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Critical Conversations: Co-producing Research with Community Researchers

Are you an academic working with or training community/peer researchers? Are you interested in opening an honest and critical space which can confront some of the assumptions, challenges and pitfalls that working with community researchers can entail? Are you keen to find ways to develop new cross-disciplinary thinking about the role and training of community researchers in research partnerships?

Then join the NCCPE and the Productive Margins: Regulating for Engagement research programme for this one-off round-table event.

Critical Conversations: Co-producing Research with Community Researchers
Date: Friday, September 22, 2017
Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm
Venue: University of Bristol, Bristol
Participants: Academics working with or training community researchers

For more information and to register for this event, please see the NCCPE website.

Posted on behalf of Suzanne Spicer, Social Responsibility Manager, The University of Manchester

Chemistry Week (19­-27 Nov 2016) funding call

The theme is ‘Changing Places’. RSC Grants of up to £750 will be available to support existing local and regional networks to develop and deliver events during Chemistry Week. Applicants are encouraged to interpret the theme in their own way. For example, networks may choose to deliver outreach events in new locations or venues, or to consider role reversal in their event format.

IIn previous years these nine days have played host to a variety of engaging and inspiring activities aimed at both school and public audiences. Ultimately this week is a celebration of the chemical sciences and an opportunity for our members to share their passion and demonstrate to people within their local communities how chemistry is relevant and present in everyday life.

More information is here: http://www.rsc.org/campaigning-outreach/outreach/everyone/chemistry-week/

The deadline for applications will be 29 July 2016. Applications must be submitted by 17.00 GMT.

Would you like to become a Dementia Friend?

To find out more, book your place on one of the monthly information sessions between December 2014 and July 2015

Dementia Friends is a national initiative run by Alzheimer’s Society and one of the University’s social responsibility flagship programmes.

Raising awareness of dementia is one very small step that we can all take to make a difference, regardless of whether we have any direct experience of dementia. Dementia Friends aims to improve people’s understanding of dementia and its effects. The Alzheimer’s Society is working with lots of volunteers and organisations, including the University, to achieve this goal. Because, together, we can create dementia friendly communities.

Since the initiative was launched nine months ago, over 30 members of staff at the University have undertaken training to become Dementia Friends Champions. These champions have committed to delivering Dementia Friends information sessions both in their local communities and across the University.

We have scheduled an information session each month from December until July 2015. Information sessions only last an hour and are designed to help people build a better understanding of dementia and understand what part they can play in creating a dementia-friendly society.

Booking: If you would like to become a Dementia Friend, then please book yourself a place on an information session at:

STDU Training Catalogue: Dementia Friends Information Session

Further information: For more information about the Dementia Friends programme, please visit: Social Responsibility

Exploring the Community Shares model and shaping a research agenda

Event to discuss impact of community enterprises – Manchester Business School is hosting a workshop on the impact of community enterprises and how to drive the agenda for how universities, practitioners and the development community can work together.

Community shares are becoming an increasingly popular means of raising capital investment, and enabling individual community members to invest in facilities and assets which are difficult to deliver in an accountable or attractive way on a large scale (e.g. community energy schemes) or unprofitable under private sector models (e.g. rural pubs and shops). Recent growth in the use of community shares has been accompanied by initiatives to shape and grow the market, such as accreditation and training for advisers, and the introduction of Social Investment Tax Relief.

Community ownership of assets and community-driven entrepreneurship more broadly are also gaining profile, and knowledge exchange and debate are needed to frame a broad range of local economic and community issues, potential solutions and delivery models, to assist practitioners, policy-makers and community groups.

The workshop – on Monday, 15 December, 11am – 4pm, in Room 10.05, 10th Floor, MBS Harold Hankins Building – will invite academics, practitioners and experts to start this process. It will include refreshments and lunch.

Agenda: Short presentations from researchers, social enterprises and practitioners will foster discussions and exchanges. The workshop creates an opportunity for attendees to drive the agenda for how universities, practitioners and the development community work together to support and understand the impact of community enterprises.

Topics and speakers

  • Community shares in the alternative finance sector (University of Cambridge);
  • The growing community shares market: sectors, locations and share offers (Community Shares Unit);
  • Investor behaviour: preliminary understandings from recent analysis (MBS);
  • Growing social enterprises: financial options and issues of scaling up (MBS);
  • The experience of raising community share capital (FC United)

Registration: To book your free place, please email Siobhan Drugan: siobhan.drugan@mbs.ac.uk