PhD opportunities available in collaboration with North East businesses

Are you interested in a funded PhD to start 1st October, working on exciting research in collaboration with regional businesses?

Check out the range of Intensive Industrial Innovation Projects funded by the European Regional Development Fund. Topics range from exploring the implications of smart devices on ageing at home to investigating the use of building information modelling to supplement planning processes.

Apply by midnight 16th July 2018. Full details here:

Northumbria University is seeking applications for PhD studentships, to work closely with business in the region, as part of the £3.9m Intensive Industrial Innovation Programme (IIIP) funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The IIIP Programme aims to encourage a culture of innovation that benefits business, leading to greater export opportunities and increased graduate employment, particularly in science and engineering. The IIIP Programme is a collaboration between Northumbria, Durham, Newcastle and Teesside Universities.

During each PhD project, the research student will work closely with the collaborating business, using innovative research to support the development of new products and services. Students will spend up to 49% of their time working with the business and at least 51% of their time at Northumbria University.

The PhD projects will start on 1st October 2018, for three years. The eligibility criteria for PhD candidates:

  • The IIIP PhD funding is available to Home and EU students.
  • Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2.1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities; or a Masters, or APEL evidence of suitable practitioner achievement)
  • Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria University or elsewhere

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Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Research Funding Event, 28 June at Newcastle University

Representatives from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) are visiting Newcastle University on 28 June. JSPS is the leading research funding agency in Japan, established by the Japanese Government for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of science. JSPS funds a number of fellowship programmes for researchers at all stages of their career and in all fields, including humanities and social sciences. These programmes provide opportunities for excellent UK researchers to go to Japan to conduct academic collaboration with Japanese researchers and can be used to build wider institutional relationships.

Northumbria colleagues are welcome to attend. Please see the flyer for further info and register here, also check the merge pdf if you need to get all of them into one document.

The programme for the day is as follows:

10.30-10.40: Welcome by Prof. Nick Wright, PVC R&I, Newcastle University

10.40-11.45: Presentation by JSPS

11.45-12.15: Case study by Dr. Adam Brandt, Newcastle University

12.15-12.45: Round up, questions and next steps

12.45-13.45: Lunch

 

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ESRC Seminar Series on Brexit – Thursday 6 July 2017 at Newcastle Business School

The Implications of Brexit for the Future of Devolution in the North East of England and for the Northern Powerhouse

This ESRC Seminar is organised by Newcastle Business School and will be held on Thursday 6th July 2017. The event is the third and final one of the Seminar Series funded by the ‘UK in a Changing Europe’ Initiative. It is open to anyone interested and aims to encourage debate that is easily accessible to a wide range of organisations, actors and members of the public who are interested in the UK’s relationship with the EU. Previous events of this series registered full-house attendance, and it is highly likely that the event at Newcastle will attract the same level of interest so if you are interested, please sign up as soon as possible.

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Please note the event is free of charge but places will be allocated on first come first served basis. For further information about this event, please see the flyer. To book a place, please contact Gosia Slusarczyk

 

 

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Writing retreat for Northumbria researchers, Friday 23 June at the Northern Design Centre

Lots of people have told us how difficult it is to find space and time to write away from their offices. We’ve decided to run a writing retreat day where you can come along and write free from distraction at the Northern Design Centre.

There will be a quiet room to work in (with no talking and phones on silent please!) and a space outside where there will be free refreshments and lunch as well as an opportunity to meet and talk to colleagues from across the university. The retreat will run all day on Friday 23 June from 9.30-4 but feel free to come along at the times that suit you best. We don’t care what you’re writing. It can be an article or a grant application or something else related to your research.

For catering purposes and to make sure we have enough seating, please sign up on this doodle poll: https://doodle.com/poll/adcvq7b29tbn3v5t

If you haven’t been to the Northern Design Centre before, it isn’t that hard to find nor is it that far away. The address is Abbott’s Hill, Gateshead NE8 3DF. It is a couple of minutes walk from the Baltic.  

We’re hoping that this will be well attended and that we can then set some dates for regular writing retreats next academic year. We hope to see you there – please forward this on to any other colleagues that may be interested in coming along, regardless of department, faculty or job title.

 

 

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Brexit: what we know so far

Our UKRO advisor, Jon Brookes, will be visiting Northumbria for the day on Wednesday 5 April. As UKRO subscribers we are entitled to an annual visit which we can plan according to our EU funding needs.

As part of his visit, Jon will be running a session on Brexit: the EU referendum and implications for EU funding from 10-11am, NB116, Northumberland Building, City Campus. This will be an opportunity to hear what we know so far about the UK’s status and participation in EU funding over the next few years and also what happens next in the Article 50 negotiations. There will be plenty time for Q&A.

If you would like to come along, please sign up here: http://rbscalendar.northumbria.ac.uk/event/3238666

 

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ECR event on the HEFCE consultation on the next REF, Tues 14 Feb

As you have no doubt heard, the Higher Education Funding Council for England has launched a consultation on the next Research Excellence Framework. This includes proposals intended to streamline the REF process and make it less burdensome for UK universities whilst maintaining and improving incentives for research excellence.  It includes recommendations relating to: the submission of staff and outputs, the approach to the assessment of impact, and the introduction of an institutional level assessment.

Northumbria University is preparing a response and would like to give the ECR community an opportunity to feed into this. We are holding an event on Tuesday 14th February from 1.00-2.30 in room 209, Sutherland Building, City Campus. If you are able to attend, please sign up on this doodle poll to reserve your place: http://doodle.com/poll/fdkxmmr7mvaw8mee

Responses to the consultation must be submitted by midday on Friday 17 March 2017. Full details of the consultation can be found on the HEFCE website here.

 

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