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8 Oct 2021

News and opportunities – Friday 8 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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Bulletin from Friday 8 October

NEW NIHR Local Authority Short Placement Award for Research Collaboration Pilot Scheme (LA SPARC) has been launched

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

NIHR CRN North East and North Cumbria – Targeting Health Needs Awards

This is a new award to support research that can address unmet health needs – funded through the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) North East and North Cumbria (NENC).

Its aim is to bring clinical and applied research to underserved communities with major health needs, and build capacity and capability in preventative, public health and social care research (Public health, Non-NHS and Social Care).

The scheme will be launched at an event on 20 October, 1pm – 2.15 pm

Register here

NIHR Academy event: How to incorporate Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in Patient and Public Involvement (PPI).

Wednesday 1 December, 2pm

Find out more and book

Last chance to book: Guide to writing policy briefs – launch


Tuesday 12 October, 1-3pm

The NIHR Policy Research Unit in Behavioural Science, in collaboration with UCL’s Centre for Behaviour Change, has produced a practical guide to writing policy briefs.  The guide brings together evidence sources and provides guidance for anyone working in research and policy.

This event will discuss the importance of accessible, evidence based information in policy making, drawing on a range of perspectives.  It will involve some short talks and an open discussion.

Find out more and book

News: The Unequal Pandemic: COVID-19 and Health Inequalities – has been named as one of the ten ‘best books of the pandemic’ by New Statesman

The book is co-authored by ARC NENC Inequalities Lead, Professor Clare Bambra and its publication was supported by the NIHR ARC North East and North Cumbria, and NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR).

Read ‘The best books about the Covid-19 pandemic’ by New Statesman

Order the book

New roles in Public Health lecturing

A number of new roles in Public Health lecturing have been advertised this week at Newcastle and Sunderland Universities. Please see the links below for details.

Senior Lecturer in Public Health (Qualitative) (

Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Public Health (Quantitative) (

0451-21 Senior Lecturer Public Health – Jobs at the University of Sunderland

0436-21 Lecturer in Public Health (2 posts available) – Jobs at the University of Sunderland

Event: Can civil society mitigate the impact of austerity? – Book launch and discussion with Chi Onwurah MP, Lord Kerslake and Will Hutton.

 27th Oct 3pm -4.30pm on Zoom

A new book – ‘Hope under neoliberal austerity: responses from civil society and civic universities’ – draws on twelve case studies of practice using the North East of England as a lens to explore the role of civil society and the public sector during austerity.

During this launch event, the co-editors (Dr Mel Steer, Professor Simin Davoudi, Professor Mark Shucksmith and Professor Liz Todd) will introduce the themes, content and processes of the book.

It will be followed by a panel discussion and questions with Will Hutton (President of the Academy of Social Sciences, political economist, author and journalist), Chi Onwurah (Labour MP, Newcastle upon Tyne Central) and Lord Kerslake, (Crossbench Life peer and former Head of the Civil Service).

Find out more and book

Funding opportunity: 2022 Butterfield Awards in Medicine and Health

The Butterfield Awards Programme is inviting applications for grants in medicine and health. Applications can be in any relevant field of medicine and health. Projects in the economics and management of healthcare, public health and the interface between medical and social care are particularly welcome.

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