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AHRC workshop on ‘Cultural Heritage, Migration and the Indian Diaspora’

AHRC 2   The AHRC has announced a call for UK researchers to attend a workshop on ‘Cultural Heritage, Migration and Indian Diaspora’  in Ahmedabad, India on the 30-31st January 2019. Organised in partnership with the Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR), the event will bring together academic experts from both countries to explore how the experiences of the Indian diaspora and migratory movements have shaped Indian cultural heritage, and the importance of this heritage to the sustainable development of India.

A key aim of the workshop is to enable researchers from the UK and India to reflect on the achievements of the AHRC/ICHR programme so far as well as network and develop partnerships with a view to submitting proposals to a research networking call thereafter.

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.  In order to identify new and emerging areas for collaborative UK/India research, the workshop will focus on the following thematic areas:

  • Indian diaspora and cultural markets – How does the Indian diaspora contribute to cultural relations between India and the rest of the world?
  • Digital technology as a bridge – How is digital technology changing the relationship/s between the Indian diaspora and cultural heritage?
  • Cultural Heritage Transformations – Through the process of migration, what is gained, adapted and preserved in terms of tangible and intangible cultural heritage? How does cultural heritage change within the context of migration and what are the implications for the concepts of authenticity and integrity?
  • Cultural heritage as a driver of migration -What are the push and pull factors between forms of cultural heritage and Indian migration? How does it influence and shape the process of migration?
  • Resourcing migration – How can cultural heritage institutions better support the Indian diaspora and international researchers who study its associated processes and impacts?
  • Identities and Migration – What is the relationship between cultural heritage and migration with regards to the formation of multiple identities and contested heritage?

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, with the ICHR identifying a similar number of Indian academics.

The deadline is imminent – 12th Dec – but the application is just a 250 word short bio and a 500 word justification of your suitability to win a place via a simple online form.



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Alzheimer’s Research UK – Autumn Update

A few updates from the Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Grant Deadlines

Online deadline Grant scheme
23 January Major projects; Interdisciplinary Research Grant; Senior Research Fellowship; Research Fellowship; Clinical Research Fellowship; Network Cooperation Grant; Network Resource Grant; Network Support Grant

ARUK-DMT Clinical Research Fellowship; Race Against Dementia Fellowship

30 January Dementia Consortium
20 March Pilot Project Grant; Extension Grant


Two new schemes have been launched:


The ARUK-Dunhill Medical Trust Clinical Research Fellowship. This will fund a clinically qualified researcher (with previous experience in vascular dementia) up to £240,000 to cover salary, support staff, travel and running costs – see here for more info.

The Race Against Dementia Fellowship. This is a one-off call where the scheme will support Early Career Researchers (no more than 3 years post-PhD) with funds up to £500,000 for five years – see here for more info.

2019 Conference

The ARUK Conference for 2019 will be held in Harrogate on 19th-20th March. There will be a keynote lecture by Prof. Philip Scheltens.

On Monday 18th March an Early Careers Day will be held with sessions designed for PhD students, Postdocs and Fellows.

See here for more information on the conference and here for information on the Early Careers Event.

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Royal Society Drop-in Session Reminder

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Our second (and final!) drop-in session for the Royal Society Research Grants will be taking place next week:

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

This session is 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 hour to discuss your proposal or ask any questions that you have about the scheme.

If you can’t make it the session but are thinking of applying please contact your Research Development Officer to discuss your proposal.

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

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

Just a quick reminder that we have a few places left for this event, so please book now to avoid disappointment!

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(

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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:

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

If your question is about e-space, particularly about the version of your output, please contact

Mary Pickstone
Research Support Librarian

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H2020: Work Programme Update and UKRO Visit

deadlineAs the Government starts to set out its vision for our relationship with the EU research community in a post-Brexit world, we turn our attention to the shorter-term and the next phase of Horizon 2020.

We are anticipating that the first work programme for Horizon 2020’s last phase (2018-2020) will be launched formally in late October 2017. This is slightly later than previous years as the process has had to feed in the outcomes of mid-term evaluation of the programme along with the report published by the independent Lamy Group (Ed – to give it it’s full title ‘High Level Group on maximising the impact of EU Research & Innovation Programmes’).

Save the date – UK Research Office Visit – 31 October 2017

To coincide with the launch of the new work programme, we will be welcoming our European Adviser Ian Devine to Manchester Met to provide an update on Horizon 2020 and what the future and FP9 might hold.

Ian will be in the region between 31 October and 2 November visiting ourselves and the Universities of Manchester and Salford, and will be based here on 31 October (Ed – there will be similar sessions on 1 and 2 November at UoS and UoM and we’re working together to give academics across the three institutions access to the most convenient session for them).

Further details will follow, so if you’re interested please hold the date in your diary and keep your eye on the Blog for further announcements .

(If you’d like to register your interest then do drop us a line at with ‘UKRO 2017’ in the subject and we’ll make sure you get a place)

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Horizon 2020: Information Days


With the new Work Programmes for Horizon 2020 just round the corner, our colleagues at UKRO have very kindly compiled a list of upcoming events which may be of interest for those of you thinking of applying.

The following are official information days, which are free and a good way not only to hear more about the programme, but also to network with potential partners.

Dates confirmed so far are as follow:

We also understand that there is likely to be an information day for the Health Societal Challenge early in December (date to be confirmed).

In addition to these events, Innovate UK and the Enterprise Europe Network are also hosting a number of national events. Planned and confirmed events can be found on the Innovate Knowledge Transfer Network’s website.

As ever if you are thinking about applying for opportunities through Horizon 2020 or would like to know more, please do get in touch (