Bristol Clear Bulletin- 24th May

Your development matters!

Issued every fortnight, this bulletin for Researchers at Bristol brings you the latest news about personal and career development opportunities, both from inside and outside of the University.

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LinkedIn for Researchers: Simple steps to extend your profile

Unlock the Power of LinkedIn!

Are you eager to elevate your LinkedIn profile? Join Dr Rushana Khusainova for a workshop where you will learn how to maximise the LinkedIn platform to advance your career and amplify your research visibility.

Discover how to create engaging content, develop an authentic personal brand, and promote your profile by building and engaging with a valuable network. By the end of the session, you’ll feel confident navigating LinkedIn, have a polished and audience-relevant profile, and understand how to effectively share your research and professional story.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enhance your LinkedIn presence and open new doors- Book now!

Monday 03rd June, 10:00-12:00


Upcoming workshops

Places are now available on the following workshops:

  • 28 May 10:30-11:30- Introduction to Research Data 
  • 03 June 10:00-12:00- LinkedIn for Researchers: Simple steps to extend your research network 
  • 03 June 10:00-12:15- Line Managing @UoB: HR Policy and Process
  • 03 June 14:00-16:00- Take Action: Career Development Workshop
  • 04 June 10:00-11:00- Closing Down a Research Project
  • 05 June 09:30-12:30- Working Towards a Lectureship
  • 10 June 10:00-13:00- Interview Confidence
  • 12 June 10:00-12:00- Giving and Receiving Feedback 
  • 13 June 11:00-12:30- Introduction to Research Funding [Sci & Eng]
  • 14 June 10:00-11:30- Bristol Clear 1:1s
  • 17 June 10:00-12:30- Thriving in a Part Time Role 
  • 18 June 10:00-13:00- Difficult Conversations
  • 20 June 11:00-12:00- Intro to Writing a Grant Proposal [Sci & Eng]
  • 24 June 10:00-13:00- Bristol Clear 1:1s
  • 26 June 10:00-13:00- Effective Prioritisation and Delegation
  • 01 July 10:00-12:00- Know Yourself: Career Development Workshop
  • 09 July 13:00-16:00- Building Your External Academic Profile- HYBRID
  • 11 July 09:00-17:00- Writers’ Retreat- in person
  • 16 July 09:30-12:00- Line Managing @UoB: Supporting and Developing your People 
  • 18 July 10:00-12:00- Introduction to Research Impact 
  • 23 July 09:30-12:30- Difficult Conversations

To book, please sign in to Develop now and search the catalogue for these course titles. To book a place after registration has closed, please email pd-course@bristol.ac.uk

To see a full list of Bristol Clear and Research in Practice workshops, please see our webpage.


Research-related events and initiatives

Networking and Research Profile Building

You are invited to express your interest to attend Networking and Research Profile Building – a practical 3-day course for Postdocs and Fellows. This workshop will cover a range of skills that will help you raise your profile, and build the networks that can help you succeed, whether your career aims are in academia or beyond it.

It is collaboratively delivered across the over 10 UK Higher Education Institutions and you will get the opportunity to network, online, with researchers based at these institutions.

Course dates: June 18th, 25th, July 2nd – 10:00-13:00 on all days.

Express your interest here by 28th May.


Meet the Experts in Residence Hybrid Event- 13th June 2024, 13:30-14:30

Join the Translational Research Hub for a hybrid event where all University of Bristol Experts in Residence will be on campus for the first time. This event is open to all University staff and students. For more information and to register for both in-person and online attendance, visit Develop here.

Get expert advice on developing innovation ideas, working with industry, impact, commercialisation of scientific discoveries, and REF. Our EIRs specialize in Health and Life Science Business Development, Bioinformatics, Chemoinformatics, Genomics, Digital Health, Cell and Gene Therapies, Drug Discovery, and Medtech.

For more information and to register (both in-person and online attendance) on Develop here. For questions, contact diane.clark@bristol.ac.uk.


EBI Lunchtime Links- 13th June, 12:00-13:30

Join the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for the next Lunchtime LINKS session where they’ll be discussing the principles of Research Ethics, Governance and Integrity – as they apply to research in general and research at UoB in particular. The guest speaker will be Adam Taylor, Head of Research Governance, Research, Enterprise and Innovation.

For more information and to sign up, see the EBI Events page. For information on future EBI LINKS sessions, visit the intranet site.


GW4 Early Career Researcher Training Opportunities 

The University of Exeter is offering free workshops for GW4 researchers, including ECRs and PGRs:

  • Overcoming Imposter Feelings – Support for Researchers: Thursday 6 June 2024 (09.15- 12.45) – Online
  • Researcher Leadership Development Programme 2024: 9 Week Programme starting 12 June and finishing 31 July 2024 – a mix of online workshops and development sessions.
  • The Emotionally Intelligent & Agile Researcher: Thursday 11 July 2024 (9.15 am – 1 pm) – Online

You can see a full list of courses on their website. Please contact researcherdevelopment@exeter.ac.uk to be added to the course or for any questions


Funding for Researchers of Black, Bangladeshi and Pakistani Heritage

Accelerator Awards | Grant funding | Wellcome will be for up to £200,000 per researcher, for up to two years. Researchers at a UK higher education institution can apply at any stage of their career from postdoctorate onwards, up to but not including professorship. The awards cover any discipline, but the research area must align with our Discovery Research remit – encompassing research into life, health and well-being – or in the Climate and Health, Mental Health, or Infectious Disease research programmes. Deadline 18 June 2024.


2024 BBSRC IAA Funding  and MRC IAA 2024-2026 funding call now open!

The DREI team are happy to announce that the BBSRC you IAA 2022-25 funding call  MRC IAA 2024-2026 funding call are now LIVE. Full guidance on the awards, expression of interest and application form, and resources are available at https://uob.sharepoint.com/sites/red/SitePages/BBSRC-Pathfinder.aspx.


Inclusive Research Toolkit & Opportunity to participate in train-the-trainer programme

The Inclusive Research Toolkit has been developed to support inclusive research practice. We are currently working on further reviewing and developing the content of the Toolkit, and on supporting its use and implementation through a train-the-trainer programme. We would like to invite you to complete this short form to share your thoughts on the toolkit, and to let us know if you are interested in taking part in a train-the-trainer workshop (in person). These half-day workshops will be held in May/June and numbers are limited. The workshops will be designed to support you with using the toolkit most effectively, and to support inclusive research practice across your Schools.


From Cuttlefish to Clinic: The Enterprise Sessions with Dr Shelby Temple

How do you transition from academia to entrepreneurship? In the latest episode of the Enterprise Sessions, Professor Michele Barbour talks to Dr Shelby Temple about founding his company Azul Optics, a medical device company focused on using innovative screening technologies to improve eye health. Shelby shares how he learned he could pursue commercialisation at Bristol through programmes like SETsquared and ICure. Take a look at the latest episode on the Enterprise Sessions website.


Career development resources from other providers

Research Culture Project – The Department of Imagination Experiment

As part of the Department of Imagination Experiment project, join in 1,2 or 3 of this series of creative workshops funded by the Enhancing Research Culture Fund.

 Please note that each day requires a separate registration. Workshops will be held at Arnos Vale, where -weather depending- there will be access to outdoor spaces for some of the activities. Contact g.biglino@bristol.ac.uk with any queries.


We’d love to hear from you: please contact the Bristol Clear team with any queries or to provide feedback: bristol-clear@bristol.ac.uk.

Bristol Clear Bulletin- 10th May

Your development matters!

Issued every fortnight, this bulletin for Researchers at Bristol brings you the latest news about personal and career development opportunities, both from inside and outside of the University.

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Taking Charge of your Career Programme-Express your interest now!

Bristol clear are piloting an in-person, cohort-based programme to support career development – the Taking Charge of your Career Programme and we are delighted to invite you to express your interest!

Over the course of 3 separate in-person development days, you will gain clarity on what you want, what you have to offer, and how best to communicate your skills and experience to job opportunities. These sessions are ideal for anyone who has some idea of what they want to do next, or no idea at all!

To be eligible to take part, you need to be able to attend ALL 3 in-person dates (10th June, 1st July, 15th July, 9:30-16:30, Senate House).

Express your interest until midnight on Sunday 12th May.

Contact Bristol-Clear@bristol.ac.uk with any queries.


Upcoming workshops

Places are now available on the following workshops:

  • 14 May 14:00-16:00- Know Yourself: Career Development Workshop
  • 16 May 10:00-13:00- Presenting with Confidence for Researchers 
  • 16 May 14:30-15:30- Open Research: Research Data Management and Open Access 
  • 20 May 10:00-13:00- Building Your External Academic Profile 
  • 21 May 10:00-11:00- Closing Down a Research Project 
  • 23 May 09:30-16:30- Dealing with Uncertainty and Risk in Research Projects 
  • 23 May 09:30-12:30- Being Strategic about Your Career as a Researcher
  • 28 May 10:30-11:30- Introduction to Research Data 
  • 03 June 10:00-12:00- LinkedIn for Researchers: Simple steps to extend your research network 
  • 03 June 10:00-12:15- Line Managing @UoB@ HR Policy and Process
  • 03 June 14:00-16:00- Take Action: Career Development Workshop
  • 05 June 09:30-12:30- Working Towards a Lectureship
  • 10 June 10:00-13:00- Interview Confidence
  • 12 June 10:00-12:00- Giving and Receiving Feedback 
  • 13 June 11:00-12:30- Introduction to Research Funding [Sci & Eng]
  • 14 June 10:00-11:30- Bristol Clear 1:1s
  • 17 June 10:00-12:30- Thriving in a Part Time Role 
  • 18 June 10:00-13:00- Difficult Conversations
  • 20 June 11:00-12:00- Intro to Writing a Grant Proposal [Sci & Eng]
  • 26 June 10:00-13:00- Effective Prioritisation and Delegation

To book, please sign in to Develop now and search the catalogue for these course titles. To book a place after registration has closed, please email pd-course@bristol.ac.uk

To see a full list of Bristol Clear and Research in Practice workshops, please see our webpage.


Research-related events and initiatives

Wellcome Early- Careers Awards

This scheme provides funding for early-career researchers from any discipline who are ready to develop their research identity. Through innovative projects, they will deliver shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing.  See guidance and eligibility criteria https://wellcome.org/grant-funding/schemes/early-career-awards. Deadline: 21st May 24. Please e-mail any questions to rda-challenges@bristol.ac.uk.


Funding for Researchers of Black, Bangladeshi and Pakistani Heritage

Accelerator Awards | Grant funding | Wellcome will be for up to £200,000 per researcher, for up to two years. Researchers at a UK higher education institution can apply at any stage of their career from postdoctorate onwards, up to but not including professorship. The awards cover any discipline, but the research area must align with our Discovery Research remit – encompassing research into life, health and well-being – or in the Climate and Health, Mental Health, or Infectious Disease research programmes. Deadline 18 June 2024.


2024 BBSRC IAA Funding  and MRC IAA 2024-2026 funding call now open!

The DREI team are happy to announce that the BBSRC IAA 2022-25 funding call  MRC IAA 2024-2026 funding call are now LIVE. Full guidance on the awards, expression of interest and application form, and resources are available at https://uob.sharepoint.com/sites/red/SitePages/BBSRC-Pathfinder.aspx.


Inclusive Research Toolkit & Opportunity to participate in train-the-trainer programme

The Inclusive Research Toolkit has been developed to support inclusive research practice. We are currently working on further reviewing and developing the content of the Toolkit, and on supporting its use and implementation through a train-the-trainer programme. We would like to invite you to complete this short form to share your thoughts on the toolkit, and to let us know if you are interested in taking part in a train-the-trainer workshop (in person). These half-day workshops will be held in May/June and numbers are limited. The workshops will be designed to support you with using the toolkit most effectively, and to support inclusive research practice across your Schools.


From Cuttlefish to Clinic: The Enterprise Sessions with Dr Shelby Temple

How do you transition from academia to entrepreneurship? In the latest episode of the Enterprise Sessions, Professor Michele Barbour talks to Dr Shelby Temple about founding his company Azul Optics, a medical device company focused on using innovative screening technologies to improve eye health. Shelby shares how he learned he could pursue commercialisation at Bristol through programmes like SETsquared and ICure. Take a look at the latest episode on the Enterprise Sessions website.


Career development resources from other providers

Networking Across Disciplines: From Computer Science to the Creative Arts | The Enterprise Sessions with Kirsten Cater 

How can the UK address its technology skills gap? Professor Michele Barbour speaks with Kirsten Cater, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Bristol. Kirsten leads the skills and training aspect of the MyWorld project, addressing the significant skills gap in a rapidly evolving technological landscape. 

Watch the episode here


We’d love to hear from you: please contact the Bristol Clear team with any queries or to provide feedback: bristol-clear@bristol.ac.uk.

Bristol Clear Bulletin- 26th April

Your development matters!

Issued every fortnight, this bulletin for Researchers at Bristol brings you the latest news about personal and career development opportunities, both from inside and outside of the University.

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Building Your Profile

Your academic profile not only showcases your expertise but also plays a crucial role in advancing your career, securing funding, and collaborating with your peers. Does your current profile clearly identify your unique selling points? Join Bristol Clear and expert guests for workshops designed to help you elevate your presence and engage with your community:

Building your external academic profile
A workshop focused on enhancing your academic profile. Explore strategies to showcase your work, increase visibility, and advance your career. Gain practical insights through guided facilitation to review and update your profile. Monday 20th May, 10:00-13:00 (in person) OR Tuesday 09th July, 13:00-16:00 (hybrid)

LinkedIn for Researchers: Simple steps to extend your research network
A workshop designed to enhance LinkedIn skills for those with basic familiarity. Learn to optimise your profile, create engaging content, and build a network to unlock new opportunities. Gain confidence in using LinkedIn, craft a more relevant profile, and effectively communicate your professional story. Monday 03rd June, 10:00-12:00 (in person)


Upcoming workshops

Places are now available on the following workshops:

  • 26 April 13:00-16:30- Developing your narrative promotions case
  • 29 April 14:00-16:00- Take Action Career Development Workshop
  • 01 May 14:00-15:00- Intro to Writing a Grant Proposal [Arts & SSL]- waiting list 
  • 02 May 10:00-12:30- Financial Wellbeing: Approaching Retirement (USS)- in person
  • 02 May 10:30-15:30- Networking for Researchers- a strategic approach (in person)
  • 09 May 09:00-16:30- ImpactLab
  • 09 May 09:30-12:00- Discovering Career Support for Researchers at Bristol (in person)
  • 14 May 14:00-16:00- Know Yourself: Career Development Workshop
  • 16 May 10:00-13:00- Presenting with Confidence for Researchers 
  • 16 May 14:30-15:30- Open Research: Research Data Management and Open Access 
  • 20 May 10:00-13:00- Building Your External Academic Profile 
  • 20 May 09:30-13:00- Developing Effective Conversations (3 parts)
  • 21 May 10:00-11:00- Closing Down a Research Project 
  • 21 May 14:00-16:30- Financial Wellbeing Workshop (online)
  • 23 May 09:30-16:30- Dealing with Uncertainty and Risk in Research Projects 
  • 23 May 09:30-12:00- Financial Wellbeing: Preparing for Retirement- waiting list 
  • 23 May 09:30-12:30- Being Strategic about Your Career as a Researcher
  • 28 May 10:30-11:30- Introduction to Research Data 

To book, please sign in to Develop now and search the catalogue for these course titles. To book a place after registration has closed, please email sd-course@bristol.ac.uk

To see a full list of Bristol Clear and Research in Practice workshops, please see our webpage.


Research-related events and initiatives

EBI Lunchtime LINKS

The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute (EBI) are pleased to invite you to their  EBI Lunchtime LINKS (Learning, Innovation, Networking, Knowledge and Support) sessions to enable researchers to make links with their peers in a supportive and motivational environment to help them grow and excel in their fields. Join us for them for the upcoming Lunchtime LINKS session on Commercialisation & Intellectual Property (IP) in research projects. Featuring guest speaker Olivia Champion, Research Commercialisation Manager, Research, Enterprise and Innovation. Thursday, May 9, 2024, 12:00-13:30, Verdon Smith room, Royal Fort House. For more info go to EBI Events Page.


Discovering Career Support for Researchers at Bristol

Discover your next steps in your research career at a Bristol Clear information session. Explore specialized career support tailored for Pathway 2 researchers, including workshops, mentoring, and coaching. Learn about research application development, funding opportunities, Open Access, and research data management support provided by the Research Development team. Gain insights into Pathway 2 promotion and end-of-contract policies. Plus, engage in personal reflection and networking opportunities with researchers from various faculties.

Thursday 9th May, 09:30-12:00, Beacon House. Book now!


Wellcome Early- Careers Awards

This scheme provides funding for early-career researchers from any discipline who are ready to develop their research identity. Through innovative projects, they will deliver shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing.  See guidance and eligibility criteria https://wellcome.org/grant-funding/schemes/early-career-awards. Deadline: 21st May 24. Please e-mail any questions to rda-challenges@bristol.ac.uk.


Integrating Health Research: Mechanisms to Populations

Join the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for an Interdisciplinary event on Thursday 23 May 2024, 10:30 – 15:00,  Rooms G13/14 in Life Sciences Building Tyndall Avenue. For more details and registration form please visit the event SharePoint page .You are welcome to attend either session or the whole event. Registration closes at 2pm 9 May 2024.


Funding for Researchers of Black, Bangladeshi and Pakistani Heritage

Accelerator Awards | Grant funding | Wellcome will be for up to £200,000 per researcher, for up to two years. Researchers at a UK higher education institution can apply at any stage of their career from postdoctorate onwards, up to but not including professorship. The awards cover any discipline, but the research area must align with our Discovery Research remit – encompassing research into life, health and well-being – or in the Climate and Health, Mental Health, or Infectious Disease research programmes. Deadline 18 June 2024.


2024 BBSRC IAA Funding  and MRC IAA 2024-2026 funding call now open!

The DREI team are happy to announce that the BBSRC IAA 2022-25 funding call  MRC IAA 2024-2026 funding call are now LIVE. Full guidance on the awards, expression of interest and application form, and resources are available at https://uob.sharepoint.com/sites/red/SitePages/BBSRC-Pathfinder.aspx.


Inclusive Research Toolkit & Opportunity to participate in train-the-trainer programme

The Inclusive Research Toolkit has been developed to support inclusive research practice. We are currently working on further reviewing and developing the content of the Toolkit, and on supporting its use and implementation through a train-the-trainer programme. We would like to invite you to complete this short form to share your thoughts on the toolkit, and to let us know if you are interested in taking part in a train-the-trainer workshop (in person). These half-day workshops will be held in May/June and numbers are limited. The workshops will be designed to support you with using the toolkit most effectively, and to support inclusive research practice across your Schools.


From Cuttlefish to Clinic: The Enterprise Sessions with Dr Shelby Temple

How do you transition from academia to entrepreneurship? In the latest episode of the Enterprise Sessions, Professor Michele Barbour talks to Dr Shelby Temple about founding his company Azul Optics, a medical device company focused on using innovative screening technologies to improve eye health. Shelby shares how he learned he could pursue commercialisation at Bristol through programmes like SETsquared and ICure. Take a look at the latest episode on the Enterprise Sessions website.


Career development resources from other providers

Next-gen Probiotics for Gut Health | The Enterprise Sessions with Jenny Bailey

How can chance encounters with University of Bristol colleagues lead to a spin out opportunity? Find out as Professor Michele Barbour talks to University of Bristol alumna Dr Jenny Bailey, the CEO and Co-Founder of Ferryx, a biotech company focused on the commercial production of live bacterial products for the prevention and treatment of gastrointestinal inflammation in humans and animals. Dr Bailey shares her experiences with the ICURe programme, which encouraged her to step out of her comfort zone, engage with stakeholders, refine the project, and test its market viability.

Watch the video here.


We’d love to hear from you: please contact the Bristol Clear team with any queries or to provide feedback: bristol-clear@bristol.ac.uk.

Bristol Clear Bulletin-12th April

Your development matters!

Issued every fortnight, this bulletin for Researchers at Bristol brings you the latest news about personal and career development opportunities, both from inside and outside of the University.

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Prosper: Act on your career journey

Prosper is a fantastic researcher career development portal filled to the brim with resources for postdocs, managers of researchers and institutions.

The “Act” career journey section has the practical resources to empower you to get where you want to go. You will be provided with knowledge and advice from multiple stakeholders to guide you through the process of taking that next step.

Action for you: Set aside 30mins-1hour this week to delve into the career journey resources.

Prosper is a new platform so we are keen to hear from you: Please share your experience of using Prosper with us: Bristol-clear@bristol.ac.uk

Finally, we are running Career Journeys: Discovering Careers Outside of Academia on Thursday 18th April 12:00-13:00, featuring Mike Gulliver. Go to Develop for more information and to book!


Upcoming workshops

Places are now available on the following workshops:

  • 17 April 13:30-15:00- Intro to Research Funding [Arts & SSL]
  • 18 April 12:00-13:00- Career Journeys: Discovering careers outside of academia 
  • 22 April- 14:00-16:30- Managing Research Teams (in person)
  • 23 April 10:00-11:00- Costing a Research Proposal 
  • 23 April 14:00-16:00- Know Yourself Career Development Workshop
  • 24 April 10:00-12:00- Introduction to Research Impact (in person)
  • 25 April 14:00-15:00- Introduction to Commercialisation
  • 25 April 09:30-12:00- How to Peer Review Manuscripts for Journals 
  • 26 April 13:00-16:30- Developing your narrative promotions case
  • 29 April 14:00-16:00- Take Action Career Development Workshop
  • 01 May 14:00-15:00- Intro to Writing a Grant Proposal [Arts & SSL]
  • 02 May 10:00-12:30- Financial Wellbeing: Approaching Retirement (USS)- in person
  • 02 May 10:30-15:30- Networking for Researchers- a strategic approach (in person)
  • 03 May 10:00-11:30- Bristol Clear 1:1s
  • 09 May 09:00-16:30- ImpactLab
  • 09 May 09:30-12:00- Discovering Career Support for Researchers at Bristol (in person)
  • 13 May 10:00-13:00- Bristol Clear 1:1s
  • 16 May 10:00-13:00- Presenting with Confidence for Researchers 
  • 16 May 14:30-15:30- Open Research: Research Data Management and Open Access 
  • 17 May 10:00-11:30- Bristol Clear 1:1s
  • 20 May 10:00-13:00- Building Your External Academic Profile 

To book, please sign in to Develop now and search the catalogue for these course titles. To book a place after registration has closed, please email sd-course@bristol.ac.uk

To see a full list of Bristol Clear and Research in Practice workshops, please see our webpage.


Research-related events and initiatives

The Enterprise Roadshow: Syngenta Thursday, April 18, 2024

The Enterprise Roadshow is delighted to welcome Syngenta to the University of Bristol who will present their new Open Innovation programme “Shoots by Syngenta”.

Syngenta is looking to engage academics working in diverse fields including, but not limited to, chemistry, bio materials, plant science, protein biology and microbiology with the Syngenta team to help tackle agricultures most complex challenges. There will be an opportunity for one to one meetings with the Syngenta team after the seminar so please contact Olivia.champion@bristol.ac.uk or charlotte.severn@bristol.ac.uk if you’re interested.

13:00-14:00, Life Sciences Building G13/14, BS8 1TQ, RSVP HERE


2024 BBSRC IAA Funding call is open!

The DREI team are happy to announce that the BBSRC IAA 2022-25 funding call is now LIVE. Full guidance on the award, expression of interest and application form, and resources are available at https://uob.sharepoint.com/sites/red/SitePages/BBSRC-Pathfinder.aspx


Discovering Career Support for Researchers at Bristol

Discover your next steps in your research career at a Bristol Clear information session. Explore specialized career support tailored for Pathway 2 researchers, including workshops, mentoring, and coaching. Learn about research application development, funding opportunities, Open Access, and research data management support provided by the Research Development team. Gain insights into Pathway 2 promotion and end-of-contract policies. Plus, engage in personal reflection and networking opportunities with researchers from various faculties.

Thursday 9th May, 09:30-12:00, Beacon House

Book now!


Addressing Secondary Trauma in Emotionally Challenging Research: A Workshop

Join the Violence Against Women and Girls Research Network for a workshop addressing secondary trauma in emotionally challenging research. This event welcomes and targets researchers and managers engaged in handling emotionally challenging topics, mirroring the nature of their research endeavors.

Wednesday 15th May, 09:30-12:30

Find out more and book a place here.


Inclusive Research Toolkit & Opportunity to participate in train-the-trainer programme

The Inclusive Research Toolkit has been developed to support inclusive research practice. We are currently working on further reviewing and developing the content of the Toolkit, and on supporting its use and implementation through a train-the-trainer programme. We would like to invite you to complete this short form to share your thoughts on the toolkit, and to let us know if you are interested in taking part in a train-the-trainer workshop (in person). These half-day workshops will be held in May/June and numbers are limited. The workshops will be designed to support you with using the toolkit most effectively, and to support inclusive research practice across your Schools.


From Cuttlefish to Clinic: The Enterprise Sessions with Dr Shelby Temple

How do you transition from academia to entrepreneurship? In the latest episode of the Enterprise Sessions, Professor Michele Barbour talks to Dr Shelby Temple about founding his company Azul Optics, a medical device company focused on using innovative screening technologies to improve eye health. Shelby shares how he learned he could pursue commercialisation at Bristol through programmes like SETsquared and ICure. Take a look at the latest episode on the Enterprise Sessions website.


Invitation to AI in Health workshops 18 April, 2 and 20 May 2024

The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute is hosting AI workshops in health research, offering insights into various applications of AI across disciplines. These sessions aim to foster collaborations and enhance capacity for major grant applications. Register for the following workshops:

Open to UoB colleagues, NHS members, and others interested in AI and health research. Contact ebi-events@bristol.ac.uk for inquiries.


Career Development Residential Retreat

This retreat offers Research Associates and Senior Research Associates without an established position at the University of Bristol a chance to focus on career development and connect with peers. Through two days of workshops, participants will clarify their goals, gain confidence, and identify actions to advance their careers. Priority will be given to those facing barriers, including those impacted by Covid-19, and applicants from Black heritage backgrounds. Interested individuals should email Claire Wrixon (Claire.wrixon@bristol.ac.uk) with a 1-page expression of interest. Expenses, including travel and childcare up to £150, can be claimed via the school budget, see the expense policy. Limited spaces available; allocation will be via lottery if oversubscribed.

 Tuesday 14th (overnight) and Wednesday 15th May 2024 (please hold in your diary if you’d like to express interest).

Career development resources from other providers

The Research Culture Blog

A Better Research Pathway: Research Staff Reps and Concordat Champions Meet the VC

A look back at the meeting at the between Concordat Champions and Research Staff Reps with the University of Bristol Vice-Chancellor, Professor Evelyn Welch, to delve into the challenges that research staff currently face and explore solutions for constructive changes towards a better Research Career Pathway.

Read the blog here!

Do you know who your Rep is? Find your faculty/school Researcher Rep here

Interested in becoming a Rep for your school? Take a look at the Reps Charter for a breakdown of the role and contact your School Rep to get involved


We’d love to hear from you: please contact the Bristol Clear team with any queries or to provide feedback: bristol-clear@bristol.ac.uk.

Bristol Clear Bulletin- 15th March

Your development matters!

Issued every fortnight, this bulletin for Researchers at Bristol brings you the latest news about personal and career development opportunities, both from inside and outside of the University.
If you have any queries or feedback, please contact the Bristol Clear team, bristol-clear

Focus on

 Understanding Precarity- Invitations for Expressions of Interest

There is growing concern – among the postdoctoral research community and beyond – regarding what is typically described as precarity. However, genuine solutions remain elusive. Here, we will discuss the issues Pathway 2 staff are facing, and share the relevant conversations happening at University level, with funders and in the wider sector. This will include outlining some of the challenges and constraints that exist, and giving participants the opportunity to work in small groups to propose solutions. Ultimately, solutions will only be identified through good faith dialogue and constructive challenge, involving all stakeholders. Our hope is that this session can be a first step towards this.

If you are interested in taking part in this session, please complete this short Expression of interest by 28th March 2024.

This event is sponsored by the Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research Culture.


Upcoming workshops

Places are now available on the following workshops:

  • 20 March 14:00-15:15- Intro to Writing a Grant Proposal [Health and Life Sciences]
  • 21 March 10:00-12:30-Working Towards a Fellowship [Health and Life Sciences] 
  • 22 March 10:00-14:00- Bristol Clear 1:1s
  • 25 March 10:00-12:30- Bristol Clear 1:1s
  • 09 April 14:00-15:00- Introduction to Research Data 
  • 17 April 13:30-15:00- Intro to Research Funding [Arts & SSL]
  • 18 April 12:00-13:00- Career Journeys: Discovering careers outside of academia 
  • 22 April- 14:00-16:30- Managing Research Teams (in person)
  • 23 April 10:00-11:00- Costing a Research Proposal 
  • 24 April 10:00-12:00- Introduction to Research Impact (in person)
  • 25 April 14:00-15:00- Introduction to Commercialisation
  • 25 April 09:30-12:00- How to Peer Review Manuscripts for Journals 
  • 01 May 14:00-15:00- Intro to Writing a Grant Proposal [Arts & SSL]
  • 02 May 10:30-15:30- Networking for Researchers- a strategic approach (in person)
  • 09 May 09:30-12:00- Discovering Career Support for Researchers at Bristol (in person)

To book, please sign in to Develop now and search the catalogue for these course titles. To book a place after registration has closed, please email sd-course@bristol.ac.uk

To see a full list of Bristol Clear and Research in Practice workshops, please see our webpage.


Research-related events and initiatives

Our Voices Matter – Staff Experience Survey 2024 – your opportunity to make your voice heard

As you may have seen, the all staff survey is live and open until 20th March. It covers various aspects such as job satisfaction, personal development, and workplace relationships. As Pathway 2 staff, your input is crucial in driving meaningful improvements for yourself and for your colleagues.

You have the option to complete the survey online or in person at drop-in events organised by the Staff Engagement team (tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided):

  • Senate House, 13th March -SU Loft (Upper GF) / 7:30am -1pm
  • Dental School, 18th March- G.42 / 2pm-5pm
  • Senate House, 19th March- SU Loft (Upper GF) / 7:30am -1pm

Your responses are entirely anonymous, and it only takes about 10 minutes to complete. Additional details and resources can be found on the dedicated SharePoint site. Your participation holds immense value in shedding light on the experiences of Pathway 2 researchers here at Bristol. We urge you to take the opportunity to be heard.


BBSRC ICURe Engage – April 2024- (Wales and Southwest of England focused)

Applications for a new opportunity for bioscience research students/post-docs/research staff across the South West and Wales are now open with the call closing on the 12 April 2024.

This 4-week, part-time program aims to introduce participants to commercialization tools and entrepreneurship opportunities in bioscience research, prioritizing applicants from Wales and the South West of England. Similar programs will run in other UK regions throughout 2024 and early 2025. More details available at https://www.icureprogramme.com/icure-engage/

Contact Sabrina Fairchild at s.fairchild@gw4.ac.uk with any queries.


Inclusive Research Toolkit & Opportunity to participate in train-the-trainer programme

The Inclusive Research Toolkit has been developed to support inclusive research practice. We are currently working on further reviewing and developing the content of the Toolkit, and on supporting its use and implementation through a train-the-trainer programme. We would like to invite you to complete this short form to share your thoughts on the toolkit, and to let us know if you are interested in taking part in a train-the-trainer workshop (in person). These half-day workshops will be held in May/June and numbers are limited. The workshops will be designed to support you with using the toolkit most effectively, and to support inclusive research practice across your Schools.


From Cuttlefish to Clinic: The Enterprise Sessions with Dr Shelby Temple

How do you transition from academia to entrepreneurship? In the latest episode of the Enterprise Sessions, Professor Michele Barbour talks to Dr Shelby Temple about founding his company Azul Optics, a medical device company focused on using innovative screening technologies to improve eye health. Shelby shares how he learned he could pursue commercialisation at Bristol through programmes like SETsquared and ICure. Take a look at the latest episode on the Enterprise Sessions website.


Invitation to AI in Health workshops 18 April, 2 and 20 May 2024

The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute is hosting AI workshops in health research, offering insights into various applications of AI across disciplines. These sessions aim to foster collaborations and enhance capacity for major grant applications. Register for the following workshops:

Open to UoB colleagues, NHS members, and others interested in AI and health research. Contact ebi-events@bristol.ac.uk for inquiries.


Opportunity to transition discoveries beyond the lab

The Division of Research, Enterprise and Innovation and Spin Up Science are offering an ImpactLab for ECRs and PhD candidates. ImpactLab will equip you with holistic skills essential for innovation, leadership, and career success. 

Spin Up Science offers a 1-day training for ECRs and PhD students in life sciences, focusing on developing groundbreaking technology, transitioning discoveries beyond the lab, and mobilizing innovation resources. Hear from local bioscientists about transforming breakthroughs into impactful technologies. Attendance unlocks access to the Bioscientist MBA, a program for validating technology and meeting senior leaders, business owners, and investors.

 Thursday, 9th May, from 09:00 to 17:00, Augustine’s Courtyard, AUGC G-0.9 A & B 

Please contact Diane.Clark@bristol.ac.uk to register your interest. 


Career Development Residential Retreat

This retreat offers Research Associates and Senior Research Associates without an established position at the University of Bristol a chance to focus on career development and connect with peers. Through two days of workshops, participants will clarify their goals, gain confidence, and identify actions to advance their careers. Priority will be given to those facing barriers, including those impacted by Covid-19, and applicants from Black heritage backgrounds. Interested individuals should email Claire Wrixon (Claire.wrixon@bristol.ac.uk) with a 1-page expression of interest. Expenses, including travel and childcare up to £150, can be claimed via the school budget, see the expense policy. Limited spaces available; allocation will be via lottery if oversubscribed.

 Tuesday 14th (overnight) and Wednesday 15th May 2024 (please hold in your diary if you’d like to express interest).

Career development resources from other providers

The Theory of the Postdoc Evolution 

“The Theory of the Postdoc Evolution” podcast, by the Postdoctoral Centre at Queen’s University Belfast, offers career planning insights for postdocs. It features interviews with former postdocs discussing their career journeys and roles post-PhD. Recorded at live events, it covers topics like fellowships and open access.

Listen now!

Bristol Clear Bulletin- 01st March

Your development matters!

Issued every fortnight, this bulletin for Researchers at Bristol brings you the latest news about personal and career development opportunities, both from inside and outside of the University.
If you have any queries or feedback, please contact the Bristol Clear team, bristol-clear

Focus on

Our Voices Matter – Staff Experience Survey 2024

As you may have seen, the all staff survey is now live and is running from February 27th to March 20th. It covers various aspects such as job satisfaction, personal development, and workplace relationships. As Pathway 2 staff, your input is crucial in driving meaningful improvements for yourself and for your colleagues.

You have the option to complete the survey online or in person at drop-in events organised by the Staff Engagement team. Your responses are entirely anonymous, and it only takes about 10 minutes to complete. Additional details and resources can be found on the dedicated SharePoint site.

Your participation holds immense value in shedding light on the experiences of Pathway 2 researchers here at Bristol. We urge you to take the opportunity to be heard.


Upcoming workshops

Places are now available on the following workshops:

  • 05 March 14:00-15:00– Closing Down a Research Project
  • 11 March 10:00-12:30- Bristol Clear 1:1s
  • 12 March 11:00-12:00- Introduction to Research Ethics
  • 13 March 10:00-12:30- Working Towards a Fellowship [Arts & SSL] 
  • 13 March 11:00-12:00- Recruiting Research Staff 
  • 14 March 14:00-15:00- Open Research: Research Data Management and Open Access
  • 20 March 14:00-15:15- Intro to Writing a Grant Proposal [Health and Life Sciences]
  • 21 March 10:00-12:30-Working Towards a Fellowship [Health and Life Sciences] 
  • 25 March 10:00-12:30- Bristol Clear 1:1s
  • 09 April 14:00-15:00- Introduction to Research Data 
  • 17 April 13:30-15:00- Intro to Research Funding [Arts & SSL]
  • 18 April 12:00-13:00- Career Journeys: Discovering careers outside of academia 

To book, please sign in to Develop now and search the catalogue for these course titles. To book a place when registration has closed, please email sd-course@bristol.ac.uk

To see a full list of Bristol Clear and Research in Practice workshops, please see our webpage.


Research-related events and initiatives

Inclusive Research Toolkit & Opportunity to participate in train-the-trainer programme

The Inclusive Research Toolkit has been developed to support inclusive research practice. We are currently working on further reviewing and developing the content of the Toolkit, and on supporting its use and implementation through a train-the-trainer programme. We would like to invite you to complete this short form to share your thoughts on the toolkit, and to let us know if you are interested in taking part in a train-the-trainer workshop (in person). These half-day workshops will be held in May/June and numbers are limited. The workshops will be designed to support you with using the toolkit most effectively, and to support inclusive research practice across your Schools.


Career Development Residential Retreat

This retreat offers Research Associates and Senior Research Associates without an established position at the University of Bristol a chance to focus on career development and connect with peers. Through two days of workshops, participants will clarify their goals, gain confidence, and identify actions to advance their careers. Priority will be given to those facing barriers, including those impacted by Covid-19, and applicants from Black heritage backgrounds. Interested individuals should email Claire Wrixon (Claire.wrixon@bristol.ac.uk) with a 1-page expression of interest. Expenses, including travel and childcare up to £150, can be claimed via the school budget, see the expense policy. Limited spaces available; allocation will be via lottery if oversubscribed.

 Tuesday 14th (overnight) and Wednesday 15th May 2024 (please hold in your diary if you’d like to express interest).

GW4 Event- Tuesday, 12th March

Join the GW4 team at the Claverton Rooms, University of Bath from 13:00- 15:00 on 12th March 2024 for an informative and engaging session, where you can learn more about GW4’s strategic priorities, programmes of work, funding schemes and the audience groups who they work with and support. For further information see https://gw4.ac.uk/events/gw4-roadshow-2024-university-of-bath/

Free lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Please register to attend by 5th March 2024.


UKRN Open Research Train- the- Trainer Opportunity

Interested in Open Research?

Join the free train-the-trainer courses offered by the University of Bristol in partnership with the UK Reproducibility Network, who are recruiting future trainers to lead sessions on pre-registration of studies, open data, preprints, and more. No expertise required—just a passion for learning!

What’s in it for you? Enhance your teaching skills, boost your CV, and receive UKRN accreditation upon completion. Plus, contribute to the development of your colleagues and gain recognition for your professional development. How does it work? Attend a train-the-trainer workshop, deliver at least one training session, and provide supplementary materials. You’ll receive continuous support from the Research Culture team and join a community of Open Research Trainers.

Interested? Contact Marcus Munafò at pa-apvc-researchculture@bristol.ac.uk by Thursday 7th March.


The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Lunchtime LINKS

Join The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute (EBI) for their upcoming EBI Lunchtime LINKS sessions, designed to foster learning, innovation, networking, knowledge sharing, and support among researchers. Their next session will focus on integrating public engagement into research projects, featuring a guest speaker and Q&A session. Join them on Wednesday, 13th March,  from 12:00 to 13:30 at the Verdon Smith room in Royal Fort House. After the talk, enjoy a light lunch and networking opportunities with peers and representatives from EBI and the Division of Research, Enterprise, and Innovation (DREI). Visit the EBI Events page for more details and to sign up. Stay updated on future EBI LINKS sessions through our intranet site.


Discover SETsquared

Calling all early-stage aspiring entrepreneurs and academics looking to commercialise your research. SETsquared Bristol’s acclaimed incubator is opening its virtual doors on Thursday 14 March, 11am-12 pm

Book to attend to find out how its bespoke business support programme can help you grow your business and make an impact in the world. Includes talks from Director, Kimberley Brook, Entrepreneur in Residence, Anna-Lisa Wesley and Sarah Bolt, CEO and Co-founder of alumni company Forth.


Training from other providers

Talking to Titans Podcast

Presented by UCL Minds, Talking to Titans is a podcast delving into gender equality in academia. Hosts Cathy Giangrande and Professor Gudrun Moore engage with seven accomplished women in senior roles at UCL. They explore their diverse career journeys, work-life balance strategies, and insights on navigating challenges.

The podcast tackles key questions on diversity, inclusion, and career advancement. Discussions range from overcoming obstacles in male-dominated environments to the benefits of mentorship and timing for family planning. Each episode features candid conversations and valuable advice from UCL’s senior leadership team.

Listen now!

Bristol Clear Bulletin- 16th February

Your development matters!

Issued every fortnight, this bulletin for Researchers at Bristol brings you the latest news about personal and career development opportunities, both from inside and outside of the University.
If you have any queries or feedback, please contact the Bristol Clear team, bristol-clear

Focus on

Supporting researcher career development – Research Staff Development Fund (RSDF)

Applications for the  Research Staff Development Fund (RSDF) are now invited. The RSDF supports Research Associates, Senior Research Associates, and Research Fellows in implementing initiatives to enhance collaboration and communication within research teams.

As part of the University’s commitment to researcher career development, applicants can request up to £400 for activities such as specific development initiatives, networking, and conference travel. Preference is given to proposals benefiting multiple individuals and focusing on transferable skills, leadership development, morale improvement, local practices enhancement, communication, and collaboration.

Applications, due by Friday 1st March, can be submitted online. The RSDF does not cover staff time or project-specific conference travel


Upcoming workshops

Places are now available on the following workshops:

  • 20 February 10:00-12:00- Thriving in a Part-Time Role
  • 20 February 11:00-12:00- An introduction to Public Engagement with Research: involving the public in your research
  • 26 February 09:30-12:00- Discovering Career Support for Researchers at Bristol
  • 27 February 10:00-11:30- Intro to Research Funding [Sci+Eng]
  • 27 February 09:30-12:00- Managing Research Teams (in person)
  • 28 February 14:00-15:00- Intro to Research Funding [Health and Life Science]
  • 28 February 09:30-13:00- Healthy and Sustainable Productivity Habits- Part 1
  • 29 February 09:30-12:30- Working Towards a Lectureship- in person
  • 05 March 14:00-15:00– Closing Down a Research Project
  • 12 March 11:00-12:00- Introduction to Research Ethics
  • 13 March 10:00-12:30- Working Towards a Fellowship [Arts & SSL] 
  • 13 March 11:00-12:00- Recruiting Research Staff 

To book, please sign in to Develop now and search the catalogue for these course titles. To book a place when registration has closed, please email sd-course@bristol.ac.uk

To see a full list of Bristol Clear and Research in Practice workshops, please see our webpage.


Research-related events and initiatives

Bristol Women’s Mentoring Network 2024 – Call for Mentees and Mentors

Supporting academic and professional services colleagues, we are launching a new round for 2024. We are inviting:

  • New mentees (academic or professional services women or individuals who identify as female, grades J, K, L and M) to apply
  • New mentors (anyone from academic, professional services & University of Bristol Alumni, grades K, L, M & X). 
  • Returning mentors can express their interest by emailing uob-mentoring@bristol.ac.uk.

Please visit Bristol Women’s Mentoring Network for more details. Please circulate to any colleagues who may be interested. 

Sign up to information sessions on Develop 


Community Fellowship Opportunity – From the Personal to the Planetary: Interaction, Activism and Futures

The Brigstow Institute and Cabot Institute for the Environment are collaborating on an initiative called From the Personal to the Planetary: Interaction, Activism and Futures. The initiative seeks to activate a broad range of people and stakeholders in considering climate change and responding to the climate emergency.

  • Deadline: 10:00am, 19th February 2024
  • Funding available: £5,000 per fellowship (VAT inclusive)
  •  Number of fellowships available: a total of eight P2P Community Fellowships positions (four academic fellowships drawn from the University of Bristol only, four fellowships for those beyond the university)
  • Timescale of fellowships: fellowships begin June 2024 for 10 months with some flexibility.

Find out more about the fellowships and application process: https://www.bristol.ac.uk/brigstow/funding/p2pfellowships/


EBI Director Role- Applications open

The University is seeking to appoint a Director of the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute. This is an opportunity for an existing member of staff within the University to lead the Institute when the current Director ends her term of office on 31 July 2024. The role has a 50% FTE time allocation in which the post-holder is released from School and Faculty duties by agreement with their Head of School. Further details including Job Description and how to apply can be found on the University job pages here.

Closing date for applications: 23:59 GMT on Monday 26 February 2024


Collaborating with the NHS and the future of healthcare: An Enterprise Masterclass with Maria Kane, OBE

Join Maria Kane, OBE and Chief Executive of North Bristol NHS Trust for the next Enterprise Masterclass. Maria will share insights on agility, innovation, and collaboration within large organizations like the NHS. She will delve into the impact of AI and digital technologies on healthcare and offer practical advice for academics seeking to collaborate with the NHS.

Secure your place via Develop and feel free to share this invitation with interested parties.

For inquiries, contact claire.wrixon@bristol.ac.uk. External attendees should also contact Claire to reserve their place.


Career Development Residential Retreat

This retreat offers Research Associates and Senior Research Associates without an established position at the University of Bristol a chance to focus on career development and connect with peers. Through two days of workshops, participants will clarify their goals, gain confidence, and identify actions to advance their careers. Priority will be given to those facing barriers, including those impacted by Covid-19, and applicants from Black heritage backgrounds. Interested individuals should email Claire Wrixon (Claire.wrixon@bristol.ac.uk) with a 1-page expression of interest. Expenses, including travel and childcare up to £150, can be claimed via the school budget, see the expense policy. Limited spaces available; allocation will be via lottery if oversubscribed.

 Tuesday 14th (overnight) and Wednesday 15th May 2024 (please hold in your diary if you’d like to express interest).

Invitation to attend Arts, Law and Social Sciences health & social care research networking event on Tuesday 27 February 2024

You are invited to an interdisciplinary networking event hosted by the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute. This will be an opportunity for health and wellbeing researchers across the university who adopt social sciences, arts and humanities research methods to get together, learn about current research at Bristol in this space, find out what expertise is available and make new connections. The networking event will be held in-person over lunch on Tuesday 27 February 2024, 12:00 – 14:00, in the Arts Complex, Humanities Cinema Room G.H01, 7 Woodland Road. Light lunch will be provided in the Research Space on the first floor above G.H01 and participation is free. To register please complete a short registration formby midday on Monday 19 February 2024. Full details and agenda can be found here.


GW4 Event- Tuesday, 12th March

Join the GW4 team at the Claverton Rooms, University of Bath from 13:00- 15:00 on 12th March 2024 for an informative and engaging session, where you can learn more about GW4’s strategic priorities, programmes of work, funding schemes and the audience groups who they work with and support. For further information see https://gw4.ac.uk/events/gw4-roadshow-2024-university-of-bath/

Free lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Please register to attend by 5th March 2024.


The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Lunchtime LINKS

Join The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute (EBI) for their upcoming EBI Lunchtime LINKS sessions, designed to foster learning, innovation, networking, knowledge sharing, and support among researchers. Their next session will focus on integrating public engagement into research projects, featuring a guest speaker and Q&A session. Join them on Wednesday, 13th March,  from 12:00 to 13:30 at the Verdon Smith room in Royal Fort House. After the talk, enjoy a light lunch and networking opportunities with peers and representatives from EBI and the Division of Research, Enterprise, and Innovation (DREI). Visit the EBI Events page for more details and to sign up. Stay updated on future EBI LINKS sessions through our intranet site.


SWIMM Programme 

The SWIMM (South West Institutions’ Middle Manager) programme is a 2-day residential programme involving up to 7 other universities from the southwest of England and Wales. SWIMM is designed to allow ‘middle managers’ the opportunity to reflect on their role, develop key management skills and network with peers in similar roles across the sector. Delegates learn tools and concepts in a supportive atmosphere, away from the workplace. The programme is aimed at Academic and Professional Services staff who are ‘middle’ managers and who are new to their role or who wish to further develop their management skills.

Programme dates: Thursday 14th March & Friday 15th March 2024

For further details and information for how to apply, please click this link to the SWIMM webpage.


Training from other providers

Research Lives and Cultures Podcast

Join Dr. Sandrine Soubes from Tesselle Development as she interviews researchers, academics, and professionals about their journeys through research careers and professional transitions on our podcast. These stories highlight the diversity of approaches in navigating the complexities of the research environment, demonstrating that there is never a set path for research careers.

Listen now!

Bristol Clear Bulletin- 02nd February

Your development matters!

Issued every fortnight, this bulletin for Researchers at Bristol brings you the latest news about personal and career development opportunities, both from inside and outside of the University.
If you have any queries or feedback, please contact the Bristol Clear team, bristol-clear

Focus on

Prosper: Explore

Prosper is a portal filled to the brim with great resources for postdocs, managers of researchers and institutions to aid researcher career development.  

In the “Explore” section, you can find resources and tools to help you develop your self-awareness and identify your career goals, including articles, assessments, and exercises.

Action for you: Set aside time to Explore and identify 1-2 resources that can help you become clearer about your next career step.

In the next bulletin, we will focus on “Act”


Upcoming workshops

Places are now available on the following workshops:

  • 05 February 11:00-12:00- Drop in Q&A on the Research Project Life Cycle 
  • 05 February 10:00-12:30- Bristol Clear 1:1s
  • 06 February 14:00-15:00- Introduction to Post-Award research finance – monitoring and budgeting 
  • 08 February 10:30-12:30- Advanced influencing policy:​ How to engage with policymakers and the policy-making process  
  • 09 February 09:30-12:30- Engaged Research: why and how to embed Public Engagement in your research (in person)
  • 13 February 09:30-13:00- Narrative CV writing workshop (in person)
  • 20 February 11:00-12:00- An introduction to Public Engagement with Research: involving the public in your research
  • 26 February 09:30-12:00- Discovering Career Support for Researchers at Bristol
  • 27 February 10:00-11:30- Intro to Research Funding [Sci+Eng]
  • 27 February 09:30-12:00- Managing Research Teams (in person)
  • 28 February 14:00-15:00- Intro to Research Funding [Health and Life Science]
  • 28 February 09:30-13:00- Healthy and Sustainable Productivity Habits- Part 1
  • 29 February 09:30-12:30- Working Towards a Lectureship 

To book, please sign in to Develop now and search the catalogue for these course titles. To book a place when registration has closed, please email sd-course@bristol.ac.uk

To see a full list of Bristol Clear and Research in Practice workshops, please see our webpage.


Research-related events and initiatives

Bristol Women’s Mentoring Network 2024 – Call for Mentees and Mentors

Supporting academic and professional services colleagues, we are launching a new round for 2024. We are inviting:

  • New mentees (academic or professional services women or individuals who identify as female, grades J, K, L and M) to apply
  • New mentors (anyone from academic, professional services & University of Bristol Alumni, grades K, L, M & X). 
  • Returning mentors can express their interest by emailing uob-mentoring@bristol.ac.uk.

Please visit Bristol Women’s Mentoring Network for more details. Please circulate to any colleagues who may be interested. 

Sign up to information sessions on Develop 


Community Fellowship Opportunity – From the Personal to the Planetary: Interaction, Activism and Futures

The Brigstow Institute and Cabot Institute for the Environment are collaborating on an initiative called From the Personal to the Planetary: Interaction, Activism and Futures. The initiative seeks to activate a broad range of people and stakeholders in considering climate change and responding to the climate emergency.

  • Deadline: 10:00am, 19th February 2024
  • Funding available: £5,000 per fellowship (VAT inclusive)
  •  Number of fellowships available: a total of eight P2P Community Fellowships positions (four academic fellowships drawn from the University of Bristol only, four fellowships for those beyond the university)
  • Timescale of fellowships: fellowships begin June 2024 for 10 months with some flexibility.

Find out more about the fellowships and application process: https://www.bristol.ac.uk/brigstow/funding/p2pfellowships/


Invitation to attend Arts, Law and Social Sciences health & social care research networking event on Tuesday 27 February 2024

You are invited to an interdisciplinary networking event hosted by the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute. This will be an opportunity for health and wellbeing researchers across the university who adopt social sciences, arts and humanities research methods to get together, learn about current research at Bristol in this space, find out what expertise is available and make new connections.

The networking event will be held in-person over lunch on Tuesday 27 February 2024, 12:00 – 14:00, in the Arts Complex, Humanities Cinema Room G.H01, 7 Woodland Road. Light lunch will be provided in the Research Space on the first floor above G.H01 and participation is free. To register please complete a short registration form by midday on Monday 19 February 2024. Full details and agenda can be found here.


Library Services New Scholarly Works Policy

Library Services are excited to announce that we have a new Scholarly Works Policy. This is an important step to ensuring free and open access to all of our research outputs, and to enabling authors to retain the rights for their work, without unnecessary admin. More information can be found on their blog, as well as their new open access pages.


The Inclusive Research Toolkit

It can be difficult to know where to begin with inclusive research. You know you want to do something… but what?

The Inclusive Research Toolkit provides a framework to start thinking about equity and inclusivity in your own research, with lots of resources, case studies and activities along the way.

How it works: The toolkit is organized into sections according to the stages of the research process. These sections each contain several key topics about different inclusive research practices. The toolkit is set up as a self-guided learning resource on Develop, and is supported through an interactive pdf workbook (which you can download and print).


Training from other providers

Research Adjacent Podcast

The Research Adjacent is a podcast that shines a light on everything that goes into making research successful, except the research. Including public engagement, knowledge exchange, outreach, project management, research communications, publishing, funding, events, training, partnerships, facilitation, and the rest.

Too often, all we hear about are the researchers and the research outputs. Well, not here! In the podcast Sarah McLusky talks to amazing research-adjacent professionals about what they do and why it makes a difference. Tune in to find out why we think the research-adjacent space is where the real magic happens.

Listen now!

Bristol Clear Bulletin- 19th January

Your development matters!

Issued every fortnight, this bulletin for Researchers at Bristol brings you the latest news about personal and career development opportunities, both from inside and outside of the University.
If you have any queries or feedback, please contact the Bristol Clear team, bristol-clear

Focus on

Prosper: Reflect on your career journey

Prosper is a portal filled to the brim with resources for postdocs, managers of researchers and institutions to aid researcher career development.  

Start thinking about your career development journey and look at the skills, values and interests you possess with self-assessment tools and exercises to explore your identity and skill set.   

Action for you: Check out the resources, identify 1-2 you would like to do, set aside a bit of time and Reflect  

In the next bulletin, we will focus on “Explore”


Upcoming workshops

Places are now available on the following workshops:

  • 24 January 10:30-12:30- An Introduction to Policy Engagement
  • 25 January 14:00-15:00- Introduction to Research Compliance 
  • 31 January 10:00-11:00- Introduction to Research Contracts
  • 05 February 11:00-12:00- Drop in Q&A on the Research Project Life Cycle 
  • 05 February 10:00-12:30- Bristol Clear 1:1s
  • 06 February 14:00-15:00- Introduction to Post-Award research finance – monitoring and budgeting 
  • 08 February 10:30-12:30- Advanced influencing policy:​ How to engage with policymakers and the policy-making process  
  • 09 February 09:30-12:30- Engaged Research: why and how to embed Public Engagement in your research (in person)
  • 13 February 09:30-13:00- Narrative CV writing workshop (in person)
  • 20 February 11:00-12:00- An introduction to Public Engagement with Research: involving the public in your research
  • 27 February 10:00-11:30- Intro to Research Funding [Sci+Eng]
  • 27 February 09:30-12:00- Managing Research Teams (in person)
  • 28 February 14:00-15:00- Intro to Research Funding [FHS+FLS]
  • 28 February 09:30-13:00- Healthy and Sustainable Writing Habits- Part 1
  • 29 February 09:30-12:30- Working Towards a Lectureship 

To book, please sign in to Develop now and search the catalogue for these course titles. To book a place when registration has closed, please email sd-course@bristol.ac.uk

To see a full list of Bristol Clear and Research in Practice workshops, please see our webpage.


Research-related events and initiatives

The Broadening Horizons mentoring programme – EOI deadline extended to 1st February 2024!

Aiming to support early career researchers with their professional development and raise awareness of the skills and mindset needed to translate discoveries into practical application for societal benefit. It does this by connecting mentees with mentors from industry, policy and the third sector. The programme is free and runs from February to September 2024, and gives mentees exposure to opportunities in translating research and provides tools, knowledge and guidance.

To know more about the programme please visit the Broadening Horizons website here or access our comprehensive programme Information pack here.


Community Fellowship Opportunity – From the Personal to the Planetary: Interaction, Activism and Futures

The Brigstow Institute and Cabot Institute for the Environment are collaborating on an initiative called From the Personal to the Planetary: Interaction, Activism and Futures. The initiative seeks to activate a broad range of people and stakeholders in considering climate change and responding to the climate emergency.

  • Deadline: 10:00am, 19th February 2024
  • Funding available: £5,000 per fellowship (VAT inclusive)
  •  Number of fellowships available: a total of eight P2P Community Fellowships positions (four academic fellowships drawn from the University of Bristol only, four fellowships for those beyond the university)
  • Timescale of fellowships: fellowships begin June 2024 for 10 months with some flexibility.

Find out more about the fellowships and application process: https://www.bristol.ac.uk/brigstow/funding/p2pfellowships/


Invitation to attend Arts, Law and Social Sciences health & social care research networking event on Tuesday 27 February 2024

You are invited to an interdisciplinary networking event hosted by the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute. This will be an opportunity for health and wellbeing researchers across the university who adopt social sciences, arts and humanities research methods to get together, learn about current research at Bristol in this space, find out what expertise is available and make new connections.

The networking event will be held in-person over lunch on Tuesday 27 February 2024, 12:00 – 14:00, in the Arts Complex, Humanities Cinema Room G.H01, 7 Woodland Road. Light lunch will be provided in the Research Space on the first floor above G.H01 and participation is free. To register please complete a short registration form by midday on Monday 19 February 2024. Full details and agenda can be found here.


Library Services New Scholarly Works Policy

Library Services are excited to announce that we have a new Scholarly Works Policy. This is an important step to ensuring free and open access to all of our research outputs, and to enabling authors to retain the rights for their work, without unnecessary admin. More information can be found on their blog, as well as their new open access pages.


EBI Lunchtime LINKS: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in research projects

What EDI aspects do you need to consider when planning a research project?

Join the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute to discuss:

  • What EDI looks like in the dissemination of results
  • Tools and resources that are available
  • Current examples of best practice in research environments.

There will also be a book launch! Talks will be followed by a light networking lunch.

Wednesday 31 January 2024 from 12.00-13.30 in the Verdon Smith room in Royal Fort House. Find further information and book here


The Inclusive Research Toolkit

It can be difficult to know where to begin with inclusive research. You know you want to do something… but what?

The Inclusive Research Toolkit provides a framework to start thinking about equity and inclusivity in your own research, with lots of resources, case studies and activities along the way.

How it works: The toolkit is organized into sections according to the stages of the research process. These sections each contain several key topics about different inclusive research practices. The toolkit is set up as a self-guided learning resource on Develop, and is supported through an interactive pdf workbook (which you can download and print).


Training from other providers: Research Culture Uncovered Series

In this episode of the Research Culture Uncovered Series- The Bee’s Knees: Uncovering the Secrets of Research Culture in the Hive Ged Hall talks to Dr Vicki Jenneson and Dr Fran Pontin.

The main points from the discussion include:

  • The significance of collaborative work across professional and academic teams and the advantages of building networks in conducting impactful research, as noted by Vicki.
  • The importance of communicating complex data science methods and results in a clear, convincing manner to non-data scientists. This is a skill that Vicki and Fran emphasize can make a significant difference in the impact of research.

But the most importantly take away is that early career researchers can and do contribute significantly to the generation of prize winning and important impact.

Listen now!

Bristol Clear Bulletin-15th December

Your development matters!

Issued every fortnight, this bulletin for Researchers at Bristol brings you the latest news about personal and career development opportunities, both from inside and outside of the University.
If you have any queries or feedback, please contact the Bristol Clear team, bristol-clear

Focus on your career in 2024!

No matter where you are in your career, it is important to take time out to focus on next steps. We have workshops coming up that will help you do just that:

If you would rather do some self directed thinking, we have resources that can help facilitate this

To talk through your thoughts, why not book a 1:1?

Finally, here’s some food for thought as you recuperate over the Christmas period… Hugh Kearns argues in this article that researchers need to give themselves (and others) a break from their critical thinking and offers recommendations for breaking “the cycle of criticism”. Is this something that you spot in yourself? How is this influencing the way you think about your career opportunities?”


Upcoming workshops

Places are now available on the following workshops:

  • 10 January 13:30-16:30- Being Strategic about your Career as a Researcher 
  • 11 January 10:00-13:00- Presenting with Confidence for Researchers
  • 12 January 09:30-12:30- Communicating your research to a wider audience
  • 15 January 09:30-16:30 – Project Management Tools for Managing Your Research Project- waiting list available
  • 16 January 10:00-13:00- Developing Your Career Plan 
  • 18 January 09:00-17:00 –Writers’ Retreat 
  • 24 January 10:30-12:30- An Introduction to Policy Engagement
  • 25 January 14:00-15:00- Introduction to Research Compliance 
  • 31 January 10:00-11:00- Introduction to Research Contracts

To book, please sign in to Develop now and search the catalogue for these course titles. To book a place when registration has closed, please email sd-course@bristol.ac.uk

To see a full list of Bristol Clear and Research in Practice workshops, please see our webpage.


Research-related events and initiatives

Library Services New Scholarly Works Policy

Library Services are excited to announce that we have a new Scholarly Works Policy. This is an important step to ensuring free and open access to all of our research outputs, and to enabling authors to retain the rights for their work, without unnecessary admin. More information can be found on their blog, as well as their new open access pages.


Skills every earlier career academic needs

From how to get published to how to get promoted, early career academics and researchers require a slew of skills that stretch far beyond the lab or the lecture theatre. This collection of resources by Times Higher Education covers career advice, networking, working internationally, funding and grant applications, mentoring, time management, staying well and strategies to navigate the complex world of academia.


EBI Lunchtime LINKS: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in research projects

What EDI aspects do you need to consider when planning a research project?

Join the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute to discuss:

  • What EDI looks like in the dissemination of results
  • Tools and resources that are available
  • Current examples of best practice in research environments.

There will also be a book launch! Talks will be followed by a light networking lunch.

Wednesday 31 January 2024 from 12.00-13.30 in the Verdon Smith room in Royal Fort House.

Find further information and book here


The Inclusive Research Toolkit

It can be difficult to know where to begin with inclusive research. You know you want to do something… but what?

The Inclusive Research Toolkit provides a framework to start thinking about equity and inclusivity in your own research, with lots of resources, case studies and activities along the way.

How it works: The toolkit is organized into sections according to the stages of the research process. These sections each contain several key topics about different inclusive research practices. The toolkit is set up as a self-guided learning resource on Develop, and is supported through an interactive pdf workbook (which you can download and print).


Training from other providers: Research Impact and Citation Metrics

Join the Library Research Support team for an one-hour workshop where they will cover

  • What are research indicators?
  • What can citation metrics tell us? What can’t they tell us?
  • Metrics for Researchers, articles. journals and institutions
  • Contextualising metrics
  • Support available

26 January 11:00-12:00

Check the Library webpage for more details


Merry Christmas and happy New Year from everyone at Bristol Clear!!