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Evidence Based Policy Training by Chris Fox

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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

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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.

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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!)

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Call For Proposals, ESOF 2016 Science Programme

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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 

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Museums and Academics Research Network Meeting

The third in this series of museums and academics network events is co-hosted by North West Film Archive (Manchester Metropolitan University) and the Race Relations Resource Centre (University of Manchester), at their shared home in Manchester Central Library.

Join us to find about our nationally important collections and how we can support academics and researchers. As university collections we have expertise to offer, but are keen to develop our links with colleagues from across the North West, and hear your ideas for using our collections in teaching and research.

Event Date
Thursday, 11 June 2015 from 14:00 to 17:00  

Event Venue
Manchester Central Library Performance Space
Central Library
St Peter’s Square
M2 5PD Manchester
United Kingdom

Book your space via Eventbrite Here

This event is also open to professionals from other collections and museums, as we continue the wider discussion about how museums and academics in the North West can work together.

About us

The North West Film Archive is the professionally recognised public home for the moving image heritage of the North West of England. The Archive cares for over 38,000 items from the pioneer days of film in the mid 1890s to video production of the present day. Visit the website to find our more:

The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre is one of the leading libraries on ethnicity, race and migration in the UK. Our archives cover the history of BME communities, activism and achievements in Manchester and the history of race relations in the UK. Visit the website to find out more:

We part of the Archives+ partnership absed at Manchester Central LIbrary

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