Before the pandemic, local school children had a local facility near Wallisdown called SafeWise. SafeWise supported children learning about keeping safe and in particular road safety. However, during the pandemic this facility closed, leaving children without such an important resource. In collaboration with Colin Parnell from Centre VR, Dr Sarah Hodge (from the Department of Psychology) was awarded a bid by Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole (BCP) Council to develop a VR simulation/game about road safety skills; SaferKids VR.
The educational simulation/game was designed and created, with an interdisciplinary team, including psychologists, and game developers and programmers. The team of game developers and programmers, consisted of two BU graduates Sam Walsh and Josh Maddocks, as well as Andrew Ham. Since graduating from his Masters degree, Sam has led the team on the SaferKids VR development.
Within SaferKids VR, there was the creation of SKIE: Safer Kids Interactive Expert (robot pictured above). SKIE supports the player in VR, navigating the friendly real-life interactive virtual world and achieving learning goals and road safety skills. The players complete various types of crossing while in VR, walking to and from school, as well as various mini games at key location points as they progress through the simulation/game.
Schools can sign up for their pupils to be involved.
For more information on the project please see the link https://centrevr.co.uk/saferkidsvr/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Institute of Health Research invites applications for its knowledge mobilisation research fellowships. These fellowships support innovative and creative proposals that seek to improve the effective use of health research knowledge within NHS or other public healthcare settings and simultaneously study implementation processes and impacts.
Proposals must be grounded in knowledge mobilisation theory. Fellowships should be used to:
•develop and enhance the understanding of knowledge mobilisation in healthcare;
•develop new ways of sharing existing research findings;
•enhance existing knowledge mobilisation mechanisms;
•shape new research questions of particular and timely relevance to the NHS;
•enhance the capability of the fellow to facilitate networking between researchers and potential research users.
Individual researchers working in healthcare or academic organisations may apply.
Further details, including full eligibility criteria, can be found in the relevant guidance notes for applicants.
Full details of this programme can be found here.
If you are interested in submitting to this call you must contact your RKEO Funding Development Officer with adequate notice before the deadline.
For more funding opportunities that are most relevant to you, you can set up your own personalised alerts on Research Professional. If you need help setting these up, just ask your School’s/Faculty’s Funding Development Officer in RKEO or view the recent blog post here.
If thinking of applying, why not add notification of your interest on Research Professional’s record of the bid so that BU colleagues can see your intention to bid and contact you to collaborate.