Research, Impact and the UK Parliament


This is interesting. The UK Parliament offer regional training events for academic researchers called “Research, Impact and the UK Parliament”. These events explore how to use research to engage with Parliament and take place monthly across the UK.  They are open to any researcher at any stage of their career. There is an attendance fee of £40 to pay.

What does the training cover?

The training events give an overview of Parliament and then cover ways to work with the institution, including details on Select Committees, legislative scrutiny, the House of Commons and House of Lords libraries and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST).  Training is interactive with plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions.  A networking lunch is included.

As a result of the training you will:

  • Understand Parliament’s role and processes
  • Learn how research is used in the UK Parliament
  • Be able to identify opportunities to feed your research into Parliament’s work
  • Learn tips and advice on communicating your research at Parliament

Using Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology research into the 2014 REF case studies, the events will also discuss how academics are having impact in Parliament and give practical advice and information about how to get involved.

Where and when does the training take place?

Events take place monthly at venues around the UK.  Our event schedule is listed below.

  • September 2016: North East England
  • October 2016: London
  • November 2016: North West England
  • December 2016: East Midlands
  • January 2017: South East England
  • February 2017: West Midlands
  • March 2017: Scotland
  • April 2017: Wales
  • May 2017: Yorkshire and the Humber
  • June 2017: Northern Ireland
  • September 2017: East of England
  • October 2017: South West England

You can register your interest for academic training events in your region or nation, and we will alert you to new dates as they are announced.

For more information, register interest and book a place visit the UK parliament website.

Funding Opportunity: MQ Data Science Award

mqWe are currently seeking applications for the MQ Data Science Award. This novel funding programme is in its first year, and aims to support pioneering research into mental health, whilst also expanding the use of data resources for research and developing the skills base in this complex field.

We’re harnessing the power of data science, to illuminate our understanding of mental illness.  Mental health data science has huge potential in the near-term to drive forward research and lead to major improvements in care and treatments. Apply for funding.

EPSRC Overseas Travel Grants

Overseas Travel Grants (OTGs) provide funding for international travel and subsistence to study new techniques at recognised centres outside the UK, and for travel to start or develop international collaborations. One potential use of an OTG, for example, is for travel to European centres to develop collaborations for bids to Horizon 2020.

Centre visits may be to overseas universities or industrial organisations. The scheme may not be used to support solely conference attendance.

There is no limit to the amount of funding which can be applied for, and no closing dates. Grants cover travel, subsistence, salary and indirect costs. Visa costs are also eligible.

The link to the call is here:

If you would like to apply for this call please contact

Opportunity: Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre

saicThe Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) will be visiting RGU on Wednesday 26th October 2016 from 1pm to 3pm.   SAIC is one of the Innovation Centres which were established by the Scottish Government, in partnership with the Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. SAIC bring together industry and academia to provide innovative solutions to industry-defined problems in Scottish aquaculture.  SAIC’s Innovation Manager Dr Corinne Critchlow-Watton, will pre­sent the background and objectives of the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation centre as well as progress to date and an overview of the opportunities arising for RGU fol­lowed by an opportunity for Q&A.  There will be time available for 1 to 1 conversations with Corinne if you wish. Please email Hans Steuten to confirm your attendance and indicate if you want to schedule a 1 to 1 with Corinne. 


Open Access Week

open access 2International Open Access Week is a global event held to celebrate and promote the benefits of Open Access. More information about Open Access Week is available here. Open Access Week.

The next Open Access Week starts on Monday 24th October 2016. RGU library staff will be doing a variety of things to help promote Open Access Week and engage with the rest of the university community. For more information, check out our guide here.

RGU research presented at RICS COBRA conference

RGU was represented at the recent RICS COBRA research conference, held in Toronto and hosted by George Brown College. COBRA is the annual international construction, building and real estate conference run by the RICS, which in recent years has travelled to the USA, India, Australia and France, and which will return to the UK in 2017.

Research presented by Professor Richard Laing included a paper concerning our use of HD laser scanning in Elgin, as part of the Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere project. The paper (co-authored with Elizabeth Tait, Marianthi Leon, John Isaacs and Peter Reid) looked at the application of architectural visualisation in a heritage-led regeneration project, and connected well with a series of keynote talks (emerging pervasive ICT, BIM and smart buildings).

Among the other papers were excellent presentations on community-led upgrading (by Claudia Loggia and Christina Georgiadou from the University of Westminster) and a fascinating study of online teaching and learning in architecture and construction, including design (by Heather Bibbings, Stephen Austin and Amela Bogdanovic, from the University of Coventry).

The conference commenced with a tour of the renovated historic ‘distillery district’ led by students of George Brown, and concluded with a visit to the George Brown BIM Lab.

Funding Opportunity: Leverhulme Snr Fellowships

Royal Academy of Engineering’s Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships Scheme. This is the last call for this scheme and there is a high chance of success for applications which meet Academy standards.

RAEng / The Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships  As academics find their careers progressing into more senior roles they also find that their workload evolves to include more teaching and administrative responsibilities with less time to dedicate to research. The RAEng / The Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships aim to address this by allowing academics to concentrate on full time research by covering the salary costs of a replacement academic to cover teaching and administrative responsibilities for up to one year. Applications must be received by 4pm on Wednesday19 October 2016.


STEM for Britain: Poster Competition

STEM for Britain [2017 Event]  is a poster competition and exhibition which has been held in Parliament since 1997. Its aim is to give members of both Houses of Parliament an insight into the outstanding research work being undertaken in British universities by early-career researchers.  Applications are invited from early-stage and early-career research scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians who wish to exhibit posters. Early-career researchers include university research students, postgraduates, research assistants, postdocs, research fellows, newly-appointed lecturers, part-time students and their equivalents in national, public sector and industrial laboratories, etc, and appropriate MSc students, all of whom are engaged in engineering.  You will need to fill in a short online application form and supply an abstract (in .pdf format) of your work – no more than a single A4 page, together with a reference, normally from a supervisor or senior academic colleague. The closing date for entries is Monday 5th December 2016.


RCUK are delighted to announce that from today the RCUK Gateway to Research (GtR) will be displaying researchers ORCID iDs and a hyperlink to their ORCID profile. ORCID iDs will be displayed for any researcher who has connected their ORCID iD to their Je-S account and who has any completed or live research projects.  They already have over 8000 people who have connected their ORCID iD with their Je-S account and 1419 of those will now be available in GtR. The ORCID iDs for principle investigators on projects will also be available in the CSV file that any user can download from the Gateway to Research site and through the API. It’s also now possible to search Gateway to Research using someone’s ORCID iD.  Here is the news item on the RCUK website: