Researchers’ Weekly Bulletin: the Blog

News for researchers at the Manchester Metropolitan University

Where are you on your innovation journey?

Monday, May 16th, 2016

“Everyone has the capacity to innovate, but sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start. This short quiz will help you to understand where you are on your innovation journey and how innovation tools can support your everyday work.”

“We’ll signpost you to some helpful online learning modules that we have developed in partnership with The Open University.”

“DIY Learn is our new online learning programme in innovation designed to help you start using new tools in your own work. We’ve partnered with The Open University (OU) to create ten interactive, bite-sized modules that provide instruction on tools and methods from Nesta’s popular DIY Toolkit.”

To access the quiz go to:

[Source Nesta website]

Crowdfunding Good Causes

Monday, May 16th, 2016

“Join us for the launch of our new report exploring how charities, social enterprises and community groups can make the most of crowdfunding.”

“This event will bring together charities, social enterprises, community groups, crowdfunding platforms, funders and policy makers to debate the most important insights from this new study and share their own experiences.”

“Over recent years there has been a rapid growth in crowdfunding. In 2015 alone, more than 1 million people took part in crowdfunding £3.2 billion worth of loans, investments and donations in the UK. Previous studies have shown how crowdfunding could help charities, social enterprises and community groups boost volunteering, increase giving and improve their marketing and awareness raising. Yet many of these organisations are still not using crowdfunding, with crowdfunding for good causes making up less than 1% of all giving in the UK.”

Event venue: Nesta 1 Plough Place London EC4A 1DE

Event date: 6 June 2016 – 9:00am — 1:00pm

For more details about the event go to:

[Source Nesta website]

British Library Business & IP Centre workshops and National Network

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Workshops and events

“We offer a wide range of free or low cost workshops and events at the British Library, St Pancras. If you can’t physically come to the Library you can still avail of our expertise by registering for one of our regular webinars, from wherever you are in the world.”

Advance booking for all our workshops is essential.

For further information go to:


National Network

“The British Library Business & IP Centre National Network provides entrepreneurs and SMEs across the UK with free access to databases, market research, journals, directories and reports worth thousands of pounds. There is a programme of free and low-cost events and workshops on a range of topics including business planning, marketing and intellectual property. Our friendly staff and business experts are here to help you start and grow your business. Visit us soon and make your business a success.”

There is a Centre in Manchester based in the Central Library, St Peter’s Square.

For further information go to:

[Source British Library Business & IP Centre website: ]

Present with confidence: 5 traits of a great presenter

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

“Knowing how to present well should be something that all business owners, coaches, consultants, entrepreneurs and speakers learn how to do well. At some point in your business career, you will be asked to speak to share your knowledge, expertise and story.”

“When you present at the front of the room, you become the go to person in your industry and clients come to you, respect comes to you and money flows your way. So it’s best to learn how to do it well.”

To find out more go to:

[Source British Library Innovation and Enterprise blog as above]

The British Library’s research collections – slide shows from our Doctoral Open Days

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

“In January and February 2016 the Library hosted a series of open days for first year PhD students. We were delighted to welcome over 600 students to the Library, drawn from over 50 Higher Education Institutions in the UK and beyond. We appreciate the overwhelmingly fantastic feedback we have received. These events are a staple of our postgraduate programme, and an important component of the Living Knowledge vision to support and stimulate research of all kinds.”

“We are pleased to be able to use this blog to share many of the slides from the series – both with those who attended the events and with the wider postgraduate research community. The slides contain a wealth of information about our research services and collections, and feature presentations from guest speakers, digital curators, current collaborative doctoral students and our reference teams.”

The links to the slides from each event (some slides are not available due to copyright issues) can be accessed from the blog:

[Source British Library blog as above]

How and why you should manage your research data: a guide for researchers

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

An introduction, from Jisc, to engaging with research data management processes. The guide explains what is research data management and why you should manage your research data.

To access the guide go to

[Source Jisc as above]

Doctoral Open Days – Explore Our Research Collections

Monday, December 14th, 2015

“Practical and inspiring open days for first year PhD students”

“Have you just started your PhD? Our Doctoral Open Days are a chance for you to discover the British Library’s unique research materials. From newspapers to maps, datasets to manuscripts, ships’ logs to websites, our collections cover a wide range of formats and languages spanning the last 3,000 years.”

“We understand that researching can be an overwhelming process. These open days are designed to explain the practicalities of using the Library and its services plus help you navigate our physical and online collections. You will have the opportunity to meet our expert and friendly staff and researchers in your field.”

“To make the most of your day, you may wish to register for a free Reader Pass before the event.”

“These events are aimed at first year PhD students who are new to the Library. Each day focuses on one aspect of the Library’s collections. You are welcome to attend the day you will find most useful to you.  Lunch and refreshments are provided. BOOKING ESSENTIAL

  • Asian & African Collections – 18 January 2016
  • News & Media – 25 January 2016
  • Pre 1600 Collections – 01 February 2016
  • Music – 05 February 2016
  • Social Sciences – 12 February 2016
  • 17th & 18th Century Collections – 19 February 2016
  • 19th Century Collections – 22 February 2016
  • 20th & 21st Century Collections – 26 February 2016”

[Source British Library website: ]

Social cognition: From evolution to applications – 2015 workshop

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Location: Bangor University, Wales

Date: 27-28 August 2015

“The aim of this workshop is to encourage and continue interdisciplinary discussion of social cognition. We welcome comparative psychologists, developmental psychologists, social neuroscientists, and psychologists working in clinical and applied domains, and challenge attendees to reflect on how their work relates to other academic and applied disciplines. Similar to last year’s meeting, the broad themes of the workshop include “evolution”, “development”,  “mechanisms”, and “applications”, drawing discussants from a range of disciplines including comparative biology, developmental psychology, social neuroscience and clinical psychology. To foster the richest discussion between all participants, attendance will be capped at 55 participants again this year.”

Register and submit your abstract (before 1 May) on the Social Cognition website:

[Source Economic and Social Research Council news: ]

BBSRC and RSE renew commitment to Enterprise Fellowships

Monday, March 16th, 2015

“The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) have renewed their commitment to entrepreneurship within life sciences by re-entering into an agreement to support Enterprise Fellowships for three years.”

“Funded by BBSRC and delivered by RSE, Enterprise Fellowships encourage the development of new businesses building on previously funded BBSRC research.”

“Fellows receive a year’s salary providing time to gain business skills and training to develop a full business plan, access to mentors, business experts and professional advisors in order to seek investment successfully.”

“The scheme has been renewed until 2018, with the option to extend it for a further two years.”

“The next deadline for Fellowship applications is 27 April 2015.”

[Source BBSRC news: ]

Exploring Longterm Trends in Social Attitudes and Crime

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Location: Computer Lab 2.88, Humanities Bridgeford Street, University of Manchester

Date: 20 May 2015, 10.00-16.00

“Exploring why change takes place and the implications of both changes and stability is of growing importance for social scientists. Yet the limited availability of datasets which enable these sorts of analyses hampers efforts.”

“This free one-day workshop will introduce a series of linked datasets which will enable analysts to explore long runs of repeated cross-sectional datasets such as the British Social Attitudes Survey, the British Crime Survey and the British Election Survey, as well as macro-level datasets. The datasets have been collated as part of an on-going ESRC-funded project exploring long-term trends in social attitudes, government policies and crime since the 1970s.”

“Although training will not be given on these techniques during this workshop, the datasets are suitable for those wishing to explore trends in social attitudes and crime (fear; victimisation attitudes towards) employing multiple linear and binary regression models; multi-level models; time series models; and age-period-cohort models. The datasets will be available in both SPSS and Stata formats and the training day reflects this.”

To find out more go to:

[Source ESRC news: ]