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Celebrating impact in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Last night, more than 200 researchers and collaborators gathered for an event celebrating knowledge exchange and impact activities from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The event, which took place in Summerhall, showcased a range of projects demonstrating the value of partnerships with external organisations. The University of …

Creative Informatics: Rising to the challenge

Large challenge led competitions are an increasing feature of the research funding landscape. This brings its own challenges in terms of the application process. Success requires a strong partnership between academic and professional services staff. In this blog, Anne Sofie Laegran explains the 2 years+ of intelligence gathering and 12 …

Show me the evidence!

In today’s blog, Shonagh McEwan from the knowledge exchange team shares highlights from a recent event on evidencing impact, organised as part of the Edinburgh College of Art’s (ECA) Research Successes Forum programme. Researchers often ask the knowledge exchange team for advice on how to demonstrate the impact they are …

Graduate Apprenticeships: Building skills for the the future

Anna Anderson, Research Support Adviser, explains apprenticeships and how to include a Graduate Apprentice in your research proposal. Last month, the University of Edinburgh announced that we will help deliver Scotland’s first Graduate Apprenticeship in Data Science alongside the University of St. Andrews and the global consulting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers. What …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Behind the scenes: The internal selection process

In this blog, Anna Votsi, Research Support Adviser, gives us an inside view of what goes on behind the scenes when we run an internal selection process before research applications are submitted to a funder. Since the beginning of the academic year 2017-18, there have been 9 calls in total …

UKRI appoints nine GCRF Challenge Leaders

In today’s blog we hear from Isobel Marr as she looks at the next phase of development for the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), with UKRI  appointing nine Challenge Leaders who will direct the GCRF portfolios in global health, food systems, conflict, resilience, education and sustainable cities. What are the the …

‘Clerks, Committees & Law-Making’ – Academics and the Scottish Parliament

In our latest blog, we hear from Laura Cockram in the Knowledge Exchange Team, who is just back from a six-month secondment to the Scottish Parliament, where she worked as part of the team of clerks who facilitate the Social Security Committee. Engaging with a Committee at the Scottish Parliament …

AHRC announces new Data Management Plan

Our latest blog finds Nisha Patel updating us on the AHRC’s plans to introduce a new Data Management Plan. This essential component of the AHRC Research Grant application will replace the old Technical Plan later this year. It’s official. Plans first mooted in 2017 have finally been announced. The AHRC …

Workspace – US Funding made easier!

In today’s blog, Jennifer Loukes, Research Support Advisor in the Research Support Office, talks about the new online portal “Workspace”. Over the last 5 years the University of Edinburgh has won nearly £15m in research funding from US Federal funders – including the NIH, DARPA, US Air force, US Army, …

ESRC Festival of Social Science

In today’s blog we get a little festive, as Shonagh McEwan, Knowledge Exchange and Communications Advisor for RSO CAHSS, shares some inspiring insights from taking social scientists into Leith’s Ocean Terminal shopping centre on a busy ‘Christmas Launch’ day! Dec 15, 2017

The Wellcome Trust Humanities and Social Science team visit Edinburgh University

In today’s blog we hear from Nicholas Duvall, Research Support Advisor (CAHSS), as he discusses the recent visit to the University of Edinburgh by the Humanities and Social Sciences team of the Wellcome Trust (one of the world’s largest funders of health research). The event was opened by the Vice …

Working with the AHRC Part 1: Technical Plan or Not

In today’s blog Nisha Patel introduces the first in a three part series that will take a deep dive into applying for AHRC funding. In this first blog she takes a look at the Technical Plan. It is an essential, and often misunderstood, component of the AHRC Research Grant. In this …

Getting to Grips with Evaluation: The NCCPE Engage Academy

In today’s blog, Laura Cockram from the Research Support Office’s Knowledge Exchange team takes us through her experience of the Engage Academy, run by the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) in Bristol. Oct 30, 2017

The RSO Events Page

As the start of the academic year is underway, the RSO and Knowledge Exchange teams have come together to offer a one-stop shop showcasing all their events across the academic year. Al Innes, Research Development Officer for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences within the Research Support Office, takes us through …

REF2021 – What Can We Expect?

When Nicholas Stern’s review of the Research Excellence Framework dropped last July, many wondered if REF2021 might herald the beginning of the end for the often burdensome exercise, and pave the way for a sleeker, more intuitive REF in 2021. In today’s blog Pauline Jones asks whether the new assessment …

AHRC Peer Review College: Thoughts and Reflections

In today’s blog we hear from Professor Genevieve Warwick, Strategic Lead of AHRC at the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, about recent activity to develop a campaign of excellence for the College. On behalf of the Research Office and the AHRC Developing Research Excellence campaign, I was delighted to recently …

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