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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 https://rke.mmu.ac.uk/grants-academy/ or contact Laura Peters (L.Peters@mmu.ac.uk or RKE-Events@mmu.ac.uk )


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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 s.gray@mmu.ac.uk 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 http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/rke/events-and-staff-development/


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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 A.Watkins@mmu.ac.uk


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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 :RKE-Events@mmu.ac.uk

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

Links:

RKE website
Development and Training website


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New dates added to RKE Staff Development Programme – including mandatory sessions for new staff

staff developmentAs part of the RKE Staff Development programme there are two mandatory sessions for staff:

  • RKE Induction Programme (mandatory course to all new academic staff at the University) P.54 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.47 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:

  • Introduction to Knowledge Transfer Partnerships 24 January 2014, 14:00-16:00, 3.20 New Business School
  • 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 :RKE-Events@mmu.ac.uk

Links:
RKE website
Development and Training website


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Innovation and evidence in policing – building collaborations research call

College of Policing

During the development of its Strategic Intent, the College of Policing has identified a need to build capacity to support police innovation. Academic stakeholders have outlined how delivery of innovation and research activity locally requires sustained relationships with forces and across further and higher education. The long-term College vision to tackle this gap is to help establish a network of regional centres or networks of expertise, involving partnerships between local academic institutions, forces and Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs). Regional groupings should stimulate innovation and research, involving officers in tackling frontline problems and developing skills to get research evidence used.

To support the capacity development required, and help build a regional engagement network for the future, the College is proposing a short-term boost, in the form of oneoff funding in 2013/14, to partnerships of educational establishments, police forces and PCCs, to create capacity for stronger collaboration. These partnerships might be broadbased in their interests, or might develop into centres of excellence on specific topics, or might address national capacity gaps. The intention is that this support will assist police and academic partners to develop future bids for funding from other sources.

  • The College will be particularly interested in regional networks or centres of expertise which seek to focus on the following:
  • application of innovative approaches or techniques to policing; research design and delivery support services;
  • delivery of collaborative primary research which tackles perennial issues or problems; mentoring, coaching or other arrangements for
    academic support to allow officersand staff to develop their research expertise; and
  • programmes of courses, workshops, other events or knowledge transfer activities tosupport innovation and the use of evidence.

The deadline for this call is 15th November 2013.
If you plan to submit anything, please make Nikki Lees aware as she is co-ordinating a united response: n.lees@mmu.ac.uk or ext 2151.
To find out more visit: http://www.college.police.uk/en/docs/Innovation_fund_1314.pdf