“Rethinking UK research funding”

“Rethinking UK research funding” is a one-day event (4 November 2015) that aims to bring together people with an interest in how research is funded to discuss whether there might be better alternatives to the current system.  Please see below for more information.

Rethinking UK research funding

  • Do you have strong opinions about the way academic research is funded in the UK?
  • Maybe you’re a researcher employed on one short term project after another and have ideas about how things could be better organised?
  • Maybe you are concerned about the effect the competitive culture in research has on the quality of results and their reproducibility and believe changes in the way funds are allocated could improve the situation?
  • Or perhaps you believe that the current system for research funding is basically excellent, but have a strong view about one particular issue that needs to be addressed?

If any of the above apply to you, you should consider attending a FREE one day event being held as part of Manchester Policy Week 2015, Rethinking UK Research Funding on 4th November. You can register your interest through our website.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Adisa Azapagic, Professor, Chemical Engineering, The University of Manchester
  • Elizabeth Bohm, Senior Policy Advisor, The Royal Society
  • Iain Cameron, Head of Research Careers and Diversity, Research Councils UK
  • Colette Fagan (Session Chair), Professor of Sociology, Faculty of Humanities Deputy Dean & Associate Dean – Research, The University of Manchester
  • Ruth Gilligan, Manager, Athena Swan, Equality Challenge Unit
  • Laurence Hopkins, Universities and Colleges Employers Association, Head of Research
  • Michael MacNeil, National Head of Bargaining & Negotiations, University and College Union
  • Andrew Miller, former MP for Ellsmere Port and Chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee (to 2015)
  • Peter Simpson, Director of the N8 Partnership and former Director of Discovery Sciences at AstraZeneca
  • Nalin Thakker (Session Chair), Professor of Molecular Pathology and Genetics, Associate Vice-President for Compliance, Risk and Research Integrity, The University of Manchester

There will be two speaker/panel discussion sessions in the morning; ” Research Reproducibility, Ethics and Outcomes” and “Creating Sustainable Researcher Careers/ Researcher Quality of Life” and in the afternoon delegates will take part in a number of workshops aimed at developing ideas for innovative approaches to research organisation, or changes to current models, which should positively influence:

  • Research reproducibility, ethics and outcomes
  • How research funds are allocated and spent
  • Researcher quality of life
  • Creating sustainable researcher careers

A summary programme for the day can be downloaded here.


The Next RSA meeting:

How the University of Manchester supports fixed-term contract researchers

Thursday 19 March 2015, 12:30-1:30, Simon Building Lecture Theatre E

The Next RSA Social

The next RSA social event will take place on Tuesday 19th March 2015 at 5pm in Kro Bar 325 Oxford Rd M13 9PG. Look forward to see you there.

The next RSA social

The next RSA social event will take place on Tuesday 20th January 2015 at 5pm in Kro Bar 325 Oxford Rd M13 9PG. Look forward to see you there.

The next RSA social

The next RSA social event will take place on Tuesday 20th January 2015 at 5pm in Kro Bar 325 Oxford Rd M13 9PG. Look forward to see you there.

Pathways 2014: Career options for researchers

Pathways event is designed to support PhD researchers and research staff in making career choices, exploring future plans and discovering the breadth of opportunities available. Comprising over 20 different panel based sessions with PhDs from a diverse range of career areas and backgrounds, plus seminars, and a recruitment exhibition, there’s something for all students and researchers from all areas of study and at any stage in their career planning.

For more information and to book your place, visit www.manchester.ac.uk/pathways.

Date: Friday 6th June, 9am-4pm
Place: Renold Building, North Campus



The 21st century researcher conference


This year’s University conference for research staff will look at transitions and how change can be a positive force. Change in your career, your research, your life. If there’s one thing you do for your career this year, come to this event: http://www.21centuryresearcher.manchester.ac.uk/
Attend all day or drop in and drop out, the central campus location means you can pick and choose. Wednesday 9 April 2014, Alan Turing Building.
This free event offers you:
– Panel discussion with peers will be sharing their experience of how they have managed change in their research careers
– Choice of 12 workshops (see titles below)
– Careers and CV clinic (especially for research staff)
– Information fair
– Beer and pizza closing reception
Workshops are presented by professors, specialist consultants, Researcher Developers and others. Choose three from the following workshops (details online):
Career transitions
    * Strange new world – adapting to new environments
    * Marketing yourself and your research- knowing your best bits
    * Choosing a fulfilling career
    * How To Get A Job You’ll Love
Research Transitions
    * Developing an online research presence
    * Getting your 1st lectureship
    * Research Impact: Getting to grips with a changing academic viewpoint
    * Business Engagement: How to make your knowledge work for external organizations
Life Transitions
    * Staying in the saddle
    * Asking for what you need- a tool for a more satisfying life
    * Enjoyment at work
    * Relaxation techniques for a busy life
Register online now for your free place, bookings must close Wednesday 2 April! http://www.21centuryresearcher.manchester.ac.uk/