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The BU Social Entrepreneurs Forum BUSEF, in collaboration with the Association of Sustainability Practitioners and The Poole Bay Rotary Club was launched in June 2019 with an overarching ambition to support the development of the landscape of social businesses in the region.
in the few short months since then we have come a long way! We have celebrated the first Bournemouth University Global Entrepreneurship Week in November 2019 and one of our biggest objectives, to create student-led projects supporting the local social entrepreneurs, was set in motion in October at the start of our first semester with two final year courses across the Faculty of Management Entrepreneurship Pathway and the Faculty of Media Communication. Student projects supported the business needs of planning, business model innovation and digital and social media marketing.
last night was the celebration of the completion of this huge milestone and we had the opportunity to hear from a number of project leads and students on how the journey was, the outcomes achieved and directions for future for BUSEF! we support the Global Talent Programme at BU, we are working towards supporting student placement and work opportunities that align our values and convictions to the career aspirations and our commitment to BU2025 is underpinned by our whole hearted commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals!
Now is an exciting time as we set in motion the next phase of BUSEF with increased impetus to support skills-based sessions to facilitate knowledge exchange between academia and the business community, develop student employability potential and work towards developing the local socially focused enterprises! Here’s looking at growth, economic viability and social and environmental sustainability!
Register for free, refreshements provided.
In June 2019 we embarked on a journey at BU, in collaboration with Association of Sustainability Practitioners and Poole Bay Rotary Club, and set up the BU Social Entrepreneurs Forum BUSEF- A collaborative, Inclusive forum to facilitate knowledge exchange between BU and local socially focused businesses.
Under the auspices of the BU Social Entrepreneurs Forum we organised a rather successful very first Global Entrepreneurship Week celebrations at BU in November 2019.
One of the main objectives of this Forum was to support the development of our students at BU towards their employ-ability skills. As a pilot, we generated dozens of projects with local social businesses for two final year cohorts at BU- FoM Entrepreneurship and Business Ventures and FMC Digital Communications. Students worked in groups in providing solutions (to challenges that the businesses shared with us at a previous session of BUSEF) on business model/business planning and digital communications/Social media marketing.
We are now in a position to reflect on those excellent projects and look ahead to what we can do better and more. If you are interested in working with local businesses via student projects please join us on the 19th of Feb at F305 Fusion Building at 1730, Talbot Campus to hear of the experiences of the local businesses and our students.
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.
She can be contacted at: email@example.com or on Twitter: @stann2
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.
BU Sonic Arts concert
Our first concert of 2020 takes place on Wednesday 12th February 2020. You are invited to come and experience the magic of immersive spatial sound and visual music – all welcome!
This concert is curated by Dr Andrew Knight-Hill, and features his own pieces alongside work by renowned composer Natasha Barrett, Game of Thrones sound designer Paula Fairfield, sound artist and designer Bethan Kellough, and BU PGR Antonino Chiaramonte. A feast for the eyes and ears!
Venue: Screening Room PG217, Poole Gateway Building, Talbot Campus, Bournemouth University, BH12 5BB
Date/Time: Wednesday 12th February 2020 at 7pm
Admission is free but please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bu-sonic-arts-concert-of-visual-music-at-bournemouth-university-tickets-92696191805
All events is organised by members of EMERGE, Creative Technology and University Music.
Please share with anyone you feel may be interested. Looking forward to seeing you there!
The first meeting of the Public Engagement with Research Network (PER Network) was held in Fusion building on Tuesday 28 January, facilitated by the Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team.
The network will focus on BU staff sharing their experiences of public engagement activities, facilitating networking and collaboration, and developing skills and knowledge of public engagement with research in a BU context.
The first meeting aimed to establish the network and start an ongoing discussion on the content and opportunities that the network could provide.
We started with an introduction to the network and an overview of support for public engagement with research at BU.
Impact Officer Matt Fancy wrote about their event shortly after it was held as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2019.
At the meeting, they talked about their art-based inspiration for the project, and how it brought to life research data that might otherwise have gone unnoticed outside of academia. The project successfully involved students throughout the process, from recording the spoken words to helping run the event. Terri Harvey, a student on the BSc Sport Development and Coaching Sciences, was involved from the start and is using the process as the basis for her undergraduate project.
The session was popular with network members on social media;
We also used this meeting to discuss the future of the network; what content people wanted to see at future meetings, how to make the meetings convenient to attend, and what people would like from a public engagement with research newsletter.
This valuable feedback was collected and has informed a survey, which aims to investigate deeper, as well as including those not in attendance, to ensure the data we have is representative and accurate.
We would like as much feedback as possible in order to align this network to the priorities of its members. Whether you attended the meeting, were unable to attend, or are discovering it for the first time through this post, if you are interested in the network then we would appreciate you taking 5-10 mins to complete our survey.
If you’d like to sign up as a Public Engagement with Research Network member, to receive the new newsletter and details of future meetings, use the link below.
Congratulations to Professor Steve Tee, Executive Dean in the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences, who has been invited to give a keynote speech at 2nd International Conference on Prospects and Challenges of Higher Education: Vision 2030.
Prof. Tee will be speaking about the concept of FUSION, Bournemouth University’s unique blend of education, research and practice. This international conference will be held in Kathmandu (Nepal) on 16-18 April.
Christmas came early for Jane Healy as her publication “Thinking outside the box: Intersectionality as a hate crime research framework” was published on 19 December in the conference journal for the British Society of Criminology. Jane’s article was based on her paper presentation at last summer’s BSC annual international conference which was held at the University of Lincoln.
The conference theme was ‘Public Criminologies’ and the article draws upon Jane’s previous PhD research, her ongoing work on hate crime in the Dorset community and her undergraduate teaching for sociology and criminology students on intersectional criminology; demonstrating Fusion in action!
The article challenges the current single-strand approach to hate crime in the UK and uses case study examples to illustrate how applying intersectional analysis to hate crimes contributes to a greater understanding of the nature of victims’ experiences. This comes at a time when the Law Commission is reviewing current hate crime legislation which she argues is hierarchical and fails to provide equal protection across hate crime strands.
The full article is available Open Access at: https://www.britsoccrim.org/pbcc2019/
Further findings from Jane’s PhD are discussed in an article published by Disability & Society in June last year, entitled “‘It spreads like a creeping disease’: experiences of victims of disability hate crime in austerity Britain” which is available here:
Dr Jane Healy is Deputy Head of the Department of Social Sciences and Social Work, in the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences.
The understanding of human anatomy is vital to the delivery of healthcare. In medical education, this has historically been done through direct dissection of human cadavers by medical students or close observation of such dissection by an anatomist. This helps with the development of a comprehensive understanding of the three-dimensional relationships of the structures human body in health and disease. The intricate complexity of the human nervous system, combined with the vast range of neurological diseases make this area one of the most challenging for medical education.
The computer animation and visualisation skills already at BU offer a unique opportunity to develop a suite of tools ready for the influx of medical students using immersive virtual reality and mixed reality techniques. The primary aim of the project is to develop a medical teaching platform that provides an anatomically correct three-dimensional teaching tool using virtual reality and mixed reality such as Microsoft’s HoloLens 2. This will facilitate a deeper understanding of the human body in real individuals. The platform will be developed to allow immersion in a range of clinical scenarios and provide virtual training for students to supplement live clinical experience. This approach will be supported with modular teaching tools and case scenarios derived from real cases and outcomes. Future developments of the platform will include decision support tools, case recording and data analytics tools to support machine learning and personalised actionable analytics.
The project will blend cutting-edge animation/visualisation techniques with digital health approaches with human-centred design principles to provide a platform to train the next generation of healthcare professionals. The project aim is to build on work already undertaken between BU and NHS organisations in Dorset to develop a blended reality platform for undergraduate medical teaching and postgraduate training. Large clinical datasets from existing data repositories in Dorset will be used to train machine learning driven education and decision support tools using supervised learning. Prospective clinical data collection using the de-identification/re-identification pipeline being developed as part of the Dorset informatics strategy will be subjected to unsupervised learning approaches to evaluate and improve accuracy.
The project is funded through HEIF6 running from November 2019 until July 2022. Please contact Dr Xiaosong Yang (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Rupert Page (Rupert.Page@poole.nhs.uk) if you have any questions about the project.
Background call for evidence:
Life span has increased over recent decades, but health span, the period of time people live in good health, has generally not kept pace, and so older people are living longer with ill health. This increased duration of ill health, both physical and psychological, and often compounded by loneliness, can be challenging for individuals; and the increasing number of people affected is placing pressure on health services and social care, threatening to overwhelm the funding mechanisms, and failing those in need.
Increasing health span has been adopted as a policy objective by the UK Government in the Industrial Strategy’s “Ageing Society” Grand Challenge, which aims to ensure that people can enjoy at least five extra healthy, independent years of life by 2035. This House of Lords inquiry will seek to determine whether the Government’s ambition to increase health span is achievable in principle, and which approaches may be most successful in practice.
Interdisciplinary research is at the heart of our BU2025 strategic plan, and moving into a new role can offer opportunities to work with others. The call for from the House of Lords Science and Technology Healthy Ageing Committee enabled me to partner with a new colleague, and for us to both think about our disciplines in different ways. Taking the ideas we discussed for submitting written evidence, we are now in the process of applying to a charity for a funded PhD student to take the work forward.
BU policy team
Interdisciplinary written submissions to the Committee kept our BU policy advisors, Jane Forster and Sarah Carter busy! BU researchers Katherine Appleton, Samuel Nyman, Debbie Holley and Vanessa Heaslip all submitted evidence.
Dr Samuel Nyman, Department of Medical Sciences and Public Health,
A multidisciplinary approach to promote physical activity and exercise among older people
Dr Samuel Nyman is a leading researcher on preventing falls and promoting physical activity among older people. With a background in health psychology, his interests include the use of behaviour change techniques to promote exercise among older people and people with dementia. Dr Nyman was consulted for his expertise by Haringey Council in October 2016, for his input into the council’s Physical Activity for Older People Scrutiny Review. This directly led to recommendations that were agreed by the council.
This evidence is submitted in response to the government’s call, so that policy makers are aware of the need for a multidisciplinary perspective for promoting physical activity and preventing falls. This will include the use of psychological knowledge on behaviour change but also the expertise of others including urban planners to make environments more conducive for physical activity among older people.
His evidence can be read here:
Professor Katherine Appleton
Professor Katherine Appleton is a Chartered Psychologist and Registered Nutritionist. She has researched human eating behaviour since 1998, with a special interest in the older population since 2006. Much of her research focuses on the optimisation of human health and well-bring in the normal population considering nutrition, physical activity and their impact on behaviour.
Her evidence can be read here:
Professor Debbie Holley and Associate Professor Vanessa Heaslip
In our submission, we reflected on the role of technology in healthy ageing, and suggested some ‘tech’ futures areas for consideration.
Technologies to provide a solution for loneliness (e.g. the virtual tea party) and virtual health care can provide efficiencies for the NHS as well as improved access for marginalised communities. However, key barriers are the spread and access to technology (especially rural communities) the skill set (and costs) necessary for the ageing population to engage with this technology, alongside the upskilling of the current NHS workforce to work virtually need careful consideration. Some barriers can be directly addressed by Government 5G and NHS workforce priorities; there is a clear role for charities; other barriers will need universities and industry to work together to engage with agile and rapid prototyping and testing. The methods of procurement need to be revisited, currently excellent SMEs are filtered out – working across with the Department of Business could provide ways of supporting innovation. Further work with experts is needed to invest in effective scaling solutions across the sector, and learning from examples/solutions/suggestions are contained in the text below. More of the same is not going enable the huge changes that demographic pressures are bringing to bear on an already stretched NHS; and work of effective data capture is needed to identify and bring the policy makers lens onto those belonging to marginalised groups.
The link to our full evidence submission here:
but no worries I’m out and back in the UK!!
I had the privilege of being invited to represent the British Geriatric Society (BGS) Nurses and AHP Council to talk about Dementia and the nurse’s role at the Scientific and Practical Conference Long Term Care Focus on Dementia in St Petersburg last week. What struck me most as I listened to the presentation interpreted from Russian or Hebrew into English is that when it comes to talking about dementia we have more in common than divides us. Nurses, academics, physicians, psychiatrists, and nutritionists all talked about wanting to provide a person centred approach to care, seeing the person not their diagnosis and in essence wanting to offer a humanised approach to care. They discussed the importance of preparing nurses to work with older people and people with dementia and the challenges this poses for the curriculum. They emphasised the need for more research into what is ‘living well with dementia’ and how we can provide it. The presenters spoke with a passion that was inspiring.
I was able to offer the UK perspective and highlight examples from the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre (ADRC) at BU about our innovative approaches to education, research and practical examples of enabling people with dementia to live richer lives. My talk was being translated from English to Russian so as I started my talk I invited everyone to stand up to relieve their pressure areas (we had been sitting still for 2 hours and I am a nurse after all), I do not know what was translated but everyone did stand up, looking a bit bemused. Fortunately when I said to sit down again they all did – hand gestures helped! I felt like I was at the UN with my earpiece carefully in place, but was in awe of the eagerness to learn from others. I was the only person from the UK, but there were speakers from Norway, Israel and of course Russia all presenting. We have so much in common that I hope our conversations will continue.
I was able to stay the weekend and did a mini tour, that included the Hermitage Museum, the ballet (wow!), an overnight sleeper train to Moscow (I felt like I was in a Agatha Christi film), and of course go in to the Kremlin. It was a fascinating conference and trip.
Dr Mili Shrivastava based on her research in Women Entrepreneurs in UK and India published an article on Indian women Entrepreneurs in The Conversation. The article outlined how women entrepreneurs are creating businesses based on environmental problems while creating opportunities for sections of society.
The article has reached far and wide across continents and was widely shared on social media.
World Economic forum reprinted the article.
The article can be found here:https://theconversation.com/how-women-entrepreneurs-are-changing-indian-society-122352
Dr Jaeyeon Choe (Faculty of Management) has been invited to join the editorial board for The International Journal of Religious Tourism & Pilgrimage. As the journal community represents a strong interdisciplinary practice and an exceptionally inclusive & diverse community of scholars and practitioners, Dr Choe was delighted to accept the invitation.
The International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage is a high-quality, international, open access, online, double blind reviewed publication which deals with all aspects of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage. The International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage (IJRTP) was founded in 2013 by an international group of researchers (the Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage Expert Group). The journal is published by the Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland. All articles in this journal are full text and open access. See the link below for more information about the journal: https://arrow.dit.ie/ijrtp/about.html
We welcome papers in the religious tourism and pilgrimage area submitted from BU academics. Thank you!
BU is celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week, for the first time, on the 19th of November with not ONE but TWO Mega Events! Supporting student experience; supporting BU commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals; and providing a platform to bring together wonderful examples of the power of enterprise in changing society.
Women in Entrepreneurship: An extraordinary panel of Women from various sectors and UK and Beyond, we have a number of Famous faces on the panel as well as women who are quietly making a huge impact on society and the economy; helping break down gender barriers to entrepreneurial activities. I am immensely proud to introduce the panel and the 3 wonderful ladies from Brazil who are also going to join us (see attached pic).The Women in Entrepreneurship Panel has been possible due to the support of funding from the Women’s Academic Network (WAN); ACORN award(Public dissemination of research); and Faculty of Management (Executive Dean Dr Lois Farquharson)
Venue- KG01 Time- 1245-1630
Also, on the 19th we are bringing SOUP to BU..what’s that you ask? BH SOUP (modelled on the Detroit SOUP movement) has been running successfully in the conurbation for the last few years and this year, to celebrate GEW and to harness the energy of the newly launched BU Social Entrepreneurs Forum, BH SOUP is coming to BU with BH SOUP Loves Social Enterprises. This event too is possible due to the Faculty of Management (Dr Lois Farquharson).
Venue- Fusion Building Ground Floor space- Time 1845-2100
Please see the eventbrite links below to register (for FREE) at the event(s)
What do dinosaurs and the fossil footprints of our ancient human ancestors have to do with catching criminals?
Researchers at Bournemouth University have travelled the world over the last few years documenting fossil footprints both of humans and extinct animals. We read the story in the traces left in the rock record, to tell the story of how different animals interacted, how they walked and behaved. We have developed freeware to help capture these traces in 3D and analyse them using some cool mathematical techniques including machine learning. Recently we have shown how our American ancestors hunted giant ground sloth, and how patterns of human locomotion have changed as our ancestors in Africa evolved. Take this know-how, the mathematical tools and computer software we have developed to translate our research into forensic practice, and you have modern tools for the police to track criminals via their footprints.
Want to find out more? Come and see us at New Scientist Live 10-13 Oct 2019 ExCeL, London. Stand 524.