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Tagged / BU2025
Mary Beth Gouthro PhD of the Faculty of Management was invited to join an expert panel for the MICE Leadership Summit 2019 this September at the May Fair Hotel (Edwardian Hotels Group) in London. Now in its second year, the one day Summit was attended by 200 agents working in the event industry and came from UK, South Africa and Israel.
The MICE (Meetings Incentives Conferencing & Exhibitions) Summit consisted of speakers, the panel and workshop content that addressed the opportunities and challenges of the industry go forward, through to 2025. The events sector is worth £39.1 billion to the UK economy in terms of direct spend by event delegates, attendees and organisers (BVEP). Nurturing talent in the workforce as well as issues related to sustainability were key themes covered on the day.
Joining Mary Beth on the panel providing insights to the future proofing for the events sector were Tracy Halliwell MBE, Director of Tourism, Conventions & Major Events for London & Partners; Jamie Vaughan, Head of European Sales for Cvent and Michael Begley, Managing Director of venuedirectory.com. The panel was chaired by Max Fellows, Director of Client Services at MCI Experience. The value and role of degree education in the field of events management was furthermore highlighted. Post-secondary education in the field underpins the economic sustainability of the International Business Events Action Plan published by DCMS alongside of the Tourism Sector Deal in summer 2019.
The next Summit is planned for September 2020 and plans to incorporate a bigger presence of HE education in event management, ie to include BU students & alumni.
Michael O’Regan, Sport & Event Management (Business School and Faculty of Management) was invited to attend the British Council Workshop on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The workshop, held at the University of São Paulo (Brazil) focused on SDG #12 “Responsible consumption and production” (especially in the UK), and SDG#9 “Build Resilient Infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation” (especially in Brazil). The workshop content and goals aligned fully with BU2025 strategy, given Sustainability is at the heart of life at BU and is embedded in BU culture and the approach that our students and staff value. The workshop was based on collaboration between UK and Brazilian researchers,and was very focused on developing projects, networking and future grant opportunities, so as prioritise the UN SDGs.
08/13/2019 – 09:00 until 08/16/2019 – 17:00
Workshop – UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): International Academic Collaboration for Transformational Industry and its Social and Environmental Impacts
Location: Safra Auditorium, FEAUSP Library
Responsible: Profs. Isak Kruglianskas (FEAUSP) and Luisa Huaccho Huatuco (York University)
Realization: USP, Fapesp and British Council
Summary: (for more information, click here).
As part of the UN’s 2030 agenda, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the new drivers for promoting sustainability among stakeholders in developed and developing economies. SDGs comprise 17 goals, 169 objectives and more than 200 indicators and are meant to reduce inequalities and help organisations facing sustainability issues in all dimensions (economic, social and environmental).
The UK is a developed country with a long history of industrialization. However, in recent years there has been a rise on sustainability concerns, which are now reflected in the UK’s current industrial strategy with a commitment to ‘Cleaner growth’. Brazil is a developing country which is both rich in natural resources and has a wealth of industries. Making progress towards achieving the SDGs is of clear importance to both countries.
The proposed workshop aims to tackle: SDG #12 “Responsible consumption and production” (especially in the UK), and SDG#9 “Build Resilient Infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation” (especially in Brazil).
From the operations and performance management perspective, industrialists are struggling to identify: how can they plan and operationalize their activities according to this new agenda, and how to measure their progress towards achieving SDGs. Despite the attempts to deal with sustainability performance in a systematic and effective way, this issue still lacks consensus and requires new approaches and methods.
This workshop will gather UK and Brazilian academics to discuss key pressing SDGs challenges faced by industrialists. Through action research, the workshop will go beyond presentations and activities by providing tangible actions/measures to be proposed to industrialists to tackle the key pressing challenges. The workshop will help ECRs and post-docs to become established academics and to foster long-term research collaborative relationships among their groups at their home institutions.
Following a recent review by the Research Performance Management Committee (RPMC) applications are now open for the establishment of new Research Centres. This process is open to all groups of academic staff, each led by a member of the Professoriate, to put forward proposed Research Centres. Applications can be from established Research Centres, new groupings or new amalgamations of groupings (old and/or new). The new Research Centres will be launched in September when existing Research Centres will cease to exist unless they have applied under this process (except where exempt).*
Research Centres are the public face of BU’s research. They bring together individuals and research teams from across the University to form collaborative and interdisciplinary groupings which, through the development and delivery of world-leading research, strengthen and underpin the delivery of the BU2025 vision. They offer an opportunity for the Professoriate to engage in leadership of research that can contribute significantly to the aims of BU2025 – see leadership role descriptor – and provide a genuine platform for innovation and the achievement of critical mass.
Research Centres provide opportunities for staff at all levels to become members, benefitting from dynamic, creative relationships which cut across the perceived boundaries of discipline, Department and/or Faculty. Research Centres provide members with the opportunity to be a part of an interdisciplinary research community, which enables individuals to join and establish interdisciplinary relationships and networks which can facilitate and strengthen their own research.
Applications (see pages 6 – 9) are to be completed and submitted to the Faculty Research and Professional Practice Committee (FRPPC) for approval. As part of the application process Research Development and Support (RDS) will provide a data set of the KPI’s relating to the proposed membership for the past year. This means that there are two deadlines – the first being to allow time for the data set to be prepared and the second for final submission to FRPPC. Arrangements and the dates for submission vary between Faculties and are shown in the table below:
|Faculty||D/L for proposed
|D/L for completed
application to FRPPC
|D/L for approval by Faculty|
|FMC||5th July 2019
A Faculty meeting on 5th July 2019 will discuss and finalise Research Centre compositions. Proposed Centres and membership lists should be brought to this meeting.
|14th July 2019
Details of submitting completed applications to be decided at this meeting but the deadline is 14th July and will be submitted for FRPPC via DDRPP (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|18th July 2019|
|FHSS||14th June 2019
Proposed membership lists to be sent directly to Project Delivery Manager (email@example.com) by 14th June who will provide data set by 21st June
|5th July 2019
Deadline for submission of completed applications to DDRPP (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|21st July 2019|
|FoM||28th June 2019
Completed applications (including membership lists) to be sent directly to Project Delivery Manager (email@example.com) by 28th June 2019.
|28th June 2019
Same as deadline for membership list. Project Delivery Manager will forward to DDRPP (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|19th July 2019|
|FST||21st June 2019, 5 pm
Completed applications (including membership lists) to be sent to DDRPP email@example.com
|21st June 2019
Same as deadline for membership list.
|4th July 2019|
For an overview of the approval process please see this flowchart.
If you have any questions please contact me, (firstname.lastname@example.org EXT 68265), or the DDRPP for your Faculty.
*Institutes will be exempt from this process and addressed later. The following entities are exempt from this process for the reasons stated: NCPQSW and NCCA as they are externally recognised national centres; DMC, CoPMRE, Centre for GP Practice, Centre for Digital Entertainment and BUCRU as their purpose and remit exceeds the scope of the Research Centres policy and therefore the re-commissioning process
If you need help with your research application and can meet certain criteria, then you may be eligible to receive support from one of our External Application Reviewers (EARs).
With a new and simplified process, you can request this when you submit your Intention to Bid form, and you meet at least one of the following conditions:
- The application is to a prestigious funder (UK research councils, Wellcome Trust, Leverhulme Trust, British Academy, Royal Society, NIHR and EU Horizon 2020)
- The application is to a strategically important funding call, including those in the BU2025 Strategic Investment Areas
- NERC Standard Grants
- One-off calls for multi-million pound bids (such as AHRC’s Creative Clusters Programme and Research England’s E3 call)
- The applicant is a member of the BU Research Council Development Scheme and is applying to a UK Research Council call
- The applicant is an ECR and is applying to a prestigious funder
Your Research Facilitator will then be in contact to discuss your needs. Approval will need to be given both by RKEO and your department before an EAR is appointed to support you.
If you do not meet the above conditions, help may still be available in certain circumstances. Additionally, certain calls may be eligible for external support from other sources. – please discuss these with your Research Facilitator.
Please note that this is an application reviewing service; the EARs will not write your bid for you.
The ItB form is a mandatory document for completion by all BU staff as part of the internal approvals process for external RKE (Research and Knowledge Exchange) funding applications.
In line with the BU2025 Strategic Plan and the latest development from the RKE development framework initiatives, the ItB form has recently gone through some additions and modifications in order to incorporate these.
Please see below details of the changes:
1. Prestigious Research Funders PDRA and PGR Studentship scheme
The BU Prestigious Research Funders PDRA and PGR Studentship scheme provides internal investment for additional research staff/students on applications for external research funding from a list of prestigious funders. The scheme was first introduced in 2017, with a recent revision conducted in October 2018. The scheme guidance can be found here. If you are eligible, you can make use of this section on the ItB form to indicate if you wish to utilise this scheme.
2. External Application Reviewers
As part of the RKE Development Framework, academics now have the opportunity to engage with external application reviewers or external trainers with the aim to enhance research funding applications prior to submission. The scheme was first introduced in 2017, with a recent revision conducted in October 2018. The scheme guidance can be found here. If you are eligible, you can make use of this section on the ItB form to indicate if you wish to utilise this scheme. Your request will then be forwarded to the relevant Research Facilitator for consideration and action.
3. BU2025 Strategic Plan
In order to track BU’s progress and development against the BU2025 Strategic Plan, three new sub-sections have now been added to the ItB form so that we can efficiently capture and record information on research projects that meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals; research projects with strong elements of Social Science and/or Humanities; and research projects that align with the BU2025 Strategic Investment Areas.
The newly revised Intention to Bid form can be found here. The ItB form is a mandatory step as part of the internal approvals process for external funding applications and it is important for all sections to be completed when this is returned to your Funding Development Officer.
If you have further queries on how to complete the form or if you need help with completing the form, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your Funding Development Officers.
The Centre for Qualitative Research welcomes new members and invites them to contribute to our on-going and successful Seminar Series in the coming Academic Year.
Doctoral Students and Academics from across disciplines and Faculties are welcome to join CQR. You can become a Full Member, meaning your publications and research income will be counted through CQR, or you can be an Associate Member. You can be an Associate Member of several research centres at once. Doctoral students generally join the Centre where their First Supervisor is a member.
One way to participate in the Centre is to give a presentation at one of our seminars. Information on how to do this follows.
CQR Seminar Series, 2018-2019
BU 2025: “Advancing knowledge, creativity and innovation”
How have you used/are you using creative approaches in your qualitative research?
Sign up now to share your experience in our well-attended CQR Seminar Series for the next Academic Year!
1. Gathering data
Novel approaches to interviewing
Participant involvement in producing data (dance, poetry, media, etc)
Visual methods of collecting data (film, drawing, etc,)
2. Interpreting data
Auto-interpretive approaches (autoethnographic, autobiographic, autofiction)
3. Disseminating data
Graphics, visual arts
4. New ways of writing
Just some suggestions!
Tell us how you might share your creative approach “in conversation” with CQR Seminar participants. This could be by sharing knowledge from a completed or on-going research project, or it could be a hands-on, participatory demonstration of a particular method.
There are nine monthly 50 minute seminars (usually the first Wed of each month) beginning in September. We need to have your input in terms of title/subject now in order to book rooms and promote the series as a whole. You may present alone or with a partner.
Please get back to Kip Jones asap with your ideas and to join CQR! email@example.com