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Today’s Tenders

Take a look at this Tender opportunity for funding in Knowledge Exchange activities. Please pass these on to any colleagues you feel may also be interested. For more information on any opportunity listed, please contact

Research to support an inquiry into young people’s future health prospects

The Health Foundation are commissioning research  to further the understanding of factors that shape young people’s future health prospects to inform a Health Foundation inquiry into this topic. The project requires a research partner with a track record of high quality policy and practice research in the field of young people (specifically between the ages of 12 and 24 years old and transitions to adulthood). The intention is to produce a quantitative picture of the factors that contribute to today’s young people having healthy lives, now and in the future and recommendations on the actions necessary to improve future health prospects.

An information call will be held on Wednesday 17 May 2017.

Deadline: 5 June

Funding Available: £180,000

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Today’s Tenders

Take a look at this Tender opportunity for funding in Knowledge Exchange activities. Please pass these on to any colleagues you feel may also be interested. For more information on any opportunity listed, please contact

UK-London: British Council Culture & Sports Programmes

The British Council arelooking to implement a vast Culture & Sports programme in all GCC countries which will include an array of activities such as art exhibitions, smartphone film festivals, and women in sports journalism. We are seeking to communicate a selection of these programmes over the course of 2017-18 in a way that engages 15-25 year olds on digital platforms and that positions us as contributing to the government visions in the Gulf through high impact PR opportunities. We are looking for an agency that can come up with compelling campaign concepts that cut through the noise and effectively implement these working in partnership with the British Council and its country teams. The suppliers with a proposal of above 70,000 thousand GBP will regrettably not be considered for the tender.

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Today’s Tender Opportunity

Take a look at this Tender opportunity for funding in Knowledge Exchange activities. Please pass these on to any colleagues you feel may also be interested. For more information on any opportunity listed, please contact

UK-Swansea: Tender for IMPACT Evaluation

Swansea University  is promoting an opportunity for IMPACT Evaluation. IMPACT is an eight year, £35 million operation under the ERDF Investment. IMPACT will deliver a Centre of Excellence in the form of a Research Institute, which will be capable of initiating and driving significant additional sustainable world-leading research and the creation of world-leading academic jobs and economic growth through its strategic operation and collaboration with global, regional and local industry stakeholders and world-class academic partners.

Deadline: 24 April

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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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Today’s Tenders

Take a look at this Tender opportunity for funding in Knowledge Exchange activities. Please pass these on to any colleagues you feel may also be interested. For more information on any opportunity listed, please contact

Glasgow: Research services

University Of Strathclyde is looking to appoint a suitably experienced public opinion or market research company to conduct a citizen survey on our behalf. The survey aims to understand citizens’ perceptions of EU Cohesion policy and the impact on their attitudes towards the EU.

Funding available: €200,000

Deadline for proposals: 11 April

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Sports Engineering Seminar Day

We would like to invite you to join us for our first Sports Engineering Seminar Day to be held at Manchester Metropolitan University on Wednesday 29th March. The day has been sponsored by the International Sports Engineering Association (ISEA), Manchester Metropolitan University School of Engineering and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). PhD students are leading the day with undergraduates and masters students being the main target audience but with some great talks we think academics may like to attend too. The event is open to all students/academics i.e. from all universities.

The aim of the day is to:
• Promote sports engineering in an academic environment
• Raise awareness of sports engineering
• Disseminate the work that is being conducted in this field of research.
The seminar programme will include four themed sessions of presentations, covering key themes of sports apparel, equipment mechanics, biomechanics and healthcare injury prevention. The agenda for the day can be found attached along with a flyer for the event. There will also be an opportunity for students to present their work in the form of a poster that will displayed in the lunch room.

We have many leading researchers presenting including Dr Carl Payton, Dr Steph Forrester, Dr Matt Carre, as well as industry partners including Pentland, Ansys and our keynote speaker Paul Barratt who is a biomechanic for British Cycling. Presenters have been asked to give a short overview of the path taken to becoming involved in the sports engineering sector followed by information on current research/projects being conducted.

The event will be a great networking platform for students to meet other students, academics and industry representatives to exchange research ideas and discuss potential future projects. We hope students will become inspired to look at furthering a career in the sports engineering discipline.

Please click the following links to download the SESAgenda and the SES Flyer for the day.

To sign up to the event we have the following eventbrite link:


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Women in Football/Sport

Do you have a research interest around women in football and/or sport?

Women’s football is a relatively under-researched area and I believe that there may be opportunities for research around the following:

Physiology: Do women pickup different types of injury’s to men? Is the recovery process/rate different? Which treatments work best? For example we know there’s a difference in knee and ankle issues as opposed to soft tissue injuries in the men’s game. Are there different techniques for kicking, landing etc?

Psychology: Mental preparation, Should/could there be differences in team talk content and delivery? There’s also evidence to suggest that Dads are not letting their girls play football

Perceptions: Looking at the challenges and perceptions of women’s football. Compare men’s and women’s football, like you can tennis. How can we change perceptions?

Fan engagement: Women’s football is a family audience – are we doing them a disservice? What are the barriers for not/attending

Method of play and tactics: How appropriate are they for the women’s game? Could we approaching Method of play/tactics from a different angle? Can female perform to the demands of the game?

If you have a research interest in these or related areas, please get in touch with Nikki Lees, or 0161 247 2151.