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Public Engagement at Manchester

NERC Impact Development Programme (applications now open until 9 March)

If you would like to increase the impact of your environmental science research, and want to improve your skills in using public engagement to achieve this, then the NERC Impact Development Programme is for you! We will cover the breadth of issues you might encounter, from choosing the best type of public engagement for your specific research; to working through practical issues; to considering how to evaluate your public engagement to find out if it was worth it.

The programme

The Impact Development Programme is a dynamic nine-month professional development opportunity for 40 environmental science researchers to work with the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) to develop their skills in delivering high quality engagement with impact.

The programme includes:

Two online events (31st March and 24th June 2021)

These engaging and specifically tailored events will provide the chance to:

  • Receive expert input on engagement and impact from public engagement experts
  • Participate in interactive group discussions to improve your work and share your feedback with others
  • Hear from other researchers about their engagement and impact work
  • Dedicate time to developing your research and engagement projects, including evaluation plans

The online workshops will be accessible and recorded with regular scheduled screen breaks.

Building connections and expanding support networks is key to navigating the engagement world. The Impact Development Programme will facilitate formal and informal discussions with peers and mentors to help you along the way.

Peer learning
Through small learning groups. The NCCPE work with a pool of experienced mentors from the engagement sector, each learning group will be allocated a mentor to support you in developing your engagement skills.

Is this programme for me?

Applications will be accepted from researchers who are working in NERC remit, based within eligible UKRI eligible research organisations. This includes current and past grant holders, and potential future grant holders, those working across disciplines but linked to environmental science and those who work on NERC funded projects but may not be named on the grant.

Proposals from applicants with diverse backgrounds and experience are encouraged, and there are no limits on amount of postdoctoral experience.
Priority will be given to researchers who can demonstrate that they do not have access to free engagement and impact support and/or networks of those involved in environmental science engagement within their institution or project.

Support to enable researchers to take part

NERC are offering small grants to individuals from UKRI eligible research organisations, who take part in the Impact Development Programme:

  • Small grants will be available to cover time spent participating in the programme, when this is not part of normal work duties, as set out by your employer organisation or company. Grants do not cover time spent planning and development of engagement activity, which is considered part of your responsibilities as a researcher.
  • NERC will also cover reasonable costs where relevant, according to the UKRI Travel and Subsistence policy.

Find out more

Click to find out about the Impact Development Programme.

How to apply

The Impact Development Programme cohort will be selected by NERC, following an application process. Please follow the link to complete your application.



NCCPE contact – stephanie.todd@uwe.ac.uk
NERC contact – hannah.king@nerc.ukri.org

AHRC launches new event series for the arts and humanities research community

From November 2019 to February 2020, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) will be touring the UK with a series of free one day events packed with panel sessions, speakers and networking opportunities.

Register here.

The events will help researchers, research offices, communications, policy and public engagement professionals get a deeper insight into our newly launched Delivery Plan and meet the team from AHRC.

Attendees will also have the chance to hear top tips from industry experts on how to engage key audiences with ground-breaking research and explore how our community can work together to champion the arts and humanities, tackle contemporary issues and generate impact.

The ‘Meet the Arts and Humanities Research Council’ events will run approximately from 10am – 5pm, with an additional evening reception for those who would like to attend. Events will take place at the following locations:

Cardiff University – 6 November 2019
University of Strathclyde – 10 December 2019
The University of Manchester – 9 January 2020

There will also be an event in London in spring 2020. Full details will be released and registration for this event will open shortly.

A full agenda for the day will be released approximately one month before each event.

Find out more here.

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.

National Research Impact (REF) conference: Delivering Excellence

Research Impact (REF): Delivering Excellence – Tuesday 5 July 2016, Manchester Conference Centre

We are delighted with the fantastic response we have had for our Research Impact (REF): Delivering Excellence 2016 conference. Tickets are selling quickly so we encourage interested individuals to Register Today in order to secure your place(s).

Academics admit feeling pressure to embellish possible impact of research!

Why is this REF 2016 event taking place?

Following the 2014 REF the government have commissioned a UK-wide review of university research funding to cut red tape for a simpler, lighter-touch, system for the REF so that universities can focus more on delivering the world-leading research

Lord Stern is leading the review drawing on evidence from the evaluation of the previous REF exercise and will be considering other models and future iterations of research performance and evaluation.

So what will the future of research funding and evaluation look like and how can institutions continue to deliver excellence? Are other models of research evaluation likely to emerge?

  • View Programme here:
  • View Overview here:
  • Register here:

Sample list of organisations attending REF 2016 so far!

  • The University Of Manchester
  • Birkbeck, University of London
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Salford
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • St George’s University of London
  • Bournemouth University
  • University of Warwick
  • NHS England
  • Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Aaron Porter, Director of External Affairs, National Centre for Universities & Business (NCUB) – Welcome and introduction
  • Dr Simon Kerridge, Chair, Association of Research Managers and Administrators; Director of Research Services, University of Kent – The changing landscape for research funding
  • Dr Vicky Jones, REF Deputy Manager at HEFCE – The Metric Tide
  • Dr Christine Nightingale, Member of the REF Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel; Head of Equality and Diversity, De Montfort University – Writing REF bids and submissions: Improving quality and diversity’
  • Professor Roger Falconer, School of Engineering, Cardiff University; Member Panel B
  • Dr Catriona Manville, Senior Adviser, RAND Europe – High Performing Research Units
  • Peter Burnhill, Director EDINA, Information Services, University of Edinburgh
  • Katy McKen, Head of Research Information & Intelligence, University of Bath; Member of REF Panel C
  • Professor Mark Reed, Professor of Socio-Technical Innovation, Newcastle University
  • Sarah Parks, Analyst, RAND Europe

Who is the event for?

This international conference aims to help Higher Education Institutions and researchers effectively measure and evidence impact, offering practical guidance to deliver excellence.

What is different about this event?

Active Learning with breakout sessions offering practical guidance to help you improve your research excellence and to demonstrate excellence in REF submissions and interdisciplinary research

Learn about the future direction for research funding and assessment as the government reviews of governance, structure and evaluation develop.

Explore REF case studies and examples to help universities effectively measure and evidence impact, offering practical guidance on delivering high quality submissions across disciplines, institutions and projects.

Feedback from REF 2015

99% of feedback from our previous conference which took place last year graded the speakers as good or excellent. We had representation from 75% Russell Group Universities and 85% of attendees represented the top 50 Universities in the UK.

This year’s Research Impact (REF): Delivering Excellence 2016 conference promises to be even bigger and better and we have delighted with the overwhelming response we have had so far with representation from across the UK and Europe.

If you would like to know more about this event, please click here for more details and to register your place

If this one is not for you on the 14 July 2016 once again in Manchester is our National Teaching Excellence Framework conference. Details of this event can be found here

If you need any assistance or would like to discuss in detail please do not hesitate to contact me on my details below.

Jonathan Smith

Senior Marketing Executive
Open Forum Events
0161 376 9007

British Science Association Media Fellowship Scheme – closes 18 March 2016

Applications are now open for the British Science Association’s Media Fellowship scheme.

To apply for 2016’s placements, please fill out the online application form by the 18 March at http://www.britishscienceassociation.org/media-fellows-applications

The Media Fellowships provide a unique opportunity for practising scientists, clinicians and engineers to spend two to six weeks working at the heart of a media outlet such as the Guardian, BBC Breakfast or the Londonist.

Every year up to ten Media Fellows are mentored by professional journalists and learn how the media operates and reports on science, how to communicate with the media and to engage the wider public with science through the media.

After their media placement Fellows attend the British Science Festival in September, which provides an opportunity to gain valuable experience working alongside a range of media organisations from all over the UK in our dedicated Press Centre. The Festival also offers opportunities to learn from a wide range of public engagement activities and network with academics, journalists and science communicators.

Any queries, please email: mediafellows@britishscienceassociation.org

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/

Research Impact & Public Engagement for Career Success – 22 July 2015

jobs.ac.uk is holding a free online video event today – 22 July 2015, 13:00 to 14:00 (BST), called ‘Research Impact & Public Engagement for Career Success’.

This event is open to anyone and is completely free of charge. Our expert panel includes Steven Hill, Head of the Research Policy at HEFCE and Sierra Williams, Managing Editor of the LSE Impact Blog.

Research impact embraces all the diverse ways that excellent research benefits society, the economy and nations. But how can you ensure you are delivering world-class, innovative impact for the REF 2020?

Public Engagement isn’t something new that researchers need to start doing. There is a huge amount of engagement activity already happening but even more than ever funders and policy makers expect it.

Research impact and public engagement should be core parts of every skilled PhD, academic and researcher’s portfolio to help improve communication skills, influencing techniques and attract funding and career opportunities. To help you with developing your portfolio, jobs.ac.uk is holding a FREE 60-minute live video event via a #jobsQ Google+ Hangout called ‘Research Impact & Public Engagement for Career Success.’

More details are at: http://bit.ly/Research-impact-hangout-1

If you have any questions please email: alison@jobs.ac.uk