Please see below for the following fellowship opportunity for researchers working in ageing that are looking to branch out into industry.
Zinc and Dunhill Medical Trust Innovation Fellowships in Healthy Ageing
The Innovation Fellowships in Healthy Ageing comprise a 6-9 month programme, starting in September 2023, which will allow UK-based researchers the opportunity to experience first-hand what it takes to build a mission-focussed start-up from scratch, and to build science-rich products and services to improve outcomes for people in later life. Researchers will also have the opportunity to engage in training, support and mentoring to help them translate their skills, explore new career opportunities, and connect with other talented researchers.
This opportunity is open to researchers at any career stage post-PhD, but we particularly welcome applications from early career researchers (you must have submitted your PhD thesis by September, 2023). The deadline for submission of applications is 12 noon 17th May. Interviews will be held in mid-May with decisions being communicated at the end of May.
For more details and to apply, see the full advert here
May’s webinar welcomes Gregory White from Drop The Mask Productions. Drop the Mask Productions is a Community Interest Company – a passionate bunch, with heaps of creativity & great stories to tell, working with digital technologies and thriving on supporting like-minded organisations to make a difference and to change the face of the business community for the better. Drop The Mask productions creates safe, inclusive employment opportunities by removing the barriers for those with physical and mental health disabilities, creating space for everyone to reach their full potential.
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Today one of my co-editors of the Journal of Asian Midwives emailed me to announce that our journal has been accepted for inclusion by Scopus.
Scopus, which is owned by the publishing house Elsevier, is the world’s largest electronic database of peer-reviewed literature. The Scopus assessors of our application made some very nice comments about the Journal of Asian Midwives, for example that it:
“consistently includes articles that are academically sound and relevant to an international academic or professional audience in the field. The journal has scholarly relevance as evidenced by citations in other journals currently covered by Scopus… The journal has clear aims and scope/journal policies that are consistent with the journal’s content. Although the scope of this journal is narrow, it addresses the need of an important niche audience.”
We are very proud of this achievement and we, as editors (Prof. Rafat Jan, Ms. Kiran Mubeen, Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen, with editorial assistant Ms. Abeer Musaddique), thank all our supporters, especially the library staff at The Aga Khan University in Pakistan, our reviewers, our authors and of course, you, our readers! I personally like to thank our former CMMPH (Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health) PhD student Dr. Sheetal Sharma for suggesting many years ago that I might like to help this, at the time, new journal. It is a proper well-run peer-reviewed journal, and I know that from personal experience, as a few years ago one of the papers on which I am a co-author was rejected after peer review by ‘my’ journal!
Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen
CMMPH (Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health)
Co-editor Journal of Asian Midwives
Yesterday Plos ONE published our latest study on the health system in Nepal under the title ‘Barriers in accessing family planning services in Nepal during the COVID-19 pandemic: A qualitative study‘ . This qualitative study, in an Open Access journal, explores what sorts of barriers are faced by women needing family planning services in Nepal during the pandemic. It was conducted in five districts of Nepal. Telephonic in-depth interviews were conducted with 18 women of reproductive age (18–49 years) who were the regular clients of family planning services. Data were coded deductively using the preexisting themes based on a socio-ecological model (e.g., individual, family, community, and health-facility levels).
The paper reports that individual level barriers included low self-confidence, inadequate knowledge on COVID-19, myths and misconception related to COVID-19, limited access to family planning services, low priority to sexual and reproductive health services, low autonomy in family and limited financial ability. Family level barriers comprised partner’s support, social stigma, increased time at home with husbands or parents, not accepting family planning services as essential health services, financial hardship due to loss of jobs, and communication with in-laws. Movement restrictions and transportation hindering access, unsecured feeling, violation of privacy, and obstacles from security personnel were the community level barriers and unavailability of preferred choice of contraception, increased waiting time, limited outreach services by community health workers, limited physical infrastructures, the behavior of health workers, stock out of commodities, and absence of health workers were health facility level barriers.
The authors conclude that policymakers and programme managers should consider strategies to ensure continued availability of the full method mix during emergency, particularly since disruptions may go unnoticed and strengthen the provision of services through alternative service delivery channels to ensure sustained uptake of such services in this sort of pandemic.
This is the latest addition to the pool of academic papers published by Bournemouth University academics on the effects of COVID-19 on health care in Nepal or issues related to Nepal [2-11].
Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen
CMMPH (Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health)
- Sigdel A, Bista A, Sapkota H, van Teijlingen E (2023) Barriers in accessing family planning services in Nepal during the COVID-19 pandemic: A qualitative study. PLoS ONE 18(5): e0285248. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0285248
- Mahato P., Adhikari B., Marahatta S.B., Bhusal S., Kunwar K., Yadav R.K., Baral, S., Adhikari, A., van Teijlingen, E. (2023) Perceptions around COVID-19 and vaccine hesitancy: A qualitative study in Kaski district, Western Nepal. PLOS Global Public Health 3(2): e0000564.
- Regmi, P., Dhakal Adhikari, S., Aryal, N., Wasti, S.P., van Teijlingen, E. (2022) Fear, Stigma and Othering: The Impact of COVID-19 Rumours on Returnee Migrants and Muslim Populations of Nepal, International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health 19(15), 8986.
- Simkhada, P., Tamang, P., Timilsina, L., Simkhada, B., Bissell, P., van Teijlingen, E., Sah, S.K., Wasti, S.P. (2022) Factors Influencing COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake among Nepali in the UK: A Qualitative Study, Vaccine 10(5): 780. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines10050780
- Khanal, S.P., van Teijlingen, E., Sharma, M.K., Acharya, J., Sharma, C. (2021) Perceived threats towards COVID-19 pandemic among Nepali migrant workers returned from India, Journal of Health Promotion 9(1):87-99.
- Wasti, SP., Simkhada, P., Magar, S.A., van Teijlingen, E. (2021) Nepalese Health System Response to Fight Against COVID-19 Pandemic, Europasian Journal of Medical Sciences 3(1): 98-104.
- Simkhada, P., Mahato, P., Tamang, P., van Teijlingen, E., Shahi, P. (2020) The Role of Health Promotion during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Health Promotion, 8:1-4. https://doi.org/10.3126/jhp.v8i0.32964
- Parajuli, R.R., Mishra, B., Banstola, A., Ghimire, B.R., Poudel, S., Sharma, K., Dixit, S.M., Shah, S., Simkhada, P., van Teijlingen, E. (2020) Multidisciplinary Approach to COVID-19 Risk Communication: A Framework and Tool for Individual and Regional Risk Assessment. Scientific Reports 10: 21650
- Adhikary, P., Balen, J., Gautam, S., Ghimire, S., Karki, J., Lee, A.C.K., Marahatta, S.B., Panday, S., Pohl, G., Rushton, S., Sapkota, S., Simkhada, P.P., Subedi, M., van Teijlingen, E. for the Nepal Federal Health System team (2020) The COVID-19 pandemic in Nepal: Emerging evidence on the effectiveness of action by, and cooperation between, different levels of government in a federal system, Journal of Karnali Academy of Health Sciences 3 (3): 1-11.
- Mahato, P., Tamang, P., Shahi, P., Aryal, N., Regmi, P., van Teijlingen, E., Simkhada, P. (2020) Effects of COVID-19 during lockdown in Nepal, Europasian Journal of Medical Sciences 2(2):1-5.
- Tamang, P., Mahato, P., Shahi, P., Simkhada, P., van Teijlingen, E., Amgain, K. (2020) COVID-19 Quarantine: A Key Part of Prevention in Nepal. Journal of Karnali Academy of Health Sciences 3(1):1-14.
This paper identified gaps in adolescent health literacy (AHL) measurements, as well as how the health literacy (HL) level is related to health promotion (HP) aspects. This study aimed to examine the tools used to measure HL and determine its relation with HP among adolescents. In this review three databases were searched for papers published between January 2016, and January 2021. In this review, 373 articles were identified and after removing duplicates and screening titles and abstracts of articles, 49 full texts were selected for full-text reading. After appraisal 23 papers were included in the synthesis.
The paper reports that of these 23 papers, 21 focused on assessing AHL measures, and 15 addressed the association between AHL and HP. Seven studies used the HL School-Aged Children instrument. The findings suggested that the methodological and conceptual underpinnings of HL measures are insufficient. Furthermore, HL acts as an independent and positive mediator for many facets of HP. Overall, this review offers a warning to practitioners and educationists interested in measuring HL as the number of measurement tools is substantial with different tools applying different scales.
Congratulations to all.
Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen
Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health
- Khanal SP, Budhathoki CB, Okan O, van Teijlingen E, Sharma MK, Acharya J, Wood C. Systematic review of health literacy and health promotion in school-aged adolescents. Journal of Education & Community Health. 2023; 10(1):49-57. doi:10.34172/jech.2023.1982
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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 15 May 2023. 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.
Upon completing the survey, PGRs will be entered into a free prize draw where you can win one of four prizes of a £50 Love2shop voucher. Terms and conditions apply.
In addition and 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 17 April 2023 containing a unique link which allows you to access and complete the survey. If you can’t find this email, contact PRES@bournemouth.ac.uk 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, research culture, community, progress and assessment, responsibilities, support, research skills, profession development, opportunities, and overall experience.
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.
If you would like to know more about the survey, please visit: PRES 2023
We hope you take the opportunity to get involved this year and help us make improvements to your experience.
The Doctoral College
Learning the basic principles is essential for doing effective public engagement with research, but it can be challenging to apply them to developing your own projects. In this session, we will turn your attention away from your work to explore inspiring examples of public engagement projects that have been successfully planned and delivered.
We will consider what worked well and what did not work in those projects, what the organisers learned and what we might do differently. By analysing these projects, you will gain a better understanding of what makes successful engagement. We will end by reflecting on what inspiration, knowledge, and skills you have gained and how you might apply them to your own work.
This session is for all levels of experience with public engagement. To get the most from this, please familiarise yourself beforehand with the basic principles of public engagement.
Participants will gain:
- Useful knowledge into how successful public engagement is planned and delivered
- Skills in critically appraising public engagement with research projects
- Inspiring ideas to translate to their own work and share with others
- Confidence that public engagement is approachable and practical to deliver
To book a place on this workshop please complete the booking form
For any queries regarding the content of this session, please contact Adam Morris at email@example.com
For any other queries, please contact Organisational Development
We are organising our series of Café Scientifique events for September 2023 – July 2024
Café Scientifique is a public event that takes place at The Black Cherry in Boscombe on the first Tuesday of the month (excluding January & August), and is organised centrally by the BU Public Engagement with Research Team, part of Research Development and Support.
The format involves delivering a short talk, followed by the opportunity for discussion and questions from a varied public audience. It is a fantastic opportunity for you to gain experience in engaging with the public in a friendly relaxed atmosphere.
We welcome academics at all career stages, although this opportunity is particularly valuable for those getting started in engaging with the public. We encourage collaboration between less experienced and more experienced public speakers to provide a worthwhile learning experience.
The team will support you every step of the way, from developing your ideas to engage with audience members, to setting up and promoting your event, we also help on the day to ensure your event runs smoothly.
Please note: Completing this form does not guarantee you a space. We will be in touch with you to discuss your interest.
If you have any questions about getting involved with Café Sci, please get in touch with the Public Engagement with Research Team: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) launch new resources for public engagement with environmental research
Running from March 2022 to January 2023 with funding from the NERC, the NCCPE delivered an online, capacity building programme for environmental researchers, practitioners and staff seeking to develop more productive and meaningful public and community engagement work.
This has led to the development of three ‘conversation starters’, which weave together the core themes of the programme with the ideas and discussions that most resonated with Academy participants.
The below resources were developed with and for environmental researchers and staff, but they are designed to help people working within a range of contexts to discuss partnerships, leadership and ethics in engagement.
Partnerships in environmental engagement – This resource explores what it means to develop and hold mutually beneficial partnerships in environmental engagement through the lens of the partnership cycle.
Leading environmental engagement – This resource reflects on the leadership challenges for strategically leading engagement practices in a UK higher education and research context. It also provides further resources to support this work.
Ethics of environmental engagement – This resource considers the guidelines for ethical practice in the broader context of environmental engagement.
If you have any questions, please email NCCPE: email@example.com
Alternatively, please contact Adam Morris Engagement Officer firstname.lastname@example.org
Sense about Science are running a Standing up for Science workshop on Friday 26 May at Norwich Research Park.
The workshop is free for STEM and social science early career researchers, trainees and medical professionals. The aim of the workshop is to encourage ECRs to make their voices heard in public debates about science.
The session will be made up of three panels, a researcher panel, media panel and a policy panel, where ECRs can learn what is expected of them from other researchers, journalists and policymakers, routes and pathways to engage with media or policy worlds, as well as useful tips and tricks from the panellists and each other.
Apply for your free place here
Places are allocated on a first come first serve basis. Workshops places are free, but you are responsible for your own travel costs.
Closing date for applications: 5pm Monday 8 May
For more details, please email email@example.com
Alternatively, please contact Adam Morris Engagement Officer firstname.lastname@example.org
This 3-Day workshop covers strategies for academic writing: writing to prompts, targeting a journal/specific criteria, types of prompt for academic writing, ‘snack writing’, goal-setting for writing, motivation, freewriting, generative writing, analysing academic writing, drafting and revising an abstract/summary, constructing a ‘contribution’ argument, using prompts in series, outlining, productive writing behaviours, wellbeing, writing groups, micro-groups and retreats. Many of these can be used in preparing for a concentrated spell of writing at a writing retreat.
This is a practical workshop. The aim of the writing activities in this workshop is to let you try these strategies and consider how/if/where they can fit in your writing practice. We also discuss how they can be used for writing theses, articles and other writing. They also let you start/work on your writing project during the workshop.
The online version of this course involves several short writing activities, all designed to help you develop your paper/chapter/thesis and use productive, healthy writing habits. By signing up to this course you agree to do the writing tasks and to talk about your writing in online small-group discussions, to give and receive feedback on this writing and to discuss your writing plans and goals.
You can find the programme here
|Writing Academy: Day 1
||Wednesday, 21st June 2023
||10.00 – 16.00
|Writing Academy: Day 2
||Thursday, 22nd June 2023
||08.55 – 16.45
|Writing Academy: Day 3
||Friday, 23rd June 2023
||08.45 – 16.45
Please note, participants are required to attend all three days of the Writing Academy sessions.
To book a place on this workshop please complete the Booking Form.
For any specific queries regarding this workshop please email Pengpeng Hatch: email@example.com.
Dr Jonathan Williams, Principal Academic and Deputy Head of the Department of Rehabilitation & Sports Science is the latest BU academic to visit Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences (MMIHS) in Nepal as part of the Erasmus+ exchange funding. Yesterday he run a workshop in Kathmandu on how to conduct a Literature Review for Health Professionals. This session was well attended by medical doctors at Manmohan Memorial Teaching Hospital.
The workshop was organised buy Prof. Sujan Marahatta at MMIHS, who is also Visiting Faculty member in FHSS. BU is currently in the process of renewing its MoA with MMIHS, to continue working together after this successful Erasmus+ programme.
Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen
Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health (CMMPH)
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Public Engagement Early-Career Researcher Forum (the ‘PEER Forum’) will support talented scientists and engineers in the early stages of their career to develop their public engagement and outreach goals, to ensure the next generation of STFC scientists and engineers continue to deliver the highest quality of purposeful, audience-driven public engagement.
STFC Public Engagement Early-Career Researcher Forum
Call for Applications
Closing date: 4pm Friday 9 June 2023
PEER Forum aims
- To foster peer learning and support between early career scientists and engineers with similar passion for public engagement and outreach, thus developing a peer support network that goes beyond an individual’s term in the forum
- To foster a better knowledge and understanding of the support mechanisms available from STFC and other organisations, including funding mechanisms, evaluation, and reporting. As well as how to successfully access and utilise this support
- To explore the realities of delivering and leading public engagement as an early career professional and build an evidence base to inform and influence STFC and by extension UKRI’s approaches to public engagement, giving an effective voice to early career researchers
What will participation in the Forum involve?
Participants in the PEER Forum will meet face-to-face at least twice per year to share learning and to participate in session that will strengthen the depth and breadth of their understanding of public engagement and outreach.
Who can apply to join the Forum?
The PEER Forum is for practising early-career scientists and engineers who have passion and ambition for carrying out excellent public engagement alongside, and complementary to, their career in science or engineering. Forum members from across the breadth of STFC’s pure and applied science and technology remit.
The personal requirements of PEER Forum membership are that members:
- Have completed (or currently studying for – including apprentices and PhD students) their highest level of academic qualification within the last ten years (not including any career breaks)
- Are employed at a Higher Education Institute, or a research-intensive Public Sector Research Organisation or Research Laboratory (including STFC’s own national laboratories)
- Work within a science and technology field in STFC’s remit, or with a strong inter-disciplinary connection to STFC’s remit, or use an STFC facility to enable their own research
- Clearly describe their track record of experience in their field, corresponding to the length of their career to date
- Clearly describe their track record of delivering and leading, or seeking the opportunity to lead, public engagement and/or outreach
- Are keen communicators with a willingness to contribute to the success of a UK-wide network
- Can provide insight into their experiences in public engagement and/or outreach and also evidence one or more of the following;
- Inspiring others
- Delivering impact
- Demonstrating creativity
- Introducing transformative ideas and/or inventions
- Building and sustaining collaborations/networks
For more details on how to apply please visit the website or contact Dr Elizabeth Cunningham firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, if you would like advice on developing ideas or submitting your application, please contact Adam Morris (Engagement Officer) email@example.com
At BU we promote and celebrate the work done to engage public audiences with our research.
The public engagement with research team in Research Development and Support can help promote your event to relevant audiences through regular newsletters and via social media channels.
Share your upcoming public event or activity
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
This has been a busy few months for the International Early Labour Research Group (IELRG), which comprises members from across the globe. We had the opportunity to get together at the International Labour and Birth Research Conference in Grange over Sands this month, where early labour was a strong theme.
The IELRG held a workshop looking at how latent phase labour is defined. This was followed by a symposium on early labour with presentations from the USA and Europe.
The Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health at Bournemouth University was well represented. In addition to participating in the workshops, the team had a couple of posters.
Vanessa Bartholomew, clinical academic doctoral midwife, presented her doctoral work on pain catastrophisation. Congratulations to Vanessa for winning both the daily and overall prize for Best Scientific Poster!
Vanora Hundley, Professor of Midwifery, presented a study looking at how perceptions of pain established prior to pregnancy can influence decisions about labour and birth.
The International Early Labour Research Group with be launching a special issue of Women and Birth later this year.
Related BU papers:
Bartholomew V, Clark C, Hundley V, Parris B (2023) Changing the Way We Think About Pain. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest 33(1): 30-38
Clark C, Bartholomew V, Mylod D, Hundley V (2023) The importance of pain histories for latent phase labour. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest 33(1): in press
We are collecting details of all events for external audiences taking place between 1 August 2022 – 31 July 2023
Thank you to everyone who has already provided information via the SharePoint site. The form will stay open for you to add your activities until Friday 29 September 2023. We encourage you to add your new data regularly throughout the year, while the details are easily recalled.
This data forms part of BU’s annual Higher Education – Business & Community Interaction (HE-BCI) survey and is used to calculate our Higher Education Innovation Funding grant. It also feeds into our submission to the Knowledge Exchange Framework so it is really important for us to provide a full and accurate picture of all our public engagement.
Which events do I need to report?
- Public lectures & talks
- Performance arts (music, dance, drama etc)
- Exhibitions (galleries, museums etc)
- Museum education
- Media engagement (TV/radio interviews, podcasts etc)
If you’re not sure if your event is eligible for inclusion, the SharePoint site includes further details and guidance.
All events that were part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2022, Online Public Lecture Series and Café Scientifique have/will be collated on your behalf centrally, so there is no need to add these.
What data is collected?
We collect a wider range of data than is required for HE-BCI, for additional external and internal reporting, e.g. HEIF Annual Monitoring Statement and Athena Swan. For the purposes of the HE-BCI survey, you must record the following:
- Event dates – to ensure eligibility
- Whether the event or activity was free or chargeable
- Number of attendees (or views/visitors)
- Amount of staff time in hours needed for delivery.
Without this specific data, we will not be able to include your event in the survey.
If you have any further questions about the HE-BCI return, please contact email@example.com.
Nestled within the beautiful Brecon Beacons, the Green Man Festival 2023 is taking place 17-20 August.
Einstein’s Garden is the area for creative engagement with science, nature and technology.
Every year the Green Man Festival curate a line up which fuses performance, art, music and research to bring the world around us and our questions about it to life in the most wonderful ways.
Organisers are looking for research groups and any other science/nature/technology-minded people that would like to bring a stall to Einstein’s Garden with the aim of engaging festival audiences with their work.
Deadline for applications: midnight on Friday 28 April 2023
Any questions regarding the application process, please contact Elli at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like advice on developing ideas or submitting your application, please contact Adam Morris (Engagement Officer) email@example.com