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International Women’s Day 2017

International Women’s Day (IWD) is not long away – 8th March 2017. What does International Women’s Day mean to you in 2017? Find out what women of UEL have to say:

World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won’t close entirely until 2186. This is too long to wait. IWD can be an important catalyst and vehicle for driving greater change for women and moving closer to gender parity. IWD campaign are asking us to #BeBoldForChange. Submit your #BeBoldForChange action via the IWD website.


If you haven’t already, book your space on UEL’s Womens’ Network event scheduled for 7th March 2017

Career Empowerment – a workshop on coaching for career empowerment facilitated by colleagues from the School of Psychology (Dr Marie Stopforth, Dr Rona Hart and Dr Jolanta Burke).

With welcome and introduction by Dr Lisa Mooney, PVC and chair of our Athena SWAN Steering Group – we are soon to submit our charter application and this is an opportunity to update you on our action plan.

  • Date: 7th March 2017
  • Time: Arrive at 12pm for refreshments, 12.30-1.30 Workshop followed by networking (ends 2pm)
  • All genders welcome but space limited so book your space now: Follow link to book


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Creating Connections East 5
Wednesday March 8th from 3pm – 5pm.

Stratford Library, The Grove, E15 1EL (10 minute walk from Stratford Underground / Train Station)

Register at

Creating Connections East is a networking event that brings together staff and postgraduate students from University College London and the University of East London with representatives from community organisations, charities, residents’ groups, social enterprises and statutory organisations. The afternoon is a mixture of themed discussions in small groups with more informal networking; the aim is to find areas of common interest and encourage collaborative working.

Topics will include:

  • Safeguarding women
  • Involving men in volunteering and engagement

Upcoming Deadline to Participate in Voices of Culture Heritage Session

The European Commission’s 2015-2018 Work Plan for Culture identifies cultural heritage as one of its four key priorities. In order to complement the reflection on this topic and to assess the needs of the cultural sector in this field, the Commission would like to hear the voice of the cultural sector on these important issues.

Two meetings (a brainstorming and a dialogue) will be held in 2017 to discuss these topics. The dialogue will be structured around the following main questions; however it will be open to participants to propose additional or different issues to focus on during the meetings and in the final report of the process:

  1. What are the boundaries of “traditional” and “emerging” (tangible, intangible and digital) heritage professions?
  2. What are the current challenges in the transmission of traditional knowledge faced by the heritage sector? Could you provide examples of how these challenges have been addressed and overcome by the cultural sector?
  3. What are the skills and training needs related to the “emerging” professions, including those concerning the digital shift? Could you provide examples of how these needs have been faced by the cultural sector?
  4. In what way is the sector professionalised? What structures are currently in place to deliver professional practitioners in the heritage sector?
  5. What is needed to enhance/develop capacity-building for cultural heritage and professionals?

The Brainstorming Session on Skills, Training and Knowledge Transfer: Traditional and Emerging Heritage represents the opportunity for a group of around 35 European civil society stakeholders in the cultural sector to exchange ideas on this topic and to present these to the European Commission. The group will brainstorm on 15-16 June 2017, and then have the opportunity, in September 2017, to discuss the main ideas (to be summarised in a Brainstorming Report) with the European Commission at a Dialogue Meeting in Brussels.

The Call is open to representatives of the cultural and creative sectors (professional organisations, cultural institutions, non-governmental organisations, European networks, foundations, private organisations, etc.) with relevant expertise on the topic who would like to contribute to discussions with the European Commission. Organisations applying must be from one of the 28 EU Member States.

Voices of Culture will book and cover the costs of travel and accommodation, according to the budget and regulations provided by the European Commission.

The closing date for applications to participate is 14 March 2017.

Are you an Academic looking for funding opportunities? To be eligible you must have a e-mail address


BA/Leverhulme small grants scheme Spring 2017 round Internal Bidding process.

In line with recent submission rounds UEL will only be submitting a limited number of applications to the BA/Leverhulme small grants round for 24 May 2017.  In order to be one of the two selected bids to be put forward applicants are asked to get in touch with ReDS and submit a fully completed grant initiation form (gif) and return it to the ReDS inbox by 28 February 2017 – any late submissions will not be assessed.


BA/Leverhulme Assessment criteria: Assessors will evaluate the proposal on the basis of its academic merit, taking into account its originality, its relationship to, and the volume of, research already in the field, the scholarly importance of the research proposed, the suitability of the methodology, the feasibility of the research programme, the specificity of the scheme of research, the presentation, and intended outcomes.


All valid submissions will be internally assessed and the applicants will be informed by 3 April 2017 at the latest if their bid is to be submitted.   To request a gif please email with the title of the email as BA/Leverhulme GIF.


Being Human Festival – 2017 festival call for participation


Being Human is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. Held in November, the festival brings together universities, Independent Research Organisations (IRO) and community and commercial partners to stage activities that make leading research in the humanities accessible to non-academic audiences. The festival is a celebration of the humanities, highlighting research in this area in fun, hands-on, immersive ways to demonstrate its relevance to our everyday lives.

The festival provides opportunities for outstanding researchers to engage with new audiences, beyond academia and informed individuals. Opportunities to run an event are for researchers at any career stage, background, disciplinary expertise or experience of delivering public engagement events. To this end, the festival funds excellent and innovative public engagement events which would not be fully supported from other sources.

Through the festival team and the hubs model, academics will be supported to develop the events and use best practice. The hubs model also helps to ensure a broad geographical spread in the programme and that events take place off-campus.

The festival is committed to a competitive bidding and assessment process via peer review. This careful review process ensures that each event or activity works within the ethos of the festival.

The core objectives of the festival are:

  • to demonstrate, to a non-academic audience, the value of humanities research to society in the UK and globally;
  • to enhance public visibility and understanding of humanities research; demonstrating its relevance to everyday life;
  • to encourage, support and create opportunities for humanities researchers to engage with non-academic audiences;
  • to initiate culture change in attitudes towards public engagement within the humanities – embedding public engagement across the higher education HE sector.

Being Human funds and promotes activities which make humanities research accessible, approachable, engaging and understandable to non-academic audiences. It does not promote or fund activities aimed primarily at the humanities research community (e.g. conferences and symposia). Instead, it aims to foster meaningful connections between those researching in the humanities and people who do not have an existing formal relationship with a UK higher education institution (HEI) or IRO.

There are three pathways to getting involved in the Being Human festival. Under the first pathway (2.1 below) people can apply to Being Human for small grants of up to £2,000 for seed funding to facilitate up to five events and activities. Under the second pathway (2.2 below) institutions can apply for a larger grant of up to £5,000 to coordinate between five and ten activities as a Festival Hub. (Only a limited number of these grants are made each year). The third pathway (2.3) is to organise a ‘self-funded’ activity that does not require a direct financial contribution from Being Human but fits the criteria of the festival and which will be promoted as part of our programme.

There is a separate application form for each of our three pathways. All forms are available on the website at Applications should be made on the correct form and returned via email to:

The timetable is as follows:

Monday 10 April (5pm) Deadline for applications for funding Late May Notification of outcome of applications

Monday 13 June (5pm) Deadline for unfunded event applications

Tuesday 1 August Deadline for submission of final event details for print September Deadline for final event details for website