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May 2016

ESRC Manchester Festival of Social Science 2016

(18 May 2016)

The University of Manchester will partner with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the University of Salford and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) on the ESRC Manchester Festival of Social Science. This builds on the successful collaboration between the University and MMU in 2015, where almost 3,500 people attended 28 events. The Festival also gathered national media attention, reaching an estimated 3 million people through features in The Guardian and The Mirror.

This year the aim is to improve the quality and reach of the Festival, drawing in new audiences and partners from across the City. 

Any researcher can apply to hold their event, new or existing, under the Festival banner to showcase social science research to a broad non-academic audience.

In addition, applications can be made for up to £1,000 sponsorship from the University to hold an event as part of the Festival. Events should attempt to engage with groups outside of academia including young people, third sector organisations, the general public, business, or local government and policy makers.

The Festival will run from 5-12 November 2016 and will involve academics working alongside community and cultural partners to create engaging and inspiring research-led events.

Applications are particularly welcome that:

  • seek to bring together two or more festival partners;
  • consider the role and future of social science as a discipline;
  • address issues specific to the Manchester city region.

The deadline for applications is 4pm on 3 June 2016.