Digital Innovation for Development in Africa

UK Research and Innovation are opening an online discussion platform and want to collect thoughts and ideas to help shape research in the area of digital innovation for development across Africa. The Digital Innovation for Development in Africa Online Platform will allow you to share your thoughts on the issues and challenges faced by people living within Africa to determine where digital solutions could lead to the biggest impacts. From undemocratic elections to infectious diseases; to lack of access to education to global warming, we want to realise the challenges faced by communities across Africa and consider the potential value digital research and innovation could bring. The platform will also create an online community which will engage and connect local actors, researchers, entrepreneurs, charities, etc., and allow users to exchange ideas and expertise.

The ideas gathered from the Digital for Development in Africa Platform will be collated and used to shape future UKRI spending activities under the Global Challenge Research Fund. Thoughts collected on the challenges and potential for digital innovation to solve these will provide recommendations for research and innovation in these areas in order to make progress in addressing these challenges. To express your interest in joining this platform, please complete the following SmartSurvey.

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/DigitalInnovationinAfrica/

Expressions of interest to join the online platform will close at 16:00 BST 19th October 2018. After this, users will be selected and notified from the expressions of interest. Please note, there is a limited number of users permitted to use the online platform, therefore, by completing the survey, you will not be guaranteed an invitation to use the platform. For further enquiries, please contact GCRF@rcuk.ac.uk

BAICE Thematic Forum Call for Papers

University College London, Institute of Education

10 May 2019

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Diaspora and internationalisation in higher education

The increased movement of people coupled with the rise of communications technology has made it possible for ever larger groups of people to maintain contact with their homelands over vast distances.  While, historically, the term ‘diaspora’ referred to the dispersion of the Jewish people from ancient Israel, in contemporary times, the term is used much more widely by academics, policy-makers, and national and supra-national institutions. The term has come to encompass vast and diverse groups of people who claim a tie to both their homelands and host-countries including highly-skilled migrants; refugees; and religious and ethnic minorities amongst others. In contrast to other terms such as ‘immigrants,’ the term diaspora perpetuates the feeling of dislocation, and alludes to hybrid identities, allegiances and cultural practices. Yet despite this growing phenomenon, there has been rather less research on the role of these new diaspora formations on international higher education and knowledge production. Moreover, existing research tends to focus on a narrow instrumental role of highly-skilled diasporas in fuelling knowledge economies and issues such as ‘brain drain.’

Funded by BAICE and co-hosted by UCL Institute of Education and University of East London, this Forum will explore the role of diaspora and how this intertwines with internationalisation in higher education. We aim to: examine diverse theoretical perspectives and how they inform the theme of diaspora in internationalisation; critically assess the dominant discourses around diaspora and internationalisation in higher education; and to explore the implications of different types of diaspora formations on international higher education and knowledge production. Some guiding questions for the Forum are:

  1. What are the different theoretical perspectives on diaspora and how do they inform policies relating to internationalisation in higher education? What are the underlying assumptions and dominant discourses? How might these discourses vary across divergent diaspora groups (e.g. refugees; highly-skilled migrants; ethnic and religious minorities)?
  2. What are the implications of transnational diaspora formations on national higher education systems? How do diasporas intersect with national and institutional internationalisation policies and strategies? How are diasporas managed by states to shape international higher education and knowledge production? Conversely, how do diasporas initiate and direct internationalisation in higher education in their homelands and host-countries?

The Forum will consist of two linked events over two academic years (10 May 2019, second TBD) and we plan to submit a proposal for a journal special issue based on Forum outcomes.

Call for Papers: Diaspora and internationalisation in higher education

Funded by BAICE and co-hosted by UCL Institute of Education and University of East London, this Forum will explore the role of diaspora and how this intertwines with internationalisation in higher education. We aim to: examine diverse theoretical perspectives on diaspora and how they inform the theme of diaspora in internationalisation; critically assess the dominant discourses around diaspora and internationalisation in higher education; and to explore the implications of different types of diaspora formations on international higher education and knowledge production. We therefore invite contributions that will focus on (but are not limited to) the following questions:

  1. What are the different theoretical perspectives on diaspora and how do they inform policies relating to internationalisation in higher education? What are the underlying assumptions and dominant discourses? How might these discourses vary across divergent diaspora groups (e.g. refugees; highly-skilled migrants; ethnic and religious minorities)?
  2. What are the implications of transnational diaspora formations on national higher education systems? How do diasporas intersect with national and institutional internationalisation policies and strategies? How are diasporas managed by states to shape international higher education and knowledge production? Conversely, how do diasporas initiate and direct internationalisation in higher education in their homelands and host-countries?

 

The Forum will consist of two linked events over two academic years (10 May 2019, second TBD) and we plan to submit a proposal for a journal special issue based on Forum outcomes.

Submissions

Abstracts of 250 words with full author details (name, position, institutional affiliations, email and telephone number) should be submitted by 30th November 2018​. Submissions should be sent via email to Annette Bamberger at a.bamberger.14@ucl.ac.uk. Contributors will be notified about the outcome of their submission by 30 December 2018. Submissions from researchers across all levels, including early-career researchers are welcomed.

The seminar is free to attend and there will be lunch and refreshments.

There are also limited travel bursaries (of up to £100) available for presenters; if you are interested in applying, please contact Annette Bamberger at a.bamberger.14@ucl.ac.uk.

To register to attend, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/diaspora-and-internationalisation-in-higher-education-tickets-50706696093

Forum Convenors:   Annette Bamberger, UCL Institute of Education; Dr. Terri Kim, University of East London; Prof. Paul Morris, UCL Institute of Education

Keynote speaker: Prof. Fazal Rizvi, University of Melbourne

#worklifeweek – an opportunity to focus on well-being and work life balance

National work week, wc 1st October, #worklifeweek​ is an opportunity to focus on well-being at work and work-life balance.

UEL received an institutional Athena SWAN bronze award in 2017. This was following an in-depth assessment of gender equality issues at UEL and development of an action plan to address these. Our submission action plan includes a priority to:

“Develop a more inclusive flexible working environment for all support and academic staff through facilitating culture change and providing more supportive processes and networks for parents and carers​”

We have already become members of the Working Families charity and plan to utilise their expertise in developing our resources and facilitating longer term cultural change. Last academic year we held two workshops, for the College of Applied Health and Communities and for Student and Academic Services, facilitated by Jessica Chivers of the Talent Keepers. Suggestions made through these workshops are being followed up through their respective local Athena SWAN and working environment teams. We plan to faciliate further workshops during 2018/19.

We have also pulled together a number of case studies of colleagues reflecting on flexible working and use of family friendly policies. ​Check out our new Flexible Working / Family Friendly guidance and resources intranet page​.

UEL’s Health and Safety team have also recently written some guidance: ‘Do you have good worklife balance?​

This MyFamilyCare free webinar on ‘Managing Work & Family in Complex, Changing Times‘ may be of interest.

Scheduled to take place on Thursday 4th October 2018 at 12.30pm

 

 

 

​If you have any feedback or want to get involved, please get in touch!! (c.matysova@uel.ac.uk)

Mentoring and LFHE Leadership Programmes – Deadline for applications 30th November

Applications are now open for the Athena SWAN mentoring programme and LFHE leadership programme participation for 2018/19

​For further information on any of the programmes, follow links below:

 

  • Diversifying Leadership – Leadership Foundation’s (LFHE) programme for early career academics and professional services staff from black and minority ethnic backgrounds who are about to take their first steps into a leadership role​.

Limited spaces visual

  • Aurora – Leadership Foundation’s (LFHE) women only leadership programme.

 

 

The deadlines are detailed below. LFHE event dates can be viewed via the above links for each programme.

  Spring Cohort (Mentoring programme / Aurora / Diversifying Leadership)
Applications open October 2018
Application deadline 30 November 2018
Panel Meets January 2019
Notification of outcome 31st January 2019​

Watch these short videos 1/ interview with Baroness Valerie Amos, Director, SOAS on the importance of the Aurora programme and 2/ previous Athena SWAN mentoring participants on their experience of the programme. You can also hear from Diversifying Leadership Alumnus via the LFHE blog.

 

Funding opportunity – Wellcome – Innovator Awards: Digital Technologies

The Innovator Awards support researchers who are transforming great ideas into digital healthcare innovations that could have a significant impact on human health. Individuals and teams from not-for-profit and commercial organisations can apply. Organisations can be of any size, based anywhere in the world.

Researchers working in any discipline and on any type of digital technology can apply. Examples of digital technologies include:

  • intelligent: artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • data driven: data analytics and informatics
  • immersive: virtual and augmented reality
  • connected: internet of things (IoT), networks and sensors.

Your project must be innovative, disruptive and address an unmet healthcare need or challenge.

It should develop technologies that could result in significant, measurable changes in quality, speed, cost and/or outcomes.

Examples of the types of technologies we’re interested in could include (but are not limited to) those that:

  • advance the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease
  • provide support for clinical decision-making
  • improve access to healthcare, treatment compliance and/or provide patient-led management.

We are particularly interested in technologies that:

  • advance the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of psychosis
  • accelerate, and reduce the cost of, drug development including target identification, trial design and drug repurposing
  • make urgent and emergency care affordable and scalable in low- and middle-income countries.

The work that you propose must be essential for developing your healthcare innovation.

Summary :

Call opens : 1 October 2018

Call closes : 3 December 2018

Available funding : between £500,000 and £1million

Project duration : up to 2 years

Further details: https://wellcome.ac.uk/funding/innovator-awards-digital-technologies

Productivity Insights Network: Productivity Research Sandpit for ECR’s

The Productivity Insights Network has announced an exciting opportunity for Early Career Researchers engaged in productivity research.

On 18-19 October 2018 the Productivity Insights Network will host a ‘sandpit’ style event for ECRs to develop proposals for new directions in productivity research. The two-day event will include roundtable debates and panel discussions with leading academics, policymakers and business leaders about the big questions and emerging issues for productivity researchers.

The broad aims of the sandpit are to generate research proposals from ECRs which can:

  • advance understanding of the productivity puzzle in the UK
  • address the key research challenges that are identified
  • identify a common and cross cutting approach in the social sciences
  • facilitate interactions between ECRs and established researchers

By exploring innovative new research ideas through this sandpit, the research themes discussed will be dependent on the attendees. The Productivity Insights Network is about changing the tone of the productivity debate and so we are looking for the participation of researchers from across the social sciences.

Eligibility

This opportunity is open to Early Career Researchers broadly defined as within four years of PhD submission or having held an academic position for less than four years (full-time equivalent). We are open to applications from PhD candidates writing up with written permission from their PhD supervisor.

How to apply

Further details on how to apply are available on the Productivity Insights Network website. The closing date for applications is 1 October 2018.

Key dates

  • Applications open: 3 September 2018
  • Applications close: 1 October 2018
  • Applicants informed of outcome: w/e 5 October 2018

Information event: MSCA Innovative Training Networks (ITN) 2019 Call (London)

Horizon 2020 offers exciting opportunities for academia and industry collaboration through European and international partnerships. These include Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions schemes which are completely ‘bottom-up’, in that organisations can initiate research on topics of their own choice.

The UK Research Office, in its capacity as UK National Contact Point for the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, is holding an information event on the 2019 MSCA Innovative Training Networks (ITN) call for proposals which will open on the 13th September 2018, with the deadline on 15 January 2019.

Aim of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks

The ITN scheme supports joint research training and/or doctoral programmes, implemented by European partnerships of universities, research institutions, industry (incl. SMEs) and other non-academic organisations. The research training programmes are intended to provide doctoral students with excellent research skills, coupled with experience outside academia to develop their innovative capacities and employment prospects.

Aim of the event

The event aim to provide participants with an in-depth overview of the ITN scheme. Participants should gain a clear understanding of the proposal format for each scheme and the key issues relating to planning, writing and submitting proposals. There will also be ample opportunity to ask questions. The event will be run by one of our UKRO representative with contributions from successful applicants and/or evaluators.

Programme outline

The event will take place at Woburn House Conference Centre in London on Wednesday, 10 October 2018. It will start at 13:00 and finish by 17:00 (with registration from 12:30). Please note that refreshments will be available at the event, but lunch will not be provided.

Agenda (.pdf)

Registration is also open for an additional ITN 2019 Information Event on Friday, 12 October in York.

Registration

Attendance will be free of charge, thanks to the support from Universities UK International who are hosting the event.

The 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.

https://www.ukro.ac.uk/about-ukro/ukro-event/%7B782f4f00-0bfa-49e9-9317-ef927fb1d90b%7D/99

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