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Science & Engineering Early Career Researcher Grant Applications Workshop

Brought to you by Research & Knowledge Exchange, this afternoon workshop will be a chance for Early Career Researchers (in Science & Engineering) to improve their knowledge of the grant application process and give them the confidence to get started.

Date: Thursday 2nd May, 1pm – 4pm

Location: John Dalton E005

Registration: Register via Eventbrite

This interactive workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to hear from your Research Development Team on key considerations when preparing grant applications; ask questions to a panel of Science and Engineering colleagues on the realities of the grant application process; and examine past grant applications to determine which elements contribute to funding success.

This session is available to ECRs* who have permanent contracts and are eligible to apply for external funding.

*For the purpose of this workshop, ECRs are defined as staff within six years of their first academic appointment.

There are 30 places available on a first come first serve basis. To register please visit the Eventbrite Page where you will be able to confirm your eligibility and respond to two required questions.

We look forward to seeing you!


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Pitch Perfect? Commissioning Process Workshop

Nick Catliff, Managing Director of Lion Television and pitching maestro, will lead an informal and informative workshop on how the commissioning process for television actually works.

This event is open to ECRs from Exchange partner HEIs and TCCE member universities, as well as creatives from cultural and creative SMEs who are looking for an introduction into this area.

Attendees will be expertly guided through how best to present themselves and their ideas in a range of different situations and contexts, with top tips and practice pitching. There will also be the opportunity for networking.

14.00-16.30 8th March 2016

Round Foundry Media Centre, Foundry Street, Leeds

For more information and to book attendance, please click here.

For any queries, please contact Georgina Potts.

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EPSRC Call and Workshop

Take a look at these call and workshop opportunties from the EPSRC. Find more on their website.

Advanced Materials for Energy Generation and Transmission

This call is for applications for proposals to set up virtual research centres for energy materials. There is up to £6M in total available to support up to three multiinstitutional and multi-disciplinary centres. The successful centres will be required to work together forming a national network of energy materials research groups with the intent of forming a coherent UK community of energy materials researchers.

Deadline for proposals: 06 Apr 2016.

Physical Sciences Regional Workshops

EPSRC’s Physical Sciences (PS) theme is planning to hold three one-day regional workshops in order to discuss EPSRC’s strategy for the next Delivery Plan, and gain input on the implementation of this strategy for the Physical Sciences community.

Deadline for expression of interest: 29 Jan 16.

For support during your application, please contact your relevant Research Development Manager.

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Knowledge Exchange Workshop – Participant engagement in longitudinal studies

Participant engagement is a major concern for longitudinal studies, however opportunities to share best practice and learning on this issue are few and far between. The MRC/ESRC-funded CLOSER consortium is seeking to address this gap by hosting an informal knowledge exchange workshop on participant engagement for longitudinal studies in the UK and abroad.

Friday 29 January 2016, 10:00 to 17:00.

20 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HQ

For mroe information and to book, please visit:

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NIHR workshop on multimorbidities in older people Researcher briefing event

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In early 2015, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) will issue a call for research into the evaluation of interventions or services delivered for older people with multimorbidity (defined as the co-occurrence of two or more chronic conditions in one person).

This call is an initiative by the NIHR in recognition of the need for further research based evidence to support the delivery of best care to people with multimorbidities and to enable them to maintain their capabilities and quality of life.

The workshop is open to all those in any discipline who are working, or interested in working, in research relating to Multimorbidities in older people. Representatives from a range of NIHR programmes and supporting NIHR infrastructure will attend to advise on the various funding routes available and provide help and guidance on developing and submitting an application.

To register your interest in attending the workshop, please visit Once the booking form has been completed, you will receive an email asking you to click on the link to confirm your interest in attending. Please ensure you do this to register your interest.

If you aren’t allocated a space, you will be able to view the presentations and supporting information online following the workshop.

If you have any questions, please contact or visit

Please remember to inform the RKE team if you are attending the workshop!

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MMU Event tomorrow: Make it Happen! Ideas to Action workshop and funding opp


  • Do you want to create social change & have an idea for how to do it?
  • Are you passionate about making this happen in your area?
  • Do you need some support to start working on it and learning what works?

Date: Friday 11th July, 10.00am-3.00pm (3-5pm optional pitching time)

Location: Room 1.25 MMU Business School

This workshop is all about ideas to action.  It will help you move from a basic idea which is usually the change you want to make and via a facilitated, collaborative process you will leave the workshop with a first stage plan that includes your next step actions.  We will then take you from idea right through a plan-do-review process that also includes our ‘Brilliant basics principles’.  You will leave this workshop with a clear and achievable plan for at least the next 12 months with milestone, success indicators and evaluation ideas.

From 3.00-5.00pm there will also be the opportunity to pitch your social enterprise business or project ideas for a Try It or Do It award.  Try It awards – up to £500 to trial an idea and Do It awards – up to £2,500 to develop an idea.  Please note that these awards are only open to MMU students, staff and graduates of up to one year.

For more information and to register your place, please visit:

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HEA & AHRC call to host symposia on interculturalism and translating cultures

HEA          AHRC 2  The Higher Education Academy (HEA) and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) are pleased to invite all HEA subscribing institutions in the UK to be part of the 2014 Symposia on Interculturalism and Translating Cultures.


This series of symposia has the following aims:

  • to enable institutions to disseminate models of practice for the integration of teaching and research;
  • to develop innovative new approaches to research-led teaching;
  • to promote the sharing of policy, practice and evidence through facilitating the dissemination of experience within and across institutions;
  • to build on expertise and interest within the sector by promoting knowledge exchange and developing academic communities of practice;
  • to provide opportunities for participants to review and reflect on their own practice;
  • to encourage collaboration between HEIs as well as between HEIs and external partners.

Coverage and content

Applicants are invited to submit a proposal aligned to one of the following thematic areas:

  • Training skills for PGT/PGR students

This theme addresses the issue of language and/or intercultural training for PGT/PGR students in subjects other than Modern Languages, Translation Studies, or LBAS. We welcome proposals which are either aimed at PGT/PGR students or at supervisors/other interested colleagues.

  • Engaging with ethnic and linguistic minorities

This theme seeks to encourage an exploration of comparative perspectives within and beyond the UK and engagement with minority language communities and/or policy makers.

  • Languages, intercultural communication and commerce

This theme invites reflection on the integration into the curriculum of research on intercultural communication and commerce. We welcome proposals that encourage cross-cultural and comparative perspectives, and also collaboration with partners outside the HE sector.

  • Languages and the internet

This theme addresses questions raised by the role of language/multilingualism and the internet, inviting exploration of issues relating to the internet not only as an object of study but also as a means of developing new approaches to teaching and new communities of practice. We also welcome proposals addressing questions of translation in a digital age.

HEA/AHRC will provide £2500 funding.

Selection criteria

The following criteria will be used to select proposals for the series:

  • Relevance to one of the thematic areas outlined above;
  • Extent to which the event will explore and enhance the integration of teaching and research;
  • Structure of the event and preparedness to host the event;
  • Extent to which the event is collaborative in nature;
  • Value for money.

In allocating funds, the HEA will take into account:

  • The institutional and geographic balance of awards;
  • The coverage of the themes;
  • The broader aims and objectives of the HEA.

Key dates

Deadline for submissions: 9:00 Monday 17 February 2014.

Decisions notified by: Monday 24 February 2014.

Symposia to be held between: 14 April and 18 July 2014.