-nutrient supplement and exercise on mobility and cognition in older women (MOBILE): A randomised semi-blinded placebo controlled study” in the British Journal of Nutrition .
Secondly, Dr. Sarah Collard in the Department of Psychology, Dr. Pramod Regmi in the Department of Nursing Science and FHSS Visiting Professor Katherine Barnard-Kelly are to be congratulated on their publication: ‘Exercising with an automated insulin delivery system: qualitative insight into the hopes and expectations of people with type 1 diabetes’ .
And last, but not least, Dr. Bibha Simkhada in the Department of Nursing Science together with FHSS colleagues Dr. Michele Board and Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen and Dr. Shanti Shanker in the Department of Psychology were awarded £17,180 in the most recent internal GCRF call. Their proposed project ‘The key issues in Dementia in South Asia’ will run from 2020-2021. Both Dr. Simkhada and Dr. Shanker are Global Engagement Lead (GEL) in their respective departments.
Good to see so many great cross-BU collaborations!
Professor Edwin van Teijlingen
Fairbairn, P., Tsofliou, F., Johnson, A., Dyall, S.C. (2010) Effects of a high DHA multi-nutrient supplement and exercise on mobility and cognition in older women (MOBILE): A randomised semi-blinded placebo controlled study, British Journal of Nutrition (accepted).
Collard, S.S., Regmi, P.R., Hood, K.K., Laffel, L., Weissberg-Benchell, J., Naranjo, D., Barnard-Kelly, K. (2020) Exercising with an automated insulin delivery system: qualitative insight into the hopes and expectations of people with type 1 diabetes, Practical Diabetes 2020; 37(1): 19–23.
Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Collard in the Department of Psychology, Dr. Pramod Regmi in the Department of Nursing Science and FHSS Visiting Professor Katherine Barnard-Kelly on their publication: ‘Exercising with an automated insulin delivery system: qualitative insight into the hopes and expectations of people with type 1 diabetes’ . This paper in Practical Diabetes is a joint publication with several North American scholars.
The authors of this qualitative paper distilled three themes related to the benefits of automated insulin delivery systems: (a) more freedom and spontaneity in the individual’s ability to exercise; (b) relief
from worry of hypoglycaemia as a result of exercise; (c) removing the ‘guesswork’ of adjusting insulin for exercise, as well as two further themes relating to potential concerns with regard to safely exercising while wearing an automated insulin delivery system.
Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen
Collard, S.S., Regmi, P.R., Hood, K.K., Laffel, L., Weissberg-Benchell, J., Naranjo, D., Barnard-Kelly, K. (2020) Exercising with an automated insulin delivery system: qualitative insight into the hopes and expectations of people with type 1 diabetes, Practical Diabetes 2020; 37(1): 19–23
This session is for all authors or producers of research outputs in non-traditional formats to work through the key information required and make a start in preparing this ready for submission to a future REF mock exercise. The topics covered will be :
What information authors/producers of practice-based research outputs should include in their submission
How this information should be presented
Looking at worked examples – good and bad practice
Working with individual staff to develop the presentation of their research
You can see all the Organisational Development and Research Knowledge Development Framework (RKEDF) events in one place on the handy calendar of events.
Please note that all events are now targeted, so look closely at the event page to ensure that the event is suitable for you. In addition, most RKEDF events now require the approval of your Head of Department (or other nominated approver). Please follow the instructions given on the event page and the template email for you to initiate the booking request.
We will be holding the next in our regular series of Public Lecture Days on Monday 6 April, and are currently seeking expressions of interest for delivering a talk.
The theme for the day is health, so if your research has implications for health then please get in touch. We’re particularly interested if you can translate your work into advice or recommendations for improving health, especially as it relates to older people, though this is not a requirement.
The event will be held on the afternoon of Monday 6 April 2020, including a catered lunch. Your talk would need to be suitable for an adult public audience unfamiliar with your field of research, lasting around 50 mins including time for questions.
Brief description of the research you’d like to talk about
Why the audience would be interested in this talk and what they would gain by attending
Why you would like to do this talk and what it would do for you (e.g. skills, experience, feedback)
Please understand that we have a limited number of slots for speakers, so it is not guaranteed that you will be included. However, we will do our best to let you know as soon as possible, and can advise you on finding alternative opportunities if necessary.
Dr. Ann Luce, Principal Academic in Journalism and Communication in FMC has been elected to the Council of National Representatives for the International Association of Suicide Prevention (IASP).
In her new role as UK representative, she will champion the UK’s national suicide prevention strategy and Parliament’s suicide prevention agenda on a global stage, helping to inform international policy on suicide prevention.
Dr. Luce’s role will require her to work with national representatives from 77 countries around the world, including low- and middle-income countries, where 70% of the world’s suicides occur. She will also build upon her work with the World Health Organisation, where she helped create media reporting guidelines for journalists in 2008 and 2017; and will now work closely with the World Federation of Mental Health (WFMH) and the World Psychiatry Association (WPA).
This three-year international appointment builds upon Dr. Luce’s national appointment as a steering group member to the National Suicide Prevention Alliance in 2019. In that role, she strategically influences the Government’s national strategy on preventing suicide, working closely with the Department of Health on both the National Strategy Advisory Group and the National Strategy Delivery Group.
Closer to home, Dr. Luce is research and media lead on the Pan-Dorset Suicide Prevention Strategy Group and a member of the suicide response team, which deals with suicide clusters across Dorset.
Dr. Luce has been researching and working in the area of suicide prevention for the last 15 years. She has written two sets of media reporting guidelines for the World Health Organisation through her work on the World Media Task Force for the Prevention of Suicide and has also written blogging guidelines for Save.org, the USA’s largest mental health charity. She has consulted with governments in Wales, Norway and Australia to reduce suicide rates and has served as an expert panel member and worked with the Australian Government, under the National Suicide Prevention Leadership Program to create #chatsafe, a young person’s guide for communicating safely online about suicide.
The SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences (“SIIMS – a broad authoritative source for fundamental results in imaging sciences, with a unique combination of mathematics and applications”), an influential Q1-journal with a significant Impact Factor and SJR indicator, has just published the paper “Automatically Controlled Morphing of 2D Shapes with Textures” authored by NCCA academics and students. This multidisciplinary paper proposes a novel theoretical and practical framework resulting in a suite of mathematically substantiated techniques important in the context of 2D imagery, artistic design, computer animation, and emerging streaming and interactive applications.
The paper has a rather long and non-trivial history related to the fusion of academic and student research. Initially, NCCA UG student Felix Marrington-Reeve (“Computer Visualisation and Animation” course, Level 6) undertook his R&D project within the “Innovations” unit and got some interesting results. The 8-page paper written on the basis of his project and co-authored with his supervisors Dr Valery Adzhiev and Prof Alexander Pasko, was, however, rejected in 2017 by two international conferences (they were prepared to accept a short version but the authors thought the work deserved a better fate).
After Felix’s graduation (he started working in a leading production company Framestore) Dr Oleg Fryazinov and PhD student Alexander Tereshin joined the project team. A lot of additional theoretical and practical work had been done, and in February 2019 the radically modified and extended 30-page version was submitted to SIIMS. After two-stage rigorous peer-reviewing process, in October 2019 the paper was accepted by this prestigious journal.
Tereshin, A., Adzhiev, V., Fryazinov, O., Marrington-Reeve, F., Pasko, A. (2020). “Automatically Controlled Morphing of 2D Shapes with Textures”, The SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences, Vol. 13, No. 1, pp. 78-107. DOI: 10.1137/19M1241581
Performative Social Science (PSS) is an arts-led method of research and dissemination developed by Jones at Bournemouth University over ten years and is recognised internationally. Recently lauded by Sage Publications, they described PSS as pioneering work that will ‘propel arts-led research forward’ and be a ‘valued resource for students and researchers for years to come’.
Performative Social Science (PSS) is positioned within the current era of cross-pollination from discipline to discipline. Practitioners from the Arts and Humanities look to the Social Sciences for fresh frameworks, whist Social Science practitioners explore the Arts for potential new tools for enquiry and dissemination.
Dr Kip Jones, Reader in Qualitative Research and Performative Social Science retires from Bournemouth University at the end of February, but will continue with PhD supervision on a part-time basis. He has four potential publications in discussion with publishers, including a volume on PSS.
Faculty of Management Associate Professor Julie Robson has had a paper accepted for publication in Industrial Marketing Management (CABS 3*) entitled Triangulation in Industrial Qualitative Case Study Research: Widening the Scope. The authors are Jillian Farquhar (University of Pretoria and Solent University), Nicolette Michels (Oxford Brookes) and Julie Robson (Bournemouth University).
This paper provides an inventory of triangulation categories for case study research and a theoretical reframing of triangulation consisting of three modes – convergence, complementarity and divergence.
Although set in an industrial marketing management context, the paper is a useful read for anyone undertaking case study research.
Congratulations to an international team of midwifery researchers including Dr. Jane Fry in the Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health (CMMPH) and former CMMPH member of staff Dr. Jenny Hall on the acceptance of their paper ‘Spirituality and Childbirth: an international virtual co-operative inquiry’  by the journal Women & Birth (Elsevier).
Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen
Crowther, S., Hall, J., Balabanoff, D., Baranowska, B., Kay, L., Menage, D., Fry, J. (2020) Spirituality and Childbirth: an international virtual co-operative inquiry, Women & Birth (forthcoming).
All email addresses at the HRA are changing in the coming weeks and this change will be complete by March 2020.
HRA staff email addresses will be standardised as firstname.lastname@example.org. A full list of contact email addresses for the Research Ethics Committees is now available here.
If you use the HRA staff member’s @nhs.net email address to contact them after they have moved to their new email address, you will receive a response containing their new details but your email won’t be automatically forwarded.
If you are unsure which contact information to use for the individual or service you require, please contact the HRA mainline on 020 797 22545 or use their contact form.
Make sure to check your junk mail if you are expecting emails from the HRA or an NHS REC as they often are sent there instead. Please add them to your safe senders list if this is the case to make sure you don’t miss any important study emails!
As the presentation of the 2020 Academy Awards approaches, there has been a lot of buzz around the visual effects category. Two films – Sam Mendes’s 1917 and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman have, in particular, attracted a lot of attention for the tricks they use to immerse the viewer in the characters and storyline.
The first film to win an award for visual effects, in the first ever Oscars ceremony in 1929, also won best picture. American special effects artist and film director Roy Pomeroy won for Wings, a first world war movie featuring breathtaking realistic dogfight sequences. His work still looks amazing, given the tools he had to work with. In the 90 years since he won his award, though, visual effects have become ever more sophisticated.
Big bangs theory
If we take a look at the films that are nominated for Best Visual Effects in this year’s Academy Awards, we see five very different types of film.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is the continuing sci-fi saga of the battle between the Jedi and the Sith. A set of tried-and-tested visual effects techniques were used in the film.
This included the return of a fully digital replacement for Princess Leia using pieces of old footage of the late Carrie Fisher and computer-generated elements to create a complete character that blended seamlessly into the new narrative. Most of the environments were created in the computer and then composited with actors’ performances against a green screen that allows backgrounds to be replaced with digital sets.
Avengers: Endgame, is the final episode of a comic book-based world of superheroes and their enemies in one final, epic battle. Green screens played a huge part in this film as well, allowing intricate digital environments to play their part in the storytelling.
As you’d expect there are plenty of pyrotechnics, explosions and battle scenes that were made with animated digital characters.
Rumble in the jungle
The Lion King, a computer-generated remake of the Disney classic, originally animated, on the whole, by hand in 2D. Many of the techniques used in this movie were originally developed for the making of the 2016 remake of Jungle Book which, like The Lion King, was reworked as a fully digital film – apart from Mowgli who was played by a real boy.
In The Lion King, director John Favreau developed a technique that he felt would inform the animation of the animals in a far more realistic way than how animation is traditionally created. Rather than simply recording voice actors in a sound booth, he put them in a studio and filmed them acting together so that animators had nuanced reference to work with to ensure the tiniest of reactions were captured in the creatures’ performances.
Virtual reality also played a big part in the making of the film. Camera operators were able to use digital sets to see the environments and move digital cameras in a realistic way.
The Irishman jumps between present-day action and as far back as the 1950s, made more complicated by the fact that the characters are played by the same actors. The point of difference is that prosthetics and makeup weren’t used, but stars including Robert De Niro and Al Pacino were “de-aged” using computers, using images of the actors from photographs and previous films to build “digital masks” in the computer that replaced the actor’s real faces.
This meant that De Niro who plays the lead role was, at 74 when filming began, playing the role of a man in his 30s and by the end of the film the same man in his 80s. How successfully is something that has been hotly debated – but nobody can doubt the expertise with which the artists carried out their task.
Spot the joins
The final film nominated is the first world war epic 1917, co-written, produced and directed by Sam Mendes. Loosely based on a story Mendes was told by his grandfather, the film relies on a single shot depiction of the entire narrative, following the main character on his journey to get a message to the front line. This technique, also used in 2015’s best picture winner, Birdman, required meticulous planning to ensure that the cuts that occurred were invisible to the viewer.
Camera moves were choreographed to allow two scenes that were filmed in the same location at different times to be taken into the computer and “stitched” together as if they were one complete shot. Doing this over and over enabled the illusion of one continuous sequence.
Like many films though, 1917 used a host of other visual effects techniques that were unseen. This is often regarded as the pinnacle of success in visual effects – an effect that can’t be seen versus one that is smacking you in the face with a large, wet fish.
Appliance of science
Some of the nominated movies need visual effects to create worlds and creatures that don’t exist, while some employ tricks to enhance the cinematic experience and the ability of the filmmaker to tell their story. All of them use the technical expertise of visual effects artists to bring the director’s vision to the screen.
And there’s a great deal of scientific knowhow that goes into creating cinematic illusion. The movie that won the visual effects award in 2014, Interstellar, involved recreating the appearance of a black hole. To do this, visual effects artists worked with scientists to accurately model the phenomenon. The results were so advanced that scientists have since cited its importance to their ongoing work.
This scientific knowledge underpins flawless visual effects production. Not only does a visual effects artist need to know how their tools work, they need to be able to understand the science that informs the visuals we see on the screen. Human and animal anatomy, lighting, pyrotechnics, fluid simulation, mechanical engineering and robotics are just a few of the scientific disciplines that add strings to a visual effects artist’s bow.
So, when we talk about visual effects and the people who create them, remember the science that supports almost everything they do. Every frame is looked at in minute detail, so much so that the casual viewer might never understand the hours that go into making one of these films look the way they do and allow us to sit back and enjoy the story.
Are you interested in running your own research project within the NHS or healthcare? Good Clinical Practice, or ‘GCP’, is a requirement for those wishing to work on clinical research projects in a healthcare setting.
GCP is the international ethical, scientific and practical standard to which all clinical research is conducted. By undertaking GCP, you’re able to demonstrate the rights, safety and wellbeing of your research participants are protected, and that the data collected are reliable.
The next GCP full day session is scheduled for Tuesday 17th March, at Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester – 8:45am – 4:30pm.
The day will comprise of the following sessions:
Introduction to research and the GCP standards;
Preparing to deliver your study;
Identifying and recruiting participants – eligibility and informed consent;