Monthly Archives: June 2018

Young Entrepreneurs Invited to Apply for Varsity Pitch Competition – First 2018 Cohort Open

The Varsity Pitch Competition rewards UK students and recent graduate entrepreneurs who have enterprising ideas that they wish to turn into viable businesses; enabling participants to showcase their unique, creative ideas to the wider community. Entrants must be either a current student at a UK university or college or an individual who has graduated after 2013.

The business/idea must be the entrants’ own idea and/or an idea that they are free to disclose. Additionally, entrants must be able to own and run a business or social enterprise in the UK and be at least 16 years of age. Continue reading Young Entrepreneurs Invited to Apply for Varsity Pitch Competition – First 2018 Cohort Open

NIHR Clinical Research Network National Industry Event – The Future Now 10 October 2018 | De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, London

The NIHR Clinical Research Network invites pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical technology, diagnostic and Contract Research Organisations to its National Industry Event.

In recognition of the UK’s forward-thinking clinical research community, the theme for this year’s event is: The Future Now. This event provides an opportunity to bring together the life sciences industry to discuss the latest developments and opportunities in the UK clinical research environment.

Continue reading NIHR Clinical Research Network National Industry Event – The Future Now 10 October 2018 | De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, London

UK Space Agency in £4 Million NHS Funding Initiative

Funding for innovators to turn space technology into medical applications that improve NHS treatment and care.

The UK Space Agency has announced a joint initiative with NHS England in which innovators will bid for money to turn technology originally designed for space into medical applications that improve NHS treatment and care. £4 million of UK Space Agency funding will be made available for up to four applicants to develop their ideas along with support and advice from NHS England and the European Space Agency.

Previous examples of space tech being adapted for NHS use include a pill camera that can be swallowed by patients, dementia tracking slippers, breast screening vans that beam images back to assessment centres, wearable monitors to help prevent falls among the elderly, and apps that help prevent skin cancer.

Emily Gravestock, UK Space Agency head of applications, said:
“Britain’s world-leading space sector continues to grow and support vital public services like the NHS with innovative applications.

“We encourage all businesses and public bodies to consider the role that satellite data can play in tackling some of the biggest challenges we face, as part of the government’s Industrial Strategy.”

For more details of how to get involved in this initiative, contact

The Royal Society

The 2019 round of University Research Fellowships will open Tuesday 17 July 2018

This scheme is for outstanding scientists who are in the early stages of their research career and have the potential to become leaders in their field. This Fellowship provides the opportunity to build an independent research career. Those appointed are expected to be strong candidates for permanent posts in universities at the end of their fellowships. Further details

Wolfson Fellowships now open

This scheme provides long-term flexible funding for senior career researchers recruited or retained to a UK university or research institution in fields identified as a strategic priority for the host department or organisation. Further details

Challenge-led Grants opening soon

This scheme provides funding to support research consortia involving groups in the UK and developing countries to address global challenges supported by the Global Challenges Research Fund.  Further details

You don’t have to be mad (to work here)

Thursday 21st June 2018 – 2.30pm – 4.30pm or 7.30pm – 7.30pm – St Gregory’s Centre for Music, Canterbury Christchurch University, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, Kent

Canterbury Christchurch University in collaboration with Kent based West End director Mark Lacey (the House of Glass Angels) is developing a brand new, live theatre event that celebrates the courage of people who have survived mental health crises, but who are still marginalized in society.

In order to tackle this important and urgent subject that is currently affecting thousands of people each day and placing a huge strain on services we need your help. Continue reading You don’t have to be mad (to work here)

ESRC – Shaping Society

How social scientists can get involved in the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

A new set of research and innovation challenges has recently been announced through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), providing major opportunities for the social sciences to collaborate with other academic disciplines and businesses to solve specific economic and societal challenges. Read More


Futures Summit – Designing innovations for community wellbeing

18-19 June, The Pines Calyx, Beach Road, St Margaret’s Bay, Dover CT15 6DZ

The summit
Imagine if you could build a better place for you, your family and your community – with new houses to live in that don’t waste energy and run up crippling bills. Imagine if you had a say in where local shops, nurseries and health centres are built – putting them in the right place for everyone to use and benefit from.

For more details click the link below

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