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Research Study Into Substance Misuse Aged 18 To 24 Years

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council are currently seeking a supplier to carry out a Research Study Into Substance Misuse Aged 18 To 24 Years

Deadline for proposals: 11 December

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Evaluation of maternal and child health education project in Nepal

Feed the Minds is seeking a consultant to conduct two year-end assessments and a final evaluation of its “Community Health First – Nepal” project. The project’s context focuses on maternal and child health education and operated from Makwanpur District, Nepal. The project is a three year project that began in April 2015 and is scheduled to end in March 2018.

Deadline for proposals: 23 December

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Research into Financial Costs of Pregnancy Discrimination and Disadvantage

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) are seeking research on the following issue:

Legislation is in place to tackle discrimination in employment, including discrimination of pregnant or returning mothers, and there is evidence that it persists. Some employers may not fully understand their obligations towards pregnant women, those on maternity leave or those returning from maternity leave, and some mothers and expectant mothers may not be fully aware of their rights or be able to seek access to redress. The aim of this project is to identify the financial costs of pregnancy related discrimination and disadvantage to women, employers, and the state.

Deadline for proposals: 17 December

Funding available: £40,000 – £50,000

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New Generation Thinkers 2016

The AHRC and BBC Radio 3 are looking for applications for the New Generation Thinkers of 2015.

This scheme aims to develop a new generation of academics who can bring the best of university research and scholarly ideas to a broad audience – through BBC broadcasting. It’s a chance for early career researchers to cultivate the skills to communicate their research findings to those outside the academic community.

Each year, up to sixty successful applicants have a chance to develop their programme-making ideas with experienced BBC producers at a series of dedicated workshops and, of these up to ten will become Radio 3’s resident New Generation Thinkers. They will benefit from a unique opportunity to develop their own programmes for BBC Radio 3 and a chance to regularly appear on air.

The deadline for applications is 07/01/2016

For additional information, including details of applying and the workshops themsevles, please visit

For support during the application process, please contact your relevant Research Development Manager.

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RKE : That was the Week

After another busy week, here’s a few examples of what the RKE Office have been up to:

Our Impact and Engagement Manager Sam Gray ran a session for both academics and support staff on Impact through the lens of Knowledge
Exchange. This focused not only on designing Impact, but also capturing, communicating and embedding it into projects.

On Wednesday, Richard Waggott delivered the first of RKE’s Engaging with Business Partners training events. This looked at how to
identify, contact and build sustainable relationships with partners external to the University.

Thanks and well done to all involved from RKE!

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Chemical Heritage Foundation Fellowships

The Chemical Heritage Foundation is inviting applications for two fellowships in the New Year.

Société de Chimie Industrielle fellowship

This aims to stimulate public understanding of the heritage of the chemical industries.

CHF short-term fellowships

These are available to researchers whose work requires the use of the collections housed at the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

The deadline for applications is 15 Jan 2016.

For more information, please visit:

For support whilst applying, please contact your relevant Research Development Manager.

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Research Ethics: a Brief History

Check out this informative blog post from Research Fundermentals on Research Ethics.

“Giving appropriate and thorough consideration to the ethical implications of your research is now an essential part of the process of developing projects and applying for grants.

However, how did we get here? How did we arrive at this comprehensive framework of scrutiny? The Research Ethics and Governance Officer at Kent, Nicole Palmer, has been working in the area for almost a decade now, and offered up this broad overview of key points in the progress to the present.”

To read more, please visit