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:

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

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 or 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

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 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 ( 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: