Looking After and Managing your Research Data

The Economic and Social Data Service will be holding a two day training event on the 26th and 27th April on data management:

This workshop will enable participants to develop an awareness of the knowledge and professional skills in this area. Our two-day workshop will cover presentations and interactive activities that focus on all kinds of social science data – quantitative and qualitative across the following seven areas of data management identified by the UK Data Archive:

  • ‘why share’ data and the benefits of good data management
  • data management planning for researchers and research centres
  • documenting and contextualising your data
  • formatting your data
  • storing your data, including data security, data transfer, encryption, and file sharing
  • ethics and consent
  • data copyright

This course is offered as part of the ESRC Advanced Training Network. These training courses offer social science postgraduates the opportunity to access high quality advanced training both within and outside of their home institution, whether in their own discipline, a particular research method, or in a different area of research in order to develop new skills and knowledge.

The course fee is £60 for UK-registered students; £120 for staff from UK academic institutions/research centres), ESRC funded researchers and UK registered charitable organisations. The course fee includes course materials, lunch and morning and afternoon refreshments.

Research and Enterprise Breakfast Networking

As those of you who have already joined us for a coffee and a Danish pastry will know, Research and Enterprise host a fortnightly breakfast networking meeting for research staff.

These informal breakfast meetings began last year and were originally intended for new starters, giving the Research Office (as we were then) an opportunity to introduce ourselves and the services we provide and to enable staff to discuss their research interests with other new members from across the University. However, we have enjoyed hosting these meetings so much that we are now extending the invitation to all research staff!

Dates for the next breakfast meetings are:

Thursday 26th April

Friday 11th May

Thursday 24th May

If you would like to join us for one of our networking meetings please email Lauren Steane.

Bookings Now Being Taken for the Next Researcher Development Day!

The next Researcher Development Day will take place next Wednesday, the 4th April. Sessions this month include a workshop on Marie Curie Fellowships following the release of this year’s call a few weeks ago (more information can be found here) a workshop on impact and benefit, and an intensive  Successful Bid Writing workshop for academics who already have a proposal in mind:


1) Marie Curie fellowships, 1.5 hours 9.00m– 10.30pm.

We will discuss what the Marie Curie fellowships scheme offers, why it’s worth applying for and how to maximise your chances of success.


2) Impact and Benefit, 1.5 hour workshop, 11.00 am- 12.30 pm.

There is an ever increasing emphasis on this aspect of research proposals; which many find difficult to address. This is a 2 hour discussion workshop developing the techniques and strategies required to maximise the many and diverse arguments and justifications required to ensure the research application is both structured correctly and presented in the optimum manner to be competitively ahead of the others.


3) Successful Bid Writing, 3.5 hours, 1.30 pm – 5.00 pm

A more intensive workshop than the ‘Introduction to Research Grant Writing, ‘ this session will provide you with the tools to start writing your way to research funding success! Participants are requested to come to this session with a proposal in mind, and to bring a laptop. Any queries can be directed to the Research mailbox.

To book your place on any of the above sessions please send an email to either Lauren Steane or the Research mailbox.

Last Few Appointments Available for April’s Bid Writing Surgery

Appointments for R&E’s next Bid Writing Surgery, to be held by Martin Pickard (GrantCraft) on the 5th April, are going fast. If you would like to speak to Martin about a research proposal please could you send an email to the Research Mailbox as soon as possible.

Please remember that academic staff at Lincoln are able to contact Martin at any time to discuss your proposal. Contact details are on the portal (internal only, login required) or can be obtained by contacting us.

JRF Funding Opportunity: Places and Local Labour Markets

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has issued a call for proposals for a research project which aims to explore the relationship between living in particular places, poverty outcomes and ethnicity by gaining a more in-depth understanding of why it is the case that:

  • Some areas produce better outcomes for ethnic minority groups in general;
  • Some areas produce poor outcomes for ethnic minority groups in general;
  • Some ethnic minority groups (and groups within them) have different outcomes in different places.
The research will unpick variations in the structure of opportunities within local labour markets, examine the role of local social networks and take a range of other factors into account, including: how local services are organised, the changing economic context, the migration history of different groups, local political structures and issues around housing and mobility.

Up to £100,000 is available for projects lasting 8 months and starting in May (although the start date is negotiable.)

The deadline for submitting your proposal is the 11 April 2012 at 23:59.