Academic Health Network – Project call for the Improving Health & Standards Work Programme

health wealthThe Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) are inviting project submissions under the following Work Programme:

Innovation, Industry and Wealth Creation Improving Health and Standards Knowledge and Information Patient and Public Involvement (PPI)

The remit of the AHSN NENC is to work with the Trusts, Universities and Clinical Commissioning Groups, who are our member organisations, to improve the health and wealth of the region.

The objectives of this project call are to:

  • Identify and fund projects that deliver health outcome improvements and wealth creation opportunities in the region through partnership working
  • Support the adoption and dissemination of best practice and proven innovations at pace and at scale throughout the NHS
  • Provide support for projects that have the potential to generate wealth creation and a clear return on investment

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Friday 17th January 2014.

For further details see the North East and Cumbria Academic Health Network website.


2nd Birthday soon- community opinions on future development of the blog


With the 2nd Birthday of the Northumbria University Research Blog approaching we think it is an ideal time to take stock and engage with our community on how we can make the blog even better.

We would really appreciate our users (even if you are here for the first time) taking just a few minutes to fill out our user survey. Go on, there are only 7 questions…!

Click here to take survey

Your responses will help us to get the blog working for our users, and we really value your feedback!

Also stay tuned for some exciting announcements revolving around our 2nd Birthday…!



Now On Twitter

The Twitter bird by eldh CC BY 2.0I’ve recently created a Twitter account which I’ll be using to discover and share news and opportunities relevant to researchers at Northumbria.

I’ll still be blogging regularly with in-depth posts here on the Northumbria Research Support blog, but Twitter allows me to share information more quickly, as well as to engage with researchers, funders and others who work in research management and administration across the UK and beyond.

I’ve embedded my Twitter feed in the right-hand sidebar on the blog, and also below in this post so you can have a quick look at what’s been catching my attention lately right here on the blog:

Follow @davidyoungres on Twitter and say hello!


Blog reaches 100 post milestone!

Last week the Northumbria Research Support Blog hit a milestone of 100 posts!

Now that we’ve been running for 6 months, it’s a good time to take stock of where we are and look ahead to some new things that you’ll see over the next few months on the blog.

Where we are now:

Looking at the statistics of visitors on Google Analytics, we can see that we’re had a healthy 892 visits in the month of May, up from 476 in April. That’s an 87% increase in visits in just one month! Unique visitors increased by an even higher percentage, from 280 in April to 627 in May (a 124% increase).


There were 4.12 pages viewed on average per visit, giving a total of 3,675 pageviews for May.

In terms of how our visitors got here, there has been a huge jump in numbers being directed from our email alerts (from 22 to 83, up 277%) and the research pages on the Northumbria university website (from 49 to 103, up 110%). These are not huge numbers relatively speaking, but for a blog still in its infancy they are fairly respectable.

The majority of our visitors still come from Northumbria University (around 32% of total visits), as you’d expect, though visitors from elsewhere are increasing, with the Universities of Glasgow, Kings College London, Oxford, Newcastle and Bristol all represented in the top 20 visitor locations.

Still to come:

So what’s in store over the next six months of the research support blog?

  • PVC (Research and Innovation) Prof. Peter Golding will be writing a post every two months highlighting key research successes, including bids won and outputs published.
  • Guest posts from academic staff on a range of research topics.
  • Case studies and success stories from Northumbria.
  • Targeted funding opportunities for each School.
  • A “Focus on…” series featuring comment and analysis on specific funders, calls and themes.
  • Graduate School and Business Development team involvement on postgraduate opportunities and KTPs.

Tell us what you think:

We’d love to hear your thoughts about the blog: What works and what doesn’t? What could we do better? How do you use the blog? What would you like to see more of? Please get in touch with us in the usual way.


Welcome To Our Blog’s New Home!

Thanks to the helpful folk in the Northumbria University LTech department, we’ve recently moved our blog from it’s old home on to

Although you probably won’t notice any major differences in the way the blog looks (at least not yet!), this move to a hosted WordPress installation will allow us more flexibility and hopefully we’ll be improving the experience for you as a user of the blog.

Remember to update your bookmarks and re-subscribe to the feed. As always, please feel free to leave a comment or get in touch with us if you want to contribute or have an idea on how we could make the blog better.


Welcome to the Northumbria Research Support Blog

Welcome to the new blog from the Research Support team at Northumbria University. We are part of the Research & Business Services department and we provide research funding support, advice, and guidance across the University.

On this blog, we’ll be writing about research funding news, opportunities, events, hints, tips, and policy analysis. Our aim is to help you stay on top of the research funding game and to provide you with the information you need to prepare and submit high quality applications. You can stay up to date by subscribing to the RSS feed via feed reader or email.

There’s not much to see here at the moment, but this will become one of the main routes of communication and dissemination for the Research Support team in RBS and we’ll be updating regularly. In the meantime, why not have a look at our bookmarks on Delicious or some of the other useful blogs and sites linked in the sidebar on the right hand side?

We’d love to know what you think about the blog and the support offered by Research & Business Services more generally. Please drop us a line or pop in for a chat – our details are on the Contact page.