MMU Research and Knowledge Exchange Blog

Funding opportunities, news and guidance from RKE at Manchester Met

Leave a comment

Standing up for Science Workshops

Sense about Science will be running a free workshop ‘Standing up for Science‘ which allows you to find out how to make your voice heard in public debates about science and evidence.

Location: University of Manchester

Date: Friday 29th March 10am – 5pm

Register: Free via the website (here) deadline for registration is Thursday 28th Feb

This is a full-day event where you can meet other researchers who have experience with public engagement, learn from policymakers about how evidence can inform policy and speak with respected science journalists to find out what journalists expect from scientists and researchers. You can also find out how to involve the public in communicating your research – great for Impact and Public Involvement!

The event is free (although registration is required) and is aimed at STEM and social science early-career researchers (PhD students, post-docs welcome) and medical professionals.

For more details please visit the website.


Leave a comment

Developing Proposals in Applied Health and Social Care Event

The NIHR RDS Service will be running a free one day event on developing funding proposals for the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme.

Date: 20th March 2019

Location: Liverpool Foresight Centre

Registration: via Eventbrite Page.

If you’re interested in applying for an RfPB Grant then this event will give you an insight into what the funder is looking for. The event will be split into two parts:

Morning Session:

  • Remit of the RfPB Programme and funding available.
  • What funders are looking for in a submission.
  • How to design a study to answer research questions effectively.
  • How to build a team of collaborators.
  • The support the RDS can provide.
  • Wider network support communities.

Afternoon Session:

  • Opportunity to chat with RDS NW advisors.
  • One to one advise on subjects including trial design, health economics, statistics, qualitative research methods and public involvement.

For more information please visit the eventbrite page where you will also be able to register for the event.

Leave a comment

PhD Studentship Launch Event from NC3Rs/Unilever

This spring NC3Rs will be launching a new collaboration with Unilever in the field of non-animal safety assessment. As part of the collaboration Unilever will be co-funding a number of PhD Studentships.

NC3Rs will be holding a launch event to allow potential applicants to find out more about the scheme, network with other researchers and discuss ideas with Unilever and NC3Rs staff.

Registration: Online (the event is free but on a first come first serve basis)

Deadline: 27th Match 2019

Location: Central London

The Studentships will focus on the following areas:

  • Local exposure – microbiome, skin, lung
  • Clearance mechanisms – renal, liver, metabolism
  • Repeat dosing
  • Non-animal models with human focus

For more information about this event please visit the NC3Rs website.

Leave a comment

Evidence Based Policy Training by Chris Fox

MetroPolis logo

Chris is a Professor of Evaluation, Director of the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit ( and a member of MMU’s MetroPolis (

He has advised government departments on the use of evidence in policy-making and regularly trains civil servants and public sector managers on evaluation and evidence-based policy and practice. In this session Professor Chris Fox provides an introduction to Evidence-Based Policy. He will provide a brief introduction to policy-making in England and Wales, look at ideas behind Evidence-Based Policy, the use of Systematic Reviews and finish with some practical steps MMU academics can take to get involved with policy-making.

This event is being delivered as part of the MetroPolis initiative which aims to better connect Manchester Metropolitan University researchers with policymakers.
MetroPolis is a research-led think tank, aiming to support the community.
For more information on, and to see some of our research please follow the link here.

If you are interested in this sort of training go onto our Eventbrite Event page page and register for a ticket

Leave a comment

Horizon 2020 Webinar on Building a Winning Team


​​The UK National Contact Point (NCP) for Transport, Louise Mothersole, is running a webinar on building a winning Horizon 2020 team. The webinar will take place between 14:30 and 15:30 on 29 June 2015. Participation is free and event and registration details can be found on the Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Network website.

Leave a comment


THURS 28th MAY 12.30-2.15pm Postgrad Suite Business School
All staff and students are welcome to attend this celebration of MMU’s paricipation in the 3 Minute Thesis Competition. The 3 minute thesis is a national competititon in which students are challenged to present their research using 1 slide only in 3 minutes. This event is the culmination of a series of Faculty-based heats and the winner will go onto represent MMU at the national finals. There will be a free buffet lunch and information on the 8th Annual PGR conference, The Innovation Forum and the Brilliant Club.

We would love to see as many of you as possible, please email if you are attending (so we can order enough food!)

Leave a comment

Call For Proposals, ESOF 2016 Science Programme

Esof 2016

There is just under 2 weeks until the call for proposals to the ESOF 2016 science programme closes, with submissions needing to be made before 1 June 2015 at 10:00 am CET.

With themes spanning antimicrobial research to artificial intelligence, the green economy to graphene – there are hundreds of topics to be explored and even more reasons to get involved in the science programme. Playing on Manchester’s unique history as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, the overarching theme for the event has been announced as ‘science as revolution’. As such, ESOF 2016 will be an opportunity to discuss the socio-cultural and economic implications and impacts of scientific revolutions from regional, national, European and global perspectives.

ESOF has developed into the largest multi-disciplinary science meeting in Europe, where scientists meet scientists, policy makers, media specialists, business leaders and the wider community. The home of ESOF 2016 is Manchester, UK – the city where Marx met Engels and Rolls met Royce. Similarly ESOF 2016 will be a meeting of minds, bringing together many of the world’s foremost scientific thinkers, innovators and scholars from 23-27 July 2016. And 2016 is a special year for science in Manchester, coinciding with the 250th anniversary of the birth of John Dalton – the father of atomic theory. ESOF will be the culmination of an 18 month celebration of science in the city.

There is still plenty of time for proposals to be submitted for science-based seminars, workshops and debates on the latest research and policy issues, all of which are warmly welcomed. This is an open invitation to individuals and organisations alike and it is hoped that the call will inspire our foremost thinkers and researchers from across the global scientific community to take a unique look to share with us how science, technology and innovation has the potential to transform all our lives.

Please note that all session organisers and speakers are entitled to complimentary registration for the conference, with access to the full science programme, plenary sessions and the ESOF 2016 exhibition.

More information about ESOF here