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Reading, Wanting and Broken Economics – new vol. publication

Dr Simon Frost of BU Humanities and Law has just published his monograph Reading, Wanting and Broken Economics, by State University New York, 396 pages. It comprises an historical, cultural study of book retail as a criticism of how economics understands consumption, and specifically the consumption of symbolic goods, in the neo-classical economics model that the study believes otherwise to be ‘broken’. Its conclusion calls for consumption to be understood more broadly as a political economy, incorporating structures of race, class and gender.

Prof. John Frow, University of Sydney, wrote ” Through a gripping thick description of the networks of institutions, legislation, markets, booksellers and readers that make up the book trade in Southampton at the turn of the twentieth century, Simon Frost mounts a powerful challenge to two rather different orthodoxies: that of literary studies, with its prevailing distinctions between valued and disvalued texts and professional and lay reading practices, and that of neoclassical economics, with its reduction of socially grounded desires to individual calculations of utility maximization. This is the payoff of book history at its best: that it can come to terms with the complexities of the interlocking formation of economic and cultural value as it is played out in the rich particularity of a time and a place.”


HEE South West Good Practice Event

Clinical Placement Expansion and Capacity and the creation of innovative solutions to supporting learning during the Covid-19 pandemic were just some of the  themes at the HEE South West Good Practice Event that Emma Böckle & Lucy Stainer presented their work at this week. The virtual conference was a showcase of educational ideas that demonstrated innovations in training our current and future healthcare workforce across the South-West.

Their poster presentation compiled together with Amanda Watson and Desi Tait identified “The creation of a Virtual Locality Placement that enabled student nurses to achieve practice hours during the pandemic”.  A 5-minute presentation generated questions and discussion regarding the implementation of the locality placement within the programme and the positive practice learning students had identified from this experience.

The sharing of good practice throughout the day was thought provoking and encouraging in promoting the way forward for multi-professional learning and working across the region. Access to posters and recording are available up to 1 month after conference, and you can view on link below:


Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) 2021 – Deadline approaching

Have your say

Deadline approaching! This year’s Advance HE Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) will close in *ten days*

Don’t miss the chance to tell us about your experience at Bournemouth University by taking part in the Advance HE Postgraduate Research Experience Survey which closes on Monday 17 May 2021. We are keen to make sure our PGRs have the best possible experience while studying at Bournemouth University. To do this, we need to know what you think works well and what as a University we could do better.

As a thank you for taking part, we will be making a £1 donation for every survey completed to the student mental health wellbeing charity, Student Minds.

How do I take part?

PGRs received an email from the University on Monday 12 April 2021 containing a unique link which allows you to access and complete the survey. If you can’t find this email, contact and we’ll help you to get access.

What will I be asked?

The survey will take around 15 minutes to complete. Your response is confidential and any reporting will be entirely anonymous. The survey is your chance to tell us about your experience as a PGR at BU. It will ask you to share your views on supervision, resources, the research community, progress and assessment, skills and professional development, and wellbeing.

Why should I take part?

Your feedback is important. The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey is the only national survey of PGRs and so is the only way for us to compare how we are doing with other institutions and to make changes that will improve your experience in the future.

More information

If you would like to know more about the survey, please visit: PRES 2021

We hope you take the opportunity to get involved this year and help us make improvements to your experience.


Best wishes,

The Doctoral College


Dear all,

You maybe interested in my latest (hot of the press) open access publication on the English Youth Courts and sentencing communications (explanations) to young defendants (10-17)?  If so, please read on:

Article’s global significance:

Globally, judiciaries are moving towards enhanced sentencing transparency (clarity) with the increased publication of their sentencing explanations as written narratives or videos online. With this comes a global opportunity for them to engage with the public whom they serve and for academics to further explore comparative questions about judicial degrees of understanding, accountability, composition (equality) and legal (sentencing) processes.  To gain a snapshot from the British perspective, this paper qualitatively explores the English judicial approach towards their sentence explanations via their remarks made within the Magistrates’ Youth Court.

Article’s open access:

The online link to the article is:

FMC Research Process Seminars. Upcoming sessions – all staff and research students welcome

Hi colleagues,

For the last three and a half years, we have been running regular research seminars in the Faculty of Media and Communication. These are 60 min research seminars focussed on the process of doing research – particularly research methods but also including publishing, writing, time management etc. The idea here is that the speaker takes us through the anatomy of the project focussing particularly on the data collection and method – the challenges, the successes, and the failures. For the audience, we walk away with a practical application of a method we may not be familiar with or may not have applied in this way before.

The schedule until the start of June is below, with links to each seminar. Each will be led by an external speaker, who are leading experts in these methods.

If you would like to give a talk on an aspect of method or research process, then drop us a line

Dan Jackson and Sae Oshima, FMC


11 May at 2pm

Re-designing focus groups for inclusion – by Filippo Trevisan at American University, Washington, DC

Focus groups provide important opportunities for putting participants’ voices at the center of social research. However, ensuring that every participant has a fair chance of being heard can be difficult. This seminar will discuss strategies to ensure that focus groups are as inclusive as possible, focusing in particular on the challenges faced by participants with communication disabilities and disorders, which account for over 10% of the world’s adult population. Inspired by the principles of universal design, a range of solutions will be discussed that constitutes a flexible framework to empower new voices in research.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 871 3969 9000

Passcode: F+3iwB@Y

18th May at 2pm

Capturing incivility in online political spaces – by Rosalynd Southern and Emily Harmer at The University of Liverpool

Abstract TBA

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 893 6583 7916

Passcode: Za@D3Csq

25th May at 2pm

Examining the Dirt Under Our Fingernails: Exploring the Role of Ethnographic Mixed-Methods Research in Digital Political Communication – by James Dennis (University of Portsmouth), Amy Smith (BU) and Nikki Soo (Cardiff University)

As political actors diversify into multimedia communication strategies and citizens embrace semi-public and private digital spaces for everyday political talk, research into this realm has become increasingly complex. Effective and accurate investigation into political communication processes, events, and outcomes that occur in hybrid media systems means scholars must employ methodological reflexivity. In this paper, we argue that in particular, ethnography, the close observation of the phenomenon of study, is critical for scholars seeking to connect observations of digital communication with an understanding of the motivations that drive them. Combining insights from three projects analysing MPs, parties, news media organisations, and acRPStivist organisations, we provide advice for scholars looking to draw upon this methodological toolset.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 837 9804 8442

Passcode: p6x+Lb6A

1st June at 2pm

Thinking about epistemology – by Richard Thomas at Swansea University

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 as particularly suitable to journalism/media research where we find out what the media does, how it does it, but most important of all – WHY they do it that way. Suitable perhaps for researchers, teachers and students.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 899 5640 3486

Passcode: 6#tSV+*y


BU celebrates International Day of the Midwife 2021

Today, with midwives across the globe, the Centre of Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health (CMMPH) celebrates the International Day of the Midwife 2021.  Since we are enable to celebrate in person in this challenging year, we planned and watch together online events around this year’s International Day of the Midwife theme: Follow the data: invest in midwives.  We also produced the poster on the picture with messages from BU students, staff and partners across the world.


Laura Iannuzzi, Juliet Wood, Debbee Houghton for the Midwifery Team.


Teaching marketing using the live case study method : Feedback from Dr Kaouther Kooli

Once again, the live case study method proved to be effective in delivering learning for marketing related disciplines. The excitement, the motivation, the engagement of our students taking the Marketing Communication and Brand Management unit is unbelievable and overturns the drawbacks of the challenging digital environment we have been constrained to deal with since the beginning of the Covid 19 pandemic.

My experience with the live case study method taught me several lessons and I would like to share with you some of them:
– Learning is co-created in a safe environment where different stakeholders e.g. tutor, students and client, engage in a project and contribute to solving a real problem for a real organisation. Students develop a strong awareness of their role in their learning journey and the impact they can make in their environment.
– Students are taking ownership of their learning journey and are aware of this. They are not passive, or just taking what is offered to them. They learn, search and discuss theories and concepts, make meaning of all this to be able to face the problem under consideration. They do it brilliantly! As a result they develop a lot more learning than what is stated in the ILOs.
– Confirms that students are not all the same and reinforces the importance of their background e.g. cultural, professional, that should be considered rather as a platform they build on when approaching the problem to be solved and this platform would give them confidence and strength in their endeavour. As academic we should encourage this and help them to express who they really are because it can only be beneficial for them, their learning experience and their contribution the community.
– Strong partnerships are concretised between BU and the community. I have been working with a charity hub i.e. since 2016 and the relationship with this organisation has developed into a strong partnership. Every year, our students make huge contribution to this charity hub and by doing so, they continuously contribute to connect those who need helps with those who can help in Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole area and beyond.

You can find in the YouTube videos below testimonies from students and one of our clients telling us a bit of their journey with us:


If anyone (students, academics and partners) wishes to discuss any aspect or exchange any idea in relation to the live case study method, and how we can make our relations with external organisations stronger, please contact Sarah Hopkins, Mark Painter or Kaouther Kooli .

Dr Kaouther Kooli
Principal Lecturer in Marketing
Business School, Bournemouth University

New research about deaf and disabled people in TV

In a follow-up to BU’s recent research investigating the current state of the UK television industry’s workforce (State of Play), we are excited to be working once again with the TV union Bectu. This time we are examining the experience of disability, joining forces with the actors’ union Equity, and the group Deaf and Disabled People who work in TV (DDPTV).

Disability by design: Representation in TV – our new survey launched earlier this week – is part of a wider effort to address concerns about the under-representation of deaf and disabled professionals in the TV workforce. The outcome of our survey will help to inform approaches to amplify the voices of deaf and disabled professionals, educate on legal obligations and provide examples of lived experience. The project is part of an evolving package of work within FMC focused on the experience of media work (and work in the television industry in particular) which is highlighting some of the more problematic and often overlooked structural issues that beset these industries.

For further information about this and related research into work in the TV industry, contact Dr Christa van Raalte or Dr Richard Wallis.

Academic Librarians – Parliament/research engagement training

Parliament’s Knowledge Exchange Unit have a (free) online training session for academic librarians exploring ways to engage with Parliament and support researcher engagement with Parliament on 20 May 10:00-11:00.

To register book here.  

The policy team tracks the usefulness of the information we share so it’d be great if you could email us at if you plan to attend this event.

Here’s the event blurb:

This training webinar is aimed at academic librarians, i.e. people whose role is focused on overseeing and sharing information and resources with academics and researchers in an academic community. This includes academic librarians supporting researchers, scholarly communications librarians and librarians involved in REF support.

Academic librarians can play a key role in supporting academics in their parliamentary engagement and enhancing the academic research flowing from their institution into UK Parliament.

In the session, we will explain the role of Parliament, the place of research evidence in parliamentary activity, the role of the House of Commons Library, and how academic librarians and researchers can get involved with the work of UK Parliament and the House of Commons Library.

This training session will be delivered by the Knowledge Exchange Unit with a speaker from the House of Commons Library. It will share insights for academic librarians and the researchers they work with around how to engage with UK Parliament, with a particular focus on the House of Commons Library.

The session is focused on practical information and advice, with opportunities for Q&A.

Please note there is a short pre-requisite activity for this session of no more than 15 minutes; you will receive details of this with your joining instructions.

As a result of the training, academic librarians will:

  • Understand the different parts of Parliament, the place of research evidence in parliamentary activity, and how expertise can be shared with Parliament
  • Understand the role of the House of Commons Library, the resources and services it provides, and how it uses academic research and expertise, and
  • Be aware of how they can support academics in their parliamentary engagement and enhance the flow of academic research from their institution into Parliament and the House of Commons Library
  • Know how to stay in touch with opportunities to engage with Parliament

The session will be recorded and available to watch on the UK Parliament website afterwards.




Science Advice – Parliamentary Academic Fellowship opportunity

Parliamentary Academic Fellow sought to conduct study of different organisations around the world which provide science advice to parliaments 

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a university-based researcher or person working in knowledge exchange to conduct a fellowship with the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST).


The project will comprise a study of different organisations around the world which provide science advice to parliaments (‘Legislative Science Advice Mechanisms’). These organisations might include in-house offices such as POST, learned societies or independent organisations.  


Whilst the project will study Legislative Science Advice Mechanisms, POST is keen to receive applications from researchers and knowledge exchange professionals with diverse backgrounds and experience. These include, but are not limited to, researchers working in international studies, geography, sociology, cultural studies, communications studies, political studies, as well as scientific disciplines.  


The project must be completed by the end of September 2022; however, there is flexibility, in terms of working pattern and location.  


POST welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability. 


The deadline for applications is Sunday 9 May 2021. 


 Fellowships offer the opportunity to work closely with a team in Parliament, supporting and informing its work, building capacity or helping evolve processes, or delivering a unique project. Find out more about why to engage with Parliament here. And find more on engagement for impact here.

  • You must speak with your faculty Dean before applying for a fellowship. The BU policy team can also advise or provide support as you apply. There is also a BU colleague currently engaged in another parliamentary academic fellow role.

BBC callout for diverse experts

The BBC has launched the 50:50 Equality Project, a BBC-wide initiative to improve their representation of under-served audiences and feature more diverse voices.

As part of this, they are looking to improve their database of contacts from different backgrounds so that when a story breaks they are able to get in touch with right people with the expertise and experience to help explain it to audiences.

The project started as an initiative to improve the BBC’s representation of women across news output, and they are now expanding the database. They want to hear from experts in their field who also happen to be disabled, women or from different ethnic backgrounds.

If you come from an under-represented group and are interested in signing up to the database, you can find out more about the project here:

Due to GDPR consent, individuals need to submit their own details to the database. Anyone who signs up to the database could be contacted by any content-making part of the BBC – people are free to agree to or decline any requests they receive on a case-by-case basis.

SIA game-changing ideas EoI call: reminder to drop-in!

At the risk of needling you with yet another blogpost regarding our exciting Strategic Investment Areas Game-Changing Ideas call for Expressions of Interest (closing 30 April), RDS will take this opportunity to remind you that there are a further two drop-in sessions, on 19 and 22 April respectively: you can find the meeting links on the blogpost regarding these events here:

Tips on completion of the EoI will be dispensed at those events, which are entirely informal and also provide possible networking opportunities with others whose ideas may resonatewith yours and with whom you may consider strategically joining join forces.

Finally, should game-changing ideas crossover with one of the other SIAs (as they invariably will, if grand!), we can advise that there are two remaining SIA briefings: Assistive Technology on 22 April, 10.30am, and Sustainability, Low Carbon Technology and Materials Science on 23 April at 10.00am. For the session links, see

Do pitch up for an informal chat over how you can make your idea a winning one. We look forward to seeing you there!

Congratulations to PhD student Raksha Thapa

This week BU PhD student Raksha Thapa  heard from the editor of the Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health that her  manuscript “Caste Exclusion and Health Discrimination in South Asia: A Systematic Review” has been accepted for publication [1].  Raksha is supervised in the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences by Dr. Pramod Regmi, Dr. Vanessa Heaslip and Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen.  The paper is a systematic review and the protocol for it was published in PROSPERO early on at the start of her PhD studies [2].

Well done!



  1. Thapa, R., van Teijlingen, E., Regmi, P., Heaslip, V. (2021) Caste Exclusion and Health Discrimination in South Asia: A Systematic Review, Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health (accepted).
  2. Thapa, R., van Teijlingen, E., Regmi, P., Heaslip, V. (2018) Caste exclusion and health discrimination. Prospero

Happy New Year 2078 (in Nepal)

Bournemouth University wishes all its Nepali students, staff and collaborators in both the UK and in Nepal a Healthy and Happy New Year 2078 today.




Animation, Simulation, Visualisation: you are already immersed….

“Smart” homes, cities, and motorways, the Internet of Things, and Digital Twins are just some of the 21st century phenomena fast becoming – if not yet a ubiquitous reality on the (Western) ground – at least now common parlance, and no aspect of our lived experience and myriad environments remains untouched by such technologies. As you will be aware, your research – in whatever field you specialise – is not unaffected by these developments. Our Animation, Simulation and Visualisation (ASV) Network literally and virtually plugs into these digital drivers and interfaces, now forming an expanding transdisciplinary group populated by talented, research-active academics from all BU faculties and several research centres, and sharing a commitment to growing high-end, collaborative, fundamental and applied research at BU.
Included in the network are our internationally reputable National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA) and the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) – both renowned for sterling achievements in their fields – and our more recently launched Institute for the Modelling of Socio-Environmental Transitions (IMSET), and Institute for Medical Imaging and Visualisation (IMIV), who already have a raft of invigorating projects in the pipeline. They are exemplars of the scope and impact of ASV-based or deployed research, and mentioned here to fire up your enthusiasm to explore ASV and ponder how this strategic investment area may be relevant to or harnessed for your research. The strategic mission of the ASV network is to orient the valuable research projects undertaken by BU academics, their partners and stakeholders towards current “real-world” problems which require innovative solutions.
Whether it is entertainment and the pandemic-induced move towards virtual production, the rapidly-evolving digitisation of education, public health or environmental crisis management, the democratisation of medical self-surveillance, state-of-the-art ASV medical diagnostics, AR/VR-enhanced surgical training, virtual access to natural and cultural heritage, inter alia, ASV features in much of the research and practices, products and outputs immanent to these areas of knowledge and expertise. As well as conceptualising, supporting and securing funding for transdisciplinary projects, the ASV network seeks to nurture ECRs and MCRs in their career progression and encourage BU academics to network and explore ambitious, mutually beneficial cross-fertilisations from an ASV perspective which they may not have considered previously.
If you wish to explore how you might become involved in the mission, aims and objectives of the ASV strategic investment area, and ascertain how you might strategically tailor your research for the common good by becoming part of this broad-based, vibrant and dynamic network, please contact me, Nicolette, at, or via MS Teams for an informal chat.
To pique your interest in the strategic investment areas in general, do have a look at the SIA Expression of Interest call for Game-Changing Concepts on the BU Research Blog (on which you shall also find the EoI template: deadline 30 April 2021)

Congratulations to Debora Almeida on latest publication

The journal Resuscitation Plus published a systematic review with Debora Almeida in the Department of Midwifery & Health Sciences as lead author.  Her latest paper ‘Do automated real-time feedback devices improve CPR quality? A systematic review of literature’ is co-authored with colleagues from Brazil.  The review assessed the effectiveness of automated real-time feedback devices for improving CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) performance during training, simulation and real-life resuscitation attempts in the adult and paediatric population.  The paper concludes that the use of automated real-time feedback devices enhances skill acquisition and CPR performance during training of healthcare professionals, and secondly, that further research is needed to better understand the role of feedback devices in clinical setting.


Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen

Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health (CMMPH)



  1. Gugelmin-Almeida, D., Tobase, L., Polastri, T.F., Peres, H.H.C., Timerman, S. (2021) Do automated real-time feedback devices improve CPR quality? A systematic review of literature, Resuscitation Plus,
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