UoM Cultural Partners and Impact event – 20 June 2019

We are pleased to invite you to an event titled ‘Cultural Partners and Impact; Building a shared understanding of how to work together to achieve impact’which will be held in the Grand Hall of the Whitworth Art Gallery on Thursday 20 June 2019, 9:30 – 14:00 including a networking lunch.

The event is open to researchers, support staff, cultural partners and related organisations. We’re keen to welcome researchers at all career stages, with or without prior engagement with cultural partners/public engagement experience.


  • To explore the mutual benefits and optimise opportunities to achieve impact from research through our cultural partners
  • Share good practice of joint working between cultural partners and researchers
  • Signpost researchers to resources and expertise across cultural partners
  • Opportunities for researchers and cultural partners to discuss common issues and build links
  • Practical guidance on how to effectively evidence impact from public engagement activities

The event will involve lightening talks from key cultural partners (Chester Zoo; Whitworth Art Gallery; Jodrell Bank; Manchester Museum; John Rylands Library; and the Science and Industry Museum) co-presentations with researchers to highlight examples of best practice, a networking lunch with posters and exhibits, and pragmatic tips for evidencing and evaluating the impact of public engagement activities.

Please register via this link – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cultural-partners-and-impact-working-together-to-achieve-research-impact-tickets-60048058359

If you would like to hold a stand during the lunchtime networking session, please contact Lauren.Tempelman@manchester.ac.uk. The aim of these stands is to showcase previous/ongoing collaborative projects in order to inspire others, or to promote areas of expertise/ facilities.

Scientists, artists, filmmakers, anyone passionate about science communication!

Are you interested in telling a story related to human health via short films? Your time is now!

Apply here:  www.warwick.ac.uk/labcut

LabCut Science Film Workshop will be free to attend and lasts three days (13-15 June 2019) in University of Warwick. It’s open to anyone who has a passion in science communication. The films created during the workshop can be submitted to Bristol Science Film Festival (BSFF2019), and will be screened during British Science Festival in September 2019 here in Warwick, and the public can vote for the best one!

Find out more:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LabCutSciFilms/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LabCutSciFilms
Instagram: https://twitter.com/LabCutSciFilms
Email: LabCut@warwick.ac.uk

Stanley’s Big Day Out – Sat 25 May – 10am-4pm, Manchester Museum

Stanley’s Big Day Out has been inspired by Stanley, aged 7 who loves dinosaurs. Stanley has a rare form of muscular dystrophy. Manchester Museum, home to Stan the T-Rex, has teamed up with Muscular Dystrophy UK to celebrate Stanley’s love of dinosaurs and to raise awareness about muscular dystrophy.

Come along dressed as your favourite dinosaur and get involved in dinosaur arts and crafts, a dinosaur treasure hunt, object handling and lots more.

Join us in our attempt to break the world record for having the most Stanleys gathering all in one place at one time.

If you are called Stan or Stanley and would like to take part in the World Record attempt, register your interest at https://www.musculardystrophyuk.org/events/stanleys-big-day-out/

If you’re not called Stan or Stanley, do come along and join in the free family fun!

The Muscular Dystrophy UK team will be on hand to answer any questions and share how people can get involved with the charity.

Posted on behalf of Victoria Grant, Family Programme Coordinator – Manchester Museum Twitter @MMFamilies

Advanced participatory data gathering, using Ketso

Advanced participatory data gathering, using Ketso
16 May 2019, Humanities Bridgeford Street Building, University of Manchester

A series of practical exercises will allow participants to consider core principles of stakeholder engagement (developed from Dr. Joanne Tippett’s 20 years of experience in participatory research) in relation to their research projects. Using hands-on and visual tools, participants are able to express their ideas and engage in dialogue, whilst allowing the researcher to capture data from the discussion in a physical artefact. Participants will explore ways to analyse and search for patterns in participatory data. The course will use a hands-on kit for stakeholder engagement, Ketso, to demonstrate participatory data gathering in action. Ketso emerged from ESRC funded research (Tippett et al. 2007). Participants will explore ways they could use participatory techniques in their research. The action orientated learning of the course will be supplemented by discussion of key issues surrounding participatory methodologies and the critiques of such approaches.

For more information and to apply:

Manchester Wonder Match Event – community engagement

Are you a community based organisation who is keen to support their members to engage with science and engineering? Or are you a scientist or engineer who has a hunger to share the wonder of your research with others?

This is your chance to collaborate and bid for £1,000 thinking funding to help develop exciting engagement projects!

You can APPLY NOW to be part of events in Manchester (5th June) and London (4th July).

Wonder Match is the perfect opportunity for community organisations and researchers to meet together and develop ideas for engagement activities. The series of partnership-building events are designed to support community organisations, scientists and engineers to work together to encourage diverse audiences to engage with science.

Brought to you by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), the events provide an opportunity for community organisations supporting people in the 40% most deprived areas of the UK, and researchers in STFC related disciplines, to meet and develop project ideas together.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to network; share ideas; and explore potential partnership ideas together. You will also have the chance to bid for up to £1,000 to help develop your ideas and plans for working together further. We anticipate that partnerships formed at the event will also apply for up to £15,000 funding from the STFC Spark Award.

Find out more and apply: https://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/wonder-match

Festival of Social Science 2019 (2-9 Nov) – applications to participate now open

The University of Manchester will again partner with the Economic and Social Research Council, the University of Salford and Manchester Metropolitan University on the ESRC Manchester Festival of Social Science in 2019.

The aim of the Festival is to showcase Manchester social science research to a broad non-academic audience. Last year we hosted an eclectic blend of activities designed to celebrate the social sciences, including discussions and debates, exhibitions, film screenings, walkabouts, family fun days, schools visits, workshops, and lots more.

The call for applications to host events is now open.

The Festival will run from 2-9 November and will involve academics working alongside community and cultural partners to create engaging and inspiring research-led events. The Manchester Festival will provide an insight into the many ways in which social science research contributes to social, economic and political life across the city, region and beyond.

Any researcher can apply to hold their event, new or existing, under the Festival banner. In addition, applications can be made for up to £1,000 sponsorship from the University of Manchester to hold an event as part of the Festival. Events must include social science and must engage with groups outside of academia (e.g. young people, third sector organisations, the general public, business, or local government and policy makers).

Applications for interdisciplinary events, and applications that seek to bring together two or more Festival partners, are strongly encouraged. We particularly welcome applications from early career researchers, including PhD students. PhD student applicants must name as a co-applicant on the application form a member of staff who has agreed to provide advice and assistance where necessary, and to take formal responsibility for the event (including managing the finances, any health and safety requirements, etc.). The co-applicant may, but need not, be your supervisor.

For inspiration and ideas for the kind of event you might run, you can find out about the 2018 events at www.esrcmanchesterfest.ac.uk.

Please note, applications SHOULD NOT be made to the ESRC, but rather via the University of Manchester. The application deadline is 4pm on Friday 17 May. An application form and guidance notes are attached to this email. They can also be found at https://www.staffnet.manchester.ac.uk/social-sciences/research/esrc-festival/.

Please address any queries to Clare Canning, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Officer (clare.canning@manchester.ac.uk) — or, before 29 April, to Carly Chadwick (carly.chadwick@manchester.ac.uk).