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Manchester’s New Proton Beam Facility

Modern medicine is changing. The rapid advances in research and their application to practical clinical practices creates a wide range of challenges, not just for health professionals, but also those tasked with creating suitable environments within which to accommodate these ground breaking technologies.

The Christie Hospital knows better than most just how challenging it can be to provide a twenty first century medicine, having been chosen as one of just a handful of sites to capitalise on the advances in treatment offered by “Proton Beam Therapy”. Our panel of speakers have first-hand knowledge of the challenges faced by client and contractor and the effort required to create a successful outcome. Why not join us for an illuminating discussion relevant to all professionals involved in the procurement of world class healthcare?

Date: Wednesday 28th June 2017
Time: 8.00 – 9.30am
Venue: Alberts Chop House, Alberts Square

Find out more and book your place


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AHRC: Co-creating Cities and Communities

Connected Communities and Urban Living Pilots would like to invite you to their two-day event to explore innovation and latest collaborative work around flourishing cities, engaged citizens and sustainable urban environment.

With a wide range of parallel sessions, including innovative projects, roundtables and practical workshops, the event will provide stimulating discussions about co-produced knowledge, participatory approaches to co-design and critical responses to city challenges and social action.

  • Hear the latest insights from the RCUK-funded projects, including ‘Everyday Participation’, ‘Stories of Change’, ‘Productive Margins’, ‘Imagine’, ‘Urban Living Pilots’ and many others.
  • Develop new approaches to co-creating sensory cities and smart technologies, playful urban spaces and cultural heritage, inclusive city art and creative economy.
  • Build new collaborative partnerships in urban living to overcome resistance to change in the age of austerity.
  • Engage in co-design and evaluate urban visioning by taking part in hands-on workshops and creative sessions.
  • Re-imagine the future of urban living with the help of regeneration projects and empowered communities, refugee-welcome places and creative citizens For more details about individual sessions, please see our Full Programme.

9:30 am – 5:00 pm, 12th July 2017

Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Bristol

The two-day event is free but you must register to attend.

For more information and to register, please visit AHRC.


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Erasmus+ : Preparing for the 31st Year of Calls

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You may have seen in the press recently that the Erasmus programme was created 30 years ago and there have been lots of positive news stories about people’s participation, particularly following support for their studies in a different country.  What you may have seen less of is that the scheme, now known as Erasmus+, has funded innovative projects which have shared best practice in Education/Training across Europe and around the world.  Manchester Met is currently involved in 17 of these partnerships with a value of at least £813,214 to the institution.  Colleagues have had particular success in the following types of project:

  • Strategic Partnerships: These fund networks or new outputs created by partners WITHIN Europe.  Projects can help improve teaching, innovation, internationalisation and links with business/other organisations.  The scheme funds up to €450,000 over 3 years.

 

  • Capacity Building in Higher Education: These help tackle specific issues for Higher Education in Countries OUTSIDE Europe.  Projects can involve modernising curricula, governance and innovation (depending on the national/regional needs) by bringing together partners in the EU and the target country.  This funds up to €1m over 2 years.

 

  • Youth: Erasmus+ also funds Strategic Partnerships and Capacity Building Projects with Youth Organisations which can involve a University as a partner.  This scheme is sometimes under-subscribed.

 

The announcement of the 2018 deadlines won’t happen until mid-October but we’re expecting the majority of applications will need to be submitted in January, February and March next year.  There’s expected to be a lot of interest in these calls as they are the last ones before Brexit – though UK universities, including Manchester Met, are campaigning for continued participation in the scheme.  Therefore, in order to be successful, bids will need to be of an even higher quality.  Whilst waiting for the formal details to be published, there are some actions that can be undertaken over the summer:

 

  1. Identify Projects: Do you know of a problem which could be solved by sharing best practice at European level?  This could be a good time to develop a short project brief to share with project partners.

 

  1. Identify Partners: If you are meeting potential partners at conferences, events or even on the beach – sound them out to see if they have similar/complimentary interests in an application.

 

I can provide support by providing summaries of the schemes for partners, talking through project ideas and/or sitting in on calls/meetings with partners if useful.  I am available to discuss possible applications either face-to-face or via telephone/skype/email.

 

Dr Christopher Grinbergs (c.grinbergs@mmu.ac.uk / 0161 247 2819)


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Addressing Homelessness: Reducing, Preventing, Ending

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Addressing Homelessness: Reducing-Preventing-Ending conference agenda will seek to share understanding and strategic thinking of the homeless situation in the UK and will highlight issues of particular concern such as; the increasing occurrence of youth homelessness, the risks and consequences of modern day slavery and the factors impacting on health in the homeless community. The programme will feature plenary addresses from those at the forefront of tackling homelessness covering the evidence, causes and impacts, whilst examples of successful interventions and projects will be showcased as possible long term solutions which delegates’ own organisations may benefit from adopting.

Some of the confirmed and Invited Speakers

  • Mark McPherson, Director of Strategy, Partnership and Innovation, Homeless Link (confirmed)
  • Clive Betts, Chair, Communities and Local Government Select Committee (invited)
  • Martin Gill, Director of Housing and Support, Centrepoint (confirmed)
  • David Parker-Radford, Homeless Health Project Manager, The Queen’s Nursing Institute (confirmed)
  • Laura Dodge, Marketing and Communications Manager, Streetwise Opera (confirmed)
  • Jeff Endean, Housing Strategy & Programmes Manager, London Borough of Lewisham (invited)
  • Mick Clarke, CEO, The Passage (confirmed)
  • Deborah Garvie, Policy Manager, Shelter (confirmed)
  • Amanda Croome, CEO and Jo Wilson, Volunteer, Booth Centre (confirmed)
  • Brian Robson, Policy & Research Programme Manager at Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) (invited)

When: September 19, 2017 | 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
At: The Studio, Manchester

For more information and to book or reserve a spot please visit this website.


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Global Challenges – British Academy

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The British Academy have announced details of a call focusing on Cities & Infrastructures, funded through the Global Challenges Research Fund, with a deadline of 14 June 2017. This call is subject to Official Development Assistance eligibility criteria (Ed – see the end of the post for more details)

The call will support interdisciplinary projects which address the challenge of creating and maintaining sustainable and resilient cities in developing countries. The call has four sub-themes (taken from British Academy website):

“a) Planning: In the context of the large, dispersed and unplanned cities of the global south, planning for resilience becomes a matter of collaborative initiative involving a host of actors and sentient infrastructures. This requires mobilising plural and interdisciplinary knowledges, both for understanding and for acting in intelligent ways. 

b) People: Human vulnerability and resilience go hand in hand. The poor are deprived in plural ways, but also forced to become resilient subjects, making use of the city and their know-how in imaginative ways.

c) Infrastructure: Cities are held together by infrastructures, which also instantiate and regulate social life in quite strong ways. In the global south the infrastructures are broken, incomplete, badly regulated, underfunded and often reliant on vernacular improvisations. Technical solutions alone will go only so far, and are expensive.

d) Habitat: The urban habitat is central to resilience, in the form of lived experience, the consequences of emissions and heating, the formation of symbolic and public culture, the consequences of urban architecture and design. This is an obvious terrain for interdisciplinary work on jointly making sense of how habitats can be managed as a silent form of ‘atmospheric’ regulation.”

Projects in the region of £300k will be supported, and the British Academy anticipate that these will last for up to 16 months with start dates in September 2017. You can access the scheme notes here.

If you are interested in applying for this call, please contact your Research Development Manager in the first instance who will be able to advise on your eligibility and the specific requirements of this call.

About ODA Eligibility Criteria

The Cities & Infrastructure Programme aims to support the “economic development and welfare of developing countries.” Only research that has a primary objective which is directly and primarily relevant to the problems of developing countries may be counted as ODA. We will require applicants to demonstrate that the proposal is ODA eligible. ODA eligibility is an essential criterion – projects will only be deemed eligible for funding if they can demonstrate that they satisfy ODA eligibility criteria. The British Academy, with the other Global Challenges Research Fund delivery partners, have provided an additional ODA guidance document for applicants.