A number of current HEIF projects are running events over the next few months. Please feel to register to attend and/or circulate to contacts you may feel would be interested:
Explore the application of rewilding concepts to Dorset.
Date: Thursday 5 May
Venue: Charlton Down Village Hall, near Dorchester, Dorset. DT2 9UA
For more information on the HEIF project click here.
Click here for more information on the event and to register.
Date: Wednesday 18 May
Venue: Executive Business Centre, Bournemouth University
Follow on Twitter: @EU_FoodSMART and visit the project website www.foodsmartproject.net
Agenda and register for FREE
Psychiatric Genetic Counselling Workshops
Dates: Various in June and July 2016
Venue: Bournemouth University
For more information on this HEIF project click here.
Click here for more information on the event and to register.
Biotechnology YES is an innovative competition giving early career researchers from diverse backgrounds a practical insight into how to commercialise research and recognise the benefits of industrial collaboration, providing a springboard for their own career development into a multitude of sectors. The competition is delivered in partnership, funded by sponsorship, draws on expertise from industry and the research community and aims to encourage an entrepreneurial culture in the UK postgraduate and postdoctoral base for the benefit of the UK economy.
The challenge for participants is to prepare an oral business plan presentation, in a team of four or five, for a hypothetical bioscience start-up company seeking equity investment. The plan is based on a plausible idea based on real markets and developed over the course of a three day residential workshop. The workshop encompasses presentations and mentoring sessions from leading figures in industry who give their time and advice for free. It culminates in the presentation of business plans to a panel of ‘equity investors’. These individuals come from industry and academia and have decades of experience and proven track records of professional success. Winners from the regional workshops progress to the final held in December.
Workshop dates will be posted on the Biotechnology YES and BBSRC websites once finalised and and include Syngenta, GSK and Unilever .
The competition is open to all bioscience researchers registered at a UK university not just those funded by BBSRC. However, if any of the workshops oversubscribed, Research Council funded researchers will be given priority.
Find out more and APPLY by visiting www.biotechnologyyes.co.uk or www.environmentyes.org
Biotechnology YES 2016 is open for applications until 27th May 2016.
‘Increasing inequality? Widening opportunity? Debating higher education reforms’
Wednesday 27th April sees the first of a series of high profile public events at BU, called Dialogues in the Social Sciences. Organised by Profs. Ann Brooks, Candida Yates and Barry Richards, their aim is to bring insights from the social sciences to bear on major areas of current concern: higher education, crime, violent extremism, and psychological well-being. In the first, two speakers from the Institute of Education in London offer their views on the Green Paper and where the HE sector may be heading. Professor Sir Peter Scott has been editor of the Times Higher and V-C of Kingston University; he is an authoritative commentator on key issues facing universities today. He is joined in this event by Professor Ann Phoenix, psychologist and leading researcher on education and identity. BU’s Dr Mastoureh Fathi (HSS) and Ellie Mayo-Ward (SUBU V-P) will be discussants. Professor Iain MacRury of FMC will chair what promises to be a highly informative and potentially controversial session, starting at 5.15 in the EBC (EB206). Refreshment available. Book your seat now, here: Eventbrite
Innovate UK have just published the 2016/17 Delivery Plan. In it, you will discover some important changes in the way they intend to support business innovation.
Key areas of the delivery plan include:
- a new sector focus – that is easier for industry, investors and government to work with
- changing the frequency and nature of our sector funding competitions – so that they are broader in scope than previously and form a single stream of innovation funding
- forming a single ‘open’ funding programme – for applications from any technology or sector
- enhancing the role of our innovation networks – in providing guidance and support to innovative businesses both nationally and regionally
To find out more read more on their blog: A whistle-stop tour of our delivery plan or check out the website
Date: Tuesday 24 May
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Location: The Grange Road Business Park in Christchurch
Event information: A supply chain expo hosted by BAE Systems in Christchurch and a chance to show innovation to not only BAE (who have people coming from far and wide) but others such as Cobham and Aish will also be exhibiting. This is the first annually held event hosted by this organisation. The aim being to future innovation through showcasing BAE Systems’ own technology as well as technology from other companies. The event will provide a unique opportunity to discover new technology, as well as developing new relations with other companies within the supply chain, whilst raising the profile of exhibiting companies and providing a chance for networking and future collaboration opporuntities.
Registration is essential as there is a limited number of spaces available and will be assigned on a first come first serve basis.
To register your interest: email – email@example.com and confirm whether you are interested in exhibiting and /or attending the event.
UK universities earned £4.2 billion from provision of services to businesses and collaborative research in the 2014-15 academic year, up from £3.9bn the previous year.
The latest Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey (2014 – 2015), published on 7 April by the Higher Education Statistics Agency
, looked at all publicly funded UK higher education institutions and their interactions with businesses and other organisations.
In 2014-15, the largest chunk of this income was from collaborative research involving public funding, which reached £1.26bn, up from £1.14bn in the previous year. This was a change in emphasis, as in 2013-14 universities gained most of their income from contract research. However, contract research earnings also increased between 2013-14 and 2014-15, from £1.2bn to £1.21bn.
Universities also upped their earnings from courses for business and the community by £35m to £715m, from regeneration and development programmes by almost £22m to £205m, and from intellectual property by £24m to £155m.
The analysis also includes information on the number of spinouts and start-up companies created by UK universities, and shows that the number of graduate start-up companies created in 2014-15 was 4,160, lower than the 4,581 companies started in 2013-14.
However, the total number of active firms with some involvement from a higher education provider in the UK was 13,045 in 2014-15, up from 11,856 in 2013-14.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England will publish its analysis of the data for England later in the year.
This article was posted in Research Professional.
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Innovate UK have launched their delivery plan for 2016/17 .
- a new sector focus that is easier for industry, investors and government to work with
- a 5-point plan to underpin activity across these sectors and drive productivity growth
- clearer funding programmes that are easier to navigate
- improvements to the way Innovate UK connects businesses to knowledge and partners
- a stronger regional presence
With evidence of :”focusing ever more closely on scaling up SMEs” …
Clearer sector support has been established and these include four groups:
- emerging and enabling technologies
- health and life sciences
- infrastructure systems
- manufacturing and materials
Funding competitions for businesses are also to be simplified.
There will be 2 broad funding competitions covering each sector group per year, and 2 open competitions for applications from any sector or technology area. There will be other programmes and competitions in partnership with other government organisations.
Click here fore more information.
Download the Delivery Plan.
An Evaluation of Team-based Learning – 4-5pm in PG11, Wednesday 13th of April 2016
What is Team-based Learning?
Team-based Learning (TBL) is an example of the ‘flipped classroom’ concept whereby what might be described as traditional teaching content is accessed by students outside of the classroom while activities that might be termed ‘homework’ are conducted in class. In class, students have to answer questions as individuals to test them on their learning from the set pre-reading activities (termed the individual Readiness Assurance Test), then the same questions in allocated teams (team Readiness Assurance Test). Each team has a scratch card so that students can check if their agreed answer is correct (immediate feedback). Following that, teams then work on application exercises, where they have to apply their knowledge to problem-solving real-life scenarios.
Why bother with this approach?
TBL is thought to confer some advantages over traditional teaching methods in terms of student engagement and provides immediate feedback on student performance. While it does tend to mean some extra work for lecturers in terms of preparation activities, increased job satisfaction is commonly reported, and students report enjoying learning in this way. It is believed to improve critical thinking skills and in some cases improved exam performance has been reported. Further, this collaborative learning process promotes the importance of effective team-working, a skill desired of our graduates by many employers.
Do you want to find out more?
I am delivering a session on TBL at the CELebrate Conference 2016 next week. In this session, you will be introduced to TBL and get to experience a TBL session yourself! Quantitative (using the validated TBL-SAI instrument) and qualitative (focus group discussions) results from an evaluation of the implementation of TBL into a unit on the Adult Nursing degree programme will also be presented.
What to do now?
- Click here to watch this video before the session (it’s less than four minutes) -it’s a snippet from my online lecture on circulatory shock. Don’t panic if you’ve little knowledge regarding human physiology, it’s only to help illustrate the TBL approach – hopefully you’ll enjoy it!
- Then click here to book onto the session
Dr Jonny Branney
Creative England is dedicated to the growth of the creative industries. A key aim is to investin talented people across games, TV, film and digital media.
Latest funnds, garnts and loans currently available by Creative England and their partners can be found here
If you are interested in submitting to any of the above calls you must contact RKEO with adequate notice
before the deadline.
Please note that some funding bodies specify a time for submission as well as a date. Please confirm this with your RKEO Funding Development Officer
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VOOM 2016 takes place over 14 weeks, including a huge public vote, a 29-hour Pitchathon (a Guinness World Records attempt, in fact), and a series of competitive face-to-face workshops.
Competition finalists will have the opportunity to pitch to Richard Branson and the six winning businesses will share over £1 million (€1.2 million) in prizes, plus additional support.
There are two categories:
- START-UP – aimed at early stage start-up businesses
- GROW – for businesses with revenue that are looking to grow
The winner of each category will receive social and PR support, a broadband and telecoms package, a carriage wrap on Virgin Trains, mentoring, financial advice, a £50,000 (€60,000) cash prize and much more. There are also prize packages for four runners up.
Crowdfunder are offering you the chance to run a crowdfunding campaign on top of (and as an integral part of) your competition entry. So while you are working hard to secure public support for your entry, you could also raise money at the same time.
The competition also allows you to put yourself forward for awards within your category:
- The Impact Award – for businesses that put social and environmental impact, as well as profit, at the heart of their business
- The Great Award – for businesses that fly the flag for Great Britain
- The Crowdfunder Award – for those businesses that run a crowdfunding campaign in parallel with their competition entry
Public vote opens: 5 April 2016
Applications close: 10 May 2016
Voting closes: 23 May 2016
Find out more at https://www.vmbvoom.com
Innovate UK have put together a very useful list of upcoming funding calls relating to Horizon 2020 funding. There are also links to other sources of information including events and their Guide to Horizon 2020 and Other European Funding for the Creative Industries.
This information is provided freely to members of the _connect Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) Creative Digital & Design. There are currently 16 KTNs plus many other groups. Whatever your discipline, there will be a group to which you can contribute and promote your research interests.
Why not take a look and register to receive updates direct to your inbox?
Dr Phil Crowther, from Sheffield Hallam University (Sheffield Business School), will be on a short visit to BU where he will meet researchers from the Department of Events and Leisure to exchange and explore potential research opportunities (8th March 2016).
“Designing ‘Playful’ Business Events” is the title of his guest lecture, where Dr Phil Crowther explores the very serious nature of play in the design of business events.
We invite you to join this session, to the limit of seating capacity, on the 8th March 2016, Allesbrook Lecture Hall (Talbot Campus), 1 p.m.
For a little bit more on Dr Phil Crowther, please read below his story in the first person.
Would you like to know more details on this visit or to join us in the research meeting programme, please email Dr Lenia Marques, firstname.lastname@example.org .
My first degree was in Recreation Management from Loughborough University, graduating in 1995. Since then I have enjoyed a career in recreation / leisure / tourism / event management for eleven years, running cinemas, theme parks, and health and racquet clubs as General Manager. During this time I had the pleasure of designing and delivering such highlights as film premiers, celebrity birthday parties, and large team building events. During my industry career I completed a part-time MBA in Executive General Management which was my pathway back into universities. Since then I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching, researching, and delivering continuing professional development (CPD) events and consultancy in the area of Event Management.
My teaching focuses heavily on strategy and events, leading teaching on modules such as Event Policy and Planning, Strategic Event Design, and Strategic Event Creation. My research focusses specifically upon Marketing Events, part of the Experiential Marketing eruption, and I have published a number of journal papers. I have recently edited a book entitled Strategic Event Creation with colleagues which sets out an agenda for the practice, and teaching, of events. Most recently completed my PhD entitled ‘Strategic Application of Marketing Events’ which continues to be my main interest.
Beyond that I have two fabulous daughter, a wonderful partner, and two amazing dogs called Baxter and Will. I also have a passion for running and was most recently, in January this year, running the Hong Kong Marathon in pouring rain.
The European Commission has launched a Call for Ideas for a European Innovation Council to support Europe’s most promising innovators.
Commissioner Moedas launched the Call for ideas at the Science|Business Annual Conference in Brussels. He said that “Europe has excellent science, but we lack disruptive market-creating innovation. This is what is needed to turn our best ideas into new jobs, businesses and opportunities.” While the number of start-ups created in Europe is on a par with competitors such as the United States, Europe lags behind in disruptive innovation and in scaling start-ups into world-beating businesses. A European Innovation Council could contribute to solving this problem.
To find out more and to participate in this survey, please go to the European Innovation Council website, where you can also view background documents and position papers.
The deadline for survey completion in 29 April 2016.
Creative England would like to hear from creative digital companies who need anything from £50k – £200k in order to grow their business.
Eligible companies include those across content creation, games, tech and digital based in any of the English regions outside of Greater London. The interest-free loan is repaid over 3 years, and must be matched 50:50 with an alternative source of finance.
For more information please read the FAQ’s and application guidelines.
You can also get in touch with email@example.com for any further questions.
If you’re not sure if a Business Loan is quite right for the stage your company is at, then take a look at the Equity Investment Programme, offering £40k – £100k of equity investment for digital SME’s.