This is really just a ‘catch-up’ post, covering some of the things that I found in my inbox when I got back from leave today (so apologies for the lack of a coherent ‘theme’…)


The Research Office is seeking one volunteer from each of the EPS and Humanities Faculties to join an editorial team who lead on the compilation of the University’s Research Staff Skills Training newsletter. The primary aim of the newsletter is to keep research staff updated on skills training developments and opportunities which may be of interest, and to offer a platform to voice their experiences within the University.  The newsletter is published four times a year with the editorial team having the full support of the skills development coordinator in the Research Office and the faculty research staff training coordinators. As a member of the editorial team you will be able to engage with and shape debates, read and comment upon newsletter submissions and contribute to forward planning. If you are interested in making a significant contribution to a University-wide publication aimed at you and your fellow research staff, please email Mark Leech (mark.leech@manchester.ac.uk) to express your interest, or for further details on what is involved in being an editor of the Incite newsletter.

Personal Development Network

Open to all staff at the University this peer support network consists of a number of small groups who meet regularly to discuss issues and agree appropriate actions with which to address them. This method of peer support and learning gives individuals the opportunity to focus on real work-based issues; reflect with peers and find workable solutions together; try out new approaches and methods and report back on the impact of actions taken.

 If you are interested in joining or hearing more about the network you are invited to our annual ‘Professional Development Network’ event on Tuesday 24 November from 10.00am until 2.00pm.at Chancellors Conference Centre (lunch is provided).

 At this event you will have an opportunity to hear more about how the network operates; meet current network members; learn about ‘Action Learning ‘ principles and join the network. The event will also be an opportunity for you to take part in a short development session on ‘Personal Presence’. This 1 hour session will help participants to learn how to use their voices and bodies in order to make a positive impact when delivering verbal contributions at meetings or when presenting to groups.

 If you would like to reserve a place at this event please contact courses-stdu@manchester.ac.uk  by Monday 9 November 2009 or, if you have any questions about the network or the event,  contact Denise Fieldhouse on denise.fieldhouse@manchester.ac.uk

Jean Monnet Centre for Excellence 2009-10 seminar series

The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence aims to provide a portal website for European Studies-related activities and research in Greater Manchester and the North West of England. The Centre aims to develop a platform to strengthen the intellectual community in European Studies, while also facilitating local and regional links with practitioners, researchers, students and others interested in European affairs.

The schedule for the JMCE seminar series 2009/10 (semester 1) is now available online at: http://www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/jeanmonnet/events/

All welcome.

 HEA funding opportunities

If you are involved in teaching, and have an idea for improving learning and teaching in your discipline, the Higher Education Academy may be a potential source of funding. Their current call for bids includes funding opportunities in the following disciplinary areas:

Art, Design and Media: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/funding/detail/adm_projects_nov09

History: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/funding/detail/historytdgoct2009

Education: http://escalate.ac.uk/grants/type?ID=8 (Teacher Educators for the 21st Century) and http://escalate.ac.uk/grants/type?ID=9 (Student Well-being)

Marketing: http://www.academyofmarketing.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4&Itemid=14

October development opportunities

You should all have received a listserv message earlier today outlining the Research Staff development opportunities being offered by the Humanities Faculty during October. If you are interested in any of those sessions, please book a place on the Training Calendar at:  http://www.humanities.manchester.ac.uk/humnet/acaserv/pgresearch/training/researchdev/calendar/

You will shortly also receive a leaflet outlining development opportunities for Research Staff in the Humanities between now and Christmas.


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