Bristol Clear Bulletin- 07th June

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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Developing your career plan- 18th June

Wondering About Your Career?
Are you thinking about staying in academia or considering a change? Curious about how you got here and what you truly want to do next?
Join external facilitator Dr Mike Gulliver for an introductory session on career exploration!
This workshop aims to help you identify what you’ve loved about your work so far and use that insight to guide your next steps. Whether you’re looking to stay in academia or explore new paths, you’ll discuss your options, key questions to consider, and resources available to support you.
Don’t miss this chance to chart your future with clarity and confidence.

Upcoming workshops

Places are now available on the following workshops:

  • 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 (in person)- waiting list 
  • 18 June 10:00-13:00- Developing Your Career Plan (in person)
  • 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- waiting list 
  • 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

Unlocking Innovation: ImpactLab for Life Sciences ECRs

Join the ImpactLab, hosted by the Division of Research, Enterprise, and Innovation, and Spin Up Science, for a transformative 1-day training session for ECRs and PhD candidates in the life sciences. Gain essential skills for innovation, leadership, and career success. Learn from local Bioscientists how scientific breakthroughs translate into impactful technologies, driving health outcomes and economic growth. Attendance unlocks access to the Bioscientist MBA, a unique opportunity to validate technology and connect with industry leaders and investors.

Date: Tuesday, 25th June, 09:00 – 16:00 Location: 35 Berkeley Square, Room 4.01 Register: here

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.

The Festival of Enterprise 2024- Thursday 20th June, 09:00-16:00

This year’s Festival of Enterprise will highlight research and enterprise endeavors supported by University Enterprise Fellowships (UEFs) and Early Career Enterprise Fellowships (ECEFs). The event includes presentations from the 23/24 Cohort of UEFs and PechaKucha-style presentations by ECEFs. Expert judges will assess project outcomes and impacts, with prizes awarded for the best presentation and audience choice for the most engaging presentation. RSVP via Develop

EBI Lunchtime Links- 3rd July, 12.00-13.30

Join the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for the next Lunchtime LINKS session where they’ll be discussing ‘Research Impact’. The guest speaker will be John Halliwell,Head of Impact Development, Research, Enterprise and Innovation. Following the talk there will be an opportunity for you to ask any questions, meet and talk to peers over a light lunch. Please register your place by Wednesday 26th June 2024.  

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:

  • 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

AMR (Anti-Microbial Resistance) Award

Following a successful AMR Networking event, DREI are excited to announce the launch of the Bristol Anti-Microbial Resistance Impact Award. This £5,000 award is available for pump-priming projects to help navigate the complexities of AMR-focused areas and support applications for future grants. The Deadline to apply is 3 July 2024. 

Enterprising Women 4.0 launch

Bristol Innovations’ SETsquared has opened applications for Enterprising Women 4.0, its free business support programme for aspiring women founders, kindly funded by NatWest. Enterprising Women is open to early-stage women founders based in the UK who have a tech, tech-enabled or non-tech startup, business idea or side hustle. Over the course of 6-months, awardees will receive mentoring, coaching, workshops and online training, along with introductions to a network of advisers and investors.

Find out more and apply by 31 July.

BBSRC Collaborative Kickstarter Award

 The Collaborative Kickstarter awards (up to £3k) open (does not require an EOI). This award is to build preliminary intelligence of user and sector specific needs that can prime concept development projects. More information can be found 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.

GW4 selected for Researcher SuperVision Project

The GW4 Alliance of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, and Exeter Universities is among nine Practitioner Partners selected to join the Next Generation Research SuperVision Project (RSVP), led by the University of York. This initiative aims to improve postgraduate research supervision nationwide. Leveraging their expertise in doctoral training, GW4 universities will collaborate with other partners to design and test professional development activities, including mentoring, to enhance supervisor capabilities and foster inclusivity in research culture. Read more here.

Wearable Tech for People with Dementia with Dr Zeke Steer: The Enterprise Sessions with Dr Shelby Temple

How do you make wearable technologies comfortable and unobtrusive for people who need them? Professor Michele Barbour talks to Dr Zeke Steer about how personal experiences with his great grandmother influenced the development of SmartSocks™, an innovative technology aimed at supporting individuals with dementia. Take a look at the latest episode on the Enterprise Sessions website.

Reducing waste in UK food production with Dr. Lucy McCarthy

The UK food system is in crisis. Farmers are going out of business, 2 million tonnes of food never gets past the farm gate, meanwhile, 4.7 million families in the UK live in food poverty. The Circular Agriculture Hub was co-founded by Lucy McCarthy to bridge the gap between farmers and consumers, ensuring that surplus produce is able to reach potential users. Watch this video to learn how Lucy was able to achieve far-reaching societal impact through her time on the ARC Accelerate program to work towards setting up a self-sustaining social enterprise.

Career development resources from other providers

The Squiggly Careers Podcast- How to Make Time to Think

This podcast explores how to create more time for thinking in your week and why it’s crucial for your personal development. It offers practical suggestions for developing effective thinking patterns and techniques to help you tailor your approach.

Listen here!

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