Institute of Global Health Innovation’s Student Challenges Competition opens 07 January 2019

The Institute of Global Health Innovation‘s Student Challenges Competition gives students the opportunity to showcase and develop their ideas to bring about positive change to global health. The competition is open to all university students based in the UK and offers the chance to win funding towards implementing their idea to improve world health.

Applications are invited for projects that cover any aspect of global health innovation.

For example:

  • Aiding patients with physical disabilities in the developing world;
  • Improving sanitation and hygiene;
  • Tackling chronic diseases;
  • Finding new diagnostics for infectious diseases in remote areas;
  • Enhancing and reshaping global health policy and processes

Who is eligible?
Any undergraduate or postgraduate university student based in the UK (you can enter as a single applicant or as a group).

Judging and evaluation criteria
Several criteria will be considered for shortlisting, with applicability, feasibility and portability as primary considerations. Winning projects will need to have many of the following characteristics:

  • Technical / clinical / business innovation
  • Potential global health impact
  • Plans for economic implementation and feasibility

Shortlisted candidates will have an opportunity to present their projects to an external board in the annual Dragon’s Den-style event to find the winner.

The Institute will offer prize money to winners and runners-up and will consist of the following prizes:

  • Winners – £5,000 award
  • Runners-up – £2,500 award
  • Audience Choice Award – £1,000

How to enter 

To enter, you will need to complete an application form and submit a 2-3 minute compulsory promotional video illustrating your project idea and how it works.

Full details of how the competition works and what you need to do to enter can be found here.

Terms and conditions 

Read the full terms and conditions document here, which outlines what is expected from you as an applicant/finalist.


The competition will re-open for applications on 7th January for the 2018/19 academic year. Check out the Key Dates page for more information.


MedTech Super Connector Challenge Accelerator

Interested in building a novel solution to tackle mental health and promoting wellbeing & happiness?

Get six months of support, training, access to resources and funding of up to £60k per team!


The six month ‘MTSC Challenge Accelerator’ programme will give participants the opportunity to work within and build a multi-disciplinary team to fast-track the development of early stage MedTech concepts and technologies.

Applicants will be invited to take part in a collaborative 2 day ‘Innovation Lab’ hackathon forming teams to develop novel solutions tackling mental health and promoting wellbeing & happiness. At the end of the hackathon each team will have the opportunity to pitch their idea to a panel of judges & a live audience to win a place on the 6-month accelerator programme. The programme offers’ access to specialist facilities, networks, and a range of masterclasses, helping to develop a set of entrepreneurial skills. The accelerator is part time with a minimum expected commitment of 15 hours per week.

This programme is open to research fellows, postdocs, PhD candidates & master’s students from our partner institutions; this means we’re not just looking for applicants with technical expertise but individuals with a passion for building teams, businesses, operational skills, design disciplines and everything in between – people with the driving force to create solutions and successful ventures from just an idea.


How to apply

Step 1: Submit a completed application (closing date 20th Jan 2019 11:59pm)

Step 2: Join the hackathon weekend (Starts Fri 1st Feb 6pm, to Sun 3rd Feb 6pm)

Step 3: Pitch your team’s solution to a panel of judges (Sun 3rd Feb 2019)

Step 4: Winning Teams start the six month accelerator programme (Mon 4th, Mar 2019)


For more information, see:

PhD students: Struggling to read effectively? Want to improve your editing?

Thinking Writing is pleased to announce that we have two new retreat dates now available to book, which are especially dedicated to help those of you battling with reading, reviewing and editing.

Wednesday 12th December: Reviewing and Editing Retreat

Our long-awaited Reviewing and Editing Retreat gives you an opportunity to tackle those unruly chunks of text that you don’t know what to do with. It will be a combination of writing time and teaching time, in which we’ll share strategies for editing your writing to bring out what’s important.

Sometimes when you’re editing, it’s hard to see the wood for the trees. We’ll discuss ways of improving the clarity of your writing at the sentence- and paragraph-level and on restructuring sections and chapters to make your overall argument more clear.

This is a full-day retreat, taking place in a location on the Mile End campus. The fee includes lunch.

Book here: Thinking Writing PhD Retreat: Reviewing and Editing — Wednesday 12th December 2018


Thursday 13th December: Reading Effectively

If you’re struggling to get to grips with your reading, if you’re note-taking isn’t as effective as it could be, or if you’re having trouble turning your reading into writing, this event is for you.

A full-day retreat, held in a quiet location off-campus, Reading Effectively will give you the time and space to make progress on your reading. You’ll also hear suggestions for ways of approaching your reading and note-taking more effectively and spend some time writing about what you’ve read.

This event is suitable for students at all stages of their PhD, including those in their first year who are still in the early-to-middle stages of researching for their topic. The fee also includes lunch.

Book here: Thinking Writing PhD Retreat: Reading Effectively — Thursday 13th December 2018

For more information about both of these events, go to:

Places are limited, so do act quickly to avoid disappointment.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at

Arts & Health Forum Presents: Health, Anxiety and Capitalism

Date: 06 December 2018
Time: 3 – 5 pm
Venue: Ravensbourne University London, Main Building, Room 209/10

Last year, The Culture Capital Exchange launched an Arts and Health Forum as a platform to be used by member researchers, staff as well as those working in the arts, cultural sectors and/or health related fields.

So far the forum has been used to host physical events, and it has also catalysed peer-to-peer discussions as well as horizon scan for funding bids. It also acts as a mini-hub within the network to bring researchers together with interests in this area.

This academic year, The Culture Capital Exchange are continuing the work of the forum with a series of activities over the coming months focusing on some critical themes including: Anxiety and Capitalism, Neurodiversity and Creativity and Walking.

The Culture Capital Exchange are delighted that our first roundtable event Health, Anxiety and Capitalism will be opened by presentations from Dr Catherine Maffioletti (Ravensbourne University London), Dr Ayesha Ahmad (University College London, St George’s University of London), Dr Dan Taylor (Goldsmiths University), Tamar Shlaim (Marketing Director, Repeater Books).

Using the recent publication of the book k-punk: The Collected and Unpublished Writings of Mark Fisher (Repeater Books, November 2018) as a starting point, The Culture Capital Exchange will explore how mental health issues can be understood as systemic within neo-liberalism, and how collectively envisaging concepts of leisure in a post-capitalist world can impact wellbeing.

The event is aimed at researchers, artists and creative practitioners, working with or interested in radical approaches to health and wellbeing.

All participants will have the opportunity to share their research/practice interests, and discuss the future direction and potential of Anxiety and Capitalism as an ongoing thematic within the forum.

This is a free event and numbers are strictly limited, so to secure your place please register here.

Please note: If you are an academic from a non-member institution please get in touch before reserving your place. 

Researcher Careers Fortnight 4 – 14 December 2018

Our first ever QMUL researcher careers fortnight has just launched – 15 events over 14 days designed just for PhDs and ECRs.

Many of these are brand new careers workshops which will help you reflect on what’s important to you, plan for a fulfilling career and give you the edge in job applications. And, responding to your feedback, we’re running these across Mile End, Whitechapel and West Smithfield campuses.

Workshops include:

  • How do I decide what I want to do?
  • LinkedIn Secrets to generate job options
  • Career management for academic jobs
  • Strategic job hunting in the UK and abroad
  • How to start your own business
  • QConsult Researchers information session
  • Interview skills for the labour market

Places are booking fast – see the attached poster for full details and book via

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LAHP Publishing workshop with Routledge

Date: 26th November 2018
Time: 9.30am-3.30pm
Venue: Room 246, Senate House

Are you thinking about getting published?  Are you interested in engaging wider audiences?

Whether you’ve got a promising idea, or you simply want to deepen your understanding of scholarly communication, this event will give you the opportunity find out more about the process of getting published.

LAHP will welcome the Routledge Arts & Humanities Books and Journal colleagues and some special guests to lead this workshop at Senate House on 26th November. The morning session will incorporate invaluable information and advice on how to have the best chances of publishing your first piece; as well as information on how to avoid common pitfalls. Lunch will be provided leading into an afternoon panel session offering useful insight into ways in which to engage with a wide audience and ensure your academic work has impact.

Come along to hear informative presentations, to ask questions, and to do some publishing networking!


9.30 Refreshments
10.00-10.10 Welcome and Introduction
Morning Session: How to get published
10.10-12.10 Publishing in a journal for the first time – hints and tips (Charlie Turpie, Editor of The London Journal, London Metropolitan Archives, UK)
Making the most of online publishing formats (Lucy Sheach, Managing Editor, Routledge)
Breakout groups – activity (tbc) with the view to gaining insights into student priorities
Publishing your first book (Tony Bruce, Senior Publisher, Routledge)
25/30 mins each followed by questions
12.10-1.00 Lunch (provided) and a further opportunity to network and ask questions
Afternoon Session: Impact and Engagement Panel (10 – 15min presentations + time for Q&A)
1.00-3.20 Simona Valeriani, Senior Tutor on the V&A/RCA Postgraduate Programme in History of Design
Stacey McGillicuddy, Publisher Routledge Arts & Humanities Journals
Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij Reader in Philosophy, Birkbeck College, University of London
Charlie Turpie, Editor of The London Journal, London Metropolitan Archives, UK
Jane Collins, University of the Arts, London and Co-editor of Theatre & Performance Design (TBC)


Wrap up and reflection 

Book your place using the online form by 22nd November at 1pm.
Places will be confirmed after the deadline.