ESRC Seminar on Making an Impact – Oxford, 24th May

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Researchers keen to maximise the impact of their research, especially during the last 18 or so months of the REF period, may be interested in the following.

The ESRC-funded methods@manchester seminar series on the  Impact Agenda is holding its sixth seminar, on Making an Impact, on Thursday May 24th at St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford.

The series adopts an interdisciplinary perspective to examine and clarify the concept of ‘impact’ in the context of academic research in the humanities and social science. The aim is to identify the processes that influence impact and explore mechanisms that maximise it.

Morning: Academics who have made an impact will describe this impact, explain how it came about, and draw out any general lessons about how to create impact.

Speakers include Andrew Dilnot, University of Oxford, Pete Alcock, Professor of Social Policy and Director of the ESRC-OST-Barrow Cadbury Trust Third Sector Research Centre, and Pete Edwards, Technical Director, RCUK dot.rural Digital Economy Hub and Director, PolicyGrid Digital Social Research Node, University of Aberdeen.

Afternoon: Pimp My Research – a workshop for junior researchers/PhD students

Learn how to produce an impact plan and see demonstrations of tools and techniques designed to improve your own personal research impact.

Lead: Peter Halfpenny, Sociology, Manchester and Celia Russell, Mimas, Manchester

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Book now for ESRC Bid Writing Workshop

If you’re a member of staff at Northumbria and thinking about bidding for a grant from the ESRC in the future, this is the workshop for you. Gwyneth Doherty-Sneddon (Associate Dean for Research in Life Sciences) will explore the specific requirements of the ESRC and focus on how to make bids more likely to be successful.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, 15 February (12.00-2.00pm).

To book your place, email angela.cheetham@northumbria.ac.uk

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AHRC Launches Expanded International Placement Scheme

Are you an AHRC-funded postgraduate or early-career researcher? Now you have an opportunity to apply for a short-term fellowship at one of four internationally-renowned research libraries and institutes.

The AHRC has just launched an expanded scheme which offers 3-6 month placements at one of four destinations in 2012/13:

This provides an excellent opportunity not only to take advantage of the world-class research facilities on offer, but also to expand your academic network overseas.

Here are more details on the awards and eligibility from the AHRC:

The scheme is open to UK postgraduate students and early career researchers funded by the AHRC and successful applicants receive an award from the AHRC to contribute towards their flight costs and a monthly allowance in additional to their normal stipend/salary paid as part of their AHRC funding.

Applicants can apply to spend from three to six months at the overseas institution with dedicated access to their world-class research facilities, expertise and networking opportunities.

For the purposes of this scheme, “early career” means you need to be within 8 years of the award of your PhD, or within 6 years of your first academic appointment. And note that ESRC award holders are also eligible to apply to the Library of Congress placement scheme, but not to the other destinations. Further information is available in the detailed call guidance notes available at the links above.

As we reported last month, this is part of the AHRC’s wider international strategy. The focus on early stage researchers is significant as the AHRC believe international links made at this stage of an academic career usually last longer and are more productive in terms of stimulating future research collaborations and impact.

The deadline for applications for the International Placement Scheme is 15th March, 2012. Please contact us for advice and support with your application.

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Final Reminder: NERC Peer Review College Call!

NERC has today issued a final reminder for those who want to nominate themselves to be part of their Peer Review College:

We have reduced and equalised the number of review requests per member in order to make involvement in NERC peer review activities more manageable and to allow NERC to widen the expertise-base of the College by increasing the number of members from 450 to 600.

We are looking for members with all types of environmental sciences expertise, including those from the public and private sector user communities. Those selected will play a vital role in determining the research that NERC funds and in maintaining its quality.

Those interested have until 27th January to respond by completing the nomination form, available on the NERC website. Note that if you’re nominating yourself you’ll need a senior colleague to support your application.

There has been a spate of calls for peer review membership among the research councils recently, with AHRC adding to its burgeoning 1,300-member College at the end of 2011 and the ESRC’s call still open. The benefits of membership include opportunities to network and to gain an insight into the peer review process, as well as improving your own proposal writing skills.

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ESRC Now Recruiting

The Economic and Social Research Council is now recruiting for membership of both its Grant Assessment Panels and Committees.

Grant Assessment Panels meet approximately three times per year to consider grant applications to the ESRC and give funding recommendations. Being part of a panel is an excellent opportunity to work with other experienced academics as well as those in the private, public and third sector and to shape the ESRC’s funding portfolio. Members also have the chance to read a range of project proposals, which is a great way to learn and share best practice with colleagues.

The current call for membership is focusing specifically on the following areas:

  • Sociology (particularly the sociology of health)
  • Socio-legal studies
  • Science and technology studies
  • Management and business studies (including accounting and finance)
  • Economics (particularly micro economics)

Further information, including a vacancy specification, is available on the ESRC website. To apply you need to complete a short application form and attach a two-page CV, to be sent to gavin.salisbury@esrc.ac.uk no later than 5pm on 1st February 2012.

ESRC are also recruiting members for their Committees. The committees lead on ESRC’s corporate strategy and oversee the development of research, evaluation, methods and infrastructure, and training investments.

Vacancies are available in all three of the ESRC’s policy committees – Methods and Infrastructure, Research and Training and Skills – as well as their Audit and Evaluation Committees. In terms of time commitment, the ESRC suggests you should be willing to spend a minimum of 10 days per year in addition to attendance at committee meetings. Further details on the vacancies and eligibility are available in the vacancy specification on the ESRC website.

If you’re interested in applying you should complete a short application form, two-page CV and attach a supporting statement from a suitable referee, to be sent to angela.newton@esrc.ac.uk by 5pm on 1st February 2012.

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