Bristol Clear Bulletin- 13th October

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,

This week we’re focusing on


If you’re finding it difficult to secure time to write, then our upcoming Writing Retreat might be your answer. Not only will it give you a whole day to write, but by supporting you to explore when and how you write best throughout that day, it can help you to begin to add structured writing time into your daily schedule. As it takes place on the 31st October, it will be Halloween themed!

To further explore how to establish good writing practices, why not apply for a place on the 2024 Academic Writing Programme. It is a free programme running from March-June 2024 that combines regular training with a practical commitment to practice structured writing time and develop writing habits. Applications open end of October.

Here are a few reading tips, if you would like to explore this topic further:

Write No Matter What: Advice for Academics by Joli Jensen
How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing by Paul Silvia
Air & Light & Time & Space: How Successful Academics Write by Helen Sword

Upcoming workshops

Places are now available on the following workshops:

  • 17 October 10:00-12:30- Bristol Clear 1:1s 
  • 17 October 11:00-12:00- Intro to Research Funding [FHS & FLS]
  • 30 October 10:00-12:30- Bristol Clear 1:1s
  • 31 October 09:15-17:00- Writing Retreat (in person and online)
  • 31 October 10:00-11:30- Bristol Clear mentoring scheme induction session 
  • 01 November 10:00-11:30- Bristol Clear mentoring scheme induction session 
  • 02 November 09:30- 12:00- How to Peer Review Manuscripts for Journals
  • 06 November 10:00-12:00- LinkedIn for Researchers: Simple steps to extend your research network 
  • 06 November 10:00-11:30- Bristol Clear mentoring scheme induction session 
  • 07 November 10:00-11:30- Bristol Clear mentoring scheme induction session
  • 08-21 November 09:30-13:00- Healthy and Sustainable Productivity Habits (2 parts)
  • 13 November 09:30-12:00- Discovering Career Support for Researchers at Bristol 
  • 14 November 10:00-13:00- Interview Confidence

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

Research-related events and initiatives


Recognising Diverse Contributions to Research- NEW STORIES ADDED!

Part of the Enhancing Research Culture work led by Prof. Marcus Munafò, these stories showcase the unique contribu

tion made by professional services staff and technicians to research endeavour spanning departments across the university, enhancing visibility and highlighting the value of this work.

It aims to promote a one-team mentality between researchers, technicians and professional staff, recognising their valuable contributions to research activity as a group, and to to increase awareness of how rewarding and fulfilling career options for professional services staff within research are. This year 7 new stories have been added. Discover more about the work and research via the Enhancing Research Culture SharePoint page.

Bristol Clear Mentoring Scheme – mentee applications open

The scheme is now open for you to sign up, and we are looking for applications from early career researchers across all faculties. By joining the scheme as a mentee you’ll gain access to academics from across the university who are outside of your own discipline, to enable you to have mentoring conversations that are honest and impartial. Your mentor will support you to think about where you are now and how to move forward in whatever direction you choose, either in academia or elsewhere.

The first stage is to attend an information session. You can book your place on one of the sessions here. More information can be found on our webpages. Deadline to sign up is 27 October.

Policy Mapping Workshop for Early-Mid Career Research Staff in Science and Engineering

The Prepare for Impact programme will deliver this session with PolicyBristol. Through practical activities, you will:

  • Identify the stakeholders relevant to your research
  • Understand their motivations and perspectives
  • Explore the tools you can use to develop an engagement strategy

Tuesday 14 November 2 to 3:30 pm

Email to register for November or future sessions.

Industry & Commercial Impact workshop for early-mid career research staff in Science and Engineering

Thi workshop will enable you to:

  • Listen to researchers sharing their experiences of delivering real world impacts;
  • Explore how these experiences might be applied to your own research;
  • Engage with speakers and specialist staff from the Science Partnership and Industrial Liaison offices, DREI and PolicyBristol;
  • Ask questions, discuss your ideas and find out about opportunities and resources that can support you on your impact journey.

Industry & Commercial Impact, Monday 20 November 1:30 to 3 pm

Email to register or hear more about this series.

Training from other providers: The Research Data Service

Did you know that The Research Data Service offers help with data management plans and provides data management for research staff? 

Check the managing research data page to find out more about their interactive bootcamp tutorial and GW4 Research Data Management management Triage Tool