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Random Acts programme evaluation

Arts Council England is seeking a service provider to deliver an evaluation of the Random Acts Network Centres programme. Our aim in commissioning an evaluation is to identify:

  • The impact of the investment against the specified programme aims and outcomes
  • Learning and insights from the programme that can be captured summarised and disseminated to inform and benefit comparable activities in the wider arts and culture sector
  • Analysis and reporting of a formative nature that can help the national Random Acts network to evolve to more effectively meet programme aims and objectives over the lifetime of the project
  • Summative information and analysis that can help the Arts Council understand what was successful about the programme and what were the barriers and issues that might have hindered it from achieving even more.

Contract start date: 01 November 2015

Contract end date: 30 April 2018

Value of contract (£): £100,000

Deadline for proposals: 12 October

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NIHR Commissioned Funding Opportunities: Improving the quality of care in care homes and GP’s in emergency departments

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The HS&DR commissioned workstream focuses on evaluating models of service delivery and interventions which have the potential to improve service effectiveness, efficiency and productivity. Further details on the themed calls can be assessed via the funders website links below:

Topic Deadline Commissioning brief Guidance notes
15/144 – Improving the quality of care in care homes by care home staff 17 December 2015, by 1pm Access commissioning brief (pdf, 219.27 KB) Link open in a new window

Supporting document 1 (pdf, 323.74 KB) Link open in a new window

Supporting document 2 (pdf, 185.29 KB) Link open in a new window

Access guidance notes (pdf, 346.58 KB) Link open in a new window
15/145 – Use of GPs in and alongside emergency departments 17 December 2015, by 1pm Access commissioning brief (pdf, 187.91 KB) Link open in a new window

Supporting document 1 (pdf, 208.14 KB) Link open in a new window

Supporting document 2 (pdf, 185.29 KB) Link open in a new window

Access guidance notes (pdf, 346.58 KB) Link open in a new window


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AHRC Cultural Engagement Fund – MMU ‘Expressions of Interest’ sought for short cultural engagement projects led by recent arts & humanities PhD completers

AHRC 1 The AHRC is running a second round of their ‘Cultural Engagement Fund’ as part of their 10th Anniversary activities.

Participating universities can apply for a small grant to fund a number of ‘Cultural Engagement Projects’.  These are short, 3 month projects which are designed to “support the engagement of the University’s arts and humanities research with the wider cultural and civic context in the which the university operates – for example, local creative sector SMEs, community groups, or other public or third sector cultural or civic organisations”.

The scheme objectives are:

  • To strengthen and diversify engagement and knowledge exchange between a university’s arts & humanities research and its wider cultural and civil milieu.
  • To support the broader skills development of high-calibre recent doctoral graduates in the art & humanities, particularly in relation to working with partners to support the wider impact of research.

The projects are delivered by a recently completed arts and humanities PhD student, including students who have recently submitted their theses and are awaiting examination. There is no requirement that students recruited to undertake the projects have been previously funded by AHRC.

MMU could receive a fund of around £40k in total (amounts to be confirmed) to be used on a number of small projects. We are therefore seeking Expressions of Interest from either recent PhD students who could deliver their own project or from academic staff with a project idea to which an eligible recent student could be recruited.

Costs could include short-term posts for the graduates plus travel, materials and so forth.

We have produced a short Guidance for applicants here: AHRC CEF Guidelines for applicants MMU

The Expression of Interest form is here: EOI 2015CEF

EOIs should be sent to Germaine Loader in RKE by Weds 14th Oct at g.loader@mmu.ac.uk

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Jim Aulich: j.aulich@mmu.ac.uk


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Home owners and poverty

The Joseph Rowntree Trust would like to commission research to look at the characteristics and circumstances of home owners who are in poverty, consider the size of this group and their route into home ownership.  It will examine their housing costs and assets and consider how these impact on their poverty status.

It will also consider how the relationship between home ownership and poverty might change in future, using a number of realistic scenarios.

Funding available: £40,000

Deadline for bids: 19 October

For more information, see: https://www.jrf.org.uk/funding/calls-for-proposal/home-owners-poverty

If you are interested in bidding, please email rketenders@mmu.ac.uk


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Department of Health Research Funding

The Dept of Health has issued a number of calls for funded research. They are:

  • to provide further evidence to inform the system of radiation protection applied at national and international level for ionising radiation, which is based on existing scientific knowledge and models derived from it. Total funding available for whole programme: £2.5m. Deadline 20 October.
  • a strategic initiative of research to evaluate and inform implementation of the Care Act 2014. We want research that can help us to know more about how the Act is being implemented locally, and to know how effectively the Act is achieving its underlying aims. We would also like to know what lessons can be derived as to what works in implementation, to help drive up performance, quality and choice nationally. Deadline 20 October.
  • to contribute to the monitoring, evaluation and understanding of distributional effects of current and planned tobacco control in England in the next few years. Outcomes to be assessed could include: overall health, attitudes to smoking, quit attempts and methods, use of smoking cessation services, cessation rates, cigarette consumption, children’s exposure to second hand smoke, etc. Deadline 20 October

More information is available here: http://www.prp-ccf.org.uk/

Please email rketenders@mmu.ac.uk if you are intending to bid.


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Evaluating the Care Certificate: A Cross-Sector Solution to Assuring Fundamental Skills in Caring

The Department of Health invites the submission of full applications for a single research project to evaluate the newly introduced Care Certificate. The purpose of this evaluation is to inform the Department of Health and partners’ next steps in developing and assuring the skills of newly appointed workers providing care in the health and adult social care sectors.

Full proposals are invited by the Department of Health for a single research project to evaluate the newly introduced Care Certificate. The purpose of this evaluation is to inform the Department of Health and partners’ next steps in developing and assuring the skills of newly appointed non-regulated workers providing care in the health and adult social care sectors.

A project of around two years’ duration is envisaged with funds of up to £350,000 being available to support this research. The proposed research will inform the induction and training of the health and adult social care support workforce in England, and associated policies, maximising benefits for service providers, care workers, and for people who receive care.

Deadline for proposals: 17 November

More information is available here: http://www.prp-ccf.org.uk/PRPFiles/Care_Certificate_ITT.pdf

Please contact rketenders@mmu.ac.uk if you are interested in bidding.


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Women in STEM event

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WISE Business – Women in STEM

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MMU and WISE are planning a series of events to explore women in STEM careers as part of an exploration of the impact of gender in the work place.
29th September  – 12 – 2 pm

Faculties of Education, Science and Engineering and Business are working together to explore different aspects of gender. Beginning by planning a series of events over the next two years focusing on women in technology, science and engineering, and women in leadership, we hope to link together those in MMU studying gender in all its aspects.

If you are exploring gender in different contexts come and meet Yvette, Georgina and Lynn to share ideas.

To reserve your place please contact sophie.johnson@mmu.ac.uk