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H2020: MSCA Individual Fellowships Information Event – reminder

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For those of you interested in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions “Individual Fellowships”, we will be holding an event on 23 May 2017, from 2.00-4.00 pm where you can find out more and also hear about Dr Emma Hodson-Tole’s experiences of securing funding from the scheme. If you are interested in attending please register here by 10 May 2017 – we have limited places available, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Unfortunately, attendance is restricted to our Manchester Met-based subscribers, but those of you based at different institutions may be interested in the events being run by UK Research Office.

About the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions “Individual Fellowships”

The scheme provides fully funded fellowships of up to 24 months for researchers to come to Manchester Met from any country other than the UK. They can be working in any discipline and together with colleagues at Manchester Met, they can build their own programme of research in any field. The application is made jointly between the prospective fellow and Manchester Met and does not require a large partnership.

The next deadline is 14 September 2017.

(* even if they don’t have their PhD, if they have four years full time research experience they also qualify) 


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Horizon 2020: Do you know a talented researcher who wants to come to the UK?

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Picture the scene. You know someone who would be a perfect addition to your research group – they have their PhD* and a good track record, their research is a great fit and they have good links to other organisations (including their current employer). The only snag is they’re not local, in fact they’re not even based in the UK.

If this sounds familiar, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions “Individual Fellowships”, may be just what you’re looking for.

So how do they work?

The scheme provides fully funded fellowships of up to 24 months for researchers to come to Manchester Met from any country other than the UK. They can be working in any discipline and together with colleagues at Manchester Met, they can build their own programme of research in any field. The application is made jointly between the prospective fellow and Manchester Met and does not require a large partnership.

The really good news is you also have plenty of time to prepare your application – the next deadline will be 14 September 2017. However, the scheme is competitive, so we would advise you to start thinking now and get a head start on the competition!

If you’re interested in finding out more or think you may have someone who fits the bill, please get in touch (euro_res@mmu.ac.uk).

(* even if they don’t have their PhD, if they have four years full time research experience they also qualify) 

Manchester Met Information Event

For those of you interested in the scheme, we will be holding an event on 23 May 2017, from 2.00-4.00 pm where you can find out more and also hear about Dr Emma Hodson-Tole’s experiences of securing funding from the scheme. If you are interested in attending please register here by 10 May 2017 – we have limited places available, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Unfortunately, attendance is restricted to our Manchester Met-based subscribers, but those of you based at different institutions may be interested in the events being run by UK Research Office.

 


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H2020: MSCA Individual Fellowships – Info Events

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In preparation for the call for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowships, our  colleagues at UKRO (the UK National Contact Point for MSCAs) have announced details of two information events (Liverpool on 5 May 2017 and Bristol on 23 May 2017).

The events are free of charge, and you can find out more and register for the Liverpool event here and the Bristol event here.

Manchester Met information session

For those of you unable to make it to Liverpool or Bristol for the UKRO sessions, we are in the process of planning an information session of our own at Manchester Met.

So we can get an idea of interest, please drop us a line at euro_res@mmu.ac.uk if you would be interested in attending (Ed – please note that this session will only be open to colleagues from Manchester Met).

MSCA Individual Fellowships

The MSCA Individual Fellowships can support researchers to pursue a fellowship at Manchester Met for up to two years. The scheme targets individuals with a PhD or equivalent full time research experience. Manchester Met can apply for support to host researchers in any discipline who have spent less than 12 months of the past three years in the UK. The next call for proposals will open on 11 April 2017, with a deadline of 14 September 2017.


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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 www.esrcmanchesterfest.ac.uk

You can also watch videos of some of our successful events hosted by Professors Kevin Albertson and Carol Atkinson via the ESRC website:  http://www.esrc.ac.uk/public-engagement/festival-of-social-science/previous-events/
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  k.roycroft@mmu.ac.uk

Faculty of Arts and Humanities
For The Manchester School of Art and Manchester Fashion Institute
Dr Jenna Ashton jenna.ashton@mmu.ac.uk

For Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences
Helen Darby h.darby@mmu.ac.uk

Science and Engineering
For Schools of Healthcare Science, Engineering and Computing, Mathematics and Digital Science
Edwin Colyer e.colyer@mmu.ac.uk

School of Environmental Science
Veronica Strain v.strain@mmu.ac.uk

Education
Veronica Strain v.strain@mmu.ac.uk

Health, Psychology and Social Care
For Departments of Health Professionals, Nursing and Psychology
Veronica Strain v.strain@mmu.ac.uk

Department of Social Work
Dr. Jenna Ashton jenna.ashton@mmu.ac.uk

Cheshire Campus
For Department of Sport and Exercise Science
Edwin Colyer e.colyer@mmu.ac.uk

For IDS and Contemporary Arts
Dr. Jenna Ashton jenna.ashton@mmu.ac.uk

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:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sports-engineering-seminar-day-tickets-31021028732?aff=ehomecard

 


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UKRO Visit – Register Attendance

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We’re pleased to announce that we will be welcoming our UK Research Office (UKRO) European Advisor, Ian Devine, to Manchester Met.

Ian will be providing an update on Horizon 2020 and European funding opportunities for all those of you who are interested in the programme and you will be able to hear more about the support on offer to you from the RKE Office.

Speakers will also include the PVC for Research & Knowledge Exchange, Richard Greene, who will share some thoughts on International research at MMU.

9:00 – 1:00 20th January 2017

Geoffrey Manton Building Lecture Theatre 5

To register attendance and view the agenda, please click HERE.

If you have any questions, please contact euro_res@mmu.ac.uk


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Save the date! UKRO Visit on 20 January to update on European opportunities

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We’re pleased to announce that we will be welcoming our UK Research Office European Advisor, Ian Devine, to Manchester Met on 20 January 2017.

Ian will be providing an update on Horizon 2020 and European funding opportunities for all those of you who are interested in the programme and you will be able to hear more about the support on offer to you from the RKE Office.

We are also hoping to be able to announce a couple of guest speakers, who we think you may be interested to hear from.

We’ll update on the full agenda (and guest speakers) via the Blog, but for now, if you’re interested please let us know (euro_res@mmu.ac.uk) and hold 09.30 – 13.00, 20 January 2017 in your diaries!