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Policy Writing Workshop

If you are interested in having an impact on policy, responding to select committee inquiries or Government consultations you may be interested to attend a free (external) policy writing workshop on 4 March at 17:00. Moving from an academic style of writing to policy writing is an aspect that colleagues can regularly struggle with. The workshop will be led by colleagues from Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange (CUSPE), alongside Dr Andrew Kaye, Head of International Resilience, at the Government office for Science – All welcome!

Book your place on the workshop through Eventbrite.

Here is the workshop blurb:

Do you want to learn how to influence policy makers and better explain the significance of your research?

This workshop is perfect for anyone seeking to improve their writing skills. We will learn more about writing to support policy development, covering both what civil servants and ministers expect and how to provide the information they really need. This will be an interactive session, including time for Q&A.

Speaker: Dr Andrew Kaye, Head of International Resilience, Government Office for Science

Dr Kaye is currently responsible for coordinating science advice during emergencies. Previously he has been a ministerial speechwriter and worked in government communications. Having completed a PhD in History at the University of Cambridge, Dr Kaye lectured in US history at the Universities of Newcastle and Durham before joining the Civil Service.

New paper published for Bournemouth Professor and former student!

It’s my great pleasure to announce our latest paper published with former BU student, Kelly Veasey, now undertaking her master’s in International Social Policy at the University of Kent and working part-time for Citizen’s Advice. It is published, Open Access, in the Journal of Humanities and Applied Social Sciences. (

The paper ‘Welfare conditionality, sanctions and homelessness: meanings made by homeless support workers’ is of great relevance in these days of continued austerity compounded by the pandemic. Based on Kelly’s undergraduate research, the open access paper explores homeless-support workers’ perceptions of homeless welfare recipients and their experiences of navigating new conditions placed upon them by UK welfare reform. It examines support workers’ views of the most punitive feature of the welfare system, sanctions, on those recipients. In 2012, the Conservative and Liberal Democrat Coalition Government introduced the largest and most radical overhaul of the UK benefit system, significantly increasing the level of conditionality and sanctions for noncompliance, part of a shift in welfare, suggesting that rights must be balanced by responsibility and the “culture of worklessness” and “benefit dependency” should be addressed. We reviewed welfare reforms in the UK and the increased use of sanctions as part of welfare conditionality. Data were collected from eight semi-structured interviews taking place in five housing support groups in the South East and South West of England in 2019–2020. Findings from our study indicate that the government’s reforms serve as a disciplinary measure for the poor, reinforcing inequality and social marginalization. To mitigate the effects would require a comprehensive review of universal credit prior to its full rollout to claimants. While welfare conditionality, welfare reform and homeless are well-researched in the UK, this paper fills a gap in research concerning the experiences of those working in housing support agencies working with homeless people in the UK.

The full text is accessible by following this link DOI 10.1108/JHASS-12-2020-0213.

Do you have a research in the area of emissions, Climate Change or Transport?

As Guest Editor of the journal Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433, SCIE, IF 2.397), I would like to invite you to submit a paper to the Special Issue ” Transport Emissions: Theoretical and Empirical Considerations in light of COP”.

Details of the Special Issue can be found below:
Special Issue: Transport Emissions: Theoretical and Empirical Considerations in light of COP


Guest Editor: Dr. Festus Adedoyin (Bournemouth University, UK); Professor Daniel Balsalobre-Lorente (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain); and Dr. Oana Madalina Driha (Universidad de Alicante, Spain)

Deadline for manuscript submissions: *13 August 2021*

Atmosphere is fully open access. Open access (unlimited and free access by readers) increases publicity and promotes more frequent citations, as indicated by several studies. Atmosphere is indexed by the key research databases; further details may be found at All papers go through a thorough but rapid peer-review process. Papers can be submitted at any time up until the deadline as they will be published on an ongoing basis. The article processing charge (APC) is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs) per accepted paper in 2021.

If you are interested in contributing, please send me a short abstract or tentative title in advance for initial checking and the expected submission date for our reference.

We would also appreciate it if you could forward this to your team members and colleagues who may also be interested. Thank you for your consideration and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions.

New BU reproductive health paper

Congratulations to Dr. Pramod Regmi (Lecturer in International Health) in the Department of Nursing Sciences on today’s publication of ‘The unmet needs for modern family planning methods among postpartum women in Sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review of the literature’ [1].  The paper in the international peer-reviewed journal Reproductive Health is co-produced with BU MSc Public Health graduate Jumaine Gahungu and Dr. Mariam Vahdaninia who left the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences in mid-2020. 

Well done.

Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen




  1. Gahungu, J., Vahdaninia, M. & Regmi, P. (2021) The unmet needs for modern family planning methods among postpartum women in Sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review of the literature. Reprod Health 18, 35

Congratulations to Prof. Jonathan Parker

Congratulations to Professor Jonathan Parker on his latest publication ‘By Dint of History: Ways in which social work is (re)defined by historical and social events‘.  This interesting paper is co-authored with Magnus Frampton from the Universität Vechta in Germany and published in the international journal Social Work & Society.



  1.  Parker, J., Frampton, M. (2020) By Dint of History: Ways in which social work is (re)defined by historical and social events, Social Work & Society, Volume 18, Issue 3: 1-17.



Specialist Adviser to International Trade Committee opportunity

The International Trade Committee (ITC) is calling for expressions of interest in becoming a Specialist Adviser to the Committee, to support its scrutiny of UK trade negotiations. The role is a rare opportunity to influence policy, broaden your research horizons, and create impact suitable for REF purposes. 

The role of the Trade Committee, within the House of Commons, is to scrutinise the spending, administration and policy of the Department for International Trade (DIT), and other associated public bodies. It is made up of the Chair (Angus Brendan MacNeil MP) and ten other MPs.

The Inquiry

The DIT is currently negotiating Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with the US, Australia and New Zealand. In addition, the Government is expected to apply to accede to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. Further trade negotiations are likely to begin soon, as the Government pursues its objective of having 80% of UK trade covered by FTAs within the next three years.

The ITC is conducting an open-ended inquiry into UK trade negotiations, as a means of scrutinising these FTA negotiations.

The Role

The Committee is seeking to appoint a number of Specialist Advisers with relevant expertise in trade policy and trade law to support the Committee with FTA scrutiny on an ad hoc basis. The successful candidates may be asked to:

  • work with the Committee secretariat to identify and analyse the relevant issues for the Committee raised by individual FTAs;
  • contribute to briefings and draft reports for the Committee and comment on drafts of written material produced by the Committee secretariat;
  • advise on sources of information and evidence, including potential witnesses; and
  • attend Committee meetings and provide oral briefings when required.

The role will involve attendance at Committee meetings. Currently this would be virtually, but may involve physical meetings in Westminster in the future, depending on circumstances. The Committee will meet the necessary expenses for attendance at meetings or other work related to the role. The names of Specialist Advisers, and any relevant declarations of interests, will be published in any reports with which Advisers have been involved.

There is uncertainty around the timescales for FTA negotiations. The Committee wishes to appoint Advisers now who will be available to advise it as and when required, as negotiations progress. The time commitment for an advisory role to a Committee is unpredictable however it is not expected to exceed 20 days in a calendar year. Advisers will not generally be required to work more than two days in any one week – but there may be times when short periods of very intense work are required. Advisers are paid a daily honorarium on the basis of work done.

The Committee is keen to hear from applicants from a wide range of backgrounds, including those who have not previously engaged with Parliament or Select Committees.

Please engage with the BU policy team ( and seek permission from your Faculty before making an application. There is a contact at the Committee if you wish to find out more.

The deadline for application (a CV, covering letter (max 2 sides), and a declaration of interests) is midnight on Friday 5 March 2021.

BU Supports Dorset Growth Hub Business Podcasts

A second series of the Dorset Growth Hub (DGH) Podcast has been launched with BU supporting 4 of the episodes.

The DGH are organising a monthly line-up of online workshops to complement areas covered in the episodes.

February follows a Sales & Marketing theme, March is about Strategy & Planning and April covers all things Finance & Growth. All are considered key focuses for businesses right now.

To kick-off the Sales and Marketing month, the podcast features local guest speakers, Kasia Bigda, (Marketing and Comms Director at Mr Lees Noodles), Stephanie Carswell, (Founder and Creative Director at Hawthorn Handmade) and Chris Chapleo, Associate Professor at Bournemouth University.

The speakers share insights, perspectives and strategies which have led to successes and failures in recent times.

February will cover what has worked in marketing to impact business growth and increase sales, from international marketing campaigns to personal branding, Instagram and e-mail.

Rich Burn from the DGH said: “It’s been a real honour to be able to explore the minds of some great local talent. We all have such a mixed view of the world right now. The interesting part is to hear how people are adapting what they do in these current times. Dorset is full of innovation, ideas and talent that we have the privilege of showcasing via the podcast platform. I hope whoever listens gets a small inspired moment that could change their work world for the better.”

DGH is working in partnership with Bournemouth University on the Sales & Marketing Month and the podcasts feature questions from students from the Business Society.

Mark Painter, pictured left, BU’s Business Development Manager (Business Engagement), said: “We are delighted to be supporting series 2 of the Dorset Growth Hub podcast. During these challenging times, these podcasts and events are a fantastic way for businesses to hear from experts, get some great ideas and, perhaps most importantly, to get inspired. A huge thank you to Nick, Rich and Mary for the opportunity to support these podcasts and particularly for enabling students from the BU Business Society to pose their questions.”

To find out more about the upcoming events and catch-up on series one of the podcast visit the DGH website here.

To get notified about Series 2 click subscribe on Apple PodcastsSpotify or Google Podcasts.

Dorset Growth Hub is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and ran over 100 online events in 2020, supporting more than 3,000 businesses.

Missing out? The Early Career Researcher Network

I recently realised I had been missing out! Although I have worked at BU for 18 months there is so much about university life I still don’t understand. I find it hard to ask/disturb busy people and the temptation is to muddle through. Not being on campus – especially since the pandemic, makes it hard to get to know other researchers, potential collaborators, and share ideas or tips. Help is at hand though…

I have just discovered the Early Career Researcher Network. It is a relaxed, informal, safe place to ask questions and meet other researchers from across the university. (There are no demands!) Meetings are held once a month and run by two experienced academics Prof. Ann Hemingway and Dr. Sam Goodman who answer questions, discuss pertinent topics such as building your research profile, promotion and pay progression, networking, partnership and collaboration. You attend as you are able. There are no obligations, but a wealth of wisdom and support is on offer.


Dr. Rachel Arnold

Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health (CMMPH)


New publication Dr. Orlanda Harvey

Congratulations to Social Work Lecturer Dr. Orlanda Harvey on the acceptance of a paper by the journal Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy. This latest academic paper ‘Libido as a motivator for starting and restarting non-prescribed anabolic androgenic steroid use among men: a mixed-methods study’ [1] is based on her Ph.D. research.  Previous papers associated with her thesis covered aspects of non-prescribed anabolic androgenic steroid use [2-3] as well as her wider Ph.D. journey [4].



    1. Harvey, O., Parrish, M., van Teijlingen, E, Trenoweth, S. (2021) Libido as a reason to use non-prescribed Anabolic Androgenic Steroids, Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy (accepted).
    2. Harvey, O., Keen, S., Parrish, M., van Teijlingen, E. (2019) Support for people who use Anabolic Androgenic Steroids: A Systematic Literature Review into what they want and what they access. BMC Public Health 19: 1024
    3. Harvey, O., Parrish, M., van Teijlingen, E., Trenoweth, S. (2020) Support for non-prescribed Anabolic Androgenic Steroids users: A qualitative exploration of their needs Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy 27:5, 377-386. doi 10.1080/09687637.2019.1705763
    4. Spacey, A., Harvey, O., Casey, C. (2020) Postgraduate researchers’ experiences of accessing participants via gatekeepers: ‘wading through treacle!’  Journal of Further and Higher Education 2: 1-18.


Join us for the CfACTs Launch Event

Thursday 21st January 2021 – 09.00 (Via Zoom)

Register Today

There is still time to register.  Join us for the launch of CfACTs the new BU Post Doctorate Training Centre.

Professor Jian Chang is pleased to inform you about six funded Post Doctorate Research Fellowships via the Centre for Applied Creative Technologies (CfACTs) at Bournemouth University UK. CfACTs is co-funded by H2020 MSCA COFUND, Bournemouth University and Industry Partners; please see:

CfACTs, led by Prof Jian Chang and Prof Jian Jun Zhang at Bournemouth University, is recruiting international Post-Doctoral Researchers Fellows (1st cohort starting May 2021) to work on Creative Technology R&D with UK Industry Partners. The candidates will need to apply through a selective process, where they are welcome to propose a research proposal on related themes.

Professor Jian Chang would like to invite you to attend the virtual launch event for CfACTs which will be 9:00am (GMT) 21/01/2021, via Zoom. The aim of the event is to provide information about the CfACTs fellowships and encourage the international academic community to promote the centre to applicants.

Please, if you have not already done so, register to attend the event and feel free to distribute the news by kindly forwarding the invitation to peers/colleagues to join the launch event.

For further information regarding this event please contact:


Prof Jian Chang, CfACTs Director

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Child poverty – call for evidence

 The Work and Pensions Committee has launched a new inquiry to examine what steps the Government could take to reduce the numbers of children who grow up in poverty in the UK.

The initial focus of the Committee will be on the best way to measure child poverty and how the Dept of  Work and Pensions works with other Government departments and local authorities to reduce the number of young people living in poverty.

The inquiry is then expected to examine how well the social security system is working for children, the experiences of families with no recourse to public funds, and support for working parents and separated families.

The Committee have launched a call for written submissions to the inquiry, which they would like to focus on the following questions:

Measurement and targets

  • How should child poverty be measured and defined?
  • The measures of child poverty changed in 2016. What has the impact of those changes been?
  • What were the advantages and disadvantages of having a set of targets for reducing child poverty?
  • What has been the effect of removing from law the targets in place between 2010 and 2016?
  • What is the impact of child poverty and how can it best be measured?
  • What links can be established for children between financial hardship, educational under-achievement, family breakdown and worklessness?

Joint working

  • How effectively does the Department for Work and Pensions work with other Government departments, particularly the Department for Education and the Treasury, to reduce child poverty?
  • How effectively does the Department for Work and Pensions work with local authorities and with support organisations to reduce the numbers of children living in poverty and to mitigate the impact of poverty on children?
  • What would be the merits of having a cross-government child poverty strategy? How well has this worked in the past?

You can view the call for evidence here:

You can also read the full press release here:

Please contact Sarah or Jane in the BU policy team before responding to this inquiry. Email us on


BU study reveals scale of bullying and harassment in TV industry

The role and social importance of TV and film during this pandemic has been much commented on. But how healthy is this industry? The good news is that this sector has been expanding at more than three times the rate of the wider economy, generating an annual trade surplus of almost £1 billion.  The less good news is that this expansion has been at the expense of its most valuable resource – its skilled workforce.  The preliminary report from our State of Play survey, undertaken shortly before Christmas and published today (11 January 2021) contains some shocking revelations.  The picture to emerge is one of an industry rife with unfair recruitment practices, a chronic lack of diversity, poor management, lack of professional development opportunities, entry-level exploitation (including unpaid work), mental health issues, and susceptibility to a culture of bullying… The list is a long and depressing one.  As one participant told us:

“I’m leaving the industry after twenty years. Had enough of bad practices. e.g. Bullying execs, relentless criticism, toxic working environments, stress, long working hours, not feeling valued, bad effect on my own mental health. No career development possibilities, no security.”

More than a third of our respondents told us they would have chosen differently had they known at the start of their career what they now know. It’s a far cry from the more familiar narrative about the joys of being creative, and work associated with self-actualisation. A summary of these findings has been published by Broadcast today.

None of this will come as much of a shock to scholars in the field of media industry studies (or indeed those of the Creative Industries more broadly).  The past decade has seen a steady flow of research suggesting that all is not well.  What has changed since the arrival of Covid-19, is that people are now seem to be much more willing to talk about it.  For a long time there has been a reluctance to discuss these systemic issues outside the academic community, and a tendency to dismiss them as ‘just the way the industry works’.  The publication of this report comes at a time when many in the industry are finally asking the question ‘why does it have to be the way the industry works?’  That makes it an exciting time for media industry scholars to be contributing to the debate.

The State of Play survey is a collaboration between BU’s Faculty of Media and Communication, the industry union Bectu, and the professional association Viva La PD. Bectu and Viva La PD are currently engaged in crucial discussions with major broadcasters, streamers and production companies, for which this research will provide critical insight.

The State of Play preliminary report is available here.


COVID-19 in Qatar

Peer reviewing is the backbone of academic publishing. It is this peer review process to ensure that papers/publications have been vetted scientifically prior to publication by experts in the field, i.e. one’s peers. However, the process is not without its problems. One such problems is the delay in academic publishing. For example, a few days ago we published a substantive editorial on COVID-19 in Qater [1].  When we submitted this in July 2020 the information in our editorial was very up to date, and it still was when the Qatar Medical Journal accepted it on 26th July 2020.  Unfortunately, with all the incredibly rapid developments in vaccine development, approval and roll out some of the paper now reads like ‘historial data’.


Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen

Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health (CMMPH)



  1. van Teijlingen, E.R., Sathian, B., Simkhada, P., Banerjee, I. (2021) COVID-19 in Qatar: Ways forward in public health & treatment, Qatar Medical Journal 2020(38): 1-8

First BU paper accepted for 2021

Congratulations to Prof. Vanora Hundley whose article ‘Escalation triggers and expected responses in obstetric early warning systems used in UK consultant-led maternity units’ is now available Open Access online. The paper has been accepted in Resuscitation Plus. Co-authors include FHSS Visiting Faculty Prof. Gary Smith and Dr. Richard Isaacs.

The paper reports on a review of OEWS [Obstetric Early Warning Systems] charts and escalation policies across consultant-led maternity units in the UK (n = 147). OEWS charts were analysed for variation in the values of physiological parameters triggering different levels of clinical escalation. The observed variations in the trigger thresholds used in OEWS charts and the quality of information included within the accompanying escalation protocols is likely to lead to suboptimal detection and response to clinical deterioration during pregnancy and the post-partum period. The paper concludes the development of a national OEWS and escalation protocol would help to standardise care across obstetric units.



Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen


Collaborating with an International Business: Fusing Education and Professional Practice

Applying theory to Practice- Hayley Group Project developed with the support of Hayley Group- Member of Dexis Europe


As part of their integrated marketing communications unit, the MSc Marketing and User Experience students have successfully completed their consultancy project with Hayley Andover, one of Hayley Group’s 50 branches located in south UK.

The project began with a brief from Hayley Andover based on which the students developed a marketing communications plan. Starting from the theories and concepts they learned during the lectures and seminars, and supported by the team from Hayley and myself, the students made steady progress in their learning journey.

A team from Hayley Group has very kindly supported our students during the ten weeks. They have patiently listened to them, gave them feedback and valuable comments and attended their presentations. Additionally, the Hayley team allowed a budget for the student to use for this project.

Two groups of students competed together under the umbrella of two fictitious marketing agencies: Cherry Brandy and Buzz, to provide two sound LinkedIn campaigns that were implemented by Hayley Andover. Also, the students had the opportunity to evaluate initial attainments of those campaigns using appropriate metrics.

For us as academics, it is gratifying to see our students’ confidence and motivation grow into a passion towards learning and avidity for achievements. Whilst this teaching method has paved the path for a more exciting learning journey and gave our students exposure to the real work environment, it has given more relevance to our role as academics facilitating learning.

I have always championed the real-life case study method because it is a unique teaching method for its potential to develop students’ engagement, motivation and learning. My students’ achievements during this term has strengthened my position and further support my views about this method as a process of learning co-creation involving multiple stakeholders for the benefit of the wider community. More interestingly, this year’s project revealed how students’ engagement with theory, concepts and the real-life case study, is influenced by students’ background, specifically, their previous professional experience.

You can see below testimonies from Hayley group as well as from students:

“Both groups provided credible real-world solutions that were relevant to the branch that had a particular set of challenges. The methodology underpinned by academic teachings was critical to providing a more relevant and advanced approach to our challenges. Without insider knowledge the teams created an approach that was highly credible and on point with our own trail of thought concerning marketing and corporate communications strategy utilising social media. Many of the points and areas raised we are currently reviewing with a scope to integrating within our own plans for 2021. Having undertaken an MA in Marketing myself I would endorse this hands-on approach to bring a purely theoretical and hypothetical approach into something that would add value to the student in future employment.”

Craig Bastable, Hayley Group Marketing Manager

“I was impressed with the work that was put in by both the Cherry Brandy and Buzz teams – they all committed to the strategy that was discussed, and many of the proposals I would hope could be used in future marketing campaigns at Hayley Andover. Personally I really enjoyed working with the groups -and I hope that the collaboration between Bournemouth University and Hayley can developed in to the future. I would like to again thank everyone involved for their hard work in making this a success.”

Dave John, Regional Sales Manager, Hayley Andover

“The Integrated Marketing Communication unit has provided me with an opportunity to learn and explore new concepts and ideas. It gave me a chance to design, implement and evaluate an integrated marketing communication plan while working with a real client. Despite the seminars being online, they were extremely engaging as we communicated and worked directly with the client company and class discussions were extremely active. I learnt how to work as a team and function as a marketing agency which provided great exposure and confidence along with the experience of how it is like to work with a real client as a professional.”

Taalia Nadeem, MSc Marketing and User Experience, Cherry Brandy

“Although organising a group project through zoom calls has shown to be very challenging, this project has taught me one very big underlining thing: Communication is key. I believe this project encouraged me to step up and have a leading voice within the group which is usually very unlike me and honestly caught me by surprise. But it’s just made me even more proud of the outcome of our presentation. Also, working with an actual company (Hayley Group Andover) has been a very insightful experience! In addition, Kaouther was very responsive and helpful throughout the entire project which, I believe I can speak for everyone in the class, we were very grateful for!”

                                                                                Jenny Schulze, MSc Marketing and User Experience, Buzz


“The interaction we had with a real-life client for this project and relationship we built early on with them really helped us to have a successful project outcome. I feel our group thrived throughout the project, allowing us to demonstrate our abilities and build our knowledge up further by merging the practical side of the project with the theory from the unit.”

Emma Calder, MSc Marketing and User Experience, Cherry Brandy


I would like to express my deep gratitude to Craig Bastable (Hayley Group’s Marketing Manager), Josh Crampton (Marketing Communication Executive), Sam Godden (Office Manager) and Dave John (Regional Account Manager). Their input in this project has immensely contributed to the learning experience of our students.

Looking forward for more collaboration with Hayley Group.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.


Dr Kaouther Kooli

Principal Lecturer in Marketing

Bournemouth University, Business School