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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.
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Meeting ID: 899 5640 3486
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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

Research staff coffee breaks

A warm ‘hello!’ from your Research Staff Association (RSA) reps. We hope that this email finds you well and that you have been managing to cope with all the changes over the last year.

We are contacting all the research staff across the university to invite you all to our virtual (for the moment) ‘Research Staff Coffee Breaks’, starting on 27th May at 10-11am and continuing throughout the summer.

Due to the many challenges we have encountered over the last year and a general consensus among the members of the RSA that we would like to do more to support the research staff we represent, we are working to develop the RSA to help make BU a great place for researchers to work and progress in their careers. We want to offer peer support, accurate representation and opportunities to get to know other research staff across the university. To do this though, we need to connect with the members of the BU community who we represent (you!) and find out first-hand what the important issues, concerns and aspirations are.

As an initial means of introducing ourselves and meeting you we have set up a number of coffee breaks as an informal space to connect and take a break from work. Whilst we are still working from home these will be held on zoom. The details for the coffee breaks are included below including the zoom links and log in details. If you cannot make any of these meetings but would like to introduce yourself, raise an issue or simply ask a question please don’t hesitate to get in touch via email.

Zoom links:
Coffee Break 1 – 27th May 10-11am –
Coffee Break 2 – 10th June 3-4pm –

Please join us for one or both of these – 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

Dr Sean Beer from the Business School gives guest lecture to staff at Amazon

Further to an article in the Conversation Dr Sean Beer from the business school was recently invited to give a guest lecture to staff at Amazon on the subject of, “Why we eat and drink what we eat and drink” and touched on a wide-ranging of issues, including the positive and negative effects of globalisation on the food supply chain and global gastronomy.

In 2019 Sean published an article in The Conversation about food and sustainability, with particular reference to what a seasonal diet might look like in the UK. Subsequently the article was picked up by other news outlets and also published in the French version of The Conversation.

This led to the invitation from Amazon. It was an extremely interesting group of people to speak to. The audience was highly engaged, with many questions at the end of the presentation. In order to draw his conclusions Sean focused on the British cream tea; a classic example of fusion cuisine and a very good place to finish.

Two education chapters published by BU academics

This week saw saw the publication of two book chapters on very different aspects of university education.  First, Prof. Debbie Holley, Dr. Ben Goldsmith and Dr. David Fevyer co-authored ‘Inspiring Learning through Technologies’.   This is chapter 5 in the newly published second edition of the textbook Enhancing Teaching Practice in Higher Education published by SAGE [1].

And just a three days ago Emerald Publishing published a chapter on external examining in The Role of External Examining in Higher Education: Challenges and Best Practices.  The chapter ‘Acting as External Examiners in the UK: Going Beyond Quality Assurance’ [2] is co-authored by Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen in the Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health (CMMPH) and FHSS Visiting Facutly Prof. Padam Simkhada (University of Huddersfield) and Dr. Amudha Poobalan (University of Aberdeen).



  1. Holley, D., Goldsmith, B., Fevyer, D. (2021) Inspiring Learning through Technologies, In: Pokorny, H., Warren, D. (eds.) Enhancing Teaching Practice in Higher Education (2nd edn), London: SAGE: pp. 107-134.
  2. Poobalan, A.Simkhada, P. and van Teijlingen, E. (2021) Acting as External Examiners in the UK: Going Beyond Quality Assurance, In: Sengupta, E.Blessinger, P.Ssemwanga, A. and Cozza, B. (eds.) The Role of External Examining in Higher Education: Challenges and Best Practices (Innovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning, Vol. 38), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 13-23.


The secrets of PhD Probationary Review

As a PhD supervisor, I feel there is an obvious need to use a range of strategies to enable PhD students to develop their skills. While regular meetings with a supervisor go some way towards this goal, we should not underestimate the positive impact of Probationary Review that provides PhD/MRes students (and supervisors) with an independent assessment of how well they are progressing with their research study and plan, and highlighting any potential areas for development at an early stage so they can be addressed. Having been involved in a few Probationary Review panels in the past, I would like to share some of my experience as a PG supervisor at the Department of Psychology.

Probationary Review is a quite stressful event from a student’s perspective, especially for international students with previous experience in educational systems outside the UK. No matter what we do to demystify the probationary review process, they are worried and stressed, defeating the whole purpose of the review. And in this situation, the atmosphere created by the Probationary Review panel is crucial in establishing an effective and productive reviewing process. Professor Changhong Liu, who has been leading the Probationary review Faculty Panel for several years, knows the secrets of how to turn this process into a professionally specific learning environment that benefits both the students and supervisors.

One of these “secrets” is encouraging an open dialogue at the start of the review. The students do not feel that they have been put on the spot and evaluated. This approach fosters a feeling that Probationary Review provides positive opportunities, and the “fear factor” associated with being reviewed is greatly reduced because the students become more comfortable with the review process.

The second “secret” is that Chang is always interested in “whole-person” development – beyond and outside of the study skill-set, focusing, therefore, on helping the ‘whole-person’ to grow and attain fulfillment. On reflection, this is an excellent approach to encourage the students to think about factors relating to emotional maturity, self-esteem, relationships, self-awareness, understanding others, commitment, enthusiasm, and resourcefulness. In my personal experience, students’ natural talents and passions often contain significant overlaps with the attributes, behaviours, and maturity required for successfully completing their PhD.

The third “secret” is a genuine interest in students’ work. After their Probationary Review, some students commented that Chang knows their work in great details (this is a good learning point for me as a supervisor!). Obviously, a good knowledge of student work is necessary for the overall evaluation of their progress. Still, the most considerable advantages accrue when the details (e.g., objectives, rationale, working hypotheses, methodological approaches) help the students realise their potential. Gemma Lovett, a current PhD student at the Department of Psychology, said, “The advantages of a fresh perspective on our research are often overlooked. I found my probationary review extremely beneficial, it was a great opportunity to utilise the vast depth in knowledge and experience from other professionals at Bournemouth University. Chang offered many valuable insights and constructive criticisms, which consequently helped me to think differently about my research and inspired many improvements”.

New international midwifery paper

Today the editor of the European Journal of Midwifery emailed to announce the acceptance of the paper ‘Slovenian midwifery professionalisation: Perception of midwives and related health professions’ [1].   The first author from Slovenia, Dr. Polona Mivšek, has a long working relationship with BU’s Prof. Vanora Hundley (Professor of Midwifery) in the Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health (CMMPH).  The paper is the result of an international collaboration between the University of Ljubljana and Bournemouth University as well as an interdisciplinary collaboration between midwifery and sociology.




  1. Mivšek, A.P., Hundley, V., van Teijlingen, E., Pahor, M., Hlebec, V. (2021) Slovenian midwifery professionalisation: Perception of midwives and related health professions, European Journal of Midwifery (forthcoming)

SPEED Project – The World Port Sustainability Awards

The SPEED (Smart Ports Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development) project team is very honoured to have been shortlisted for the 2021 IAPH Sustainability Awards by The World Ports Sustainability Program ( in the category ‘Resilient Digital Infrastructure’. IAPH (The International Association of Ports and Harbours) ( was formed in 1955 and over the last sixty years has grown into a global alliance representing over 180 members ports and 140 port related businesses in 90 countries.

The SPEED open innovation portal maintained by BU (, the commitment to collective ecosystem growth, the strong international consortium, and the focus on value creation for the smart port community have probably helped to being nominated and shortlisted. This is a big success achieved by the SPEED project partners’ hard work and creative efforts. SPEED is part of the European Interreg 2 Seas program and aims to empower a cross-border community of port authorities, port stakeholders, ambitious data science and IoT entrepreneurs and knowledge centres to become the world leading innovation hub for smart port application development.

We would like to thank you for your support.

BU SPEED Team: Professor Reza Sahandi, Dr Deniz Cetinkaya, Dr Gernot Liebchen, Mrs Shabnam Kazemi and Aikaterini Kakaounaki

BU academic indexes more than 2,500 articles to make them available online.

For the past 15 years Dr Sean Beer has been working with a conservation charity called the Exmoor Society. Since the society was founded in the late 1950s there have been 61 editions of the Society’s journal, the Exmoor Review, containing some 2,659 articles. These articles, written by local people, academics, and policy makers,  represent a unique resource examining the social, economic, and environmental history of Exmoor from the geological past, to the present day and into the future.

The review is available online, however, only as unsearchable PDF files. The index will allow those who are interested to search for information which they can then look up in the appropriate edition of the journal. A future project will be to fully digitize the content.

The society was originally formed to protect the uplands of Exmoor from afforestation (the right tree is great in the right place – current policymakers please take note!).  Exmoor, in the south-west of England, was made a National Park in 1954 and is famous not only for its landscape, and the richness of its natural environment and history, but also for its many literary connections as exemplified by the work of RD Blackmore, Henry Williamson, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth.

Sean will be updating the index on a yearly basis and intends to continue his work with the society, particularly with regard to developing research projects relating to the area and its social, economic, and environmental future.

Orientation on migration health and research

Academics from Bournemouth University successfully conducted a three-day orientation programme (two hours a day on May 12, 14, and 17) on research methods and health issues of Nepali migrants, particularly related to the emerging issue of sudden cardiac death. BU academics Dr Pramod Regmi and Dr Nirmal Aryal (both from the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences) led the orientation events online. Ten Nepali migrant leaders, researchers and activists from Nepal, Malaysia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates participated in this research capacity-building event.

This orientation programme was originally designed for Malaysia-based research team members for BU Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) project ‘Investigating Sudden Cardiac Death of Nepali labour migrants in Malaysia’ (PI: Prof Edwin van Teijlingen). However, to be inclusive the project team also invited migrant leaders and activists from Nepal and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, since they also need to increase the awareness and capacity on migration health issues and basic research concepts.

Two not-for-profit migrant-related organisations, Pravasi Nepali Co-ordination Committee (PNCC), Nepal and North-South Initiative (NSI) Malaysia collaborated for this event. PNCC is one of the leading migrant-related organisations in Nepal; however it is actively working in the countries of Gulf and Malaysia as well. NSI is a collaborator of BU for sudden cardiac death project in Malaysia and actively engaged in advocacy, program, and research for the welfare of migrants and refugees.

For the past few years, BU’s academics (Aryal, Regmi, Mahato, van Teijlingen) have published many papers [1-19] around the health and wellbeing of Nepali migrant workers. Several of these papers have been co-authored by FHSS Visiting Faculty (Bibha Simkhada, Pratik Adhikary, Padam Simkhada). GCRF also funded the recently launched ‘Health Research Network for Migrant Workers in Asia’ (PI Dr Regmi). This research network ( fosters collaboration within academics of South Asia and South East Asia, the GCC countries, and Malaysia, and between academic and non-academic institutions and people to identify, understand and help address health problems, behaviours and related issues of migrant workers.


  1. Adhikary, P., Aryal, N., Dhungana, R.R., KC, R.K., Regmi, P.R., Wickramage, K.P., Duigan, P., Inkochasan, M., Sharma, G.N., Devkota, B., van Teijlingen, E., Simkhada, P. (2020) Accessing health services in India: experiences of seasonal migrants returning to Nepal. BMC Health Services Research 20, 992.
  2. IOM [International Organization for Migration]. (2019) Health vulnerabilities of cross-border migrants from Nepal. Kathmandu: International Organization for Migration.
  3. Aryal, N., Regmi, P.R., van Teijlingen, E., Trenoweth, S., Adhikary, P., Simkhada, P. (2020) The Impact of Spousal Migration on the Mental Health of Nepali Women: A Cross-Sectional Study, International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health 17(4), 1292;
  4. Regmi, P., Aryal, N., van Teijlingen, E., Adhikary, P. (2020) Nepali migrant workers and the need for pre-departure training on mental health: a qualitative study, Journal of Immigrant & Minority Health 22, 973–981.
  5. Adhikary, P. van Teijlingen, E. (2020) Support networks in the Middle East & Malaysia: A qualitative study of Nepali returnee migrants’ experiences, International Journal of Occupational Safety & Health (IJOSH), 9(2): 31-35.
  6. Simkhada, B., Sah, R.K., Mercel-Sanca, A., van Teijlingen, E., Bhurtyal, Y.M., Regmi, P. (2020) Health and Wellbeing of the Nepali population in the UK: Perceptions and experiences of health and social care utilisation, Journal of Immigrant & Minority Health 23(1): 298–307.
  7. Regmi, P., van Teijlingen, E., Mahato, P., Aryal, N., Jadhav, N., Simkhada, P., Syed Zahiruddin, Q., Gaidhane, A., (2019) The health of Nepali migrants in India: A qualitative study of lifestyles and risks, Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health 16(19), 3655; doi:10.3390/ijerph16193655.
  8. Dhungana, R.R., Aryal, N, Adhikary, P., KC, R., Regmi, P.R., Devkota, B., Sharma, G.N., Wickramage, K., van Teijlingen, E., Simkhada, P. (2019) Psychological morbidity in Nepali cross-border migrants in India: A community-based cross-sectional, BMC Public Health 19:1534
  9. Aryal, N., Regmi, P.R., van Teijlingen, E., Simkhada, P., Mahato, P. (2019) Adolescents left behind by migrant workers: a call for community-based mental health interventions in Nepal. WHO South East Asia Journal of Public Health 8(1): 38-41.
  10. Aryal, N., Regmi, P.R., Faller, E.M,, van Teijlingen, E., Khoon, C.C., Pereira, A., Simkhada, P. (2019) ‘Sudden cardiac death and kidney health related problems among Nepali migrant workers in Malaysia’ Nepal Journal of Epidemiology9(3): 755-758.
  11. Adhikary P, van Teijlingen E., Keen S. (2019) Workplace accidents among Nepali male workers in the Middle East and Malaysia: A qualitative study, Journal of Immigrant & Minority Health 21(5): 1115–1122.
  12. Simkhada, P.P., van Teijlingen, E.R., Gurung, M., Wasti, S. (2018) A survey of health problems of Nepalese female migrants workers in the Middle-East & Malaysia, BMC International Health & Human Rights 18(4): 1-7.
  13. Adhikary P, Sheppard, Z., Keen S., van Teijlingen E. (2018) Health and well-being of Nepalese migrant workers abroad, International Journal of Migration, Health & Social Care 14(1): 96-105.
  14. Adhikary, P, Sheppard, Z., Keen, S., van Teijlingen, E. (2017) Risky work: accidents among Nepalese migrant workers in Malaysia, Qatar & Saudi Arabia, Health Prospect 16(2): 3-10.
  15. Simkhada, P.P., Regmi, P.R., van Teijlingen, E., Aryal, N. (2017) Identifying the gaps in Nepalese migrant workers’ health and well-being: A review of the literature, Journal of Travel Medicine 24(4): 1-9.
  16. Aryal, N., Regmi, P.R., van Teijlingen, E.Simkhada, P., Adhikary, P., Bhatta, Y.K.D., Mann, S. (2016) Injury and Mortality in Young Nepalese Migrant Workers: A Call for Public Health Action. Asian-Pacific Journal of Public Health28(8): 703-705.
  17. Sapkota, T., Simkhada, P., van Teijlingen, E. (2014) Nepalese health workers’ migration to United Kingdom: A qualitative study. Health Science Journal 8(1):57-74.
  18. Adhikary P, Keen S., van Teijlingen E (2011). Health Issues among Nepalese migrant workers in the Middle East. Health Science Journal.5(3):169-i75 DOI: 2-s2.0-79960420128.
  19. Adhikary, P., Simkhada, P.P., van Teijlingen E., Raja, AE. (2008) Health & Lifestyle of Nepalese Migrants in the UK, BMC International Health & Human Rights 8(6). Web address:







New COVID-19 publication by BU academics

Congratulations to FHSS’s Prof. Jane Murphy and Victoria Lawrence on the publication of their study ‘A UK survey of nutritional care pathways for patients with COVID‐19 prior to and post‐hospital stay’ in the Journal of Human Nutrition & Dietetics [1].
This study examined the development of care pathways by UK dietitians to manage the post‐hospital nutritional care of patients following COVID‐19 infection and the evaluation of these pathways. Of the responses, 51% reported developing or adapting a pathway for COVID‐19 infection and 54% planned to undertake evaluation of their pathway. Despite challenges encountered, dietitians have responded rapidly and adapted to new ways of working.  The paper is Open Access and co-authored with colleagues from the University of Plymouth, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (in London), University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Glasgow & Clyde, and Imperial College London.


Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen



  1. Lawrence, V., Hickson, M., Weekes, C.E., Julian, A., Frost, G., Murphy, J. (2021) ‘A UK survey of nutritional care pathways for patients with COVID‐19 prior to and post‐hospital stayJournal of Human Nutrition & Dietetics [Online first 12 May 2021]