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Child & young adult mental health – underpinning aetiology of self-harm & eating disorders – Closing date: 31 Jan 2017 16:00 GMT

The Medical Research Foundation (MRF) and Medical Research Council (MRC) will make available up to £2 million for new high-quality, internationally competitive research partnerships to investigate the underlying bio-psycho-social mechanistic and environmental drivers i.e. the aetiology and underpinning mechanisms of self-harm or of eating disorders in children, adolescents and young adults (up to 25 years).

For more info follow this link.

Matchmaking Event Food Matters Live – Excel

Matchmaking Event Food Matters Live
Tuesday 22 – Thursday 24 November 2016

Food Matters Live is a cross-sector event bringing together the food and drink industry and those working in nutrition. Taking place at ExCel London, Food Matters Live will include the chance to attend free conferences and seminars for thought-provoking, cross-sector debate.
The matchmaking event will be an opportunity for producers, manufacturers and research centres to hold pre-arranged, one-to-one meetings with potential international partners and to find out more about innovative developments in the world of food, health and nutrition.

Location: ExCel London

Registration deadline: Friday 18 November 2016

An update on Athena SWAN at UEL

Lisa Mooney PVC

Dr Lisa Mooney, who recently started at UEL as PVC for Research and Knowledge Exchange, will be taking over as Chair for UEL’s Athena SWAN Steering Group. Lisa has worked in Higher Education for over 25 years where she has worked at the interface between interdisciplinary scholarship and business. Best known for her work on the study of collaborative research practices and interdisciplinary research methodology with industry. Previously the University Dean of Research and The Graduate School at the University of Lincoln, Lisa was responsible for research, ethical governance and graduate research strategies, as well as leading the Research Excellence Framework (REF). Lisa also has previous experience of work on the Athena SWAN charter.

What are we currently working on?


  1. Our Athena SWAN charter mark application – This is our main focus at the moment and we plan to submit in April 2017. The application involves qualitative and quantitative analysis in order to understand our current demographic and experiences of working culture in relation to gender and to identify issues or drop off points. This has so far included consultation with staff through our online Gender Equality Survey (open from June – July 2016). The survey aimed to look at the experience of ALL staff at UEL in relation to gender (including for example career progression) and what, if any, improvements are needed. We had a good response to the survey – thank you to everyone who completed this. Analysis is now underway – watch out for further consultation events over the coming months.
  2. Embedding gender equality across UEL e.g. working with Schools to embed gender equality within their School planning, unconscious bias training, review of recruitment processes. The School of Psychology are leading the way having recently set up their ‘Self-assessment Team’ to start work on their School (departmental) application.
  3. mandb-aps_colour-003Supporting and advancing STEMM women’s careers e.g. through mentoring and network support. Our Athena SWAN mentoring programme is now in it’s second year and we have 50+ academics now involved on the programme either as mentors or mentees. Additionally the programme has recently been externally accredited. If you are interested in either our mentoring or network events, see our intranet pages.
  4. Widening participation and civic engagement e.g. outreach activities

How to get involved?

Attend one of our events or follow us via social media: Contact Us

UEL Cass School of Education HERG Research Seminar – Prestige in Academic Life

UEL Cass School of Education HERG Research Seminar

 12 October 2016, 5.00-6.30 pm.


Seminar Title: Prestige in Academic Life

Speaker: Professor Paul Blackmore, Policy Institute, King’s College London

Venue: UEL Cass School of Education, ED2.02, Stratford Campus


 Prestige in academic life

The session frames academic life as a range of interacting prestige economies, where prestige concerns are often a source of tensions. The many applications include: recent growth in league tables and ranking; the comparative standing of academic activities, particularly research and teaching; allocation of academic recognition; and decisions that students take over what and where to study. At the heart of all of them is a tension between excellence and inclusion.

The session will consider what might be meant by prestige, drawing on both socio-cultural and psychological insights.  A key distinction is drawn between prestige and reputation, seen as having different aims and consequences. Prestige is relatively scarce: not all can have it; it is hard to measure; it is slow to gain and to lose; and it is often decided by those within a group.

Some issues in researching and working with prestige will also be considered, including its highly situated and often covert nature.  A critique is offered of the model that has been used to frame much of the research to date, noting that it raises a number of issues about the definition of an economy, its nature and extent, and how it relates to other economies.



Bio note

Paul Blackmore is Professor of Higher Education in the International Centre for University Policy Research, at the Policy Institute, King’s College London. He has led academic development and research centres at the Universities of Warwick, Coventry and King’s. A HEFCE-funded study of 26 institutions worldwide led to a major report and a 2012 book “Strategic curriculum change in universities: global trends”. In 2016 he published Prestige in academic life: Excellence and exclusion, exploring difference and motivation in academic life, and a Leadership Foundation for Higher Education-funded study: The role of prestige in UK universities: Vice-chancellors’ perspectives.

Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions – 2017 Call for Innovative Training Networks Now Open

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions are part of the Excellent Science pillar of Horizon 2020 and provide support for cross-sector mobility of researchers in all domains of research and innovation, from basic research up to market take-up and innovation services.

The Innovative Training Networks (ITN) programme aims to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early-stage researchers, able to face current and future challenges and to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for economic and social benefit.

ITN supports competitively selected joint research training and/or doctoral programmes, implemented by partnerships of universities, research institutions, research infrastructures, businesses, SMEs, and other socio-economic actors from different countries across Europe and beyond. Partnerships take the form of collaborative European Training Networks (ETN), European Industrial Doctorates (EID) or European Joint Doctorates (EJD).

Each programme should have a clearly identified supervisory board co-ordinating network-wide training and establishing active and continuous communication and exchange of best practice among the partners to maximise the benefits of the partnership. The programme should exploit complementary competences of the participating organisations, and enable sharing of knowledge, networking activities, the organisation of workshops and conferences.

The budget for the 2017 Call is as follows:

  • European Joint Doctorates – €32 million.
  • European Training Networks – €370 million.
  • European Industrial Doctorates – €28 million.

The closing date for applications is 10 January 2017.  Potential candidates may wish to note that there is a UKRO is organising an ITN Information Event in London on 12 October 2016. Places are still available and you can register on-line. Attendance is free of charge, and for UKRO members only (free to join) but registration is mandatory. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Further information on the event will be provided to delegates once they have registered