[University home]

Public Engagement at Manchester

Funding opportunity – Being Human festival 2017

I am delighted to announce that Being Human, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, will be returning for a fourth year between 17-25 November 2017.

Many of you will know already that Being Human is run by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. It provides as a national platform to share research in the humanities in fun and engaging ways with non-academic audiences. Our festival theme this year is ‘Lost and Found’.

As always, we are offering a number of grants to support public engagement activities across the UK. You can apply for a ‘Small Award’, a ‘Hub Award’, or apply to take part with an event that does not require funding from the festival. Please take a look at our full call for applications for details: www.beinghumanfestival.org/apply.

Last year’s programme was an incredible display of humanities fun (also featuring lots of events in collaboration with scientists, artists, social scientists). You can take a look at the programme here. There are also now a number of case-studies on the website which should be useful if you are thinking of applying.

Need further inspiration? Take a look through our gallery from 2016 events here: https://beinghumanfestival.org/image-gallery/

The deadline for funded applications is 5pm 10 April.

Posted on behalf of Dr Michael Eades, Curator – Being Human festival of the humanities

Manchester ESRC Festival of Social Science 5-12 November 2016

A reminder that the Manchester ESRC Festival of Social Science will be running this weekend (5-12 November) in partnership with the Universities of Salford and Manchester Metropolitan.

Events will feature research from across the Faculty of Humanities. http://www.esrcmanchesterfest.ac.uk/

With free to attend events that are suitable for all ages and interests, we hope that you’ll get involved. If you’d like to help spread the word:

  • Twitter hashtags are #McrESRCFest and #ESRCFestival
  • Create Twitter posts that tag @OfficialUoM @UoMEngage @UoMPolicy or@ESRC

Posted on behalf of Lynda McIntosh, MCIPR, Research Communications and Marketing Manager
Faculty of Humanities, The University of Manchester

Making sense of society – writing competition

ESRC writing competition 2016-17 in partnership with SAGE Publishing

We want to hear from you about your research and reward outstanding written communication.

Are you an ESRC-funded student, or have you been in the past four years? Are you keen to communicate your research to a wider audience? Then the ESRC writing competition, in partnership with SAGE Publishing, is for you.

The ESRC writing competition aims to encourage and reward outstanding written communication.

What’s the prize?
The winner will receive £1,000 cash prize.

Two runners-up will receive £500 cash prize each

All shortlisted entrants, including the winner and runners-up, will receive a SAGE master class on ‘how to get published’ and their articles will be published in print and online. They will also be invited to the awards ceremony which will take place in the Wolfson Library at the Royal Society, central London on 21 March 2017.

This year’s competition is now open and the closing date for entries is 30 November 2016.

Find out more at: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/skills-and-careers/writing-competition/

You can follow news about the competition on Twitter using #esrcwriting.

ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize 2016

In 2015 we celebrated 50 years of supporting excellent social science. The 2016 Impact Prize builds upon this milestone by championing the continued and future contributions of our researchers though promoting the outstanding economic and social impacts achieved by ESRC-funded researchers.

The prize, now in its fourth year, is an annual opportunity to recognise and reward ESRC-funded researchers. It celebrates outstanding ESRC research and success in interdisciplinary, collaborative working, partnerships, engagement and knowledge exchange activities that have led to significant impact.

Applications for the 2016 Celebrating Impact Prize close at 15.00 on 29 January 2016.

There are 6 prize categories:

  • Outstanding Impact in Business – recognises outstanding research which has brought about impact with business.
  • Outstanding Impact in Public Policy – recognises research that has contributed to the development of UK public policy, at the local, regional or national government level.
  • Outstanding Impact in Society – recognise research that has made a contribution benefiting a specific group of the public or society more widely.
  • Outstanding International Impact – recognises research that has achieved impact at an international level in business, policy or societal issues.
  • Outstanding Early Career Impact – recognises student researchers who have achieved or demonstrate potential in achieving outstanding impacts in any of the above categories.
  • Impact Champion – recognises an individual who has a significant personal track record in supporting and enabling others to achieve impact.

Find out more here – http://www.esrc.ac.uk/research/celebrating-impact-prize/

2014 ESRC Festival of Social Science – call for applications & funding

Call for applications to hold events as part of the 2014 ESRC Festival of Social Science is now open. This year the Festival will run from 1-8 November, 2014 across the UK.

You are able to apply for up to £2,000 sponsorship from the ESRC to hold an event, or apply to hold an event without sponsorship. The application deadlines are:

  • Sponsorship applications – 16.00 on Friday 9 May
  • Non-sponsored applications – 16.00 on Friday 16 May

We welcome applications for events which target a non-academic audience including young people, third sector, the public, business or government. Organisations external to the ESRC are very welcome to apply for support and to participate in the Festival.

Full details of the call, including applicant guidelines, online application forms and event organiser terms and conditions are available on the Festival website – www.esrcfestival.ac.uk

Please note – applicants from Universities of Aberdeen, Bristol and Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University or Queen’s University Belfast should apply to hold events via your university. Details of how to apply can also be found on the Festival website.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact: esrcfestival@esrc.ac.uk

ESRC 2014 Celebrating Impact Prize – nominations now open

The ESRC 2014 Celebrating Impact Prize is an opportunity to celebrate and recognise outstanding social and economic impacts achieved by ESRC-funded researchers, and applications are welcome from any current or previously ESRC-funded projects, including those funded before 2008.

There are six categories for the prize. Winners in each category will receive £10,000 to spend, at their discretion, towards furthering knowledge exchange, public engagement or other communications activities to promote the impact of their research. Runners-up in each category will receive £5,000.

The categories are:

Outstanding Impact in Business – research which has generated business impact through successful knowledge exchange and engagement

Outstanding Impact in Public Policy – research that has contributed to the development of UK public policy, at the local, regional or national government level

Outstanding Impact in Society – research that has made a contribution benefitting society more widely or a specific group of the public

Outstanding International Impact – research that has achieved impact at an international level in business, policy or societal issues

Outstanding Early Career Impact – student researchers who have achieved or show potential in achieving outstanding impacts in any of the above categories

Impact Champion of the Year – a nominated individual who has a significant personal track record in knowledge exchange and supporting and enabling impact.

More information about the prize, including application forms and videos from last year’s winners, are available online here.

Applications close at 16.00 on 22 November 2013.

If you have any questions regarding the prize, get in touch with impact@esrc.ac.uk

Posted on behalf of Aaron Boardley, Communications Officer, Economic and Social Research Council