Bristol Clear Bulletin- 14th July

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Friday 14th July 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:

Last Chance to Book Onto These Upcoming Bristol Clear Opportunities Before Summer!
Training from other providers

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Last Chance to Book Onto These Bristol Clear  Opportunities Before Summer!

Even though the end of the academic year is fast approaching, there is still time to enrol onto the below upcoming opportunities:

Working Towards a Fellowship [Arts & SSL]- Tuesday 18th July 
This session will cover:

  • What is a fellowship? Why aim for a fellowship?
  • What are funders looking for?
  • What is missing on your track record to make you competitive for a fellowship application?
  • What do you need to do to build your track record?

Writers’ Retreat- Thursday 20th July 
Join Dr Pam Lock, (lecturer in the English Department at Bristol) for a full day Writers’ Retreat. This Retreat gives participants the opportunity to devote a whole day to writing in a quiet, structured and supportive atmosphere. 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.

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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

Explore: Financial Innovation for Early Career Researchers 31 July – 2 August 
SETsquared Bristol are running another fantastic Explore programme (formally Innovation Lab). The training is open to any research staff, and we are particularly keen to attract interdisciplinary teams.

The Explore programme provides immersive training with the opportunity for participants to get industrial experience and develop their problem-solving skills by helping solve real-world company problems.  There are 18 places available, and participants will be formed into multi-disciplinary teams (3-4 people) to work in depth with an SME or corporate team on a business challenge. The company problems will be related to supporting and advancing Financial Innovation technologies. The Explore programme is open to all UOB research staff.   This programme takes place in person over three days at Engine Shed in Bristol from 31 July – 2 August 2023 

To apply, please fill in this brief form by 26 July 

If you have any questions, please contact 

New BBI Innovation Programme Sign up for Prepare for Impact Mentoring
The Prepare for Impact Programme is managed by the Science Partnership Office (Faculty of Science) and the Industrial Liaison Office (Faculty of Engineering). Its aim is to help early – mid career researchers make a real difference with their work by connecting them to industry and other research users. The programme offers mentoring, talks, skills training and networking opportunities. The externally-led mentoring programme is kicking off for another round in September, and we’d love you to join. You will be matched with a mentor from industry or policy and ~ 5 academic colleagues from the Faculties of Science and Engineering. Over the course of 3 sessions, the groups will explore: 

  • How to talk to industry and other users of research 
  • Approaches to collaborating with industry and policy makers 
  • How to think about research impact 
  • Understand what working in industry / outside academia is like – especially with respect to R&D
  • And a range of other topics, including transferrable skills, career development/aspirations, managing pressure and high workload, and work-life balance.

This is an excellent opportunity for our researchers – do sign up now by emailing the programme coordinator, Corinna Chandler at you’d like her to provide some further information or attend a team/school meeting, please get in touch.

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:

  • How has research impact affected research culture?
  • This is How We Do It: 3 Researchers & How They Maximise LinkedIn
  • LinkedIn Tips and Strategies for Researchers

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

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