Hai Luu (PhD student working with Prof Genoveva Esteban and Dr Iain Green in the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences, SciTech) travelled to her home country of Vietnam where she organised a seminar on microscopic life for 20 undergraduate students of the Aqua-Agriculture Faculty at Travinh University. Students collected samples from freshwater ponds, and observed the single-celled and other microscopic organisms that thrive in such habitats; they also studied their diversity in soil samples. Hai Luu gave a presentation about the diversity of organisms that constitute the unicellular protists, including micro-algae, protozoa, and slime molds. This event was a great opportunity for the students to recognise the biodiversity of micro-organisms in soils and fresh waters, and to understand the important role they play in food webs. The seminar was the first of its kind at Travinh University, and a unique opportunity to disseminate the research we do in this field at BU to a wider audience. Excellent feedback was received from the enthusiastic group of students.
Category / Global engagement
In the first week of July Bournemouth University ran its second international midwifery education conference in the Executive Business Centre. This year’s conference was called ‘What works in midwifery education? A conference run by midwifery educators for midwifery educators.’ CMMPH (Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health) brought together nearly 100 delegates on Thursday and Friday (July 5-6). There were presentations and posters from midwifery educators based in in all four countries of the UK, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Australia, resulting in lively stimulating debates.
The conference organisers has teamed up with the leading scientific journal in the field Midwifery (published by Elsevier). To coincide with BU’s conference Midwifery published this month its special issue on Midwifery Education. This special issue was introduced at the conference by Dutch midwife Dr. Ans Luyben, one of the special issue’s editors.
The conference awarded two prizes for the best poster. One prize was for the best academic poster and one voted by the conference audience. The former prize was won by a poster from NHS Education for Scotland. The public’s poster prize was won by a poster from the University of Bradford jointly produced by film students and student midwives.
The main conference organisers Dr. Catherine Angell and Dr. Sue Way from CMMPH said afterwards that the success of the conference means that CMMPH will organise a third midwifery education conference run for and by educators in three years’ time.
Dr Choe in Dept of Events and Leisure is co-organising a
Nexus of Migration and Tourism: Creating Social Sustainability Symposium at Vietnam National University, Hanoi Vietnam (20-21 September). BU Prof Adele Ladkin will give a keynote presentation among 4 other world renowned scholars. Please see more information here:
The registration is open, and we are delighted to have received diverse and interesting papers from over 17 countries and various disciplines. Please join us for a set of international papers, 5 amazing keynote speakers, networking opportunities and publication possibilities!
We are also very pleased to announce that we will organize two special issues:
-‘Migration and Tourism: Creating Social Sustainability’ in the Journal – Tourism Geographies (http://www.tgjournal.com/). Please send your paper to Dr Choe via email (email@example.com) by the 15th of December. The paper should be related directly to the theme of the symposium, and must follow the journal’s submission guidelines: http://www.tgjournal.com/notes-for-authors.html
-‘Tourism and Sustainable Development’ in the Journal e-Review of Tourism Research (https://ertr.tamu.edu/). Please send your manuscript to Dr Choe via email by the 15th of December. Paper format guidelines are available at https://ertr.tamu.edu/paper-submission/
We are absolutely excited and grateful to confirm the keynote speakers and their presentation titles:
Prof Michael Hitchcock, Goldsmiths, University of London
‘Tourist and Resident Relations: A Comparison of Hong Kong and Macau’
Prof Adele Ladkin, Bournemouth University, UK
‘Family Ritual 2.0: When Work Take Us Away from Home’
Prof Alan Lew, Northern Arizona University, USA
‘Diaspora Migration and Social Sustainability: A Tourism and Resilience Perspective’
Prof Sabine Marschall, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa’
‘But Is It Tourism?’ Social Sustainability and the Blurred Boundaries between Travel, Tourism and Migration’
Prof Noel Salazar, KU Leuven, Belgium
‘Migration and Tourism Mobilities: Time to Bring Sustainability into the Debate’
Despite rapid tourism economic development, and research into labour and employment such as economics and employment issues, research hasn’t caught up to the rapidly changing issues, such as tourism linked migration and social and cultural aspects of sustainability. Thus, we invite you to discuss, reflect and develop upon issues pertaining to sustainability and the nexus of migration and tourism. We are particularly interested in the complexities of trends, issues, challenges and opportunities around migration linked tourism, which remains a relatively minor part in academic research. While large numbers of migrant workers move to ‘new’ tourist destinations such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau and Dubai for employment, issues pertaining to social sustainability (e.g., well-being, quality of life, integration, the distribution of power and resources, employment, education, the provision of basic infrastructure and services, freedom, justice, access to influential decision-making) have yet to be fully developed within tourism research.
We invite contributions from a variety of disciplines including anthropology, cultural/human geography, sociology, psychology, cultural studies, economics, border studies, leisure studies, tourism studies and hospitality/event management. We invite you to submit papers on topics that include (but are not limited to):
– (Re)definitions of sustainability – Equitable access and the sustainability of the community – Creating socially sustainable communities – Migrant quality of life/ community well-being in tourist destinations – Migrant tourism workers’ integration & inclusion – Migration and tourist community formation – Conflicts between/intersection of tourists, local residents and migrant workers – Tourism (im)mobilities, ethics, morals and (in)justice – Tourism mobilities and border crossings – Human security, transnationalization and citizenship – Social networks, borders and the allure of tourist destinations – Gender and mobility in tourism – Intersectionality, gender and race – Roles of religion in tourism migration and mobilities – Religious and spiritual mobilities and tourism – Migrant leisure spaces, constraints and opportunities – Academic mobilities / Mobilities in education – Social sustainability in ASEAN tourism development – Social sustainability and future directions
– Destinations resilience – Effect of Brexit and Trump on tourism and migration
While we have closed the public abstract submissions process, we have room for a small number of quality papers, if fitting to the symposium aims. If you are interested, email Dr. Jaeyeon Choe (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Application Deadline: Wednesday 12 September 2018 (17.00 UK Time)
The British Academy is providing mid-career to senior scholars – active in any discipline within the social sciences and the humanities and based in any country overseas – with the opportunity to work for four years in the UK and make a contribution to UK research and higher education. This new programme is supported under the UK Government’s National Productivity Investment Fund. It aims to demonstrate and further enhance the UK’s commitment to international research partnerships and collaboration as well as strengthen the UK’s research capacity and capability in the humanities and the social sciences.
Up to 10 Global Professorships each year will be offered during the course of the programme (which will run for three years in the first instance). Each award will provide funding for four years to an outstanding international researcher, not currently working in the United Kingdom, to bring their research experience to the UK. The purpose of the Global Professorships is to enable world-class scholars to further their individual research goals while strengthening the UK research base and advancing the research goals and strategies of their UK host universities. Each four-year appointment is intended to be a complete project in itself and is expected to involve a specific research focus, although the British Academy does not have a preferred model for the balance of time to be spent between research and teaching (which may vary over the course of the award and will depend on the UK host institution’s needs).
Suitable candidates for the Global Professorships include internationally-recognised mid-career to senior researchers active in any field within the social sciences or the humanities who are currently employed outside the UK. The applicant must either be in a permanent (full-time or part-time) position at their home institution overseas or have a fixed-term position for the duration of the Global Professorship. Applicants must be available to take up a long-term secondment or employment at an eligible UK university or research institution.
Value and Duration
Awards are expected to run for four years each. The British Academy will provide up to £250,000 per annum for the first three years, making a total contribution of £750,000 per award. The costs of the fourth year will be expected to be committed in full by the UK host institution. Successful applicants to the 2018 competition will be required to start their awards between 1 December 2018 and 31 May 2019.
Applications must be submitted online using the British Academy’s Grant Management System, Flexi-Grant®
UK Host Institution Approval Deadline: Thursday 13 September 2018 (17.00 UK Time)
Please contact email@example.com or call 020 7969 5220 for further information.
In the first instance if you are interested in applying for the above please get in touch with a member of the RKEO Funding Development team.
‘Non c’è casa senza famiglia’ – or ‘a house is not a home without family’, as the Italians would say. Italy is a country where food, family and music are deeply ingrained in the culture, so I was very curious to see how unaccompanied refugee children are coping in this country. The last leg of the field work for the ‘Media literacy for unaccompanied refugee youth’ took me to Milan. After carrying out interviews in the Netherlands, and getting to know the children’s situation in Sweden, I’ve arrived to Italy. Right after the latest statistics came out, highlighting that over 18,000 unaccompanied asylum-seekers were present in shelters across the country. With a new government moving to cut off the flow of migrants from the African continent, the question whether unaccompanied minors will find a new home in Italy without their families is far from being answered.
In the two weeks I’ve spent there, I got to know some of the organisations and volunteers whom were a great example of the legendary Italian friendliness and hospitality. CivicoZero, a project of Save the Children Italy, offers a centre where young unaccompanied asylum-seekers can learn Italian, IT, play sports together or just hang out on one of the coaches and find a safe haven. During the interviews I carried out at CivicoZero, I got to know young people from countries close and far away (Albania, Egypt, Morocco or Nigeria). Although speaking different languages and coming from vastly different cultures, one thing they had in common with the Italians: the love of football – and consequently, the Score Match app!
Another initiative that I found exemplary was the Penny Wirton school: a place run entirely by volunteers where migrants can learn Italian for free. These schools have opened across the country, and they offer a possibility for those new to the country to practice the language with a local (one to one tuition), learn about the customs and get to know the culture. In Milan, most of the volunteers were seniors, and every week they returned to a local parish to meet the young asylum-seekers. It was impressive to see these seniors: they give a helping hand where it is the most needed. In an aging Europe, this initiative could be a good example for many seniors that would like to offer their skills and time.
Despite the political rhetoric, I’ve seen many people eager to offer some kind of support to those in need. For instance, the number of ‘volunteer guardians’ is on the rise, as more people sign up to become guardians of unaccompanied refugee children, without receiving any compensation. Other organisations offer pizza-making classes to migrants in an effort to equip them with skills that could ease their integration.
And indeed, help is much needed, since even in terms of the use of social media and technology, the children showed very different levels of knowledge and understanding. From kids who were seasoned online gamers, to children whom didn’t own a phone at all, it seems that unaccompanied young refugees need very specific educational interventions.
The next step of the ‘Media literacy for unaccompanied refugee youth’ will be to create these interventions with the help of refugee kids themselves.
I am very thankful to Laura from the Penny Wirton school and to Valentina and her team at CivicoZero Milan.
Photo credit: Save the Children, Score! Match
The University of Vienna (UV) hosted an International Staff Training Week on 4 – 6 June 2018, which was attended by 43 staff members from 34 universities in Europe, Israel and China. UV gave international guests a warm welcome by the Vice-Rector of Research & International Affairs and the Head of the International Office. The Vice-Rector talked about UV’s history from its founding in 1365 to now currently educating 94,000 students in 15 Faculties with 6,600 academics. It has 20 Research Platforms (inter-disciplinary research teams), 4 Research Centres, 43 European Research Council grants and 84 global university partnerships.
This welcome was followed by the Director of Governance’s presentation about UV’s governance structure comprising of the University Board, the Rectorate, Senate and Advisory Boards. The Head of Quality Management then presented on UV’s quality assurance processes. The opening of the Staff Training Week was concluded by a Viennese canape and wine reception, with local wines sourced from vineyards surrounding the city.
On the second and third days, many of UV’s central Service Units (equivalent to our Professional Services departments) provided job shadowing, workshops and exchange activities. I visited the Research Support & Career Development service unit to give a presentation about BU and RKEO; and shared common challenges and professional best practice with UV staff. I had many informative discussions with the Deputy Head of Research Support, National Funding officers, International Funding officers, Technology Transfer officers and the Systems officer. I also met with the Legal officers who sat within this service unit. I know that the outcome of our discussions will lead to implementation of practice ideas in both Universities’ research support offices.
The Host offered visits to a choice of the Astronomical Observatory, the University Library and the Vienna Bio Center. I chose to visit the last place and UV’s Head of the International Office took a group of about 10 guests to visit this Center. The Center’s Director of Finance & Administration guided us on an insightful tour around the laboratory facilities and to chat with technicians and students working there. For more details about the life sciences research conducted by the Vienna Bio Center, see: http://www.mfpl.ac.at/.
The Training Week was concluded with a wrap-up session where all guests shared their learnings of the week and we had a farewell buffet lunch in UV’s Small Ceremonial Chamber where graduations take place. For UV’s coverage of the Training Week, see: http://medienportal.univie.ac.at/uniview/uniblicke/detailansicht/artikel/staff-training-week-the-university-of-vienna/.
Amidst this intensive programme, I made the time to immerse myself in UV’s campus life, the city’s imperial history and Austrian culture. The Campus of UV is comprised of a series of historic buildings with a large courtyard centre, surrounded by cafes and restaurants that are open to the public. The grassed court is filled with greenery, benches, grassed areas and a big playground, part of UV’s “open to the community” policy.
UV is located in the centre of the city and is within walking distance of most of its historic buildings and monuments, such as Parliament, museums, art galleries, the State Opera House and the Concert Hall (home of the world-reknowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra). Public transport by trams, subway and buses were efficient and the Belvedere Palace, the former imperial family’s city abode was a few tram stops away. I also visited Schonbrunn Palace, the imperial family’s country residence a few subway stops away, for a dinner and Mozart & Strauss concert – the grand palace, its grounds with profusions of floral colour and the classical music were amazing.
The days were hot, at or almost at 30 C every day of the Training Week and the evenings were long and balmy. I spent one evening strolling along the mighty Danube and stumbled upon a charming, suburban Austrian pub that served the refreshing, regional Gosser beer and lovely, local wine, made from the Gruner Veltliner grape. Delicious Austrian cuisine that I tried over this time included wiener schnitzel (veal), pork schnitzel, tafelspitz (traditional beef stew), beef consommé with liver dumpling and Viennese beef goulash. Desserts included the sachertorte (chocolate cake with a layer of apricot jam syrup in the middle), the kaiserschmarrn (chopped up pancakes with apple, raisins and icing sugar) and of course, the must-have, apfelstrudel (delightful apple strudel)!
Senior Funding Development Officer
Research & Knowledge Exchange Office
My Erasmus+ Staff Mobility training programme took place at the University of Granada (UGR) from 7th to 11th May in the historic town of Granada, Spain.
With over 500 years of history, Universidad de Granada has approximately 80,000 students, over 3,000 researchers in more than 400 research centres in all areas of scientific knowledge, all spread over five different campuses with two of the campuses located on the African continent.
I was particularly interested in its research profile and being one of the top 10 universities across Spain, this staff training week was the best opportunity for me to gain insights into their institutional structure and practices, in particular where research support is concerned.
The 11th International Staff Training Week, divided into five main tracks including IT, International Relations, General administration, Library and Research Support Services, was to provide a platform for the exchange of good practices and know-how between the UGR and its partner universities. The five-day programme included plenary sessions, round tables, workshops, guided tours and social events.
On the first day, we were officially welcomed by the Vice-Rectorate for Internationalization of the University, who also presented the history and overview of the university, including its research structure, demographic and life on its two campuses on the African continent – the Ceuta Campus and the Melilla Campus.
As a conclusion to the orientation programme, we were fortunate to be taken on a guided tour around the Hospital Real building, which was built more than 500 years ago as a hospital and now the rectorate building of the University. The architecture of the building was interesting, with its rich history evident in the build and designs of its various courtyards. A statue of King Charles V stood in one of the courtyards; a significant figure, as the founder of the University in 1531.
For the next three days, we were divided into the five main tracks and I was in the Research Support Services track, along with other academic and professional staff from Finland, Belarus, Czech Republic, Romania, Greece, Georgia, etc. Some of the learning and experience sharing sessions organised included overview of the Research Support Office for International Projects, Euraxess: Services and Research Career, Bibliometrics, the Research transfer office and its role, MediaLab, the Research Laboratory for Digital culture and society, the International Welcome Centre, etc. The MediaLab concept in particular, and the important role it plays at the University of Granada as ‘a research hub and an experimental space for researchers in exploring creativity and new ways of generating knowledge in digital societies’, has been very inspiring and is something that will definitely be shared with the wider team.
On the third day, we were taken on an excursion to the Centre of Scientific Instrument building and we came up close and personal with ‘The Shrimp’. I found out later that it had nothing to do with seafood, or food for that matter. The Shrimp is one of two such state of the art microprobes in the whole of Europe and one of thirteen, in the entire world. Costing more than EUR 4million, the Shrimp is formidable and highly priced. The scientist, who worked with it, spoke passionately about the research and the rich data that can be drawn from the technology on minerals and rocks.
Some of the other machines we saw also included an Atomic Force Microscope, a Laser Raman Spectrometer, an Optical Emission Spectrometer. One of the coolest parts of the building, which our tour guide admitted sadly to be a disappearing ‘craft’, was a laboratory full of broken glass instruments and a skilled technician standing in the midst of them all, fixing them ready to be used in the laboratories again.
On the last day, we came together as a cohort again for the concluding ceremony where we were presented with the Certificate of Attendance and serenaded by the University’s orchestra.
Apart from the workshops and round table sessions, this week-long staff training week was also packed full of delicious and cheap Spanish food and great sight-seeing opportunities! In case you didn’t know, in Granada, you get a free tapas with every drink that you order!
These were just some of the amazing tapas I had time to sample.
And churros for breakfast!
One of the things that drew my attention walking around the beautiful city of Granada, apart from the historic and amazing architecture of the buildings, were the delicate Ginko trees that lined the avenues.
By the time my training programme was confirmed, unfortunately it was too late to get tickets to visit the Alhambra, the famous palace and fortress complex, originally constructed as a small fortress in AD889. However, hiking up the Albicin, I managed to find a little restaurant overlooking the Alhambra and had the most amazing time enjoying a drink while appreciating the magnificent view of the Alhambra, with still snow-capped mountains in the background. It was perfect!
In conclusion, this week-long Staff Mobility Training programme at the University of Granada was an excellent blend of informative and insightful seminars, fantastic best practice exchanges, networking and round table discussions, with an impressive cultural and culinary experience.
I would highly recommend the Erasmus+ Staff Mobility programmes to everyone at BU!
Funding Development Officer
Research and Knowledge Exchange Office
EU-funded postdoc Cici Alexander completed her 2 year position with Ross Hill and Amanda Korstjens in September 2017. In this time she analysed LiDAR and UAV imaging data to identify trees and forest structural characteristics for the tropical forests that LEAP works at in Indonesia. The newest paper is hot off the press while another paper is in review. In the new paper, Cici shows a method of using drone-mounted cameras to measure and identify tree structures and variation to locate emergent trees at LEAP’s main field site Sikundur, Sumatra, Indonesia. Emergent trees are important for primate sleep sites and serve many other essential roles in tropical forests, but they are also the most vulnerable trees to selective logging.
The work is done in collaboration with our charity partners (Matt Nowak, Graham Usher) at Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme, and Serge Wich from Liverpool John Moores University as well as Dr Abdullah from our international partner Universitas Syiah Kuala. Authors also include ISLHE-LEAP PhD student Emma Hankinson and LEAP MRes student Nathan Harris who were vital in verifying the method on the ground.
(Special limited duration paper access link: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1XAhj14ynSEdoi).
Her first two papers were technical notes on:
Based on LiDAR data from Batang Toru, Sumatra, Indonesia where the newly identified and highly threatened Tapanuli orangutans occur and a planned dam is threatening the ecosystem.
Dr. Alina Dolea, who has joined BU’s Faculty of Media and Communication in September 2017, has been elected Chair of the Public Diplomacy Interest Group within the International Communication Association (ICA). ICA is the premier international academic association for scholars in communication research, gathering more than 4,500 members from 80 countries.
Alina is a founding member of the Interest Group established officially in 2016, following a collective effort of raising signatures that she co-ordinated as a volunteer. The Group has grown fast to over 100 members worldwide and brings together scholars investigating topics related to public diplomacy, nation branding, country image and reputation, public relations for and of nations, as well as political, global and cultural communication influencing international relations.
For the ICA annual conference 2018, Alina has coordinated, as the Vice-Chair elect, the submission process and planned the program that included a State of the art panel in Public Diplomacy with top scholars in the field. In addition, she organized a doctoral and postdoctoral pre-conference (“Emerging Research and Trends in Public Diplomacy and Nation Branding”) together with Diana Ingenhoff (University of Fribourg), James Pamment (Lund University), Rhonda Zaharna (American University), Jay Wang (USC Center on Public Diplomacy) and Steve Pike (Syracuse University). 12 papers out of 33 submissions were selected to be presented and discussed in a forum with established scholars from the field serving as mentors and giving feedback to each participant. The conference was sponsored by The Center on Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California & Rhonda Zaharna, Syracuse University and Lund University. It was a great success and brought new insights for both PhD students and established scholars.
The Research & Knowledge Exchange Office is pleased to confirm our arrangements for supporting this high profile call in 2018.
- There will be a two-day bid writing retreat on 10th and 11th July 2018, with bookings now open
- Materials are already available within the International Pathway in the Research and Knowledge Exchange Development Framework Community on Brightspace. These will be extended as more materials are made available for the 2018 call
- External Application Reviewers, where appropriate and subject to Faculty approval
- All the scheme guidance is available on the Participant Portal
As this is a highly popular call, RKEO need to manage carefully the flow of work within RKEO but also for all your colleagues, who work together to ensure that each application is approved and submitted correctly.
Please endeavour to submit your Intention to Bid to RKEO by 29/06/18. You can, of course, let us know earlier than this date that you intend to apply, so that we can provide you, and your potential fellow, with as much support as possible, right up to the closing date of 12/09/18. It is expected that early drafts should be made available for review and approval processes around the beginning of August, allowing time for all those involved to manage their workloads, including Faculty Quality Approvers, who may be on leave during this period, reducing the options that we have for approvals.
Once we know that you are thinking of applying, even before submitting the Intention to Bid, we can keep you up to date with announcements from the funder and other sources of help and support.
If you are considering applying and would like to receive updates, please contact Sara Mundy, Funding Development Officer, so that we can register your interest and provide useful information, such as the indicative timetable for actions prior to submission. If you are ready to submit your Intention to Bid, you can do this now, via Sara.
If you have any queries or comments about this scheme, please contact Emily Cieciura, RKEO’s Research Facilitator: EU & International.
Congratulations to FHSS PhD students Preeti Mahato and Elizabeth Waithaka, FHSS academics Drs. Catherine Angell and Pramod Regmi and BU Visiting Faculty Prof. Padam Simkhada (Based at Liverpool John Moores University) on the publication of their latest paper: ‘ Health Promotion opportunities for Auxiliary Nurse Midwives in Nepal’ . The paper appeared in Health Prospect: Journal of Public Health.
Mahato, P.K., Regmi, P.R., Waithaka, E., van Teijlingen, E., Simkhada, P., Angell, C. . Health Promotion opportunities for Auxiliary Nurse Midwives in Nepal. Health Prospect, 16 (2): pp. 13-17, May. 2018.
Available at: <https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/HPROSPECT/article/view/19903/16389>. Date accessed: 14 May. 2018. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3126/hprospect.v16i2.19903.
Dr Sascha Dov Bachmann, Associate Professor in International Law (BU) and War Studies (Swedish Defence University – FHS), Research Fellow at CEMIS, Stellenbosch University and Director of BU’s Centre for Conflict,Rule of Law and Society was invited to give a keynote address on Hybrid Warfare at 1 (German/Netherlands) Corps to flag officers of the Royal Netherlands Army on invitation by General Beulen, Commander of the Royal Netherlands Army.
1 (German/Netherlands) Corps is one of NATO’s High Readiness Forces (Land) Headquarters. It is based in the German city of Münster.
BU hosts first seminar as part of a two seminar event.
Sponsored by the Leisure Studies Association and in partnership with Southampton Solent University and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium)
Wednesday 8th May in Executive Business Centre
Dr Andrew Adams has led on developing this event which for the first part of the event brings international scholars and stakeholdrs together to discuss issues and forge new agendas concerning the developing field of evaluation. Speacial attention is likely to focus on the value, application and importance of realist evaluation practices.
Speakers at BU include: Professor Fred Coalter (Leeds Beckett University), Professor Sam Porter (Bournemouth University) and Dr Reinhard Haudenhuyse (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
If you might be interested in attending more information can be found here; https://newsletters.bournemouth.ac.uk/t/8U0-5I90G-79RYK1F7BA/cr.aspx
The programme for the day can be found here; Seminar Programme
Further information can be obtained from
Andrew Adams: firstname.lastname@example.org
The second short presentation was by Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen for BU’s Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perintal Health (CMMPH). His presentation with the title ‘The challenge of perinatal mental health in Nepal’ covered issues around maternal mental health, auxiliary nurse-midwives and stigma and culture in southern Nepal. The project brought together academics, midwives, nurses, and other health workers in Nepal and the UK to help in the training of auxiliary nurse midwives in Nawalparasi on key aspects of mental health and mental health promotion. The project led by Bournemouth University was funded under the Health Partnership Scheme (HPS) which is managed by a London-based organisation called THET (Tropical Health & Education Trust).The third speaker and final speaker Dr Ollie Ross, Consultant Anaesthetist at Southampton General Hospital, introduced the film ‘Hospital’. The film provides a portrait of a state-run hospital in one of the most remote and poor districts of Nepal and how individuals can make a difference to people’s lives. Dr Ross is also a consultant to the Nick Simons Foundation working in Nepal. According to The Nepali Times Nepal’s most accomplished documentary maker, Kesang Tseten, has a knack of bringing out in his films the best in people. He looks for the flower that grows amidst the squalour, and tries to spread a message of hope. His film, Hospital, returns to rural Nepal to portray a hospital in Kalikot where ordinary health workers accomplish extraordinary things.
This week saw the pre-publication of ‘Qualitative evaluation of mental health training of auxiliary nurse midwives in rural Nepal’ in the international journal Nurse Education Today (published by Elsevier). The paper is a report of an evaluation of a THET-funded projectwhich run from 2015 to 2017. Bournemouth University led a team comprising Liverpool John Moores University and Tribhuvan University (the oldest university in Nepal). These three universities worked together on a training project of Auxiliary Nurse Midwives in Nawalparasi focusing on key aspects of mental health and mental health promotion. The project was funded under the Health Partnership Scheme (HPS) which is managed by a London-based organisation called THET (Tropical Health & Education Trust).
Mental illness is increasingly recognized as a global health problem. However, in many countries, including Nepal, it is difficult to talk about mental health problems due to the stigma associated with it. Hence a training programme was developed to train auxiliary nurse midwives, who otherwise are not trained in mental health as part of their pre-registration training in rural Nepal, on issues related to maternal mental health. After the training programme a selection of auxiliary nurse midwives were interviewed to establish their views on the training, its usefulness and ways to improve it.
Preeti Mahato is a PhD student in the Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health (CMMPH) who undertook an in-depth evaluation of our project as part of her PhD research. This qualitative study has three themes emerging: (1) issues related to training; (2) societal attitudes; and (3) support for women. The ‘training’ theme describes the benefits and limitations of training sessions. ‘Societal attitudes’ describes society’s attitude towards mental health which is largely negative. ‘Support’ describes the positive behaviour and attitude towards pregnant women and new mothers.
The paper concludes that there is a need for continued training for auxiliary nurse midwives who are based in the community. This gives them the opportunity to reach the whole community group and potentially have influence over reduction of stigma; offer support and diagnosis of mental ill-health. There is still stigma around giving birth to a female child which can lead to mental health problems. It is imperative to increase awareness and educate the general public regarding mental health illnesses especially involving family members of those who are affected.
- Mahato, P., van Teijlingen, E., Simkhada, P., Angell, C., Ireland, J. on behalf of THET team (2018) Qualitative evaluation of mental health training of Auxiliary Nurse Midwives in rural Nepal. Nurse Education Today 66: 44-50. http://www.nurseeducationtoday.com/article/S0260-6917(18)30150-3/abstract
Next week the Dorset Global Health Network will have its inaugural meeting on April 25th. The meeting will focus on Nepal starting at 18.30 with a Nepalese buffet.
There will be three short presentations followed by the film ‘Hospital’.
- Voluntourism in Nepal : A lesson in the grey areas of global health (Dr Emer Forde, Bournemouth University)
- The challenge of perinatal mental health in Nepal (Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen, Bournemouth University)
- Supporting Training and innovative solutions to the provision of rural health care in Nepal (Dr Ollie Ross, Consultant Anaesthetist, Southampton General Hospital)
The Film “Hospital” provides a portrait of a state-run hospital in one of the most remote and poor districts of Nepal and how individuals can make a difference to people’s lives. It will be introduced by Dr Ollie Ross, who is a consultant to the Nick Simons Institute working in Nepal.
This will be followed by a discussion about the development of Dorset Global Health Network.
All are welcome. Book your place at www.focusnepal.eventbrite.co.uk
Here are some highlights from the Funding bulletin of 10th April 2018
If you are interested in applying to any of these calls then please contact your RKEO Funding Development Officer, in the first instance at least 3 weeks prior to the stated deadline.
Deadline date 8 June 2018 – 4pm UK Time
Travel grants – Peru, Philippines andSouth Africa
Deadline date 8 June 2018 – 4pm UK Time
Workshop Grants – Brazil, China, India, Jordan and Peru
Deadline date 8th June 2018 – 4pm UK Time
Institutional Links – Indonesia, Peru, Philippines and Thailand
British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering and Royal Society
Rolling basis applications