Researchers’ Weekly Bulletin: the Blog

News for researchers at the Manchester Metropolitan University

Calling all scientists! – EPSRC Science Photo Competition 2016

October 21st, 2016

“On Monday 26 September 2016, EPSRC [Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council] [launched] its fourth Science Photo Competition. The competition is open to all EPSRC-supported researchers and EPSRC-supported doctoral students and this is your chance to share your research through pictures and win top prizes.”

The submission deadline is 00.01 (GMT) on Friday 16 December 2016.

For more information and details of how to enter, go to the competition website:

[Source EPSRC news as above]

Europeana fashion challenge 2016

October 21st, 2016

“Calling all developers, designers, makers, artists, educators and cultural heritage digital thinkers! We’re offering a share of €20.000 for the best idea(s) of how to creatively re-use Europeana and Europeana Fashion’s openly licensed fashion content in a digital product, service or business. Winner(s) will also benefit from promotion and additional non-financial business development support to help realize their ideas. We are pleased to be working in collaboration with Europeana Fashion, their network and providers to promote the reuse of Europeana’s content within the wider fashion and fashion heritage community.”


  • Online application period: 19 September – 31 October (23.59 CET)
  • Panel assessment period: 1 November 2016 – 23 November 2016
  • Notifications for unsuccessful applicants and invitations to Skype interview for shortlisted candidates: by 25 November 2016
  • Skype interviews and communication of interview outcome: 28 November – 9 December 2016
  • Winner(s) announced on Europeana Labs: by 19 December 2016
  • Deadline to deliver the winning product/service: 30 June 2017”


For further information, including eligibility and details of how to apply, go to:

[Source Heritage Portal: ]

Understanding the interdisciplinary research environment

October 21st, 2016

“HEFCE and Research Councils UK have published a review of the interdisciplinary research landscape in the UK, supported by a report examining 10 institutional case studies in English universities.”

“The studies complement work recently published by the British Academy, the Global Research Council and HEFCE with the Medical Research Council.”

“The reports will form part of the discussion at the conference: ‘Interdisciplinarity: Policy and Practice’ on Thursday 8 December 2016, co-hosted by HEFCE, the British Academy and Research Councils UK.”

“The reports provide an overview of the current interdisciplinary research landscape in the UK, drawing on a survey of over 2,000 participants, workshops, interviews and case studies.”

“The findings reflect researcher, strategic leader and funder perspectives, highlighting interdisciplinary research (IDR) as a crucial part of the UK research landscape.”

“A desire to achieve broader impact, the challenges associated with peer review and evaluation, the importance of institutional support and the value of flexible funds featured as common themes.”

“The case studies identified good practice in a range of institutions seeking to grow, sustain and embed interdisciplinary practice in their research cultures.”

To read the reports go to:,110229,en.html

[Source HEFCE news:,110324,en.html ]

Dreaming the future: five hundred years of utopia

October 21st, 2016

“A unique and thought-provoking presentation of Thomas More’s Utopia opens this autumn with an exhibition and programme of free events in Senate House Library, University of London.”

“Featuring the Library’s rich and global collections, the exhibition is entitled ‘Utopia and Dystopia: dreaming the future’. It celebrates the 500th anniversary of the publication and also its enduring influence in politics, social and economic reform, literature and popular culture.”

“Based primarily on the fourth floor of Senate House, ‘Utopia and Dystopia’ (3 October–17 December). will explore how humankind has dreamed and experimented with the concept of the perfect society. Thomas More’s work was hugely influential in Western philosophical and political thought.”

“It coined a new word in the English language: Utopia (a nowhere land of perfection), and challenged the foundations of early modern English society. Published in 1516, it advocated an imaginary republic in which all social conflict and distress had been overcome.”

[Source School of Advanced Study, University of London, news: ]

Mapping the biomedical research funding landscape

October 21st, 2016

“The MRC [Medical Research Council] has come together with seven other research funders to create an interactive ‘map’ of the funding schemes available to biomedical researchers.”

“The first of its kind focused on medical research, the ‘funding view’ takes the form of an interactive map, giving the user an easy way to navigate the UK biomedical research funding landscape.”

“It brings biomedical research funding opportunities together in one place, including funding schemes from the Alzheimer’s Research UK, Alzheimer’s Society, the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, the NC3Rs, the National Institute for Health Research and Wellcome.”

“The aim of the resource is to help members of the research community view and compare different funding schemes across career stages. It provides an outline and related links for each type of award, including the required level of experience, level of funding and duration.”

“We developed the ‘funding view’ based on feedback received via the ‘feedback function’ of our successful Interactive Career Framework, which we continue to update with new case studies. We also welcome feedback from the research community on this new resource.”

[Source MRC news: ]

Holiday pictures help preserve the memory of world heritage sites

October 21st, 2016

“Archaeologists from the UK are calling on members of the public to help them preserve the legacy of some of the world’s most important monuments and historic sites, including those most at risk in Syria and Libya.”

“Researchers from the Universities of Bradford, St Andrews, Birmingham and University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC), have joined forces with regional specialists to build a comprehensive online resource to digitally reconstruct archaeological sites that have been destroyed or are under threat as a consequence of recent conflict, cultural vandalism, neglect and natural disaster.”

“Named Curious Travellers, the project seeks real life curious travellers from around the world to share their images and videos of at risk or damaged ancient sites and monuments to help build the resource. The project will initially highlight threatened or damaged sites in North Africa, including Cyrene in Libya, as well as those in Syria and the Middle East but is open to threatened historic sites around the world. The public are invited to upload material to the project website” –

“The researchers will combine publicly donated content with other freely available resources drawn from travel blogs, the wider web and social media to recreate 3D models of monuments and ancient sites. All reconstructed content is placed in context using relevant site and landscape data.”

[Source Arts and Humanities Research Council news: ]

Coming to a High Street near you… [plans to create the UK’s first ever National Museum of Languages]

October 21st, 2016

“One of four major Arts and Humanities Research Council projects, Multilingualism – Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies (MEITS)”, has unveiled plans to create the UK’s first ever National Museum of Languages. The new pop-up Museum of Languages will initially appear in shops on the High Street in Belfast, Edinburgh, Cambridge and Nottingham and then online.”

“Under the Open World Research Initiative (OWRI), the AHRC is investing in four major research programmes (over the next four-years), that aim to explore the central role languages play in relation to key contemporary issues such as social cohesion, migration, security, health, business and diplomacy; and have a substantial impact on the study of modern languages in the UK. The projects will work with over 100 partners, ranging from schools and sixth form colleges to the BBC and government departments, in the UK and internationally. The research will be undertaken across 22 languages and 18 academic disciplines.”

To find out more about MEITS to to:

[Source AHRC news: ]

New Forum for Responsible Research Metrics launched

October 21st, 2016

“A group of research funders, sector bodies and infrastructure experts are working in partnership to promote the responsible use of research metrics.”

“The 2015 independent report ‘The Metric Tide’ highlighted growing pressure on higher education institutions, researchers, funders and policymakers to use metrics in managing and assessing research. Metrics form part of an evolving and increasingly digital research environment, where data and analysis are playing an ever greater role.  However the current description, production and use of these metrics are at best experimental and open to misunderstanding, and can lead to negative effects and behaviours as well as positive ones.”

“A new Forum for Responsible Metrics is being set up as a partnership between HEFCE, Research Councils UK, Wellcome, Universities UK and Jisc to advance the agenda set out in ‘The Metric Tide’.”

“The forum will develop a programme of activities to support the responsible use of research metrics in higher education institutions and across the research community in the UK. This will include advice on, and work to improve, the data infrastructure that underpins metric use. In this way, the whole research community can benefit from the more judicious use of metrics.”

[Source Hefce news:,109662,en.html ]


Museum of Modern Art exhibitions now available online

October 21st, 2016

“The Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition history—from our founding in 1929 to the present—is available online. It includes exhibition catalogues, primary documents, installation views, and an index of participating artists.”

“The Museum of Modern Art opened in November 1929 with its first exhibition, Cézanne, Gauguin, Seurat, Van Gogh. Since that time the Museum has presented more than 3,500 exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, architecture and design, photography, film, performance, and new media.”

“We’ll be highlighting one exhibition a week for 52 weeks.”

“The exhibition history can be searched freely, or browsed in a more structured way by exhibition type or time period. Each exhibition page includes a list of participating artists, when available. Artist pages likewise list all of the exhibitions known to have included that artist, along with any of their works in MoMA’s collection online. Exhibition pages may also include installation views, an annotated checklist of included works, press releases, and the full exhibition catalogue. Exhibitions after 1995 may include exhibition subsites—the first of which was produced for Mutant Materials—as well as slideshows, related videos, and commissioned essays.”

To explore the exhibitions go to:

[Source MOMA website: ]

The D’Oyly Carte Archive

October 21st, 2016

“The D’Oyly Carte Archive is one of the jewels in the crown of the V&A Theatre and Performance collections, and is one of the most significant archives in the world relating to the operas of librettist W.S. Gilbert (1836-1911) and composer Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) and their production and management by composer, theatrical agent, impresario and hotelier Richard D’Oyly Carte (1844-1901).  Their partnership resulted in some of the most memorable comic operas ever produced, and ranks as one of the most prolific and successful theatrical collaborations of all time.”

“Given to the V&A by Dame Bridget D’Oyly Carte (1908-1985), the grand-daughter of Richard D’Oyly Carte, we acquired the archive in several tranches.  Our curator of popular entertainment spent many long days at the Savoy Hotel (home both to Dame Bridget and the materials), listing and boxing them up prior to the first acquisition. The archive covers the span of the working relationship between the three. Boasting materials spanning over a hundred years it is one of the most eclectic in our collections, with materials covering all aspects of the workings of the company and including some items you might not reasonably expect to find in your average theatre company archive: Crimean battlefield relics and a box once containing a marzipan pirate’s hat immediately spring to mind!”

[Source Archives Hub blog: ]