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Darker Sides of the FWW Study Day

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

“Gateways to the First World War [Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project] is pleased to announce the programme for another of its popular study days, on the theme of ‘Darker Sides of the First World War’, to be held at the University of Kent on Friday 30th June 2017.”

“As the centenary of the First World War rolls on it is right that in 2017 our attention should be focused on the history of military (in)discipline during the conflict. The year 1917 saw the Russian Army collapse, the Italian Army falter and the French Army experience mass mutinies – not to mention what did/did not happen at the infamous Étaples British training camp.”

“Military discipline will be the subject of the opening keynote session by Dr Tim Bowman (University of Kent) who will talk about ‘Mutinies and remobilization: Armies at War in 1917′.”

“To compliment the subjects of mutiny and military discipline the theme of ‘Darker Sides’ was chosen to shed light on the work of historians looking at subjects which do not often feature in the public narrative, often due to their grittier and less comfortable nature. Also confirmed for the study day are papers on prostitution, espionage and policing, the drink problem, soldier suicides, collaboration under military occupation and obscene language.”

To find out more and to book a place go to:

[Source AHRC news: ]

#UKDSChat: Data Impact Chat, 24 March

Monday, March 20th, 2017

“Developing impact from your research as an early career researcher: perspectives from the UK Data Service Data Impact Fellows.”

“On 24 March 2017 between 13.00 and 14.00 the UK Data Service’s Data Impact Fellows will be presenting their perspectives on how to develop research impact. They will share their experiences and the challenges of developing the impact of their research.”

“Join the Data Impact Chat on Twitter by tweeting using the #UKDSChat hashtag.”

[Source UK Data Service news: ]

Digimap Webinar: Urban map data in CAD

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

“Digimap are running a free webinar, on Wednesday 15th March between 13:00 – 13:30pm.”

“The webinar is likely to be of interest to architecture staff and students, who use detailed Ordnance Survey urban map data in AutoCAD. We will:

  • Show you how to download Ordnance Survey map data from Digimap
  • AutoCAD:
    • Discuss issues relating to the use of the two most popular detailed topographic data products, OS MasterMap and VectorMap Local
    • Give tips on the use of Building Heights data for OS MasterMap.”

“Registration is required – please note that spaces are limited, so it’s advisable to register early.”

[Source Digimap blog: ]

Doctoral Open Days 2017

Monday, January 30th, 2017

“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 3000 years.”

“Designed to explain the practicalities of using the Library and its services plus help you navigate our physical and online collections, these days give you 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.”

To find out more go to:

[Source British Library website as above]

Securing the future of arts and humanities research in the UK

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

“Plans for a new round of Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) have been launched [] by the Arts and Humanities Research Council [AHRC].”

“Designed to provide world-class training opportunities for arts and humanities doctoral students in the UK, this new round of DTPs will commence in 2018 and provide studentships that begin in October 2019.”

“Research organisations, based in the UK, that are interested in helping to deliver the scheme should look to form a consortium of at least two organisations. To meet the key criteria for DTP2, organisations will be required to focus on excellent training, championing inter-disciplinarity and deepening collaboration with the voluntary, public and commercial sectors.”

“Any consortium of research organisations that are interested in applying for a Doctoral Training Partnership need to submit a statement of intent by the 13th April 2017. Early in 2017, the AHRC will be running a series of town hall meetings and surgeries to discuss the schemes in more detail.”

More information and guidelines on the Doctoral Training Partnerships 2 Call can be found on the AHRC website.

[Source AHRC news: ]

Finding out about health survey data – webinar

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

“On the 4 July [the UK Data Service is] holding a webinar: An introduction to survey data on health. This webinar is an ideal starting point for researchers who are new to using health survey data. Led by Vanessa Higgins and Deborah Wiltshire from the UK Data Service, who both have experience of using some of these data in their own research, the webinar will cover the range of health survey data available at the UK Data Service, including cross-sectional and longitudinal/cohort data. The webinar will also give a general introduction to some of the key survey datasets with health-related content. The webinar starts at 15.00 and will be a 40 minute presentation, followed by 20 minutes for questions.”

For information on the range of health data available from the UK Data Service see their health theme pages:

[Source UK Data Service news: ]

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]