eNews April 2013

eNews April 2013

New edition of Society Now

Society NowThe Spring issue of Society Now is available now to download from our website.

  • Following the 2013 Budget, the Institute for Fiscal Studies predicts where the Chancellor will look in future to increase revenues and cut spending.
  • The 2011 Workplace Employee Relations Survey finds that employee satisfaction and wellbeing at work have increased despite the difficult economic climate of recent years. .
  • Academics examine why children who are eligible for free school meals don’t take them, why behaviour of patients is crucial to early diagnosis of cancer, and how the public can help scientists by acting as early warning systems for conservation challenges.
  • ESRC experts look at the research behind the referendum on Scottish independence and the motivations behind the Prime Minister's promised referendum on EU membership.

Society Now readers can also purchase a copy of our newsstand magazine Britain in 2013 at a reduced price of £3.95 - see page 29 of this issue for details.

Funding opportunities

  • Strategic Advisors for Data Resources (closes 23 April)
  • DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme - call 2 (closes 25 April)
  • What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth (closes 25 April)
  • ESRC Retail Knowledge Exchange Opportunities (closes 30 April)
  • ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland Senior Fellowships 2013-14 (closes 1 May)
  • Long Term Care Revolution (closes 12 June)
  • ESRC Retail Sector Initiative 2013

More funding opportunities

Centres and Large Grants competition

We are pleased to announce the first call for outline proposals for our 2013/14 Centres and Large Grants competition.

The competition is for applications ranging from £2 million to a new higher upper funding limit of £10 million. Outline proposals should be submitted by 22 May.

Free media training sessions in 2013

Media training days for ESRC-funded student and researchers are available at various locations throughout the country, starting in London in April.

These courses are free of charge, but places are limited so register now, or email charles.clerck@esrc.ac.uk for further details.

Global retail summit

We are supporting the first Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) Global Summit. The event will be held alongside the National Convenience Show 2013 at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre on 15 April.

Student conferences

The next Student Conference for Final Year Students will be hosted by the White Rose DTC on the 24 April at Cutlers' Hall, Church Street, Sheffield.

Latest research features

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Press and publications

Read our latest briefings on civil society:

  • Creating effective partnerships with civil society organisations
  • The contrasting world of charities

Press releases:


Professor Steve Yearley - Director of the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum - has been nominated in the "Best Research or Dissertation Supervisor" category of the Edinburgh University Students’ Association Teaching Awards 2012-2013.

Former Vice-Chancellor of the ESRC's Strategic Research Board, Professor Mark Goodwin, has been appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Exeter.

ESRC User survey 2013

We would be grateful if you could assist us to improve our web site. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes:

Cultivating Connections

This report analyses ESRC's recent impact evaluation work and the common threads running through the studies, including evaluations of conceptual impacts, capacity building impacts, and the impact of research resources.

Senior Research Associate and POST

University College London, in partnership with ESRC and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) invites applications to a new position which will design, establish and lead a new Social Science Section in POST. Full details:

KTP collaboration wins Global Risk Award

An ESRC co-funded KTP partnership with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Oxford Brookes University's School of Hospitality Management (OSHM) won the Partnership of the Year Award in the Institute of Risk Management's (IRM) Global Risk Awards 2013.

The award is given to partnerships whose work has set new standards in the field of risk management and has brought about tangible benefits.

Innovation Panel Competition 2013

Academics and researchers are invited to put forward ideas for experiments and tests to be incorporated on the Understanding Society's Innovation Panel Competition from Wave 7 onwards.

The deadline for proposals is May 15.


  • 22 April: Launch event: Economic Crisis, quality of work and social integration
  • 24 April: Work skills, training and job control in Britain: first findings from the Skills and Employment Survey 2012
  • 25 April: Diaspora and volunteering
  • 30 April-1 May: Genomes and societies: Global challenges around life science
  • 9 May: Alcohol consumption in adolescence and early adulthood
  • 16-17 May: Introduction to Understanding Society using Stata

More events and upcoming research seminars

University - industry collaboration conference

ESRC Research Capacity Building Clusters - "University - Industry Collaboration in Challenging Times"25-26 June.

The purpose of this conference is to present work about the successes of university - industry collaboration in these clusters and other similar research.