Bournemouth University’s Dr Neil Vaughan is to receive a prestigious award from the Association of Commonwealth Universities including a small grant for early career academics.
Neil was announced as one of forty winners of the international ACU Early Careers Academic Grant. Now it its third year, the scheme was initially launched to mark the centenary of the world’s first, and oldest, international network of universities, and was founded to promote and support excellence in higher education.
With an emphasis on enabling those in the early stages of their careers to travel to Commonwealth countries, the competition helps academics to fully establish themselves in their fields. Bournemouth University is one of over five hundred members of the Association, spread over fifty countries across the world.
As a post-doctoral researcher in BU’s Faculty of Science & Technology, Neil's research focusses on computer-based graphics and visualisation including working on new technology to make epidurals safer for women in childbirth. His work has been profiled by the likes of NHS Grapevine, The Engineer and Politics Today. He has won an IET scholarship and Innovation Awards and was a finalist for the UK Patient Safety Awards. In 2014, he won the UK ICT Pioneers award in the Transforming Society category.
Commenting on the achievement, Neil said, "This is great news to be selected as recipient of the ACA Early Careers Academic Grant out of 170 applicants from all around the Commonwealth."