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May 2022 Newsletter (Issue 8)

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An Appeal to Support Ukrainian Scientists  If your lab or research group can support a displaced Ukrainian scientist, please fill in the form for global research groups with opportunities for Ukrainian Scientists.  Current labs/groups supporting Ukrainians are listed on this table. Please help spread the word If you aren't in a position to offer an opportunity, you can still help get the information to those who need it. Please consider tweeting or otherwise circulating the following: ENGLISH The global community has created a continuously updated list ( of laboratories that can host Ukrainian scientists at all career levels. UKRAINIAN Наукове суспільство створило постійно відновлюємий список лабораторій (, які можуть прийняти українських вчених (включаючи аспірантів). RUSSIAN Научное сообщество создало постоянно обновляемый список лабораторий (, которые могут принять украинских ученых (включая аспирантов).

IRC News

  • We are very excited to have been asked to give some talks in May. First, on the 12th May 2022 at Worcester College, University of Oxford, Lara Lalemi will give a talk entitled "Can we embed decolonial practice in STEM curriculum development?". Secondly, Amber Roguski will be giving a talk on reflexivity at The Babraham Institute, Cambridge, on 26th May at 12pm. Best of luck to Lara and Amber and thanks to Worcester College, University of Oxford and The Babraham Institute, for your your support!  
  • Did you miss our "Reflexivity for Researchers" workshop? Fear not! Bristol staff and PGs can still book onto our inclusive research practice modules (UoB only), offered via Develop. Search for 'inclusive' in the catalogue and choose any (or all!) of the Inclusive Research Process sessions. Dates: 5 May - Study Design to Communicating Research; and 12 May - Wider Impacts of Our Research.

Upcoming Events

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Do you have an idea for a workshop addressing issues of inclusion in research practice or environment? The IRC has funding to organise events and we want to hear what matters to you & work with you. Get in touch at

Black in Cancer Conference 2022
10-11 October 2022, London
A collaboration between Cancer Research UK and Black in Cancer, this inaugural event will bring together scientists from across the globe to celebrate, collaborate and showcase Black excellence in cancer research and medicine.

This event is relevant for all academics and scientists across the research pipeline, and in all career stages. There will be ample time throughout the conference to network with peers, view posters and continue thought-provoking conversations outside of the agenda. Join us and be part of the conversation for change! 
Black in Cancer Conference 2022 10-11 October 2022, London (

For University of Bristol staff and students, the Faculty of Life Sciences invites you to a LGBTQ+ coffee morning. Open to all members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies. Pop in any time between 10am and 12pm on the 3rd of May for a cuppa, biscuit and chat!
Is Doing A Postdoc “A Bad Life Choice” ? No! So What Stops Some People Doing Them? 
A Workshop on postdoc Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
Wednesday 4th May 4-6pm Skylounge, Life Sciences Building  
Open to all, please register:

In this event, we will explore how postdoc jobs produce obstacles to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). We will hear about current sociological research on Higher Education in the UK and elsewhere, and discuss how migration and precarity intersect with identity and mental health to produce a knotty problem in the leaky pipeline. We'll use this discussion to generate ideas to help Pathway 2 researchers overcome postdoc challenges at Bristol and help the faculty better integrate the ever-changing postdoctoral community within the Faculty of Life Sciences. We will attempt to understand how Bristol can reduce the detrimental impact of postdoctoral employment on EDI and benefit more from postdoc expertise, both while postdocs are in Bristol and also by retaining their expertise and a long-term connection with them once they move into other employment. 
Dr Barbara Read (Reader in Gender and Social Inequalities, University of Glasgow). Gender and Precarious Employment in Higher Education: what are the issues? Dr Furaha Asani (Research Lead, Watershed / Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol). Visas and Vulnerability: the personal and political in short term contracts
We invite all those who work as postdocs, work with postdocs, intend to work as postdocs or who manage early career researchers to join the talks and participate in the workshop.

Current Opportunities

Magnify Summer School - University of Nottingham

We are now accepting applications for Magnify 2022 Summer School starting in June 2022. The closing date for applications is 11.59pm on Monday 2nd May 2022.

Collage for Magnify

Magnify 2022 is a unique experience for 13 undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds. Participate in a 10-week, fully-funded summer school programme before entering the final year of your undergraduate studies. Build professional networks, get insight into research, gain application and interview experience, and learn more about PhD opportunities.


To be eligible, candidates must have UK fees status at the time of application. You must be due to enter your final year of undergraduate study in September/October 2022. Additionally, the candidates must also meet at least one of following criteria:

1.    Identity as Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic

2.    Receive of full amount of student loan 

3.    Have a declared disability

4.    Have spent more than 3 months in local authority care

5.    Be a registered carer

6.    Have refugee status from the Home Office

7.    Studying at or graduated from a non-Russell group university


You can explore the projects on offer here.


Articles of Interest

Content related to inclusion in scientific practice


British Sign Language Glossaries of Curriculum Terms

Teams of BSL linguists and subject specialists have created a resource by gathering any existing terms and creating new terms in BSL for those that do not. The glossary terms are supported by signed definitions, lab experiments and examples.

The Glossary is now also available as an App for Android and Apple devices. Scottish Sensory Centre: British Sign Language Glossary of Curriculum Terms (

Open & reproducible neuroimaging 
In this paper, the authors review tools and practices supporting study inception and planning, data acquisition, research data management, data processing and analysis, and research dissemination.

Fix the gap - 500 Women Scientists' database

You've been invited to deliver a workshop, or participate on a two hour panel unrelated to your work. The organizers have asked for an honoraria estimate. How do you navigate this? What do you propose?

That’s easy: head to 500 Women Scientists’ new Fix The Gap database to explore 1,000+ honoraria for speaking engagements!

Disabled Students’ Commission Annual Report 2021-2022

During the period of March 2021 to March 2022, the Disabled Students' Commission (DSC) has continued in its role to challenge, inform and advise the higher education sector to accelerate the pace of change in relation to supporting disabled students.

This report details the DSC's achievements over the past year, including the impact of the advise and guidance that has been published, a rapid review of evidence from the sector relating to disabled students’ experiences, and the areas of priority and objectives for 2022-23. Disabled Students’ Commission Annual Report 2021-2022 | Advance HE (

Have your say - Future Research Assessment Programme (FRAP)

Help shape the Future Research Assessment Programme by submitting your response to the latest consultation. The consultation asks the purposes of a future exercise, the principles that should guide its development, and
the assessment criteria and processes. Future Research Assessment Programme | Jisc

UKRI releases 2022-2027 strategy

UKRI released its 5-year strategy on 17th March prior to closing the open consultation on its EDI strategy on 28th March.

The 'Principles for Change' includes diversity as one of four 'shifts' to drive necessary change.

There is also one mention of access and inclusion under priority 6.3, which is a commitment to "embed new approaches to communications, engagement and partnership, improving accessibility and inclusion, and building relationships that are transparent, trusted, constructive and consistently managed."


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