September 2015 Bulletin: Selected News Stories

1 September 2015

A selection of articles from the Balance Network’s September 2015 bulletin. To be added to our mailing list, please click the ‘Sign Up To Our Bulletins’ icon above.

  1. Funding opportunities
  2. National Work Life Week (21 – 25 September 2015)
  3. Member Publications

1. Funding opportunities
Applications for the current Balance Network funding available for events and activities must be submitted by 5pm, 15 September.  The application form is online, but do also read the Funding Information document prior to completing your application.  Although we expect the majority of applications to be around £4,000, it is possible to submit applications for smaller grants, and we may award grants as large at £6,000 where justified.

September 15th is also the deadline for applications for 2016 WFRN (the US-based Work and Family Researchers Network) Early Career Work and Family Fellowships. These 15 fellowships help young scholars establish early career success and connect them to the WFRN community. Fellows receive membership in the WFRN, $500 toward expenses for the 2016 conference and conference registration. Eligibility details are available on the website.

The RCUK Digital Economy Theme (DET) has launched a competition for 3 prizes of £10,000.  The goal is to help researchers promote the impact of their digital economy research. Funds will be used to produce case studies that can be used to help a wider audience understand the research’s impact. The deadline is 1 December at 12.00.

2. National Work Life Week (21 – 25 September 2015)
Working Families has announced this year’s National Work Life Week.  The Week highlights the benefits of facilitating the well-being and work-life balance of employees. Visit the Working Families website for more details about the week and the conference on 21 September.

The BPS Work-life Balance Working Group has organised a seminar during the Week to discuss fathers’ experiences. There is growing evidence that fathers experience obstacles – such as inflexible work cultures and negative colleague attitudes – when they try to become more involved in their children’s lives. The seminar, “Work-life balance? What about fathers?” will be on 24 September at 3.00pm near Chancery Lane Station, London.

3. Member Publications
Balance Network member David McGillivray of The University of the West of Scotland recently published “Young people, digital media making and critical digital citizenship.” The investigators explored the role of digital literacies in supporting young people in navigating our complex, digital world.

Eiman Kanjo, a new member from Nottingham Trent University, published “Emotions in context: examining pervasive affective sensing systems, applications, and analyses” in early 2015. The review gives a real-world perspective on the ways that mobile affective sensing has been used and is developing as a research field.