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Sustainability in the Drosophila Research Lab.

We’re lucky at Bournemouth Uni to run a Fruit Fly research facility which allows us to study cardiovascular disease and other important biological processes. We curate a large number of transgenic fly lines in small, plastic ‘fly vials’ which legislation requires us to incinerate after they’ve been used. Like many labs, we’ve held on to a dogma that vials can only be used once – but recently we and others challenged that dogma and started thinking about recycling.

We’re well placed at BU to adopt new practices and have the resources to do so. Accordingly, we initiated a pilot scheme to see if vials could be cleaned and re-used to propagate healthy flies, whilst still meeting the required legislation. This initially focused on small batches of 10-20 vials, which soon led to the development of a protocol for about 100 vials in one recycling session (about 25% of what we use a month). We’re now well on track to routinely recycle about 75% of what we use per month, which is both economically and environmentally far more sustainable that previous practices.

It’s a small, yet very satisfying, step in the right direction and something we can be proud of developing at BU.

Research process seminar: Research, Policy Impact and Evidence. Tuesday 8th March at 2pm on Zoom

You are warmly invited to join us for this week’s research process seminar. Hosted in FMC but open to all.

This session is the first of a series of seminars looking at research impact. John will reflect on his impact case study for REF 2021 (submitted for UoA34) and his ongoing role with UK Parliament in giving you practical tips on developing evidence of impact in the policy sphere.

Research, Policy Impact and Evidence – by Prof. John Oliver

This session will provide an outline of how to produce evidence that establishes the policy impact of your research. In particular, it will provide examples of recent policy impacts with both the UK communications regulator Ofcom and UK Parliament. 

Tuesday 8th March at 2pm on Zoom

Meeting ID: 929 210 3478

Passcode: rps!4fmc

Hope to see you there



BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth Associate Editor

A few weeks ago I was invited as Associate Editor for BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth to draft a few paragraphs about how my research links to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth is an international scientific journal published by Springer.  The edited version of my draft was put online earlier today, click here for access.


Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen

CMMPH  (Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health)


Introducing the BMC Series SDG Editorial Board Members: Edwin van Teijlingen

The Friday Prof-ile: Tom Wainwright

Welcome to The Friday Prof-ile – a chance to get to know some of our recently appointed Professors and Associate Professors a little better. Every Friday, we’ll be asking a different person the same set of questions to get an insight into their life, work and what makes them tick. 

This week, we’re chatting with Professor in Orthopaedics Tom Wainwright.

Tom Wainwright

Tom Wainwright

What are your research interests? What made you want to study these areas?  

Primarily I am interested in helping to improve the treatment of patients with hip and knee arthritis. Firstly, looking at strategies and interventions that can help patients avoid the need for surgery, and then secondly, when surgery is indicated, looking at how surgical recovery can be optimised. Arthritis is a significant socioeconomic and health burden, and at a patient level can have a hugely detrimental effect on a patient’s quality of life and daily activities. It is therefore, in my opinion, both an interesting and important research topic.

What has been your career highlight to date? 

Being the lead author of the highly cited/downloaded ERAS Society international consensus guidelines for hip and knee replacement surgery. I was the first, and I am still, the only non-surgeon to ever lead the formation of an international ERAS Society guideline.

What are you working on at the moment? 

I am currently leading a number of externally-funded research studies. These include a trial of how best to provide physiotherapy for patients with hip arthritis, and two studies that will reveal brand new insights into the post-operative functional recovery trajectories of patients following hip and knee replacement.

If you weren’t an academic, what would you be doing?

I would probably be working clinically as a physiotherapist.

What do you do to unwind? 

Spend time doing activities outdoors with my family and friends. I like to run, bike, and spend time in the sea. I love to snowboard and surf, and play cricket and football. I also like to cook and travel.

What’s the best thing about Bournemouth? 

The beach and surrounding coastline and countryside. We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful spot.

If you could pick any superpower, what would it be and why? 

To be able to teleport! I could surf in Portugal before coming to work, and pop to Canada at the weekends to snowboard! It would also save on my carbon footprint and mean I don’t have to do any travel booking paperwork for work trips!

If you were stranded on a desert island, what one luxury item would you take with you? 

A piano. I played as kid and would love to have the time to pick it up again and practice.

What advice would you give to your younger self? 

Remember to be present, and enjoy the small moments.

Dr. Alina Dolea selected 2022-2024 Research Fellow of USC Center on Public Diplomacy

Dr. Alina Dolea, Principal Academic in Media, Communication and Politics, has been selected 2022-2024 Research Fellow of the Center on Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California. She is currently the Chair of the Public Diplomacy Interest Group and member in the Board of Directors of the International Communication Association, that gathers more than 4,500 members in 80 countries and is officially associated with the United Nations as a non-governmental association. Alina’s research is situated at the intersection of public diplomacy, migration, media and communication studies, with a focus on discourse and her 2022–24 CPD Research Fellowship project is titled “Diaspora diplomacy, emotions and disruption”.

Her project aims to explore the neglected role of emotions in the study of diaspora diplomacy, especially in a COVID-19 context that legitimized diaspora as a transnational actor in its own right in public diplomacy. More importantly, diasporas have emerged as disruptors, challenging their more traditional roles of agents, instruments, and partners in PD. Conceptually, the project brings together strands of literature in public diplomacy, migration and diaspora studies, as well as international relations with a focus on emotions to answer the key research question of “how can we integrate studies on emotions in diaspora diplomacy to understand their enabling but also their disruptive role?”. While emotions have started to be studied in PD, exploring systematically the role of emotions in diaspora diplomacy can actually offer new insights into the wider current debate on the public as a problem, as well as shed light on questions regarding disruption in PD.  Methodologically, it proposes an analysis of diasporas from within to unpack the seeming ‘uniformity’ of diaspora and the homeland loyalties conflated in the concept of citizen diplomat, as well as to capture contestation and challenges. Emotions in diaspora diplomacy are operationalized and explored through a series of interviews with representatives of diaspora groups and associations to identify the construction of emotional ties, a typology of roles and identities that diaspora representatives assume. While focused on the Romanian diaspora in the UK, this project can inform studies on other diasporas to trace emergent emotions and their potential disruptive impact. Proposing a critical perspective on emotions and transnationalism of diaspora, this research can ultimately advance the study and policy making in diaspora diplomacy. As such, it is of relevance to policymakers, practitioners, scholars, as well as journalists interested in understanding these increasingly complex diaspora emotional ties.

More details about the USC CPD Research Fellowship program can be found here: Welcoming the 2022–24 CPD Research Fellows | USC Center on Public Diplomacy (

This week’s research process seminar. Studying “responsibility”. Tuesday 1 March at 2pm on Zoom.

You are very welcome to join us for this week’s research process seminar. Hosted in FMC but open to all.

Journey of studying “responsibility” by Dr Xin Zhao

In this session, I will share my experience of studying the notion of “responsibility,” including the terms “responsible power” and “common but differentiated responsibilities” in the political realm (from the perspective of China), and using responsibility to construct the “us vs. them” division. I will also share my recent works on justice, a specific trajectory of “responsibility” in the Chinese context. I hope that more collaborative opportunities will arise.

Tuesday 1 March at 2pm on Zoom.

Meeting ID: 929 210 3478

Passcode: rps!4fmc

Doctoral College – Postgraduate Researcher Opportunities with the British Federation of Women Graduates

BFWG Academic Awards 2022 (closing date Friday 4 March) & Research Presentations Day

  • Academic Awards are made to women doctoral students who will be in, or going into, their third year (or part time equivalent) of work for a research PhD/DPhil etc. in the autumn of 2022.  Awards are, in effect, one off prizes varying in value from £1,000 to £6,000 and are given for outstanding academic excellence coupled with written and verbal communication skills. For further details please go to BFWG – The British Federation of Women Graduates look up under ‘Awards/Scholarships’ where more information, including criteria for eligibility, can be found. Closing date: Friday 4th March at 5pm.
  • Research Presentations Day Saturday 14th May 2022. Are you a postgraduate woman student? Do you have research you would like to present to a discerning audience – and have the chance of winning a small prize of £120 for the best presentation to a general audience? Or would you like to join with us, just to meet and listen to other postgraduate women students presenting their research? Our Research Presentations Day (RPD) offers these opportunities. Past attendees, both presenters and audience, have found the Day thoroughly enjoyable and helpful in developing presentation skills.  If you think you would like to submit an abstract please look at BFWG webpages BFWG – The British Federation of Women Graduates or contact for further details. Closing date for applications is March 31st 2022.  All – students, academics, anyone else interested (male or female) – are welcome to attend as audience. Lunch is included and there is a door charge of £10 but no charge for bona fide students whether attending as presenters or as audience.

Speaking to a journalist

In late 2021 I was contacted by an Indonesian science journalist, Dyna Rochmyaningsih, who was investigating the ethics around international studies on human population genetics to build expand genomic libraries of people in the Global South.  She highlights that “these international studies, often led by Western scientists, have contributed to a more global understanding of ancient patterns of human migration and evolution. But on some occasions, they’ve also sidestepped local regulatory agencies in the developing world, and ventured into murky research ethics terrain as a result”.   The reason for contacting me was because we had published several papers here at Bournemouth University about the need for applying for ethical approval for research in developing countries [1-3].  I had a long Skype conversation with her about the various perspectives on the matter she was investigating.

Today she emailed me that her piece ‘Opinion: Genomics’ Ethical Gray Areas Are Harming the Developing World. A recent controversy in the Philippines illustrates the pitfalls and pressure points of international genomics research‘ has been published online.  In the email she made a really nice comment: “It was nice talking to you even though you might see that I disagree at some of your points. However, the discussion gave me insights that there is a wide disagreement on what considers ethical research.”  I think that is what science should be all about, disagreements, discussions, disputes, etc. and, at the same time, learning from these disputes and gaining greater insight.


Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen




  1. van Teijlingen E.R., Simkhada P.P. (2012)    Ethical approval in developing countries is not optional. Journal of Medical Ethics 38(7):428-30. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2011-100123. Epub 2012 Feb 16.PMID: 22345548 
  2. van Teijlingen, E., Simkhada, P. (2015). Failure to Apply for Ethical Approval for Health Studies in Low-Income Countries. Nepal Journal of Epidemiology5(3), 511–515.
  3. Regmi, P. R., Aryal, N., Kurmi, O., Pant, P. R., van Teijlingen, E., & Wasti, S. P. (2017). Informed Consent in Health Research: Challenges and Barriers in Low-and Middle-Income Countries with Specific Reference to NepalDeveloping World Bioethics17(2), 84–89.

The Friday Prof-ile: Sam Goodman

Welcome to our new series, The Friday Prof-ile – a chance to get to know some of our recently appointed Professors and Associate Professors a little better. Every Friday, we’ll be asking a different person the same set of questions to get an insight into their life, work and what makes them tick. 

This week, we’re chatting with Associate Professor in English, Sam Goodman.

Sam Goodman

Sam Goodman

What are your research interests? What made you want to study these areas?  

I have always been interested in Britishness and national identity, and this is the broad umbrella under which all my research has tended to take place, whether about twentieth-century and contemporary literature and culture, or the work I have done on alcohol, medicine, and colonial India.

I think I’ve always been interested in this subject because Britain has been in the midst of an identity crisis for what has seemed like the entirety of my adult life – this crisis has been going on since the end of the Second World War and the end of the British Empire but seemed to become acute from the 1990s onwards what with the nostalgia of ‘Cool Britannia’ and the growing popularity of historical fictions, the rebooting of so-called quintessentially British characters like James Bond, jubilees, the Olympics, and also the rhetoric leading up to Brexit. I suppose I’ve always been interested in (as Patrick Wright puts it) what it means to live in an old country, and how that affects the literature, culture and identities of the people within it.

What has been your career highlight to date?  

So many come to mind! In research terms, I’ve been lucky enough to have been able to go to conferences and visit archives in various parts of the world, and having the chance to read through Ian Fleming’s papers in the US, or J. G. Farrell’s manuscripts in Trinity College library, Dublin was really exciting. Appearing at the Hay Festival and all the work I have done with the BBC has definitely been a highlight too – especially attending the Leicester Square premiere of Spectre, even though I wasn’t allowed to talk about it for a week afterwards!

When it comes to teaching, it has to be the writing and development of the unit Media & Trauma with my colleague Ann Luce – working on this unit made me think differently not just about how I teach, but about how a trauma-informed approach to working with people and tackling challenging subjects makes such an enormous difference to student wellbeing and the campus community as well as society more widely.

What are you working on at the moment?  

As it happens, my latest book,  The Retrospective Raj: Medicine, Literature and History After Empire, was just published with Edinburgh University Press so I am at a point where I’m taking a (much-needed) breather and considering my next long term project. In the meantime, I’m editing a special issue for the Journal of the Social History of Medicine, I have just submitted a piece on colonial memoir to Literature & History, sent off a public-facing article for The Cats Protection magazine, and I am now working on an article on space and place in the novels of Graham Swift.

If you weren’t an academic, what would you be doing?

Working with animals in some capacity. I always had notions of being a vet but was never good enough at science GCSE… I could definitely see myself working for a charity or for a foundation somewhere though.

What do you do to unwind? 

Anything that takes me away from looking at a screen! I’ve long been a runner, and like a lot of people I ran miles and miles in lockdown which was a great way to clear my head at the end of a working day, and meant I got to explore new places near me I’d never been to before. I’m also a drummer, much to the delight of my neighbours.

What’s the best thing about Bournemouth? 

For me, it’s Charminster. I’ve always loved the international shops and restaurants of Charminster; I love to cook, so it’s a great place for ingredients and inspiration.

If you could pick any superpower, what would it be and why?  

Eidetic memory; it would make archival trips just so much easier…

If you were stranded on a desert island, what one luxury item would you take with you? 

A cafetière and lifetime supply of dark roast; I’m approximately 70% coffee and wouldn’t survive without it.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Keep your vinyl; MiniDisc is a scam.

If you’re a recently appointed Professor or Associate Professor and you’d like to be featured in the series, please contact to find out more and get involved. 

This week’s research process seminar. Self-Reflexivity and co-presence in the affective research space. Tuesday 22nd Feb at 2pm on Zoom

You are warmly invited to this week’s research process seminar. Hosted in FMC but open to anyone interested: staff or research student.

Self-Reflexivity and co-presence in the affective research space by Dr Christopher Pullen (BU).

This session is about ‘immersion’ within research, or at least thinking about research.  It’s about crossing boundaries, if not borders, that divide the self from the research subject. Framing the notion of self reflexivity, I hope to make sense of moments, encounters, and unusual linkages, while crossing time and space.  When we place ourselves within the research frame, remembering different times, visiting different places, and seeing ourselves in counterpoint or in context to the subjects that we research, we attempt to understand, our motives, our commitments, and essentially ourselves.

Tuesday 22 Feb at 2pm on Zoom

Meeting ID: 929 210 3478

Passcode: rps!4fmc

Klaus Gramann giving a talk on 23 February

At 3pm on Wednesday this week (23 February), Prof Klaus Gramann will give a talk in Psychology’s research seminar series. Klaus is based in Berling Institute of Technology and is a world-leading expert in mobile brain/body imaging. In this talk, Klaus will inspire us with his recent research using mobile EEG in virtual reality (VR) to study naturalistic human behaviour and neural processing. Klaus was invited by Dr Xun He (Head of Bournemouth EEG Lab, Psychology). Klaus’s expertise and research are perfectly aligned with the work we are doing at BU’s strategic research cluster Multimodal Immersive NEuro-sensing (MINE). If you are interested in mobile brain/body imaging and our MINE initiative, please do come along and join us in hearing Klaus’s talk by following this link.

Note: Earlier I said 23 March. It should be February. How could I fast forward the time by a month! Sorry about this mistake.

*New* Rapid Collaboration Networking Events: starting 23/3/22

Are you, your company, or not-for-profit organisation looking to grow with a wider network?

This event is a chance for industry of all sizes to meet BU/BCP colleagues that may have access to information and expertise that can bring impactful changes to your organisation.

The session is an open networking event with attendees invited to speak around a theme, for around two minutes.

Theme slots. – To aid collaboration, those speaking will be asked to say who they are, what they do, and what they are looking for in collaborators. Don’t worry if you are feeling a little shy, there will be plenty of time for networking.

The programme will be as follows:

23/3/22    Rapid Collaboration Networking: Animation, Simulation & Visualisation

27/4/22    Rapid Collaboration Networking: Sustainability & Technology

25/5/22    Rapid Collaboration Networking: Assistive Technology

22/6/22    Rapid Collaboration Networking: Medical Science

Why attend?

This networking is open to all looking to meet new people from different sectors. Attendees will include a mixture of academics from universities, as well as representatives from industry and other sectors.

There will be a short expert talk, and a quick highlight made of the many types of collaborations that can occur from the relationships that can be formed (e.g. collaborative research, to knowledge exchanges and student placements).

If you have ever been curious about working with a University, this is a relaxed opportunity to find out more. The majority of government funding for R&D goes to collaborations.

There is limited availability, but if you have any queries, please contact Ehren Milner, ( Research Facilitator, for Bournemouth University.

Surgeon wellbeing following adverse surgical events

In December 2020, the Royal College of Surgeons launched a set of Good Practice Guidelines on Improving Surgeon Wellbeing after adverse events. The guidelines were developed in collaboration with the Bournemouth University Surgical Wellbeing Research Team. A key recommendation in the guidelines was the development of a ‘First Responder’ system within NHS Trusts in the UK, through which experienced surgeons could provide timely support to their surgical colleagues involved in adverse surgical events. To this end, in November 2021, two members of the BU team – Professor Kevin Turner, Consultant Urological Surgeon and Dr Helen Bolderston, Clinical Psychologist – delivered a training workshop for a group of consultant surgeons within University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundations Trust. This development will form the basis of the first UK surgeons’ First Responder scheme.

Since then, the Bournemouth University Surgeon Wellbeing research team has also published the results from a UK survey looking at the impact of adverse events on surgeons. This project was unique in focusing specifically on experiences of adverse events of UK surgeons, and in exploring the varying impact of surgical errors and complications. An article summarising this work has just been published in The British Journal of Surgery:

Turner, K., Bolderston, H., Thomas, K., Greville-Harris, M., Withers, C & McDougall, S. (2022) Impact of adverse events on surgeons, British Journal of Surgery, 2022.

The ‘supporting surgeon well-being’ research team is based in the Department of Psychology at BU and at the Royal Bournemouth Hospitals NHS Trust.  To find out more about the work of the team, please visit its website at:


The Friday Prof-ile: Bryce Dyer

Welcome to our new series, The Friday Prof-ile – a chance to get to know some of our recently appointed Professors and Associate Professors a little better. Every Friday, we’ll be asking a different person the same set of questions to get an insight into their life, work and what makes them tick. 

Bryce Dyer

This week, we’re chatting with Associate Professor in Product Development, Bryce Dyer 

What are your research interests? What made you want to study these areas? 

My research interest is the design or debate surrounding the technology we use for sport and physical activity. I love it as it bolts together my constant inquisitive inner dialogue and my hobbies.

What has been your career highlight to date? 

There have been a few, but winning and then giving the Brunel Award Lecture at the British Science Festival a few years ago was one that stood out for me. The talk brought together everything I’d done in teaching, research and my professional practice at that point in my career and I then had one of those great days where the talk went really well, I got a few laughs and I had a very large and positive crowd giving me a real grilling. It was a lot of fun.

What are you working on at the moment? 

I did a lot of research and projects on the run up to the 2021 Paralympic Games – I’m now writing them all up and publishing them all before my attention turns to seeking out new opportunities ahead of the next Olympic & Paralympic Games.

If you weren’t an academic, what would you be doing?

I would have pursued my ‘sliding doors’ decision of serving in the armed forces or have wanted to have been a professional athlete if I’d have been good enough. I was good enough to crawl through a ditch or go marching through the snow somewhere for hours on end but despite making a school team once for throwing the discus (due to what I still call one single ‘hand of god’ throw that could never be repeated), I never chose my parents well enough to have the physical capacity of being an Olympian.

What do you do to unwind?

Competitive sport and the training needed to then not come last doing it.

What’s the best thing about Bournemouth?

The huge variety of terrain, geography, and landscapes within a small radius of the town.

If you could pick any superpower, what would it be and why? 

Immortality. It’s always a struggle to have enough time to cram in everything I’m wanting to do. The list just keeps getting longer.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what one luxury item would you take with you?

My MP3 player with an abundance of questionable choices of music on it (despite then having to come up with how I’m going to power it when the battery runs out).

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Just keep going – you’ll make all the right judgement calls in the end.

If you’re a recently appointed Professor or Associate Professor and you’d like to be featured in the series, please contact to find out more and get involved. 

Hard to reach or hard to engage?

Congratulations to FHSS PhD students Aniebiet Ekong and Nurudeen Adesina on the acceptance of their paper by MIDIRS Midwifery Digest [1]. This methodological paper reflects on their data collection approaches as part of their PhD involving African pregnant women in the UK.

This paper provides a snapshot of some of the challenges encountered during the recruitment of pregnant Black African women living in the UK for their research. Though there are several strategies documented to access/invite/recruit these ‘hard-to-reach population’ these recruitment strategies however were found to be unsuitable to properly engage members of this community. Furthermore, ethical guidelines around informed consent and gatekeeping seem to impede the successful engagement of the members of this community. It is believed that an insight into the experience and perceptions of ethnic minorities researchers will enhance pragmatic strategies that will increase future participation and retention of Black African women across different areas of health and social care research. This paper is co-authored with their BU PhD supervisors: Dr Jaqui-Hewitt Taylor, Dr Juliet Wood, Dr Pramod Regmi and Dr Fotini Tsofliou.

Well done !

Pramod Regmi

  1. Ekong, A., Adesina, N., Regmi, P., Tsofliou, F., Wood, J. and Taylor, J., 2022. Barriers and Facilitators to the recruitment of Black African women for research in the UK: Hard to engage and not hard to reach. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest (accepted).

Work-life balance through the eyes of women in academia with caring responsibilities – participants needed!

Achieving work-life balance is a struggle that many women in academia face and those with competing demands, such as caring responsibilities, will have unique ideas and experiences of work life-balance. Despite the varied care experiences of women, work conducted with women in academia has tended to focus on childcare responsibilities and there is a scarcity of research examining the experiences of those with other caregiving responsibilities.

In the hope of gaining in-depth insight into diverse experiences of work-life balance, we are currently conducting a photo-production study “Work-life balance through the eyes of women in academia with caring responsibilities” and would like to invite our colleagues to take part and help us spread the word about our study among their networks.







We are looking for UK-based women academics who have caring responsibilities. While we would like to particularly encourage those who provide regular care for an adult (partner, parent, another member of their family, friend etc.), we will be very happy to hear from women with childcare responsibilities. The study involves taking a few photos illustrating participant’s idea of work-life balance and then taking part in an online interview (approx. 45-60 minutes) to talk about the photos and participant’s understanding and experience of work-life balance. We appreciate that women academics are incredibly busy and so we are very flexible in terms of arranging the interviews within or outside working hours. We have got Amazon vouchers to thank our participants for their time and effort 🙂

The findings from our study aim to inform universities practices and policies to promote better support for women academics. Also, the photos – at participants’ permission and after necessary anonymisation – will be used to create a traditional and online exhibition that will hopefully provide space for reflection, discussion, and inspiration for the general public including academic and non-academic staff in HE.

If you are interested in taking part please email Agata ( or Catherine ( If you know someone who would be willing to participate, please share our contact details with them.