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, bristol-clear@bristol.ac.uk

This week we’re focusing on

                       Writing

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 sd-course@bristol.ac.uk


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 corinna.chandler@bristol.ac.uk 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 corinna.chandler@bristol.ac.uk 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

Bristol Clear Bulletin-29th September

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, bristol-clear@bristol.ac.uk

This week we’re focussing on

Bristol Clear 1:1s

Do you have a work-related issue that you would like to talk through with someone? Or would you like to take some time to review your career options?

Bristol Clear offer 30-minute coaching-style sessions to researchers on Pathway 2 to give you an opportunity to talk through work/career issues with an impartial member of the Bristol Clear team. 

These sessions give you the space to reflect and consider solutions.

Researchers who have made use of our offer have fed back that they value the opportunity to talk through their issue and feel an enhanced clarity about what next steps to take.

Book an appointment now!


Upcoming workshops

Places are now available on the following workshops:

  • 17 October 10:00-12:30- Bristol Clear 1:1s 
  • 30 October 10:00-12:30- Bristol Clear 1:1s
  • 31 October 09:15-17:00- Writing Retreat (in person and online)
  • 02 November 09:30- 12:00- How to Peer Review Manuscripts for Journals
  • 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 sd-course@bristol.ac.uk


Research-related events and initiatives

An Introduction to Co-Produced Research

Do you want to find out more about co-produced research? Thinking of applying to Brigstow for seedcorn funding?

Join Brigstow and Hannah Mumby for a workshop to explore how to use co-produced approaches in research. This event is aimed at anyone wanting to find out about co-produced research and who might also be thinking of applying for seedcorn funding from Brigstow.
More information and registration.

Wed, 4 Oct 2023 12:30 – 16:00. Room 1.68, Queen’s Building, University Walk Bristol BS8 1TR


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 marcus.munafo@bristol.ac.uk


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: Library Research Support 

Did you know that Library Research Support offers live training workshops for researchers?

Check the library events page to book a place on a scheduled event, or contact the Research Support mailbox if you’d like the team to run an event for your research group.

Bristol Clear Bulletin- 15th September

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Friday 15th September 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, bristol-clear@bristol.ac.uk

In this bulletin:

UKNPAW 2023- Creating connections and rediscovering joy
Announcements
Training from other providers


UKNPAW 2023- Creating connections and rediscovering joy

What is a “Postdoc”?

How similar/different is this across different disciplines, and with the increased focus on interdisciplinary research, how can we communicate and connect across divides?

Starting with a take on the nuances of words by best-selling author and comedian Dave Chawner (https://www.davechawner.co.uk/), followed by conversations and discussion panel led by Prof Ian Sabroe and Dr Dieter Declercq, hosts of the podcast ‘Conversations about Arts, Humanities and Health’, on how to create collaborative environments, break preconceived ideologies, and rediscover the joy that drives us forward with what we do! On the panel will be researchers Dr Claire Burridge (University of Sheffield, history of health and medicine), Dr Élaina Gauthier-Mamaril (University of Edinburgh, philosophy and bioethics), and Dr Mukti Sigh (University of Manchester, protein structure and function).

When: 18th September, 10.30am (expected run time around 1.5 hours, the event will close latest at 12.30pm)

How: Register here https://lovepostdocs.azurelive.net/registration/creating-connections-rediscovering-joy/

Remember you can catch up on previous recorded events as well! Check out the website https://uk-postdoc-appreciation-week.webnode.co.uk/.


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Announcements

Changes to how researchers are costed, appointed and developed

The University published principles and guidance on how Research Associates (RAs) and Senior Research Associates (SRAs) are costed on project proposals, and on how roles are designed with scope for development. The key principles are:

  • Identify what type of researcher role a project requires
  • If in doubt, cost researcher roles at Grade J/level b as a minimum
  • Engage with role profiles to recruit to the right level
  • Design roles with scope for development

Connected to the principles and guidance is the change from the process of “Movement from Level a to b” to Promotion up to Senior Lecturer / Senior Research Fellow from 1st April 2024. In the interim period, all line managers of RAs (grade I/ level a) are encouraged to review if the role and responsibilities of the RA are still commensurate with the role profile a for RAs, or if they actually align with the role profile b for SRAs. If the latter is the case, line managers can make a case for Movement from Level a to b for their RA  by  completing and submitting this form until 31st October 2023.


Forging Successful Collaborations with Industry: An Enterprise Masterclass with Anke Te

Are you engaged with industry or enterprise activity? Would you like to get some advice and guidance on how to build effective partnerships? If so then this event might be of interest:

Anike is the Chief Strategy Officer and member of the Strategy Management Group of Lucideon, an international materials design, development, and commercialisation consultancy. In this global-facing role, Anike advises Lucideon on long-term strategic direction and how to develop and commercialise key new activities around technology trends and drivers of the future. As an Aegis Professor for Engineering Biology at the University of Bristol, Anike helps to facilitate cross-disciplinary and collaborative working. She works with the Bristol BioDesign Institute (BBI) as industrial advisor for the translation of synthetic and engineering biology to applications in industry.

Anike has a wide range of experiences in different sectors and positions, various leadership roles and an extensive international network across a variety of industries, academia, and institutions. In this Enterprise Masterclass, Anike will discuss her career and experience working in various sectors and positions, the importance of partnerships between universities and industry, and how to develop successful partnerships.

Thursday 28th September 10:15- 13:00, Beacon House BS8 1SE. Room 4.06

You can secure your place via eventbrite

Please send any queries relating to this event to claire.wrixon@bristol.ac.uk


Career Journeys: discovering careers outside of academia- 28th September
If you’re considering how to progress your career outside of academia and would like to hear from others who have done just this, then this event is for you!
This informal session is focused on the speaker’s personal stories which demonstrate a variety of approaches of transitioning their career from being an academic to using their skills and experience working in a different field.

This month’s speaker will be Dr Jenny Oliver:

  • Jenny completed an undergraduate master’s in pharmacology (with industry placement year) and PhD at Bath University, before undertaking a 3-year laboratory-based postdoctoral research position at Keele University.
  • She joined Bristol University in 2010 as a Research Coordinator for the Bristol (Children’s) Vaccine Centre where she was initially responsible for facilitating several paediatric vaccine trials and establishing the Immunity and Infection Research Tissue Bank. As the team grew, she took on more managerial responsibilities, overseeing staff as well as research projects, and handling all operational aspects from feasibility assessments through to study completion.
  • Jenny now leads the research support team (“admin team”) arm of the Bristol Vaccine Centre, currently consisting of some 50+ staff, and manages the financial, HR and operational planning across all BVC areas.

Thursday 28th September 12:00-13:00, online

Sign up on Develop now!


An Introduction to Co-Produced Research

Do you want to find out more about co-produced research? Thinking of applying to Brigstow for seedcorn funding?

Join Brigstow and Hannah Mumby for a workshop to explore how to use co-produced approaches in research. This event is aimed at anyone wanting to find out about co-produced research and who might also be thinking of applying for seedcorn funding from Brigstow.
More information and registration.

Wed, 4 Oct 2023 12:30 – 16:00. Room 1.68, Queen’s Building, University Walk Bristol BS8 1TR


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 marcus.munafo@bristol.ac.uk


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:

  • Industrial Research Fellowship and the Research Co-Culture podcast
  • The Future of Research Impact Culture
  • The Research Adjacents

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


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

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, bristol-clear@bristol.ac.uk

In this bulletin:

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

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 marcus.munafo@bristol.ac.uk


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 lauren.ellse@bristol.ac.uk 

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 corinna.chandler@bristol.ac.ukIf 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 (k.kinkelin@bristol.ac.uk) 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 lucy.lilwall@bristol.ac.uk


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: katie.glenton-wall@bristol.ac.uk.


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

Bristol Clear Bulletin- 30th June 2023

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Friday 30th June 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, bristol-clear@bristol.ac.uk

In this bulletin:

Career Support for Researchers at Bristol
Upcoming Bristol Clear opportunities
Announcements
Training from other providers


Writers’ Retreat

Join Dr Pam Lock, (lecturer in the English Department at Bristol) for a full day Writers’ Retreat Thursday 20th July.

This Retreat gives participants the opportunity to devote a whole day to writing in a quiet, structured and supportive atmosphere.

Dr Pam Lock has run these retreats in person and online since 2014 and has received resoundingly positive feedback from these events.

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. To this end, we encourage you not to use mobile phones, etc during the writing periods but laptops are of welcome for writing purposes.

We have a limit of 40 places, so please sign up ASAP to avoid disappointment!


Upcoming Bristol Clear and Other Opportunities

Places are now available on the following courses:

  • 06 July 10:00-12:00- Discovering Career Support for Researchers at Bristol
  • 11 July 09:30-13:00- Narrative CV writing bootcamp for Faculty of Science- in person
  • 18 July 11:00-13:00- Working Towards a Fellowship [Arts & SSL]
  • 20 July 09:15- 17:00- Writers’ Retreat (in person)
  • 24 July 14:00-16:00- Thriving in a Part Time Role

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 sd-course@bristol.ac.uk


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Announcements

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 marcus.munafo@bristol.ac.uk


Free open online event for AHSS Researchers- 4th July 
You are warmly invited to join Queens University of Belfast for #ECRday2023 on 4th July 2023 (09:30-19: 30), a day of online talks exploring life after the PhD for those with a PhD in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Graduate students, postdocs, early (and not so early!) career scholars and interested parties—especially those with supervision or mentoring responsibilities—are all very welcome to join.

The talks will cover a variety of topics, including the skills needed to navigate post-PhD life in academia and careers beyond the university; they will also be joined by a representative from the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Director of the Leverhulme Trust, Professor Anna Vignoles.

The day will conclude with an ‘Engaged Research Masterclass’, which will appeal to students and academics at all stages of their careers. *Please note that registration for the ‘Engaged Research Masterclass’ is separate*.

For more information and booking details of both events, please click here. 


BBSRC Impact Acceleration Account Round 2- deadline for applications  5th July 
We are pleased to announce the second round of BBSRC Impact Acceleration Account call is now open. Two competitive awards will support projects which de-risk early translation, explore potential markets, advance the translation of research or engage relevant partners.  All pathway staff may apply.  Funding must be spent by 31st March 2024. The application form and guidelines can be found on the SharePoint page.

  • Concept Development Award– Concept development awards of up to £10,000 for pilot studies to demonstrate the concept of a proposed solution to a societal need.
  • Impact Plus AwardAwards of up to £40,000 for projects with a clear opportunity and route to market; and for projects with a clear route to external funding such as BBSRC Follow On Fund. Projects will be developed with our Commercialisation Managers and will include a statement on commercial potential and IP position, cash/in-kind contributions from industry and/or a market analysis to ensure value for money and a strong position for further investment.

If you have any questions regarding the call, please contact lucy.lilwall@bristol.ac.uk.


Early Career Researcher – MRC IAA Panel Observer Opportunity. Apply by 17:00 on Monday, 5th July
Research and Enterprise have a few spaces for ECRs to gain panel-level experience as MRC IAA panel observers with the possibility of progressing to full panel membership. Put yourself forward as a panel observer by completing this form for the possibility of progressing to full panel membership.


Celebrating  MRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) 2023- Deadline 5th July 
The MRC IAA is now open for applications! Applicants can now apply for funding that aims to support the translation of scientific discoveries in Bristol’s portfolio intervention with broad, lasting impact on human health.

Translational research is the application of fundamental research to create innovations in the diagnosis, treatment, management, or prevention of disease.  Applicants can apply for up to £100,000 for translational projects lasting 6-12 months.

If you would like to apply and read more about the scheme, please visit out SharePoint page. If you would like to speak to one of the team about your project and whether it is eligible for the scheme, please contact lucy.lilwall@bristol.ac.uk


Invitation to attend a Research Culture Café- Wednesday 6th July 09:30-10:30
This 1 hour event aims to facilitate informal conversations around research culture, linking up different groups, and creating a space to share and learn from different initiatives and experiences.

To find out more information click here or contact pa-apvc-researchculture@bristol.ac.uk. 


Research Culture Uncovered Series Narrative CV bootcamp for Faculty of Science- in person
With increasing numbers of funders now opting to use a narrative CV (often described as a Résumé for Research and Innovation (R4RI)) as part of their research funding application process, Science colleagues may be interested in attending this CV bootcamp.  The narrative CV format aims to recognise diverse contributions, backgrounds, and careers, and discourages an overreliance on decontextualised metrics such as Journal Impact Factor.  At the University of Bristol, narrative CVs are also increasingly used for promotions to recognise diverse contributions to the University. Please note this is for Faculty of Science colleagues only.

Enrol on Develop


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 (k.kinkelin@bristol.ac.uk) 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:

  • This is How We Do It: 3 Researchers & How They Maximise LinkedIn
  • LinkedIn Tips and Strategies for Researchers
  • From Academia to Industry and across 3 Countries

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


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 lucy.lilwall@bristol.ac.uk


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: katie.glenton-wall@bristol.ac.uk.


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

Bristol Clear Bulletin

Bristol Clear logo

Friday 16th June 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, bristol-clear@bristol.ac.uk

In this bulletin:

Career Support for Researchers at Bristol
Upcoming Bristol Clear opportunities
Announcements
Training from other providers


Discovering Career Support for Researchers at Bristol

Are you unsure about what development opportunities are available to you? 

This workshop is designed to help Researchers on Pathway 2 become familiar with the personal and career development support that is offered at Bristol. You will hear from the Bristol Clear programme, the Division for Research and Enterprise (DREI) research team and the Library research team. You will also learn more about the Researcher Concordat and what it means for you and be introduced to the work of the Researcher Reps. At the event, you will also have the chance to network with Researchers across faculties. 

Enrol on Develop!


Upcoming Bristol Clear and Other Opportunities

Places are now available on the following courses:

  • 20 June 10:00-13:00- Developing Your Career Plan (in person)
  • 21 June 13:30-17:00- Working Towards a Lectureship (STEM) in person waiting list
  • 28 June 14:00-15:00- Intro to Writing a Grant Proposal (Arts + SSL) 
  • 29 June 10:00-12:30-  How to Peer Review Manuscripts for Journals (in person) waiting list
  • 06 July 10:00-12:00- Discovering Career Support for Researchers at Bristol
  • 11 July 09:30-13:00- Narrative CV writing bootcamp for Faculty of Science- in person
  • 18 July 11:00-13:00- Working Towards a Fellowship [Arts & SSL]
  • 20 July 09:15- 17:00- Writers’ Retreat (in person)
  • 24 July 14:00-16:00- Thriving in a Part Time Role

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 sd-course@bristol.ac.uk


person holding a megaphone

Announcements

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 marcus.munafo@bristol.ac.uk


Career Exploration Month- Events for Researchers
The Postdoctoral Development Centre from Queen’s University Belfast is delighted to invite any interested researcher to their free online Career Exploration Month weekly events in June 2023.

Events will include four panel discussions with former postdocs and PhDs from multiple disciplinary backgrounds now working in a range of roles and sectors. They will talk about their current role, how they managed the transition from academia, which skills and expertise they use from their research background, the advantages and challenges of their position, as well as advice for current postdocs and PhDs interested in similar roles.

List of events (details below and on individual event webpages):


Celebrating Technicians
Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building
19th June 11:30AM – 2PM

Technicians are a vital part of the research process, supporting and furthering innovative and ground-breaking research endeavours across all Schools and Faculties at the University of Bristol. This event focuses on the past, present and future of the role of technicians in academia.

We’ll be joined by Kelly Vere MBE, Higher Education Engagement Manager and Technician Commitment Programme Director, along with Andy Connelly, writer for Technician Journey, and Catrin Harris, Technical Community Research Fellow for the Talent Project, University of Nottingham. Hear three talks on the role of technicians contributing to the success of research projects across the U.K.’s research landscape.

Join us to;

  • Celebrate the excellent work carried out by technicians in the research space
  • Join the discussion with an expert panel on the importance of technical support in research
  • Network with academic, technical and professional services colleagues and forge new links across the University

Catering (canapes, drinks and snacks) will be provided at this free event.

Register via Eventbrite


Free open online event for AHSS Researchers- 4th July 
You are warmly invited to join Queens University of Belfast for #ECRday2023 on 4th July 2023 (9.30am-7.30pm), a day of online talks exploring life after the PhD for those with a PhD in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Graduate students, postdocs, early (and not so early!) career scholars and interested parties—especially those with supervision or mentoring responsibilities—are all very welcome to join.

The talks will cover a variety of topics, including the skills needed to navigate post-PhD life in academia and careers beyond the university; they will also be joined by a representative from the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Director of the Leverhulme Trust, Professor Anna Vignoles.

The day will conclude with an ‘Engaged Research Masterclass’, which will appeal to students and academics at all stages of their careers. *Please note that registration for the ‘Engaged Research Masterclass’ is separate*.

For more information and booking details of both events, please follow this link: https://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/pdc/Funding/ECRday2023/


BBSRC Impact Acceleration Account Round 2- deadline for applications  5th July 
We are pleased to announce the second round of BBSRC Impact Acceleration Account call is now open. Two competitive awards will support projects which de-risk early translation, explore potential markets, advance the translation of research or engage relevant partners.  All pathway staff may apply.  Funding must be spent by 31st March 2024. The application form and guidelines can be found on the SharePoint page.

  • Concept Development Award – Concept development awards of up to £10,000 for pilot studies to demonstrate the concept of a proposed solution to a societal need.
  • Impact Plus Award  Awards of up to £40,000 For projects with a clear opportunity and route to market; and for projects with a clear route to external funding such as BBSRC Follow On Fund. Projects will be developed with our Commercialisation Managers and will include a statement on commercial potential and IP position, cash/in-kind contributions from industry and/or a market analysis to ensure value for money and a strong position for further investment.

If you have any questions regarding the call, please contact lucy.lilwall@bristol.ac.uk.


Celebrating  MRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) 2023- Deadline 5th July 
The MRC IAA is now open for applications! Applicants can now apply for funding that aims to support the translation of scientific discoveries in Bristol’s portfolio intervention with broad, lasting impact on human health.

Translational research is the application of fundamental research to create innovations in the diagnosis, treatment, management, or prevention of disease.  Applicants can apply for up to £100,000 for translational projects lasting 6-12 months.

If you would like to apply and read more about the scheme, please visit out SharePoint page here. If you would like to speak to one of the team about your project and whether it is eligible for the scheme, please contact lucy.lilwall@bristol.ac.uk


Research Culture Uncovered Series Narrative CV bootcamp for Faculty of Science- in person
With increasing numbers of funders now opting to use a narrative CV (often described as a Résumé for Research and Innovation (R4RI)) as part of their research funding application process, Science colleagues may be interested in attending this CV bootcamp.  The narrative CV format aims to recognise diverse contributions, backgrounds, and careers, and discourages an overreliance on decontextualised metrics such as Journal Impact Factor.  At the University of Bristol, narrative CVs are also increasingly used for promotions to recognise diverse contributions to the University. Please note this is for Faculty of Science colleagues only.

Enrol on Develop


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:

  • LinkedIn Tips and Strategies for Researchers
  • From Academia to Industry and across 3 Countries
  • A Career Built on Collaboration

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


Gain exclusive access to an external expert to take your research to the next level!
Would you like to have a free 1-2-1 expert consultation with one of our Experts in Residents?
Taj Mattu and Richard Seabrook are available to offer you specialist advice and support to develop your research through the translational pathway. They both have a combined wealth of crucial knowledge, having experience working in industry and directing their own businesses (360 Biomedical Ltd, Nidor Diagnostics). Both Taj and Richard are more than happy to talk to researchers to help advance their research and offer any advise on licensing, IP and academic translation.
If you would like to set up a consultation with Richard or Taj, please contact lucy.lilwall@bristol.ac.uk


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: katie.glenton-wall@bristol.ac.uk.


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


Bristol Clear Bulletin

Bristol Clear logo

Friday 02nd June 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, bristol-clear@bristol.ac.uk

In this bulletin:

Promotion and End of Contract Q&A

Upcoming Bristol Clear opportunities

Announcements

Training from other providers


Promotion and End of Contract Q&A

Are you unclear about the promotion and end of contract policies and procedures? 

Would you like the opportunity to put forward your questions to a memberofthe HR team?

In this 1-hour Q&A session, led by an HR colleague we will screen the Promotion and End of Contract recording (15mins). This will be followed by a 45min Q&A session where you will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about where to find important information and who to approach when in need of support. 

Enrol on Develop.


Upcoming Bristol Clear and Other Opportunities

Places are now available on the following courses:

  • 06 June 09:30-12:45- Being Strategic About Your Career as a Researcher
  • 07 June 14:00-15:30- Intro to Research Funding [Arts & SSL)
  • 12 June 12:00-13:00- Promotion and End of Contract Q&A
  • 13 June 13:30-17:00- Strong Roots (in person) 
  • 15 June 10:00-13:00- Interview Confidence
  • 20 June 10:00-13:00- Developing Your Career Plan (in person)
  • 21 June 13:30-17:00- Working Towards a Lectureship (STEM) in person waiting list
  • 28 June 14:00-15:00- Intro to Writing a Grant Proposal (Arts + SSL) 
  • 29 June 10:00-12:30-  How to Peer Review Manuscripts for Journals (in person)
  • 18 July 11:00-13:00- Working Towards a Fellowship [Arts & SSL]

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 sd-course@bristol.ac.uk


person holding a megaphone

Announcements

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 marcus.munafo@bristol.ac.uk


Career Exploration Month- Events for Researchers
The Postdoctoral Development Centre from Queen’s University Belfast is delighted to invite any interested researcher to their free online Career Exploration Month weekly events in June 2023.

Events will include four panel discussions with former postdocs and PhDs from multiple disciplinary backgrounds now working in a range of roles and sectors. They will talk about their current role, how they managed the transition from academia, which skills and expertise they use from their research background, the advantages and challenges of their position, as well as advice for current postdocs and PhDs interested in similar roles.

List of events (details below and on individual event webpages):


Science meets the Arts on the Big Screen at Bristol SciFilmIt Hackthorn
Exciting news! The Bristol SciFilmIt Hackathon team are gearing up for the SciFilmIt Hackathon Bristol 2023 and our team of volunteer sci-comm enthusiasts wants YOU to be a part of it Imagine: Scientists, science enthusiasts, and filmmakers all in one place, exchanging ideas, creating, and having a blast on July 7-9 at the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol🔬🎬 And it’s all completely free, with complimentary food and drinks provided! Sounds like a dream, right?

You don’t need a lab coat or a director’s chair to join. You just need a curious mind, a love for stories, and a knack for adventure. You’ll be grouped into a power team of two scientists, one Black Box (‘the wildcard’), and one filmmaker. And you know what’s even cooler? You’ll be mentored by storytelling wizards, science communication gurus, teamwork champions, and experienced filmmakers throughout this journey. 🧙‍♂️🔬🏆🎥

Ready for the big finale? At the end of these epic three days, your team will have transformed a scientific idea into a captivating short film! And guess what? These cinematic masterpieces will grace the silver screen in a FREE public screening at the Watershed cinema on July 11th! 🎉🍿

So what are you waiting for? Applications are open until the 4th of June (this Sunday!🙀). Just hit this link and you’re one step closer to a mind-blowing SciFilmIt experience: https://scifilmit.com/bristol-2023/. Apply yourself and tell all your friends who are excited about science, film, and art, who have a curious and creative mind!

Got questions? Need more info? Just check out their website or drop a line to bristolhack@scifilm.it! Let’s fuse science and cinema together and create something epic!


Histories of Tobacco- part of the 2023 Research Culture event series
Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building Watershed 1, Canon’s Road Bristol, BS1 5TX
7th June- 2PM- 5PM
The use and trade of tobacco has a long and complex history, and is intertwined with a number of national and global social issues. The history of tobacco provides an insightful and though-provoking perspective on the past, but also a reminder that what is uncontroversial today may be viewed very differently in the future.

We are delighted to be joined by experts in the field including: Ian Tyrrell, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of New South Wales, who brings a wealth of expertise and academic insight into the sociopolitical history of tobacco use, advertising and subsequent health reforms, and Patricia Nez Henderson, a University of Yale alumna and indigenous North American scholar, who became the first indigenous President of the Society for Research on Nicotine or Tobacco.

Join us to learn about:

  • Tobacco as a sacred product, and its colonization
  • The social history of tobacco
  • The (re)discovery of tobacco’s harms and subsequent education campaign

Register via Eventbrite


Celebrating Technicians
Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building
11:30AM – 2PM

Technicians are a vital part of the research process, supporting and furthering innovative and ground-breaking research endeavours across all Schools and Faculties at the University of Bristol. This event focuses on the past, present and future of the role of technicians in academia.

We’ll be joined by Kelly Vere MBE, Higher Education Engagement Manager and Technician Commitment Programme Director, along with Andy Connelly, writer for Technician Journey, and Catrin Harris, Technical Community Research Fellow for the Talent Project, University of Nottingham. Hear three talks on the role of technicians contributing to the success of research projects across the U.K.’s research landscape.

Join us to;

  • Celebrate the excellent work carried out by technicians in the research space
  • Join the discussion with an expert panel on the importance of technical support in research
  • Network with academic, technical and professional services colleagues and forge new links across the University

Catering (canapes, drinks and snacks) will be provided at this free event.

Register via Eventbrite


Celebrating Technicians MRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) 2023- Deadline 5th July 
The MRC IAA is now open for applications! Applicants can now apply for funding that aims to support the translation of scientific discoveries in Bristol’s portfolio intervention with broad, lasting impact on human health.

Translational research is the application of fundamental research to create innovations in the diagnosis, treatment, management, or prevention of disease.  Applicants can apply for up to £100,000 for translational projects lasting 6-12 months.

If you would like to apply and read more about the scheme, please visit out SharePoint page here. If you would like to speak to one of the team about your project and whether it is eligible for the scheme, please contact lucy.lilwall@bristol.ac.uk


Celebrating Technicians Working with Industry- exciting development opportunity for those who want to work with industry!
We are excited to announce that we will be holding a valuable set of workshop series for technicians and researchers who want to work with Industry. The workshops will be focusing on how to utilise an opportunity with to work with industry, how to engage with industry and how to effectively communicate with industry partners. These workshops are open to technicians and researchers who are interested in furthering their relationship with industry or want start a new one. These workshops are free to attend and have been funded by the Impact Development team.There are three workshops available to attend in June which will be online via Zoom, for more information and a chance to sign up for this extremely beneficial opportunity, please visit this eventbrite page

Any questions, please contact lucy.lilwall@bristol.ac.uk.


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:

  • Becoming A Postgraduate Researcher in Mid Career
  • From Academia to Industry and across 3 Countries
  • A Career Built on Collaboration

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


BBSRC FTMA Tools and Technologies Translational Support Fund
Gain exclusive access to an external expert to help you to develop plans for the translation or commercialisation of research tools and enabling technologies arising from research in the BBSRC remit. If you have a research tool or enabling technology project that you would like to progress, this is a unique and worthwhile opportunity for project teams that sit within the BBSRC remit (which must include and ECR) to access 1:1 mentoring with our new Entrepreneur in Resident Tajinder Mattu expert in the relevant field.

We are looking for innovative technologies to address current challenges/bottlenecks in human health & disease, agriculture, and animal health. Supported activities might include:

  • Developing translational plans
  • Understanding industry needs
  • Support for introductory conversations with potential project partners
  • Exploring applications of technologies and markets

If you would like to benefit from this exciting opportunity, please download the application form which can be found on the Sharepoint Page. If you have any questions, please contact lucy.lilwall@bristol.ac.uk and susie.maier@bristol.ac.uk 


Gain exclusive access to an external expert to take your research to the next level!
Would you like to have a free 1-2-1 expert consultation with one of our Experts in Residents?
Taj Mattu and Richard Seabrook are available to offer you specialist advice and support to develop your research through the translational pathway. They both have a combined wealth of crucial knowledge, having experience working in industry and directing their own businesses (360 Biomedical Ltd, Nidor Diagnostics). Both Taj and Richard are more than happy to talk to researchers to help advance their research and offer any advise on licensing, IP and academic translation.
If you would like to set up a consultation with Richard or Taj, please contact lucy.lilwall@bristol.ac.uk


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: katie.glenton-wall@bristol.ac.uk.


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

Bristol Clear Bulletin

Bristol Clear logo

Friday 19th May 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, bristol-clear@bristol.ac.uk

In this bulletin:

Bristol Clear 1:1s

Upcoming Bristol Clear opportunities

Announcements

Training from other providers


Bristol Clear 1:1s

Do you have a work-related issue that you would like to talk through with someone?
Or would you like to take some time to review your career options?

Bristol Clear offer 30-minute coaching-style sessions to researchers on Pathway 2 to give you an opportunity to talk through work/career issues with an impartial member of the Bristol Clear team.
These sessions give you the space to reflect and consider solutions.

Researchers who have made use of our offer have fed back that they value the opportunity to talk through their issue and feel an enhanced clarity about what next steps to take.

Book an appointment now! 


Upcoming Bristol Clear and Other Opportunities

Places are now available on the following courses:

  • 24 May 09:30-13:00- Working Towards a Lectureship (in person)
  • 06 June 09:30-12:45- Being Strategic About Your Career as a Researcher
  • 07 June 14:00-15:30- Intro to Research Funding [Arts & SSL)
  • 12 June 12:00-13:00- Promotion and End of Contract Q&A
  • 14 June 13:30-17:00- Strong Roots (in person) 
  • 15 June 10:00-13:00- Interview Confidence
  • 20 June 10:00-13:00- Developing Your Career Plan (in person)
  • 21 June 13:30-17:00- Working Towards a Lectureship (STEM) in person
  • 28 June 14:00-15:00- Intro to Writing a Grant Proposal (Arts + SSL) 
  • 29 June 10:00-12:30-  How to Peer Review Manuscripts for Journals (in person)

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 sd-course@bristol.ac.uk


person holding a megaphone

Announcements

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 marcus.munafo@bristol.ac.uk


Handling Challenging Conversations
Wednesday 24th May, 09.30-12.30
This course will support you to have effective and positive conversations both face-to-face and virtually. We will focus on adopting a coaching approach to these conversations and will use a range of practical tools and techniques to develop confidence. Enrol via Develop.


SETsquared Idea2Pitch event
Do you have a great business idea, but don’t know where to start? Or are you unsure what to do in order to grow your technology company? SETSquared Bristol’s Idea2Pitch will help hone your ideas, and shape them into a pitch for gaining interest or support in your venture. Reserve your free spot here!


Histories of Tobacco
Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road Bristol BS1 5TX
2PM – 5PM
The use and trade of tobacco has a long and complex history, and is intertwined with a number of national and global social issues. The history of tobacco provides an insightful and though-provoking perspective on the past, but also a reminder that what is uncontroversial today may be viewed very differently in the future.

We are delighted to be joined by experts in the field including: Ian Tyrrell, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of New South Wales, who brings a wealth of expertise and academic insight into the sociopolitical history of tobacco use, advertising and subsequent health reforms, and Patricia Nez Henderson, a University of Yale alumna and indigenous North American scholar, who became the first indigenous President of the Society for Research on Nicotine or Tobacco.

Join us to learn about:

  • Tobacco as a sacred product, and its colonization
  • The social history of tobacco
  • The (re)discovery of tobacco’s harms and subsequent education campaign

Register via Eventbrite


Celebrating Technicians
Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building
11:30AM – 2PM

Technicians are a vital part of the research process, supporting and furthering innovative and ground-breaking research endeavours across all Schools and Faculties at the University of Bristol. This event focuses on the past, present and future of the role of technicians in academia.

We’ll be joined by Kelly Vere MBE, Higher Education Engagement Manager and Technician Commitment Programme Director, along with Andy Connelly, writer for Technician Journey, and Catrin Harris, Technical Community Research Fellow for the Talent Project, University of Nottingham. Hear three talks on the role of technicians contributing to the success of research projects across the U.K.’s research landscape.

Join us to;

  • Celebrate the excellent work carried out by technicians in the research space
  • Join the discussion with an expert panel on the importance of technical support in research
  • Network with academic, technical and professional services colleagues and forge new links across the University

Catering (canapes, drinks and snacks) will be provided at this free event.

Register via Eventbrite


MRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) 2023 – Deadline 5th July

The MRC IAA is now open for applications! Applicants can now apply for funding that aims to support the translation of scientific discoveries in Bristol’s portfolio intervention with broad, lasting impact on human health.

Translational research is the application of fundamental research to create innovations in the diagnosis, treatment, management, or prevention of disease.  Applicants can apply for up to £100,000 for translational projects lasting 6-12 months.

If you would like to apply and read more about the scheme, please visit out SharePoint page here. If you would like to speak to one of the team about your project and whether it is eligible for the scheme, please contact lucy.lilwall@bristol.ac.uk


Working with Industry – exciting development opportunity for those who want to work with industry!

We are excited to announce that we will be holding a valuable set of workshop series for technicians and researchers who want to work with Industry. The workshops will be focusing on how to utilise an opportunity with to work with industry, how to engage with industry and how to effectively communicate with industry partners. These workshops are open to technicians and researchers who are interested in furthering their relationship with industry or want start a new one. These workshops are free to attend and have been funded by the Impact Development team.There are three workshops available to attend in June which will be online via Zoom, for more information and a chance to sign up for this extremely beneficial opportunity, please visit this eventbrite page

Any questions, please contact lucy.lilwall@bristol.ac.uk.


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


BBSRC FTMA Tools and Technologies Translational Support Fund
Gain exclusive access to an external expert to help you to develop plans for the translation or commercialisation of research tools and enabling technologies arising from research in the BBSRC remit. If you have a research tool or enabling technology project that you would like to progress, this is a unique and worthwhile opportunity for project teams that sit within the BBSRC remit (which must include and ECR) to access 1:1 mentoring with our new Entrepreneur in Resident Tajinder Mattu expert in the relevant field.

We are looking for innovative technologies to address current challenges/bottlenecks in human health & disease, agriculture, and animal health. Supported activities might include:

  • Developing translational plans
  • Understanding industry needs
  • Support for introductory conversations with potential project partners
  • Exploring applications of technologies and markets

If you would like to benefit from this exciting opportunity, please download the application form which can be found on the Sharepoint Page. If you have any questions, please contact lucy.lilwall@bristol.ac.uk and susie.maier@bristol.ac.uk 


Gain exclusive access to an external expert to take your research to the next level!
Would you like to have a free 1-2-1 expert consultation with one of our Experts in Residents?
Taj Mattu and Richard Seabrook are available to offer you specialist advice and support to develop your research through the translational pathway. They both have a combined wealth of crucial knowledge, having experience working in industry and directing their own businesses (360 Biomedical Ltd, Nidor Diagnostics). Both Taj and Richard are more than happy to talk to researchers to help advance their research and offer any advise on licensing, IP and academic translation.
If you would like to set up a consultation with Richard or Taj, please contact lucy.lilwall@bristol.ac.uk


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 RED 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: katie.glenton-wall@bristol.ac.uk.


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

Bristol Clear Bulletin

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Friday 05th May 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, bristol-clear@bristol.ac.uk

In this bulletin:

Access to Teaching Opportunities: please let us know about your experience

Upcoming Bristol Clear opportunities

Announcements

Training from other providers


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Access to Teaching Opportunities: please let us know about your experience

Have you been involved in teaching activities? Would you like to teach but have not had any opportunity to do so?

Please let us know about your access to teaching opportunities by completing this short survey.

This survey is open to all research staff in a Pathway 2 (P2) role at the University. The focus of this survey is to collect data on access to teaching opportunities for research staff to monitor the implementation of the Policy on teaching opportunities for P2 staff.


 Upcoming Bristol Clear and Other Opportunities

Places are now available on the following courses:

  • 09 May 11:00-12:15- Intro to Research Funding (Health & Life Sciences) waiting list
  • 11 May 10:00-13:00- Presenting with Confidence for Researchers
  • 16 May 19:30-16:30- Project Management Tools for Managing your Research Project (in person)
  • 16 May 10:00-12:00- Optimising your LinkedIn Profile (in person) waiting list
  • 17 May 10:30-15:30- Networking for Researchers- A Strategic Approach (in person) 
  • 18 May 12:00-13:00- Career Journeys: Discovering Careers Outside of Academia 
  • 24 May 09:30-13:00- Working Towards a Lectureship (in person)
  • 06 June 09:30-12:45- Being Strategic About Your Career as a Researcher
  • 07 June 14:00-15:30- Intro to Research Funding [Arts & SSL)
  • 12 June 12:00-13:00- Promotion and End of Contract Q&A
  • 14 June 13:30-17:00- Strong Roots (in person) 
  • 15 June 10:00-13:00- Interview Confidence
  • 20 June 10:00-13:00- Developing Your Career Plan (in person)
  • 21 June 13:30-17:00- Working Towards a Lectureship (STEM) in person
  • 28 June 14:00-15:00- Intro to Writing a Grant Proposal (Arts + SSL) 
  • 29 June 10:00-12:30-  How to Peer Review Manuscripts for Journals (in person)

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 sd-course@bristol.ac.uk


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Announcements

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 marcus.munafo@bristol.ac.uk

Developing Effective Conversations (Coaching skills)
This interactive programme (2 x face-to-face half days and 1 x 2hr online session) will empower and equip you to use this style in your management/leadership role. For more information please click here.

Workshop dates (3 parts)
•    Workshop 1 (face-to-face): Tues 9 May, 9:30am-1pm
•    Action Learning (online): Mon 12 June, 11am-1pm
•    Workshop 2 (face-to-face): Thurs 20 July, 2pm-4:30pm


BBSRC Impact Acceleration Account – deadline for applications 11th May 
The Division of Research, Enterprise and Innovation are pleased to announce the BBSRC Impact Acceleration Account call is now open for 2023. Two competitive awards will support projects which de-risk early translation, explore potential markets, advance the translation of research or engage relevant partners.  All pathway staff may apply.  Funding must be spent by 31st March 2024. The application form and guidelines can be found on the SharePoint page here.

  • Concept Development Award – Concept development awards of up to £10,000 for pilot studies to demonstrate the concept of a proposed solution to a societal need.
  • Impact Plus Award – Awards of up to £40,000 For projects with a clear opportunity and route to market; and for projects with a clear route to external funding such as BBSRC Follow On Fund. Projects will be developed with our Commercialisation Managers and will include a statement on commercial potential and IP position, cash/in-kind contributions from industry and/or a market analysis to ensure value for money and a strong position for further investment..

If you have any questions regarding the call, please contact lucy.lilwall@bristol.ac.uk.


Grab a slice of the media limelight…
Are you an academic, researcher or PhD candidate who wants to highlight your research and expertise to a global public audience?
The Conversation is a popular news analysis and evidence-based opinion website featuring content written by academics, with editorial support from professional journalists. The articles, routinely picked up by other major national and international media titles, have a monthly audience of 14 million in the UK and more than 64 million across the world. To help you make the most of this great opportunity, a one-hour online media training session is being held on Wednesday, 17 May at 2pm and everyone is welcome.
The interactive session will:

  • Give pointers on how to create a winning written pitch
  • Explain different approaches and article types
  • Offer tips on style, tone, and structure for writing the piece.

Plenty of examples will be provided for illustration and you’ll also be walked through The Conversation’s editorial process. The session is free to attend – simply sign up here to secure your place. Numbers are limited so book in now!


Healthtech social 17th May 
To celebrate the first theme in this year’s Event Series exploring all things healthtech, join DREI on Wednesday 17th May for an informal get together with folk from the cluster. Come along to share your healthtech related thoughts, challenges, asks and advice, all helped along with refreshments and pizza.

Whether you’re a digital health startup looking to make new connections, a biotech scaleup seeking investment, a funder seeking promising projects, or an academic looking to collaborate with industry innovators, register today to connect, innovate and collaborate.

To sign up for this event, please visit this eventbrite page.


Handling Challenging Conversations
Wednesday 24th May, 09.30-12.30
This course will support you to have effective and positive conversations both face-to-face and virtually. We will focus on adopting a coaching approach to these conversations and will use a range of practical tools and techniques to develop confidence. Enrol via Develop.


SETsquared Idea2Pitch event
Do you have a great business idea, but don’t know where to start? Or are you unsure what to do in order to grow your technology company? SETSquared Bristol’s Idea2Pitch will help hone your ideas, and shape them into a pitch for gaining interest or support in your venture. Reserve your free spot here!


Rapid Research funding for interdisciplinary health research
The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute has short-term funding available to support interdisciplinary health-related research activities (including development of approaches and connections, coordination work or research) in preparation for external grant applications.
Full details and application form are on the Institute Funding page. Application deadline is midday 25 May 2023 and funding needs to be spent by 31 July 2023. We are supporting health-related research in any context, encourage participation of colleagues from all Faculties and are particularly interested in the following areas:

  • equitable and sustainable health
  • climate, environment and health
  • infectious disease research
  • mental health

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Nina Couzin, to discuss ideas, or Sarah Blackmore on ebi-health@bristol.ac.uk for process queries.


Working with Industry- exciting development opportunity for those who want to to work with Industry
We are excited to announce that we will be holding a valuable set of workshop series for technicians and researchers who want to work with Industry. The workshops will be focusing on how to utilise an opportunity with to work with industry, how to engage with industry and how to effectively communicate with industry partners. These workshops are open to technicians and researchers who fit within the BBSRC remit, and who are interested in furthering their relationship with industry or want start a new one. These workshops are free to attend and have been funded by the Impact Development team. There are three workshops available to attend in June which will be online via Zoom, for more information and a chance to sign up for this extremely beneficial opportunity, please visit this eventbrite page.

Any questions, please contact lucy.lilwall@bristol.ac.uk.


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


BBSRC FTMA Tools and Technologies Translational Support Fund
Gain exclusive access to an external expert to help you to develop plans for the translation or commercialisation of research tools and enabling technologies arising from research in the BBSRC remit. If you have a research tool or enabling technology project that you would like to progress, this is a unique and worthwhile opportunity for project teams that sit within the BBSRC remit (which must include and ECR) to access 1:1 mentoring with our new Entrepreneur in Resident Tajinder Mattu expert in the relevant field.

We are looking for innovative technologies to address current challenges/bottlenecks in human health & disease, agriculture, and animal health. Supported activities might include:

  • Developing translational plans
  • Understanding industry needs
  • Support for introductory conversations with potential project partners
  • Exploring applications of technologies and markets

If you would like to benefit from this exciting opportunity, please download the application form which can be found on the Sharepoint Page. If you have any questions, please contact lucy.lilwall@bristol.ac.uk and susie.maier@bristol.ac.uk 


Gain exclusive access to an external expert to take your research to the next level!
Would you like to have a free 1-2-1 expert consultation with one of our Experts in Residents?
Taj Mattu and Richard Seabrook are available to offer you specialist advice and support to develop your research through the translational pathway. They both have a combined wealth of crucial knowledge, having experience working in industry and directing their own businesses (360 Biomedical Ltd, Nidor Diagnostics). Both Taj and Richard are more than happy to talk to researchers to help advance their research and offer any advise on licensing, IP and academic translation.
If you would like to set up a consultation with Richard or Taj, please contact lucy.lilwall@bristol.ac.uk


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 RED 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: katie.glenton-wall@bristol.ac.uk.


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