Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, has up to £5 million to invest in projects through the digital health technology catalyst – a programme that aims to accelerate the development of digital health innovations. UK businesses, partnered with other organisations including NHS organisations, HEIs, charities, public sector organisations, etc can apply for a share of up to £5 million to develop new digital health products through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The project lead will need to be a UK-based small or medium-sized business (SME).
The competition is part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to deliver leading-edge healthcare in the UK.
Call open : 11 February 2019
Deadline : 10 April 2019
Funding available : between £300,000 and £1million
Project duration : 18 months (between 1 October 2019 and 1 March 2021)
For more information about this funding call, please see this link.
We are looking for breast feeding mums to donate 5 mL of breast milk for a research study conducted at BU.
When mother’s own milk is not sufficient or appropriate, preterm babies can be fed with donor milk from a human milk bank. However, the processes used in milk banking might increase the risk of fat degradation in the milk. Currently, nothing is known about fat degradation products in donor milk. With this study, we aim to quantify fat degradation products in donor milk, and we are currently looking for some term breast milk to compare our results to.
If you are breastfeeding and would like to take part in the study, please get in touch!
Please feel free to share the information with any breastfeeding mum you know!
If you want to know more about milk banking in the UK, read my earlier blog post here.
Many thanks, Isabell
Research England have this morning published the final guidance for REF 2021 submission. The following documents:
- Guidance on submissions
- Panel criteria and working methods
- Guidance on codes of practice
Are available under the publications page of the REF 2021 website: https://www.ref.ac.uk/publications/
For further information, and to read the official announcement, please visit the REF news page
The deadline for the research photography competition is tomorrow! If you have a photo that tells a story of your research and represents the theme of place then be sure to email it over to email@example.com by the end of tomorrow! Get creative!
The competition itself is set to be displayed in the atrium art gallery throughout the majority of March and so it is a nice opportunity for your research to be seen by those in the university!
Many congratulations to Dr Michelle Heward, Dr Michele Board, Ashley Spriggs and Pro Jane Murphy from the ADRC for their new publication ‘Design and evaluation protocol for ‘DEALTS 2’: a simulation-based dementia education intervention for acute care settings’ in International Psychogeriatrics.
The team was commissioned by Health Education England (HEE) to develop and evaluate ‘DEALTS 2’, a national simulation-based education toolkit informed by the Humanisation Values Framework, developed at Bournemouth University and based on an experiential learning approach to facilitate positive impacts on practice. This paper describes the process of developing DEALTS 2 and the protocol for evaluating the impact of this intervention on practice across England.
The paper was published online on 3rd January 2019: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/international-psychogeriatrics/article/design-and-evaluation-protocol-for-dealts-2-a-simulationbased-dementia-education-intervention-for-acute-care-settings/0D6D58EB6D24257F6454E6AB0AF69E7D
The MSc Hotel and Food Services Management has as its focus the rapidly developing international hospitality sector which is both a dynamic and expanding part of many economies. As part of the programme we visited the Institute Paul Bocuse in France to experience the research culture and their approach to food research. We learnt how they
1. train future professionals, to be competent and open to the world of tomorrow, for industry, and academia.
2. lead scientific projects in response to current and future societal challenges.
3. innovate, create new methods, new products, and new services.
We had an excellent visit as reflected in these testimonials;
The visit to the Institut Paul Bocuse allowed me to shape my dissertation topic further. To meet academics working at the cutting edge of food research was inspiring and a very useful opportunity to discuss what my own research might look like. Food for thought!
It is difficult to express my feelings in a few sentences about 3-day-trip in Lyon. It was an interesting and memorable experience to explore the city’s gastronomic heritage and local cuisine as well as gain more knowledge on food services management from PhD students in Paul Bocuse Institute.
The National Institute for Health Research have gathered some inspiring stories from people across England, whose lives have been transformed by clinical research. The stories cover a wide range of health conditions.
You can read them here.
Remember that support is on offer at BU if you are thinking of introducing your own research idea into the NHS – email Research Ethics for advice and take a look at the Clinical Governance blog.
Cafe Scientifique is a fantastic opportunity for you to share, with the public some of your research and help develop your public engagement profile.
Can you give a short talk (around 30 minutes) highlighting your area of research and engage in either debate or discussion with your audience?
Cafe Sci is a relaxed and friendly environment, the audience are welcoming and always keen to learn and ask questions.
If you’re interested, you’ll find us at Cafe Boscanova on the first Tuesday evening of the month.
We currently have availability for the following dates:
Tuesday 1 October
Tuesday 5 November
Tuesday 3 December
If you’d like to get involved with one of these dates please contact the public engagement team firstname.lastname@example.org You can also check us out on Facebook and Twitter
We look forward to hearing from you!
The deadline for the research photography competition is this Wednesday (January 31st.)
Be sure to submit your photos, with a 100-200 word blurb to email@example.com to be involved in the event. We have already had some really good submissions and would love for as many more people as possible to get involved! It is a really good opportunity to showcase your research in a more creative way!
This years rules, theme, and terms and conditions can all be found on the website here: https://research.bournemouth.ac.uk/research-photograph-competition/
We look forward to the competition!
Media Literacy versus Fake News: Critical Thinking, Resilience and Civic Engagement
The Centre for Excellence in Media Practice are researching media literacy for resilience to fake news, funded by a grant from the US Embassy in London. Leading media literacy researchers from the US and UK will come together in London on 15-16 March with teachers, librarians, journalists, digital media producers and young people to tackle disinformation with media literacy.
At the London event, these key stakeholders in this crucial societal issue will listen to young people and share perspectives, working to a collective aim – a practical strategy for harnessing media literacy to develop young people’s resilience to ‘fake news’, with a focus on case studies from both the UK and the US.
A series of interactive workshops will culminate in the research team capturing the raw material for an online, open access toolkit for media literacy resilience.
OPEN, PUBLIC EVENT: FRIDAY MARCH 15th 2019
STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP: SATURDAY MARCH 16th 2019
Here East, Olympic Park, Loughborough University London
Speakers / workshop leaders:
This project is funded by the US Embassy in London and led by CEMP at Bournemouth University with support from the UK Media Education Association.
ICAN: Innovate UK in the South West
Innovation, Commercialisation And Networking: Turn ideas into commercial success. Get support, get inspiration, get funded – hear from Innovate UK, Dorset LEP and invited guests.
Innovation, Commercialisation And Networking (ICAN) is an event which aims to provide inspirational and informing content for any sized business or individuals with great ideas who want to stay ahead of the game.
It is a crucial time for businesses within the UK and innovation is key to maintaining a competitive advantage. New ideas are vital for businesses but this event looks at turning these ideas into reality, how to get innovation projects funded, who to turn to for support and guidance and crucially, how to turn these ideas into commercial success.
You’ll hear from businesses who have been there and done it, put your questions to an expert innovation panel and participate in workshops tailored to specific innovation topics. In addition to all of this, the event will provide a great networking opportunity to meet like-minded businesses and professional support services.
We look forward to seeing you at Bournemouth University on the 30th January 2019.
Places are limited so follow this link
to book now!
Agenda to follow.
Are you currently undertaking research within the NHS, and your Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training is due to expire? Or has it expired recently?
GCP certification lasts for two years, so if your training is due to expire, has expired, or you want to validate your learning, then take advantage of the upcoming refresher half day session, taking place at Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester on Monday 4th February, 9am – 12:30pm.
Spaces are still remaining, so if you’d like to enrol, get in touch with Research Ethics.
Involving patients and/or the public in your clinical research is a great way to ensure that your study is designed and set-up in a way that will be attractive to participants.
This can also help to avoid any setbacks once the project is underway – e.g. scheduling research clinics at 08:30 in the morning at the hospital, when the majority of your participants can’t use their bus pass until 9 o’clock! You may find that recruitment is slow and you will have higher rates of non-compliance.
The Health Research Authority (HRA) released guidance last year to help applicants better identify where they have involved the public in their research applications, and the difference that made to their studies. The guidance sets out how applicants should present their information on public involvement within the Integrated Research Application System (IRAS) in a way that is most useful to Research Ethics Committees (RECs).
Further to this, the HRA have released two blog posts (the 3rd to be released next month) that follow the journey of a Research Fellow at the University of Surrey. Having used this new guidance, the first blog post looks into her thoughts on the advice and how it helped her to achieve success.
The second blog post involves discussion had with two members of the public that the Research Fellow worked with, to find out what it’s like to be involved in research.
Watch this space for the third blog post, and remember that support is on offer at BU if you are thinking of introducing your research ideas into the NHS – email the Research Ethics mailbox, and take a look at the Clinical Governance blog.
Academic colleagues from the UK, China, South Africa, Australia and Sweden are working on developing joint answers to global challenges from a dual cultural perspective.
The aim of this research project with the title Global challenges: taking an international approach, is to find holistic approaches to security questions, ecological threats and development challenges. This includes researching diverse topics such as exploring the potential of terrorism litigation as a legal security tool for China’s One Belt Road initiative; investigating the role that river rights play in producing new modes of regulation along China’s trans-boundary rivers; and exploring the symbolic power of International Environmental Law as a force for managing dissent in the South China Sea.
Dr. Kenneth Kang, BU Centre for Conflict, Rule of Law and Society (CROLS) PGR and affiliated with Xiamen University, China International Water Law Research Group, and Yu Dong, a graduate from Peking University and CROLS researcher granted by China Scholarship Council and China’s Department of Education, are preparing under the supervision of Dr. Bachmann two security related themes for the Chinese market.
One current activity is titled ‘Eco threats as security threats and the protection of the environment during hostilities’ and ‘Terrorism litigation as deterrence under international law’ and is based on existing academic work published in the UK by members of CROLS and aims at transferring the findings into the Chinese context. Two publications in leading Chinese journals are planned for 2019.
The study group is led by Dr. Sascha Dov Bachmann, Associate Professor at BU, Reader in War Studies at the Swedish Defence University, and Research Fellow at the Faculty of Military Science at Stellenbosch University, who is the Head of the (CRoLS), Bournemouth University, and Scientific Contributor and Research Fellow (designate) at the Legal Office of NATO, the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE). Expressions of interest of becoming involved can be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The group aims at fostering research collaborations across the globe and to foster academic dialogue in a non-partisan way among academic and professional practitioners.
The above course is designed for those working as a Principal Investigator (PI) on clinical research projects, or those wishing to become a PI. It is particularly suited to those who have been in working in this role for less than 6 months.
The course will focus on the role and responsibilities of the PI, developing a greater understanding of the regulatory landscape in research, leadership, oversight and communication skills and the importance of building working relationships with local NHS Research & Development and Research & Innovation departments.
For further details of the course please email Kelly.Adams@nihr.ac.uk and to request the course agenda please email Research Ethics.
Remember that support is on offer at BU if you are thinking of introducing your research ideas into the NHS – email the Research Ethics mailbox, and take a look at the Clinical Governance blog.
The next in a series of free lectures from Bournemouth University (BU) will take place at Bournemouth Natural Science Society on 24 January. BU’s Fusion Inaugural Lecture Series provides an opportunity for professors from across all faculties at the university to share their research and its impact on society.
In this lecture, Professor Amanda Korstjens, a behavioural ecologist, will be sharing insights into a career that has taken her all over the world as she explores the effects of environment, human activity and climate change on primates.
“Deforestation, human encroachment on land and climate change are all causing wide-scale disturbances in tropical forests which are resulting in changes to the carbon cycle as well as putting forest-dependent species at risk of extinction,” explains Professor Korstjens, “My research looks at the implications of such changes on a large scale, with a particular focus on Africa.”
“I also supervise a number of PhD students in locations such as Indonesia, where they are carrying out similar studies on a more detailed scale. They have looked at how different primates and elephants use the forest and how they respond to changes in their natural habitat. For example, if humans cut down hard wood trees which are preferred by siamangs, gibbons and Thomas’s langurs, how does this affect their chances of survival? If a species is reliant on a very specific kind of environment, then they’re likely to be disproportionately affected.”
The data gathered through these research projects is then fed through to local organisations that are able to influence the ways in which forests and national parks are managed. Without the underpinning research, these organisations would not have the evidence they need to make changes to conservation practices.
“During my inaugural lecture, I will be discussing my international research and its implications for practice. I will be drawing on examples from my career as a whole – from where I first started to the present day,” says Professor Korstjens.
The lecture will take place on Thursday 24 January 2019 at Bournemouth Natural Science Society. Doors will open at 6:30pm, with the lecture beginning at 7pm. Free tickets can be booked here.
Congratulations to Dr. Nirmal Aryal and Dr. Pramod Regmi in BU’s Faculty of Health & Social Sciences on the acceptance of their latest paper ‘Adolescents left behind by migrant workers: Call for community-based mental health interventions in Nepal’ . This paper has just been accepted by WHO South East Asia Journal of Public Health. This academic journal is Open Access and published by the Regional Office for South-East Asia of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Delhi, India. Co-authors of this scientific paper are: Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen in the Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health (CMMPH); BU Visiting Prof. Padam Simkhada (based at Liverpool John Moores University);and Dr. Pashupati Mahat from CMC-Nepal (Center for Mental Health & Counselling- Nepal).
The paper argues that there exists an increased risk of mental health problems in Nepali adolescents, especially those left-behind by migrant workers. There is a paucity of research on mental health intervention among adolescents in low and middle income countries (LMICs) such as Nepal. The paper calls for more and better community-based mental health intervention in Nepali adolescents including the special group of left-behind adolescents. Doing this work in Nepal, a country with a very high proportion of its population working abroad will have a broader implication for a other low-and middle-income countries. This article is a welcome addition to BU’s growing publications on migrant workers and health in Nepal [2-11].
- Aryal, N., Regmi, P. van Teijlingen, E., Simkhada, P & Mahat, P. (2019) Adolescents left behind by migrant workers: Call for community-based mental health interventions in Nepal, WHO South East Asia J Public Health (forthcoming).
- Adhikary P, Sheppard Z., Keen S. van Teijlingen E (2018) Health and well-being of Nepalese migrant workers abroad, Int J Migration, Health Social Care 14(1): 96-105
- Simkhada, P.P., van Teijlingen, E.R., Gurung, M., Wasti, S. (2018) A study of Health Problems of Nepalese Female Migrants Workers in the Middle-East & Malaysia, BMC International Health & Human Rights 18(1):4.
- Adhikary, P., Sheppard, Z., Keen, S., van Teijlingen, E. (2017) Risky work: Accidents among Nepali migrant workers in Malaysia, Qatar and Saudi, Health Prospect 16(2): 3-10
- Simkhada, P, Regmi, P., van Teijlingen E., Aryal, N. (2017) Identifying gaps in Nepalese migrant workers’ health & well-being: A review of literature J Travel Med 24(4): 1-9
- Aryal, N., Regmi, PR., van Teijlingen, E., Simkhada, P., Adhikary, P., Bhatta, YKD., Mann, S. (2016) Injury & Mortality in Young Nepalese Migrant Workers: A Call for Public Health Action. Asian-Pacific Journal of Public Health 28(8): 703-705.
- Aryal, N., Regmi, PR., van Teijlingen, E., Dhungel, D., Ghale, G., Bhatta, GK. (2016) Knowing is not enough: Migrant workers’ spouses vulnerability to HIV SAARC Journal of Tuberculosis, Lung Diseases & HIV/AIDS 8(1):9-15.
- Sapkota, T., Simkhada, P., van Teijlingen, E. (2014) Nepalese health workers’ migration to United Kingdom: A qualitative study. Health Sci J 8(1):57-74.
- Adhikary P, Keen S, van Teijlingen E. (2011) Health Issues among Nepalese migrant workers in Middle East. Health Sci J 5: 169-75.
- van Teijlingen E, Simkhada, P, Adhikary P. (2009) Alcohol use among the Nepalese in UK. BMJ Rapid Response www.bmj.com/cgi/eletters/339/oct20_1/b4028#223451
- Adhikary, P., Simkhada, P., van Teijlingen, E., Raja, A. (2008). Health and Lifestyle of Nepalese Migrants in the UK; BMC International Health & Human Rights, 8(6).