Before agreeing to participate in your study, your participants should receive all the information they require in order to make an informed decision. Once they wish to participate, then an informed consent form should be completed and filed appropriately.
Although the process sounds complex, there are currently a great training opportunities to help familiarise yourself with the background to, and process of informed consent in clinical research.
The Wessex Clinical Research Network are hosting the following training sessions at University Hospital Southampton and Poole Hospital –
- Wednesday 8th May, 8:30am – 12:30pm, Seminar Room, Level C, West Wing, NIHR WTCRF, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Tremona Road, Southampton, SO16 6YD;
- Wednesday 8th May, 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Seminar Room, Level C, West Wing, NIHR WTCRF, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Tremona Road, Southampton, SO16 6YD;
- Monday 20th May, 8:30am – 1:00pm, Seminar Room 3, Education Centre, Ground Floor, Poole Hospital NHS FT Longfleet Road, Poole, BH15 2JB.
If you’re interested in attending, get in touch with the Wessex CRN to book your place.
Dr Samuel Nyman, Psychology Dept and Ageing and Dementia Research Centre, is currently an NIHR Career Development Fellow. He was recently invited to present at the NIHR’s annual meeting for the NIHR faculty in
Leeds (14-15/11/2017). The focus of the meeting this year was, ‘Future Training for Future Health’.
Samuel was invited to present on his own personal career journey to date, and then join the discussion panel to discuss future challenges alongside Professor Chris Whitty (Chief Scientific Adviser, Department of Health), Dr Louise Wood (Director of Science, Research and Evidence, Department of Health), Professor Dave Jones (NIHR Dean for Faculty Trainees), Professor Ashley Adamson (NIHR Professor in Public Health Nutrition, Newcastle University), and Dr Katherine Sleeman (NIHR Clinician Scientist, King’s College London). It was great to network with other NIHR fellows, and to have stimulating discussions around what aspects facilitate career development and the future challenges and opportunities ahead for health research including Brexit.
Would you like to get involved in some public engagement?
We’re currently planning for next afternoon of lectures on Wednesday 22nd March 2017 to give BU academics the chance to share their research with the public and the members of the University of Third Age (U3A) to hear about your fantastic research.
Talks usually takes around an hour including time for discussion and questions from the audience. The audience is usually around 20 – 30 people.
If you’d like to know more, or may be interested in speaking please drop me an email – email@example.com
The University of the Third Age, commonly referred to as the U3A, are a community of retired/ semi retired people who enjoy the reward of learning and take part in regular groups and sessions to expand their skills and life experiences. BU is supporting this community by organising bi-annual public lecture days where members of the U3A, as well as anyone else from the community who may be interested, can come onto campus and hear about the latest developments in the academic world.
I’m looking for speakers for the next two talks, taking place in the EBC on Wednesday 16 December 2015 and Wednesday 30 March 2016. Ideally presentations will be around 40 minutes long followed by a Q&A session and can be on any topic that would be of interest to a general audience.
If you’d be interested in taking part please drop me an email for further information.
The Newton Fund is actively inviting expressions of interest from senior and early career researchers to expand their pool of panel members for the Newton Fund initiative and, potentially, other British Council programmes.
Looking at the specialisms below, BU has significant expertise in many of these areas.
They are looking for early career researchers who would like to broaden their experience of peer review as a career development opportunity, and for senior researchers who are willing to share and use their experience to support the review panels. Please note that we can only consider researchers based at UK institutions.
By getting involved in funding panels, you will gain invaluable insights into how a funder functions, how they assess applications, build your network, raise your profile in your field and, potentially, give you the opportunity to influence future funding decisions.
For this particular invitation:
Eligibility Senior and early-career researchers. Early-career researcher is defined as being a PhD holder + up to 10 years. For fields where a PhD is not a usual career requirement, sufficient research experience will be accepted.
Researchers with the following specialisms are eligible to apply:
- Biological and Medical Sciences
- Environment and Agriculture
- Arts and Humanities
- Social Sciences
- Engineering and Physical Sciences
In particular, the Newton Fund would like to hear from researchers who have the following subject specialisms:
- Human rights
- Forensic anthropology
- Marine biology/Oceanography
- Public health/Nutrition
- Food science
- Earth Sciences
Find out more and apply!
Public engagement is a brilliant way to enhance your skills as an academic, and also to get a new perspective on your research. A good public engagement event should encourage a two way dialog and the goal should be mutual benefit. As the Public Engagement Officer here at BU my role is to support you in delivering your research to the public and ensuring you get something out of it as well! Here are a few upcoming opportunities (with a variety of audiences!) that may interest you. To find out more about any of these opportunities, or to find out more about public engagement in general please do get in touch.
Festival of Learning
The Festival of Learning is running from the 11th-17th July and the deadline for proposals is 12 noon on the 19th December. The festival is open to anyone to submit events, including academics, professional services and students (both undergraduate and postgraduate). Previous events have involved everything from short lectures to whole days spent out on an archaeological dig. To find out more about the festival and about how you can apply click here.
Festival of Learning on Tour
We run on tour events throughout the year however the majority take place over the summer. We’re next going out on tour between the 11th-13th December to be part of the Bournemouth Christmas Market. A good activity would be something interactive that’s quick for the public to engage with, on average each engagement last 5 minutes, but gives them a snapshot of your research. We’re still looking for people to join our on tour team for December’s events. This can be a great opportunity to trial an idea with us for as and you can come along for as little as half a day or the whole thing. Email me to find out more.
Explora Science Seeking Volunteers
Explora Science are a charity looking to set up a Science and Discovery Centre in Poole. In order to trial run the centre they are setting up a pop up shop in Poole in February, in which they will put on a number of interactive activities. They need volunteers to help encourage visitors to explore exhibits further. For example, prompting them to push the right button and explaining why things work the way they do. The event is running for two weeks (9th-20th) and they need volunteers who can do a minimum of 3 days in that period. In exchange for volunteering they will cover travel expenses, and also provide you with valuable science communication training. Find out more about Explora Science on their website or email me to find out more about the opportunity.
Famelab is an international competition aimed at finding the best new voices in science and engineering in which contestants have just three minutes to pitch a scientific concept. The Bristol heat is taking place 10th December at 7pm. Click here to find out the details and let us know if you’re competing and we can help with your travel expenses.
Café Scientifique happens monthly in Boscombe and involves giving a short presentation and then having a discussion with the audience. Take a look at the website for an idea of past events and email if you’d like to run a session.
Public Lectures – University of the Third Age (U3A)
The U3A are interested in a public lecture day at the University. This is likely to take place in April and will involve several speakers throughout the day – possibly around a theme. Let us know if you’d like to be involved or wish to engage with this over 50’s age group.