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16 Jul 2021

News and opportunities – 16 July 2021

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Latest news and opportunities from the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration North East and North Cumbria

Each week, we publish a round-up of the latest news, events and opportunities that we hope our members and partners will find useful and relevant.

The update includes opportunities from the ARC North East and North Cumbria as well as from our local and national partners and networks.

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Bulletin from Friday 16 July 2021

Tell us about your training needs – deadline extended

 We recently shared a training survey, to help shape our training offer for members of the ARC North East and North Cumbria.

If you’re a member of our ARC, we’d be really grateful if you could spare five minutes to complete the survey – link below. We have extended the deadline until Friday 23 July to allow more time to complete it.

Training survey – ARC (

If you have already completed the survey, thank you.

Watch again: Participatory Action Research (PAR) with children and young people – an introduction to values and practice

A webinar exploring Participatory Action Research (PAR) with children is now available to watch online. The webinar was hosted by the Supporting Children and Families Theme.

Follow this link to catch up with the event

Public Involvement Feedback Survey

The NIHR is exploring how we can work better in partnership with our public contributors, and how we ensure these partnerships continue to influence the NIHR’s current and future work and research.

As part of this, they want to capture the experiences and views of public contributors who are involved in NIHR work and the research they fund and support.

If you are a public contributor, please consider completing this survey. If you work with public contributors as part of your work, please share this survey with them

Follow this link to complete the survey

New online course: Research Methods – a practical guide to Peer and Community Research

 This 10-week (free) course hosted on FutureLearn is designed to introduce research methods to anyone who wants to carry out peer or community research. You can find further details on what is covered by following the link below.

Follow this link to register

New paper: Local government funding and life expectancy in England

A paper exploring the links between levels of local government funding and life expectancy, has just been published in The Lancet Public Health.

The work has been co-authored by Professor Clare Bambra and Dr Heather Brown from the ARC North East and North Cumbria. It was produced in collaboration with the ARC North West Coast and the NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR).

Find out more

New blog: Could the simple action of pricing alcohol at a minimum of 50p per unit, save lives?

The Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) has just published a blog by Professor Eileen Kaner, Director of the ARC North East and North Cumbria which discusses the impact of a minimum unit price on alcohol in Scotland and Wales.

Read the blog

Referencing the NIHR ARC North East and North Cumbria

As an NIHR Applied Research Collaboration, we fund a wide range of research projects, as well as research posts including our PhDs and Research Fellows.

If we’ve funded your project or we’ve funded (or part-funded) your post, we will ask you to reference this in anything you produce – from presentations to research papers.

We’ve just added some easy-to-follow guidance on our website which will help you when referencing the ARC NENC in your work, or promoting your activities.

Follow this link to find out more

Community Pharmacists needed to help with a study into head and neck cancers

Researchers at Sunderland University are looking to speak to community pharmacists about their potential role in the early identification and referral of head and neck cancers, as part of a project funded by the ARC North East and North Cumbria. Please share this with anyone you know that could help.

Email for more information.

Read more about the study

Job opportunity: Research Associate, Sunderland University

This is a part-time opportunity for a Research Associate to work on a project exploring the potential of an interactive film intervention that aims to build resilience and mental wellbeing in young people. The project has been funded by the ARC North East and North Cumbria.

Follow this link to find out more

Job opportunity: Research Fellow in Women’s Mental Health

King’s College London (KCL) are recruiting a Research Fellow in Women’s Mental Health for 12 months (maternity cover)

Follow this link for more information