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2017 ESRC Manchester Festival of Social Science

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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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