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The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) and the British Academy are inviting applications for early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences to attend a research collaboration symposium on the broad theme of ‘security’.
This will explore varied understandings and experiences of security, and how security can be and has been conceptualised, represented, lived and addressed. The symposium aims to encourage international engagement and collaboration between early career researchers from Canada and the UK from a broad range of disciplines, encouraging the exchange of ideas across both disciplinary and national boundaries. The event will take place in Montebello, Quebec, Canada from 08/12/20 – 10/12/20 .
Deadline for applications Wednesday 6 May 2020 at 17.00.
For details on how to apply please see here.
If you have any queries, please contact RDS on RKEDF@bournemouth.ac.uk
The Doctoral College Newsletter provides termly information and updates to all those involved with postgraduate research at BU. The latest edition is now available to download here. Click on the web-links provided to learn more about the news, events and opportunities that may interest you.
If you would like to make a contribution to future newsletters, please contact the Doctoral College.
The two-year Cumberland Lodge Scholarship programme offers doctoral students based at UK universities the opportunity to set themselves apart, by deepening their understanding of pressing social issues and developing new skills in communication, public engagement and interdisciplinary working.
Cumberland Lodge are now recruiting for a new cohort of Scholars for 2020-22. To apply, please complete the application form, which is available to download from this webpage, and return it to Sarah Galvin, Programme Administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be accepted from Monday 2 March to Tuesday 31 March 2020 (midnight).
Best of luck to any BU PGRs applying.
Monday 9th March RKEDF: Global Visiting Fellowship – Drop in sessions
12:30 – 13:30 Talbot Campus
For those who are thinking of nominating an applicant for the GVF fund, to come along with their idea and seek advice on the joint application process from panel members.
Wednesday 11th March RKEDF: Getting started in public engagement with research
10:00 – 12:00 Lansdowne Campus
An intensive introductory session covering why Public Engagement is important, what it can do for your research, how to identify audiences and target their needs, designing public engagement activity and the logistics of public engagement – from securing funding through planning, developing skills and the support offered at BU. Also the evaluation of engagement activity.
Friday 6th March RKEDF: Research Outputs – Writing Day
Dedicated time and space, free from everyday distractions with a collaborative focus on productive writing with other BU authors.
Next dates: 14th May and 14th July
If you have any queries, please contact mailto:RKEDF@bournemouth.ac.uk?subject=Research Event Query.
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), working in collaboration with other Research Councils within UKRI, is planning to announce a new funding call in early 2020 for Partnership Development awards under the Global Challenges Research Fund’s Collective Programme. This call will support the development of equitable partnerships and an interdisciplinary community to explore the intersections between conflict and fragility (SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions & GCRF Conflict portfolio) and wider development challenges (and other SDGs and GCRF portfolios) such as health, environmental resilience, sustainable cities and food systems, as well as cross-cutting development issues such as gender, inequalities, poverty reduction and sustainable livelihoods.
The call will launch in early March 2020 with a closing date in late spring 2020 and projects expected to start from autumn 2020. Approximately 20 awards of varying sizes up to £200,000 (fEC) and between 12 and 24 months duration will be supported.
Further details can be found in this Pre-Call Announcement Document (PDF, 172KB)
|Call opens||February/March 2020|
|Call Close||May 2020|
|Expected grant start dates||September/October 2020|
If you require further information, please don’t hesitate to contact Alex Pekalski. She’s happy to have a chat with prospective applicants.
To mark World Cancer Day, patient advocate Richard Stephens has shared his experience about the importance of incorporating good public involvement in cancer research.
The blog post has been published on the Health Research Authority (HRA) website here and details Richard’s journey first as a clinical trial participant to his role as a patient advocate. He has worked on patient advisory groups and various committees to help improve the information given to participants so they can fully understand the implications of their involvement in clinical research.
‘My first trial involved testing a new chemotherapy drug against standard treatment. I asked to be “randomised” to the new drug. I hadn’t understood what was meant by ‘randomised’ trial. My consultant told me later that she thought I had been joking when I’d asked for the new drug. But the randomisation did put me on it anyway, which was what I thought I’d consented to….
My own misunderstanding made me wonder why patients weren’t involved in writing the information that would be given to other patients.‘
There is guidance published on ‘PPI’ (Patient and Public Involvement) here on the Clinical Governance blog which incorporates guidance available from the HRA website and the National Institute for Health Research’s site.
Conducting PPI is a good way to seek the opinions and recommendations of the public, and can help to ensure that your study is designed and set-up in a way that will be relevant to participants, and of good quality. PPI can also help to avoid any setbacks once the project is underway.
‘Every year more patients are taking part in clinical trials. Evidence shows that cancer patients who take part in clinical research are more likely to report higher levels of satisfaction with their overall care, and are more likely to have better outcomes in research-rich hospitals, even if they don’t take part in trials themselves.
Research participation is good for patients, patient involvement is good for research, and good research produces better treatments and care for all of us.’
Every BU academic has a Research Professional account which delivers weekly emails detailing funding opportunities in their broad subject area. To really make the most of your Research Professional account, you should tailor it further by establishing additional alerts based on your specific area of expertise. The Funding Development Team Officers can assist you with this, if required.
Research Professional have created several guides to help introduce users to Research Professional. These can be downloaded here.
Quick Start Guide: Explains to users their first steps with the website, from creating an account to searching for content and setting up email alerts, all in the space of a single page.
User Guide: More detailed information covering all the key aspects of using Research Professional.
Administrator Guide: A detailed description of the administrator functionality.
In addition to the above, there are a set of 2-3 minute videos online, designed to take a user through all the key features of Research Professional. To access the videos, please use the following link: http://www.youtube.com/researchprofessional
Research Professional are running a series of online training broadcasts aimed at introducing users to the basics of creating and configuring their accounts on Research Professional. They are holding monthly sessions, covering everything you need to get started with Research Professional. The broadcast sessions will run for no more than 60 minutes, with the opportunity to ask questions via text chat. Each session will cover:
Self registration and logging in
Setting personalised alerts
Saving and bookmarking items
Subscribing to news alerts
Configuring your personal profile
Each session will run between 10.00am and 11.00am (UK) on the fourth Tuesday of each month. You can register here for your preferred date:
These are free and comprehensive training sessions and so this is a good opportunity to get to grips with how Research Professional can work for you.
Have you noticed the pink box on the BU Research Blog homepage?
By clicking on this box, on the left of the Research Blog home page just under the text ‘Funding Opportunities‘, you access a Research Professional real-time search of the calls announced by the Major UK Funders. Use this feature to stay up to date with funding calls. Please note that you will have to be on campus or connecting to your desktop via our VPN to fully access this service.
Early Career Conference Grants fund emerging researchers who have not yet had the opportunity to travel internationally beyond their region to present at overseas conferences. Applications for the Early Career Conference Grants are now open. 25 grants of up to £2000 are available in 2020.
To apply, researchers must:
- Be employed as a lecturer, research fellow/associate or post-doctoral researcher (or equivalent) at an ACU member university
- Be within 7 years of the start of their academic career – applicants who have taken a career break and returned to work will also be considered
- Not have previously travelled for work beyond their home region
- Already have submitted a proposal to present at an overseas conference
How to apply
Full details and the application form can be found on the ACU website
Applicants are required to complete four short personal statements, upload their conference proposal, and attach a letter of reference from their line manager or head of department.
The closing date is 23:59 GMT on Wednesday 25 March.
If you have any queries, please contact RKEDF@Bournemouth.ac.uk
A paper titled: Writing impact case studies: a comparative study of high-scoring and low-scoring case studies from REF2014 was published in Nature this week.
The authors have analysed the content and language of the impact case studies submitted to REF2014 and concluded that: “implicit rules linked to written style may have contributed to scores alongside the published criteria on the significance, reach and attribution of impact”. The article is enlightening, with many useful tables comparing high and low-scoring impact case studies which show a clear difference in content and language between them.
From the abstract: “The paper provides the first empirical evidence across disciplinary main panels of statistically significant linguistic differences between high- versus low-scoring case studies, suggesting that implicit rules linked to written style may have contributed to scores alongside the published criteria on the significance, reach and attribution of impact. High-scoring case studies were more likely to provide specific and high-magnitude articulations of significance and reach than low-scoring cases. High-scoring case studies contained attributional phrases which were more likely to attribute research and/or pathways to impact, and they were written more coherently (containing more explicit causal connections between ideas and more logical connectives) than low-scoring cases. High-scoring case studies appear to have conformed to a distinctive new genre of writing, which was clear and direct, and often simplified in its representation of causality between research and impact, and less likely to contain expressions of uncertainty than typically associated with academic writing.”
The authors analyse each section of impact case studies and find differences in language and content in the research, impact and evidence sections of high and low scoring case studies. As they say: “The findings of our work enable impact case study authors to better understand the genre and make content and language choices that communicate their impact as effectively as possible”.
The latest podcast in the Health Research Futures series comes from Professor Julie Lovegrove. Professor Lovegrove is from the University of Reading and talks about the challenges of conducting nutritional research and overcoming them.
Before agreeing to participate in your study, your participants should receive all the information they require in order to make an informed decision. Once they wish to participate, then an informed consent form should be completed and filed appropriately.
Although the process sounds complex, there are currently a great training opportunities to help familiarise yourself with the background to, and process of informed consent in clinical research.
The Wessex Clinical Research Network are hosting the following training sessions at University Hospital Southampton and at Wessex CRN’s office –
- NIHR CRN Informed Consent training, Thursday 26th March, 08:45am – 1:00pm, CRN Wessex, Unit 7, Berrywood Business Village, Hedge End, Southampton, SO30 2UN;
- NIHR CRN Informed Consent training, Thursday 7th May, 8:30am – 12:30pm, University Hospital Southampton, Level C, West Wing, NIHR WTCRF, Southampton, SO16 6YD;
- NIHR CRN Informed Consent training, Thursday 7th May, 1:00pm – 5:00pm, University Hospital Southampton, Level C, West Wing, NIHR WTCRF, Southampton, SO16 6YD;
- NIHR CRN Informed Consent training, Friday 26th June, 08:45am – 1:00pm, CRN Wessex, Unit 7, Berrywood Business Village, Hedge End, Southampton, SO30 2UN
If you’re interested in attending, get in touch with the Wessex CRN to book your place.
Yesterday a film crew from Windfall Films spent the afternoon in Poole Harbour filming some experimental ichnology. Ichnology is the study of trace fossils and is something that Bournemouth has an international reputation for. The production company are working on a documentary for Nova and are currently following our research team as they bring forward new research at White Sands National Park. As part of this they filmed a sequence yesterday involving the use of primitive transport technology. Think of a wheel-less wheel barrow used to transport butchered mammoths and giant ground sloth remains and you have the idea. We were experimenting with different designs and trying to work out what the trace fossil record looks like for each.
The Bournemouth team consisted of Hannah Larsen a PhD student who braved the bitter cold to go shoe less on the mudflats and a first year undergraduate student Gary Packwood who volunteered to help. It was a nice example of fusion in action.
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;
- Data collection and ongoing study delivery;
- Safety reporting;
- Study closure.
If you’re interested in booking a place, please contact Research Ethics.
Being Human is the UK’s national festival of the humanities, led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.
About the festival
Being Human is a national free festival geared towards public engagement with humanities research.
Every year the festival features around 300 events across the country, working with an average of around 80 universities and research organisations in 50 towns and cities.
The seventh annual festival is taking place on Thursday 12 – Sunday 22 November 2020.
This year’s festival theme is New Worlds. Echoing previous festival themes, ‘New Worlds’ conjures ideas about how discoveries, developments and research have changed the world around us. The aim of the festival is to take research in the humanities and share it in creative, fun and engaging ways with non-specialist audiences.
How to get involved
There are three main pathways to taking part in the festival:
1. Open Call: organise an activity that does not require funding from Being Human
Application deadline: Friday 12 June 2020, 5pm
2. Small Awards: apply to Being Human for funding of up to £2,000 to enable activities.
Application deadline: Friday 24 April 2020, 5pm
3. Hub Awards: apply for a larger institutional grant of £2,000- £5,000 to coordinate multiple activities as a festival Hub. (Only a small number of these awards are made every year).
Application deadline: Friday 24 April 2020, 5pm
More details about how to apply can be found here.
For more information please email email@example.com
If you would like advice on developing ideas or submitting your application, please contact Adam Morris (Engagement Officer) firstname.lastname@example.org
Nominating your outputs for the REF mock exercise
Thursday 27th February 14:00 -15:00 Talbot
BRIAN (Bournemouth Research Information And Networking) is BU’s publication management system.
BRIAN is also used to capture information regarding outputs to be submitted to the REF2021, and to the mock exercises related to REF2021.
This usage of BRIAN is the focus of this training session.
In 2020, universities across England will be submitting to the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) for the first time. The KEF will measure performance in seven different areas, including working with businesses, local growth and regeneration and skills, enterprise and entrepreneurship. Research England (who will administer the KEF) intends for it to be a tool that will increase effectiveness in the use of public funding for KE, create a culture of continuous improvement in universities and increase awareness of the types of support universities can provide.
During the course of this year, universities will also be considering their responses to the new Knowledge Exchange Concordat; a joint initiative by Universities UK and GuildHE to help guide universities in making informed decisions in shaping their KE strategies. The Concordat sets out eight guiding principles of themes for institutions to consider when creating/shaping/changing their KE provision.
To help BU prepare for these changes and to develop its knowledge exchange activities, a Knowledge Exchange Working Group is being established. The group is being led by Ian Jones, Head of External Engagement and Professor Wen Tang, in her capacity as Chair of the HEIF Funding Panel. We are currently recruiting for academic members of the group.
Role of working group members
We are looking make four academic appointments to the group, who will help to shape the future direction of knowledge exchange at Bournemouth University. We are interested in recruiting staff who, between them, have taken part in a variety of knowledge exchange activities and who have worked with a wide range of non-academic organisations.
Members of the working group will be expected to work as part of team in order to review BU’s strengths and weaknesses in knowledge exchange and make recommendations for change.
The working group will meet c. 4 times per year. Terms of reference for the working group can be downloaded here.
To apply for the role, please submit a short expression of interest (no more than 1 page) to the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Working Group (via email@example.com), outlining how you meet the following criteria:
- Experience of developing or leading a range of knowledge exchange activities (scored out of 5: Working group members are expected to have taken part in or led on a range of knowledge exchange activities as part of their research. Please give examples of these activities, outlining your role and what happened as a result of these activities.
- Experience of working with a variety of different non-academic organisations (scored out of 5): We are looking to appoint academics who, between them, have worked with a variety of different types of organisations and with a wide range of different industries. Please outline your experience and what it would bring to the working group.
- Demonstrable interest in developing knowledge exchange at BU (scored out of 5): Working group members will be expected to work together to review BU’s strengths and weaknesses in knowledge exchange and make recommendations for change. Please state why you would like to be part of the group and how you would work to make it a success.
Please submit your application to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Wednesday 11 March.
Applications will be reviewed by the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Panel during the week of 16 March. Applicants will be contacted about the outcome during the week of 23 March.
Last week migration researchers in the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences were awarded two competitive grants through GCRF funding to Bournemouth University. The first project Nepal-Malaysia-UK partnership on Nepali migrants’ health research is led by Dr. Pramod Regmi (lecturer in International Health) and Dr. Nirmal Aryal (Post Doctoral Researcher) and Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen. The second GCRF-funded project focuses on Investigating sudden cardiac death of Nepali labour migrants in Malaysia. The project is the brain child of Dr. Nirmal Aryal who is supported by Dr. Pramod Regmi and Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen.
In the same week the International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health (IJERPH) accepted our latest migration and health paper: ‘The Impact of Spousal Migration on the Mental Health of Nepali Women: A Cross-Sectional Study‘.  This paper was part of the journal’s Special Issue ‘The Health & Wellbeing of Migrant Populations’ and it is Open Access and hence freely available online. The international authors are all related to Bournemouth University, Dr. Nirnal Aryal and Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen are both in the Centre of Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health (CMMPH) and Dr. Pramod Regmi and Dr. Steve Trenoweth are based in the Department of Nursing Sciences, whilst Dr. Pratik Adhikary was awarded his PhD from Bournemouth University and Prof. Padam Simkhada based at the University of Huddersfield is Visiting Professor at in the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences. The editor emailed us today to say “Thank you very much for your nice paper …. We are pleased to see it has raised a lot of interest since its publication in IJERPH. The article metrics show: in the first week alone we had 474 views and 133 downloads.”
Last, but not least, today we were informed by the review committee that our submission, ‘Workplace Harassment Faced by Female Nepali Migrants Working in Abroad’ has been accepted by the CESLAM (Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility) Kathmandu Migration Conference 2020.
Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen
- Aryal, N., Regmi, P.R., van Teijlingen, E., Trenoweth, S., Adhikary, P., Simkhada, P. (2020) The Impact of Spousal Migration on the Mental Health of Nepali Women: A Cross-Sectional Study, International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health 17(4), 1292; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17041292