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Paper published on ‘living evidence’

The Nepal Journal of Epidemiology published today carries an article on so-called ‘living evidence’ as an on-going synthesis approach that provides up-to-date rigorous research evidence [1].  This short research methods paper argues that living evidence is particularly useful in rapidly expanding research domains, uncertain existing evidence, and incorporating new research evidence that may impact policy or practice, ensuring that health worker, managers and health-policy makers have access to the best, i.e. the most recent evidence.

The Nepal Journal of Epidemiology is an Open Access journal, and hence freely available to researchers across the globe.  The paper has been co-authored by researchers from the Denmark, Qatar, Mauritius and the UK.

 

Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen

Centre for Midwifery & Women’s Health (CMWH)

 

Reference:

  1. Sathian B., van Teijlingen E., do Nascimento I.J.B., Khatib M.N., Banerjee I., Simkhada P., Kabir R., Al Hamad H. (2023) Need for evidence synthesis for quality control of healthcare decision-making. Nepal Journal of Epidemiology 13(3):1288-1291.  DOI: 10.3126/nje.v13i3.61004

Enhancing Education for Sustainable Development in Higher Education: Notes from a British Council Project UK/Viet Nam Season 2023

“I will not eat for a month.” A student actually submitted the statement during the interactive ideation activity in University of Transport and Communications (UTC) Ho Chi Minh City campus. It might be mistakenly understood, wrongly translated from Vietnamese into English or we might be missing some context details. Still, this was a start to further understand of how Vietnamese students see their personal contribution to bigger and more impactful climate actions from around the world.

The statement was one of the 62 students’ ideas to tackle the impending climate change that were submitted as virtual exhibits during a session on Education for Sustainable Development: Tackling the Climate Crisis, held by UTC and Bournemouth University (BU) in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh last October. This ultimate event is part of British Council projects called the UK/Viet Nam Season 2023 that celebrate 50 years of UK and Viet Nam diplomatic relations and 30 years of British Council in Viet Nam. BU and UTC collaborated a project named Multimedia resources for climate action in higher education that aims to create a multi-media SDG13 – Climate Action module in English and Vietnamese to support a cross-sectorial community of practice and build institutional capacity for Education for Sustainable Development. The inspiration for this project came from the Climate and Ecological Crisis unit on Brightspace, created by Prof.Fiona Cownie and members of the BU Sustainability Academic Network Steering Group.

Drawing from primary research on both universities, we found key themes for teaching sustainability-related subject in higher education. Provoking critical thinking ability of Higher Education students necessitates interactivity, diversity, multiple senses, and gamification. Through the forum seminar event in UTC Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh campuses, we adopted the PRME’s Impactful Five (i5) learning method which includes Joyful, Socially interactive, Actively engaging, Meaningful, and Iterative.

There were four of 15-minutes activities and an hour game for students in UTC during the event.
First, introductory speech to the project and climate actions Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the project lead, Dr Milena Bobeva (BU Senior Principal Academic) and Dr Ngo Van Minh (UTC Deputy Director of International Cooperation and Development Studies). Second, inspiring personal journey takeaways by Dr Tuan Vu (BU Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance). Despite its classical format, the students felt it more meaningful as they related well with Tuan who delivered the speech in Vietnamese.

Third, a fast-paced Ignite presentation by Rama Permana (BU PGR in Sustainable Travel). Using eccentric images with few surprises, students found it joyful to follow compared to the usual-boring presentation format. A short competition was held for the third activity. Students were asked about climate actions in a Mentimeter quiz that was guided by Dr Tuan Vu. Whilst this activity requires active engagement from the students, the questions include repetitive climate action and SDGs knowledge that was previously discussed in the event. The iterative cycle on repeated themes was intentionally set for students to easily memorise the information.

Further, guided by Dr Milena Bobeva, the students were required to contribute to climate action ideas on a real-time Padlet. Through this interactive ideation activity, students were asked to post online either their individual or social climate action(s). The final hour activity was more socially interactive. We divided them into groups to solve climate change causal relationships card game in a Climate Fresk taster activity. Starting with a brainstorming session, students were actively engaged in ordering the cards correctly. This session was guided by

 

The student participants were highly satisfied with these activities in the post-event survey, representing the usefulness of those relatively new methods to higher education in Viet Nam. It also implies a successful knowledge exchange between BU and UTC. Our project partners also responded positively, asking for more information on the tools we have been using and confirming that they will try these activities in their own sessions.

We are now finalising a website as our project output, documenting the resources and the events for a wider community of practice interested in climate action for higher education. We do hope that our work on this project is just the beginning for embedding SDGs in Vietnamese Higher Education and that our partner will continue the climate action by raising awareness in other communities in the country.

Author: Rama Permana, Doctoral student at BUBS; Project and research assistant for The Season 2023 project; with small contributions from M.Bobeva

BU PhD student presents her research to national support group

Cathy Beresford, nurse and PhD student, was invited to speak with people affected by liver disease at a support group meeting run by LIVErNORTH: The Charity for Liver Patients on 22nd November. Cathy’s research is exploring care experiences in advanced liver disease, through the perspectives of people with lived experience, their carers and the professionals who work with them. Please get in touch for more information at cberesford@bournemouth.ac.uk. The presentation recording is available at

Presentation recording.

BU Sonic Arts concert featuring Jonty Harrison

You are warmly invited to the first BU Sonic Arts concert of 2023/24. Come and experience the magic of immersive, spatial music and sound!

We are delighted to welcome composer Jonty Harrsion, an inspirational and acclaimed figure in electroacoustic music. This is a rare opportunity to hear Harrison’s work projected on our multichannel loudspeaker system, here in Bournemouth University’s Screening Room, Poole Gateway Building, Talbot Campus. The programme will be a historical retrospective, charting his evolving compositional practice, moving from stereo to 8-channel, to extensive multichannel, and then to ambisonic sound. Jonty is Emeritus Professor of Composition and Electroacousitc Music at University of Birmingham.


http://www.electrocd.com/en/bio/harrison_jo/

Date: Thursday 7th December 2023
Time: 17:30-19:30
Location: Screening Room PG217, 2nd Floor, Poole Gateway Building, Talbot Campus
Admission is free but please book a ticket : https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bu-sonic-arts-concert-featuring-jonty-harrison-tickets-760552030597?aff=oddtdtcreator

Congratulations to BU sociology professors

Congratulations to Professors  Sara Ashencaen Crabtree and Jonathan Parker on the publication  of their book chapter ‘Social work with children and human rights’ in the edited collection Change Agents: An interprofessional book about children with disabilities in Tanzania and Norway [1]

The chapter explores human rights in social work with children, based on cases from several countries in the world. Human rights and social justice differ across countries and cultures. This is complicated further in respect of children who are dependent and as a result potentially vulnerable. This chapter discusses the balance between protection of the child versus allowing the child to be exposed to “risky” situations and develops a model for complex human rights social work with children.

The book also has a chapter by former BU staff member Prof. Sarah Hean, who is currently linked with the University of Stavanger in Norway.
Congratulations on this Open Access publication!
Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen

Reference:

Parker, J. &  Ashencaen Crabtree, S. (2023)  Social work with children and human rights, In: Change Agents: An interprofessional book about children with disabilities in Tanzania and Norway, Siv E. N. Sæbjørnsen, Mariana J. Makuu& Atle Ødegård (Editors),  Scandinavian University Press, pp.55-75. 

16 Days of Action Against Gender-Based Violence

(25th November 2023 – 10th December 2023)

The 16 days between 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and 10 December, Human Rights Day, are known as the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world (UNESCO).

This international campaign aims tackle domestic abuse and raise awareness. Domestic violence and abuse disproportionately impacts women and girls and marginalised communities, therefore, this campaign seeks to address such issues as equality.

Why are well telling you about this?

Apart from raising awareness of this campaign. The Soroptimists have hired a space in The Avenue in Bournemouth Town Centre and invited Dr Olanda Harvey and Dr Louise Oliver to show case some of Bournemouth University’s research focusing on Domestic Abuse but also to conduct research. The exhibition will be open until 30th Nov.

We have put up a Problem Tree and Solution Tree for members of the public to write their views on about Violence Against Women and Girls. The Problem and Solutions Trees are a useful approach for this type of research because it is a visual method, in which one tree looks at the current challenges faced and the other looks at what could be done.

The Bournemouth Arts College also have some really interesting and hard-hitting artwork on the theme of VAWG, and the public are being invited to vote for their favourite.

Finally, the Soroptimists are running other events this week, for more information follow this link.

If you are in Bournemouth over the next week, please do join in.

Where to find the event: Bournemouth Town Centre, upstairs in the arcade about the Works and HMV.

 

Take a tour of the newly refurbished Sir Michael Cobham Library

You’re invited to take a tour of our new student study spaces in the Sir Michael Cobham Library, following this summer’s refurbishment work. Students have been enjoying the fantastic new facilities this semester, which includes brand new group and individual study rooms and some really smart new collaborative furniture.

It’s been busier than ever in our libraries this academic year (certainly since pre-pandemic) and we’d love colleagues from across BU to see the facilities we offer to support our students’ independent learning. Whilst we still have our silent areas, you might be surprised at the buzzing and motivational atmosphere in many areas of the library!

Please do join us for a short 15-to-20-minute tour, meeting in front of the ground floor Helpdesk in The Sir Michael Cobham Library at the following times:

  • Thursday 30 November, 1.15pm
  • Friday 1 December, 1.15pm
  • Monday 4 December, 1.15pm
  • Tuesday 5 December, 1.15pm

If you’d like to take a tour but can’t make any of these times, please email librarysupport@bournemouth.ac.uk and the team will try to arrange a time that works for you.