Good news – BU has been successful in retaining the European Commission HR Excellence in Research Award and is now one of 97 Vitae UK member institutions in the UK who hold this award. In this current round of assessments, BU is one of four universities who have retained their award following the 6 year review. We offer our congratulations to all the other universities who have retained their award during this round.
The Award demonstrates BU’s commitment to aligning process and practice to the UK Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and, therefore, improving the working conditions and career development for research staff. In turn, this will improve the quantity, quality and impact of research for the benefit of UK society and the economy. The six year review required BU to highlight the key achievements and progress we have made since we first secured this Award in January 2013 and the reviews in 2015 and 2017. The submission also outlined the focus of our strategy, success measures and next steps for the next two years, with much of this pertinent and aligned to BU2025 plans.
Key achievements made at BU since 2017, in support of this agenda include:
Significantly enhanced maternity, adoption and paternity/partner leave benefits and the promotion of initiatives to support work/life balance for BU staff
The establishment of biannual meetings for BU’s researchers with representatives from Vitae
Congratulations to Dr. Nirmal Aryal in the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences has been selected to participate in an international workshop targeting early career researchers (ECRs) on ‘Engendering research and reframing policy debate on migration & health and intersectional rights’ to be held in Kathmandu (Nepal) from 25th to 28th April 2019.
This workshop is jointly organized by several universities in the UK, India as well as the International Organisation for Migration, as well as the Migration Health and Development Research Initiative(MHADRI). There will be 18 ECRs from South Asia and South East Asia and Nirmal is one for the six from the UK. The organizers will fund flight to and accommodation in Nepal.
BU PGR Aishah Selamat from Creative Technology Department shares how her PhD research work has inspired her to create DataDenizens.com and eventually, clinching the Institute of Director (IoD) Student of the Year Award.
Entries are now open for the 2019 IoD Student Director of the Year Award!
Hunter Hines, a PhD student supervised by Dr Genoveva Esteban in the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences (SciTech), has had a piece published by the prestigious journal Nature. Hines is the first author on an article about using social media in microbiology outreach at a global scale. Hunter’s Instagram account @microbialecology currently has 55,000 followers. At the end of 2018 his account received over 1.4 million views in a single week. Around this time this also went viral being picked up by ~30 international media outlets, including National Geographic (Russia). The Nature piece published this week can be read here: doi:10.1038/d41586-019-00493-3
Surveys regularly reveal that public speaking is the most feared business activity and is dreaded even more than death!
Almost every research degree requires you to present your work to colleagues, at meetings, in seminars or at specialist conferences. At conferences, it can also be important to understand how these skills apply to the “business networking” opportunities that present themselves or to have and to use skills to chair a session effectively.
This workshop will begin by exploring the basic components of communication including listening skills, the power of body language, how to make an impact and strategies to hold the attention of your audience.
Participants are invited to deliver a short presentation and to receive coaching and feedback within the supportive workshop environment.
As a result of this workshop participants will:
Understand the contributions of words, voice and body language
Know four essential questions to answer when planning for a meeting
Have structures to plan the content of a presentation
Be clear about strategies to hold the attention of your audience
Be prepared for dealing with questions
Have effective strategies to deal with “presentation stress”
This workshop will be delivered to meet your specific needs.
Significant keys to success in research include being able to ask the right question, to interpret the data, to see new patterns, to make links between the not-so-obvious associations. These are skills that are developed to provide new and creative answers to your research challenges.
During this workshop we will develop your ability to ask questions, to think outside the box, to see things differently and generate a wider range of possibilities.
We will use a range of techniques including group discussion, group activities and targeted exercises to develop your creative thinking and problem solving skills.
Do come ready to work on your own research ideas, problems or challenges and be prepared to develop some surprising possibilities.
As a result of this workshop participants will
Know the first step to solving a problem is to ask the right question
Be able to use a range of techniques for stimulating creative processes
Understand how learning styles and behaviour influence creative activity
Have techniques to generate ideas and select solutions
Access resources for creative thinking, problem solving and decision making
Congratulations to Dr. Vahdaninia in FHSS on the publication of her PhD paper ‘ω-3 LCPUFA supplementation during pregnancy and risk of allergic outcomes or sensitisation in offspring: a systematic review and meta-analysis’ which has been accepted by the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. This journal is published by Elsevier and has an Impact factor of 2.6.
This paper addresses the increasing global trend in allergic diseases over the past last two decades with children suffering the highest burden. The increasing burden of allergic conditions is an important public health concern and understanding how to prevent the development of allergic diseases is a vital area of research. In this paper, the authors have assessed the effectiveness of omega-3 fatty acids in randomised controlled trials that have supplemented pregnant women during pregnancy for prevention of allergic diseases in children. Their results have shown that intake of omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy can reduce the risk of sensitisation to egg and peanut in children. These findings have important implications in research since food allergies are common in children and are a key risk factor for developing sensitisation to aero-allergens and allergic respiratory diseases later in life.
For the past months, we have been working on a campaign to diversify the content on the BU research blog. We would like to encourage all academics and postgraduates to share their research and research interests in new exciting, creative and informal ways on this blog.
What are we looking for?
The style and types of blog posts we’re looking for include:
Personal writing style
Themes (posts relating to national, international and awareness days)
A variety of content (e.g., behind the scenes, upcoming or past events, opinion pieces including discussions on topical affairs and other research interests, reviews, fieldwork/research experiences, Q&A interviews),
Blog series (e.g., A week in the life of…, Postgraduate student series, Research project series such as updates on fieldwork, progress etc., PhD series, Get to Know Me)
A variety of media formats (e.g., vlogs, informative videos, podcast discussions, interviews with guests, infographics, photos,)
Who to contact?
If you’d like some help or guidance with getting started, please get in contact with Sacha Gardener (email@example.com). Please also share this news with your colleagues and postgraduate students who you think have something to share!
Wednesday 5 December | 13:00 – 16:00 | K103 Kimmeridge House | Talbot Campus
Drop-in to discover this unique display of research being undertaken by our postgraduate researchers. Interact with live displays, listen to recordings and explore a wealth of research posters and photographs.
Wednesday 5 December | 13:00 – 16:00 | K103 Kimmeridge House | Talbot Campus
Come along on Wednesday to discover this unique display of research being undertaken by our postgraduate researchers. Interact with live displays, listen to recordings and explore a wealth of research posters and photographs.
Can you tell a story of your research through photography?
That’s the challenge we set academics and research students at Bournemouth University. Photography is a great way to capture and share a different side of your research with other staff, students and members of the public. The last few years have seen our staff and students submitting a wide range of images summing up their research (last year’s entries can be seen below).
Want to enter 2019’s competition?
Whether you’re in the early stages of your research or it has come to the end, we are inviting all academics and student researchers from across the university to showcase your research through an image relating to this year’s competition theme – Place. This could include:
An image relating to the place your research was carried out,
Places that might be impacted by or benefit from your research,
The place that inspired your research
Your own interpretation of the theme
Whatever your idea is, we want you to get involved and get creative!
Here’s what you have to do:
Step 1: Take your photo.
Each image will need to be 300pi (pixels per inch) with physical dimensions equivalent to an A3 size piece of paper (297 x 420 mm or 11.7 x 16.5 in). Images smaller than this tend not to have a high print quality.
Step 2: Submit the photo!
You may enter only one photo per person. Once you have the perfect image, all you have to do is submit it by emailing the Research account (firstname.lastname@example.org) before the deadline, along with a 100 – 200 word description of your research behind the image.
The submission deadline is 9 January 2019 at 5pm. Late entries will not be accepted.
Staff, students and the general public will then be able to vote for their favourite image. The competition winners will be presented with a prize by Professor John Fletcher in the Atrium Art Gallery, in March 2019. All photographs will be presented in the Atrium Art Gallery for two weeks in March so you’ll get a chance to see all the entries.