EOI’s from NU Staff for AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards invited

Handshake 52-365 by Julia Taylor CC BY-NC-ND 2.0The AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards scheme that will be closing on 9th July. These awards encourage and develop collaboration between HEI’s and non-HEI organisations and businesses through joint supervision of a PhD student working on a project beneficial to both parties. The award funding covers full fees and stipend for the student. AHRC would also normally expect some form of contribution to come from the project partner on top of the desk-space and staff time that would normally be allocated.

 For this year’s scheme there are highlight notices around ‘Design’ and ‘Connected Communities’. We would normally be allowed to submit only one application, but if spread across the highlight notice areas we could submit up to 3 or 4. CDA’s normally feature only a single studentship, but we can add more if this can be strongly justified and of benefit to the non-HEI partner. Further details below:



Anyone working in an Arts and Humanities related discipline or topic interested in applying is asked to submit a short Expression of Interest to myself via email by 9th June. This should contain details of their proposed non-HEI partner, which highlight notice it will go under, (standard, design or connected communities) and a few lines on the nature of the collaboration and benefits to the partner organisation.


Digital Economy Researchers Colloqium- ACT NOW!!

This has just come to our attention!

A half-day event is being held to serve as a meeting point for all PhD students and researchers across the Digital Economy Network, particularly those involved in crafts and DIY-/maker-/hacker culture. It will take place at Newcastle University’s Culture Lab on the afternoon of the 25th of April 2014 and include tickets for a visit to MakerFaireUK 2014 on 26th and 27th of April 2014.

Send a brief email outlining why you would be interested in participating to Andreas Reiter. Your expression of interest will be published on their website so it might be a good idea to include links to your profile page and contact information. If you do not want your information to be published please make this clear in your email.


AHRC/ESRC Design Fellowships- closing date 24th April 2014


AHRC and ESRC are offering a number of fellowships offering design researchers the opportunity to work in collaboration with a business or public sector organisation that is interested in putting design principles into practice. 24th April 2014 is the deadline for applications, fellows can spend up to 12 months working directly with their partner organisation.

Partnerships have been developed with three organisations that are interested in hosting a funded Design Fellow within their organisation: The Design Council, Skills Development Scotland and The Cabinet Office Policy Lab. Applicants are also able to apply to this call in collaboration with an alternative host organisation or business of their choice. A collaborative project that will be of interest and benefit to both the researcher and the host organisation will need to be proposed.

More information is available at the following link

If interested in applying please contact your R+I lead and myself for more information.


Information is Beautiful! Visualising Research Competition


Designers, graphic artists, software developers, programmers and anyone with an interest in data visualisation to produce images are being invited to show how public funding contributes to research in the UK.

Key data from the seven Research Councils is now available in one place – Gateway to Research – enabling anyone to interrogate grants awarded, publications, people and organisations. The purpose of the challenge is to develop visualisations of this data that can be easily understood by the public.

Displaying the data in an accessible way will have benefits for the designer, stakeholders,policy makers, other funding bodies and the media.

Information on the competition, being run by AHRC, BBSRC and the British Library can be found here

Previous award winning entries to give you some inspiration can also be found here

Good luck!!!



ADSS Faculty Briefing on Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 logo

A briefing event on the soon to be launched Horizon 2020 funding programme has been arranged for members of staff from the Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences. The briefing will be held on Wednesday 27th November in room A114 in the Ellison Building at 4.15pm.

The event will briefly introduce the broad strokes of the scheme- how it will be structured, where to look for opportunities, and who to contact at Northumbria University if you wish to discuss an application.

Further targeted events and workshops are planned for colleagues who wish to apply to Horizon 2020; this event aims to raise awareness of the main aspects of the scheme and how to engage preliminary discussion on applications.

If you wish to attend please RSVP Scott McGee or Elizabeth Jones so we have a rough idea of numbers.

scott.mcgee@northumbria.ac.uk; elizabeth.jones@northumbria.ac.uk




AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards 2013 Highlights Design

Post Grad Research CourseThe Arts and Humanities Research Council’s annual call for Collaborative Doctoral Awards was released earlier this month. CDAs are funded PhDs supervised jointly by an HEI and non-academic organisation – for more detail on how the scheme works please see this previous post.

Applications can be submitted to any area within AHRC’s remit, but this year there is a special highlight on Design, and in particular the role of Design in Innovation in partnership with SMEs in the service industry.

The final deadline for applications: 3rd October 2013. However, potential applicants should be aware that each HEI is capped at a maximum of 3 applications per HEI (assuming that one is for the Design highlight). Therefore, Northumbria may need to have an internal selection if there are more than 3 potential proposals.

If you are interested, please send brief expressions of interest to me, following the outline below by 16th August at the latest.

Internal expressions of interest:

Expressions of interest should be sent to me (david.g.young@northumbria.ac.uk) by 16th August. They should be brief (no longer than 2 sides of A4) and should include the following information:

  • Name of PI and any other co-applicants who will be contributing to the proposal;
  • Proposed title of the project;
  • How many studentships (applicants can apply for up to four linked studentships within a single application – this counts as one proposal in terms of our HEI cap);
  • Proposed research questions;
  • Name of the partner organisation and a short statement about the collaboration: what is the nature of the relationship, what benefits will this partner bring to the research in terms of student training opportunities, access to resources, knowledge, and any wider social, economic or cultural benefits?;

We’re not looking for polished proposals at this stage. What’s important is to give a clear sense of what the proposed collaboration will achieve beyond a standard university-funded studentship. At the end of the day the purpose of an internal competition is to identify the 2-3 proposals which have the best chance of success on AHRC’s terms.

If we receive more than three applications across the University we’ll endeavour to review these and make a decision in the week following (i.e. w/b 19th August). The reason this is relatively soon is to give successful applicants the best chance to fully develop their proposals before the AHRC deadline of 3rd October.

Other options:

Some of you may already be aware of an alternative route available to secure a CDA, separate to the standard application route outlined above, which is through collaboration with one of the organisations holding a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership.

A CDP is essentially a block grant for CDAs awarded to a number of non-academic organisations which have been successful in hosting CDAs in the past. These organisations can then choose how to allocate their annual cohort of CDAs – and which HEIs they choose to work with – as they see fit. The actual processes by which CDA projects are established with CDP organisations vary, so AHRC have published a list of these organisations and contact details [PDF].

Note that any CDAs which are awarded through CDP collaboration would not count towards our cap of CDA submissions in the standard route. The CDP is an entirely separate pot of CDAs.


Northumbria goes to CHI 2013: Changing Perspectives

Louvre at dusk by scot2342 CC BY-NC-ND 2.0Once again Northumbria University is involved in 26 contributions to the prestigious CHI conference, this year being held in Paris and finishing today.

You can read about them all here:

CHI 2013: Changing Perspectives

Experts from the Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences and Health and Life Sciences have taken part this year, with contributions including digital art, design for ageing, vulnerability and dementia, spiritual user experiences, HCI in Mass Media through to understanding communication needs of different health groups.

CHI is the premier international conference on human-computer interaction, which took place this year between 27th April and 2nd May in Paris. This year’s conference is one of the biggest ever, with over 3,000 professionals from over 40 countries.