Under One Roof – Social Enterprise Launch

Under One Roof – Social Enterprise Launch

Tuesday 14 October 2104 9:30 a.m. – 15:30 p.m.  The Ballroom – Keele Hall, Keele University

Book your Place to Attend Event

You are warmly invited to attend the launch of “Under One Roof” a partnership project on Social Enterprise led by Keele University in conjunction with Staffordshire University.  “Under One Roof” is one of six Social Enterprise Thematic Clusters funded via a Government initiative offered by UnLtd (https://unltd.org.uk/).This strategic launch event will connect key partners who are passionate about Social Enterprise and its role in Staffordshire. It will address the following questions:

  • What is the national picture for Social Enterprise?
  • How are we responding to Social Enterprise in Staffordshire?
  • How we can all collaborate and champion Social Enterprise across the county?
  • How can organisations connect and share knowledge to raise the profile of Social Enterprise in Staffordshire?

You can expect excellent plenary speakers, including Prof Nick Foskett Vice Chancellor from Keele University and Prof Michael Gunn Vice Chancellor from Staffordshire University as well as representatives from UnLtd, Prime and the YMCA.

The afternoon will offer Social Enterprise workshops as well as opportunities to meet new people and networking opportunities to shape the future of Social Enterprise in Staffordshire.


9.30        Arrivals and Registration

Chair for the day:  Kym Billington-Baddley & Pete Twilley

10.00     Welcome Address: Vice Chancellors – Professor Nick Foskett, & Professor Michael Gunn

10.20     Cliff Prior, CEO, UnLtd, HEI perspective and wider partnership initiatives

10.35     Danny Flynn, CEO, YMCA

10.50     CEO, Princes Initiative for Mature Social Enterprise (Prime) to be confirmed

11.05     Round table discussions – Social Enterprise in Staffordshire – Looking to the Future

  •  What will the best possible future for social enterprise in Staffordshire look like?
  •   What will help us get there?

11.30     Coffee break

11.40     Dr Sharon George, Entrepreneurship, Keele

11.0     Peter Twilley, Growing Your Social Enterprise, Staffordshire University

12.00     Workshops 1,2,3,4

1.00       Lunch and networking

2.00       Workshops 1,2,3,4

3.00       Plenary

3.30       Thanks and close

Up Coming Funding Events

Now that people are returning from summer breaks it seems a good time to send a reminder out for the three upcoming funding events being run by the External Projects Team.

Find Funding for your Research                        Wednesday 17 September 10:00-11:00

Workshop on using Research Professional to find the latest research funding in your field.


British Academy Visit to Staffordshire University     Thursday 2 October 13:00-16:00

Delegates will learn more about the scheme requirements, success rates, what assessors look for and how best to present applications.


Be a part of European funding    Thursday 20 November various times for each session

Four sessions on various European funding schemes. This year’s visit has a focus on partnering with businesses.


Visit the links above for full details on each event and how to book.


British Academy Visit to Staffordshire University

The British Academy provides funding for research in the humanities and social sciences. They have agreed to come to Staffordshire University to provide information on the variety of research funding opportunities they offer.

Delegates will learn more about the scheme requirements, success rates, what assessors look for and how best to present applications. Plus there will be some new funds opening in the next few months so this is a chance to find out about the new schemes.

This event is being held on Thursday 2 October 13:00-16:00 in LT114/116 Ashley Building, Leek Road, Stoke-on-Trent

Academics from a number of regional Universities will also be invited and a networking session will be held. Collaborative research projects are of great interest to funders, so this is a good opportunity to talk to other academics and find out how you can work together.  A member of staff from the British Academy will be on hand during the networking session to provide information on the viability of your project ideas.

There are limited numbers of spaces, and we expect them to go quickly, so book your place now!

To book a place email externalprojects@staffs.ac.uk

Please include the following
Job title:
Email address
Add details of projects you are looking to develop and need partners to collaborate on. We will share this with all delegates before the event.

Event Schedule
The event will start at 1pm.
13:00 -14:30 –British Academy Presentation
14:00-14:30 –Q and A session
14:30 – 14:45 –break
14:45-15:45 –Networking to develop collaborative British Academy projects
15:45-16:00 –Close

More details on the British Academy: http://www.britac.ac.uk/funding/index.cfm

See our other events: http://blogs.staffs.ac.uk/research/category/events/up-coming-events/


Find Funding for your Research via ‘Research Professional’

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Wednesday 17 September 10:00-11:00

In Room C101 of the Cadman building, Stoke.

(the room is booked till 12pm so you can test the site)

The university subscribes to an online database of research funding. Research Professional covers all academic fields. The site can be used to carry out a specific fund search or you can put in your research interests and get sent a weekly email each time a fund comes up which covers your field.


The External Projects Team is inviting staff to come along to a one hour workshop to go though some of the site features. The workshop will provide a walk through on the site and then give staff the chance to explore the site and ask questions. The room is booked till 12pm and staff will be on hand to help you set up personalised updates on upcoming funding in your research area.

To book a place email externalprojects@staffs.ac.uk

Be a Part of European Funding: November 20th


Be a Part of European Funding

The External Projects team’s annual UK Research Office (UKRO) event is on Thursday November 20th, LT114/116 Ashley Building, Stoke. This is our opportunity to hear the latest EU research funding news from our Brussels based UKRO representative Blazej Thomas.

9:00-10:30 –SME involvement- how researchers can work with businesses and other non-academic sectors under the different Horizon 2020 programmes

10:30-12:00 –Marie Sklodowska Curie funding. An overview of the fund, what we can do with it and the level of detail required for an application

12:00-16:30 – Information and Networking session for Businesses and University Staff Businesses interested in getting involved with European funded projects are invited to come to the University to find out how the programmes work and talk to academics about how they can collaborate on projects. The University has lead and partnered on many European projects. It is a great way for businesses to develop their European networks and to get funding to develop a new idea to improve your business. This event is free and includes lunch.

12:00-16:30 –One to One Sessions Book a one to one session with our European specialist to get inside knowledge on developing your European Project. Get individual advice on which conferences to attend to meet people, which EU policies you should be focusing on, how to find partners, how to develop your bid and more.

To book your place email externalprojects@staffs.ac.uk saying which sessions you wish to attend.

Marie Sklodowska-Curie COFUND Seminar


In its capacity as UK National Contact Point for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, UKRO is pleased to announce a seminar on the Horizon 2020 COFUND scheme. COFUND offers co-funding for new or existing regional, national and international programmes to open up to:

  • International, intersectoral and interdisciplinary research training; and
  • Transnational and cross-sectoral mobility of researchers at all stages of their career.

COFUND in Horizon 2020 has a new element to it, as there are now two funding streams: one supporting experienced researchers through a ‘Fellowship programme’ and the second supporting early stage researchers through a ‘Doctoral programme’.
The first COFUND call under Horizon 2020 is due to open on 10 April 2014, with a deadline for proposals on 2 October 2014.

Date and venue

Wednesday, 30 April Queen Mary University of London Mile End Road London, E1 4NS

Seminar format

This seminar aims to provide participants with a better understanding of the COFUND scheme and its requirements, including the new doctoral training option. The seminar will combine discussion on the objectives of COFUND and its fit within the wider postgaduate researcher training landscape in the UK, along with practical information on proposal preparation, submission and finances. The seminar will also feature a case study from previous successful COFUND applicants.
The event will run from 10.30 to 16.00, with a lunch break. Please note that lunch will not be provided.


Attendance is free of charge but capacity at the venue is limited and places will therefore be allocated on a first come first served basis. Contact the external projects team at externalprojects@staffs.ac.uk if you are interested in attending.


Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions: Upcoming UKRO Events

UKRO have given its subscribers early notice of upcoming MSCA events. These events will be organised by UKRO in its capacity as UK National Contact for MSCA schemes. The events are aimed at staff at UK academic and non-academic organisations, including research support staff.
The first event will focus on the 2014 COFUND call, which is due to open on 10 April and close on 2 October 2014. The programme will include an overview of the COFUND scheme, including the new doctoral training option; practical information on proposal preparation, submission and finances; and a case study from a previous applicant. The event is scheduled to take place in London (venue to be confirmed) on Wednesday, 30 April 2014.

UKRO are also in the process of finalising dates and venues for three information and proposal writing workshops on the 2014 Individual Fellowships (IF) call, which opened on 12 March, with a closing date of 11 September 2014. The events will cover key issues relating to planning, writing and submitting proposals.
The likely schedule of the IF events is as follows:

  • Cardiff University, Wednesday, 28 May 2014
  • University of Warwick, Monday, 9 June 2014
  • London, June 2014 (date and venue to be confirmed)

If you are interested in finding out more please let the team know at externalprojects@staffs.ac.uk

Introduction to Erasmus+

Erasmus+ is the new EU Programme for education, training, youth and sport. Staffordshire University are running an Erasmus+ workshop on Wednesday 9 April 9:30-12:30. The new programme presents an excellent source of funding to develop a variety of projects in partnership with organisations across Europe. The workshop will be an opportunity to gain a better understanding of what activities can be carried out so we can ensure the Universities capitalises on this new resource.


Erasmus+ Started on 1 January 2014 and will run till 2020. The programme supports activities in education, training, youth and sport across all sectors of lifelong learning including Higher Education, Further Education, adult education, schools and youth activities.


The deadlines for the 2014 calls are coming up in the next few weeks. This workshop is timed to get people thinking ahead to the 2015 calls.


The workshop will be in the LT114/116, Ashley Building, Stoke. Members of staff from all faculties are encouraged to attend. To book a place please email exteranlfundingofficer@staffs.ac.uk

Below is an overview of the agenda:

 9-00-9-30 Coffee /Networking

9-30  Abdel-Hamid Soliman, Erasmus Mundus – case study

10-00  Deb Graddon,  Introduction and overview

10-30 Deb Gradden, Erasmus Mundus 201402020, Key Action 1

11-00 Q&A

11-15  Margaret Bennett and Jose Beech, Key Actions 2 & 3

12-00 Q&A

12-15 Close


Innovation Challenge Knowledge Exchange School 2014

Nesta innovation grants

Saturday May 10th to Wednesday May 14th
The Work Foundation, St.James’, London

Knowledge exchange is increasingly a central part of research projects in all disciplines and is playing an ever greater role in the assessment of academic research. Familiarity with, and experience of, knowledge exchange techniques has become crucial to the development of successful research careers both within the university sector and in the world of commercially focussed research.

This school is for post-graduate research students seeking to raise their awareness of knowledge exchange, team work and approaches to innovation in preparation for post-doctoral work.  It is run by Lancaster University in partnership with The Work Foundation and brings together early-career academic researchers with partners from both private and non-profit sectors to work on real-world innovation challenges. It is based on the successful Enterprise School model; as one of our participants put it after the last School: it ‘can absolutely change your way of thinking, approaching life and progress your career’.

Working with tutors and mentors from Lancaster University and The Work Foundation’s partners alongside independent experts, participants will be introduced to a series of key, applied knowledge exchange skills used widely in the business sector. The programme offers the opportunity to develop experience project based teamwork, and skills that will serve students well during their research as well as helping their post-doctoral career development (be it in academia or in another sector).

Working with Astute Radio (a young Internet media company) and a group of The Work Foundation’s network partners from various sectors, teams will deploy and develop these approaches to work on innovation challenges set by the partners and reflecting real-world issues confronted by these various organisations.

The school is hosted by the Work Foundation in London St.James’ and includes hotel accommodation nearby and all necessary refreshments/meals as part of the package.

Cost: the programme costs £600 per student

 For an application form please email J.a.beech@staffs.ac.uk



Professorship/Associate Professorship Call 2014 – Advisory Sessions

To support the Professorship/Associate Professorship call announced by the Vice Chancellor, Dr Steve Wyn Williams will run two sessions that are designed to guide prospective applicants on the conferment process and criteria.

The sessions will be held on:-


  • Monday 3rd March at 9.30 am in Cadman Conference Room, Cadman Building, Stoke
  • Monday 10 March at 10.00 am in C346, Beacon Building, Stafford


Both sessions will run for around two hours

In order to ensure that there is sufficient time for questions and discussion, attendance will be capped at thirty members of staff at each session. If necessary an additional session will be arranged during early March.

Places must be booked and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To book a place, please email Richard Gorton: r.l.gorton@staffs.ac.uk by no later than 24th February.  When replying, please state whether your booking is for 3rd or 10th March.