Researchfish: What’s happened to your information…

Now that the main Researchfish submission period is finished and your submissions are complete, a common question is ‘what happens next?’ First of all, your information will go to the respective Research Council or funder where the outcomes you submitted will be reviewed and used to report on the impact of public investment in Research. … Continue reading “Researchfish: What’s happened to your information…”

The Industrial Strategy

Written by guest blogger Dr Steve Taylor, Head of Strategic Research Development UK Governments since Neville Chamberlain’s in the 1930s (and I am sure scholars will offer examples from before) have sought some form of Industrial Strategy – policies that support growth in the economy through enabling UK industry. So, the idea is nothing new, … Continue reading “The Industrial Strategy”

Can we ignore the journal impact factor?

Journal metrics have been in the news again recently with the Nobel Prize Facebook and Twitter accounts sharing a video of 4 Nobel Laurites speaking out against the use of journal impact factors to judge research quality. Do you know what the issues are and how they can be used. Karen Clews and guest blogger Vicky Wallace look at … Continue reading “Can we ignore the journal impact factor?”

Fighting Rape Stigma in Bosnia-Herzegovina: The Critical Role of Education

By Guest Blogger Janine Natalya Clark Throughout history, acts of rape and sexual violence have frequently accompanied war and armed conflict. In a recent speech on 19 June, which has been designated the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres emphasized that: ‘Rape and sexual violence in … Continue reading “Fighting Rape Stigma in Bosnia-Herzegovina: The Critical Role of Education”

ESRC IAA Funding Award with Diabetes UK

Guest Blog by Professor Janice L Thompson I have recently been funded by the ESRC IAA Follow-on Funding mechanism to support a project focusing on working in partnership with Diabetes UK to develop an evaluation framework for a community-based diabetes prevention education and awareness initiative. Focusing on diabetes prevention is a major public health priority … Continue reading “ESRC IAA Funding Award with Diabetes UK”

Crossing campus to widen my horizon – Tales from a successful secondment to Research Planning

By guest blogger Katharina Freise Senior Research Facilitator in the College of Arts and Law I have been working at the University of Birmingham since 2006 in various research supporting roles, with the last eight years as a Research Facilitator in the College of Arts and Law. I had been looking out for a way to … Continue reading “Crossing campus to widen my horizon – Tales from a successful secondment to Research Planning”

The importance of building bridges when it comes to research on democracy

Guest blog written by Professor Nic Cheeseman and Dr Susan Dodsworth International donors – including the UK – spend more than US$10 billion on democracy support each year. This money is spent on programmes designed to strengthen parliaments, assist political parties, support civil society, and facilitate free and fair elections in countries around the world. … Continue reading “The importance of building bridges when it comes to research on democracy”