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Images of Research: Vote NOW!

Celebrating the work of our early career and postgraduate researchers.

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Discover the fantastic work of our early career and postgraduate researchers by attending our Images of Research exhibition from Monday 2 March.

The Images of Research photography competition challenges our early career and postgraduate researchers to communicate the significance and impact of their work through a single image and a 150-word abstract.

The event, now in its second year, follows the great success of the 2018/19 Images of Research competition where Sarah Scott, third-year PhD student from the Faculty of Science and Engineering, scooped both the ‘People’s Choice’ and ‘Judge’s Choice’ awards with her submission ‘Data Incoming!’.

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This year’s shortlist includes a host of fantastic entries from our emerging researchers: 

Postgraduate  

  • Charlotte Arculus, Faculty of Education – ‘Illuminating Arts Practices in Early Childhood with More-Than-Human Technologies’
  • Carlos Bedson, Faculty of Science and Engineering – ‘Britain’s Unspoken Wildlife Tragedy’
  • Rebecca Clarke, Faculty of Science and Engineering – ‘The Long Trail Ahead in Stroke Recovery’
  • Jamila Makarfi, Faculty of Business and Law –‘Corporate Security Responsibility’
  • Alejandra Zamora, Faculty of Business and Law – ‘Fighting Extinction’

Early career 

  • Becky Alexis-Martin, Faculty of Science and Engineering – ‘Laughing in the Face of Death’
  • Su Corcoran, Faculty of Education – ‘Exploring Displaced Young People’s Belonging and Learning Experiences Through Art’
  • Emily Crompton, Faculty of Arts and Humanities – ‘Documenting Demolition: A Community Evidencing Project at Manchester’s LGBT+ Centre’
  • Sarah Fox, Faculty of Arts and Humanities – ‘Trust Women’
  • David Tomlinson, Faculty of Science and Engineering – ‘Defining Obesity: ‘BMI or Body Fat Percentage?’

Three awards are up for grabs, including the ‘People’s Choice Award’, ‘Judge’s Choice Award – early career researchers’ and ‘Judge’s Choice Award – postgraduate researchers’.

Our 10 finalist’s images will be on display throughout March in the reception of the Benzie building and you can vote for your chosen winner in the ‘People’s Choice Award’ on the Images of Research competition webpage


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Free seminar: how your research can shape policy and practice

We’re delighted to be able to offer you the opportunity to attend a free seminar, Introduction to evidence-based policy: how to get your research into evidence and practice with Professor Chris Fox.

The seminar provides a brief introduction to policy-making, focusing on UK policy-making institutions.

By attending this seminar, you will better understand:

  • The role of evidence in shaping policy
  • Who makes policy
  • What is evidence-based policy
  • Practical strategies for getting evidence into policy and practice

The session is open to all staff at Manchester Metropolitan University, early career and postgraduate researchers.

Professor Chris Fox is Professor of Evaluation and Policy Analysis at Manchester Metropolitan University where he is also Director of the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit and co-lead of Metropolis.  Chris is involved in a wide range of evaluation and research projects in a number of policy areas including criminal justice, social investment and welfare reform. His recent books include ‘An Introduction to Evaluation’ (published by Sage) and ‘Payment by results and social impact bonds: Outcome-based payment systems in the UK and US’ (published by Policy Press).

This event is free to attend and lunch is provided. There are two sessions to choose from:

  • Thursday 19.03.20 10.00am – 1.00pm in Room JDE 417
  • Thursday 18.06.20 10.00am – 1.00pm in Room JDE 417

For more information or to book, visit our Eventbrite page.


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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.