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Images of Research Competition Deadline Extended

The Images of Research deadline has been extended to 12pm Friday 7 February 2020.

This year we are looking for images that demonstrate with flair, ambition and enthusiasm, the research competed here at the University.

Please consider applying if you are a Postgraduate or Early Career Researcher.

The competition represents an amazing opportunity for you to demonstrate the impact of your research while thinking about how to holistically showcase it in a new and visual way.

If you have any questions, please contact us at ImagesofResearch@mmu.ac.uk or visit the Images of Research webpage. 

Images of Research 2019 winner. ‘Data incoming!’ by Sarah Scott


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Calling all PGRs and ECRs: There is still time to enter the Images of Research photography competition

Manchester Metropolitan researchers are invited to showcase their projects

Postgraduate Researchers and Early Career Researchers are invited to take part in the hugely popular Images of Research photography competition. 

The competition aims to showcase the breadth and depth of research taking place at the University by telling stories about our research projects through a single image and accompanying abstract. 

Last year’s winning entry – ‘Data Incoming!’ by Sarah Scott, Faculty of Science and Engineering

Professor Richard Greene, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange, tells us more:  

“The Images of Research competition is an exciting opportunity to showcase the excellent research that is going on across Manchester Metropolitan – using powerful imagery to explain its significance to a wider audience.” 

Dr Justine Daniels, Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange, adds:  

“This is a great opportunity for us to celebrate the work of our exciting emerging researchers and emphasises our commitment to research that engages with the world beyond the University – delivering real benefits to society, culture, the environment and the economy.” 

The strongest entries will be exhibited in the Benzie Building during the spring term and will be shortlisted by the Images of Research judging panel: 

  • Professor Richard Greene (Pro-Vice Chancellor, RKE)
  • Dr Justine Daniels (Director, RKE)
  • Ian Christon (Head of External Communications, External Relations) 
  • Sam Gray (Head of Impact and Environment, RKE) 

There are three awards up for grabs, including the People’s Choice award that is voted for by staff members, students and members of the public, and each award winner will also receive £100 Amazon voucher.  

Please visit the Images of Research webpage for further competition details and make sure you submit your entry by Friday 24 January (12:00pm)


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HPSC Grant Application Workshop: Revised Date

Members of the Health, Psychology and Social Care Faculty are invited to attend a Research Grant Application Workshop hosted by your Research Development Team.

The event has been designed for Academic members of staff who are eligible to apply for external research funding and plan on applying within the next 6 months – this includes Research Fellows on permanent contracts. Due to conflicting arrangements the event has been postponed until the new year with the following revised schedule:

  • Date: Wednesday 22nd January 2020
  • Time: 12 – 4pm
  • Location: Business School
  • Registration: Via Eventbrite.

To register for this free event please complete the form on the linked Eventbrite Page. You will be required to confirm your eligibility, give a brief summary of your planned research and funder and provide a question that you would like to ask our academic panel.

For further details please visit the Event Page or contact your Research Development Team.

Please note: This event is open to members of the Health, Psychology and Social Care Faculty only.


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Images of Research 2020: Flair, Ambition and Enthusiasm

The second Manchester Metropolitan Images of Research photography competition is now open for entries!

The Challenge

You are invited to submit a photograph and accompanying abstract that communicate with flair, ambition and enthusiasm, the impact of your research to a non-specialist audience.

Who Can Enter?

Please submit an entry if you are one of the following:

  • A postgraduate research student (PGR) at Manchester Met
  • An early career researcher (ECR)* at Manchester Met

What Prizes are Available?

Shortlisted entries will be printed and displayed on the ground floor of the Benzie Building from Monday 24 February to Friday 20 March 2020.

There will be three prizes available:

  • Judges’ Choice (PGR): £100 Amazon gift voucher
  • Judges’ Choice (ECR): £100 Amazon gift voucher
  • People’s Choice: £100 Amazon gift voucher

How Do I Enter?

To enter, and for more information please visit the competition website.

The deadline for entries is 12:00pm on Friday 24 January 2020.

*An early career researcher (ECR) is defined for the purpose of this exhibition as a member of research staff, or teaching and research staff, who are within eight years of receiving their doctoral award. For example, Lecturer, Research Assistant, Postdoctoral Research Assistant. Please get in touch to discuss your eligibility if you are unsure.


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Calling all UK early- and mid-career researchers: a group of UK ECRs would like your ideas for future engagement in science and society

Consultation on the possibility, desirability and feasibility of setting up a UK-wide early career researcher (ECR) forum to support and empower UK based ECRs.

To date more than 40 such forums have been established around the world to promote research excellence and support ECRs to contribute to research and policy discussions.

This survey has been compiled by a group of ECRs from across the UK, working in a range of disciplines. It is the result of a meeting of UK ECRs in March 2019, hosted by the Royal Society and the British Academy, to explore how best to support and empower UK ECRs.

The survey is anonymous and open to all UK-based researchers.

Please compete the survey here.

 The deadline for completion is 27 October 2019.


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Images of Research is On Tour!

We are excited to announce that Images of Research is going on tour! Don’t miss your chance to see the shortlisted entries, and read about the exciting research that’s being completed by Man Met’s emerging researchers. The images will be on display at the following locations and times.

Time period Venue
20/05/2019 – 14/06/2019 Science & Engineering – ‘The Street’
17/06/2019 – 19/07/2019 Business School – South Atrium
02/09/2019 – 20/09/2019 Brooks – Ground floor
23/09/2019 – 31/10/2019 Righton – Open Space


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Science & Engineering Early Career Researcher Grant Applications Workshop

Brought to you by Research & Knowledge Exchange, this afternoon workshop will be a chance for Early Career Researchers (in Science & Engineering) to improve their knowledge of the grant application process and give them the confidence to get started.

Date: Thursday 2nd May, 1pm – 4pm

Location: John Dalton E005

Registration: Register via Eventbrite

This interactive workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to hear from your Research Development Team on key considerations when preparing grant applications; ask questions to a panel of Science and Engineering colleagues on the realities of the grant application process; and examine past grant applications to determine which elements contribute to funding success.

This session is available to ECRs* who have permanent contracts and are eligible to apply for external funding.

*For the purpose of this workshop, ECRs are defined as staff within six years of their first academic appointment.

There are 30 places available on a first come first serve basis. To register please visit the Eventbrite Page where you will be able to confirm your eligibility and respond to two required questions.

We look forward to seeing you!