Images of Research Photography Competition (opens 19 Aug – closes 19 Sept 2011)

Snap! Calling All Researchers! Using a single inspiring photographic image and short description can you illustrate your research to the general public? Can that image show how your research contributes to a sustainable future, how it benefits society, or how your research makes a difference?

We invite the research community at The University of Manchester to take part in the Images of Research Photography Competition. The theme of this year’s competition is Visions of Sustainability and you can enter your image in one of the following categories: People, Environment, or Culture.  The image could be anything that captures attention but must be related to your research. Each submission must include a 150 word abstract including an interesting title, a description of the picture and the benefits of the research.  You must ensure the abstract uses plain English and is jargon-free.

The Public Will Decide! In the lead up to the Manchester Science Festival in October, shortlisted entries will be exhibited at the John Rylands Library Deansgate and online. The general public will be invited to vote for the best image and associated abstract.

First prize: £250 Amazon vouchers | Runners up per category: £100 Amazon vouchers | Highly commended: £50 high street vouchers

Who Can Enter? Open to academics, research fellows, postdoctoral research associates, postgraduate research students and research technical support staff including experimental officers across all disciplines at The University of Manchester.

Submission Details: Submissions close 19 September 2011, 12pm (BST). One submission per entrant.  So get snapping, we look forward to seeing the wonder of your research. Find out how to enter and see the full terms and conditions at:

NEW course! Communicate with Confidence – 09.09.2011

When: Friday 9 September 2011 at 2pm-5pm
Where: G306A/B, Jean McFarlane Building

How can you make more of an impact at interviews, meetings and one to ones? During this course you’ll learn what makes personal communication memorable, and how to apply these principles to engage people and hold attention.

This course equips you with practical techniques for enhancing your personal impact. VOX Coaching will help you achieve more, by developing your confidence, clarity and influence – while always remaining true
to yourself.

This practical and enabling course looks at:
• Speaking about what you do in formal and informal situations
• Reading others’ behaviours
• Understanding body language, vocal tone and other signals
• Communicating assertively under pressure
• Developing confidence
• Contributing to meetings
• Presence at interviews
• Influencing others
• Recognising and expanding your communication style
• Personae: vulnerability, openness, curiosity and disclosure
• Developing confidence

Facilitator: VOX Coaching

To book  a place on this course:

Research Staff visit:

Postgraduate Research Students visit:


Every Researcher Counts – University of Stirling

‘Every researcher counts: equality and diversity in researcher careers in HEIs conference’

Friday 26 August 2011 at the University of Stirling

This one-day conference will support pro-vice-chancellors (or equivalent senior staff), researcher developers and equality and diversity specialists to improve institutional approaches to equality and diversity for recruiting, managing and developing research staff.

The purpose of this event is to open debate around the strategic importance of equality and diversity policy and practice for researchers, embedded in the Scottish research environment and to learn more about the Every Researcher Counts project and its related resources.  Participants will have the opportunity to explore strategic approaches to equality and diversity for researchers; what would a successful strategy look like and how would it be delivered so that ‘every researcher counts’?

Speakers at the conference include:

  • Professor Anne Glover, Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland
  • Professor Paul Hagan, Director of Research and Innovation, Scottish Funding Council

The event is for participants who can speak on behalf of their institution in relation to:

  • institutional strategies for embedding equality and diversity and the Concordat principles within institutional practice
  •  institutional measures of success and various reporting mechanisms.

This event is part of the broader ‘Every researcher counts’ project commissioned and funded by HEFCE with support from SFC, HEFCW and DEL(NI) and delivered by Vitae (

Visit the ‘Every researcher counts’ event page for more information and to book your free of charge place:—University-of-Stirling.html#pageInfo