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Congratulations to Professor Julian McDougall whose book has been shortlisted for the UKLA Academic Book Award 2018.

The UK Literacy Association (UKLA) has selected four books to be shortlisted for the 2018 Academic Book Award, including Dr John Potter (University College London) and BU Professor Julian McDougall’s book Digital Media, Culture and Education, Theorising Third Space Literacies (Palgrave Macmillan).

“We were delighted to be shortlisted,” says Professor McDougall, “The UKLA is an organisation we have both engaged with for many years and value highly. The award is really prestigious so it’s exciting and great to find out that the field you are writing with and for has received the book so well. And we’re in really good company in the shortlist!”

This book provides a critical commentary on key issues around learning in the digital age in both formal and informal educational settings, addressing the concept of third space literacies. It speaks to a range of readers, extending their knowledge and understanding of media literay and how technology can enhance educational practice and learner development.

“We wrote the book to address the lack of a meeting point between these fields – literacies, media and education, as this comes up again and again, especially when we look at PhDs in particular,” says McDougall. “Examiners often ask researchers where exactly their project sits in and across these areas, so we wanted to have a go at joining them up but also clearly come at this from two very established approaches – literacies and cultural studies.”

The winner of this year’s Academic Book Award will be announced at the UKLA International Conference in Cardiff which takes place on 6 July – 8 July 2018. The shortlist was chosen by UKLA Membership and Awards committee, and the final panel will be chaired by Professor Morag Styles (Homerton College, University of Cambridge).

SURE conference today – Student case study (Georgina Polius)

Georgina Polius is in her second year of BA Sociology and Anthropology in the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, and is one of the students who has decided to participate in this year’s upcoming Showcasing Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE) conference.

Georgina was encouraged to apply by her lecturer, Dr Rosie Read, who informed the entire class to participate in the SURE conference. “Initially, the word abstract scared me a bit because I would have to condense my work into a few lines but after further discussion with my family, I decided to go for it.”

Her assignment research looks at the underlying problem of food poverty within modern British society which was carried out within a foodbank in Bournemouth, working among the volunteers. “Having grown up in a volunteering culture, it has become for me a way of life,” says Georgina. “More specifically, my interest in the foodbank area was sparked by one of my course units I studied last semester where we were sent into the Bournemouth foodbanks to research the personal reasons behind the seemingly household phenomenon of volunteering.”

“I do believe that SURE is a good way to showcase our work as we, as students, have been given the opportunity for various academics and other students to see our work and receive unbiased feedback, which will help us to improve for the future. It also gives us a place to highlight real world issues.”

“I hope to use this exposure from SURE to improve my self-confidence and assertiveness in public speaking which would be an asset to me as I continue with my university studies and eventually into the world of research,” she says. “Most students would perhaps only get to publish their work or experience this type of exposure if they continued to a Master’s programme.”

The Showcasing Undergraduate Research Excellence conference will taking place on 7 March 2018. Many undergraduate students from across the university will be presenting their research throughout the conference in a variety of different ways, from presentations to posters and art installations. Please register via the Eventbrite page if you would like to attend.

For more details, visit the SURE website or email the SURE team.

Colloquium on European Research in Retailing (CERR) 2018

As members of the scientific committee, Dr Jason Sit and Prof. Juliet Memery would like to invite colleagues and PGR students to submit papers to CERR 2018 at the University of Surrey (Guildford). Please find more details on the CERR website.

The paper/abstract submission is only two weeks away (March 15 2018) so we (the scientific committee) would like to give you a quick update on the event.

  • All preparations around the review process, the programme structure, rooming and accommodation have been completed and we look forward to receive exciting submissions.
  • We have three special sessions focused on developing research papers, contemporary research methodologies in retailing and engaging pedagogic approaches in retail education.
  • We are in the process of confirming an exciting keynote speaker.
  • We have also finalised the social programme. The pub night at the Weyside and the Colloquium Dinner at the Guildford County Club will create the perfect (and very British) environment to network, meet and catch up with colleagues and to reflect on the day’s discussions.
  • Lastly, consistent with the CERR vision concerning supporting the retail research community throughout Europe and beyond, we have kept the costs for delegates at an absolute minimum. With a full fee of GBP 250 and a PhD/Early Career researcher of GBP 180 (all inclusive) we make this not-for-profit event affordable for colleagues on a tight budget. We also offer accommodation on campus for as little as GBP 50 (B&B, per night).

Should you have any questions or queries please contact Jason at or on ext. 61888.

The 10th Annual Postgraduate Research Conference – 1 Week to Go!

The Doctoral College kindly invites you to attend the 10th Annual Postgraduate Research Conference taking place in the Fusion Building, Talbot Campus.

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The Annual Postgraduate Research Conference is an opportunity to listen to and engage with current postgraduate research taking place at BU. Organised and hosted by the Doctoral College this cross-faculty and interdisciplinary conference supports postgraduate researchers at all stages in presenting their research to their peers and colleagues across BU.

There will be oral, poster and photography presentations taking place throughout the day with a networking opportunity at the end.

If you have any questions please email We look forward to seeing you.

#researchermobility and #entrepreneurship @ Marie Curie research fellows event

Are you a current or a former Marie Curie research fellow?

Then join us for the Marie Curie Alumni Association-UK Chapter’s General Assembly 2018 on Saturday 24th March 2018 at University College London (UCL), London!

Are you interested in #Entrepreneurship, #PublicEngagement, #OpenResearch, #ResearchersMobility? Would you like to discuss about your MSCA fellowship ‘problems and fixes’?

The MCAA-UK General Assembly will be the perfect opportunity for all this… and much more!

Also… we’ll have a pub slam with amazing prizes for the winning pitch 😉

We look forward to meeting all current and former Marie Curie fellows in London!

Register your attendance for free here.

Facebook event here.

For more information, please contact Dr. Annamária Neag, Marie Curie Research Fellow,

Prestigious Prize to be awarded to BU Paralympic Project

Bournemouth University Faculty of Management colleagues Dr Emma Pullen and Professor Michael Silk, and Faculty of Media and Communication colleagues, Dr Dan Jackson and Dr Richard Scullion will be making headlines at the International Communication Association (ICA) annual conference (Sports Communication Division) in May 2018. They are being awarded the prestigious ICA best paper prize.

The paper is based on early findings from the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project (grant ref: AH/P003842/1) on the cultural legacy of the 2016 Rio Paralympics. It is the first study of its kind to explore the mediation of para-sport broadcasting by highlighting the production decisions taken by the UK’s official Paralympic Broadcaster and the impact on audience perceptions and attitudes toward disability. Alongside academic outputs, the findings will be also translated into a number of creative artworks and a documentary film available to the public toward the end of the project.

Keep up to date with our progress via our project website, twitter:@pasccalproject, and the BU research blog.

Few days left to register to “e-Voices: Redressing Marginality”, an AHRC Open Event

You are warmly invited to participate to our Open Event on digital media and marginalised voices. The event will take place on January 17 (9.30am-5pm) at EBC. We have some great speakers lined up, such as Prof Jo Tacchi – Loughborough University, Prof Tim Unwin – Royal Holloway, and Elettra Pellanda – PositiveNegatives.

Please see the event page: for further details and registration info.

Abstract Deadline: Today!

Doctoral College – The 10th Annual Postgraduate Conference

Make sure your Faculty is represented.

 The 10th Annual Postgraduate Conference abstract deadline is today. BU PGRs are invited to submit oral, poster or photography abstract to by midnight tonight, Thursday 4 January 2018.  

Please ensure you follow the how to apply guidance (pdf 253kb) and you can download the Application Form (docx 545kb) here.

We look forward to receiving your application.