British Academy’s Future of the Corporation

Over the last four years, the British Academy’s Future of the Corporation programme has brought together talented groups of academics, business leaders, investors, civil society leaders and policymakers to explore how business can solve problems for people and the planet. The programme has given unrivaled attention to the questions around how purpose can be placed at the heart of business through policy, practice and business education.

The British Academy invites you to join them to hear their conclusions and discuss the role of policy, practice and business education in firmly embedding purpose in the way business operates. Please register for the launch of our third and final report, Policy and Practice for Purposeful Business, and a series of discussions on adapting business education to purpose on their website.

Request for Proposal (RFP): Researcher for John Ellerman Foundation History Project

2021 marks the John Ellerman’s Foundation’s 50th anniversary and to celebrate this, the Foundation is launching two funding initiatives, and a research project into their history.

The Foundation was set up as a generalist grantmaking trust in 1971. They continue with the broad philanthropic interests of their benefactor Sir John Ellerman, while reflecting changing times. The aim is to advance the wellbeing of people, society and the natural world, by focusing on the arts, environment and social action, as these areas can make an important contribution to wellbeing.

The Foundation is now advertising a funded researcher position and two new funding streams. The below is excerpted from their website.

“In our 50th year, we are looking to do a deep dive into our history, and we are seeking a researcher to help us achieve this. The researcher will bring together the data and information already collected, and conduct further research to analyse the Ellerman family’s business history, as much as their philanthropic one, in order to gain an understanding of the origins of the Foundation’s wealth and how this supports our work today.

We are offering a funded researcher position for 12-months, and are seeking proposals from consortia of organisations or individual researchers.

You can find out more about this project and how to apply in this seven page briefing document here.

If you have any questions, please contact our Office Manager, Rian Trim on recruitment@ellerman.org.uk.

Applications should be submitted by 5pm on 13 September 2021.

Here is some information of the first of the two funding initiatives we are launching this year as well.

A Collaborative Environment Fund for the UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs)

We are contributing £800k to this fund, and invite other funders to join this collaboration or align their funding with it.

The environments of the UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs) are of global significance: they hold 94% of our unique species, pristine rainforests, vast coral reefs, a quarter of the world’s penguins and the fifth largest marine estate on the planet. These small islands are at the forefront of our biodiversity and climate crises: three quarters of the world’s known extinctions since 1500 have occurred on islands, whilst extreme weather events pose a potentially existential threat.

As their biodiversity assets far exceed those in the mainland UK, the Territories offer funders incomparable impact and value for money. Building on our eight years of responsive grantmaking worth £1.8m in the UKOTs, that has achieved transformative impacts, we believe the UKOTs offer funders incomparable impact and value for money.

You can find out more about this collaborative funding initiative in this four page briefing document here.

If you are interested in learning more about this funding collaboration, please contact our Director, Sufina Ahmad on sufina@ellerman.org.uk.

Our plan is to accept applications for this fund from September to December 2021.

Gerald Aylmer Seminar: New Ways to Work (17 September)

The Gerald Aylmer Seminar is an annual one-day symposium organised by The National Archives, The Royal Historical Society and The Institute of Historical Research in memory of Gerald Aylmer (1926-2000), who was president of The Royal Historical Society and Chairman of the Institute of Historical Research. Its purpose is to bring together archivists and historians to discuss topics of mutual interest. 

This year’s event, ‘New Ways to Work – future directions for archival and historical practice’, will take place 17 September and consider how we are working now, having been forced to make difficult decisions, to adapt and innovate in what we do and how we engage with each other, but also how do we best move forward in a relationship that may not return to ‘normal’. A provisional programme is available – https://symphony-live-new2.s3.amazonaws.com/bB47zjaqdry5Gbppd7K9wsfXdULbKh5UtCphS5Ge4GBDdOVgZeLhLX6ItDnWcixB/Aylmer%20Provisional_Programme_2021.pdf

It is free to attend and will be held online, but booking if required. To register, please click here – https://www.history.ac.uk/events/gerald-aylmer-seminar-2021

Update from the “Unlocking the Past” project

We are delighted to share a short blog piece on the first Unlocking our Digital Past workshop that seeks to capture some of the key discussions we had. It was really nice reflecting on the event when writing this. Please feel free to read and share with anyone who you think might be interested.

https://unlockingourdigitalpast.com/2021/08/05/reflections-on-the-unlocking-our-digital-past-workshop-19-july-2021/

For a peak at the presentations from the workshop, take a look at their website: https://unlockingourdigitalpast.com/blog-2/