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March 2022 Newsletter (Issue 6)

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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:

The global community has created a continuously updated list ( of laboratories that can host Ukrainian scientists at all career levels.

Наукове суспільство створило постійно відновлюємий список лабораторій (, які можуть прийняти українських вчених (включаючи аспірантів).

Научное сообщество создало постоянно обновляемый список лабораторий (, которые могут принять украинских ученых (включая аспирантов).

IRC News

  • Bristol staff and PGs can now 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: 28th April - Reflexivity for Researchers; 5 May - Study Design to Communicating Research; and 12 May - Wider Impacts of Our Research.
  • Planning for our other inclusive research series, to be delivered in June/July this year, is full steam ahead. We were bowled over by the number of applications to join the academic Steering Group. We have recruited colleagues from a vast spread of disciplines, and look forward to receiving their initial feedback on the 14th March.
Call for 1-1 Lived Experience Interviewees: Disability in Biology Project (University of Bristol only)

The Disability in Biology Project (University of Glasgow, led by Dr. Emily May Armstrong), aims to create best practice guidelines tailored to the unique experiences of disabled researchers in laboratory and field environments.

Emily is looking to hear from University of Bristol life sciences researchers who identify as disabled or have long-standing health conditions, and also from their supervisors:

We will conduct semi-structured 1-1 interviews where researchers can share their experiences of navigating biological research with additional health and access requirements.
These interviews will be used to shape training resources, new guidelines, best-practice frameworks, and identify outdated systems that impair disabled researcher progress. 

We are also keen to hear from any PIs who may have supervised students or staff with health conditions or disabilities.
PIs' experiences will be used to identify areas of improvement, key training points, and best practice guidelines for supporting disability or health condition disclosure. 

We want to hear from everyone, regardless of career stage or research experience.
This includes undergraduates, technicians, postdocs, postgrads, and PIs. 

Ultimately, this project aims to ensure a fair disclosure procedure and a supportive appropriate accommodation pipeline, while ensuring the needs of disabled researchers are met across all levels. These discussions will help inform project outcomes, suggested policy changes, training opportunities, and mentoring. 

If you're interested in chatting to Emily in confidence about your experiences in The School of Life Sciences, please contact Emily works ad-hoc hours on this project but endeavours to respond and organise a chat ASAP. These discussions will be held over Zoom or Teams. 
Upcoming Events
Wednesday 30 March - The focus of the next discussion by The Learning Forum is Womxn in Academia. Please contact to join.

Articles of Interest

Content related to inclusion in scientific practice

Catch up with IRC superstar, and founder and CEO of Creative Tuition Collective, Lara Lalemi in her Nature Chemistry interview. From climate chemistry to decolonising the science curriculum, Lara's projects are numerous, and counting!

NIHR has a toolkit for increasing participation of minoritised ethnicities in research. It aims to assist you in developing better research questions, considering the structure of your engagement with participants, and provides tips on improved dissemination practices.

Also of interest


Relevant events, training, or funding from the wider world.
University of Bristol
Widening Participation Research Summer Internships
Opens soon (UoB only)
Wellcome Trust
Biomedical Vacation Scholarships
DL 14 Mar
British Neuroscience Association
Credibility Prizes
15 Mar
Bristol Doctoral College
Opportunity Bristol scholarships
Workshop 15 Mar, DL 25 Apr
UK Reproducibility Network
Open Access Train-the-Trainer course
17 Mar
Royal Society Of Chemistry
Inclusion & Diversity Fund
DLs 25 Apr & 18 Sept
That's all for this month! 
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