Bristol Clear Bulletin- 30th June 2023

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Friday 30th June 2023

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,

In this bulletin:

Career Support for Researchers at Bristol
Upcoming Bristol Clear opportunities
Training from other providers

Writers’ Retreat

Join Dr Pam Lock, (lecturer in the English Department at Bristol) for a full day Writers’ Retreat Thursday 20th July.

This Retreat gives participants the opportunity to devote a whole day to writing in a quiet, structured and supportive atmosphere.

Dr Pam Lock has run these retreats in person and online since 2014 and has received resoundingly positive feedback from these events.

There will be some short discussions on good writing practice and how to approach your writing as a professional task but the vast majority of the day will be devoted to writing without distraction. To this end, we encourage you not to use mobile phones, etc during the writing periods but laptops are of welcome for writing purposes.

We have a limit of 40 places, so please sign up ASAP to avoid disappointment!

Upcoming Bristol Clear and Other Opportunities

Places are now available on the following courses:

  • 06 July 10:00-12:00- Discovering Career Support for Researchers at Bristol
  • 11 July 09:30-13:00- Narrative CV writing bootcamp for Faculty of Science- in person
  • 18 July 11:00-13:00- Working Towards a Fellowship [Arts & SSL]
  • 20 July 09:15- 17:00- Writers’ Retreat (in person)
  • 24 July 14:00-16:00- Thriving in a Part Time Role

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

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How can we improve research culture at Bristol
If you have a suggestion, or any thoughts or comments about research culture at Bristol, let us know through this suggestions box.
Contact: If you’d like to discuss research culture, get in touch with Marcus Munafò, Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research Culture at

Free open online event for AHSS Researchers- 4th July 
You are warmly invited to join Queens University of Belfast for #ECRday2023 on 4th July 2023 (09:30-19: 30), a day of online talks exploring life after the PhD for those with a PhD in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Graduate students, postdocs, early (and not so early!) career scholars and interested parties—especially those with supervision or mentoring responsibilities—are all very welcome to join.

The talks will cover a variety of topics, including the skills needed to navigate post-PhD life in academia and careers beyond the university; they will also be joined by a representative from the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Director of the Leverhulme Trust, Professor Anna Vignoles.

The day will conclude with an ‘Engaged Research Masterclass’, which will appeal to students and academics at all stages of their careers. *Please note that registration for the ‘Engaged Research Masterclass’ is separate*.

For more information and booking details of both events, please click here. 

BBSRC Impact Acceleration Account Round 2- deadline for applications  5th July 
We are pleased to announce the second round of BBSRC Impact Acceleration Account call is now open. Two competitive awards will support projects which de-risk early translation, explore potential markets, advance the translation of research or engage relevant partners.  All pathway staff may apply.  Funding must be spent by 31st March 2024. The application form and guidelines can be found on the SharePoint page.

  • Concept Development Award– Concept development awards of up to £10,000 for pilot studies to demonstrate the concept of a proposed solution to a societal need.
  • Impact Plus AwardAwards of up to £40,000 for projects with a clear opportunity and route to market; and for projects with a clear route to external funding such as BBSRC Follow On Fund. Projects will be developed with our Commercialisation Managers and will include a statement on commercial potential and IP position, cash/in-kind contributions from industry and/or a market analysis to ensure value for money and a strong position for further investment.

If you have any questions regarding the call, please contact

Early Career Researcher – MRC IAA Panel Observer Opportunity. Apply by 17:00 on Monday, 5th July
Research and Enterprise have a few spaces for ECRs to gain panel-level experience as MRC IAA panel observers with the possibility of progressing to full panel membership. Put yourself forward as a panel observer by completing this form for the possibility of progressing to full panel membership.

Celebrating  MRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) 2023- Deadline 5th July 
The MRC IAA is now open for applications! Applicants can now apply for funding that aims to support the translation of scientific discoveries in Bristol’s portfolio intervention with broad, lasting impact on human health.

Translational research is the application of fundamental research to create innovations in the diagnosis, treatment, management, or prevention of disease.  Applicants can apply for up to £100,000 for translational projects lasting 6-12 months.

If you would like to apply and read more about the scheme, please visit out SharePoint page. If you would like to speak to one of the team about your project and whether it is eligible for the scheme, please contact

Invitation to attend a Research Culture Café- Wednesday 6th July 09:30-10:30
This 1 hour event aims to facilitate informal conversations around research culture, linking up different groups, and creating a space to share and learn from different initiatives and experiences.

To find out more information click here or contact 

Research Culture Uncovered Series Narrative CV bootcamp for Faculty of Science- in person
With increasing numbers of funders now opting to use a narrative CV (often described as a Résumé for Research and Innovation (R4RI)) as part of their research funding application process, Science colleagues may be interested in attending this CV bootcamp.  The narrative CV format aims to recognise diverse contributions, backgrounds, and careers, and discourages an overreliance on decontextualised metrics such as Journal Impact Factor.  At the University of Bristol, narrative CVs are also increasingly used for promotions to recognise diverse contributions to the University. Please note this is for Faculty of Science colleagues only.

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New BBI Innovation Programme
The Bristol BioDesign Institute (BBI) is actively seeking participants to join their upcoming BBI Innovation Programme set to be launched in autumn. This programme provides University of Bristol researchers with innovation training, mentoring, and networking opportunities, as well as support to drive the translation of their research. 

The BBI is looking for researchers who 

  • work on a research project within the synthetic and engineering biology space, with a potential for translation 
  • are keen to develop their innovation skills 
  • are excited to become part of the vibrant innovation community in Bristol 

The programme is primarily aimed at postdoctoral researchers, but others with a strong interest in innovation are also welcome to apply. Please sign up via the application form by 16th July or contact Kerstin Kinkelin ( for more information. 

Research Culture Uncovered Series
Leeds University are posting weekly podcasts on all matters relating to research culture. During these conversations, Research Culture Uncovered will be asking what is Research Culture and why does it matter?

Recent episodes include:

  • This is How We Do It: 3 Researchers & How They Maximise LinkedIn
  • LinkedIn Tips and Strategies for Researchers
  • From Academia to Industry and across 3 Countries

See all Research Culture Uncovered Podcasts– also on Spotify, Apple, Amazon, Google and Develop.

Talk to one of our Experts in Residence!
The Impact Development Team currently host three Experts in Residence (EiRs), giving the exclusive opportunity to researchers to access free external expertise with lived experience of the translational pathways for specific modalities and indications. Our EiRs can advise researchers on – 

  •  Managing university-business collaborations 
  • Translation and commercialisation of research Entrepreneurship
  • Moving research from discovery to practical use 
  • Testing the commercial potential of an idea or proposition 

Dr Richard Seabrook (Bioinformatics, chemoinformatics and advanced therapies ), Dr Taj Mattu (Diagnostics, devices, Medtech) and Dr Sasha Siegal (Genomic surveillance, digital products and services) are available for a free consultation and support. If you are interested in setting up a meeting with one of our EiRs, please contact

Researcher support tools
The Research Application and Award Lifecycle describes the processes to follow from having an  initial idea for a research project, to securing funding, through to project delivery and using project outputs. To clarify, simplify and strengthen the current process, a suite of researcher support tools is now available on the DREI SharePoint site.  These tools will be piloted until early 2023 when engagement will be reviewed with a view to rolling out permanently. If you have any questions or feedback about the tools or the wider End-to-End project, please contact the project manager:

Enhancing Research Culture: post-project case studies
Over 30 research projects were funded by Research England to enhance the research culture at the University. These projects are now reaching their conclusion, and the Enhancing Research Culture team are looking forward to sharing further information on their findings over the next couple of months. Three project case studies are now available to read: Untold Stories – Challenging research behaviours for study of the past; The Inclusive Research Collective; and Supporting Neurodivergent Research Culture. To learn more, visit the Enhancing Research Culture website.

Training From Other Providers

Follow the link above for details on online training courses currently available