Funding available to run your own Researcher Development event

Humanities researcher-led initiatives 2014/15

Applications are invited from PGRs for funding (of up to £500) to support projects to bring PGRs from different Schools together to engage in some form of professional, personal or career development activity.

There is no closing date, but a limited amount of funds will be allocated for the period 2014/15. Once the fund is exhausted, no more awards will be made this year. Proposed projects must take place by 30th June 2015. Final decisions on which projects will be supported will reside with the Humanities Researcher Development Team.

Who is eligible? The beneficiaries should be PGRs (and Research Staff where appropriate) from more than one School. Applications will be accepted from individual researchers or groups of researchers. Projects which involve other groups will also be considered (e.g. public engagement).

What activities are eligible? Anything which supports the general professional development or career development of PGRs in at least two of the five Schools within Humanities (initiatives which appeal across Faculties will also be accepted, but they must originate in Humanities). Relevant skill areas include, but are not limited to: public engagement, communication, inter-personal skills, media work, teaching and learning, knowledge transfer, intrapreneurship, creativity, leadership and management, career planning/management, networking and collaboration.

Types of activities could include:

  • Setting up a new workshop, training event or development scheme
  • Bringing in guest speakers or trainers
  • Initiatives to support and develop writing skills
  • Running a forum for researchers, which addresses their development
  • Team and leadership development activities
  • Away days which cover the above skill areas
  • Using social media and Web 2.0 technologies
  • Events to share research or expertise with groups outside of your Faculty
  • Events to promote understanding and dialogue between researchers from different discipline areas
  • Developing proficiency in teaching and learning through the sharing of practice/resources/approaches across Faculties
  • Research into how and why researchers engage with the above activities, and what they gain from cross-Faculty collaborations or exchanges

Exclusions This fund is not for discipline-specific activities, since one of the main aims of the competition is to encourage interactions between researchers in different Schools within the University. It cannot be used to fund research conferences or to present research at other institutions (unless eligible as above). It cannot be used to duplicate activities already available, but may be awarded to prolong or extend existing successful initiatives.

Further details and an application form are available on the Researcher development Team website here

Contact Claire Stocks (claire.stocks@manchester.ac.uk) if you have queries regarding eligibility or other aspects of application.

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