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

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

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 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

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 with any queries.

We’d love to hear from you: please contact the Bristol Clear team with any queries or to provide feedback: