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PhD Studentship Launch Event from NC3Rs/Unilever

This spring NC3Rs will be launching a new collaboration with Unilever in the field of non-animal safety assessment. As part of the collaboration Unilever will be co-funding a number of PhD Studentships.

NC3Rs will be holding a launch event to allow potential applicants to find out more about the scheme, network with other researchers and discuss ideas with Unilever and NC3Rs staff.

Registration: Online (the event is free but on a first come first serve basis)

Deadline: 27th Match 2019

Location: Central London

The Studentships will focus on the following areas:

  • Local exposure – microbiome, skin, lung
  • Clearance mechanisms – renal, liver, metabolism
  • Repeat dosing
  • Non-animal models with human focus

For more information about this event please visit the NC3Rs website.

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MS Society PPI Day

The MS Society will be holding a Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) training event for researchers. More and more funders are looking for meaningful PPI within your research, so this is an excellent opportunity to see how you can improve your proposal and understand what funders want.

The training will cover:

  • What PPI is and why it’s important
  • How and when to involve people affected by MS
  • Planning involvement in your own research
  • How to communicate your research effectively

The session will be held on Thursday 31st January at the MS offices in London.

Spaces for the session are limited, if you’re interested in attending please sign up via this link. For more information you can contact MS Society via their email.


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Royal Society Drop-in Sessions

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We’re expecting a high demand for the new round of Royal Society Research Grants and so to help manage this we will be hosting 2 drop-in sessions:

Tuesday 16th October
Time: 12 – 1pm
Location: JD E424

Thursday 1st November
Time: 12 – 1pm
Location: JD E246

These sessions are a chance for you to come and ask any questions you may have about the scheme – we will not be presenting any information.

Please feel free to drop by at any point within the time slots or if you can’t make it then contact your Research Development Officer to discuss the scheme.

For more information on the scheme please read our previous post – here.


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UK Research Office Visit – 8 November 2018 – ‘The Future of EU-funded Research’

We will be welcoming our UK Research Office (UKRO) European Advisor, Dr Branwen Hide, to Manchester Met on the 8th November, 2018.

As part of her visit, Branwen will be presenting a forward-looking update on EU research, which will provide insights into the new Horizon Europe programme and life after Brexit, as well as a consideration of the increasing importance of global sustainability and international collaboration.

This is likely to be a popular event, so places will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. For details of timings and location, and to book a place, please visit our event registration page here.

PLEASE NOTE – this event is only open to employees of Manchester Met.

About UKRO

The UK Research Office (UKRO) is the European office of the UK Research Councils. It delivers a subscription-based advisory service for research organisations and provides National Contact Point services on behalf of the UK Government. UKRO’s mission is to maximise UK engagement in EU-funded research, innovation and higher education activities.

For further information about Manchester Met’s subscription to UKRO, or EU-funded research please contact(euro_res@mmu.ac.uk).


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International Open Access week

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During International Open Access week I thought it might be timely to revisit Open Access publication and remind everyone about what it is and why it’s important.

Open Access publication increases the impact of your research, gives you a wider audience, and can be read wherever anyone has an internet connection regardless of whether the reader has access to journal subscriptions or money to pay for articles.

HEFCE has mandated that to be eligible for inclusion in the next Research Excellence Framework (REF), all journal articles and papers within conference proceedings published with an ISSN since April 1 2016 should be Open Access and deposited in an institutional or subject repository.

Research outputs can be published Open Access in two main ways, the Green route and the Gold route. The Green route involves depositing a version of a research output into a subject or institutional repository. Manchester Met has a publications repository called e-space. The version you can deposit varies from publisher to publisher but is typically the ‘author accepted manuscript’. This version has been peer-reviewed and contains final corrections, but has none of the formatting (volume and issue, page numbers, logos etc) of the final published version.

The Gold route usually involves payment of a fee to publish, the ‘article processing charge’ or APC. Manchester Met currently provides funding to cover this charge, subject to support from Faculty Heads of RKE. Applications to the fund can be made via the online form on the Library’s Open Access guide: http://libguides.mmu.ac.uk/openaccess/apcform

If you do not wish, or are unable, to pay for gold Open Access you should go via the green route, or publish in a quality Open Access journal that doesn’t charge an APC.

Both routes at Manchester Met involve depositing your output into the University’s research management system, Symplectic Elements. From there it will be pushed through to e-space where it will be reviewed by Library Staff to ensure that the data is correct and that the version of the output can be put into a repository.

If you have any questions about Symplectic, please contact the RKE Systems team RKE-Systems@mmu.ac.uk

If your question is about e-space, particularly about the version of your output, please contact e-space@mmu.ac.uk

Mary Pickstone
Research Support Librarian
m.pickstone@mmu.ac.uk


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H2020 – UKRO Visit 31 October – reminder

UKRO and Horizon 2020

As previously announced via the Blog, we will be welcoming our UK Research Office European Advisor, Ian Devine, to Manchester Met on 31 October 2017.

Ian will be providing an update on the new Horizon 2020 2018-20 work programme for all those of you who are interested in finding out about opportunities for funding through Horizon 2020. He will also provide  information about the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, for which UKRO are the UK’s National Contact Point.

For details of timings and location and to book a place please visit our event registration page here.

PLEASE NOTE – this event is only open to employees of Manchester Met and the Universities of Manchester and Salford.

There will also be the opportunity for Manchester Met staff to meet with Ian on a one-to-one or small group basis on the afternoon of 31 October 2017 to discuss any particular queries. If you would like to book a slot then please contact us (euro_res@mmu.ac.uk).

Sessions at University of Salford and University of Manchester also open to Manchester Met staff

Ian will also be visiting the Universities of Salford and Manchester to present on 1 and 2 November respectively, and colleagues have kindly agreed to open up their sessions to Manchester Met staff who are unable to make it to our sessions.

If you would like further details of events at University of Salford or University of Manchester please contact us (euro_res@mmu.ac.uk) and we will provide details of how to register.


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H2020 – Reminder – UKRO Visit 31st October

UKRO and Horizon 2020

Just a quick reminder that we will be welcoming our UK Research Office European Advisor, Ian Devine, to Manchester Met on 31 October 2017.

Ian will be providing an update on the new Horizon 2020 2018-20 work programme for all those of you who are interested in finding out about opportunities for funding through Horizon 2020. He will also provide  information about the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, for which UKRO are the UK’s National Contact Point.

For details of timings and location and to book a place please visit our event registration page here.

PLEASE NOTE – this event is only open to employees of Manchester Met and the Universities of Manchester and Salford.

There will also be the opportunity for Manchester Met staff to meet with Ian on a one-to-one or small group basis on the afternoon of 31 October 2017 to discuss any particular queries. If you would like to book a slot then please contact us (euro_res@mmu.ac.uk).

Sessions at University of Salford and University of Manchester also open to Manchester Met staff

Ian will also be visiting the Universities of Salford and Manchester to present on 1 and 2 November respectively, and colleagues have kindly agreed to open up their sessions to Manchester Met staff who are unable to make it to our sessions.

If you would like further details of events at University of Salford or University of Manchester please contact us (euro_res@mmu.ac.uk) and we will provide details of how to register.