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The Public Health Research (PHR) and Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) seminar.


The Public Health Research (PHR) and Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) seminar.

Hold the diary date – 21 March 2014, 10.45 am to 2.45 pm (times to be confirmed), The University of Manchester.

Organised by the Research Design Service North West (RDS NW).

Presentations to include how to apply to the PHR and HS&DR funding streams, success stories, and how the RDS NW can help you to get funding.


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Pre Call Information: The ESRC and Early Intervention Foundation


The ESRC and the Early Intervention Foundation are working together to offer early intervention evaluation partnership grants.
It is suggested that they are looking to fund between four and six evaluation partnerships for a period of 48 months

The main purpose of the evaluation partnership will be to evaluate the impact of an early intervention programme, practice or system that is a priority to a local area.

EIF have 20 Pioneering Places, please see below
• Blackpool
• Blackburn w/ Darwen
• Croydon
• Dorset
• Essex
• Gateshead
• Hertfordshire
• Islington
• Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner
• Greater Manchester
• Newcastle
• Nottingham City
• Poole
• Plymouth
• Solihull
• Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner
• London Tri-Borough
• West Cheshire Partners
• Wiltshire and Swindon
• Worcestershire

Further information about EIF can be assessed here

Calls for proposals open around 3rd Feb and expect to close 15th April. Start of evaluation in August.

There will be an information and networking workshop taking place in London around the end of February

For more and to book a place at the workshop, you need to email

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Safeguarding Vulnerable Children & Adults – Call for Papers

Bucks New University invites proposals for papers, presentations and posters addressing topics in safeguarding of either children or adults.

Speakers Include
– Dame Christine Beasley DBE, Chair of the University Council, Bucks New University
– Donald Findlater, Lucy Faithfull Foundation & Stop It Now
– Professor Viv Bennett, Director of Nursing Department of Health
– Professor David Sines, Pro Vice Chancellor, Bucks New University
– Inspector Jo Ferris, Thames Valley Police
– PC David Williams, Prevent Engagement Officer, Thames Valley Police

We especially welcome proposals that utilise practitioner or service user perspectives, those that are empirically based and those that involve new and emerging topics within safeguarding. We are keen to facilitate the exchange of ideas between practitioners, service users, academics and policy makers.

Paper proposals are appropriate for presentations that will focus on an individual research topic or report on the development of a new intervention or policy. After a selection process, the conference co-chairs will group paper presentations into themed sessions. 15 minutes plus five minutes for questions will be allotted for each paper. There is the opportunity of having linked papers presented in a longer session.

Posters are suitable for early career researchers, practitioners and policy makers. Posters are an opportunity for the presentation of work in progress for which the authors welcome constructive feedback from conference delegates.

Submissions of abstracts of 250 words are to be submitted for both papers and posters to
Proposals will be evaluated through a blind review process focused on the following three criteria:

– the intellectual merit of the proposal
– the innovative nature of the proposal
– the proposal’s integration of academic, practitioner and policy aspects in the field of safeguarding.

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on 21st February 2014.
Please submit via email to:

For further information please contact the conference team on the above email, or go to the conference website

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Arts for Health project impacts public health worldwide


ARTS for Health is a research project that has truly made an impact worldwide.

From the House of Lords to countries as diverse as Cambodia, Afghanistan and Lithuania, the MMU-based project has been instrumental in changing the way people think about the contribution the arts can make to public health.

Support has come from artist Sam Taylor-Wood, broadcaster Melvyn Bragg, poet Simon Armitage and NHS Chief Executive Sir Nigel Crisp among many others.

And the centre’s research has had a direct bearing on Government policy, with the Invest To Save project central to a debate in the House of Lords, and current Director Clive Parkinson asked to help establish an All Party Parliamentary group for Arts and Health.

Strong roots

Established by Peter Senior in 1974 as Hospital Arts, within the Faculty of Art & Design, the original objective was to humanise NHS environments.

In 1988 the centre formally became part of MMU, and was renamed Arts for Health. It was the first academic department of its kind anywhere in the world, and Senior was awarded both an MBE and the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.

When Clive Parkinson took over in 2004, the focus moved from clinical to public health with the research project Invest to Save: Arts in Health, funded by HM Treasury and identifying opportunities for research sites across the region to explore the impact of culture, creativity and the arts on health and wellbeing.

The research team of Clive Parkinson, Peter Senior, Amanda Kilroy and Charlotte Garner have also worked with six established projects as part of the Appreciative Inquiry research project, and found that their work led to reduced levels of stress, anxiety and depression while increasing happiness and well-being.

International reach

Invest to Save not only featured prominently in a Department of Health working group report, it was also championed by Earl Howe and Lord Howarth, and led to Clive Parkinson being asked to discuss the research with the Secretary of State.

Parkinson has also delivered a paper about the project at a number of national and international conferences, including the International Symposium on Arts Health in Australia, in 2008, at the European Capital of Culture in Vilnius, Lithuania, in 2009, and at the UK Faculty of Public Health’s research conference in 2010.

In 2011 the paper was disseminated to the Australian Parliament through a presentation to a special committee, and Arts and Health Australia presented Parkinson with the International leadership in Arts and Health Award.

The legacy of the project continued with the development of the North West Arts and Health Network, created with partnership funding from the Department of Health and Arts Council England. The network has more than 5,000 members, in countries as far-flung as Cambodia and Afghanistan.

New dementia research

Recently, the British Council asked Clive to present his work to the Lithuanian Government, and one of his papers was used to set the context in the Lithuanian Cultural Ministry’s first research report on arts and health.

He has also worked with the Asia Europe Foundation as part of a trans-disciplinary team exploring Global Pandemic Preparedness, specifically how the arts can enable visual communication around complex health messages.

In April last year the research came to the attention of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, and most recently Art for Health, along with the Universities of Bangor and Newcastle, was awarded £1.2 million for a three-year research programme called Dementia and Imagination. The project will explore the impact of visual arts on wellbeing, and investigate the arts as a vehicle for developing dementia friendly communities.

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Evolving Science Communication conference

In 2014, UWE are delighted to be celebrating the ten year anniversary of science communication postgraduate programmes. Further to their first Evolving Science Communication conference held in 2009 , in 2014 they will be providing an additional conference opportunity, specifically aimed to provide a platform for discussion between experts in both the practitioner and academic communities.

The one-day conference will be held on Friday 4th April 2014 at the Watershed in Bristol, UK including presentations on the latest national and international trends, presentations from their graduates, and opportunities for delegates to present their latest, ideas, projects and research. The programme details events over the day, and has been designed in partnership with their graduates, to reflect the most contemporary thoughts and issues facing the field.

To register to attend the conference please visit:

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Communities and Culture Network + Seed corn funding (£1- £4k) -Next deadline is 28th Feb (then another 30th May)

communitiesandculture  de_logo_rgb‘Digital Economy’ is one of a number of cross-Research Council Themes identified by RCUK and led by the EPSRC.  The Theme ” is supporting research to rapidly realise the transformational impact of digital technologies on aspects of community life, cultural experiences, future society, and the economy”. In order to achieve this, Digital Economy research aims to address four challenge areas:

  • Sustainable Society: In sustainable societies of the future, people will be able to make informed choices. Improved delivery of information and services will foster changes in behaviour to minimise the negative impact of our activities.
  • Communities and Culture: Communities, participation and culture are changing in the digital age. It is important that we ensure digital interaction enhances, not replaces face to face interactions.
  • New Economic Models: In an increasingly global economy, as new companies and individuals use digital technologies to innovate, the market can change rapidly. New business models are being created to adapt and take advantage of the opportunities in the digital world.
  • IT as a Utility: Digital infrastructure should be so simple, accessible and reliable that it seems invisible. In delivering this, questions need to be answered about whether people will trust it, how to ensure privacy is respected and how to pay for it
Each of these Challenge areas has a network.   ‘Communities and Culture’ Network+ (CCNetwork+) have a website here: and they offer a number of Funding Opportunities.

Open call for seed funding

Submission deadlines: 30th Nov 2013, 28th Feb 2014, 30th May 2014, 29th August 2014

The Communities and Culture Network+  are issuing an open and response-mode call for seed projects of £1-4k per project (£25k per annum) to fund small discrete projects within their remit. This is an open call for collaborative or academic projects, for post-doctoral up to experienced researchers.  The projects should develop an idea or project, test a concept or theory, be creative or concept driven, and/or develop partnerships through activities.

Click on the links below to access further information relating to this call and the costing template which must be completed and submitted with all proposals:

Their next call for Pilot Studies, Networks and Placements will be issued Feb/March 2014. Join their mailing list to receive updates on CCN+ opportunities by emailing Rosie Wilkinson (





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Workshops on mobilising local communities, labour markets, poverty and well-being

Online registration for the February ESRC-funded Knowledge Exchange Trial workshops on the themes of mobilising local communities, labour markets and poverty and well-being- is now open.  Workshop registration and further information regarding the KET program can be found at the following link:

The February KET workshops now open for registration includes the following:

KET 7 –  Civil Society: Mobilising Communities to Take-up Localism Rights, Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), London, on Wednesday 19 February

KET 8 – Integrated Healthcare, Health Management Services Centre, University of Birmingham, Birmingham on Tuesday 25 February

KET 9 – Education, Poverty and Economic Development in Wales, University of Cardiff, Cardiff, on Wednesday 26th February

KET 10 – Labour Markets, Department for Work and Pensions, London, DATE TBC

(If you would like to attend KET 9 or KET 10 please email and we will inform you once a date is confirmed).

KET workshops are free to attend and attendance at up to three workshops is encouraged.  Places are limited – so please register early.  KET workshops and are intended for academics at all career stages, university knowledge exchange, administrative and managerial staff, and policy professionals from local and central government, and the wider public, private and voluntary sectors.  We have bursary travel support available for early and mid-career researchers who can apply via the registration page.

The workshops offer academic researchers and policy-makers a rare and valuable opportunity to engage with senior public policy officials and academics highly experienced in working in policymaking – to raise awareness of the policy-making process, how research can influence policies and programs, and how academics, practitioners and policy-makers can engage and collaborate effectively, for demonstrable impact.