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2017 ESRC Manchester Festival of Social Science

Dear colleagues,

We are delighted to announce that Manchester Metropolitan University is once again partnering with the Economic and Social Research Council, the University of Salford and Manchester University on the 2017 ESRC Manchester Festival of Social Science.

The aim of the Festival is to showcase the best of Manchester’s social science research to a broad non-academic audience. Last year we hosted an eclectic blend of activities designed to celebrate the social sciences, including discussions and debates, exhibitions, film screenings, walkabouts, family fun days, schools visits, workshops, and lots more.

Over the past 2 years the Manchester strand of the Festival has attracted almost 10,000 people to over 60 events. The Festival has gathered national media attention, reaching an estimated 3 million people through features in The Guardian and The Sun. This year we are aiming to improve the impact of the Festival, drawing in new audiences and partners from across the city.

The call for applications to host events is now open. The Festival will run from 4-11 November 2017 and will involve academics working alongside community and cultural partners to create engaging and inspiring research-led events. The Festival will provide an insight into the many ways in which social science research contributes to social, economic and political life across the city, region and beyond.

Any researcher who is organising events over the duration of the Festival can benefit from our marketing efforts by applying to associate their event under the Festival banner. In addition, applications can be made for up to £1,000 sponsorship from Manchester Metropolitan University to hold an event as part of the Festival. Events must include social science and should engage with groups outside of academia including young people, third sector organisations, the general public, business, or local government and policy makers.

Applications for interdisciplinary events, and applications that seek to bring together two or more Festival partners, are encouraged. We welcome applications from early career researchers, including PhD students. PhD student applicants must include a member of staff who has agreed to provide advice and assistance on the application form. The co-applicant may, but need not, be your supervisor.

For inspiration and ideas for the kind of event you might run, you can find out about the 2016 events at

You can also watch videos of some of our successful events hosted by Professors Kevin Albertson and Carol Atkinson via the ESRC website:
Applications SHOULD NOT be made to the ESRC, but rather via Manchester Met. The application deadline is 4pm on Friday 5th May. An application form and guidance notes are attached to this email.

If you are thinking of applying to hold an event during the Festival then you are encouraged to seek guidance and advice from your relevant research impact and engagement manager.

Contacts as follows:

Faculty of Business and Law (and main Festival contact):
Katherine Roycroft

Faculty of Arts and Humanities
For The Manchester School of Art and Manchester Fashion Institute
Dr Jenna Ashton

For Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences
Helen Darby

Science and Engineering
For Schools of Healthcare Science, Engineering and Computing, Mathematics and Digital Science
Edwin Colyer

School of Environmental Science
Veronica Strain

Veronica Strain

Health, Psychology and Social Care
For Departments of Health Professionals, Nursing and Psychology
Veronica Strain

Department of Social Work
Dr. Jenna Ashton

Cheshire Campus
For Department of Sport and Exercise Science
Edwin Colyer

For IDS and Contemporary Arts
Dr. Jenna Ashton

ESRC Manchester Festival – Guidance Document

ESRC Manchester Festival – Application Form


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H2020 Info Days and new gender equality resource

After a bit of an absence, a few updates for colleagues with an interest in the Science with and For Society and/or Secure Societies calls, news of a new guide to improving gender equality in research organisations and a quick reminder of forthcoming Horizon 2020 calls. As ever, if  anything catches your eye then we’d love to hear from you (!

H2020 Science With And For Society – presentations available from Information Day

Presentations and a video are now available from the recent SWAFS information day. The presentations covered the main topics for the 2017 call: Science Education; Public Engagement; Ethics and Research Integrity and Gender. The call will officially open on 12 April 2017 and deadline for applications will be 30 August 2017.

A new resource for improving gender equality

Science Europe have made a number of presentations available from the launch of their new practical guide on ‘Improving Gender Equality in Research Organisations’. The guide, and the presentations, include thoughts on: avoiding unconscious bias in peer review; monitoring gender equality and improving grant management practices.

H2020 Societal Challenge 7 – presentations available from Secure Societies Information Day

Presentations are now available from the recent information day on the latest calls under Societal Challenge 7. Amongst the sub-topics covered were: cybersecurity; research to support critical infrastructure protection; border security and external securityfight against crime and terrorism; and pan-European networks of practitioners and other actors in the field of security. All calls are now open and have a deadline of 24 August 2017.

Forthcoming H2020 Deadlines

With work well underway to define priorities for the last phase of Horizon 2020 (2018-20), there are still a number of opportunities open for the current 2017 call.

25 April LEIT – ICT
24 August Societal Challenge 7 – Security
30 August Science with and for Society
14 September Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Individual Fellowships

As ever, if you are thinking of applying, or want to know more, then please get in touch(


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Systems Engineer – KTP Associate Opportunity

An exciting opportunity has become available to work full time on a 30-month Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) designed to accelerate planned growth within the pharmaceutical sector, via the design and launch of an authentication and track-and-trace, software-based product for drug packaging that meets serialisation legislation, with embedded capability to continue developing software-based products.

This opportunity is ideal for a graduate with a Master’s degree in Information Security, Computer Science, Mathematics or related discipline. A PhD is highly desirable.

If you think this role could be for you or know someone who would be interested, find out more at

If you have any questions regarding this role or about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, please contact


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Exciting Opportunity: New assessors required for Innovate UK competitions


Promoting the UK’s strengths in innovation and technology – at Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency

Are you a UK-based health and life sciences expert? Would you be interested in helping to assess funding applications for business-led innovation projects? If so – read on!

Innovate UK’s Health and Life Sciences sector team

The Health and Life Sciences sector team at Innovate UK runs a number of different competition schemes, including the Biomedical Catalyst and the Health and Life Sciences competition, as well as occasional SBRI calls.

The Biomedical Catalyst funds projects which tackle ‘any solution to a healthcare challenge’. This means that we need assessors with expertise not just in biomedical sciences related to development of medicines and vaccines, but also in technologies used to design, develop and test medical devices and digital healthcare applications.

Health and Life Sciences competitions embrace our priority areas within health, agriculture & food, and bioscience:

  • Precision medicine, advanced (cell and gene) therapies and preclinical technologies
  • improving agricultural productivity and enhancing food quality
  • Bioscience enabling technologies that underpin new products and services across the bioeconomy

More details of our priority areas can be found on pages 15-17 of our 2016-17 delivery plan.

New assessors required for Innovate UK competitions

Applications for these competitions are peer reviewed by independent external assessors to ensure we support the best UK innovation. We are looking to recruit new UK-based assessors who have held senior positions in clinical, academic or industrial areas, and in particular those that have experience in more than one of these areas. Our assessor group is made available for the Biomedical Catalyst, the two Health and Life Sciences competitions we run each year, the Open programme (which receives applications with a Health and Life Sciences focus) and, where applicable, SBRI calls.

Assessors receive a small remuneration for each application they review. An experienced assessor tends to take 1-2 hours to review an application. We therefore limit the number of applications to ensure that an assessor can be confident to complete assessment within the allotted time frame. We match applications to assessors based on the subject area of the application and the expertise of the assessors – this does mean that we cannot guarantee in advance that assessors will receive a particular number of applications to assess because this will depend on the applications we receive for any particular competition.

How to get in touch for more details

If you believe you have the relevant expertise and experience in the areas covered by the Health and Life Sciences sector team at Innovate UK and you are interested in finding out more about becoming an assessor, please contact the team at the email address:

Further details about Innovate UK can be found here with a page dedicated to Health and Life Sciences here.


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British Science Association’s Media Fellowship

Applications for the British Science Association’s (BSA) 2017 Media Fellowship are now open.

The Office of Research and Knowledge Exchange has secured two places on this high-profile and prestigious scheme which provides an opportunity for scientists, social scientists, engineers and medical researchers (post-doc and above) to be placed with a UK media host. The fellowship will comprise a training day, placement, attendance at the BSA Festival and a leadership day to present your development and dissemination activities. This is a fabulous opportunity to find out how the media works, to build the skills necessary to improve the reach of your research and to have a lot of fun whilst learning valuable skills.

Two applicants from Manchester Metropolitan will be selected to be official fellows.

For more information on the Fellowships, please visit the BSA.

Media Fellow Personal Specification and full MF Terms and Conditions.

Please note:
• There is a training day in London on 17 May
• Placements will be 2-6 weeks between June and September
• The British Science Festival is 5-9 September in Brighton
• There is a Leadership Day in London on 3 October

Application Form should be returned to Sam Gray ( by Tuesday 4th April.

The final list of Fellows and Hosts will be announced in May.

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Man Met achieves 100% compliance with ResearchFish submission

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Manchester Met has achieved 100% compliance with its ResearchFish submission in 2017.

ResearchFish is an online survey that collects research outcomes. Funders use the tool to track the impacts of their investments, and academics use it to log outputs arising from funded research. Over 100 funders, including the seven UK Research Councils, currently use ResearchFish collecting submissions from universities across the country.

For the second year running, Manchester Met has achieved 100% compliance with its ResearchFish submission. This means that all researchers required to report against their funded research completed their submission before the submission period closed on 16th March 2017.

Due this achievement, our researchers’ fantastic work will soon be available to view on Gateway to Research. It also means that potential sanctions from late submissions have been avoided.

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Elsevier Sessions

On April the 7th, world-leading publisher company Elsevier are running several events for research active staff.

Following on from the success of his previous visit, Anthony Newman is once again offering his very popular author seminar, which will be free of charge to attend. Anthony Newman is a Senior Publisher with Elsevier. Currently responsible for several laboratory medicine and biochemistry journals, he joined Elsevier 28 years ago and has been a publisher for the last 15 years. Whilst Anthony is from a life science background, the lessons from this seminar are transferrable to researchers at any stage in their career from any discipline.

To register for tickets, please visit:
In addition to the above session, Michaela Kurschilden will also be running two sessions to offer training on some of the services provided by Elsevier. These useful events will provide participants with the tools to engage with both the Scopus and Mendeley systems. These services are great for the management and analysis of your research.

To register for these sessions visit:



We anticipate all these sessions to be very popular so register now to avoid missing out.

For more information please contact us at