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World Social Work Day research seminar

Ravages to social welfare, the social protection floor and social work have been rife throughout many countries following the 2007 fiscal crisis and often responded to by the world’s neoliberal… »

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Service improvement in health and social work

Researchers at BU’s National Centre for Post Qualifying Social Work (NPQSW) are sharing their successful service improvement programme with important health organisations. Dr Steve Keen from the Centre said: “improving… »

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Shared Care KTP

Knowledge Transfer Partnership, or KTP, is a graduate scheme funded by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), allowing graduates to gain employment as ‘project managers’ of an applied research or consultation… »

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Enhancement of ‘Upstream’ Software Development Methods

BU’s software engineering research has focused on the improvement of software development methods with a particular emphasis on the ‘upstream’ or requirements phases. The benefits include improved development processes as… »

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The most common application for FES is the correction of dropped foot. Stimulation is applied to the outside of the leg using self-adhesive electrodes causing the muscle to contract and the foot to lift.

The use of Function Electrical Stimulation (FES) in neurological rehabilitation.

Bournemouth University’s (BU) research with Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust (SNHSFT) on Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) devices, particularly in application to dropped foot, has contributed to the treatment of over 5000 people in Salisbury; the sale of well over 10,000 FES devices worldwide; the establishment of the first NHS commercial company in England, Odstock Medical Limited (OML) in 2006; and a significant improvement in quality of life and increased participation in society for people with neurological disabilities.

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Organisations undertaking training with the National Centre for Post Qualifying Social Work since 2008.

Improving health and social care practice.

Social work is about making a positive difference to the most vulnerable in society. Since 2008 BU’s research-based continuing professional development (CPD) programmes have improved practice for 6,170 health and social care professionals.

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Dr Lilleker at Westminster

Reforming politician’s communication; enhancing public engagement

BU’s empirical research demonstrates how political representatives can better engage citizens using social media. Researchers were invited to advise the Labour frontbench in the UK House of Lords on the topic and developed a bespoke training programme. Subsequent monitoring shows increased uptake of Twitter and weblogging by Labour frontbench peers to propagate ideas.

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Porton Down: one of the sites visited in the Overt Research Project’s Secrecy and Cold War Bus Tour.

Provoking reflection on society’s critical ethical issues

BU research by White focuses on the relationship between art, technology and culture. Exhibitions, workshops and presentations across the UK, Europe and in the USA have provoked societal reflection on critical topics such as genetics and germ warfare, among other controversial ethical issues.

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Shaping intellectual property legislation through evidence-based research

The Centre for Intellectual Property and Policy Management (CIPPM) is a multi-disciplinary research hub at BU. The ethos is bringing evidence-based, academic rigor to the regulation of intellectual property. Consequently the research has become an increasingly important resource to those involved in the legislative process.

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