Next Faculty of Business and Law Research Funding Drop-In on Wed 22 April

We’re holding our next research funding drop-in for the Faculty of Business and Law on Wednesday 22 April between 2-3.30pm. Louise Wyers (Pre-Award Coordinator) and I (Research Funding and Policy Manager) will be available in the CCE1 staff room on the ground floor to discuss draft research proposals or any ideas for future funding opportunities. You don’t need an appointment but if you’d like to reserve a specific time slot, please email me in advance.


Humanities in Horizon 2020

RCUK National Contact Points for Horizon 2020 have held a series of information days around the UK. A recent event in Swindon focused on European funding opportunities for Arts and Humanities researchers. Presentations covered some of the key Horizon 2020 opportunities:

Humanities researchers might also want to consider applying for the international funding that the AHRC offers. International Co-Is are eligible in various funding schemes including Research Grants, Research Networking, Follow-On Fund and some other thematic calls.

Getting involved in HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) or applying to the Newton Fund are other ways of developing international research partnerships.

Following the AHRC’s international team’s blog, Research beyond borders, is a useful way of keeping an eye on funding opportunities for international research collaboration specific to UK arts and humanities researchers.



Training Event for ECR’s – ‘How to be an effective researcher’ 5th + 6th March

The University of Sunderland is running a course for Early Career Staff on what makes an effective researcher on the 5th/6th March 2015. The course is offered to staff across the 5 North East Universities, and Northumbria has 8 places available on a first come, first served basis.

The course uses group activities to consider what makes an effective researcher. It includes challenges linked with developing an interdisciplinary research portfolio and scoping ‘big research project’ ideas, as well as a focusing on working with others.

It is aimed at early career research staff (whether having a doctorate, experience, or other qualifications) within the first 3–15 months of a research contract with project management responsibility, including those on an academic contract who do research.

Further information on the event, and how to book a place is in the slideshare window below.



Support and Funding for ECRs

We’re running a bite-size session called “Support and Funding for ECRs” on Wed 28th January from 12-1 as part of the HR Researcher Development Programme. This is open to any interested members of staff, meetingparticularly those who are in the early stages of a research career or are new to Northumbria. The session will introduce key contacts in Research and Business Services and the Library Research Support Team.  It will also present some of the main sources of ECR research funding and how to find and access them.

If you are interested in attending, please sign up through the HR researcher development pages by clicking on the blue “Book a Place” button on the right hand side. You will then receive an email confirming your participation and giving details of the room number etc.



Next ECR Forum on Friday 16th January

The next Northumbria Early Career Researchers Forum will be held on Friday 16 Jan from 12.30-2.00 in the auditorium on the ground floor of Mea House.meeting

It will be the first forum meeting of 2015 and a chance to meet the ECR working group representatives from each faculty.

Ellen Cole, Scholarly Publications Librarian from the University Library and David Young, Research Funding and Policy Manager from RBS, will present Northumbria’s Open Access Policy and how it will work in practice. This is a great opportunity for you to ask any Open Access questions you may have.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available. Feel free to bring your lunch with you.

Please let me know if you plan to attend.


Faculty of Business and Law Research Funding Drop-in on Wednesday

Question Mark Sign by Colin Kinner CC BY 2.0
Question Mark Sign by Colin Kinner CC BY 2.0
Question Mark Sign by Colin Kinner CC BY 2.0

Louise Wyers (Pre-Award Coordinator) and I (Research Funding and Policy Manager for B&L) will be available on Wednesday 26th November, between 2-3.30pm in the CCE1 staff room on the ground floor for any colleagues from the Faculty of Business and Law to discuss research proposals in development, future funding opportunities or any other research funding-related query. You can either drop-in and see us or make an appointment beforehand. To book a time slot please email me. If you have a proposal you would like to discuss, please bring it along with you or email it to me beforehand.

We hold the drop-in session on a monthly basis but with Christmas coming up, this will be the last drop-in this year. We’ll be back in the New Year on 28 January.


REMINDER: ECR Forum on 15 October

Come along to the first ECR Forum of this academic year. It is open to anyone at Northumbria in the the early stages of a research career. The Forum will be a very informal drinks reception and an opportunity to meet the ECR working group and hear more about plans for ECR activities and support for this year. We hope to see you from 4-6pm in the Great Hall in the Sutherland Building on Wednesday 15th October. Please let Kerri Jude know if you plan to attend.


Celebrate the first anniversary of the Northumbria ECR Forum!

Northumbria ECR Forum is celebrating its first anniversary. The first meeting of this academic year will be an informal get-together and celebration. Bob Finn, the current chair of the Forum, will give a brief introductionFireworks by bayasaa CC BY 2.0 and welcome and we are delighted that our new PVC (Research and Innovation), George Marston will also attend. The main purpose of the meeting is to welcome new ECRs, network and discuss plans for the year over a drink or two! It will also be a chance to meet your faculty representatives on the ECR working group.

We hope to see you from 4-6pm on Wednesday 15 October in the Great Hall in the Sutherland Building on City Campus.

Please let Kerri Jude know if you can attend.


British Academy visit to Northumbria

Jack Caswell, Assistant Head of Awards at the British Academy, will be at Northumbria on Friday 17 October. All interested Northumbria staff are welcome to attend a presentation fromBrit logo him at 2-3.30 in the Corry Room at Sport Central, Northumberland Road. It will be a great opportunity to get an overview of the work of the Academy and to ask any questions you may have about their research funding programmes.

The British Academy is an independent national academy representing and supporting the humanities and social sciences. They run a range of research funding and fellowship schemes for scholars at various career stages, from postdoctoral to senior research fellowships and small research grants.

Please confirm your attendance to as soon as possible.


Next Northumbria ECR Forum

Save the date! The next meeting of the Northumbria ECR Forum will be on the 15 October from 4-6pm in the Great Hall of the Sutherland Building on City Campus. This will be the first meeting this academic year and will be a chance for an informal meet-up, networking and a drink or two. More details will be posted on the blog next week.