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Happy New Year!

We’re now down to the final three months of the Catalyst project. Hopefully we’ll be able to give you more news on what is happening post-Catalyst soon but until then, I’m going to get stuck in to the latest edition of the newsletter…

Impact & Engaged Research Network

If you attended the Symposium back in November, you will have heard about the forthcoming launch of this network. The network will take over from the Catalyst network and will seek to be a place for both Professional Service and Academic staff to find out information, network with colleagues, meet external organisations who want to work with the University and hear from the Funders themselves.

The launch is taking place on 28th January, 12:00-13:00 in Amory C417 with a video link to Daphne du Maurier Seminar J in Penryn. See the event listing for more details or email myself ( or Louise Rutt ( if you have any questions.

ESRC Impact Acceleration Account – funding deadlines

The University’s Economic and Social Research Council Impact Acceleration Account (ESRC IAA) has a number of funding schemes which have a joint closing date of 28th February. The schemes are:

  • Impact cultivation award (up to £3,000)
  • Social policy networks (up to £2,000)
  • Project cocreation (up to £20,000)
  • Knowledge exchange fellowships (up to £20,000)

For more information, visit the internal funding opportunities page or contact the ESRC IAA Coordinator, Kerry Dungay (

STFC Public Engagement Fellowships – call open

The Science and Technology Facilities Council have recently announced a call for Public Engagement Fellows. Open to STFC-funded researchers, The fellows will act as champions or ambassadors for STFC’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (‘STEM’) work to schools, the media or public audiences. The fellowships are aimed at those with significant research experience who have demonstrated a track record in outreach or communications work. The fellowships will recognise and reward current practitioners and enable them to expand the work they do in public engagement.

If anyone is interested in applying for a fellowship, please let me know! I’d be more than happy to meet to discuss draft applications and ideas.

NERC Summer of Science – Public Engagement grants available

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has announced a call for applications of up to £7500 to organise public engagement events as part of the NERC Summer of Science. Taking place across the UK, the aims for NERC’s Summer of Science are:

  • to engage the public with research that NERC has funded
  • to raise the profile of NERC and the science NERC funds.

More information can be found here. Again, if you’re interested in putting in an application please let me know!

AHRC & the Cheltenham Science and Literature Festivals

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is welcoming proposals from AHRC-funded researchers to present their research at the Cheltenham Science Festival and the Cheltenham Literature Festival. Up to twenty successful applicants will have a chance to develop their event ideas with experienced Cheltenham Festival producers and members of the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement team at a dedicated workshop. Of these, up to four will have the chance to hold their event at one of the Festivals.

For more information, see their call for proposals.

Society of Post-Medieval Archaeology Community Engagement Award

The Society of Post-Medieval Archaeology has recently launched a new community engagement award. The £500 grant is designed to support individuals, groups and societies in developing new public-facing initiatives, whether one-off events, programmes of activities, digital archaeology or other creative outputs.


  • applicants need not be members of the Society.
  • applicants can apply on behalf of any group, institution and organization
  • applicants can be amateur or professional archaeologists
  • Post-medieval archaeology (late medieval to the present day) must be a core aspect of the proposal
  • community engagement must be a core aspect of the proposal

For more information and an application form, email the Prize Coordinator, Hilary Orange, (
Deadline for application is 1st March 2015 and a decision will be made within 2 months of the closing date.

U3A Taunton – request for speakers

We’ve recently had an enquiry from the University of the Third Age group in Taunton for researchers to give a talk to a group of about 50 of their members. They usually meet in the morning and are looking for speakers from March onwards. if you’re interested, please get in contact with me and I can pass on your details to the group.

Discounted Silent Witness tickets for The Money

Newsletter recipients can purchase discounted Silent Witness tickets for the upcoming event ‘The Money’ (Spend the money on whatever you want. Be as creative as you like. Just keep within the law.) The Money is taking place at Exeter Guildhall from 7pm – 9.30pm on the 22nd, 23rd & 27th January. To purchase the tickets at 25% off their original price, enter ‘gong’ at the checkout.

Event: What’s Going on in his Head?

Wednesday 4th February, 16:00-18:00
Room 219, Washington Singer, Streatham Campus

Science Communicator James Piercy suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2011. Join him and Professor Huw Williams (Psychology) on a journey of recovery to the heart of his grey matter…

Event: Ten Years of Geography at Tremough, Place Symposium

Friday 27th March, 2015, 1pm-4.30pm and 5pm-7pm, Chapel Lecture Theatre.

During the 2014/2015 academic year, the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus is celebrating its decennary – the ten-year anniversary of its teaching and research activities in Cornwall. The Place Symposium is one of many events that we have planned to help us connect with alumni, the local community, research collaborators, friends, and supporters.

To book your free ticket to the afternoon programme, click here or to book your free ticket to the keynote talks, click here.

For more information about the event, contact Catherine Leyshon (




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