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AHRC Workshop – Cultural Heritage and Rapid Urbanisation in India

The AHRC is pleased to announce a call for researchers to attend a workshop on ‘Cultural Heritage and Rapid Urbanisation in India’. Organised in partnership with the Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR), the event will bring together academic experts from both countries to address an issue of growing importance as India seeks to preserve and position its rich cultural history within the context of an emerging urban landscape.

Expressions of interest to participate in the workshop are invited from UK-based researchers meeting the AHRC’s standard eligibility requirements from all disciplines within the arts and humanities. Applicants should have a particular research interest in the topics noted above and be able to articulate this in their expression of interest.

The AHRC expects to support the attendance of around 20 UK-based researchers.

The workshop will take place in Dehli, India on the 24th-25th May 2017.

Deadline for submission of EoI: 4pm Wednesday 26th April 2017.

For more information and to apply, please visit the AHRC.

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On Screen Talent Market

The On Screen Talent Market at Sheffield Documentary Festival is now open for applications.

This is an opportunity for experts who wish to present their subject on radio and TV. It consists of a morning of training led by TV presenters and executives, and an afternoon of curated meetings with producers, development producers and commissioners. It is designed to launch and further the careers of experts as new on screen talent.

The Festival will take place in Sheffield on Wednesday the 14th June.

For more information and to apply, please visit sheffdocfest.

Applications close on Friday 30 April 2017.

For advice, please contact the Impact & Engagement Team.

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Greater Manchester Dementia Consortium Showcase

The Salford Institute for Dementia at the University of Salford will be proudly hosting the Greater Manchester Dementia Consortium Showcase on the morning of the 17th May 2017 which falls within National Dementia Awareness Week. The event will be held in collaboration with The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and other local institutions.

This event will allow academic researchers in the North West to showcase their dementia research whilst networking and exploring exciting opportunities for collaboration. Each Institution will be given approximately 30 minutes to present their research and there will also be an academic poster session.

Wednesday 17th May 2017

Chapman Building, University of Salford

For an agenda of the day and to register, please click HERE.

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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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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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PPI and Communication Workshop

Manchester Metropolitan University and the North West People in Research Forum invite you along to a communications workshop for public Involvement and Engagement. In conversation with public members and experienced researchers from across the region this event aims to generate discussion and ideas.

This event is aimed at researchers who have had some experience and interest in Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement and the content might be of particular interest to early career researchers.

Monday 20 March 2017 from 10:00am – 12:30pm.

Manchester Met, Birley Fields Campus.

For more information and to register attendance, please click HERE.

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How to be a Successful Researcher in the 21st Century – Event


For the 21st Century researcher, there is an ever growing expectation to participate in open research. Open research is much more than open access. It is about making all aspects of the research process open to all possible interested parties.

Supported by the British Academy, this event aims to inspire and educate researchers across all disciplines on how to benefit from opening up their research. Academics from Manchester Met, Goldsmiths University of London and the University of Warwick will be among those presenting.

Attendance is free and includes lunch.

Friday 31st March 2017, 12pm – 17pm

Geoffrey Manton Building, Lecture Theatre 5, Manchester Metropolitan University

For more information and to register attendance, please visit the Eventbrite.