InsideBU - spring 2018

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InsideBU Issue 7 | October 2014

Magazine for staff and students | Spring 2018 | Issue 15

Pier review

Making a difference to coastal communities


Exciting vision for BU’s future

Deeply Dippy

Celebration Time!

Iconic attraction showcased in Dorset

Celebrate our Venus Awards student and Recognising women in business staff success this November

General Data Protection Regulation: Are you ready?

16-20 June 2018 All kinds of FREE activities including: • Performance events • Sports sessions • Family activities • Interactive taster sessions and workshops.

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Inside Spring 2018 | Issue 15

COVER FEATURES Cover image – Bournemouth Pier Credit: Jonathan Beal


Pier review


BU2025: Our new vision


The Venus Awards

11 Deeply Dippy


John Vinney


News from around BU


SUBU President’s column


We meet... Dr Emma Jenkins and Michelle Feider


By day, by night with Nikki Glendening


#BUProud photo gallery

EXTRAS 6 General Data Protection Regulation 8

Hybrid warfare


Best of the bunch


Kickstart your future


Sustainability at BU


SportBU Scholarship Programme


Global Festival of Learning

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Welcome to the latest edition of InsideBU – the magazine that shares some of the enriching and inspirational stories from the BU community. Last year, we asked our students and staff for their feedback on our plans to shape the future direction of BU. Our vision is that by 2025 we will be recognised world-wide as a leading university for inspiring learning, advancing knowledge and enhancing society through the fusion of education, research and practice. We’re delighted that the vision and strategic plan – known as BU2025 – has been approved. We’ve already started planning to implement it, as the new strategic plan starts in August. Find out more about BU2025 on page 4. BU2025 includes a focus on enriching society – and the impact of our research is one way that we will do this. Take a look at pages 8 and 9 to learn how the work of two of our academics is benefitting society, through their collaboration with government departments and organisations. And it’s not just our staff who are having an impact on our wider community. On page 10 you can read about one of our BA (Hons) in Business Information Technology students, who has set up his own award-winning digital web agency, based in Bournemouth. Finally, it was great to welcome the new universities minister Sam Gyimah, MP to an event at BU. He met staff and students and took part in the groundbreaking ceremony for our new Poole Gateway Building (page 20). This is an exciting time as we shape BU’s future journey to 2025. Please do continue sharing your stories and successes at

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n The consultation for BU2025 is now closed and the vision and strategic plan approved. Vice-Chancellor Professor John Vinney shares how this plan builds on the work undertaken since 2012.


am delighted that the BU2025 vision and strategic plan have been approved, following a consultation process that engaged staff from across BU. We still have until the end of July to deliver the objectives we set for ourselves in the BU2018 plan. In the meantime, we are working on the detail of how we will implement BU2025, so we can get off to a flying start in August.

When we are implementing the actions set out in BU2025, it is important to bear in mind why we are doing things and what the intended outcome and impact of our actions will be. To help with this, two new features of the BU2025 vision and strategic plan are that we have set out our purpose – to inspire learning, advance knowledge and enrich society – and we have defined a set of BU2025 outcomes that describe what BU will be like in 2025. The new vision builds on the work that we have done since 2012 to Please take time to review these elements of BU2025 – they will embed Fusion as the way that we do things at BU – for BU2025, we set the context for our activity over the next seven years. want to focus on how we make sure that we are really achieving an impact from Fusion across BU. In BU2025 we have set out two When I launched the BU2025 development at the leadership conference in February 2017, I talked about the importance of ways that we want to do this – firstly by ensuring that all staff understand why Fusion is relevant to your role, and we will be quality and consistency, teams and resilience and talent and talking about this more over the next few months. Secondly, we performance. These themes are reflected in BU2025 – people are at the heart of our strategy, and there are actions throughout the want to make sure that the outcomes of our Fusion approach add up to more than the three separate activities – education, research whole plan to develop and support all of these elements across all of our activity. and practice. Each of these activities should support, inform and improve the others. There are actions in the BU2025 plan that The next seven years will be very exciting – I look forward to support each of these aspects of Fusion, and in the meantime I working with you to build BU’s reputation for inspiring learning, invite you to think about how your team can fuse its activities and advancing knowledge and enriching society though Fusion. develop their impact.

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News from around BU BU student in record-breaking attempt


econd year BSc (Hons) Sports Management student Vedangi Kulkarni is also an ultra-endurance athlete and writer. In June, she will attempt to become the Guinness World Record holder for the fastest and youngest woman to circumnavigate the globe, unsupported, on a bicycle. She will leave Perth in Australia to tackle a journey west to east of over 18,000 miles, travelling across Australia, New Zealand, Alaska, Canada, Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Mongolia, China before flying back to Perth to cycle to the finish line. She aims to cycle about 200 miles a day.

Visit to find about more about this attempt as well as her #StepUpAndRideOn project.

Funding secured by BU student supports restoration work in Bali


ach Boakes, a second year Environmental Science student, has received funding from the Society of Conservation Biology to continue his placement work into the restoration and protection of the marine environment on the Indonesian Island of Bali. As part of his placement, Zach co-founded a non-government

“The money is vital to allow us to create 50 more artificial reef sections and to help restore the area to how it was before it became so damaged. The project is ongoing, with both locals and volunteers monitoring the reef and contributing to the education of the local community.” More about the project can be found at:

O SUBU President Daniel Discusses Driving the Students’ Union Forward We’ve witnessed some great achievements over the past two years, with more students engaging with the Students’ Union than ever before.

organisation with Balinese locals and established a marine protected area, designed to help with the problems of pollution and overfishing. Some of this work has involved the construction of artificial sections of reef, designed to restore structural complexity and encourage recruitment of coral, fish and other marine organisms.

ur 2016 Freshers’ Fair was recognised as number one in the UK and there has been a huge increase in students engaging with our 120+ clubs and societies. The annual Sports and Societies Festival has proven to be a massive success with students, and our new initiative, the Inclusion Sports League – which gives students with disabilities more opportunities to take part in sport – have been huge steps forward for both SUBU and SportBU in ensuring each student feels that our services are accessible and fair. When it comes to student welfare, we’ve put mental health and inclusivity at the top of our agenda. We introduced the Mental Health Zone, a studentled initiative to raise awareness of, and reduce the stigma around, mental health. Alongside this, we launched six new student-led Liberation Campaigns this academic year, each made up of and run by students of self-identifying marginalised groups here at BU.

SUBU Debates has been another initiative which, after a humble beginning, has become a major part of the Students’ Union this year, offering students the space to discuss and debate on sensitive and often controversial issues in a safe space, and in a healthy and constructive way. We’ve also recognised the achievements of our Black, Asian, and minority ethnic students through our BME Awards, celebrating diversity and showcasing the talent and hard work of students of colour. I am truly proud of the work we have done to create a more inclusive environment for everyone at BU, and am excited to discover what lies ahead for SUBU after my tenure as SUBU President comes to an end this summer. I can only imagine how much further our Students’ Union will climb, with the fantastic partnership we have with BU, to positively impact on the journey of every BU student.

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GDPR Are you ready? The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years. Find out how it will affect you and the university.


oming into effect on 25 May 2018, the GDPR will introduce higher standards for data protection, changing how businesses and organisations approach privacy and information security.

What you need to know

• Accountability: Requires organisational and technical controls to ensure and demonstrate compliance. BU must maintain records of its data processing activities, such as; »» Data subjects, types of data and any third party recipients

• Enhanced transparency: Privacy notices – what we say to individuals when collecting their data – will need to include additional information

»» Processing purposes »» Retention periods

Serious implications

• Consent: Must be an affirmative agreement (opt-in) and explicit consent (e.g. by a clear informed statement)

»» Any transfers outside the European Economic Area (EEA)

The introduction of this new law has huge implications and there are severe penalties for non-compliance, including fines of up to 20 million euros or 4% of global turnover, whichever is higher. It’s important for you to know and understand the effects the GDPR could have on you, both as an individual and as a member of the BU community.

• Subject access requests: Individuals can access their data within one month of request • Deletion: Individuals have a ‘right to be forgotten’. Data on individuals must not be kept for longer than required

»» Security standards

• Data Protection by Design: Requires Privacy Impact Assessments to mitigate risks associated with handling personal data • Data Breaches: Certain types of breach need to be reported within 72 hours.

• Data portability: New right for individuals to export their personal data in a structured, commonly used format, such as CSV file

For more information, please visit www.bournemouth. or contact James Stevens, BU’s Chief Data Governance Officer, at 6 | Spring 2018 | InsideBU

Venus Awards


Founded in 2009 by Tara Howard, the Venus Awards recognise and reward women in business in Dorset who deliver business and personal development to others. The scheme has now grown nationally with an annual ceremony celebrating nominees in each region.

he finals of the local awards were held at the Bournemouth International Centre on Thursday 2 November 2017 and for the third year running BU sponsored the Inspirational Woman category with plans already in place to support the 2018 award. The awards showcase local women in business, who may otherwise be invisible. According to the Venus website, ‘raising awareness of the successful women in our midst and publicly acknowledging them underlines the economic force women have become.’ The Inspirational Woman category is one of the most popular, with over 100 nominations, which are whittled down to five semi-finalists and then three finalists. Ian Jones, Head of Regional Community Partnerships, alongside Melissa Carr, Senior Lecturer in Leadership Development, Deborah Taylor, Lecturer in Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour, and Dr Parisa Gilani, Lecturer in Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour, have this unenviable task before picking a winner. Melissa brings judging experience to the mix as she was involved with the ‘Women in the City’ awards before coming to BU and Deborah and Parisa were both delighted to come on board with Ian. Melissa explains, “It’s looking at women who go above and beyond their day-to-day activities, who impact others within their community, and who become role models for others.” The five semi-finalists are invited to BU to meet the judges, but also to meet each other. Last year’s five developed their own activity network following this invitation. Deborah mentions that each of the women came from very diverse areas and not from competing industries, which made choosing the top three finalists a very difficult job.

Parisa shared details of the winners of the Inspirational Woman category from the last three years: 2017 – Angela Piromalli – Rock Recruitment Solutions, an agency that styles itself as the champion of honest staff solutions for businesses. The key to Angela’s success at the Venus Awards was that the agency supported young people who were not getting help from elsewhere. 2016 – Sally Harvey - AOK Rucksack Appeal, a Bournemouth homeless charity working with professional agencies, whose priority is to get people off the streets, into accommodation, and back into the community, providing emergency rucksacks of essential items to new homeless people. The charity empowers clients to combat isolation and to ‘move on’ from support accommodation. 2015 Emma Willis – Shine Cancer Support network, whose ‘mission is to provide tailored information and peer support for anyone in their 20s, 30s or 40s diagnosed with any cancer.’ The finalists, once they have been showcased, are invited back to BU by Ian, who works with them on a range of projects and actively encourages them to engage with students to further inspire them to be involved in these projects and activities beyond their immediate studies. The 2018 awards launched in the new year and the BU team is already looking forward to shortlisting this year’s inspirational women.

For information on the awards and how to apply, support or nominate, visit

L to R: 2017 Award winner Angela Piromali of Rock Recruitment Solutions, finalist Vicki Tongueman, coach and author of Daphne and the Smiley Shells, Deborah Taylor, Ian Jones, Dr Parisa Gilani, Melissa Carr and finalist Sarah Ali Choudry, celebrity chef Photo: Zelda de Hollander of Studio Shotz Photography

“It’s looking at women who go above and beyond their day-to-day activities, who impact others within their community, and who become role models for others.” InsideBU | Spring 2018 | 7

Making an impact

We meet Dr Sascha-Dominik Bachmann and Dr Anya Chapman, BU academics involved in two very different pieces of research, but whose collaboration with organisations and government departments nationally and internationally demonstrated a quality that is recognised for originality, significance and rigour. These two pieces of work have been identified from the stocktake of research ahead of the next Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2021.

Hybrid warfare


r Sascha-Dominik Bachmann is an Associate Professor in Law at BU with a particular focus on the combination of International Law and Security and the multi-faceted areas that this complex subject involves. His areas of research are interdisciplinary but include the fields of hybrid warfare, anti-terrorism litigation, war studies, the holocaust and holistic responses to 21st century security threats. He is the head of the Centre for Conflict, Rule of Law and Society (CRoLS), which brings together academics at BU who are engaged in research around these subject areas. A former Lieutenant Colonel in the German Army Reserve, Sascha served as a peacekeeper in Kosovo on three occasions, is a trained Mountain Warfare Officer and was seconded to 23rd Marine Regiment of the US Marine Corps as an Exchange Officer. Educated in Munich, Stellenbosch, Johannesburg and Portsmouth, Sascha has worked with colleagues from South Africa, Israel, Sweden, the UK, USA, Qatar and Australia on research projects and international legal subjects. While the concept of hybrid warfare is fairly new and may be unfamiliar to many people, the results of such warfare can be regularly seen in the headlines. Hybrid war is the use of a range of non-conventional methods (e.g. cyber warfare and lawfare) in order to disrupt, discourage and disable an opponent’s actions without engaging in open hostilities, which uses the full range

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of military options. Such hybrid warfare operations take often place with the intention of being able to influence or destabilise aspects of our lives. Russia’s actions in the Ukraine, election interference in the UK and USA and effects on social media news services are all different examples of the way in which online technology in particular is being utilised in order to disrupt and spread disinformation. Fake news abounds these days, but where does it originate from? And why is it becoming more common? How concerned should we be about the source of our information and the accuracy of the reporting? How much trust do we have in our electoral system if a state can meddle? All these questions are being discussed in Sascha’s newest research project on election meddling. The impact of Sacha’s work has led to co-operation between organisations and government bodies on a national and international level. He is recognised as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on Hybrid Warfare and Lawfare (using international law as a means of warfare) by NATO and has worked with the Austrian, Danish, Qatari, Swedish and South African Defence Ministries on this topic. Sascha was made extraordinary Associate Professor in War Studies by the Swedish Defence University in 2016 in recognition of his work in the field of armed conflict and a Professorial Research Fellow at the Centre for Military Studies (CEMIS) of Stellenbosch University in 2017.

Pier review Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management Dr Anya Chapman’s research focuses on resort regeneration projects in the UK and Malta and on revitalising coastal tourism in the UK with an emphasis on the pier.


hese iconic Victorian, cast iron structures, synonymous with the seaside, are unique to the UK. Anya has visited all 59 piers once and has almost completed a second circuit. Growing up in Southport, home to the oldest cast iron and second longest pier in the country, sparked an interest at an early age. Her UK research looks at resort regeneration and how the pier acts as barometer in a wider socio-economic context. The 2016 reopening of the pier at Hastings led to a town revival with construction of boutique hotels and a skate park. Hastings is one of the piers in trust ownership; a large community campaign, alongside a £11.4 million Heritage Lottery Grant secured by the Hastings Pier Charity, led to the redevelopment intended to become a people’s pier with a large community open space. Sustainability is a key issue, as piers are expensive to maintain with huge insurance costs and damage caused by boats, fires and bad weather. Sadly, Hastings pier did go into administration four weeks after being named as the 2017 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) ‘Building of the Year’ and the 2017 National Piers Society (NPS) ‘Pier of the Year’. Several of Anya’s undergraduate students have based dissertations on resort regeneration, but of note is the work done by Liam Richardson, who has collaborated with Anya on a paper on creating a best practice model for seaside regeneration projects. Interviewing ten high-profile regeneration projects in the UK, Liam

looked at the difficulties, the critical success factors of the projects; and the importance of community involvement, having a viable business plan and ensuring out-of-season activities to create this best practice regeneration guide. Looking at the wider impact of her research, Anya, in her role as Honorary Secretary of the NPS, has also worked with Penny Mordaunt MP and the Department of Communities and Local Government to develop the Coastal Revival Fund – which helped to address the difficulty of accessing funding that many family-owned piers in the private sector faced. By working with community teams, they could tap into previously inaccessible funding – so piers, like the one at Bognor, benefitted. Anya also worked with Blackpool Council in a bid for World Monuments Fund Watch Status for Blackpool’s piers, the only place in the UK with three remaining piers, which achieved success in October 2017. The watch status is very significant and covers heritage sites worldwide – Angkor Wat is a site with World Monuments Watch Status already. This year, the status focused on climate change as these heritage structures are more at risk from tidal surges rather than a general sea level rise. She is lead organiser for the NPS’s AGM in June 2018, which coincides with the first World Monument Watch Day and which is coincidentally the 200th birthday of Eugenius Birch (the Capability Brown of the pier world) who built and engineered one of Blackpool’s piers as well as Bournemouth’s pier.

Anya will be presenting a ‘Pier Review’ on Tuesday 19 June at the BU Festival of Learning. InsideBU | Spring 2018 | 9

Best of the bunch Having started his first business aged just 13, BU graduate Luke Fribbens was always destined to be his own boss.


ince graduating with a BA (Hons) in Business Information Technology in 2005, Luke has combined his interests in IT and entrepreneurial flair to forge a successful career in web development.

His agency, Cold Banana, was named the 2017 winner of the Creative and Digital Impact Award at the Dorset Business Awards. The accolade follows a busy two years, during which the business has gone from one-man band to an 11-strong team, providing web development for big-name clients including National Grid. Luke says: “I have been surprised by how quickly we have grown. I was operating on my own for the first six months, but as the projects and clients kept coming in, I was taking on new staff at a rate of around one a month. It all happened as a result of recommendations and referrals, which is a really great way to grow.” Reflecting on his time at university, Luke acknowledges that his placement year proved to be a defining moment. Having joined the technical support team at a local company, a series of changes meant he quickly became the most experienced member of staff and ended up managing the team of five. “It was daunting, but a huge opportunity. I’d had some management experience from part-time roles, but this was different because I was managing people at different ages and stages of their careers,” he says. “It made me realise that I enjoyed managing people and sharing in the successes you can achieve as a team. The experience and opportunity I gained from my placement year certainly set me up for where I am today.” Having made a good impression during his placement, Luke was offered the chance to join the company permanently after graduation. The offer included covering the cost of his student fees, leaving him free to focus on making the most of his final year and dissertation. He went on to graduate with First Class Honours.

understand what working life is about and how to operate as part of a team. That takes a lot of the early training and development needs out of the equation.”

After some time back with his placement year employer, Luke moved to Greenwood Campbell, a recent digital start-up cofounded by another BU alumnus, Ian Campbell. Luke reflects: “I learnt so much by being part of the team at Greenwood Campbell. I became a director at a time when the company was growing quickly, which meant I could complement my natural, technical skills, with new skills in managing client relationships and leading negotiations with senior personnel.”

Still based in Bournemouth, Luke is also flying the flag for graduates who decide to stay and build their business in the region. “Bournemouth has so much to offer; and all the reasons I chose it as a university destination still hold true as a business owner. It offers an outdoors lifestyle, beautiful scenery and easy links into London at a lower cost of living. I am proud to be able to build my business here and invest in new talent as the business grows.”

Now, as an employer himself, Luke is clear on the virtues of a university qualification incorporating a work placement. He says: “In my eyes, graduates who have completed a placement have about six months’ head start on those who haven’t. They already

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“In my eyes, graduates who have completed a placement have about six months’ head start on those who haven’t.”

Deeply Dippy

An iconic attraction at London’s Natural History Museum since 1905, the diplodocus skeleton affectionately known as Dippy is now on display at Dorset County Museum.

“It’s probably the most famous dinosaur skeleton anywhere in the world and it’s a fantastic opportunity for the university to showcase its talents and those of its students.”


orset’s Jurassic Coast is known as the birthplace of palaeontology and the museum, in Dorchester, is the first stop on the famous skeleton cast’s tour of the UK.

BU staff and students have worked with Dorset County Museum to help showcase Dippy’s visit to Dorset and enhance the visitor experience. RedBalloon productions, based in BU’s Faculty of Media & Communication, are working with staff, students and graduates to produce a promotional film documenting Dippy’s installation and time at Dorset County Museum. Visitors can also see for themselves what Dippy would have looked like in the flesh, with the PaleoGo augmented reality app created by BU researchers.

BU Professor of Environmental and Geographical Sciences Matthew Bennett, who helped develop the app, said: “The app allows us to produce a digital version of a diplodocus that you can view full-bodied with the skin and the skeleton next to Dippy.”

Dippy measures 21 metres long and more than four metres high and will be on display at Dorset County Museum until 7 May 2018. To find out more visit

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Kickstart your future

BU Careers and Employability Team

BU’s Career & Employability Service is fundamental to empowering students to be confident in making informed choices about their future aspirations. InsideBU finds out more.


niversity offers many amazing opportunities, but the ultimate goal – after years of studying into the small hours, attending lectures and seminars – is to graduate with that all-important degree to gain a career in your chosen field.

Based in the Careers Centre, next to The Sir Michael Cobham Library on Talbot Campus, the experienced careers advisory team supports students and graduates to enhance their employability skills and employment opportunities. They offer a range of services, including advice and guidance on career options, opportunities to meet employers, preparing and applying for jobs and work experience, and advice on how to make your CV stand out.

Students and graduates will find an extensive range of resources at their fingertips – including access to thousands of jobs – by heading to MyCareerHub at mycareerhub. You can also get advice and help at any time by popping into the Careers Centre and speaking to one of the advisers. 12 | Spring 2018 | InsideBU

“The BU Careers & Employability Service Robert Coldwell helps equip students with the tools and knowledge needed to stand out from the crowd and succeed in the world of work,” says Robert Coldwell, Graduate Employment Officer. “We can help boost short-term prospects and long-term career aspirations, as well as link up our students and recent graduates with a massive range of potential employers to develop transferable skills.”

Developing Global Talent It’s a big wide world out there and BU is committed to making our students become graduates who Mira Koseva are universally employable – and globally employed. Our cutting-edge Global Talent Programme (GTP) was developed in collaboration with employers to help students discover and demonstrate their potential and succeed in the highly competitive global workplace.

MyCareerHub is updated daily and includes the following tools: • Search for graduate jobs, placements and part-time roles • View bookable and drop-in appointments with careers advisers • Access CV and covering letter builder tools • Practice psychometric tests • The facility to practise for interviews by recording and reviewing your own interview responses, helping to increase your confidence

200 students took place in the pilot programme back in 2015/16 and, to date, over 900 participants are developing new skills and meeting employers by giving up just a few hours of their time each week to achieve a number of digital badges, and, ultimately, the Global Talent Award. To gain the badges, students take part in a series of workshops and events, and undertake various practical activities and online challenges. “Ensuring we follow all the latest research to help our students develop their unique talents and enrich the world is a privilege,” says Mira Koseva, GTP Officer. “Seeing the advantages the GTP has given them when participating in placement

interviews, exchange programmes and competitions is inspirational.” The GTP is designed and delivered in cooperation with local, national and international employers, ensuring the programme remains relevant to the industry demands. Completing the GTP means the students will have experienced unique challenges and gained new practical skills, setting them apart from others and helping them stand out to future employers. Carina Dias, a BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance student, reflects on how the programme will help her, and her fellow students, in the future: “The GTP offers the amazing opportunity to enhance our global personality and CV, making us more employable. It’s also a chance to connect and build relationships with professionals and other students at BU.” “The GTP really opened my eyes to how we all need to be global thinkers in today’s societies,” says Bethany Bristow, a BA (Hons) Communication and Media student. “We must be mindful and respectful of other cultures, norms and attitudes; this will expand our knowledge of how the world works on a global level and we’ll be able to communicate more effectively to create change and break cultural barriers.” mycareerhub

To find out more about the GTP, head to: InsideBU | Spring 2018 | 13

Sustainability at BU BU has consistently delivered a strong record in embedding sustainability throughout the organisation and we should all be proud of what we have achieved over the years.


he infographic portrays some of our achievements, but there are many more. For 2016/17, we have cut our carbon emissions by 20% compared to a 2005/06 baseline, despite the increase in the size of the estate and the rise in the number of staff and students. This is thanks to continued investment in low and zero carbon technologies, such as those found in both the Student Centre and Fusion buildings. We are currently changing all the lights in the Executive Business Centre (EBC) for energy efficient LEDs and last summer replaced the old, inefficient boilers in Christchurch and Dorset Houses. But it’s not all about new technology; we also need our staff and students to adopt more sustainable behaviours, such as recycling or taking the bus. Over 550 staff have signed up to Green Rewards, the scheme that rewards you for taking positive action for the environment and your health and wellbeing. If you haven’t signed up yet, please go to www.bournemouth. and start earning points – after all, points mean prizes! We were also delighted to have Curriculum and Community projects as Green Gown finalists last year and you can learn about them on our webpage: sustainability

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What’s in a name? The word sustainability can sometimes be a barrier to adopting habits that impact less on the environment and those around us. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer us an opportunity to see what we can do, as individuals and as a university, to help achieve its aims to end poverty, combat inequality and tackle climate change. The goals have helped shape BU2025 and we are promoting their use in the curriculum so that our graduates leave with the skills and knowledge needed to help tackle the world’s grand challenges. Working with SUBU, we encouraged academic staff to pledge to include the SDGs within their teaching, learning and assessment on their course(s) during the National Union of Students (NUS) SDG Teach-In week, held in February. Our leadership in sustainability was verified in December when our external auditors confirmed our approach to minimising the environmental impact of our activities met the new international standard (ISO14001:2015). This is a great result for BU, and demonstrates we are operating at the highest level.

What are you doing to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

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BU Sports Scholarship Programme As part of this season’s BU Big Match, when AFC Bournemouth (AFCB) took on Liverpool in the Premier League in December, the achievements of BU’s female sports scholars were highlighted alongside the new support BU now provides to all four age groups of AFCB Girls teams.


t half-time, the captains of the U10, U12, U14 and U16 teams, all of which wear Bournemouth University on their kits, joined seven female sports scholars to meet AFCB Chairman and BU Honorary Doctorate Jeff Mostyn and BU Vice-Chancellor Professor John Vinney on the pitch to highlight BU’s commitment to developing girls’ football across Dorset and provide support for sporting talent. BU has had a partnership with AFCB since 2013, before the club reached the Premier League. One of the benefits includes professional coaching

Chloe Thomas

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support to both the women’s and men’s university football teams, and a number of BU students have also played for the AFC Bournemouth Ladies First Team. Currently, the BU Sports Scholarship programme has 70 Sports Scholars, of which 29 are female and 41 male. Students from nine different nationalities have been awarded Sports Scholarships, including students from Pakistan, America and Lithuania. The BU Sports Scholarship programme supports regional, national and international level athletes with the aim of allowing students to develop in their sport whilst keeping on track with their studies. Sports scholars include table tennis player Chloe Thomas, who has been selected to represent Wales in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Chloe has been training full time in China since September prior to the Games, which begin on 4 April across the Gold Coast, Australia. BU’s team of experts supports students in combining their academic and sporting programmes by creating a personal programme with each athlete, so that success can be maintained in both. The programme is open to any UK, EU or international students who are applying for a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate course delivered at the university. The scholarships are supported through the university’s dedicated sports section, SportBU, providing the funding for scholars to develop their sporting abilities and take them to the next level.

Global Festival of Learning

Photography by Juan De Mata Rovey

The first leg of the global Festival of Learning started in Chennai, India, with talks and presentations from BU staff and partner institutions.


he festival visited Pune and Delhi, alongside Chennai, as a part of a week of events in India to showcase the university’s expertise. At the same time, the team also launched a new report, ‘Global Talent in India: Challenges and Opportunities for Skills Development in Higher Education’, by BU’s Dr Sonal Minocha, Dr Chindu Sreedharan and Dr Dean Hristov. The report, launched at a press event in Chennai, provides an insight into opportunities for students in India and how the UK Higher Education market can play its part. Speaking ahead of the festival, Dr Sonal Minocha, Pro ViceChancellor (Global Engagement), said, “The global festivals are a chance for us to showcase some of what makes BU brilliant, while at the same time deepening links with partners, alumni and influencers in key markets. It is also an opportunity for our staff and students to travel and represent BU across the world. I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved with our global festivals over the last few years.”

For 2018, the overarching theme for the Festival of Learning was ‘Global Education 2050: Inspiring Learning, Delivering Impact’. As the week continued, participants gave presentations and engaged in debate on the subject of the future of global education. As well as BU staff, a number of students were in attendance to help run the events, and to capture the activities, creating social media and multimedia content. The Festival of Learning will also take place in China and Hong Kong in March, Europe in April, ASEAN (The Association of Southeast Asian Nations) in May and at Bournemouth University in June.

A full programme of events for India is available on the Global BU pages:

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The Department of Archaeology, Anthropology & Forensic Science addresses some of the biggest forensic and archaeological questions of the day through a creative and innovative research culture. Research defines its status and impact on both national and international decision makers and policy. Archaeology has been taught at BU and its predecessor colleges since 1967.

We meet...

Dr Emma Jenkins


I started as a Lecturer at BU in 2010. Before that I was a PostDoctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) at the University of Reading and before that, a PDRA at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.

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Associate Professor in Archaeology

liked BU because the Archaeology group had a strong focus in the areas that I specialised in: Zooarchaeology, Environmental Archaeology and Archaeological Science in general. I think for such a small department Archaeology, Anthropology and Forensic Science have an excellent reputation. We were combined with Life and Environmental Science in the last Research Excellence Framework (REF) and did well, ranking higher than some Russell Group institutions, of which we should be really proud. Being based on Talbot Campus is really convenient as everything I need is easily accessible.

Some of the major challenges I face involve trying to fit everything in and trying not to forget to do things! I have a to do list by heading, which I can access from my phone, my tablet and my computers – if it’s not on that list it probably isn’t going to get done! Trying to maintain a good work/life balance is vital. I have two children and my husband is also an Archaeologist based at the University of Reading, so trying to schedule field work can be problematic. I also like the fact that BU seems to take green issues seriously and offers staff benefits like the Cycle to Work Scheme, free bike maintenance and showers for cyclists. I feel quite proud of that when I visit other institutions.

1st year PhD looking at microfauna (small mammals and amphibians) from three important Neolithic sites in Anatolia, Turkey.


’m looking at microfaunal assemblages from three really important Neolithic sites – Pınarbaşı, an epi-palaeolithic, seasonally occupied rock-shelter site; Boncuklu, an early village settlement; and Çatalhöyük, a UNESCO World Heritage site and large proto-urban settlement.

ritual practices. I will be attending the summer Çatalhöyük study season to discuss my preliminary results, and I’ll be going to Boncuklu to sort sieved heavy residue ready for analysis next year.

There are four main aims to my research; to undertake palaeoenvironmental reconstruction of the three sites to see if change in environmental conditions prompted the move from mobile huntergatherers to settled farming; to see if commensals (animals that live with humans, e.g. house mice) can be used as indicators of permanent occupation of a site; whether microfauna played a part in the economy of the people living there, were they part of the diet, and whether they were used in any

I enjoy all aspects of postgraduate research. I find the literature review aspect raises questions about how to conduct research and what you want to get from your data, and recording the assemblages themselves is interesting as every day is different. We’ll be attending several Postgraduate Open Days this year and will be taking part in the Festival of Learning, giving people the opportunity to drop by and ask questions to see if postgraduate research is the way forward for them.

By day, by night Nikki Glendening is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Nursing and Clinical Sciences, based at the Yeovil campus. She tells InsideBU what life is like as a full-time academic and working parent.

By day


y background is in adult nursing as well as health visiting/public health. I am currently a senior lecturer in the Department of Nursing and Clinical Sciences (Faculty of Health and Social Sciences). For the past 13 years I have been based at the Yeovil campus, where we offer BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing in conjunction with the local NHS trusts and health care providers for about 150 students. It is a great place to work and we get to know our students well. Many of the students are first generation and mature undergraduates with close ties to the local community, which means they cannot easily move away to start university. They often start the programme with little confidence in their academic ability, but a great passion to contribute to society through a nursing career. As such, a significant part of my role is related to the creation of a psychologically safe learning environment that enables students to develop both their critical and creative thinking skills and to apply these to complex contemporary and future health concerns. As such, I am an enthusiastic advocate of student-centred learning and believe that higher education should enable people to make a meaningful contribution to their community, realise their own potential, and cope with, thrive in and adapt to their changing world. It’s this philosophy that drives my colleagues at the Yeovil Campus and I, and it’s what makes working there so academically and emotionally inspiring. Over the years I have been given numerous “You’re Brilliant” awards from students and it’s always a proud moment for me, as it means I’ve made a positive impact on a student or provided them with a good experience. However, the best reward is to watch the graduating students proudly embark on their professional careers with an informed and confident approach that they never thought possible at the start.

By night


y night my intellectual journey continues. As well as being a full-time academic and working parent, I am also a BU part-time doctoral student. Much of my free time is therefore used in reading, thinking and writing. My thesis examines nursing students’ lived experience of independent learning and has been an awe-inspiring adventure as I listen to and make sense of students’ stories. My role as vice-chair of a local school board of governors has therefore had to take a back seat, but I still find time to meet regularly with friends for supper evenings and a very lively book club. I have also started to pursue an interest in restoring furniture and DIY, as the practical and physical nature of this is a great balance to my studies. On completion of my research, I have set myself the goal of enrolling in a stained glass class. In the meantime, I will continue to enjoy time with family and friends, long walks with our lovable pet Labrador and being a regular taxi driver and parent to my children. The nature of being an academic means that work is not 9 to 5. When my children were younger, they often asked if I had done badly at school because of all the homework I brought home as an adult! What working at Yeovil has taught me is that, as an academic community, BU can be proud of its work with people who may not have done well at school and who may never have thought they would one day be at university studying for a degree. Giving students the chance to study without having to uproot their lives can help address such potential inequalities and really can change people’s lives in many ways.

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GlobalBU @GlobalBU Fantastic evening at the British Council, New Dehli with BU staff and students for the official close of the 2018 Global Festival of Learning in India! What a week! #GlobalFoL18 @BournemouthUni Bournemouth Hospital @RBCH_NHS Helping out in our discharge lounge today ensuring patients get home safely are @bournemouthuni placement students Kelsey and Victoria. Both here on their days off, both helping out where they can #ThankYouNHS

Universities Minister Sam Gyimah MP visited BU to meet students and staff and took part in the ground-breaking ceremony for our new Poole Gateway Building.

DropletUK @Droplet_UK Say hi to #Droplet designer Ellie! Ellie progressed the idea for Droplet whilst studying #productdesign at @ bournemouthuni and after a lot of hard work, research & planning, we’ve now reached launch month! #greatideas #productdesign #EmployeeAppreciationDay #proud

Jermaine Defoe, AFCB and England footballer, visited BU to speak to students about his life and career to date.

NutritionBU @NutritionBU Posters in Parliament 2018, amazing day! Emily Rogers-BSc Nutrition@ BU was on the shortlist for the prize of best undergraduate research #nutrition,#BUproud,#bournemouthuni Students’ Union @SUBUBournemouth CONGRATS to our 30 amazing students who travelled over 3,520 miles and raised £3,100 (so far) for charity during Leggit! ‘Cheers Mate’ won by getting all the way to Prague, Czech Republic! - AMAZING! #buleggit18 @bournemouthuni DORSET DEVILS @dorsetdevils Bumped into @bournemouthuni students out litter picking on our shoreline today. Brilliant. #LitterHeroes @SUBUVolunteer Sophia M @spookphia Proud to say I’ll be representing @ bournemouthuni at the @Cyber912_UK #CyberSecurity Policy competition soon! #TeamBU Bournemouth Uni @bournemouthuni Izzy Burton graduated from BU in 2015 with a first class degree in BA (Hons) Computer Visualisation & Animation & now works at BAFTA-award nominated and London-based animation studio Blue Zoo #BUproud

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Organised by BU’s Centre for Media History, a free talk by eminent Gothic fiction expert Professor Sir Christopher Frayling marked 200 years since the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

BU Project Design graduate Ellie van Leeuwen developed Droplet, combining a cup or mug with electronic alert base to combat dehydration in the elderly. The product launches in April.

#BU Proud gallery A round up of what makes us #BUProud this Spring

BU Research Assistant Katie Thompson received the Freedom of the City of London in recognition of her work in the fields of conservation and zoology.

Researchers led by Dr Sarah Bate have created the world’s first checklist for identifying face processing disorders, in a bid to support the diagnosis of conditions such as prosopagnosia.

Dr Emma Kavanagh has been selected to be the Sports Scientist (Psychological Support) for England’s beach volleyball team at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia.

BU alumni Mike Mulholland – who studied the BA Computer Animation and Visualisation course at BU – was at this year’s Oscar’s ceremony in Hollywood, having worked on Star Wars: The Last Jedi as an effects supervisor. The film was shortlisted in the visual effects category.

AFC Bournemouth’s first team Physiotherapist, Jonny King, visited BU’s Lansdowne campus to teach first year BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy students about foot and ankle injuries with a day of intensive seminar and exercise sessions.

BU built and provided computer programs and map scenery for teams of secondary school students competing to engineer, build and demonstrate lego tanks at the Tank Museum, Bovington.

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Dates for your diary

March | April | June | July | August | September | October

Offer Holder Open Day

Service Excellence Conference

Wednesday 4 April

Thursday 12 April

Open Day for all applicants looking to study with us in 2018

Kimmeridge House & Fusion A one-day conference on service excellence for all staff across BU

Undergraduate Open Days Open Days for prospective students

Festival of Learning

Saturday 9 June

Talbot Campus and across the region

Saturday 7 July Saturday 6 October Saturday 27 October

Saturday 16 - Wednesday 20 June Returning for its sixth consecutive year, the festival encourages the exploration of BU research through drop-in activities, interactive sessions, talks and lectures.

Postgraduate Open Day

Festival of Design and Engineering

Event for those interested in studying for a Master’s degree at BU

Friday 22 - Monday 25 June

Thursday 12 July

Careers Advisers and Teachers Convention Wednesday 16 May This convention provides an opportunity to network with colleagues from across the region and access up-to-date information about Higher Education. You can find out more about our courses, associated student placements and global mobility opportunities.

An annual exhibition of final year projects by Design and Engineering students.

Summer breaks Tuesday 3 - Friday 20 July Get a taste of the university experience for free this July, with four days and three nights at BU.

Bank Holidays Friday 30 March Good Friday Monday 2 April Easter Monday Monday 7 May Early May bank holiday Monday 28 May Spring bank holiday

Dorset UCAS Exhibition Wednesday 28 March The Higher Education fair helps students plan their future options Register:

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Monday 27 August Summer bank holiday

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BU’s new virtual learning environment, providing a new platform that offers a personalised learning experience – currently used by almost half of BU courses and coming to all in 2018.

Research and Knowledge Exchange (RKE) Development Framework The RKE Office helps academics at all levels to develop their skills, knowledge and capabilities in relation to research and knowledge exchange

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