Friday, 24 October 2014

Teaching Opportunity.

Manchester Leadership Programme needs more eTutors. A great way to increase your teaching expereince and improve your CV.

Deadline - Monday 12pm (noon)
The Manchester Leadership Programme (MLP) is a university-wide programme which helps students to explore sustainable and ethical leadership and to engage with the community. The programme comprises 10 and 20 credit-rated Leadership in Action units, and up to 60 hours of accredited volunteering. 


We are looking for PhD students, ideally with some experience of teaching undergraduates, an interest in elearning and an awareness of some of the issues associated with leadership, sustainability and community engagement. Our tutors receive extensive training in all aspects of the role and often cite their work with us as instrumental in achieving post-doctoral employment.


Given the diverse topics which make up the MLP, and the interdisciplinary nature of the programme, we hope to recruit eTutors from a wide range of backgrounds and do not expect you to have expertise in all of the areas covered.  However, we are looking for a real interest in leadership and sustainable development and a passion for working with students.


Go to the Student Development and Community Engagement website (Latest News page) to access the eTutor role further details and application form.

Monday, 8 September 2014

AHRC Research Careers and Training Advisory Group (RCTAG): Call for New Members

We have just received this call from the AHRC with regards to recruiting new members for their Research Careers and Training Advisory Group. They are looking for academics and PGR students:

The AHRC is seeking to replace several members who have reached the end of their terms on its Research Careers and Training Advisory Group (RCTAG). The Group provides advice on postgraduate support and career development for researchers, and on future AHRC strategy in these areas.


Potential candidates should have an active interest in researcher development issues. We are looking to recruit:


·         An academic from the Arts and Humanities;

·         An Arts or Humanities PhD student, who can be at any stage in their research and who does not have to be AHRC-funded. This is a good development opportunity and will allow them to gain new insights into policy and strategy for support of researchers;

·         An early career researcher in the Arts and Humanities - in this context, any individual who is within eight years of their PhD or equivalent professional training, excluding career breaks, and who is pursuing a career in academia (including those undertaking part-time teaching or lecturing).


To be considered for membership of RCTAG, please complete the online form here, also uploading a CV (maximum two-sides), and submit these by Friday 10 October 2014.


If you have any queries, please contact



Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Regional Studies Association Early Career Conference 2014 - Sheffield, UK

The Regional Studies Association encourages submissions of abstracts to our annual Early Career conference, to be held in Sheffield in October 2014. This exciting conference, sponsored by new open access journal Regional Studies, Regional Science, will provide early career researchers with the opportunity to network, collaborate and socialise with others working in regional studies and science. The objective of the conference is to bring together students and early career researchers to present and debate their work in a welcoming and stimulating environment, with a view to getting invaluable feedback and new ideas and learning more about how and where to publish their research results. One session will focus on how the publishing environment is changing and the new opportunities it creates. A number of distinguished Plenary Speakers will be in attendance, in addition to the Editors-in-Chief of Regional Studies, Regional Science.

Friday, 9 May 2014

Ancient law reading group

 Ancient law reading group

'The laws have something to say about everything'

Nicomachean Ethics 5.1 (1129b)

We are interested in looking at any ancient legal texts (loosely defined) still extant. A different legal text shall be considered in each meeting, with all approaches (e.g. philosophical, legal, socio-historical, philological, literary) welcome and encouraged. We are particularly interested in any points of comparison and contrast between the legal thought (and implications thereof) of different societies. In order to enable immediate engagement from participants (and to minimise preparation beforehand), the sessions would focus on the close reading of a short excerpt with the session leader orchestrating the discussion and introducing the participants to the linguistic and methodological issues of his/her own field.

We are interested in texts from societies and legal cultures such as:

Ancient Greece

Ancient Judaism

Ancient Near East

Biblical Law

Early Canon Law

Early Islam



Celts, Gauls and other neighbouring cultures of Rome

This list is purely indicative, and is by no means exhaustive.

The reading group will not formally begin until semester 1 of the academic year 2014-15, but at this stage we hope to gauge interest and to design a programme based on the research specialisms of any interested parties. If you are interested, please contact and

Thursday, 24 April 2014

University of Manchester Postgraduate Summer Research Showcase (UoM-PSRS)

University of Manchester Postgraduate Summer Research Showcase (UoM-PSRS)

                                                             Call for Posters

Manchester Doctoral College are proud to announce the launch of the inaugural University of Manchester Postgraduate Summer Research Showcase (UoM-PSRS), a unique poster-session that will exhibit the diversity of research conducted by postgraduate researchers across the entire University. The event will provide a great opportunity to network, whilst providing exciting new avenues for interdisciplinary collaboration.

 ·         For postgraduates, UoM-PSRS is a special chance to present your own research before peers and senior research staff, and gain constructive feedback on your presentation skills. The experience will be invaluable in building your academic profile, by both showcasing your research before a non-expert audience and by making key contacts.

 ·         For academic staff, UoM-PSRS is not only a chance to appreciate the vast multitude of research that takes place, but it also presents an opportunity to meet groups from different schools and faculties who may have common areas of interest.

UoM-PSRS will be held on Tuesday 24th June 2014 at the Whitworth Hall (number 50 on the campus map), from 12.30pm to 3.00pm.

 A light buffet lunch will be provided.

 Approximately 100 posters will be on show around the hall, and presenters will be present to discuss ideas with.

 How to Participate

 All members of the University (students and staff) are invited to attend.

All postgraduates from the University of Manchester are invited to present a poster. The posters will be judged by senior academic staff from the University, and a cash prize of £150 will be awarded to the best poster from each faculty (EPS, Humanities, MHS, LS).

 For further advice on presenting a poster, please click here.

 The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 28th May 2014, and presenters will be given further details by  Thursday 5th June 2014.

 To submit an application for the poster showcase please click here



Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Mendeley Premium


Mendeley is a free reference management tool and academic social network that can help you organise your research, collaborate with others online and discover the latest publications in your field. As part of a collaborative project between The University of Manchester Library and Mendeley, the Library is providing access to the Mendeley Premium product to all University of Manchester researchers and students.

 Anyone signing up to use Mendeley during 2014, and any existing users who upgrade during this period, will have access to the enhanced features:

·         5GB of personal storage space (rather than the standard 2GB).
·         Creation of unlimited groups for social networking and collaboration (rather than the standard 1 group)
·         Group team plan of 25 members (rather than the standard 3 members)
·         Plus advanced features such as Mendeley Suggest

 The Library will be providing ongoing support and training so whether you are new to Mendeley or an existing user who wants to explore the enhanced features of the Premium version, you can sign up to our sessions or contact us for further support.

 The sessions will all take place in the Teaching Suite (Blue 4) of the Main Library at the following times:
·         Thursday 8 May, 10am – 12pm
·         Wednesday 14 May, 2-4pm
·         Wednesday 21 May, 2-4pm
·         Friday 30 May, 10am – 12pm

For enquiries contact: Library Mendeley Support

Further information on Mendeley, and details of how to access Mendeley Premium, can be found the Library Website:

 ·         About Mendeley Premium
Anyone signing up, or upgrading, to Mendeley Premium will be invited to submit comments and feedback to support ongoing product enhancements.

Monday, 20 January 2014

January Forum: Shale Gas: A Golden Age or a Gilded Cage?

January Forum: Shale Gas: A Golden Age or a Gilded Cage?

27 January 2014

16:00 – 17:00

Room: 4.214, University Place

Speaker: John Broderick, Research Fellow in Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Manchester

Following the previous NRN presentation on economic methods for accounting for time in health care policy, this forum will discuss what policy researchers can learn from the case of shale gas and the tools used to assess its impact, and vice versa.

The International Energy Agency has heralded the 21st Century as a “Golden Age of Gas” due to recent unconventional resource discoveries and new extraction technologies. As a lower carbon fossil fuel, gas is presented as a “transition” energy source although this perspective neglects the rate, scale and extent of decarbonisation required to give a good chance of avoiding dangerous climate change. This is illustrated through a cumulative emissions budget approach looking at energy policy to 2050.

Persistently low gas prices and weak EU ETS caps also have the potential to undermine the UK and EU transition to renewable energy sources and jeopardise climate mitigation targets. Using simple net present value calculations, we estimate that 7GW of gas CCS powerstation capacity, plus shale gas well infrastructure, would require the same investment as 12GW of offshore wind capacity or 21GW onshore. 

This event is open to all PGRs and Postdoctoral researchers to attend. There is no need to register. Just turn up and feel free to pass this onto anyone who may be interested in attending.

We look forward to seeing you at the event.

Kind regards,

The NRN coordinators