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Only 100 days to go until BU welcomes hundreds of undergraduate students from all over the UK to showcase their research at BCUR17


100 days from now, Bournemouth University will be hosting the prestigious British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR). The annual event is an opportunity to celebrate the valuable research contribution of undergraduate students to a wide array of subjects and disciplines.

Bournemouth University students have been involved in the British Conference of Undergraduate Research since the first event at the University of Central Lancashire in 2011. Each year, students gather to present their research through a combination of posters and oral presentations. Many have undertaken research projects as part of their dissertation or a placement.

Professor Gail Thomas, Head of BU’s Centre for Excellence in Learning and the Chair of BCUR17 commented, “We’re delighted to be hosting this year’s BCUR and are greatly looking forward to welcoming students from across the country to Bournemouth this April.

“Here at Bournemouth University, we strongly support the fusion of research, education and professional practice as we believe that each factor reinforces the other. It’s wonderful to see how many students have submitted abstracts to the conference, as it highlights the importance of research as part of a student’s educational journey.

“BCUR is a great opportunity for students to share their research activities and have their first taste of an academic conference. Whether or not they choose to go onto a career in academia, they’ll have the chance to develop their communication and presentation skills, which will stand them in good stead for any future job.”

BU graduate, Amy Tidball, took part in BCUR16 and presented her dissertation research at Manchester Metropolitan University. Below she shares her experiences:

“Looking back, the entire experience from planning to reflection tested my professional skills which university life doesn’t normally expose you to. BCUR gave me an insight into the world of conferences, networking and communication. These are skills which now as a graduate I need to be confident in, internally and externally at work.

“The thought of BCUR initially made me very apprehensive. It wasn’t until I started putting my presentation together that I realised my dissertation had become a comprehensive piece of work, which I was quite proud of, and putting it into a different format gave me a different perspective on it.

“Although the actual presenting part can seem quite daunting, on the day my nerves calmed a little, especially as I had the opportunity to listen to other people’s presentations and realise that the atmosphere is very friendly. One of the best parts of BCUR was getting to hear about a whole variety of different areas of research – trust me, you’ll definitely learn something new!”

For more information about BCUR17 or to register to attend, visit

Submit to 2017’s Research Photography Competition

Now the Christmas holidays are upon us why not use the time to think about what you might like to submit to 2017’s Research Photography Competition. You can be as creative as you like and submit an image from any area of your research. The competition is an excellent opportunity for both our staff and students to showcase their research across the university. Now in its third year we’re looking for you to convey the impact your research can have or will have through a single image.  Not sure where to start? Here are some photos from last years competition for some inspiration.


‘Parallels of Self’

Laurie Byrne
Faculty of Health and Social Science


‘Bullseye! Psychomotor Performance under Pressure’

Emma Mosely
Faculty of Science and Technology



Lizzie Sykes
Faculty of Media and Communication


‘The Care of Kin’

Jill Davey
Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Have something in mind? You can find out more information here. Or simply send over your photo with a 100-200 word blurb to The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Friday 27 January 2017.

If you have any questions then get in touch with Hannah Jones.

Please have a read through the terms and conditions here.

The Research Photography Competition is Returning for its Third Year!

Want to submit to this years Research Photography Competition but not sure where to start? Need some inspiration?

Over the past two years the competition has seen some fantastic entries from both staff and students across the University. From photos of the heart of a fly, the monsoons in Nepal, to Napoleon looking over St Helena and photos which represent the fantastic work academics at Bournemouth University are doing to improve nutritional care for the elderly. You can submit an image for any area of your research and it can be as creative or as simple as you like. Take a look below at some of the entries we had last year.


‘The heart of a fly- exploring cardiovascular disease’

Dr Paul Hartley

Faculty of Science and Technology


‘Monsoons in Nepal’

Professor Edwin Van Teijlingen

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences


‘Napoleon looking over St Helena’

Dan Hogan

Faculty of Media and Communication


‘Dignity in care: improving nutrition in people with dementia’

Professor Jane Murphy

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Want to submit? All you have to do is send an email to with your image and a 100-200 word blurb about the research behind the image, by 5pm on Friday 27 January. 

If you’d like more information have a read through here or you can email Hannah Jones if you any questions.

Take a read through the terms and conditions here.

British Conference of Undergraduate Research – abstract deadline extended

The deadline for students to submit abstracts to the British Conference of Undergraduate Research has been extended to Sunday 15 January 2017.

We have already seen a number of entries from Bournemouth University students, but it would be great to encourage more students to apply.  It’s a brilliant opportunity for them to share research that they’re undertaking or have undertaken as part of their dissertation, placement or a Student Research Assistantship, as well as developing their communication and presentation skills which will be helpful in any career.

Further information about BCUR, including guidance for submitting and abstract and how to submit a finished abstract can be found here:

Stories from students who have taken part in previous undergraduate research conferences can be found here.

COST Action Training School attended by FHSS Postgraduate Researcher Preeti Mahato

img_5141Last week I attended COST Action Training School BEYOND BIRTH COHORTS: from study design to data management which was conducted from November 23- 25 in Valencia, Spain. COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a unique platform where European researchers can jointly develop their ideas and initiatives across all scientific disciplines through trans-European networking of nationally funded research. The specialist training to which I was invited focused conducting longitudinal cohort studies especially birth cohorts.
Various aspects of birth cohort were discussed during the training which included data collection, development of standard operating protocols for analysis of samples, techniques and tools to study biological samples, different methods of data analysis, and data management. Training also included the use of the R-package for data analysis and management. There were presenters from different countries including the UK, Germany, Spain, Malta who were associated with the COST Action.
Overall this training was very helpful and I found it interesting to discover more about the COST Action, their objectives and activities and also about the data on birth cohorts including designing cohort studies and ways to analyse the data. I am sure it will help with my PhD fieldwork which links with the THET-funded project on mental health training for community maternity care providers in Nepal. My fieldwork in Nepal starts in January 2017. I would like to thank the EU for the funding and FHSS for the co-funding of the travel expenses.

One of the presentation from training

Thrivership UK Convention 2017

Join us for a Q&A session with the founder of Life Changing Events on 6 December to find out more.

In partnership with Life Changing Events, we are inviting staff and students to help shape and run one of the largest cancer survivorship events of 2017 – Thrivership UK Convention.

As part of the Festival of Learning, Bournemouth University will bring together leading organisations representing cancer related charities and survivorship projects, sport and physical activity, NHS and local governments to share best practice, research and innovative ideas to improve the services, experience and outcomes for people living with a cancer diagnosis. This event will also host a health and wellbeing clinic for 200 people living with cancer.

In order to make this event a success, Life Changing Events needs support with:

  • Event development, management, marketing and administration
  • Branding and marketing materials design
  • Website development
  • Social media development and promotion
  • Media capture of event (film/photography)
  • Interviewing participants in the event
  • Event impact evaluation
  • Literature review around improving cancer survivorship
  • Event day support/management

We would like to make these opportunities available to staff and students. This is a great opportunity for BU students to gain real-world project experience, enhance their CVs and contribute to people’s potential to live active and happy lives with and beyond cancer.

Interested in taking part?

Then join us for a Q&A session with the founder of Life Changing Events, Layne Hamerston, on 6 December at 11:00am in the Lawrence Lecture Theatre, Talbot Campus.

Please register to attend by Friday 2 December.

Refreshments will be provided.

Sharing undergraduate research: how SURE led one student to Norway and beyond

Next year Bournemouth University will be hosting the British Conference of Undergraduate Research, an international showcase of research from undergraduates of all disciplines.  Students submit an abstract and if accepted to the conference, have the chance to share their work through a poster, oral presentation or art displays.  It’s a great opportunity to get an insight into academic life and develop key skills that will be of benefit no matter which career they end up in.

Charlotte Fodor, a recent graduate from the Faculty of Media & Communication took part in this year’s Showcasing Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE) – BU’s internal research conference.  Below she shares her experience of taking part and how it’s helped her career to develop.


I am recent graduate who took part in this year’s SURE conference. I presented my research, which explores the representation of disabled people in literature, and was delighted to be awarded a prize for the best presentation.

My prize enabled me to attend a conference related to my research interests.  This led to me applying and being accepted as a speaker at a conference in Bergen, Norway.  I used the funding I won through taking part in SURE to pay for my travel costs.

It was my first time in Norway and I stayed in Bergen for three days. It was a beautiful, welcoming place; with rolling mountains, intricate sculptures, and pastel coloured buildings.

The conference, known as “Gender, Body, and Health”, was organised by the Nordic Network and hosted by the University of Bergen. I met a variety of academics and speakers from all over the world: from America, to India, to Sweden, to Germany, who introduced me to exciting ideas and perspectives that I had never considered before. These are just a few examples of the fantastic topics that I had the chance to learn about. Discussions on whether or not Literature could evoke a DeafBlind experience; Universal Design and Disability; the Female, Disabled body in India; Disability and the Art of Quiet Protest…

SURE was the first conference that I spoke at and it led me to Norway. I sincerely consider SURE to be a stepping stone towards my aims for the future.

Taking part in opportunities like SURE will stretch your mind. You will have to think on the spot during the Q&A, and figure out your time management (you can only talk for a limited amount of time. I had to condense my 10,000-word dissertation into a paper that lasted for 10 minutes). It will also help you to develop as an independent researcher and enrich your C.V.

Whether, like me, you want to pursue academia further; or, you are preparing for the job market, taking part in SURE will cement the skills you need for the future and has the potential to open more doors for you that you may not have considered.

Visiting Bergen and networking was an exciting adventure, and it was a great kick-starter for my Postgraduate research, which I’m now underway with at the University of Southampton!


To find out more about taking part in the British Conference of Undergraduate Research or to find out how your students can submit an abstract, visit

The Research Photography Competition is back for 2017 and set to be the best one yet!


Following on from the success of the previous two years, we’re delighted to announce that the Research Photography Competition will be returning for its third year. The competition is part of our activities to engage BU students with research.

Over the past two years we’ve set BU academics the challenge of telling the story of their research, through a single image. This year we want to focus on the impact that your research can have or will have outside of academia. Not only this, we want both our staff and student researchers getting involved, from across the university. Whether you’re at the early stages of your research or it has come to the end, we want you to get involved and showcase the impact your research has had or will have through a single image.

How do I enter?

It’s easy! Pick up a camera and capture an image or use one you already have. You can be as creative as you like with your images and capture any area of your research, in relation to its impact.

Once you have, all you have to do is submit it to us via email ( by Wednesday 25 January 2017, along with a 100 – 200 word description of your research behind the image.

Voting will then go live in February. Staff, students and the general public will be able to vote for their favourite image. The competition winners will then be presented with a small prize by Professor John Fletcher in the Atrium Art Gallery, in March 2017. You’ll get a chance to view all the competition entries in the Atrium Art Gallery and online after the event too!

Taking part is a great way to showcase your research and grow your academic profile both in and outside the university. As well as raising awareness of your research, you’ll be in for the chance of winning some Amazon vouchers!

Each image will need to be:

  • 300ppi (pixels per inch)
  • with physical dimensions equivalent to an A3 size piece of paper
Millimetres Inches
Portrait (width x height) 297 x 420 mm 11.7 x 16.5 in
Landscape (width x height) 420 x 297 mm 16.5 x 11.7 in

Need Inspiration?

Then take a look at our Photo of the Week, where you can read about the research behind the images

Should you have any queries about the competition, then get in contact with Hannah Jones in the Research and Knowledge Exchange Office.

For more information, take a look at the Research Website.

Please read through the Terms and Conditions

Student Research Assistants – awarded projects

All assessments are now in and the awarded Student Research Assistantships (SRA) are as follows:

Prof Adele Ladkin –  Exploring Work-life Balance in the Hospitality Industry 

Prof Alan Breen –  Spinal image Processing Assistant

Prof Alison McConnell –  Modelling the effect of slow breathing on the human cardiovascular system

Dr Anita Diaz – Enhancing public engagement with co-creating science through our science co-creation website

Dr Ann Luce – Student Research Assistant

Dr Anna Feigenbaum –  Data Journalism, Policing and Human Rights

Dr Ben Thomas –  Hydropower Test Rig Student Research Assistant

Dr Caroline Jackson –  Professionalisation of Events Researcher

Dr David John –  3D developer: Reconstruction of Skorba Prehistoric Temple, Malta

Dr Elena Cantarello –  Engaging staff and students in pro-environmental behaviours in the UK higher education sector

Dr Emma Jenkins –  Research Assistant: Understanding Early Communities in the Near East

Prof Genoveva F. Esteban –  Student Research Assistant

Dr Isabella Rega –  Mobile Technologies and Telecentres in Latin America: Investigating Synergies and Convergence

Dr Ishmael Tingbani & Dr David Botchie –  Student Research Assistant

Dr James Gavin –  Daily Activities as Training Exercises for Orthopaedic Patients

Dr Jamie Matthews/ Dr Nael Jebril –  Societies in Flux

Joyce Costello –  Investigating Pro-Social Behavior of Media Employees

Dr Karina Gerdau-Radonic –  Identifying individual and group identities through mortuary treatment

Prof Kerstin Stutterheim –  Media history research & Assistance for curating a scientific film program + publication

Dr Lee-Ann Fenge –  Collecting stories about health and well-being

Dr Luciana S. Esteves – Coastal Sediment Database

Dr Mel Hughes –  Older male carers research assistant 

Dr Melanie Klinkner –  Between Science and Human Rights: forensic excavation and their value for Truth Commissions

Dr Nigel Williams – Network Analysis of Destination discourse

Dr Peter Hills –  Development of the Facespan

Dr Richard Wallis – Becoming A Media Worker 

Dr Rosie Read –  Creating online resources to showcase BU students’ ethnographic research

Dr Salvatore Scifo – Delivering Community Radio

Dr Samuel Nyman – NHS Quality Improvement

Dr Shamal Faily – CAIRIS

Dr Sue Sudbury – Participatory Filmmaking

Dr Tim Breitbarth –  Sport and Society: Public Perceptions and Social Media Conversations about the Social Value of Sport

Dr Viachaslau Filimonau –  Food donations in the UK grocery retail sector – The role of local charities

Prof Wen Tang –  Data Game – Location-based Story Generation and Guidance


Please promote these vacancies to students where applicable.  All jobs are live on MyCareerHub, our Careers & Employability online careers tool.  You will need to use your staff/student credentials to login.


There will be another round of applications for academics to apply for funding for an SRA in February.  Please do look out for updates on the BU Research Blog.

If you have any questions about this scheme, please contact Rachel Clarke, KE Adviser (KTP and Student Projects) on 61347 or email

British Conference of Undergraduate Research – encouraging students to apply

Next spring, Bournemouth University (BU) will be welcoming undergraduates from all over the country to present their research as part of the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR).  The prestigious annual conference is a chance to celebrate the valuable contribution of research from undergraduate students across a vast array of disciplines and subject areas.

Undergraduates from all disciplines will be invited to submit papers, posters, workshops and performances as part of the conference.  Abstracts will be peer-reviewed and those accepted will be invited to attend the conference, which is taking place in Bournemouth 25 – 26 April 2017.

Abstract submission is currently open and we’d like to see plenty of entries from BU students – it’s a great opportunity for them to share their work and develop confidence in their presentation skills.  Please do encourage your students to submit an abstract.  The deadline is 10 December.

Guidance about abstract submission can be found here and a drop session will take place in PG30a on Monday 5 December 1pm – 2pm for any students who want to talk through their ideas with someone from BU’s BCUR organising committee.

For more information about the conference and details of how to submit abstracts, please visit or email