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Available projects

Browse our available projects below and email spb@bournemouth.ac.uk to request a project brief and an application form. Projects have been sorted by subject area and some projects may cover more than one area.

Available projects

Accounting, Finance & Economics

SPB007: Investigate fund raising for small business development through the utilisation of crowdfunding

Investigate fund raising to support the development of a small business through crowdfunding. Examine current crowdfunding platforms and the feasibility of a low-cost DIY approach which does not involve a host platform.

SPB91: Explore funding opportunities for The Happiness Course

The Happiness Course is an eight-hour course based on positive psychology and delivered over two or four weeks (or a weekend). Explore ways The Happiness Course can raise funds or attract investors in order to be able to offer the course to those who need it for a low cost.

Business, Management & Marketing

SPB007: Investigate fund raising for small business development through the utilisation of crowdfunding

Investigate fund raising to support the development of a small business through crowdfunding. Examine current crowdfunding platforms and the feasibility of a low-cost DIY approach which does not involve a host platform.

SPB008: Product licensing for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

Research product licensing and discuss practical approaches, from initial contact to developing joint ventures. Make a list of recommendations.

SPB009: Using social media platforms as a promotional tool for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

Evaluate how a small business could use social media platforms to achieve growth.

SPB039: Social media marketing plan for QuietSphere Student Mentoring

Create a social media strategy aimed at university students and parents of university aged children/ university students in order to raise the profile of QuietSphere Student Mentoring.

SPB044: Crowdfunding feasibility study and campaign design for charities

Help connect millions of people to the help they need when they need it and allow millions to offer their help to those less fortunate or in need. Help-in is a charity that aims to create a new social media platform designed to increase volunteering both hands on and virtually. Carry out a feasibility study into crowdfunding models for charitable organisations and use your findings to design a three week campaign with a soft launch. There will be the opportunity to implement the campaign if desired.

SPB045: Social media marketing and management plan for a local charity

Help connect millions of people to the help they need when they need it and allow millions to offer their help to those less fortunate or in need. Help-in is a charity that aims to create a new social media platform designed to increase volunteering both hands on and virtually. Design a social media marketing plan for a crowdfunding campaign and create a management plan for the marketing plan.

SPB046: Brand development for Help-in

Help connect millions of people to the help they need when they need it and allow millions to offer their help to those less fortunate or in need. Help-in is a charity that aims to create a new social media platform designed to increase volunteering both hands on and virtually. Work with Help-in to develop their brand. This will be used to influence the look and feel of their platform and across social media, the website and any printed materials.

SPB060: Rebrand of workplace health and wellbeing company

Midlands Workplace Wellbeing Ltd works with employers to create happy and healthy employees through consultancy, training and health activities. Help Midlands Workplace Wellbeing Ltd rebrand the business as Mindful Workplace Wellbeing. They are looking to find a new identity that has impact whilst still remaining professional in order to increase their client base.

SPB068: Raising the Profile of Bradford Abbas Village

The aim of this project is to provide better information about the village for visitors and members of the community. The information is to be both historical and current; i.e. an ‘interpretation board’ that explains the history, people and places associated with the village; and the ‘village plan statement’ located on the Parish Council website. This project will involve working with Bradford Abbas Parish Council and Bradford Abbas History Society.

SPB083: The Shine Project health and wellbeing event

The Shine Project ran their first Health and Wellbeing Event in June 2017. The aim of the event was to inspire girls to think positively about themselves and encourage good physical and mental health. The event was held at Bournemouth Pavilion and had exhibition stands from 22 different organisations including local charities, youth services and businesses. In addition to the stands, the girls were encouraged to take part in one of the many different timetabled workshops such as drama, dance, music or mindfulness. Over the course of the day over 200 girls from 12 different schools attended and 99% of the girls said that they would do it again.

The Shine Project would like to run the event again in February 2019. There are a variety of opportunities available including event management, marketing and communication, media production and audio visual.

SPB086: Internal communication strategy to increase the use of a national healthcare society’s website by its members

The organisation is looking to encourage members to more effectively utilise the online content provided with their membership. Benefits for paid members include access to a confidential discussion forum and free webinars. Create an internal marketing strategy to increase the usage of the website by their members. This project can be undertaken in conjunction with SPB087: Marketing plan for a national healthcare society.

SPB087: Marketing plan for a national healthcare society

The organisation is looking to increase the usage of their website by non-members. Create a marketing strategy to increase the usage of the website and raise awareness of the organisation. This project can be undertaken in conjunction with SPB086: Internal communication strategy for a national healthcare society.

SPB088: Online marketing plan for a local charity

Based in Poole, Dorset, Harbour Challenge Outdoor Adventure Centre is a registered charity offering affordable access to a wide range of land and water based outdoor adventure activities to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. As a charity, the organisation relies on income from the activities they provide. Identify social media marketing opportunities to enable the charity to reach a wider audience and maximise their internet presence. Provide a list of recommendations on how this can be achieved as well as relevant marketing materials.

SPB90: Marketing plan for a local charity

The Leonardo Trust is a registered charity set up to make life a little easier for those who care full-time for others. Presently, The Leonardo Trust benefits 250 carers in Dorset per year. Their aim is to double this reach through paid advertising and marketing. Develop a marketing strategy to expand the reach of The Leonardo Trust to increase community engagement.

SPB92: Marketing plan for The Happiness Course

The Happiness Course is an 8 hour course based on positive psychology and delivered over 2 or 4 weeks (or a weekend). Compile a low-cost marketing plan to enable The Happiness Course to reach a wider audience in the local area. Include recommendations on how to implement the plan.

SPB103: Social media marketing plan for Wessex Entrepreneurs

Wessex Entrepreneurs support, mentor and, if needed, raise funding for many types of enterprises through a substantial network. Wessex Entrepreneurs are looking to expand their membership base and raise awareness of the events they run via social media. Design a social media campaign that Wessex Entrepreneurs can utilise to achieve this.

Computer Animation, Games & Visual Effects

SPB048: Animation to raise awareness of the support available to adult children of alcoholics

Create a 2-3 minute animation that highlights the key characteristics of adult children of alcoholics (ACOA) and conveys a message that they aren’t alone and that change is possible.

SPB063: Shelley’s Heart: Digital Research Animator

Shelley’s Heart will be a downloadable app is set in St. Peter’s churchyard in Bournemouth town centre and features modern alter egos of Mary Shelley and the Romantic poets. As a Digital Research Animator you will be responsible for researching, designing, and developing 16 animated gifs (2-5 seconds in duration) to enhance the audio narrative. These are based on Photoshop illustrations that have been mocked up for the design document/script. Given the desired interactive element, you will be encouraged to research novel animation technologies including snapchat animations, augmented reality, and geo-location tracking. A design document will be provided however, you will have a role in refining the animation design. This project is in association with the Shelley Frankenstein Festival.

SPB082: Life in My Shoes animation

Produce a series of 2 minute animated films, each one based on the audio recording of a person’s story who has struggled with being HIV+. Each person will be from a different part of the world (Delhi, Boston, Pretoria etc.) for the Life In My Shoes (LIMS) international project. The people in these stories can’t show their faces because of the devastating stigma that still surrounds HIV. We are looking for an animator to realise the story in a creative and innovative ways, either by creating a character than doesn’t look like the interviewee or finding some other creative way to tell the story.

SPB089: Animated reconstruction of WWII bombing decoy for RAF Hurn and RAF Ibsley

At the commencement of War World II the Air Ministry formed a secret department to oversee ways to fool the German Luftwaffe by using decoys and other means of deception. There was a decoy airfield on Lower Common, Three Legged Cross that simulated the flare path lighting of the local RAF Hurn & RAF Ibsley fighter stations as a lure to encourage attack by night bombers and intruder aircraft. Create an animation to help visitors visualise the decoy in operation at night and gain an understanding of how it was operated. The animation will be displayed in the Moors Valley Country Park visitor centre and online on their website and social media channels with the aim of encouraging members of the public to engage with history and heritage of park. It will also be the basis of an augmented reality app (see project SPB098).

SPB098: Augmented reality app for the reconstruction of WWII bombing decoy for RAF Ibsley and RAF Hurn

At the commencement of War World II the Air Ministry formed a secret department to oversee ways to fool the German Luftwaffe by using decoys and other means of deception. There was a decoy airfield on Lower Common, Three Legged Cross that simulated the flare path lighting of the local RAF Hurn & RAF Ibsley fighter stations as a lure to encourage attack by night bombers and intruder aircraft. Create an augmented reality app that will help visitors visualise the decoy in operation at night and gain an understanding of how it was operated. The app will utilise an animation of the decoy in action created for project SPB089.

Computing & Information Technology

SPB047: Social media platform prototype development for Help-in

Help connect millions of people to the help they need when they need it and allow millions to offer their help to those less fortunate or in need. Help-in is a charity that aims to create a new social media platform designed to increase volunteering both hands on and virtually. Work with Help-in to develop the above social media platform. All aspects must be scalable to cope with additions to details, projects, tick boxes and ultimately users. The Platform will be global, so there is a need to search for companies or project types in any part of the world.

SPB073: Mapping of signing up user journey for financial products

Harmoney is a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to help people to manage their money better, particularly so that it doesn’t cause worry, stress, or mental distress. Their initial service is providing advice on welfare benefits and debt problems. This project involved mapping the signing up user journeys of existing online current account and budgeting products, particularly those built for smartphones (like Monzo) and new innovative services (like Squirrel). You will be looking for similarities between the maps and assessing what works well and what doesn't.  These findings will be used to make recommendations for our product.

SPB074: Mapping of user journey of financial products

Harmoney is a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to help people to manage their money better, particularly so that it doesn’t cause worry, stress, or mental distress. Their initial service is providing advice on welfare benefits and debt problems. This purpose of this project is to map the user journeys of existing online current account and budgeting products, to undertake tasks such as setting up regular payments, making transfers, checking balance. You will be looking for similarities between the maps and assessing what works well and what doesn't. These findings will be used to make recommendations for our product.

SPB075: Harmoney cyber security

Harmoney is a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to help people to manage their money better, particularly so that it doesn’t cause worry, stress, or mental distress. Their initial service is providing advice on welfare benefits and debt problems. Map out security methods used by existing services of online current account products.  What are the options?  What direction might these tools be going in in relation to security?  Are costs considered? What is the user preference?  These findings will be used to make recommendations for our product.

SPB081: Cherry Tree Nursery Website Revamp

Cherry Tree Nursery is part of the Sheltered Work Opportunities project, a registered charity based in Bournemouth serving the local Community. We were set up to address the great need for meaningful occupation, in a supportive and pressure free environment, for adults with severe and enduring mental illness. Cherry Tree Nursery’s website is out dated and needs a revamp to bring it in line with modern website design and to attract new visitors to the charity.

SPB085: Website redevelopment for a national healthcare society

The current website has limited functionality, is unattractive and paid members get limited benefits for their money. Benefits for paid members such as access to a confidential discussion forum and free webinars are underused. Carry out a baseline assessment of the organisation and members’ needs in order to make recommendations for adjustments to the website. Propose and implement changes to the website based on this assessment.

SPB094: Bournemouth in Bloom website re-design

Bournemouth in Bloom is a voluntary group that encourages the residents of Bournemouth to take care of and have pride in their community. By improving our environment, we aim to make Bournemouth one of the most beautiful towns in the UK. Build upon the existing WordPress site to expand it into a resource for the local community that connects schools, Bournemouth in Bloom groups and partners in the community.

SPB102: Website review and redevelopment for Wessex Entrepreneurs

Wessex Entrepreneurs support, mentor and, if needed, raise funding for many types of enterprises through a substantial network. Assess the Wessex Entrepreneurs website and propose improvements to update the website. Present your proposal to members of Wessex Entrepreneurs and implement the agreed updates.

Design & Engineering

Health & Social Care

SPB99: Enriching Lives – assessing the impact of intergenerational activities

‘Enriching Lives’ is a project that aims to bring together nursery and primary school children and McCarthy & Stone homeowners to participate in a variety of activities. The Enriching Lives project is intended to contribute to the debate about the benefits of intergenerational living, and to assist local and national government to formulate their plans for a more cohesive community and social fabric, whilst enriching the lives of McCarthy & Stone homeowners and children in the local area. Design and implement a strategy to assess the impact of the project on the McCarthy & Stone homeowners and the school children. The results of this study will be used by McCarthy & Stone in the process of deciding to roll out the Enriching Lives project across their properties.

History, Politics & Social Studies

SPB99: Enriching Lives – assessing the impact of intergenerational activities

‘Enriching Lives’ is a project that aims to bring together nursery and primary school children and McCarthy & Stone homeowners to participate in a variety of activities. The Enriching Lives project is intended to contribute to the debate about the benefits of intergenerational living, and to assist local and national government to formulate their plans for a more cohesive community and social fabric, whilst enriching the lives of McCarthy & Stone homeowners and children in the local area. Design and implement a strategy to assess the impact of the project on the McCarthy & Stone homeowners and the school children. The results of this study will be used by McCarthy & Stone in the process of deciding to roll out the Enriching Lives project across their properties.

Law

SPB008: Product licensing for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

Research product licensing and discuss practical approaches, from initial contact to developing joint ventures. Make a list of recommendations.

Media & Communications

SPB009: Using social media platforms as a promotional tool for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

Evaluate how a small business could use social media platforms to achieve growth.

SPB034: Video series to raise awareness of addiction and The Recovery Course

Create a series of short videos to educate people around addiction and to promote St Swithuns Recovery Course. There will be the opportunity to work with the recovery ministry head, observe the course and to interview some members of the recovery course. These videos will be used as part of a national marketing and promotion campaign.

SPB039: Social media marketing plan for QuietSphere Student Mentoring

Create a social media strategy aimed at university students and parents of university aged children/ university students in order to raise the profile of QuietSphere Student Mentoring.

SPB045: Social media marketing and management plan for a local charity

Help connect millions of people to the help they need when they need it and allow millions to offer their help to those less fortunate or in need. Help-in is a charity that aims to create a new social media platform designed to increase volunteering both hands on and virtually. Design a social media marketing plan for a crowdfunding campaign and create a management plan for the marketing plan.

SPB060: Rebrand of workplace health and wellbeing company

Midlands Workplace Wellbeing Ltd works with employers to create happy and healthy employees through consultancy, training and health activities. Help Midlands Workplace Wellbeing Ltd rebrand the business as Mindful Workplace Wellbeing. They are looking to find a new identity that has impact whilst still remaining professional in order to increase their client base.

SPB061: "I didn't know that" - Good End of Life Care educational video for staff at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Create a short video about good End of Life Care for healthcare professionals at Poole Hospital. Good End of Life Care should focus on helping people who may be approaching end of life to Live Well. The true definition of End of Life Care is “all of the care received in the last year of life” (recognising that this could extend to more than a year, or be shorter). By simply educating healthcare professionals in the definition of End of Life Care and highlighting that everyone who works in healthcare is in part responsible for delivering end of life care, we can improve care across Dorset. The video must be informative, but delivered in a very imaginative and fun way.

SPB068: Raising the Profile of Bradford Abbas Village

The aim of this project is to provide better information about the village for visitors and members of the community. The information is to be both historical and current; i.e. an ‘interpretation board’ that explains the history, people and places associated with the village; and the ‘village plan statement’ located on the Parish Council website. This project will involve working with Bradford Abbas Parish Council and Bradford Abbas History Society.

SPB083: The Shine Project health and wellbeing event

The Shine Project ran their first Health and Wellbeing Event in June 2017. The aim of the event was to inspire girls to think positively about themselves and encourage good physical and mental health. The event was held at Bournemouth Pavilion and had exhibition stands from 22 different organisations including local charities, youth services and businesses. In addition to the stands, the girls were encouraged to take part in one of the many different timetabled workshops such as drama, dance, music or mindfulness. Over the course of the day over 200 girls from 12 different schools attended and 99% of the girls said that they would do it again.

The Shine Project would like to run the event again in February 2019. There are a variety of opportunities available including event management, marketing and communication, media production and audio visual.

SPB084: Stop Plastic Seas petition promotion

Stop Plastic Seas is petitioning the UK Government to introduce a national awareness day against the plastic in our seas. This is spearheaded by member of the local community who became concerned about the amount of plastic encountered in the sea when they went swimming.  The project aims to raise public awareness and increase education around this problem in the local and national community. A national awareness day about plastics in the sea will provide an annual focus where all organisations and individuals against plastics in our seas can come together to raise awareness and collaborate. Formulate a plan to promote this petition so it receives more than 100,000 signatures by April 2018.

SPB93: Promotional videos for a digital print company 

RPM Digital Print was started in 1991 and has grown into a fully integrated print and multi-channel marketing communications service provider. Create two short videos (2 minutes each) to showcase the work of the company. The first video will introduce the company, their location and printing products. The second video will be based around their marketing technology. These videos will be featured on the website and on social media.

SPB100: Eat Fit, Keep Fit media package for St. Mark’s Primary School

The Sports Ambassadors at St Mark’s Primary School want to create a media package (video presentation, advert) promoting how to live a healthy lifestyle. This includes showing what exercises could be done, how to prepare and eat healthy food and to generally promote healthy living. The children want to produce a package which would not only go on the school website but that could be sent out to other schools. Work with the Sports Ambassadors to create a video presentation and advert promoting healthy living.

SPB103: Social media marketing plan for Wessex Entrepreneurs

Wessex Entrepreneurs support, mentor and, if needed, raise funding for many types of enterprises through a substantial network. Wessex Entrepreneurs are looking to expand their membership base and raise awareness of the events they run via social media. Design a social media campaign that Wessex Entrepreneurs can utilise to achieve this.

Sciences

SPB037: Evaluate the effects of companion planting of Brassicas with Mint and/or Nasturtium

Description: Set up and monitor a field trial exploring the effectiveness of companion planting of Brassica species with a mixed regime of Brassica and Mint and/or Nasturtium in reducing pest-related crop damage.

Sport

Tourism, Hospitality & Events

SPB083: The Shine Project health and wellbeing event

The Shine Project ran their first Health and Wellbeing Event in June 2017. The aim of the event was to inspire girls to think positively about themselves and encourage good physical and mental health. The event was held at Bournemouth Pavilion and had exhibition stands from 22 different organisations including local charities, youth services and businesses. In addition to the stands, the girls were encouraged to take part in one of the many different timetabled workshops such as drama, dance, music or mindfulness. Over the course of the day over 200 girls from 12 different schools attended and 99% of the girls said that they would do it again.

The Shine Project would like to run the event again in February 2019. There are a variety of opportunities available including event management, marketing and communication, media production and audio visual.