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NIHR Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Training opportunities

NIHR are pleased to offer five practical and interactive 2h sessions focussed on different aspects of PPI delivery. Each session can be attended as a stand-alone event or as part of a course.

Learn how to:
• Identify how the public can meaningfully contribute to your work
• Manage group discussions and get the most out of the conversations
• Work successfully with members of the public
• Communicate in plain English

These sessions are open to all researchers working in health and social care across Wessex. These events are not designed for public members although some may benefit from sessions where there is clear overlap with their role. Public members will apply and be prioritised using the same criteria and should be supported by their research team and/or PPI lead in their application. Travel and time reimbursement for their attendance would need to be met by the research team.


All sessions take place in Room LC51, Level C, South Academic Block, Southampton General Hospital

Wednesday 6th May 2020,  10:30-12:30
Session 1: What is the right way to involve people

Where the public influence your research
Ways in which you can work together

Thursday 21st May 2020,  12:30-14:30
Session 2: Working with the public – managing group discussions

Strategies to get the most out of group discussions
Tips to manage more challenging personalities

Tuesday 2nd June 2020, 10:30-12:30
Session 3: Working with the public – recruiting and keeping members

Who you should be involving in your research
How to maintain positive relationships with those you involve

Monday 22nd June 2020, 13:30-15:30
Session 4: Working with the public – getting the most out of your PPI activities

How to ensure that people are able to contribute
The importance of planning to ensure your activity is effective and successful

Tuesday 30th June 2020,  13:30-15:30
Session 5: Communicating in lay language

How to write and talk in a lay language, and working with jargon.

To register, follow this link:

Application closing date: Tuesday, 24th March 2020 at 23hrs

Successful applicant will be notified by: Tuesday, 7th April 2020

Places are limited. Places are free but there will be a charge for anyone who does not attend.

Research & Knowledge Exchange Development Framework – survey closes in 5 days!

The Research & Knowledge Exchange Framework (RKEDF) is now into its fourth year.  It offers training and development opportunities to academics at all stages of their career, supporting staff to increase their skills, knowledge and capabilities.

The RKEDF offers a range of support including sessions for those who are new to research or to BU, for staff who want to further develop their research careers and for people who want to disseminate their research findings or create an impact plan.

The Research Development & Support team are currently planning activities and sessions for the 2020/21 programme of events and would like to hear your ideas and suggestions.  What’s worked well?  What would you changed?  Are there any other sessions or training materials you’d like to see included?  We’d like to hear both from people who have engaged with the RKEDF and those who haven’t.

Tell us what you think via our survey and be in with a chance of winning one of three £20 Amazon vouchers.  The deadline date is Sunday 15 March.

Doctoral College Newsletter | March 2020

The Doctoral College Newsletter provides termly information and updates to all those involved with postgraduate research at BU. The latest edition is now available to download here. Click on the web-links provided to learn more about the news, events and opportunities that may interest you.

If you would like to make a contribution to future newsletters, please contact the Doctoral College.

A three-day Sandpit focused on Digital Technologies for Health and Care

UKRI have announced an opportunity to apply to attend a sandpit on Digital technologies for Health and Care.

This is the first sandpit in a series of three which will be advertised over the next three years.

The theme for this sandpit is novel digital technologies for improved self-monitoring and health management. The sandpit will run over three days starting mid-morning on Tuesday 30 June 2020 and finishing mid-afternoon on Thursday 02 July 2020.

Key dates:

  • Call announced: February 2020
  • Call close (expressions of interest): 04 May 2020
  • Participant Selection panel: May 2020
  • Sandpit: 30 June-02 July 2020
  • Funding Application Deadline: w/c 14 September 2020
  • Funding Announcement: Before 30 September 2020

For more details please visit EPSRC web page or contact your RDS Research Facilitator for further assistance.