#TalkBU is a monthly lunchtime seminar held on Talbot Campus which is open to all BU students and staff and free to attend. Come along to learn and engage in a 30 minute interactive presentation by a BU academic discussing their research and findings, with a Q&A to finish. Refreshments are provided.

This activity is recognised under the Global Talent Programme and allows participating students to gain credit towards their Global Talent Award.

Upcoming Sessions

November 2018 

Jane Healy

22nd November 2018

Accepting the unacceptable: how government policy has led to an increase in disability hate crimes

Reports of disability hate crime are on the increase. Research has found that changes to the incapacity benefits following the economic crash has been a contributing factor. Disabled people are now commonly perceived and framed as fraudulent ‘scroungers’ and ‘skivers’ and victimised as a result. Victims of hate crimes describe the inadequate, offensive and inappropriate responses from the criminal justice system that have created a sense of secondary victimisation. The impact of this on disable communities is ext5ensive, including moving home, acceptance of hate crimes as a part of life and much more. So, what can be done?
We will also be joined by the mental health zone to discuss reporting hate crimes at university.

Register for tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/talkbu-with-dr-jane-healy-tickets-52087562301?ref=estw

December 2018 

Amanda Wilding

6th December 2018

Personality: are you a Phoebe or a Monica? Improving your ability to communicate through understanding personality types

Some of the talks are filmed and available to watch on Bournemouth University’s YouTube channel.

Previous Sessions

October 2018

Education is a political issue: a historical and contemporary perspective on student activism around racial inequality –  Dr Deborah Gabriel

Race continues to profoundly shape attitudes and behaviours that have social, cultural, political and economic impact on everyone to varying degrees. Some experience racial privilege, while others are disadvantaged by their race and ethnicity.  Racial ideologies can and do exist within higher education and can also be reinforced by it, which makes education very much a political issue

As BU takes stock of its own role and commitment in tackling racial inequality, Black History Month is an opportune time to acknowledge and reflect on moments where students have changed the course of history through political activism, and contemporary examples of student political engagement and activism driving societal change.

April 2018

Coping with stress in changing health behaviours – Dr Fiona Ling (Lecturer in Psychology)

Often our New Year resolutions involve changing unhealthy habits in the coming year. But how many of us have actually managed to change our unhealthy lifestyle and maintained it so far? Changes can be stressful, but how one manages the change can potentially ease that stress and make the change more achievable, which can potentially impact our physical and psychological well-being. 

In this talk, Dr Fiona Ling will discuss her research that centres around physical activity behaviour change, and the extended implications on changing other health habits and public health promotions in order to encourage a healthy lifestyle.

February 2018

The material that’s going to change the future – Dr Amor Abdelkader (Associate Professor in Advanced Materials)

Imagine yourself charging your mobile and your laptop for only a few seconds. Think of the transport revolution if the charging time of the electric cars drops from hours to minutes and the speed of electric vehicles can approach that of today’s petrol-fuelled cars.

What about a world where engineers can build a skyscraper supported by only few invisible microscopic pillars and under oceans tunnels with walls thinner than cling film?  These ideas are not confined the realms of science fiction, but could be made a reality thanks to a new material – graphene.

December 2017

Still no freedom: From North Korea to being ignored –  Dr. Hyun-Joo Lim (Senior Lecturer in Sociology)

North Korean women are routinely subject to systemic sexual violation. But for the many who successfully escape their country to also overcome hunger, the search for freedom is just as tough, as they are frequently abducted, sold and exploited by traffickers.

Dr. Hyun-Joo Lim discussed her research on North Korean female defectors living in the UK and the systemic human rights abuse they experienced both inside and outside their homeland.

November 2017

Let’s talk about the Henry’s… – Dr. Elvira Bolat (Senior Lecturer in Marketing and Programme Leader for BSc Marketing degree)

Social media has created a different dimension of consumers for luxury products in particular. That being, the aspirational consumer’s desires for luxury derive from content produced on social media. Often, despite their strong yearning for luxury goods, due to economic reasons, aspirational consumers are unable to frequently purchase luxury. Social media provides an avenue for aspirational consumers to conspicuously consume without the need to purchase, enabling them to use luxury brands to create value amongst themselves.

Dr. Elvira Bolat examined the influence that social media has on the consumption of luxury products by introducing the Henry (High earner, not yet rich) family: Hailey, Harriet, Hollie, Hannah, and Hilary.

Click here to watch on YouTube.

October 2017

Rebel Yell: The Politics of Equality and Diversity in Disney’s Star Wars Dr. William Proctor (Lecturer in Media, Culture and Communication) 

Since Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012, the Star Wars saga has become a lightning rod for political debate and discussion. Both The Force Awakens and Rogue One have activated a series of online quarrels hinged on a marked shift in fictional representations of women and ethnic minorities.

In this talk, Dr. William Proctor examined the forces and factors surrounding these quarrels, specifically the way in which mainstream media outlets promote and publicise the ideologies of right wing commentators in the contemporary age of Brexit and Donald Trump.

Click here to watch on YouTube.

March 2017

Festival Fear of Missing Out (FoMO): What is it and how can you manage it? Dr Miguel Moital (Senior Lecturer in Events Management)

Spring is fast approaching and festival season is just around the corner. Over the next few months you will be subjected to intense marketing campaigns from festival promoters, such as Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, who will be telling you not to miss out on this year’s music festivals.

Many of your friends will be sharing their excitement about going to these festivals on social media. Social media has heightened the sensation that everyone but us appears to be having fun and many people have become more sensitive to FoMO appeals.

Dr Miguel Moital will discuss the psychology of ‘Fear of Missing Out’. What emotions come with FoMO? What marketing tricks are used to heighten FoMO? How can these emotions be managed?

February 2017

FoodSMART: Eat out smarter!Professor Heather Hartwell (Registered Nutritionist and a Member of the Nutrition Society)

FoodSMART is an innovative technical ICT solution which uses QR coding on your smartphone to provide nutritional information and deliver personalised advice when eating out. This means that consumers can make an informed choice about what they’re eating. The app can even be tailored to your individual dietary requirements or tastes.

It can be quite difficult to eat healthily when in a restaurant or cafe, as menus often give you limited information about the ingredients in a meal. By working with partners across Europe- nutritionists, chefs and other universities- the team have developed an app that can show exactly what is in your meal. The app gives consumers all the data they need and encourages the food service industry to support healthier eating.

Watch previous #TalkBU sessions on Bournemouth University’s YouTube channel.


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#TalkBU has been rebranded from 14:Live