Student Showcases Research in Parliament

Karolina-HospitalityKarolina Tarnauskaite, a BA (Hons) Level H International Hospitality Management student recently travelled to Westminster to show-case her dissertation research at the ‘Posters in Parliament’ event.

Posters in Parliament brings together some of the best undergraduate research from across the country. The event is part of the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR), a group of universities dedicated to encouraging a national culture of undergraduate research.

This year Karolina was one of 40 students to present their work. Karolina’s research topic ‘Spanish Tapas Concept in other cuisines in the UK Hospitality Industry’, explores peoples’ perceptions and attitudes toward Tapas style meal experiences.

Reflecting on her time at Westminster, Karolina said: “Posters in Parliament gave me the perfect opportunity to present my research to the wider society, and it was a very successful event.

“Not only was I able to present the issues that I have an interest in, but also to discuss these issues with people from different backgrounds with numerous attitudes and opinions. I would say it’s the biggest compliment to be chosen to present Undergraduate Research at Posters in Parliament.”

Karolina hopes that her findings could provide recommendations for those businesses who have implemented or are interested in the Tapas concept.

BU vice-chancellor attends launch of University Innovators Guide


Professor John Vinney, the Vice- Chancellor of Bournemouth University, attended the launch of The Dods University Innovators Guide in Westminster.

The publication focuses on the strength of university-business collaboration in the UK at the moment and examines how this relationship can be developed further in the future to help grow the economy.

The event was attended by MPs, Members of the House of Lords and business leaders.

Speaking at the launch, Professor Sir Tim Wilson, author of the 2012 Review of Business-University Collaboration, spoke about how, with the end of traditional industry, the UK has to rely on its workforce as the capital to drive forward the economy, and universities were vital in developing the necessary skills for this.

The Wilson Review was published last year and in it Professor Wilson proposed an agenda for change to make the UK the best place in the world for business-university collaboration.

Also speaking at the launch was Adrian Bailey MP, who is Chair of the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee at Westminster.

He emphasised that universities were already collaborating with business, but not enough was being done to publicise this.

“Universities need to highlight their overall contribution to driving forward the economy and society today,” he said, adding that he welcomed the publication as a great significant contribution to that.

Professor Keith Brown from the National Centre for Post-Qualifying Social Work at BU was at the event, highlighting the work the NCPQSW does with the private and public sector to provide in providing education and training for professionals within Health and Social Care.

He was accompanied by Jo Sams who studied at the NCPQSW and now owns and runs a number of residential care homes for young people.

The Dods Innovators Guide was produced in partnership with Bournemouth University, the University of Birmingham, Brunel University, the University of Hertfordshire and the University of Northampton.

It features an article on BU by Professor Vinney in which he outlines his plans for university-business collaboration.

He concludes: “University-business collaboration brings clear benefits to our students, the University, and the businesses that we engage with, and our work with local, national and international business is a source of considerable pride.

“The recommendations in The Dods University Innovator’s Guide will ensure that BU can continue to prepare our graduates not just for the world of today, but for the world of tomorrow.”

Download the University Innovators Guide