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BU Research Project wins THE Award

SHIVACongratulations to the SHIVA Project team who won the Times Higher Education (THE) Award in the Outstanding Innovation in Teaching or Research category.

The SHIVA Project (Scuplture for Healthcare: Interaction and Visual Art in 3D) won the award at the THE Awards, one of the most prestigious awards in the Higher Education sector.

The team from BU’s National Centre for Comptuer Animation (NCCA) developed the SHIVA software system, working with Victoria Education Centre in Dorset – a local school for children with physical and learning disabilities.

The software enables students to bring art to life by creating objects using eye gaze or touchscreen technology, before 3D printing the finished result.

The winning team for the award included: Professor Alexander Pasko, Professor Peter Comninos, Dr Leigh McLoughlin, Dr Oleg Fryazinov, Dr Valery Adzhiev, PhD student Mathieu Sanchez and Mark Moseley, who worked for Victoria Educational Centre and is now a BU Doctoral student.

To view all the winners from the evening, visit the THE Awards website.

THE article on research council success rates

the-times-education-supplementDavid Matthews wrote an article in the THE on the fall in success rates at the research councils.

In 2014-15, there were 7,780 applications to research councils, according to calculations by Times Higher Education, a 12 per cent increase on the year before despite efforts to deter weaker bids.

Success rates fell at five out of six councils, halving in the case of the Economic and Social Research Council to just 12 per cent (the Science and Technology Facilities Council was excluded from the analysis).RCUKlogo

The overall success rate dropped by half a percentage point to just under 28 per cent, and would have fallen much further had it not been for an “abnormally” high level of funding in 2014-15 at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, where success rates shot up.

Read the whole article here, including a useful table of success rates for each research council.

BU at the THE Awards 2014


The Bournemouth University and Poole Hospital research team who developed a medical device to make epidurals safer and more effective, were celebrating being shortlisted for the THE Awards 2014 in London last night.

The project was nominated for Outstanding ICT initiative of the Year and – although pipped to the post by the Open University – being shortlisted for an award of this calibre is an incredible achievement and honour.

BU’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation Professor John Fletcher was at the ceremony. He said: “Congratulations to the NHS-BU team for being shortlisted. We were very worthy contestants.  I felt privileged and proud to share the evening with such a successful team.”

The nominated team at the awards ceremonyThe clinical project was initially proposed by the senior consultant anesthetist at Poole Hospital, Professor Mike Wee. The device was developed by Dr Neil Vaughan for his PhD, supervised by Professor Wee and Dr Venky Dubey. Dr Richard Isaacs – now at Southampton General Hospital – was also part of the research team. All four, pictured here, were at the awards ceremony, along with colleagues from across the university who have supported this innovative and important project.

Comedian Jack Dee hosted proceedings, sharing his unique and entertaining take on the Higher Education sector!

A full list of categories and winners can be viewed on the THE website. The event organisers also took over £9000 in donations for the Institute of International Education’s ‘Scholar Rescue Fund’; a charity that has led global efforts to rescue threatened scholars and students.

Congratulations to all nominees and winners and thank you to THE for such organising such a fabulous evening!

Image: (Top left clockwise) Dr Venky Dubey, Dr Neil Vaughan, Dr Richard Isaacs, Professor Mike Wee.

Times Higher Education Awards 2012

Do you want to highlight the excellent work of yourselves and colleagues, gain national recognition, and attend a gala ceremony in London on 29 November 2012? If so, please consider making a submission to the Times Higher Education Awards 2012. This year’s categories are:

  1. Excellence and Innovation in the Arts
  2. Outstanding ICT Initiative of the Year
  3. Research Project of the Year                  
  4. Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development
  5. Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative
  6. Widening Participation Initiative of the Year
  7. Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community
  8. The Lord Dearing Lifetime Achievement Award
  9. Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development
  10. Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology
  11. Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers
  12. Outstanding Support for Students
  13. Most Innovative Teacher of the Year
  14. Most Improved Student Experience (nominations not sought – winner to be determined via student poll)
  15. International Collaboration of the Year
  16. Business School of the Year (new category)
  17. Entrepreneurial University of the Year
  18. University of the Year

Further details are available here: http://www.the-awards.co.uk/the2012/awards. These awards celebrate achievements during the 2011-2012 academic year and are open to all UK higher education institutions. Entries are open until midnight on Friday 15 June 2012. The shortlist will be announced in September and the winners will be announced at a gala ceremony on 29 November 2012.

BU is keen to put forward a good number of high quality submissions. If you are interested in making a submission, please email the Policy Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor, Colette Cherry, at ccherry@bournemouth.ac.uk for further details.

BU research features in the THE!

Congratulations to BU PhD student Adil Saeed from DEC’s Sustainable Design Research Centre! Adil’s research featured in the Times Higher Education today – pg 15 of the printed publication as part of the Campus Round-up section.

Adil is pictured at the Tank Museum at Bovington with some additional information on the relationship between BU and the Museum and an outline of Adil’s research.

You can access the online story here: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=417729&c=1

We previously ran a story on the blog about Adil’s research and the close links between BU and the Tank Museum which you can read here: Sustainable Methodology of Conserving Large Historic Vehicles in a Museum Environment.