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EVENT: Returning to Sport Sustainably Post-Covid

The Sport and Physical Activity Research Centre (SPARC) invites you to join us at our lunchtime seminar, “Returning to Sport Sustainably Post-Covid”. The seminar is taking place on Wednesday 7 July, between midday and 1.30pm.

The event, which is being held in conjunction with BASIS (the British Association for Sustainable Sport), aims to bring together practitioners and academics working in sport & sustainability, to discuss key issues and best practice as we emerge from lockdown.

The seminar is an excellent opportunity for BU staff to engage with those working in industry, in one of BU’s Strategic Investment Areas – Sustainability.


12.00   Introduction: Sport and Sustainability Research – Raf Nicholson (Bournemouth University)

12.10   Building Back Better: The BASIS White Paper – Russell Seymour (CEO of BASIS)

12.25   Strategies to Ensure the Sustainability of Women’s Sport – Beth Clarkson (University of Portsmouth)

12.40   Returning to Action – Leigh Thompson (Head of Policy, Sport and Recreation Alliance)

12.55   Roundtable Discussion: Returning to Sport Sustainably Post-Covid


The Zoom link for the seminar is here:


For any queries, contact Dr Raf Nicholson –

New obstetrics publication by PhD student Sulochana Dhakal Rai

Congratulations to Mrs. Sulochana Dhakal Rai on the publication today of her PhD article ‘Classification of Caesarean Section: A Scoping Review of the Robson classification‘ in the Nepal Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology [1].  Sulochana’s PhD project in the Centre of Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health (CMMPH) is supervised by Dr. Pramod Regmi, Dr. Juliet Wood and Prof. Edwin van  Teijlingen at BU and she is supported in Nepal by Prof. Ganesh Dangal [Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Kathmandu Model Hospital] and senior obstetrician Dr. Keshar Bahadur Dhakal [Karnali Province Hospital, Nepal].  Sulochana has already published two earlier papers from her PhD thesis research [2-3].




  1. Rai SD, van Teijlingen E, Regmi P, Wood J, Dangal G, Dhakal KB. (2021) Classification of Caesarean Section: A Scoping Review of the Robson classification. Nep J Obstet Gynecol. 16(32):2-9.
  2. Dhakal-Rai, S., Regmi, PR, van Teijlingen, E, Wood, J., Dangal G, Dhakal, KB. (2018) Rising Rate of Caesarean Section in Urban Nepal, Journal of Nepal Health Research Council 16(41): 479-80.
  3. Dhakal Rai, S., Poobalan, A., Jan, R., Bogren, M., Wood, J., Dangal, G., Regmi, P., van Teijlingen, E., Dhakal, K.B., Badar, S.J., Shahid, F. (2019) Caesarean Section rates in South Asian cities: Can midwifery help stem the rise? Journal of Asian Midwives6(2):4–22.

Congratulations to Sara Stride

Congratulations to Sara Stride and her PhD supervisors on the publication of ‘Identifying the factors that influence midwives’ perineal practice at the time of birth in the United Kingdom’ in the international journal Midwifery [1].  The Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injuries (OASI) Care Bundle is designed to reduce the incidence of obstetric anal sphincter injuries. However, introducing behavioural change requires an understanding of current practice. This national study aims to establish midwives practice at the time of birth, and the factors that influence this.  The paper concludes that there has been a growth in the number of midwives using “hands on” at the time of birth but midwives feel that they require additional training in regards to identifying an OASI. The study should be repeated following the roll out of the OASI care bundle, to identify its impact on midwives’ perineal practice.  This nation-wide study identified the need for improvements in the recognition of OASI by midwives, and in future repeating the study would identify whether the OASI care bundle has influenced midwives’ practice.

Well done!

Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen




  1. Stride, S.L., Hundley, V.A., Way, S., Sheppard, Z.A. (2021) Identifying the factors that influence midwives’ perineal practice at the time of birth in the United Kingdom, Midwifery, 103077

Congratulations to Debora Almeida in FHSS

Congratulations to Debbie Almeida (in the Department of Midwifery & Health Sciences) who had another article published last month.  This latest academic article “Dominant versus non-dominant hand during simulated infant CPR using the two-finger technique: a randomised study” appeared in Resuscitation Plus [1].  Debbie’s BU co-authors are Carol Clark, Ursula Rolfe and Jon Williams.


  1. Gugelmin-Almeida, D., Clark, C., Rolfe, U., Jones, M., Williams, J, (2021) Dominant versus non-dominant hand during simulated infant CPR using the two-finger technique: a randomised study, Resuscitation Plus, 7:

Research staff ‘virtual writing workshop’ 29 June 13.30-16.30pm

This is a reminder about our ‘Virtual Writing Workshop’ on 29 June 13.30 – 16.30pm. We will have 2 blocks of writing (just over an hour each and then a break in the middle to get a coffee and chat to other researchers if you wish). If you can’t make 13.30 you can join a bit later – no worries.

This is for anyone (PhD student, academic, full time researcher) who wants to/needs to write and would like to do that in the company of colleagues from across the university.

Please come prepared with something you are working on. We recommend turning off email notifications and anything else that could distract to help us get the most out of the time – but your decision – it’s your time!

Please click this Zoom link to join us.

Kind regards, BU Research Staff Association

Announcements: Clinical Research | Broadcasting | Body Image | Decarbonising Transport | NHS

Today’s announcements:

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has made an announcement on the £64 million funding provided to strengthen clinical research delivery


Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden has made an announcement on plans for a new broadcasting white paper


The House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee has published a report on the government response to the Women and Equalities Select Committee Report; ‘Changing the perfect picture: an inquiry into body image’


The Institute for Public Policy Research has published a report on decarbonising UK transport


NHS Providers has published a survey on pressure on the NHS

“Multi stakeholders views on the COVID 19 crisis facing the global textile and clothing industry: Possible ways ahead”

This workshop will be held on the 30 June 2021, from 10:00 am to 12:10 pm
if you would like to join, please contact  Kaouther Kooli  on 


The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent worldwide restriction measures engendered deep economic, social, political and cultural crises that have shaped organizations’ actions and individuals’ behaviour. The textile and clothing industry, like many industries, has been severely hit by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, which has challenged the fragility of the clothing supply chain. Garment factories in Bangladesh, Yangon, Myanmar in Tunisia, Egypt, Madagascar and Morocco well as many fashion and apparel retailers have been forced to shut, leading to the layoff of millions of workers.
Governmental restrictions, especially retail closures, also affected consumer demand for nonessential products and services, including fashion products. The fashion industry is also challenged by rising consumer environmental awareness, resulting in flight shaming and shunning plastic and making front fashion’s heavy environmental footprint front page news.
The disruption in the clothing and textile industry demands urgent and serious transformations. This workshop invites key stakeholders in the industry to discuss the impact of the COVID 19 crisis facing the industry and to suggest possible ways ahead. It aims to create a code of conduct and industry monitoring body as well as governance guidelines for practitioners on how to best manages the Covid-19 crisis, identify potential responsibilities and roles. A team will monitor the discussion and summarize at the end the key points.
A paper will be published in practitioner magazine : B2B Marketing magazine, the Bottom line (TBC)
A practitioner paper will be published in the Journal of Business to Business Marketing (Confirmed) authors not confirmed.

10.00-10.05 Dr Kaouther Kooli to open the event, introduce the issues, implications and the expected outcomes from the session
The practitioner session aims to identify key challenges and their challenges facing the industry during the Covid-19 crisis, what has been learned from this for business forecasting, responsibilities, accountabilities, environmental crisis.

10.05-10.15 Speaker 2 Dr Lilia Naas, Speaker 21 Lilia Naas, Chief Office for Arab States, International Trade Centre (UN), Economic Commission of Africa (TBC): the impact of Covid- 19 on (the Arab region/global) trade and ways to ensure good and bold recovery.
10.15- 10.25 Speaker 1 Dr Matthias Knappe, Programme Manager, GTEX
10.25- 10.35 Dr Yvette Ashby, Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide, PCIAW, UK.
10.35- 11.25 Covid 19 Impact: shared experiences from VanLaack Group, Sartex Group, VTL Group, FTTH, Ortho Group

Q&A 30 Minutes

11.55- 12.05 Speaker 5 Professor Merlin Stone : Managing mega-risks – the role of marketing, Merlin Stone, Principal, Merlin Stone Consulting and Visiting Professor, St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London, UK and the University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK.
12.05- 12.10 Speaker 6, Dr Kaouther Kooli and Dr Nizar Aata, The impact of Covid-19 pandemic on sustainability practices in the textile and clothing industry.

Q& A

• Professor Merlin Stone, Portsmouth University, St Mary University, UK
• Professor Len Tiu Wright, De Montfort University, UK
• Professor Hamida Skandrani, the University of Manouba, Tunisia
• Professor Salma Damak, The University of Carthage, Tunisia
• Dr Nektarios Tzempelikos, Anglia Ruskin University, UK
• Dr Cherifa Lakhoua, The University of Carthage, Tunisia
• Dr Ediz Akcay, Bournemouth University, UK
• Sid Gosh, Bournemouth University, UK

• Lilia Naas, International Trade Centre (UN), Economic Commission of Africa (TBC)
• Matthias Knappe, Programme Manager, GTEX
• Mounir Zarrad (Commercial Director), Rashid Zarrad ( PR Director), Malek Zaguia (Marketing Communication Manager), SARTEX Group,
• Nacer Bouyahia, national coordinator of GTEX MENATEX Tunisia Project
• Nizar Ata, AYLAN Consulting.
• Rym Jlassi, Chair of the Tunisian Federation of Textile and Clothing Industry
• Ghazi El Bich, VanLaack, Tunisia
• (Others to be suggested)

Devnath A., 2020.European Retailers Scrap $1.5 Billion of Bangladesh Orders. Blomberg Reports, available at, accessed on 15 April 2021.
International Trade Centre 2020. Impact of COVID-19 on T&C: Egypt, Madagascar, Morocco and Tunisia. Available at, accessed the 15 April 2021.
Fashion Revolution, 2020. The impact of COVID-19 on the people who make our clothes
By Fashion Revolution. Available at, accessed the 15 April 2021.
Labour Behind the Label 2020. Brands must urgently take steps to minimise impact of the coronavirus on garment workers’ health and livelihoods. Available at, accessed 15 April 2021.
Majumdar, A., Shaw, M. and Sinha, S.K., 2020. COVID-19 debunks the myth of socially sustainable supply chain: A case of the clothing industry in South Asian countries. Sustainable Production and Consumption, 24, pp.150-155.
The times, 2021. “Why fast fashion could be set for go-slow” available at ( accessed 15 April 2021.
Zhao, L. and Kim, K., 2021. Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Practices and Strategies of the Global Clothing and Textile Value Chain. Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, 39(2), pp.157-172.

Mothering, studying and isolating: A mature student’s experience of studying during the Covid-19 pandemic

Archaeology and mothering, image by Marion Fayolle

A guest post by outgoing BSc Anthropology student Natalie Campbell.

While mature students may make up a minority of the student cohort our numbers are not insignificant. There can be advantages to returning to academia later in life. We may bring significant life and work experiences with us and often the driving forces behind our pursuit of education make for dedicated students. However, while we may not be leaving home for the first time and learning to stand on our own feet, we often have to contend with a weight of responsibility not experienced by your average school leaver. Many mature students have careers, homes and families to support requiring a constant juggling act of time and priorities. To me, this juggling act has never been more apparent than throughout the Covid-19 global pandemic.

I myself am a 3rd year undergraduate student studying BSc Anthropology. I am in my 30’s and have three children. As with many undergraduate degrees my final year has been dominated by my dissertation where I explored mothering in prehistory.

The following excerpt is the evaluative supplement of this dissertation where I reflect on the parallels between my research and my experience as a student and mother during lockdown.

I cannot reflect on this paper without first acknowledging the extraordinary circumstances in which it was written. The global pandemic has deeply impacted each and every one of us and encroached into every aspect of our lives for the past year. I cannot fail to see the irony of attempting to complete a dissertation exploring motherhood experiences while I myself, like millions of mothers around the world, was attempting to navigate a new motherhood experience of juggling childcare and home-schooling while working in lockdown. I am not ashamed to admit that during this time I experienced levels of stress I have never known before. However, the experience has taught me valuable lessons both academically and as a mother in patience, prioritising, flexibility, organisation and time management.

Throughout the entire process from researching to writing I was compelled to make considerations and accommodations for my children and other responsibilities. Whether that meant being mother by day and student by night or reading articles with a 4-year-old perched on my knee while watching more TV than is considered healthy. Reflecting on this has given me a deeper insight into how women’s lives are impacted by motherhood and how much of the mothering experience is about evaluating the situations put before us and putting considerations for our children at the heart of our response.

It is my hope that this insight was carried through into my research project, and that I was able to successfully demonstrate that mothering cannot be reduced to those large events such as childbirth and weaning, that are often the subject of anthropological and archaeological research. Much of mothering is in the small moments of care and consideration that take place every day, which may seem on the surface as invisible not only today but also in the archaeological record. However, by taking a more holistic approach we may be able to scratch the surface and see small traces of mothering in unexpected places such as the diet of a sick child or the positioning of bodies in graves.

While formulating a methodology for my project I struggled to compile a scientific framework that could present these intangible aspects of mothering in context, without losing the personal human experience aspect of mothering. When I was introduced to the concept of a fictive osteobiographical narrative I recognised its potential to represent scientific data in an accessible way. This was important to me as I was keen not to weigh motherhood down with academia to the extent that the human experience is lost. This is a fine line to tread while researching and writing for academic purposes. While some may consider a fictive narrative beyond the scope of academia, I believe it serves as a necessary reminder that behind the data, hypothesise and science are the real people who lived conscious, messy, complicated lives.

At the very beginning of this project, I was advised to choose an area I was truly interested in, otherwise I would be thoroughly tired of the subject by the end. When I first read the case study of the multiple burial at Monkton-Up-Wimborne I was instantly struck with a sense of empathy, not for any specific suffering or hardships they might have faced in life but as one mother to another recognising the extra mental load that comes when factoring children into every aspect of our lives. I remember remarking that I could barely get my children to school without some level of stress yet alone repeatedly escort them to the Mendips and back on foot! In contemporary Britain such an undertaking would require immense planning and consideration and I felt compelled to know if the same were true of Neolithic Britain.

I was to learn through my research that this line of thinking has the potential to create a bias in how we perceive the movement of women in past sedentary societies, where outdated assumptions that women only moved for marriage have prevailed. More research into the motivations behind female mobility is clearly necessary.

Further areas identified throughout this study for future research involve the visually identifiable impact of mothering on skeletal remains, including physical markers of carrying children and whether the higher levels of stress identified in Neolithic women was purely due to pregnancies or if the exertions of mothering had an impact too.

Finally, while this undertaking has been one of the hardest challenges I have faced, I can honestly say it was worth every moment of stress experienced. I entered this degree with the intention of improving my potential in order to support my family, but along the way I have discovered a passion for research which moving forward I would love to foster and develop.

UK-Egypt Welfare, Impact, Society and Economy (WISE) Project.

Health Technology Assessment & Value Dossier Workshop Hybrid Meeting

At the request of the Egypt Supreme Council of University Hospitals, a two-day training in Health Technology Assessment (HTA), was introduced and led by Professor Samar Farid, Cairo University and several members of the Welfare, Impact, Society and Economy (WISE) team for pharmacy directors and HTA coordinators from Egyptian University Hospitals.

The event went very well and one attendee described it as the best Health Technology Assessment training she had attended.

Thursday 8th April 2021. Face-to-face training was provided for thirty-eight pharmacists, and an additional twenty-five to thirty-two participated via Zoom.

Friday 9th April 2021. Included twenty-nine face-to-face attendees and approximately twenty-five participating online. Day 2 ended with a workshop relating to the Value Dossier that will become a mandatory document to be submitted to the Egyptian Authority for United Procurement, Medical Supply and Management of Medical Technology (UPA).

The WISE team members presenting were:

Day 1 Prof Samar Farid Introduction to Health Technology Assessment   Measuring and Valuing Health Related Quality of Life
Dr Marwa El Hennawy

Dr Hend Maamoun

Introduction to Economic Evaluation


Dr Ahmed Kamel Decision Making in Healthcare
Dr Sahar Atef The Egyptian EQ-5D-5L Valuation Study
Day 2 Prof Samar Farid Value Dossier Contents Parts 1 & 2

Evaluating a Value Dossier

Prof Samar Farid

Dr Sandra Nael

Dr Mona Sobhy


Value Dossier Workshop







Research Staff Coffee Break – The Place To Be!

On Thursday 27 May, we held our first Research Staff Coffee Break. We welcomed researchers* from across BU (virtually!) for an informal catch-up session over cups of tea and coffee.

(*This is a very loose term – everyone is welcome, whether research is the majority of your role or a tiny part!)

We began by introducing the BU Research Staff Association (RSA), who organised the event. The RSA is an association run by BU researchers from all faculties who want to make BU a great place to work and do research. We aim to ensure that researchers are supported to realise their full potential and to develop and produce research of the highest quality. We are a friendly group who want to make sure we support and represent BU researchers in the best way we can.

At the start of the session we raised 2 questions for discussion:

  1. Is there anything you have struggled with as a researcher during Covid?
  2. Is there anything the RSA could do that is useful for you as a researcher?

These were just to get us started – in the course of the Coffee Break we covered subjects ranging from the pros & cons of working from home during Covid, to tips on how to run a virtual conference.

We also talked about possible future sessions which the RSA might run, including sessions on Writing Grant Bids and on Applying for Pay Progression.

It was lovely to see everyone’s faces, get to know people a bit better, and take some time away from meetings / marking to talk about some of the issues we are struggling with – as well as share things which are going well.

Our next Research Staff Coffee Break will be on Thursday 10 June at 3-4pm, via Zoom.

During the Coffee Break, we’ll chat about Recovering From Covid Disruption As A Researcher. We’d love to see you there!

As the RSA, we want to run events which are of most interest to researchers at BU. If you have 5 minutes to spare, it would be great if you could fill out our survey so that we can make sure the RSA is putting on events which you would find useful – please find the link here (it should only take 5 minutes to complete):

Finally, if you did want to contact any of your RSA reps to discuss any issues confidentially, our contact details are below:

University Research Staff Reps:  

Michelle Heward

Ashok Patnaik

Faculty of Health & Social Science:

Preeti Mahato

Rachel Arnold

BU Business School:

Rafaelle Nicholson

Ashok Patnaik

Faculty of Media & Communications:

Oliver Gingrich

Ethzaz Chaudhry

Faculty of Science & Technology:

Kimberley Davies

International Confederation of Midwives online conference started today

The ICM (International Confederation of Midwives) planned its tri-annual conference for 2020.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this conference was postponed and this year summer it is being held online.  BU’s Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health (CMMPH) has a number of great contributions, starting with today’s Symposium ‘Birth by Design 20 years on- a sociological lens on midwifery in the year of the midwife’.

The following sessions, to which CMMPH academic have contributed, are ones to look forward to over the next month:

  • Uniting the voice of midwifery education in the United Kingdom: the evolution and impact of the role of the Lead Midwife for Education (S. Way & N. Clark)
  • Students’ experience of “hands off/hands on” support for breastfeeding in clinical practice (A. Taylor, G. Bennetts & C. Angell)
  • Changing the narrative around childbirth: whose responsibility is it? (V. Hundley, A. Luce, E. van Teijlingen & S. Edlund)
  • The social/medical of maternity care AND you (E. van Teijlingen)
  • Developing an evidence-based toolkit to support practice assessment in midwifery (M. Fisher, H. Bower, S. Chenery Morris, F. Galloway, J. Jackson & S. Way)
  • Are student midwives equipped to support normal birth? (J. Wood & J. Fry)


Research staff coffee break 10th June

A warm ‘hello!’ from your Research Staff Association (RSA) reps. Following the success of the first ‘Research Staff Coffee Breaks’, we are inviting all research staff to the second one on 10th June at 3-4pm.

The details for the coffee breaks are included below including the zoom links and log in details.

Please join us for this session – there’s no need to RSVP!

Unfortunately, we don’t have resources to send out coffee and cake but hopefully you can find something nice and can join us at some or all our breaks. We are looking into more formal provision of space and food and drink for when we are able to meet on campus but until then, we’re looking forward to meeting you virtually soon.

Best wishes

The Research Staff Association Team

FMC Research process seminar – all staff welcome. Thinking about epistemology. Tues 1 June at 2pm

In the last research process seminar of the academic year, we are delighted to welcome Dr Richard Thomas (Swansea University), who will present the thinking behind his epistemological approach, and challenge us to think about our own research philosophy.

All of us adopt a philosophical position in relation to knowledge in our work – even if we rarely give it any attention. Today we give it the attention it deserves, and in an accessible and friendly atmosphere.

All welcome. Hope to see you there. Details below:


Thinking about epistemology – by Richard Thomas at Swansea University. 2pm on Tuesday 1st June
This sort of philosophical thinking is often bypassed as we all dive into our research. But still worth pondering, I think. We will all find some particular approaches to our work are more suitable than others, and more suited to us as people and researchers. This talk sketches out a critical realist approach where we find out what the media does, how it does it, but most important of all – WHY they do it that way. Suitable for researchers, teachers and students.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 899 5640 3486
Passcode: 6#tSV+*y


Professor Dimitrios Buhalis contributes to United Nations World Tourism Organisation Accessibility and Inclusive Tourism Development in Nature Areas – Compendium of Best Practices

Just Published United Nations World Tourism Organisation
Accessibility and Inclusive Tourism Development in Nature Areas – Compendium of Best Practices
Professors Simon Darcy and Dimitrios Buhalis have concluded the Compendium.
You can download the document from

DWP In-House Research Unit – Academic Secondment

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is inviting applications from mid-career to senior researchers to join its newly formed In-House Research Unit on an academic secondment for 18 months.

This is a unique opportunity for academics to work in a government research service. The In-House Research Unit provides a full service model, designing and carrying out qualitative research across a range of populations. Successful candidates will collaborate with a range of internal customers and use the latest technical, methodological and analytical approaches to provide robust evidence to support decision-making in policy and operational development. They welcome applications from experts across a broad range of fields, who have expertise in qualitative research methods. They will be recruiting for up to 5 positions. For more information contact the BU policy team ( who have the candidate and application packs or email

The deadline for application is 18 June. 

Diverse policy voices – 9 June

Diverse policy voices – An online event exploring professional support staff and technicians’ engagement with policy initiatives across UK higher education.

9 June 2021, 12:30-13:30, online – register here

Shift Learning and the Newcastle University Policy Academy Alumni and collaborators explore the experiences of policy engagement among staff working in Higher Education and allied industries. This research is co-designed with sector stakeholders and the results will inform sector-wide actions. The report and findings will be launched at an online event exploring professional support staff and technicians’ engagement with policy initiatives across UK higher education.

Agenda and more information about the project and the launch event here