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Erasmus+ students from Nepal arrived at BU

Last Thursday the seven Erasmus+ exchange students arrived in Bournemouth from Nepal.  The exchange is between Bournemouth University (BU) and Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences (MMIHS) in Kathmandu, Nepal.  On Friday, their first full day a BU the Nepalese M.Sc. students received a Global Engagement Welcome from Cathryn Street, followed by an International Orientation by Caroline Earth from the Transitions Team.  The students were welcomed to the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences by Dr. Angela Turner-Wilson who is Deputy Head of the Department of Medical Sciences & Public Health as well as the faculty’s Interim Associate Dean of Global Engagement.  The two main contacts for the students at BU will be Dr. Pramod Regmi and Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen.  This student exchange follows the visit of BU staff (Profs. Vanora Hundley & Edwin van Teijlingen) to Kathmandu and MMIHS staff visiting BU in return this summer.


Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen

Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health (CMMPH)

Heif Project PPI Event Eczema Igloo: seeking children age 7-11 with itchy eczema/and/or interest in computer games for half term workshops

Dr Heidi Singleton (DNS) , Professor Debbie Holley (DNS) and Dr Emily Arden-Close (Dept of Psychology) have an upcoming PPI event on the 25th and 26th October. It is open to all children aged 7-11 years (accompanied by an adult), who have moderate to severe eczema or would like to take part in a computer game event that could help children with eczema? 

Please share the eventbrite widely!  the EventBrite link below:  

Eczema is a condition that causes the skin to become itchy, dry, and cracked which is a painful and distressing condition. It is estimated that around 20% of children suffer from this condition with 4% of these cases identified as moderate to severe. It has a major impact on children and their families; gets in the way of sleep, impacts upon social activities, and can lead to low mood and anxiety.   

  The use of virtual reality (VR) in clinical and therapeutic settings has been shown to help with pain relief and distraction from the effect of symptoms. While psychological approaches have been shown to be helpful for reducing the itch-scratch cycle in eczema, few children been offered them. Virtual reality has been used to treat children with anxiety, burns and pain, now we are seeing if it will also be helpful to distract from eczema symptoms. Drawing upon PPI methods in our initial work, we have now co-created an interactive “mini-VR igloo headset”, designed for a child lying on their bed. The VR games are designed to take the children into the sights and sounds of a cold or underwater environments, to distract them and ease the uncomfortable feelings of itchy eczema.  

Alongside those designing and producing the igloo from the University Department of Design and Engineering and Computer Animation, we will also be working with a support group for carers of children with eczema and BU Pier.

Sharing the results from this four year four country feasibility study…

Check out our new paper sharing the results from this feasibility study lead by BU focused on social innovation (co-production) strategies with older people helping them to Stay Active and Independent for Longer, the SAIL project. Dr Holly Crossen-White, Professor Ann Hemingway, Professor Adele Ladkin

An international qualitative feasibility study
to explore the process of using social
innovation (co-production) strategies with
older people: the SAIL project
Holly Louise Crossen-White, Ann Hemingway, Adele Ladkin, Andrew Jones, Amanda Burke
and Olaf Timmermans

Leaving higher education? The state of work in UK universities

Individuals who have left academic or professional services posts in a UK university since January 2020 or are thinking of leaving academic or professional services posts are invited to respond to research being done by the University of Bristol, Swansea University and the Centre for Higher Education Transformation on why academic and professional services staff are leaving UK higher education posts in favour of alternative forms of employment.

Amongst other things the research addresses is what the positive and negative aspects of working in UK universities are and what would make UK universities better places to work.

If you would like to contribute, the deadline for responses is Friday 14 October 2022.

The survey can be found here.

HSS Simulations Research & Development

Greetings Students and Colleagues –
I am Dr Anthony ‘Skip’ Basiel, the new Post-doc Researcher for HSS on Healthcare Simulations. Currently, I am hot-desking between the 4th & 5th floor offices from Monday to Wednesday. You can reach me by email: or by Teams text chat.

Please do visit my blended learning research website to find out more of my R&D interests at:     A temporary home page on our project work is at:

Learning Simulations

Congratulations to Dr. Orlanda Harvey on her latest paper

This week the journal Performance Enhancement & Health published Orlanda’s latest paper.  This time a Response to a Commentary under the title ‘The case for ‘anabolics’ coaches: selflessness versus self-interest?’ [1].   It is good to see Orlanda making her name in this research field, and the invitation by the journal to write this Response is evidence of this. Dr. Harvey is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences & Social Work.

The authors highlight that in the UK AAS (Anabolics Androgenic Steroid) are classified as Class C substances and supplying AAS, including via online from outside the UK, sharing or giving them away free, is unlawful and can lead to a jail sentence. However,Despite being banned in many sports, the use of AAS per se is not illegal and, therefore, health promoters should offer advice, information and support to users as a pragmatic, although not perfect, solution. Since an ‘informal’ structure already exists, health promotion agencies should consider using ‘anabolics coaches’ in their endeavours. If ‘anabolics coaches’ could bring together the prevention-focused medical profession, a harm-minimisation approach, and those from the users’ subculture to develop a platform whereby they can take an inter-disciplinary approach then an opportunity exists to do a lot of good.


  1. Harvey, O., van Teijlingen, E. (2022) The case for ‘anabolics’ coaches: selflessness versus self-interest? Performance Enhancement & Health, 10(3) August, 100230

How and why did TV’s retention crisis come to be framed as a recruitment problem?

There’s currently a talent crisis in the television industry. As I’ve previously described in this blog, media careers have a ‘shelf-life’ with more experienced talent tending to move on and up elsewhere. This has long been the case, but what’s new is that since 2015 there has been a massive increase in demand for content. It’s sometimes called ‘the Netflix effect’.  Suddenly the shortage of experienced skilled workers has been exposed as never before.

In the research we publish this week, Christa van Raalte and I have examined in depth the way in which a problem of attrition within the television industry came to be framed as a problem of recruitment. We explore how and why this came about, despite the implausibility of the idea that getting more young people to come and work in the film and television industries (however vast their numbers) could compensate for the attrition of experienced workers – an idea that has taken root and informed industry policy. Our aim is to help refocus the discussion on the reasons why people are leaving the industry, and the practical measures that need to be taken to nurture careers beyond entry-level.  We also highlight the dangers inherent in policy research where there is a gravitational pull for evidence-based policy to be overridden by policy-based evidence.

Richard Wallis and Christa van Raalte, C., 2022. Britain’s Got Talent? A Critique of the “Talent Pipeline” Crisis in the UK’s Film and Television Industries. Media Industries, 9(1).


Video abstract: Britain’s Got Talent? A Critique of the “Talent Pipeline” Crisis in the UK’s Film and Television Industries.

Interview participants needed for a PGR study: Sustainable rural tourism travel in Bali

Have you visited Bali, Indonesia? If so, we would like to invite you to participate in a Bournemouth University research study which aims to analyse how rural travel in Bali can be made more sustainable.

We are looking for adults who have visited Bali at least once in the last 5 years (2017 or after).

Whilst your answers will be kept anonymous, you will be asked about your own experience and opinion on rural travel in Bali.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Rama Permana on


Pokhara workshop on academic writing 2022

This week from Sunday till Tuesday (21-23 August) Hotel Mount Kailash Resort hosts a three-day writing and publishing workshop for academics and researchers.  The workshop is led by Dr. Shovita Dhakal Adhikari, Dr. Pramod Regmi and Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen all three from Bournemouth University in the south of England, Dr. Emma Pitchforth from the University of Exeter in the west of England, and Dr. Rashmee Rajkarnikar from the Central Department of Economics at Tribhuvan University.  Shovita highlighted: “As sociologist and a female researcher I think it is very important to address gender issues in all part of society, including academic writing and publishing.”

This workshop targeting young academics in and around Pokhara and it is funded by The British Academy.  The project builds research capacity of early career researchers researching gender in Nepal-based higher education institutions by improving their chances of getting published in international journals in English.   In Nepal the workshop is further supported by Social Science Baha and Green Tara Nepal.  The workshop centres around the 23 chapters of the textbook ‘Academic Writing and Publishing in Health and Social Sciences’ was published this year by Social Science Baha and Himal Books in Kathmandu. 

The Conversation: Women’s Euro 2022, football must do more to tackle racism & sexism

Jayne Caudwell draws from her sustained research on football, gender and feminism to contribute an article to The Conversation.

While Women’s Euro 2022 has set new standards in terms of attendance and media coverage of the women’s game, this generation of players continues to experience sexism. Girls and women are not a homogeneous group, and while some players will experience sexism, others will experience the intersections of sexism with racism.

The spectacle of England’s women winning Euro 2022 will drive change and progress. But from their first game on July 6 to the final, it was noticeable that every English starting lineup was made up of white players. There were only three Black players in the England squad of 23.

The whiteness of the current team may come as a surprise to some, because Black women have held visible roles in English women’s football and continue to do so. Hope Powell was the first woman to coach England and continues her career managing Brighton & Hove Albion. Alex Scott and Eniola Aluko work in football commentary following successful playing careers.

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