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Events organised by the RDS SC:

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RDS South Central’s ‘Essential Guide to Grant Applications’ event for a free comprehensive three-day masterclass on grant writing!

  • Time and Dates: 09:00 to 17:00 on Wednesday 11 October to Friday 13 October 2017
  • Location: Richard Doll Lecture Theatre & Atrium, University of Oxford, Old Road Campus, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7LF
  • Details: Funded and hosted by NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) South Central (SC), this free three-day masterclass focuses on how to sell your research idea by:
  • writing a convincing application with a good structure, flow and argument;
  • presenting a strong methods section, including statistical, qualitative, health economics and Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) elements as appropriate;
  • producing clear and well thought through Intellectual Property, Management, Governance and other sections.
  • The event will cover important tips on grant writing, along with guidance on what reviewers will be looking for (and what they love and hate to see).
  • Who should attend: This exciting event will bring together researchers from across the South Central region (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Oxfordshire) who are intending to apply to any NIHR or other national competitive peer reviewed funding programme in the next 12 months.
  • If you have any queries, email Phil Saunders (phillip.saunders@dph.ox.ac.uk) or call RDS South Central on (01865) 289442.
  • Booking for this event is now closed

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External events

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NIHR Public Health Research Programme webinar

  • What: Research Design Service (RDS) London and the NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) Programme will be holding a webinar for researchers to get vital advice on making an application to the PHR funding programme.
  • The webinar will cover:
    • Introduction to the PHR programme – Dr Andrew Cook (Consultant Adviser, PHR) and Mrs Gemma House (Senior Research Manager (Funding), PHR);
    • Key messages from the PHR Research Funding Board Chair – Prof Frank Kee;
    • What makes a good PHR application – Prof Chris Owen (current award holder and Funding Board Member);
    • What support RDS can provide – Dr Peter Lovell (Deputy Director, RDS London);
    • Q&A session with the panel.
  • When: 09:30 to 12:45 on Wednesday 20 September 2017
  • Where: Online / Room 1.11, Franklin-Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus, 150 Stamford Street, London, SE1 9NH
  • Cost: Free
  • Who should attend: This is a great opportunity for those currently developing or considering developing a proposal for PHR funding to attend and gain a greater understanding of the scope and remit of the scheme and how to apply.
  • Find out more

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Pathways to Impact: NCRM Annual Lecture 2017

  • What: The quality of social scientific research is increasingly being measured by its capacity for impact: a transformation being driven by RCUK and REF imperatives.  This ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) annual lecture will explore the implications of the impact agenda for knowledge production, in particular:
    • (i) the ways in which certain methodological strategies become valorised, with consequences for modes of theory building;
    • (ii) the need to understand better the methods by which research gains traction in policy and practice, a process which may signal the limitations of social scientific inquiry;
    • (iii) the ethical challenges in promoting data driven innovation in the context of complex and contested political environments.
  • If you are unable to attend, the lecture will be live-streamed here
  • When: 16:30 to 19:30 on Monday 9 October 2017
  • Where: Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, 9 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JQ
  • Cost: Free
  • Who should attend: Those interested in the impact of research
  • Find out more

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Regulatory Inspection Ready

  • What: This course is aimed at those who deliver research in a healthcare setting either in a Sponsor team or as a Host, and that maybe subject to regulatory inspection.  Preparation for Inspection is critical but compliance driven from preparation rather than from quality systems can lead to poor practice and Inspection findings.  Last minute changes just prior to a visit can be very unhelpful and in some cases misleading, so this course will help delegates understand how to become inspection-ready for any inspection.  Delegates will learn strategies that build confidence for an inspection from any of the regulators, for example the MHRA, Human Tissue Authority or Human Embryology & Fertilisation Authority.
  • When: 09:30 to 16:00 on Monday 16 October 2017
  • Where: The Wesley Hotel, Euston, London
  • Cost: £295
  • Who should attend: The course is designed for all staff involved in research management or for those who want to learn more about the Inspection process.  This might include R&D managers, Sponsor representatives, quality managers, facilitators, research governance staff, research nurses, pharmacy teams, study coordinators and investigator site staff.
  • Find out more

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NCRM Autumn School 2017 – New Data Horizons

  • What: The topic of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods’ (NCRM) autumn school is New Data Horizons and it will explore innovations and changes in the data landscape.  The autumn school will feature sessions on innovations in surveys, including online survey data collection, data linkage and use of (linked) administrative and census data, social media data and big data, and biosocial data.  It will address the potential for answering substantive questions in social science research as well as methodological aspects such as data linkage, modelling of complex data and issues concerning data quality.
  • When: Wednesday 22 to Friday 24 November 2017
  • Where: Highfield House Hotel, 119 Highfield Lane, Highfield, Southampton, S017 1AQ
  • Cost: Free – NCRM autumn schools are fully funded (travel, accommodation) so all reasonable costs of attendance for the successful applicants will be covered.
  • Who should attend: Priority will be given to early career researchers from across the UK social science community who are employed on research-led contracts.  Other researchers, including PhD students, are also very welcome.
  • Enquiries to: Jacqui Thorp (jmh6@soton.ac.uk)
  • Find out more

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Wessex Health Innovation Forum: Portsmouth

  • What: The NHS is changing.  Health organisations, local authorities and universities are increasingly working together to help meet the challenges the NHS faces.
  • Details: This event will give you the opportunity to find out more from local healthcare innovators, academics and clinicians who are looking at new ways to tackle current (and future) problems.  Co-hosted by the University of Portsmouth and Wessex Academic Health Science Network, the Portsmouth Health Innovation Forum will showcase local exciting health innovations from healthcare and academia, including some of the expertise and facilities available in Portsmouth to support this work.
  • When: 17:30 to 21:00 on Wednesday 29 November 2017
  • Where: Richmond Building, University of Portsmouth, Portland Street, Portsmouth, PO1 3DE
  • Cost: Free
  • Find out more

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