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LAST CHANCE TO ENTER! Apply for the Society of Biology’s Science Communication Awards 2013!

Two weeks left to apply for the Society of Biology’s Science Communication Awards 2013!


The awards recognise outstanding outreach work carried out by both young scientists and established researchers to inform, enthuse and engage the public. The competition is open to bioscience researchers from UK universities and institutes and there are two categories of award:

New Researcher – Prize £750

Established Researcher – Prize £1,500

Further details are available on the website and the deadline is midnight 31 May 2013

Contact Karen Patel directly with any questions.


WISERD 2013 Annual Conference: 25th – 26th June 2013 – register by 10th May for Early Bird discount

WISERD (Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods) Annual Conference

Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th June 2013

University of South Wales

Bookings are now open for Wales’ largest social science conference! The WISERD Annual Conference 2013 will take place on 25th and 26th June at the University of South Wales.

The WISERD Annual Conference showcases a broad range of research relevant to Wales, and includes presentations from researchers from across the policy, public, private and third sectors.


Early Bird Rate

Register by Friday 10th May to receive the EARLY BIRD RATE of £70 PER DAY!

Click HERE to book

Keynote Speakers include:

Lindsay Paterson, Professor of Educational Policy in the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, has served on the ESRC Research Resources Board (2003-7), and has been commissioned to provide policy advice to the Scottish Parliament’s Education Committee and to the Scottish Government.

Laura McAllister, Professor of Governance at the University of Liverpool’s School of Management and political analyst for BBC Wales and regular commentator on Welsh and British politics and elections.

David Martin, Professor of Geography at the University of Southampton and co-director of both the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods and UK Data Service.


Vitae briefing documents for REF 2014

Vitae has produced “REF 2014: Briefing for Researcher Developers‘” in order to support those who are preparing submission and to enhance the quality of their environmental narrative. This can be found here

There is a also a “REF 2014: Summary for Submitting Units” which provides a useful at a glance guide, can be found here

These are HEFCE approved documents which highlight the importance of development activities.

HEFCE is looking to appoint new members to its Strategic Advisory Committees

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HEFCE wishes to appoint new members to three of its four Strategic Advisory Committees. These positions provide a unique opportunity to contribute to higher education at a time of significant change in the sector. We are keen to recruit new members from education, business and the professions, as well as from individuals who can represent the interests of students.

Enhancing the diversity of the membership of the committees is important to us and we welcome applications from under-represented groups including women, disabled people and people from an ethnic minority background.

Further information and a person specification are available from the appropriate committee contact:

One-page application statements addressing the person specification should be sent to the appropriate committee e-mail address above by midnight

on 12 April 2013.

New tool for professionals working with adults at risk of harm

Safe tool LogoFor many staying out of harm’s way is a matter of locking doors and windows and avoiding dangerous places, people and situations; however for some vulnerable people it is not quite so easy. The threat of abuse is behind those closed doors, well hidden from public view and for those living in the midst of adult abuse violence and fear permeates many aspects of their lives, frequently perpetrated against them by those charged with providing their care.

Recent media reports on the abuse of vulnerable patients at Winterbourne View and Mid Staffordshire Hospital have highlighted failures in the system where professional social workers and nurses have failed to protect those most vulnerable.

Di Galpin, Lucy Morrison and Emily Rosenorn Lanng from National Centre for Post Qualifying Social Work(NCPQSW) have developed an on-line tool to help practitioners evaluate and reflect on their practice when working with adults at risk of harm to ensure those who are most vulnerable are protected and do not live in fear.

The Safeguarding Adults Framework Evaluation (SAFE) tool  is used to support professionals working in the health and social care sector to improve their practice in keeping adults safe from harm. The on-line SAFE tool encourages practitioners to evaluate and reflect on their practice and offers a framework to help support the development of skills and knowledge in safeguarding adults at risk for the future.

Protecting adults at risk of harm is at the heart of professional practice in health and social care and the NCPQSW at BU is committed to supporting this to the highest level. Di, Lucy and Emily have worked together to produce a number of resources which can be used with the on-line SAFE tool, including the development of the first National Capabilities Framework for professionals protecting vulnerable adults which is being used by a number of local authorities across the country and the Safeguarding Adults at Risk of Harm staff group B workbook for qualified health and social care professionals.

For more information please visit the SAFE tool.