The UK’s industrial strategy and engagement in EU research and innovation programmes

In today’s blog, Alan Kennedy, pulls out some key points from the Prime Minister’s speech on the UK’s industrial strategy and our future involvement in EU research and innovation programmes. Last week, the Prime Minister gave a speech at Jodrell Bank entitled “Science and Modern Industrial Strategy”. In it she …

Meet the team: Jonathan Rans

Today, we speak to Jonathan Rans, Strategic Research Executive, about helping others create change, live music and the perfect Sunday. What do you love about working at the University? I love having varied and interesting jobs and the University certainly has provided that in the 12 years that I’ve worked …

Fast tracking your impact

Shonagh McEwan shares her reflections on the recent Fast Track Impact training with Professor Mark Reed, an inspiring training session based on the principle that ‘impact is the good that researchers can do in the world’. With over 20 researchers in the room from a range of disciplines, Mark began …

Giving diligence its due: Managing risk at the outset for international research collaborations

In this post, Nicholas Duvall, Research Development Officer, Science and Engineering, explains the due diligence process for research proposals with an international component, and how the Research Support Office helps with this. ‘Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness, its opposite, never led to good intention’s goal.’ Miguel …

Reflections on Europe Day and a view to the future – Towards Horizon Europe

We hear from Alan Kennedy in our latest blog, as he takes us on a deep dive into the world of Horizon Europe. If it was not already obvious, and as you will have seen from Professor Charlie Jeffery’s email last Wednesday that we are, undoubtedly, a European University. The …

Local Government services: Making the links between research and delivery

Guest blogger, Kim Fellows from the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) Scotland, and Dr. Shonagh McEwan, Knowledge Exchange Adviser, explore the potential for collaboration between researchers and local government. The Knowledge Exchange Team recently hosted an event bringing together researchers interested in engaging with local government and the Local Government …

Wellcome Trust: New policy to promote ‘positive research cultures’ aimed at tackling bullying

In 2017 the Wellcome Trust received more than 4,000 applications and funded 939 awards for a total well over £1 billion. Wellcome’s involvement doesn’t stop when the funding starts though, and they have unveiled a new set of regulations looking to tackle bullying and harassment. Wellcome’s new policy outlines what information we need to …

Horizon Europe outlined as EC seeks to ‘capitalise on strong brand’

On the blog today, Al Innes, gives us the skinny on the newly announced Research and Technology framework from the European Commission. Gathered to discuss the EU budget, European officials unveiled plans last night for the next wave of European research funding. Long-mooted as FP9, the new phase of research and technology funding …

Forging new futures in dementia research

In today’s blog today, Al Innes discusses the recent ECRED ‘Forging New Futures in Dementia’ Conference, and looks at some of the challenges facing Early Career Researchers in this arena. For those undertaking a social science PhD (or professional doctorate), navigating the post-doc research landscape and finding a job can be a fairly daunting prospect. For those …

In my opinion

In our latest blog, Shonagh McEwan, Knowledge Exchange Adviser, shares key tips from the recent Opinion Editorial (OpEd) writing workshop for academics. Researchers are often asked, even expected, to write for non-expert audiences. At this workshop, participants learned how to write short pieces of commentary for the media. Develop your pitch Edd …