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We hope you’ve had a wonderful Summer and are ready and raring to go for a new academic year. We’ve got yet another bumper edition of the Catalyst newsletter for you this month.

Save the date! Catalyst Symposium, Wednesday 12th November (Streatham Campus venue tbc)

Join the Catalyst team on Wednesday 12th November to celebrate in the successes of the Catalyst project through our Seed Funds and Champions for Public Engagement. As the end of the project is in sight (March 2015), we wanted to bring together the University of Exeter’s vibrant community of Engaged Researchers, Community Partners and Professional Services Staff who are passionate about public engagement with research (PER). Delegates will be able to participate in a day of workshops, seminars and performances to share best practice and learning from Catalyst Seed Funds and the Champions for Public Engagement. We will also reflect on what the future of engaged research looks like for the University and how we can continue to support it. We do hope you’ll be able to make it, keep your eyes peeled for future registration details and draft programme! Transport for colleagues in Penryn and Truro will be provided.

Get involved in the Symposium

We’re looking for Researchers and Community Partners to share their public engagement journeys and stories at the Symposium and there are a couple of ways in which you can get involved:

Poster session – Create a poster explaining your public engagement activities and over lunch, take the opportunity to meet people and discuss your work.

Public Engagement Speed Updating – an informal quick-fire way to tell people what you’ve been up to or potential opportunities for collaboration. You’ll have four minutes to share your story/make your pitch.

If you’re interested in either of the above, please email the Catalyst mailbox ( by Monday 6th October and Grace will be in contact with further details and timelines.

Round three Champions and Seed Funds

The final round of both the Catalyst Seed Funds and the Champions for Public Engagement have been announced and are online! We were really blown away by the standard of applications for the final rounds and are excited about the various events, reports and networks that should hopefully blossom from the projects and Champion roles!

Influence NICE guidelines on community engagement – your chance to be involved!

The Centre for Public Health (CPH) at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is updating its guideline on community engagement – the updated guideline is expected to be published in January 2016.  For more information please see the scope:

Leeds Metropolitan University and the University of East London have been commissioned to produce a mapping report looking at current and emerging community engagement policy and practices in the UK.

In particular, they want to find out about what is happening in practice. They have set up a Register of Interest where they are inviting individuals and organisations to give brief details of any current/past community engagement projects. For more information, visit their website.

ESRC Impact Acceleration Account LaunchThursday 9th October 16:00-18:00

All researchers and potential collaborators with an interest in the social sciences are invited to find out more about the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) at this open event hosted by Professor Mark Goodwin.

The University of Exeter has been awarded more than £720,000 from the ESRC to fund follow-on activity in the next 4 years, which  social sciences researchers are eligible to apply to. During this event you can:

  • Find out more about the funding available;
  • Speak to an ESRC representative and the University’s IAA staff;
  • Hear case studies from ESRC-funded academics.

Anyone with an interest in applying for IAA funding should attend this event – projects do not need to have been ESRC-funded previously.

EPSRC Science Photo Competition 2014

Share your photos to support excellence and promote the benefits of outstanding UK engineering and physical sciences.

The overall winner of the competition will be awarded £500 worth of camera / photography equipment. A prize of £150 worth of camera / photography equipment will also be awarded to the winner of each category. Runners up in 2nd and 3rd place of each category will receive £25.00 worth of camera / photography equipment. All winning images will also be featured in EPSRC’s Pioneer Magazine and other EPSRC publications. Deadline for entries is 1st December.

Science Communication Masterclass 24th-27th November

The Science Communication Unit (UWE) is running its Science Communication Masterclass. Registration is now open for the course, which runs on the 24th-27th November. The Masterclass is an intensive, short course created to provide professional development in science communication.

ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize 2015 

Entries are welcome for the 2015 ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize. The Prize is an annual opportunity to recognise and reward the successes of ESRC-funded researchers who have achieved, or are currently achieving, outstanding economic or societal impacts. A prize of £10,000 is awarded to the winners of each ‘Outstanding’ category. A second prize of £5,000 in each category may also be awarded at the panel’s discretion. A prize of £10,000 is awarded to the Impact Champion. Deadlines for entries is 20th November.

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