Nesta Newsletter

‘When there is no script to follow, people improvise’

As COVID-19 spreads across the globe, we are seeing how scarcity and the most severe constraints are forcing people to innovate.

This is true for the health staff having to respond to unprecedented need and rapidly ramping up capacity. But it is also true for almost every part of society, from scientists collaborating across the world in new ways to companies and public services moving online in days (when previous plans for digitalisation would have taken months or years). Citizens are also finding new ways to tackle isolation and support their most vulnerable neighbours.

Beyond the lockdown, almost every sector is facing big challenges. Read about how Nesta is harnessing our existing work and knowledge in response to the outbreak.

Ravi Gurumurthy, Nesta Chief Executive

Unprecedented times: Taking action during COVID-19 – From neighbourly acts of kindness to tech solutions that support the medical response, the unimaginable tragedy of COVID-19 has shone a light on the power of human creativity and collaboration. This curated list of resources features everything from funding and volunteer opportunities to ways to submit important data.

Mapping the impact of COVID-19 on the creative industries – To understand the impact of COVID-19 on the creative industries, we’ve brought together a list of surveys that are gathering data from those affected. Hasan Bakhshi.

About CCCU Research Development

Research Development (RD) is part of the Department of Enterprise, Employability and Research Development. RD is responsible for ensuring that Research and Enterprise is of the highest quality and meets all required internal and external standards, including managing the institutional submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF). RD leads on development and implementation of the institutional research and enterprise integrity policies, processes and best practice. It also hosts the institutional Staff Researcher Development Programme and the Early Career Researcher Programme SPARC, and is responsible for the annual Research Internship programme. RD provides strategic and targeted support for academic staff to seek and secure funding for their research and innovation activities. This includes identification of core funding opportunities and support for proposal development, alongside strategic advice and support for faculties to develop their research portfolio and capacity.

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