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Event Updates from NIHR

Following on from yesterday’s blog post on the NIHR PPI event taking place in March, we now have even more events to offer you from the National Institute of Health Research and a new online course.

PGfAR Seminar

The East Midlands branch of the RDS will be hosting a seminar on the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research. The session will include an overview of the scheme and the programme managers visions, insights on what makes a good application, thoughts from a current award holder, available support and a QnA session.

  • Date: 5th Feb 10am – 4pm
  • Venue: Leicester, King Power Stadium, The Gallery, LE2 7FL
  • Registration: The event is free and can be booked here.

The PGfAR could be the ideal funding stream for anyone looking at promoting health, prevention of ill health or optimal disease management. For more information on the event please visit the RDS website and for scheme information please visit the NIHR website.

New online course – Public reviewing with the NIHR

An interactive course is now available for both new and experienced reviewers of health and social care research, produced by a team of public reviewers and PPI professionals along with the NIHR.

The course contains 3 different modules with the aim to increase researchers understanding of what makes good public and patient involvement and public perspective:

  • Module 1: Knowledge of the NIHR and Patient and Public Involvement (PPI).
  • Module 2: Public reviewing roles and useful skills.
  • Module 3: Useful guidance and questions to consider when undertaking a public review, or review as a committee member, of research documents.

For more information and to complete the course please visit the website.

NIHR SSCR Annual Conference 2019

The 2019 NIHR School for Social Care Research’s annual conference will be taking place in April, coinciding with the school’s 10 year anniversary.

The conference will bring together researchers, policy-makers, managers, commissioners, providers, people who use services, carers and practitioners, providing an opportunity to hear about emerging evidence from the commissioned studies and implications for adult social care practice.

  • Date: Thursday 11th April, 9:30am – 5pm
  • Location: Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG
  • Registration: The event is free and can be booked here.

A number of speakers for the event have already been confirmed. For more details on the conference please visit the website.


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MS Society PPI Day

The MS Society will be holding a Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) training event for researchers. More and more funders are looking for meaningful PPI within your research, so this is an excellent opportunity to see how you can improve your proposal and understand what funders want.

The training will cover:

  • What PPI is and why it’s important
  • How and when to involve people affected by MS
  • Planning involvement in your own research
  • How to communicate your research effectively

The session will be held on Thursday 31st January at the MS offices in London.

Spaces for the session are limited, if you’re interested in attending please sign up via this link. For more information you can contact MS Society via their email.

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MMU launches its first Grants Academy!

Applications are now open for the first MMU Grants Academy!

 What is the Grants Academy?

 The Grants Academy is an intensive 6-week programme designed to teach applicants more about how to submit successful grant applications to UK Research Councils and other prestigious research funding agencies, as well as increasing the likelihood of a successful applications through support and guidance throughout the bid writing process.

 Based on venues on (or near to) MMU’s All Saints campus in Manchester, participants will benefit from the following:

 Training sessions covering the overview of the funding landscape

  • Training on all aspects of preparing and writing a bid
  • Support of an external bid writing expert
  • Drop in sessions with on hand assistance from Research Development Managers
  • Mock peer review sessions
  • chance to work with an academic mentor drawn from MMU’s existing staff
  • Space and time to develop bid
  • Library of successful proposals
  • Small travel grant

Armed with everything they need to submit a bid, participants will submit a completed bid within the following 9-12 months. Applicants must be able to attend the entirety of the course and a second cohort should take place in Spring Term 2015.

 Who is the academy for?

 This course is aimed at academic staff at MMU for those who feel they could learn more about writing proposals. They should have an idea of a project that requires funding.

 They should be committed to writing a successful grant proposal and are able to dedicate the time needed to complete the programme.

For more information on the Grants Academy, including dates and criteria, and to apply please go to the RKE Intranet (You will need your MMU staff log in details to access the RKE Intranet, as this is a secure website. This site works best when opened a in Google Chrome browser) at or contact Laura Peters ( or )

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RKE score a hit with Impact and Engagement Training!

This week saw the roll out of the first in a series of impact and engagement training events by RKE’s Sam Gray and Laura Peters. The first hour-long session, hosted by Sue Caton and Julie Marshall in Health, Psychology and Social Care was delivered to interested academics and postgraduate students. Leaning heavily on experiences of impact gathered through MMU’s recent submission to REF2014, the training also included guidance on the Pathways to Impact agenda, how to capture and record impact on an ongoing basis and how to maximise the impact of research through social media, case studies and links with the University’s press office.

Speaking about the workshop Sam and Laura said, “There’s a big appetite for learning about impact and engagement at MMU, and across the sector more generally right now. The REF has obviously been a huge driver for this agenda through the introduction of impact case studies but everyone that we talk to is seeing the relevance of impact to their work. What’s great about MMU is that we have bucket loads of great examples and are gaining a reputation for some innovative work in this area. Running the session at Gaskell was fitting because you’ve got Juliet Goldbart, Katherine Runswick-Cole and Juliet Marshall (to name a few) who are all finding really interesting ways of connecting their research to the outside world. They’ve helped to establish arts-based projects, used music as a cultural hook and were recently successful with a British Psychology Society grant to establish radio shows focused around disability issues. These are the kinds of innovative ways of working that will enable engagement and impact to flourish”.

Dr Julie Marshall from the Research Institute for Health and Social Change said, “The excellent impact session run by Laura and Sam, gave a great overview of what impact is and really got us thinking about the need to consider impact, in its widest sense, from the first moment that you begin to plan a research project”.  Co-organiser, Dr Sue Caton, also from RIHSC said “Sam and Laura’s session was packed full of information and materials to help explain why impact is so important. I am currently writing two funding applications so I was able to get straight back to the office to develop and improve the impact plans!”

If staff are interested in hosting their own impact workshop or would like to know more about how they can embed impact and engagement into their work then they should contact or call 0161 247 1664.

RKE is hosting scheduled staff development sessions on Engaging Stakeholders and Building Impact into your Research and much, much more….for further details go to

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ACE Funding workshop at MMU – 29th January

ACEThere will be a funding workshop for Arts Council Grants for the Arts applications, and other ACE issues on 29th January, 2-4pm Benzie Building (the new School of Art Building) Room 303

Helen Wewiora (Visual Arts) and other colleagues from ACE NW will be there to give guidance and answer questions, so of special interest if you are thinking of making an application in the future.

Specifics will include:

  • Introduce the work ACE North has been doing with the North HEI / Arts & Cultural Organisations forum
  • The Art School’s role and contribution to the work, and importantly key examples of activity
  • A nuts and bolts introduction to ACE and Grants for the Arts funding
  • Nuances specific to art form eg ACE National and North priorities / strategic areas of work for Visual Arts / Theatre and how these relate to funding

Please note this is event is open to MMU Staff and PhD students only.

If you would like to attend this event please email Anna Watkins

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New dates added to RKE Staff Development Programme – next event this Friday, mandatory events for new staff

staff developmentThe  next RKE Staff Development event is this Friday: Introduction to Knowledge Transfer Partnerships 24 January 2014, 14:00-16:00,3.20 New Business School

As part of the RKE Staff Development programme there are two mandatory sessions:

  • RKE Induction Programme (mandatory course to all new academic staff at the University) P.52 of the Staff Development brochure – 14 March 2014, 09:30-12:30 BZ403 Benzie Building (New Art and Design Building), All Saints Campus
  • The Value of Research and Knowledge Exchange Activity to MMU (mandatory course for all managers at MMU, especially Heads of Departments and Deans) P.45 of the Staff Development brochure, 14 February 2014, 10:00-13:00 G.34 New Business School, All Saints Campus

You can book on these courses, as well as a variety of others run by RKE here:

Other development sessions on offer are:

  • University & External Ethical Procedures 29 January 2014, 13:30-16:00 3.23 New Business School
  • Professional development workshop for Knowledge Exchange Practitioners 5 March 2014, 13.30-15:30 222 Geoffrey Manton Building
  • Early Career Researcher Workshop 12 March 2014, 09:30-12:30, 2.05 Sandra Burslem Building
  • Building Impact into your Research 26 March 2014, 10:00-13:00 2.05 Sandra Burslem Building

For other teaching related courses run in RKE please book via the Graduate School pages here:

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at this address

Please note this development programme is only available to MMU Staff and PhD students


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Development and Training website