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Let’s Talk Tax!

Ever puzzled over tax? Wondered about the politics or personal impact of international tax news? This session with BU researchers, students and the Chartered Institute of Taxation will give you a greater understanding and appreciation for tax and help you become more tax-savvy.

During this session, we have five star students presenting 5-minute ‘tax’ talks:

  • Martinas Prazauskas on the tax avoidance of Apple, Google and Amazon
  • Timothy Buck on tax arbitrage
  • Sesil Bou on thin capitalisation
  • Clémentine Saulnier on non-discrimination in the EU
  • Lucy Butler on the Robin Hood tax

Taking second billing in this session are BU’s tax academics: Dr Phyllis AlexanderDr Alan Kirkpatrick and Richard Teather.  We will be joined by Mr Andy Brodrick of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT), the organisation funding Dr Alexander’s research on tax morale.

There will be at least 15 minutes reserved for Q&A and an open discussion with this diverse panel on anything and everything to do with tax.   This will be a fast paced, interesting hour in which BU’s Fusion philosophy comes to light!

Please do join us and book your free tickets here. 

Responsible Project Management in Bangladesh

A multi-disciplinary team led by academics from the Business School have been awarded part of BU’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) to conduct research on Responsible Project Management (RPM) in the context of the ‘Rohingya crisis’ in Bangladesh.

“New knowledge about project management will be developed by studying and sharing understandings in the context of a human and environmental crisis, with particular emphasis on the competencies required to successfully engage diverse stakeholders” explains Dr Karen Thompson, from the Department of Leadership, Strategy and Organisations (LSO).

Dr Nigel Williams, Senior Lecurere in the LSO Department, elaborates, “Project management is often presented as an instrumental sequence of activities with defined outcomes.  However, the reality of project practice involves uncertainty, ambiguity and complex human interactions with unpredictable outcomes.  These challenges vary by context and particularly in developing countries which may be recovering from natural or man-made disaster, the rational/instrumental perspective of project management may be of little value.”

Bangladesh faces a large scale human disaster and is a country already highly vulnerable to the adverse effects of natural disasters due to its geographical location, flat and low-lying landscape and population density.  Refugees arriving from neighbouring Myanmar are living in “an extremely precarious situation” (MSF 2018), and creating serious economic, social and environmental challenges.  The economic impact of Rohingya refugees on the Bangladesh economy was already the subject of investigation by Dr Mehdi Chowdhury, Senior Lecturer in Economics at the Business School, who is a former resident of Bangladesh and joins the team.

Tilak Ginige, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Law, Faculty of Science and Technology, completes the team and has previously worked in the field of asylum immigration law.

The project will be funded for two years and will bring together the two disciplines of project management and responsible management.  Empirical research in Bangladesh will be complimented by a collective social learning process with stakeholders to jointly frame and define problems, determine boundaries and intra team interactions.  Outcomes are expected to improve the management of projects in Bangladesh and to develop new understandings, practices and sustainable relationships.  New knowledge will have the potential to improve the management of projects and stakeholder engagement in other developing countries and projects where sustainable development is a priority.

For further information please contact Dr Mehdi Chowdhury  mchowdhury@bournemouth.ac.uk

MSF 2018. Rohingya Refugee Crisis. Available online at: https://www.msf.org.uk/issues/rohingya-refugee-crisis?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIrd6skYCP2gIVyZkbCh2BKAwZEAAYASAAEgLEOPD [Accessed 29 April 2018]

Photographs courtesy of Mohammad Romel

 

 

New Impact Officers

Three new Impact Officers have joined RKEO, with a fourth currently out for recruitment. Our role is to support academics with the development of their research impact and impact case studies for the REF. We are based in RKEO (M402) and are also available two days a week in our relevant faculties to offer advice and support.

Matt Fancy will be supporting academics in the Faculty of Management (Tuesday and Friday at Dorset House), Brian McNulty in the Faculty of Media & Communication (Tuesday and Thursday in Weymouth House) and Amanda Lazar in the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences (Monday and Friday in Royal London House). We are currently sharing responsibility for supporting SciTech until the new Officer is in post, with Matt allocated to Archaeology (UoA15), Brian to Computer Science (UoA11) & Geography (UoA14), and Amanda to Psychology (UoA4) & Engineering (UoA12).

We are looking forward to meeting and working with you all over the next three years, so please get in touch with any impact-related enquiries: we’re here to support you!

New projects in the Student Project Bank!

There are new projects in the SPB for dissertations, unit work or extra-curricular experience. Projects are available to all undergraduate and postgraduate students at BU and can be used for dissertations, assignments, unit, or group work.

SPB105: Broadstone Pantomime Productions website re-development

Broadstone Pantomime Productions is looking to overhaul their web presence to enable them to better market their productions and provide more information about the company to those who would like to be involved. Work with Broadstone Pantomime Productions to evaluate their current website, establish their needs and re-design their website.

SPB106: Broadstone Pantomime Productions re-branding exercise

Broadstone Pantomime Productions is looking to update their brand. Work with them to evaluate their needs and establish and update brand including look and feel, marketing strategy and advertising.

SPB108: BChangemakers Campaign: video series

The Fable Bureau has been commissioned by Bournemouth Churches Housing Association (BCHA) to run their BChangemakers Campaign. It celebrates 50 years of providing services to vulnerable people across the South of England. Over the next 12 months they will be publishing stories on the campaign website of inspiring change makers in order to inspire others to make similar changes.

This project aims to generate up to 15 2-2.5 minute films celebrating people that have made changes in their lives in order to inspire others to make similar changes in their own lives. These films will be posted on the BChangemakers website. Fable Bureau is open to discussion about the number of films. This opportunity is open to multiple groups of students.

SPB110: Algilez Artificial Language mobile app redevelopment

Algilez is an artificial language. The intention is that it could be used both for international communication and also within those countries which have a large number of local languages and whose development is held back by a lack of easy communication. In order to further promote the language we would like to provide a good quality mobile phone app to enable more convenient individual learning, as an alternative to conventional classroom learning.  The app has already been created, but it needs improvement and some additional features.

Research the best practice of existing online language learning apps to see what features could be incorporated into a mobile app and assist with the re-development.

SPB111: The Shine Project health and wellbeing event promotional video

The Shine Project is a local registered charity working with young teenage girls in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch primarily in economically deprived areas. For the last 10 years Shine has impacted over 1220 young lives by running 8-week health and mental wellbeing courses. Their mission is to provide a friendly, non-judgemental, safe environment where overlooked teenage girls are able to connect with others, be active, keep learning and engage in mindful activities enabling the development of healthy physical and mental wellbeing.  Every teenage girl deserves to recognise her value and potential. The Shine Project ran their first Health and Wellbeing Event in June 2017. The aim of the event was to inspire girls to think positively about themselves and encourage good physical and mental health. Over 200 girls from 12 schools attended, and 99% said they would go again.

The Shine Project would like to run the event again in February 2019. Create a promotional video to encourage schools to send girls to the event.

Apply now:

Send us an email to request a project brief and application form.

Student Project Bank call for projects

The Student Project Bank is open for new project ideas!

Do you work with an organisation in the community that wants to expand the work they do with our students?  If you do, please circulate this call for projects.

The Student Project Bank is a mutually beneficial collaboration between external organisations and our students. As part of their studies, our students get to work on a live project with the potential for real-world impact and external organisations get the opportunity to benefit from their knowledge, skills and creativity whilst gaining valuable insights into their specific project area.

Projects are available to all undergraduate and postgraduate students at BU and can be used for dissertations, assignments, unit, or group work.

Send us an email to find out more.

 

New projects in the Student Project Bank!

There are new projects in the SPB for dissertations, unit work or extra-curricular experience.

SPB089: Animated reconstruction of WWII bombing decoy for RAF Hurn and RAF Ibsley

At the commencement of War World II the Air Ministry formed a secret department to oversee ways to fool the German Luftwaffe by using decoys and other means of deception. There was a decoy airfield on Lower Common, Three Legged Cross that simulated the flare path lighting of the local RAF Hurn & RAF Ibsley fighter stations as a lure to encourage attack by night bombers and intruder aircraft. Create an animation to help visitors visualise the decoy in operation at night and gain an understanding of how it was operated. The animation will be displayed in the Moors Valley Country Park visitor centre and online on their website and social media channels with the aim of encouraging members of the public to engage with history and heritage of park. It will also be the basis of an augmented reality app (see project SPB098).

SPB094: Bournemouth in Bloom website re-design

Bournemouth in Bloom is a voluntary group that encourages the residents of Bournemouth to take care of and have pride in their community. By improving our environment, we aim to make Bournemouth one of the most beautiful towns in the UK. Build upon the existing WordPress site to expand it into a resource for the local community that connects schools, Bournemouth in Bloom groups and partners in the community.

SPB95: Public Perceptions of Homelessness

Investigate the causes of homelessness in Bournemouth and how this affects those who experience it. Highlight all definitions of homelessness. Carry out qualitative and quantitative research via surveys and interviews and compile a report on your findings. There is the possibility of interviewing people who are liaising with local agencies and charities under the supervision of Citizen’s Advice. The aim of this project is to provide a fair representation of the experience of homelessness in Bournemouth. It will give a voice to one of the most vulnerable social groups, highlight local issues in the private rental sector and challenge stereotypes of homeless people. The results of this project will be used to inform the general public of the issues faced by vulnerable groups in society and to support Bournemouth Borough Council in working with these groups.

SPB97: Evaluate the impact of a programme to support people who suffer long term health issues to return to work

Tomorrow’s People is in partnership with Borough of Poole, Health Education England and JP Morgan to support patients with physical or mental health symptoms which have prevented them from engaging with education, training, volunteering or employment. Referrals to the programme come direct from GPs and other local agencies across Poole, with no charge for participating organisations. Agencies such as Social Services, PCVS, Job Hubs and Jobcentre Plus use the service to offer additional impartial support in a ‘trusted’ environment, as part of a more tailored one-to-one approach. The programme has reduced the demand on Primary Care Services and at the same time has helped long term unemployed people to return to work. Produce a methodology and conduct an evaluation of the programme in the Bournemouth area. Provide a report of your findings.

SPB098: Augmented reality app for the reconstruction of WWII bombing decoy for RAF Ibsley and RAF Hurn

At the commencement of War World II the Air Ministry formed a secret department to oversee ways to fool the German Luftwaffe by using decoys and other means of deception. There was a decoy airfield on Lower Common, Three Legged Cross that simulated the flare path lighting of the local RAF Hurn & RAF Ibsley fighter stations as a lure to encourage attack by night bombers and intruder aircraft. Create an augmented reality app that will help visitors visualise the decoy in operation at night and gain an understanding of how it was operated. The app will utilise an animation of the decoy in action created for project SPB089.

SPB99: Enriching Lives – assessing the impact of intergenerational activities

‘Enriching Lives’ is a project that aims to bring together nursery and primary school children and McCarthy & Stone homeowners to participate in a variety of activities. The Enriching Lives project is intended to contribute to the debate about the benefits of intergenerational living, and to assist local and national government to formulate their plans for a more cohesive community and social fabric, whilst enriching the lives of McCarthy & Stone homeowners and children in the local area. Design and implement a strategy to assess the impact of the project on the McCarthy & Stone homeowners and the school children. The results of this study will be used by McCarthy & Stone in the process of deciding to roll out the Enriching Lives project across their properties.

SPB100: Eat Fit, Keep Fit media package for St. Mark’s Primary School

The Sports Ambassadors at St Mark’s Primary School want to create a media package (video presentation, advert) promoting how to live a healthy lifestyle. This includes showing what exercises could be done, how to prepare and eat healthy food and to generally promote healthy living. The children want to produce a package which would not only go on the school website but that could be sent out to other schools. Work with the Sports Ambassadors to create a video presentation and advert promoting healthy living.

SPB102: Website review and redevelopment for Wessex Entrepreneurs

Wessex Entrepreneurs support, mentor and, if needed, raise funding for many types of enterprises through a substantial network. Assess the Wessex Entrepreneurs website and propose improvements to update the website. Present your proposal to members of Wessex Entrepreneurs and implement the agreed updates.

SPB103: Social media marketing plan for Wessex Entrepreneurs

Wessex Entrepreneurs support, mentor and, if needed, raise funding for many types of enterprises through a substantial network. Wessex Entrepreneurs are looking to expand their membership base and raise awareness of the events they run via social media. Design a social media campaign that Wessex Entrepreneurs can utilise to achieve this.

Apply now:

Projects are available to all undergraduate and postgraduate students at BU and can be used for dissertations, assignments, unit, or group work. Send us an email to request a project brief and application form.

New projects in the Student Project Bank

Here is a roundup of the latest projects submitted to the SPB:

SPB085: Website redevelopment for a national healthcare society

The current website has limited functionality, is unattractive and paid members get limited benefits for their money. Benefits for paid members such as access to a confidential discussion forum and free webinars are underused. Carry out a baseline assessment of the organisation and members’ needs in order to make recommendations for adjustments to the website. Propose and implement changes to the website based on this assessment.

SPB086: Internal communication strategy to increase the use of a national healthcare society’s website by its members

The organisation is looking to encourage members to more effectively utilise the online content provided with their membership. Benefits for paid members include access to a confidential discussion forum and free webinars. Create an internal marketing strategy to increase the usage of the website by their members. This project can be undertaken in conjunction with SPB087: Marketing plan for a national healthcare society.

SPB087: Marketing plan for a national healthcare society

The organisation is looking to increase the usage of their website by non-members. Create a marketing strategy to increase the usage of the website and raise awareness of the organisation. This project can be undertaken in conjunction with SPB086: Internal communication strategy for a national healthcare society.

SPB088: Online marketing plan for a local charity

Based in Poole, Dorset, Harbour Challenge Outdoor Adventure Centre is a registered charity offering affordable access to a wide range of land and water based outdoor adventure activities to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. As a charity, the organisation relies on income from the activities they provide. Identify social media marketing opportunities to enable the charity to reach a wider audience and maximise their internet presence. Provide a list of recommendations on how this can be achieved as well as relevant marketing materials.

SPB90: Marketing plan for a local charity

The Leonardo Trust is a registered charity set up to make life a little easier for those who care full-time for others. Presently, The Leonardo Trust benefits 250 carers in Dorset per year. Their aim is to double this reach through paid advertising and marketing. Develop a marketing strategy to expand the reach of The Leonardo Trust to increase community engagement.

SPB91: Explore funding opportunities for The Happiness Course

The Happiness Course is an 8 hour course based on positive psychology and delivered over 2 or 4 weeks (or a weekend). Explore ways The Happiness Course can raise fund or attract investors in order to be able to offer the course to those who need it for a low cost.

SPB92: Marketing plan for The Happiness Course

The Happiness Course is an 8 hour course based on positive psychology and delivered over 2 or 4 weeks (or a weekend). Compile a low-cost marketing plan to enable The Happiness Course to reach a wider audience in the local area. Include recommendations on how to implement the plan.

SPB93: Promotional videos for a digital print company 

RPM Digital Print was started in 1991 and has grown into a fully integrated print and multi-channel marketing communications service provider. Create two short videos (2 minutes each) to showcase the work of the company. The first video will introduce the company, their location and printing products. The second video will be based around their marketing technology. These videos will be featured on the website and on social media.

Apply now:

Projects are available to all undergraduate and postgraduate students at BU and can be used for dissertations, assignments, unit, or group work. Send us an email to request a project brief and application form.