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Bid-generating Sandpit: Interdisciplinary Research towards Sustainable Development Goals

Illustration of a lightbulb with a group of people inside around a circular table, with computers and papers. They are clearly working together.

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Calling early career researchers (including practice-led) for two days of sparking ideas, discovering new project partners, and developing interdisciplinary funding bids!

30 April – 1 May 2024


Day 1 begins at 1230, Day 2 finishes at 1630, to enable travel from external universities.

The British Academy Early Career Researcher Network and Bournemouth University’s Centre for the Study of Conflict, Emotion, and Social Justice invite applicants for a two-day research collaboration, networking, and grant development event.

Participate in dynamic and interactive sessions to develop innovative research concepts addressing any of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs), leading to funding bids across institutions and disciplines. Your goal is to form an interdisciplinary project team and build a funding proposal in only two days.

This two-day sandpit will be supplemented with two online follow-up sessions (summer and autumn 2024) to share your project progress and experiences.

We welcome any South West-based early career (as you choose to define it) researcher, artist, practitioner or anyone with a general interest in sustainability and emerging interdisciplinary projects. You must be based at one of the South West Cluster Universities. You should be keen to work in a multidisciplinary team, and willing to commit to attending the full sandpit, on both days. No prior experience of research funding is required.

To secure your spot in the Sandpit, please complete and submit the following application – note that all participants must commit to attending both full days:

APPLY HERE BY 8 MARCH 2024https://forms.office.com/e/AkaeieQHKx

The event is facilitated by Dr. Catalin Brylla and Dr. Lyle Skains, with advisors to be drawn from senior Bournemouth University staff based on participant disciplines and interests.

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Two workshops coming up in March under the Post Award pathway

Two workshops coming up in March under the Post Award pathway

Principal Investigation – Post Award for RKE

This session is aimed at any researcher who is, who plans to be, a Principal Investigator. Topics covered include:

·       What is post award?

·       Roles and responsibilities

·       Systems

·       Key policies

·       Starting your awarded project

·       Making changes to your project and reporting

·       Hints and tips

Book your place here – under “Principal Investigation – Post Award for RKE 06/3/24″ in the drop-down menu


Introduction to RED – The Research & Enterprise Database

This session is aimed at all academics to provide an overview of the Research & Enterprise Database.

·       including how to access the system,

·       the information available to view,

·       budget management via RED,

·       how to use RED to identify your supporting pre and post award officers.



Book your place here under ‘Introduction to RED – The Research & Enterprise Database – 07/03/2024’ in the drop-down menu.


For any queries regarding this workshop, please contact RKE Development Framework

Health Promotion article is being read

Our article ‘Understanding health education, health promotion & public health’ [1] is getting read according to ResearchGate.  This conceptual/ theoretical paper was published open access in late 2021 in the Journal of Health Promotion and it reached 4,500 reads yesterday. Whilst the web side of the journal suggests today that the PDF of the paper has been downloaded 8,511 times.


Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen

Centre for Midwifery & Women’s Health (CMWH)




  1. van Teijlingen, K. R., Devkota, B., Douglas, F., Simkhada, P.,  van Teijlingen, E. R. (2021). Understanding health education, health promotion and public health. Journal of Health Promotion, 9(1): 1–7. https://doi.org/10.3126/jhp.v9i01.40957

New study launched with SportBU: Identifying factors associated with injury incidence in university athletes.

Injury tracking study – recruitment poster

Researchers from the Department of Rehabilitation and Sport Science have recently launched a study, delivered in collaboration with SportBU, to identify factors associated with injury incidence in BU varsity athletes.

The study, led by Dr Louise Burgess and Kate Rattley, in collaboration with Dr Chloe Casey, Rosie Harper and MSc student Ellie Cox, aims to identify lifestyle and health factors that may lead to an increase in injury risk in athletes. The survey asks injured athletes to complete validated questionnaires on factors related to their health and wellbeing in the time leading up to their injury (for example, sleep, nutrition, stress, wellbeing, alcohol intake and factors related to the menstrual cycle) and specific details about their injury (for example, type, severity, playing surface).

TeamBU athletes – Men’s rugby

Dr Louise Burgess, Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science, said: “This study aims to collect data over several seasons of varsity sport, to identify potential correlates of injury risk, and inform future injury prevention strategies within the University. It’s exciting to collaborate with the performance sport department at BU and collect data that will have a meaningful impact on student experience.”

Kate Rattley, PhD student, said: “It’s really important to increase availability of information for athletes on how they can reduce injury risk both in advance of and during game play. There’s been fantastic progress in elite sport and it’s important this information filters down to all levels of sport. Part of this research aims to increase high quality data in relation to women’s health and performance and this study presents an exciting opportunity for Bournemouth University and TeamBU to contribute to this rapidly evolving field.”

TeamBU athletes – Women’s hockey

Michael Barry, Assistant Head of Sport (Student Sport and Outreach) said: “We’re excited to support this important collaboration with academics at BU. The performance pathway at the University continues to grow and injury surveillance data is vital to reduce the time spent away from sport and learning due to injury, to enhance student experience. We offer a unique range of support to our athletes through S&C and performance lifestyle advise as part of the TeamBU programme, and collecting further data on potential causes of injury will inform the services we offer.”

For more information on the study, please contact lead researchers Dr Louise Burgess (lburgess@bournemouth.ac.uk) or Kate Rattley (krattley@bournemouth.ac.uk).

Media coverage in Nepal

Last week Mr. Yogesh Dhakal, who is Deputy Editor at Shilapatra, an online newspaper in Nepal, interviewed three UK professors: Julie Balen (Canterbury Christ Church University), Simon Rushton (the University of Sheffield) and Edwin van Teijlingen (Bournemouth University).  The focus of the interview (see interview online here) was our recently completed interdisciplinary study ‘The impact of federalisation on Nepal’s health system: a longitudinal analysis’.

In this Nepal Federal Health System Project we studied the consequences for the health system of Nepal’s move from a centralised political system to a more federal structure of government.  This three-year project is UK-funded by the MRC, Wellcome Trust and FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office; formerly DFID) under the Health Systems Research Initiative.  This joint project is led by the University of Sheffield in collaboration with Bournemouth University, the University of Huddersfield, Canterbury Christ Church University and two  institutions in Nepal, namely MMIHS (Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences) and PHASE Nepal. 

Today (23rd January) the article appeared online in Nepali.  We have seen the transcript in English of the actual interviews with the three of us, but I have no idea how the journalist has edited, selected and translated the relevant text.

Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen

CMWH (Centre for Midwifery & Women’s Health)