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ESRC Manchester Festival of Social Science 2015 – Call for Applications

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MMU is partnering with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the University of Manchester on a Manchester-based Festival of Social Science for the first time in November 2015.

The call for applications to host events is now open. The Festival will run from 7–14 November and will involve academics working alongside community and cultural partners to create engaging and inspiring research-led events. The Manchester Festival aims to provide an insight into the many ways in which social science research has contributed to social, economic and political life across the City, region and beyond!

Academics can apply for up to £1,500 sponsorship from MMU to hold an event as part of the Festival. Events should attempt to engage with a non-academic audience including young people, third sector organisations, the public, business or local government and policy makers.

The application deadline is 15 May 2015 at 4pm. Application packs are available by request from Katherine Roycroft or Jane Walkington-Ellis (Faculty Research and Development Manager).

If colleagues would like any further information about this re: development of ideas or submitting an application form please contact either Katherine Roycroft at or Jane Walkington-Ellis at

A Modern Festival for Modern Times

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Jean-Noel Ezingeard said:

This is the thirteenth year of the Festival of Social Science but it’s the first time that we are hosting a dedicated Manchester strand in partnership with the ESRC and the University of Manchester.

I have no doubts that this partnership will lead to great things in terms of quality and engagement. The ESRC Festival of Social Science is an important part of the calendar because it reminds everybody – academics and non-academics alike – of the true value of social science research to the economy and society.

We see the ESRC Manchester Festival of Social Science as a modern festival for modern times and I’m very much looking forward to it taking place in November.

For more information

  • Katherine Roycroft
    Research Project and Development Manager (Mon–Wed)
  • Telephone:
    0161 247 6067
  • Email:

  • Jane Walkington-Ellis
    Research Project and Development Manager (Wed–Fri)
  • Telephone:
    0161 247 3654
  • Email:

  • Gary Lindsay
    Research Administrator
  • Telephone:
    0161 247 2706
  • Email:
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    Manchester, M15 6BH,
    United Kingdom

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