Learn about getting started in many forms of public engagement
Public engagement is becoming ever more important within academia, as researchers are expected to be accountable, approachable and relevant. Communicating your work to different audiences, building links to communities, involving the public in your research and demonstrating impact.
TheUniversity of Surrey are looking to train and inform doctoral researchers and early career researchers about how to get involved with ongoing projects, or to start their own.
They are running an entire day of training and expert discussion in collaboration with the University’s Community and Public Engagement team.
Workshops will include; working with external partners, media skills, planning public engagement into your research and REF impact case studies. The panel discussion will give the views of experienced professionals and researchers at different career stages and from diverse organisations.
You can either attend the full day or select sessions.
Date: Wednesday 11 March 2020
Time: 10:00 – 16.30 (lunch will be provided)
Location: 13BA01, Stag Hill Campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, GU2 7XH
Surrey staff and speakers from several external organisations will present on diverse aspects of public engagement.
This event is open to all postgraduate researchers and staff.
The Doctoral College Newsletter provides termly information and updates to all those involved with postgraduate research at BU. The latest edition is now available to download here. Click on the web-links provided to learn more about the news, events and opportunities that may interest you.
If you would like to make a contribution to future newsletters, please contact the Doctoral College.
We are looking for breast feeding mums to donate 5 mL of breast milk for a research study conducted at BU.
When mother’s own milk is not sufficient or appropriate, preterm babies can be fed with donor milk from a human milk bank. However, the processes used in milk banking might increase the risk of fat degradation in the milk. Currently, nothing is known about fat degradation products in donor milk. With this study, we aim to quantify fat degradation products in donor milk, and we are currently looking for some term breast milk to compare our results to.
If you are breastfeeding and would like to take part in the study, please get in touch!
Please feel free to share the information with any breastfeeding mum you know!
If you want to know more about milk banking in the UK, read my earlier blog post here.
BU PGR Aishah Selamat a third year PhD student from the Creative Technology Department has been shortlisted for the Institute of Directors (IoD) Student of the Year Award 2018. The award is aimed at recognizing students who have shown directors qualities in a project they have worked on in a business, employment or academic capacity. The IoD is the UK’s longest-running organization for professional and business leaders.
Aishah has recently pitched her project, alongside, her additional contributions to travelmanagement4u.com, UK Data Service, Global Blockchain Consortium and academic visiting lectureship to a group of judges at IoD’s main office in London. The winner of the Student of the Year Award 2018 will be announced at the prestigious Director of the Year Awards on the 18th October 2018 at the Royal Horticultural Halls.
SciTech PGR Aishah Selamat from the Creative Technology Department is one of UK Data Service 2018 Data Impact Fellow. Here in this video, she discusses her research using machine learning to build an analytical model for SMEs in the private coach hire industry and the research impact using UK Data Service open data.
The Universities UK Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education Working Group (MWBHE) have announced an award to recognise students who have worked to support student mental health and wellbeing in the UK.
Enrolled students and students who have left a UK university within the last year are eligible to apply for their creation, development and completion of an innovative intervention to support student mental health and wellbeing, produced in 2015-17.
To enter, submit a creation that shows how you as a university student have supported student mental health and wellbeing and you could win £500. The winner will be invited to the 2018 MWBHE conference and the winning submission displayed on this website.
If you would like to discuss using EURAXESS as a researcher, in order to promote BU’s research activity, supporting incoming researchers to BU or other related purpose,please contactEmily Cieciura, RKEO’s Research Facilitator: EU & International and BU’s EURAXESS Institutional Contact.
Do you supervise PhD Students, if so, please note that the process for the review and approval for low risk PGR ethics checklists has changed. Please visit the Research Ethics Website (see Postgraduate Research) for further details.
The Graduate School would like to remind all PGRs (on behalf of SUBU) that the BU/SUBU Postgraduate Researcher Experience Survey (PRES) is now open. It is an opportunity for PGRs to tell us about their experiences as a PGR student, which will help us identify areas of good practice and areas in which we could improve. The closing date is 1 November 2016 – see link below.
PRES is an important anonymous survey which speaks out for BU PGRs only, and has been developed in consultation with BU PGR students to make it relevant to PhD, MPhil and MRes students here.
Feedback from last year’s survey helped us to, amongst other things:
Improve the processes for administrative support
Explore how to make the faculty research environment more stimulating
Improve communication about how to apply for funding for specialist resources
The more responses we receive, the more we can do for PGRs. If you are a BU PGR, please help us by sparing a few moments to fill in the survey:
3MP is back for the final time for this academic year. This event challenges postgraduate researchers to talk about their research in 3 minutes and is designed to expose the audience to a variety of ideas from different disciplines in a bitesize way. There will be plenty opportunities to meet like-minded individuals and to create new connections among staff and colleagues across the University.
Just to give you a small sample of what to expect we have talks about:
Diabetes & lifestyle
Hacking & Gaming Technology
and much more!!
The event will commence on Thursday 19th May from 18:00 on Talbot Campus.
Don’t forget that the PGR Development Fund is OPEN for applications and is available to support all BU postgraduate researchers (PGRs) irrespective of the mode of study (full-time/part-time) or funding status (BU studentship/externally funded/self-funded/ VC PhD Scholarship).
Individual awards will provide financial support of normally up to £1,000 for research activities related to an individual PGR’s research project or personal development. Examples of research activities covered by the Scheme include:
Conferences (to present – either poster or oral and you must provide evidence that you have submitted either a poster or oral abstract for consideration);
Research development e.g. attending external training events specific to your research project;
Personal development e.g. attending external personal development training events;
Organisation of an academic conference at BU with external participants;
Attendance at external networking events leading to advance of the research;
Meetings or networking events linking to publications or dissemination of research.
The closing date for applications is 17:00 hrs on 31st March 2014
Full details can be found on myBU – Graduate School PGR Community (Funding – Development & Mobility Awards Section)
If you have any questions about the PGR Development Fund, then please get in touch with the Graduate School Team.
Many congratulations to Kyle Waters from Applied Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, for winning a grant of £2,500 from the BU Graduate School Santander Mobility Wards towards a competitive internship at the prestigious American Museum of Natural History in New York. Kyle will be working in the Biological Anthropology Department of the museum with its vast collection of human skeletal remains, an experience that will directly benefit his doctoral research on ‘Differential mortality and morbidity– a bioarchaeological approach to childhood in Roman Britain’. Supervisor Professor Holger Schutkowski says: ‘This is a lifetime opportunity and I am delighted for Kyle to have secured Santander funds.’
As sponsors of Formula One, Santander were lucky enough to secure some time with the Formula One racing driver Jenson Button to meet some of the Formula Santander Scholars, along with Santander Chairman, Emilio Botin. Two research students from the Media School and one from HSC were able to travel for research purposes as recipients of the Santander Award and to a reception at the British Medical Association House on Tavistock Square, London on Wednesday 26th June for an address from the Chairman and some words from Jensen. The recipients received certificates and there was an opportunity for a Question and Answer session with Jensen.
Hai Chung said that “I came to know that the extensive Southeast Asia collection at Yale University is an impressive and influential resource for any researcher on South East Asia across the world. Thanks to Santander, I got a rare chance this year to visit Yale University where I was able to update myself on the latest research and discuss with professors there about my work. In relation to actual outputs, the trip gives me additional evidence and elaborates upon my analysis in my findings. I was impressed with the number of scholarships funded by the Santander this year and appreciated a chance to meet formula 1 driver Jenson Button yesterday in London. Thanks again Santander for their generosity in supporting and creating chances for researchers in UK.”
Marketa Zezulkova’s cross-cultural project explores how is children’s media literacy being formed during the first years of their compulsory education; in order to contribute to the international development and implementation of suitable media education for primary and elementary school children. Marketa was in the USA, collecting primary data and undertaking position of a Visiting Scholar at Emerson College (Boston, MA) and at Media Education Lab, the University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI) as part of Santander?
Sheetal Sharma who this summer is again a Santander visiting PhD researcher at IsGlobal, Cresib – the Barcelona Centre for International Health Research (CRESIB) part of the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, the University of Barcelona, and the August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS); supported by the Generalitat de Catalunya. She is supervised in health economic evaluations by Dr. Elisa Sicuri aiming to use novel techniques in the evaluations of health programmes in Nepal: http://www.cresib.cat/en/page.asp?id=216
The suggestion from this event was to organize a BU Santander Scholars session with a representative from Santander Universities (UK) in the near future to try and give back in terms of lessons that can be learnt from research mobility.
Open air focus group in rural Nepal, (c) Sheetal Sharma 2013.
Roosters crowing, cows mooing, bleating goats, birds chirping, mobile phones ringing, children screaming, laughing and running around while women, breastfeeding, talk over one another excitedly in the sun as they need to leave us soon to drop the children off to school and/or head to the field to cultivate the season’s crop this spring it is wheat, last summer, rice. Women do this work as most of their husbands are away in the capital, Kathmandu or in the Arab Gulf. This is the reality of conducting focus groups in rural Nepal.
Although we, as researchers, spend considerable time to perfect the ideal ‘tool’ of the interview schedule and imagine the transcription clear and the background; a researcher must be prepared for every eventuality. Noise, din and interruptions: Today a dog nibbled on a nearby goat and a few men kept creeping to listen in why was this videshi (foreigner) recording conversations and making notes. The women shooed them away as today was a discussion on contraception; also that the discussion of the focus groups should be in ‘controlled environment’, safe, quiet; and in Nepal where women are not the main decision-maker for their reproductive health, it should mean a lieu women should be able to discuss freely these issues. In this Green Tara’s (www.greentaratrust.com) intervention area, which my PhD, supervised at HSC BU by Catherine Angell, Vanora Hundley, Edwin van Teijlingen and University of Sheffield’s Padam Simkhada, aims to evaluate both quantitatively and qualitatively, shows one the decision-making outcomes improved: increased the use of contraception in the Pharping area from 4.3% (2008) to 24.6% (2012) after 5 years of health promotion conducted by two auxiliary nurse-midwives.
40 minutes later recording (with 2 digital recorders) and once the demographic data and recording is double-checked and any last questions answered we set off walking 2 hours downhill visiting a tea-shop on the way for a cup of chai.
Edwin van Teijlingen and Emma Pitchforth, Qualitative Research: Focus group research in family planning and reproductive health care J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care 2006;32:1 30-32doi:10.1783/147118906775275299
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