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Sociology Group Event Thursday 9 November 2017 at UCL

This one-day event brings together scholars
conducting research on elites and/or education
to initiate dialogues within and beyond the
• We will assess the field’s current strengths
and weaknesses, gaps and silences;
• Identify some ways we might enrich its
future through critical reflection on existing
work and the deployment and/or development
of novel theoretical and methodological
• consider how studies of elites and
education potentially contribute to other fields
of educational and disciplinary inquiry.

10am – 6pm
Including a book launch reception

Please register at:

Studies of elites
and education:
Fresh directions
and connections
Room 642, 20 Bedford
Way, London WC1H 0AL

Speakers include:Becky Francis, Jane Kenway, Agnès van Zanten, Arathi Sriprakash, Johanna Waters, Avril Keating, Valerie Hey, Hugh Lauder, Terri Kim, Caroline Knowles, Miriam David, Debbie Epstein, Claire Maxwell, Louise Archer


The Independent Social Research Foundation wishes to support independent-minded researchers to explore and present original research ideas which take new approaches, and suggest new solutions, to real world social problems. Such work would be unlikely to be funded by existing funding bodies.

The foundation intends to award on a competitive basis, to candidates of sufficient merit, a small number of grants providing flexible support (for instance: relief from teaching and/or administration, research and travel expenses, fieldwork and practical work) for a period of (up to) one year for the activities of a small research group.

The awards are intended as enabling one or more short periods of face-to-face joint group work such as workshops, working-in-pairs, or short academic visits (e-working, video-conferencing or Skype expenses are not included) over a period of up to one year, and must be taken up no later than end of December 2018.

The amount of an award depends on the nature of the work proposed and individual circumstances – the ISRF expects applications for grants up to a maximum of £5,000.

Scholars from within Europe are eligible to apply as Principal Investigator(s) to lead a small group of 2-10 scholars (which may include graduate students).  Principal applicants should hold a PhD and will normally have a permanent appointment at an institution of higher education and research. Applications may be made by those whose sole or principal post is a part-time equivalent. Independent scholars with an academic affiliation may also apply.

Applicants should consult the Criteria as set out on the ISRF website and show that they meet them. Applicants should follow the Application procedure and should present their Proposal in the format specified there

Museum-University Partnership Initiative (MUPI) Match Event 

Are you interested in getting involved in a museum and university partnership? Do you want to meet and develop potential collaborators in museums, or other institutions and organisations across the UK? Then why not look at signing up for the final Museum-University Partnership Initiative (MUPI) Match Event in London.

There are many benefits to museums and universities working together, from improving audience understanding to developing more effective collections knowledge or interpretation; from inspiring museum audiences with cutting edge research to developing new exhibits and exhibitions; the opportunities are endless.

However, finding a partner and having the resources to explore how you might work together can be challenging. This final MUPI match event draws upon a tried and tested methodology to bring people together to develop new partnerships. Each session involves museum staff, volunteers, and academics working together to find mutually beneficial ideas that they would like to develop together.

This event focuses specifically on some of the most popular themes from our regional Matches that explore the idea of ‘Working Across Boundaries’ in different ways:

  • Using new technologies in cultural heritage settings e.g. mapping, 3D modelling, big data, innovative ways to animate and rethink collections
  • Engaging new audiences – from student placements to non-traditional specialist audiences
  • Migration, politics, activism


The Cinema Museum, London

26 July 2017, 11am-4.30pm

Registration link:

Open to: postgraduate students, postdoctoral and established researchers from any discipline; all museums which are Accredited, Provisionally Accredited, or Working Towards Accreditation; across England.


MUPI Match events provide an opportunity for teams formed at the event to bid for funding (of between £500-£1500) from the MUPI Match fund. A pot of £6000 is available for this event. This ‘thinking funding’  will enable people to do desk research; have conversations; travel and attend site visits/meetings; test ideas; and work together to plan their potential project. This thinking funding provides a critical part of the process, helping people to work out if and how to work together and refine their ideas. Teams will be supported to develop their partnership, and find effective ways to fund their project in the future.

How to get involved:

If you work or volunteer in an ACE Accredited museum, or if you are an academic who is keen to develop new partnerships with museums then a MUPI Match event is just what you are looking for! The event is focused on bringing together museums and academics from across England; it is free to participate in; and interactive. Bring your ideas, your energy, and your expertise and prepare to be challenged and inspired. Who knows this could be the beginning of something very special!

MUPI Match events are delivered through the Museum University Partnership Initiative, funded by Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund and developed in partnership with the Share Academy project and Paddy McNulty Associates.

Research England is seeking members for its first Council

The Higher Education and Research Act 2017 establishes Research England as a Council of UK Research and Innovation and alongside the other existing Councils (the seven Research Councils and Innovate UK). UK Research and Innovation through HEFCE, invites applications for appointment to the Council of Research England.

Research England’s proposed overarching aim is to create and sustain the conditions for a healthy and dynamic research and knowledge exchange system in English universities. As a key component in the dual support system for research, Research England will oversee the England-only functions in relation to research and knowledge exchange. This includes providing grant funding to English universities for research and knowledge exchange activities (over £1.9 billion in 2017-18); developing and implementing the Research Excellence Framework in partnership with the UK Higher Education funding bodies; overseeing the sustainability of the Higher Education research base in England; and overseeing the £900 million UK Research Partnership Investment Fund.

This is an exciting opportunity to be a member of the first Council for Research England, to help shape the strategic direction and to oversee key functions with the ultimate aim of improving the economy and society. The Council will also support the transition process through to establishment of Research England on 1 April 2018.

We are looking to appoint up to ten Council members with a range of experience from higher education senior leadership, business, industry, the public sector or third sector. One of these members will be a Senior Independent Member. The applicant recruitment pack contains information on the Senior Independent Member role. Applicants should indicate if they have a specific interest in this role.

We want the membership of the Council to reflect the diversity of society. Applications are welcome from all, and we strongly encourage applications from under-represented groups, including women, people from a black, minority ethnic background, and from people with disabilities. Both UK nationals, and international candidates are encouraged to apply.

These are fixed-term appointments and we anticipate that remuneration will be through an honorarium. This will be based on up to 20 workings days per annum, which would include preparation and active engagement outside of Council meetings.


Closing date: midnight on Monday 24 July.


How to apply

Further information is available through the applicant recruitment pack.

Advance Information for Confidence in Global Nutrition and Health Research: Institutional “pump-priming” awards to develop new opportunities in Global Nutrition and Health Research

The “Confidence in” schemes are used to demonstrate MRC’s support for institutional development in key strategic areas.  We are pleased to announce our “Confidence in Global Nutrition and Health Research” call as part of our suite of activities under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). The research supported through this call will contribute to the UK’s commitment to research for the benefit of Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs; as listed here).

The purpose of this call is to provide institutional “pump-priming” funds to lay the grounds for future large scale, multidisciplinary, cross-country global nutrition and health research bids addressing issues of primary relevance to LMICs. It is expected that these funds will help develop new strategies in global nutrition and health research, within and across institutions and in partnership with LMICs.

These are flexible institutional awards. Funds can be used to undertake research projects to generate preliminary data and to build, expand or consolidate UK-LMIC partnerships. These funds provide an opportunity to define research questions; assess the viability of proposed approaches relevant to the local socioeconomic and cultural context; and assess the feasibility of establishing sustainable UK-LMIC partnerships. It is expected that “Confidence in Global Nutrition and Health Research” awardees will use preliminary data or established partnerships to inform more substantive research opportunities, through the MRC Boards and Panels as well as via future GCRF calls

Funding applications open 4th July 2017
Funding applications close 14th September 2017