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Nationwide search for new intellectual broadcasters

Monday, November 17th, 2014

“The Arts & Humanities Research Council [AHRC], BBC Radio 3, and BBC Arts are launching a nationwide search to find the UK’s next intellectual broadcasters in the arts and humanities.”

“From lively intellectual debates on air, explorations of ancient civilisations, and nationwide commemorations of World War One, academic research has never been so visible in the media. The New Generation Thinkers scheme is seeking innovative programme ideas, talent, and expertise from early career researchers who are passionate about communicating their research across the airwaves.”

“The scheme, led by the Arts and Humanities Research Council with BBC Radio 3, will invite up to sixty early career researchers to BBC-run workshops to develop their programme ideas alongside experienced BBC producers. From these sixty, the ten resident New Generation Thinkers for 2015 will be selected, and will go on to develop their ideas for BBC Radio 3 in a year-long partnership.”

“The scheme is partnered with BBC Arts to provide opportunities for the New Generation Thinkers to develop their ideas for television and have the opportunity to make a short taster film of their idea to be shown on the BBC arts website –”

To find out more go to:

[Source AHRC news as above]

Digimap webinars and training

Monday, October 20th, 2014

“Digimap have scheduled some short webinars on the use of Digimap, every Wednesday afternoon in November at 4pm.”

“Webinars are open to any interested staff or students.” Have a look at their Events page for full details and booking forms:

Digimap training required?

“The Digimap team is currently planning the Digimap workshop schedule for the next few months.  If you are interested in attending or hosting a workshop we’d like to hear from you.”

“There is no charge associated with hosting a workshop and Digimap do all the administration.  We just need you to help us with finding and booking a suitable PC lab, that is open to attendees from other institutions.”

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes

Digimap team

[Source email from Digimap support]

Library of Congress Fellowships for 25 postgraduate and early career researchers

Monday, October 20th, 2014

“Twenty-five postgraduate students and early career researchers have been offered the opportunity to enhance their research with short-term fellowships of up to six months at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.”

“The Arts and Humanities Research Council’s International Placement Scheme (IPS) provides funded fellowships at some of the world’s leading research institutions, offering dedicated access to their globally renowned collections, resources and expertise.  This opportunity enables postgraduate students and early career researchers to enrich their research, understandings and connections through immersion in thriving research cultures, with privileges unavailable to independent visiting scholars.”

“Twenty-five researchers, including eight ESRC researchers, will be hosted by The Library of Congress (LOC) and will be based at the John W Kluge Center.”

“Many of the projects to be supported have an international  aspect, including research projects on ‘Sherlock Holmes as Travel Writing’, a study of the Lilli Lehmann diaries, tracking foreign intervention through medicine and social science in Haiti, ‘China in the US imagination’, and an exploration of ‘Soviet Hippieland’. Find out more about the research that will be conducted at the Library of Congress here.”

“These LOC IPS Fellows join thirty other IPS Fellows at other host organisations in 2014, including the Yale Center for British Art, The Harry Ransom Center (University of Texas at Austin), The Huntington Library, the Smithsonian Institution and the National Institutes for the Humanities in Japan (NIHU).”

“The AHRC’s International Placement Scheme will open for applications from early November 2014 with a closing date of mid-January 2015. Launch events will be held in early November to support the scheme opening.”

More details can be found on the IPS webpages:

[Source AHRC news: ]

The Art of Risk

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014 – 09:30 – 19:00 at The Howard Assembly Room, Leeds.

Cultural and Creative Industries Exchange presents, The Art Of Risk

“A One-day conference brought to you by Cultural and Creative Industries Exchange and Dare, the groundbreaking partnership between University of Leeds and Opera North.”

“We all take risks. Whether we are an avant-garde theatre company putting on a new production, a medical professional weighing up a tricky clinical decision, or just a normal person going about their day to day life, the decisions we make contain some degree of risk. But on what basis do we make these decisions? How do we judge whether a risk is worth taking? What forms of rationality or irrationality guide our decision-making? What draws some people to take risks and not others? The ways we approach risk vary enormously. This one day event begins with the simple premise that we have much to learn from each other.”

To view the day’s programme and for further information go to:

[Source National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement news as above]

UK Data Service family finance surveys user conference

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

7 July 2014

“The UK Data Service is holding a free full-day meeting to provide a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of family finance surveys.”

“This will include the following surveys:

  • Family Resources Survey
  • Living Costs and Food Survey (LCF)
  • Wealth and Assets Survey

The programme contains a mixture of papers from data producers and researchers, including the following research papers:

  • Class and Cuisine in Contemporary Britain: Exploring the ‘Space of Foods’ with the 2010 LCF
  • The Effects of Taxes and Benefits on Household Income, 2012/2013
  • Household income, expenditure and personal well-being
  • Measuring the Wealth Elasticity of Risky Asset Demand: Evidence from the Wealth and Assets Survey
  • The economic circumstances of cohorts born between the 1940s and the 1970s
  • Poverty, Work and Skills: What are the links?
  • Changing income and spending behaviours of London households”

For further information go to:

[Source UK Data Service news: ]

The Open Classroom

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Clore (Nesta) fellow Tom Doust shares his research on teacher networks & learning tools:

“Technology is enabling teachers to share new tools and methods of practice but what is being shared?”

“In a recent study on the rise of the connected teacher I explored how a minority of teachers are forming new associations and networks; within these, the sharing of their teaching practice and the tools they use is presented in an open and collaborative environment. I focussed on how technology is enabling today’s teacher to break down the classroom walls and to move beyond their immediate school communities.”

“I visited ten TeachMeets across England and observed many micro and nano presentations, short bursts of dissemination that provided teachers the opportunity to share with fellow teachers. Many of the tools were underpinned by technology but some involved more familiar items like a roll of Wallpaper.”

“Tools that enabled both digital and physical collaborative and open sharing were popular. Edmodo is a social learning platform for teachers, students and parents. Much like Facebook, users can post, embed, use calendars and track their learning. Explain Everything is an app that turns a tablet into an interactive whiteboard and screencast tool, allowing the user to create, annotate, animate and narrate his work then share it. Similarly, Showbie app allows student work to be collated and reviewed. One simple tool that was commonly shared was Padlet, a collaborative online web space that allows each user to upload multimedia from most sources, updating the shared workspace instantly.”

To read the rest of the blog go to:

[Source Nesta blog as above]

National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement – Research in Context: training courses

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – 10:00 – 15:00 – London

Thursday, June 26, 2014 – 10:00 – 15:00 – London

“There are significant benefits for researchers willing to engage with the social context of their work. These include finding fresh perspectives on their work; developing new skills; and developing more impactful research. However there are also challenges. Research is increasingly in the public eye and many emerging research areas provoke strong public interest, whilst others are condemned as irrelevant and a waste of public money.  Funders and policy makers have introduced a range of new policies, requirements and codes of practice to help researchers respond to these opportunities and challenges in effective ways.”

“This course will enable researchers to discover for themselves some of the many benefits of engaging with society; explore different perspectives on research and what informs these perspectives; and find out how to develop effective ways to engage with others. It will enable researchers to explore the social context of their research; develop an awareness of the issues and opportunities this presents; and explore their responses to them. Participants will be encouraged to think through the implications for their research design, conduct and dissemination.”

For more information go to the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement website:

[Source NCCPE news as above]

Endnote web – MMU Library workshop, Thursday 24th April 2014

Monday, April 14th, 2014

“EndNote Web is a bibliographic management software package that will help you to organise and manage your bibliographic references and create bibliographies easily and automatically. If you are engaged in a large-scale research project then Endnote Web offers practical solutions to managing all your references.”

“As well as working through exercises to familiarise you with the web version, EndNote Web, we will also look at the full, on campus version of EndNote.”

“Places are still available for the April session. It is open to staff, researchers and postgraduate students:

Session date: Thursday 24th April 2014

Location: John Dalton room C1.02

Time: 10.00 – 12.00

If you would like to book a place then please email Liz Peet,

Further details about Endnote Web and Endnote can be found at  

[Source MMU Library news: ]

UK Data Service webinar on ageing

Monday, April 14th, 2014

“Book now for the UK Data Service hour-long webinar on the topic of ageing to be held on 30 April 2014.”

“This is a collaborative webinar involving the UK Data Service and Dr Alan Marshall from the Frailty Resilience and Inequality in Later life (fRaill) project at the University of Manchester. The webinar will showcase data on the topic of ageing that is available from the UK Data Service and will highlight the research potential of the data.”

“UK Data Service staff will introduce:

  • the types of data available
  • how the data can be accessed
  • the useful online support materials held by the UK Data Service”

“Dr Alan Marshall will give an overview of how data such as the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing and the Census are used to examine issues such as:

  • frailty
  • inequalities in frailty changes in later life
  • retirement and self-reported illness
  • inequalities in care outcomes
  • neighbourhood health effects”

“The webinar will take place between 14.00 and 15.00 GMT on 30 April 2014. The format will be a 30-minute presentation followed by time for questions.”

[Source UK Data Service news: ]

Digital Storytelling for Public Engagement

Monday, March 17th, 2014

King’s House Conference Centre, Manchester

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 – 10:00 – 16:30

“’Digital Storytelling’ refers to a combination of approaches and technologies that help people with little or no professional experience of digital media to produce short, narrative-based videos. Despite the simplicity of the approach, these stories can be highly engaging and often emotionally powerful. Stories are a great way of making complicated ideas meaningful to a wide audience. This means the technique is highly effective as a tool for public engagement.”

“In this highly participative FREE workshop, attendees will work in small groups to write and refine ideas for stories they could tell about their organisations’ work or their own personal experiences. The day will include demonstrations of the different tools required for producing digital stories and guidance on using social media to improve the potential for sharing and discoverability. Attendees will also have access to supplementary learning materials and support on using technology to tell their stories.”

[Source National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement news: ]

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