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25 Oct 2021

News and opportunities – Friday 22 October

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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.

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Update from Friday 22 October

Reminder to book: SKIM theme meeting

Tuesday 9 November, 1pm – 3pm

The event will include updates, presentations and space for discussion on theme relevant topics.

Find out more and book

Reminder: PICE advice and support: drop-in session

Tuesday 30 November, 1pm – 2pm

(Please note this is an internal event for registered ARC NENC members)

It offers an informal opportunity to meet and chat with our ARC NENC PICE Manager and PICE Research Fellow, together with members of the ARC Public Advisory Network, and ask any questions about involving the public, service users and local communities when shaping or conducting your research work.

Find out more and book

Free training – Cochrane Learning Live webinars on Qualitative Evidence Synthesis (QES).

This is a great opportunity for ARC Fellows and PhDs. All sessions are freely open to anyone interested in learning more about QES. More details on each session, below.

28/10 – Introduction to qualitative research and qualitative evidence synthesis 

15/11 – Question formulation and searching for qualitative evidence

13/12 – Selecting studies and assessing methodological limitations

NIHR RfSC Call seminar –  25 Nov, 1.30pm – 3pm

An event specifically for social care researchers, practitioners and users to introduce the latest call from the NIHR Research for Social Care programme (RfSC).

Find out more and register

NIHR Individual Research Career Development Awards

NIHR are seeking high-quality applications for research career development awards from individuals who have a commitment to developing the evidence base to improve adult social care practice in England. Applicants can request funding of up to £50,000.They are keen to support professionals working in adult social care who wish to develop their research capacity, as well as individuals who are already in research careers.

Find out more

2021 UK Public Health Science Conference – 26 November

Registration is now open for this conference, which is supported this year by the NIHR School for Public Health Research.

Find out more and register

Lecturer and Senior Lecturer posts – Public Health (Health Inequalities). Newcastle University

Closing 31 October and 4 November. Follow the links below for more information.

Senior Lecturer in Public Health (Qualitative) (

Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Public Health (Quantitative) (

Recommended reading: Making Research Matter – steps to impact for health and care researchers

Newly published – this book offers a practical and accessible guide to knowledge exchange, impact and research dissemination in health and social care. It is also available to download under Open Access.

Find out more

Research Associate opportunity: Evaluating a Mental Health Navigator Scheme to support young people

This post is based at York University and is linked to the NIHR’s National Priority Research Programme in Health and Care Inequalities (which is led by the ARC NENC), and will involve working with colleagues from the ARC NENC.

Find out more

PhD opportunity: Enhancing access to green space for older people to improve quality of life

This PhD is hosted by the Advanced Care Research Unit (ACRC) at Edinburgh University and is linked to the work of our ARC NENC Multi-morbidity, Ageing and Frailty theme.

Find out more

PhD opportunity: Exploring social isolation in the veteran population of Sunderland

Based at Sunderland University, this study will help to provide a better understanding of the impact of social isolation on veterans living in Sunderland and explore solutions to support wellbeing to inform commissioning and delivery of services.

Find out more

EVENT: Fuse Research Programme Meeting – The Covid-19 pandemic and healthy ageing in the UK

Wednesday 17 November 2021, 10 am – 12 pm

Academics from across North East England will showcase findings from four research studies focussing on factors related to ageing and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Find out more and book

Grant development and writing workshop (online)

Tuesday 23rd/Wednesday 24th November

This workshop is aimed at health and social care researchers who would like to learn more about writing a successful research funding application. It will be delivered by the NIHR Research Design Service NENC.

To register your interest, follow the link below.

Register your interest

Reminder: NIHR Local Authority Short Placement Award for Research Collaboration Pilot Scheme (LA SPARC)

The new LA SPARC scheme supports individuals working in local authority settings and NIHR Academy Members (based in NIHR Infrastructure and NIHR Schools) to design and apply for funds (up to £15,000 per individual)  to undertake short placements allowing them to move between NIHR and Local Authority settings in either direction.

The SPARC scheme will allow individuals to develop skills and capabilities to co-create research that is meaningful and is better able to inform practice and policy.

More information about the scheme, including eligibility requirements, potential placement ideas and how to apply, is available here

Applications close on Thursday 25 November at 1pm.