Last year we bought you the story of Rami Mhanna receiving a Santander Scholarship. Below he shares his experiences of travelling to Russia as part of his grant:
As part of Santander Travel Grant, I am visiting Russia in order to do a research about Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
I started by visiting Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University), which is one of the Santander Universities. I also visited the Russian International Olympic University in Moscow RIOU, where I met Professor Nicolay Peshin. And then, I did an interview at Sochi 2014 Committee in Moscow.
In Krasnodar Region where Sochi is located my research focused on the planning and preparation for Sochi 2014 as well as the perceptions of Sport and Tourism legacy. I met some of the key decision makers such as the Deputy Ministers of Sport, and Deputy Minister of Tourism for Krasnodar Region. During my stay in Krasnodar, I visited Kuban State University for Physical Education Sport and Tourism; I met the Vice Rector of Research and the head of Sochi 2014 volunteers centre. The Kuban University welcomed me and BU and they thanked me for doing research about Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
I moved then to Sochi city and I stayed 4 days, where I visited Sochi City Administration. I interviewed the Deputy Mayor of Sochi, the Deputy Head of the department for Sport and the Deputy Head of the Department for Tourism.
My visit to Russia was successful at all levels, and it will enrich my experience and my research skills.
I would like to thank Santander and BU and my great supervisors: Professor Adam Blake and Dr. Ian Jones for their support.
On 6th October 2013 Bournemouth will host its first ever Marathon Festival run by GSI events. The course includes some of the most stunning views in Bournemouth & Poole as well as both piers as part of the 26.2 miles route. Bournemouth University will be managing two of the 6 sectors.
School of Tourism lecturer, Dorothy Fox, will be part of the senior race crew during the marathon. As part of their training, they all attended the Edinburgh Marathon to shadow their counterparts.
Dorothy is leading the baggage team during the Bournemouth Marathon with members of Bournemouth Lifeguard Corps and Bournemouth School Combined Cadet Force.
Dorothy commented “The scouts who handled all the bags in Edinburgh were all very well organised group of volunteers and the trip was really useful. I look forward to being involved in the Bournemouth’s first marathon”
For more information on the run and to register please see here http://www.run-bmf.com/
In April 2013 Dr Tim Breitbarth, senior lecturer in sport management, visited BU’s new Erasmus partner Hanzehogeschool Groningen. Led by a local colleague, he also contributed to organise and run an intensive international student management game in further cooperation with colleagues from Coventry University and German Sport University. Overall, 140 students from 10 countries participated in the 5-day event.
After a very competitive application process, Shrehan Lynch (final year sports development), Andrew Imms (final year sports management), Oliver Fulljames and Jack Mogridge (both third year sports management) were accepted as the first set of BU students to attend this sports management game.
For more information please read this blog article
All four students were wonderful representatives of BU and their reflections collected weeks after the activity demonstrate the high value of international experience as part of learning and growing at university.
Oliver Fulljames, Jack Mogridge and Shrehan Lynch comment on the Groningen trip in particular and international opportunities in general
I would highly recommend that students from Bournemouth utilise the international opportunities on offer
“The Sport Management Game 2013 is an event that I feel I benefitted from both professionally and personally. The event focuses on teamwork within a multicultural setting, challenging each individual to overcome cultural barriers, along with allowing time to socialise with your peers over the week.
I now understand the cultural intricacies needed in order to work effectively with those from other countries with those whose English may not be of the highest standard. Not everything ran smoothly, initially it was very difficult when delegating tasks to others, despite this, it was a valuable learning curve and communication improved as the week progressed.
Friends made on the trip have already made plans to visit in London, whilst the favour will also be returned when visiting Germany and Netherlands. Many people worked at high profile sport organisations throughout Europe, which may provide me a point of call when I graduate and begin searching for jobs around Europe.
Overall, I believe that the Sports Management Game will not only add a valuable experience to my CV, but also provide me knowledge that I can put to use within the workplace and when back at university. I would highly recommend that students from Bournemouth utilise the international opportunities on offer.”
Someone who hasn’t travelled a great deal, I was enjoying the experiences of this trip
“I can honestly say that the 5 days in Groningen easily exceeded my expectations. Highlights have been networking with like-minded individuals and making friends with the other international students either through work or social evening engagements. Having never worked in this type of environment I have attained skills which I can take into my final year at Bournemouth, the team I am working with on my placement and future employment. Someone who hasn’t travelled a great deal, I was enjoying the experiences of this trip, soaking up the wonderful culture that the Netherlands has to offer.
We began each day with an academic lecture at 8.30 before beginning group work at 10. Most days would be split up by one morning and one afternoon task which allowed enough time to produce a thorough piece of work. From HR to Marketing to Operations we covered all aspects of running a mega sporting event through engaging group activities such as: promotional videos, academic posters and a question time like set up to name a few.
Having only communicated through the medium of technology in the past, especially throughout my placement, meeting face to face was a different experience. Within this team in order to work most effectively we faced barriers to overcome. Communication was the most obvious of these, which proved difficult when two of the Dutch students spoke little English however once we overcome this and leaders in the group were distinguished productivity increased. Although difficult at times this was one of the reasons I applied for this opportunity and therefor I felt I needed to embrace it. My English skills proved valuable in the group and I soon took the role of leader, this gave me chance to interact with all the members on a personal level which proved very fulfilling.
I would like to thank Bournemouth University and especially Tim Breitbarth for the support throughout and in planning, preparation and communication throughout to offer such a wonderful opportunity.”
This experience taught me mainly about myself, I feel I show attributes of managing people well, using initiative and taking on responsibility of a high level
“After being part of the Groningen trip I must thank the University for giving me the experience. I learnt a great deal about myself on this trip and was able to appreciate an alternative culture.
Holland is a phenomenal country; the residents are friendly, relaxed and welcoming to visitors. The Hanze University itself had facilities to be in awe of and quite abstract building infrastructures that made it one of the most unusual universities I have been to.
The Sports Management Game allowed me to work in a group of mixed languages and cultures and I was able to take a team leader role as the only native speaker. This experience taught me mainly about myself, I feel I show attributes of managing people well, using initiative and taking on responsibility of a high level. I was able to lead this team into third place at the management game which I feel was a real achievement considering the barriers we faced as a team regarding language and prior academic learning.
On the whole this experience showed me that each culture learn differently within their universities and take different approaches individually to the learning process. Also, I learnt that I am a hardworking individual that can work with people from across the globe effectively to achieve results.“
Back in May, Richard Gordon MBE was a key note speaker at the 3rd Fire Safety and Technology Forum.
Richard is currently Director of the International Disaster Management Centre at Bournemouth University.
The purpose of the event was to provide high-quality education, technology and networking opportunities for fire safety and other related responsibilities.
Last month Richard trained members of Bangladesh’s armed forces, civil administrators and development partners on disaster management.
For more information on the Disaster Management courses offered by Bournemouth University please see here
Next week, Bournemouth University will be hosting the Festival of Learning across its different campus’.
Over the two weeks the Festival is on, there will be over 100 events to choose from. Many of the events are free and are delivered by BU staff keen to share their enthusiasm and experience with you.
Highlights offered from the School of Tourism include:
Don’t eat poo and die, eat poo and live: An investigation into the things that we eat and the things that we don’t
Designing the Ideal Menu
A Family Kitchen Safari Event
Social Media for the Terrified
eTourism Innovations in the Digital Era
This is only a small glimpse of the variety of the events held during the festival! To view the full programme please see here
With so much on offer, this is one Festival not to miss this summer.
For more information on the festival and to book any events please see here
As part of the Festival of Learning, Sean Beer will be hosting an event titled “Don’t eat poo and die, eat poo and live: An investigation into the things that we eat and the things that we don’t”.
This free event takes place on Wednesday 5th June from 7pm -9pm on the Talbot Campus.
This illustrated lecture will investigate the diversity of things that people eat in different cultures and circumstances from around the world.
It will challenge you to look more closely at the nature of the food and drink that you choose to consume and that which you don’t.
Discussion will be backed up with tastings of some commonly eaten and some uncommonly eaten foods – if you dare.
This event is open to anyone.
For more information on this event and to register for the Festival of Learning please see here