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RKEDF Clinical Research Governance Sessions

As you will be aware, RDS offers something called the RKEDF, or Research & Knowledge Exchange Development Framework – as part of this there are a number of sessions available surrounding clinical research governance. These sessions can be booked as a 1:2:1 or in bespoke group sessions with Suzy Wignall, BU’s Clinical Governance Advisor.

As always, general chats/specific discussions can also be booked in too – please just email!

The RKEDF sessions available are as follows:

Please get in touch if you are interested in any of these sessions.

For general guidance, documents and further information surrounding processes, take a look at the Clinical Governance website.

Join us for an NIHR Information Session – 27 April 2022




Bournemouth University and the NIHR Research Design Service South West are jointly hosting an online NIHR Information Session, on Weds 27 April at 10am.

This NIHR Information Session will provide an overview of the NIHR as a funder, the NIHR funding programmes with specific focus on Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB), Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR), Invention for Innovation (i4i), and NIHR Fellowship opportunities.

This session will online, via Zoom. Please register via Eventbrite here:

A link to join the meeting will be sent to you after registration.

This session is part of the Bournemouth University Research and Knowledge Exchange Development Framework.


RKEDF – Research Leadership Programme 2022 Applications open

Research Leadership Training Programme 2022

Following on from the successful pre Covid Research Leadership programme, (consistently rated 4+ out of 5), we are running a similar hybrid programme in 2022. This programme supports the development of all academics including Early Career Researchers, Mid-Career Academics, Senior Research Leaders and Associate Professors.


Participants will :

  • Be helped to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to lead teams to successfully deliver funded research projects, in line with stakeholder and funder requirements.
  • Gain an understanding of effective team leadership and team working within a research context in order to be able to devise strategies to get the best out of teams in the challenging environment of research.
  • Be equipped with an understanding of their strengths and limitations in order to be confident in developing their leadership skills in line with their career stage and future aspirations and be more confident to expand their funded research activities.


Quotes from last cohort:

“Totally relevant to tasks we have to undertake and very enjoyable learning experience”, (Early Career);

“Excellent workshop, learned a lot of useful information I didn’t know”, (Mid-Career); and

“Fantastic tools were given for future leaders both in research and academic leadership”, (Senior Research Leader).


Further details can be found here

Please apply  here. The deadline is the 14th March 2022.

*Please be aware that is NOT a course on bid writing.*


If you have any queries, please contact

RDS Academic and Researcher Inductions – 2022

As mentioned in Monday’s article on ‘getting started with research at BU‘, the Research Development and Support (RDS) invite all ‘new to BU’ academics and researchers to a induction.

These events provide an overview of all the practical information staff need to begin developing their research plans at BU, using both internal and external networks; to develop and disseminate research outcomes; and maximising the available funding opportunities.


  • The primary aim of the induction is to raise participants’ awareness of how to get started in research at BU or, for more established staff, how to take their research to the next level
  • To provide participants with essential, practical information and orientation in key stages and processes of research and knowledge exchange at BU

Online induction being done a little bit differently

As we continue to hold inductions online, we continue to do these a bit differently (to avoid ‘death by PowerPoint’). As said yesterday, RDS prepare videos in advance so that attendees can watch these when suited to them before the induction day. There are nine videos in total (some are quite short, and the more important ones (on process) run to ~20 minutes) and all are available on Brightspace. The video topics are

  1. Overview of research at BU and Research Development and Support (RDS)
  2. Overview of the Funding Development Team
  3. Overview of the Project Delivery Team
  4. Overview of the Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team
  5. Applying for Research Funding at BU
  6. Managing your awarded grants
  7. Research Outputs
  8. Research Ethics
  9. Research Impact

These are sent in advance (aiming for three weeks’ beforehand) to those attending the induction.

On the day of the induction, we will run an interactive session where attendees can meet their RDS faculty-facing staff, and have the opportunity to ask any questions on any of the topics above, or anything else RDS related that they need more information on. There will be breakout rooms for each faculty, as well as a room for Research Outputs and Ethics, and a room for Research Impact and Knowledge Exchange. The main room will remain open for any questions on strategy and research at BU. This is a great opportunity to meet your RDS colleagues and to get 1-2-1 advice.

The inductions for 2022 will be held on:

Workshop Date Time  Location
RDS Academic & Researcher Induction 27th April 2022 09:30 – 11.00 Online
RDS Academic & Researcher Induction 19th October 2022 09:30 – 11.00 Online

If you would like to attend the induction then please book your place through Organisational Development and you can also visit their pages here.

We hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you.


The RDS team (this photo was obviously taken pre-pandemic)

The ACORN Fund Round 4 Results

To support BU’s Early Career Researchers with the most promising talent, the ACORN Fund (Acceleration Of Research & Networking) Round 4 was announced in November 2021. This time, two options for ECRs were available – to apply for Standard Grant up to £5,000 or Large Grant up to £10,00; each applicant was allowed to only submit one proposal for Round 4. Before the closing date, 14 eligible applications were received.

After application evaluation and careful consideration at the panel meeting in early January, the ACORN panel suggested the Research Performance and Management Committee (RPMC) to fund 10 proposed projects according to their final ranking – two Large Grants and eight Standard Grants. All winners have returned signed Award Notification letters and we are glad to announce the results.

Large Grants have been awarded to:

PI Samuel Rennie (FST), project tittle ‘Ancient Migrations through the “Mesoamerican Corridor”

PI Melanie Stockton-Brown (FMC), project tittle ‘Copy Tatts: Copyright within Tattooing Culture’

Standard Grants have been awarded to:

PI Liam Wignall (FST), project tittle ‘An international study of pup play communities’

PI Reece Bush (FST), project tittle ‘Personality and gambling: An eye-tracking study on attention to responsible gambling messages and promotional content on webpages’

PI Matthew Armstrong (HSS), project tittle’The effectiveness of a physical activity behavioural modification intervention to promote activities of daily living in those with long term symptoms of COVID-19′

PI Sarah Collard (FST), project tittle ‘Physical activity levels of people with Epilepsy in the UK’

PI Samuel Hills (HSS), project tittle ‘Weather conditions and UK drownings: Progressing data reporting and targeted water safety policy’

PI Guljira Manimont (BUBS), project tittle ‘Exploring the role of FoodPorn in culinary precinct attractiveness: a case of Dorset, UK’

PI Mallika Tamvada (FMC), project tittle ‘Challenges under the Mandatory Form of Corporate Social Responsibility in a Globalised World – Can Collaborative CSR be a way forward for addressing the most compelling societal problems?’

PI Kate Terkanian (FMC), project tittle ‘Bournemouth and Beales: Department Stores, Community, and the Decline of the High Street’

Congratulations to all winners!

These awards support BU’s commitment to the Concordat to Support to Career Development of Researchers and are made possible by BU’s QR (Quality Research) allocation for 2021/22 financial year.

We believe, our ECRs will be able to gain experience of managing and leading their own pilot research projects and successfully apply for external funding in the future.

On behalf of the ACORN panel, let me wish the best luck with implementation of your projects.

Getting started with research at BU – videos

Research Development and Support (RDS) run induction sessions for all new starters and those who want a refresher in research. We revamped these last year so that we could have more interactive conversation on the induction day. In order to do this, we created a series of videos, which were sent to attendees three weeks’ beforehand.

These videos are available to all BU staff who want to get started with research at BU or want a refresher.

The videos can be found on Brightspace. The link should take you to the section ‘RDS Academic and Researcher Induction’ (if it doesn’t, you just need to scroll down to this section). There are nine videos in total (most are quite short and the longest one (five) runs to ~20 minutes). The video topics are:

  1. Overview of research at BU and Research Development and Support (RDS)
  2. Overview of the Funding Development Team
  3. Overview of the Project Delivery Team
  4. Overview of the Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team
  5. Applying for Research Funding at BU
  6. Managing your awarded grants
  7. Research Outputs
  8. Research Ethics
  9. Research Impact

If you can’t access the Brightspace link, please contact us at

As a reminder, you can find a whole host of supporting information on research at BU on the research blog under ‘research toolkit‘ and ‘research lifecycle‘.

At the end with Endnote? Need a hand?

Why not join the Endnote Workshops to support your research….
EndNote is a tool designed to help you manage the large numbers of references accumulated through your research and it will interact with your word processor to produce in-text citations and references in many thousands of journal styles, including BU Harvard. It is also particularly valuable for supporting the production the systematic reviews. This practical session will guide you through creating your own EndNote database which you can use to search and sort your references.
Workshop: Endnote Desktop as a research tool 
  • Wednesday 9th February at 3-5pm in the Bournemouth Gateway Building BGG16
  • Wednesday 20th March 2-4pm
  • Tuesday 10th May 2-4pm
  • Tuesday 5th July 10am-12pm