#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

May 2019

Rick Stafford

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

Previous Sessions


March 2019

Racism and sexism in sport, and why we need sport feminism – Dr Jayne Caudwell

A recent report identified that 40% of women in the sport industry face gender discrimination (Women in Sport, 2018). Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) sportswomen face increased levels of prejudice because of the dual effects of sexism and racism.

In this talk, Dr. Jayne Caudwell will discuss the cases of UK footballer Eni Aluko and US tennis player Serena Williams and the unjust treatment of these athletes to demonstrate the level of sexism and racism in contemporary sport culture. She will be referring to feminism (theory and activism) in order to call out racism and sexism, and to explore how we can challenge oppression.

February 2019             

Misinformation, Disinformation and Propaganda: why we might be manipulated by fake stuff on social media – Darren Lilleker

Whether Trump, Neo-Nazi groups, Brexiteers, Remainers, Russian bots or Dubious Corporations, those who make up stories to sell us a product or an idea are many and various.

In this talk, Darren Lillekar will be discussing how what is known as ‘fake news’ can cause topics to trend, careers to be made and damaged and elections to be won and lost. Come along and be prepared to think and maybe talk about your own web surfing behaviour and the ways you have been or might be manipulated.

December 2018 

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

Being able to understand the characteristics and behaviours of different types of personality can help you understand the people you are interacting with, as well as yourself. Join us in the exploration of personality profiles, using Jelly Babies to help change the way you view people.

November 2018

Accepting the unacceptable: how governement policy has led to an increase in disability hate crimes. – Dr Jane Healy

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?

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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