Report on Postdoctoral Funding Schemes in Europe

Science Europe’s Report on Postdoctoral Funding Schemes in Europe was prepared by the Science Europe Working Group on Research Careers. The document is a survey report mapping 104 support opportunities available for postdoctoral researchers (postdocs) in order to improve understanding of what funders do to promote researchers’ careers after the completion of their PhD, and to learn whether existing funding schemes can be improved in terms of career development:




PhD By Published Work Workshop

Thursday 20th October, Cadman Conference Room, 1-3 p.m.

The PhD by Published Work Workshop is an alternate route to a research degree for people who already have a research career. This workshop will be an introduction to the principles and procedures, and will be of interest to anyone thinking this route might be for them, or know of a research colleague whom the route might benefit. Note also that the PhD by Published work regulations here at the University are scheduled to be reviewed, so we welcome attendees who have experience in this area, and can thus give us feedback that aides the crafting of the new set of regulations.

Please book on Iris if you intend to attend (under events/training) or email or simply drop in on the day.

Webinar on researchers and how they cope with caring responsibilities

Are you juggling your degree, PhD or Masters with caring responsibilities? Join us for this discussion-based webinar to find out how others manage their time and commitments to get the most out of their university experience. This webinar is offered by De Montfort University. Please use the link below to access the session. The link will become live from 12.15 on the 13th of October, as a guest, you will not need to book a place. Headphones, or speakers are required to make the most of your experience. Please contact

Date: Thursday, 13th October 2016

Time: 13:00

How to write a successful research funding proposal

Wednesday 21st September, 10-12, Cadman Conference Room

The Research Funding workshop will be an opportunity to network with fellow PHD students as well as having the opportunity to hear about how you can maximise your chances of success when applying for research funds. Staffordshire University is launching a new strategy for Research, including three distinct Research Institutes that will be supporting multi -disciplinary bidding and opportunities to collaborate and work with colleagues on the next REF 2021 submission. This 2 hour workshop will provide the following:

  • How to improve your chances of success in research applications;
  • Case studies of best practice from Staffs University;
  • Update on the new University research structures;
  • Networking.

Pre-booking is advisable (via ) but feel free to just turn up on the day

British Academy Mid-Career Fellowships – Funding Call

British Academy Graphic

The British Academy is inviting applications from established scholars employed in a UK institution, and within fifteen years of the award of their doctorate, to apply for the British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship scheme.

Applications for the Outline Stage of this scheme must be submitted via e-GAP, accessible at

Intending applicants need to register themselves in the system, if not already registered, and should access full details by following the links to ‘funding schemes’ from the personal welcome page, and then the link to the Mid-Career Fellowships Outline Stage –  MCF Outline 2016-17.

The Academy intends, through this scheme, to support outstanding individual researchers with excellent research proposals, and to promote public understanding and engagement with humanities and social sciences.

Closing date: Wednesday 14 September 2016 (UK time)
Results: before 24 December 2016
Earliest Start Date for Research: 1 September 2017

Fnd out more about this call, eligibility and how to apply at:


Research Funding & Placement Opportunities

Newton-Bhabha PhD placements programme

British Council, GB

This programme enables UK and Indian PhD students to spend between two and four months in Indian and UK higher education or research institutions. Indian scholars will receive a monthly stipend of £1,300 to cover meals, accommodation and domestic travel, whereas UK scholars may receive a monthly stipend of INR25,000.

Maximum award: Not known

Closing date: 16 Aug 16

Henrietta Hutton research grants

Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), GB

These supports students who intend to undertake field research overseas as an individual or as part of a multidisciplinary team. Two grants, worth £500 each, are available.

Maximum award: £500

Closing date: 18 Jan 17 (recurring)

Monica Cole research grant

Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), GB

This supports a researcher undertaking original fieldwork overseas in geography. The grant is worth £1,000.

Maximum award: £1,000

Closing date: 18 Jan 17 (recurring)

Small research grants

Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), GB

These support individual researcher’s desk or field-based research in medical, cultural, social or general geography. Awards are worth between £250 and £3,000 and they may be used for travel, maintenance, data collection and temporary research assistance.

Maximum award: £3,000

Closing date: 18 Jan 17 (recurring)

For further informtion about any of these please contact Holly Hoar, Development Officer, Research Business and Employability Services, Direct Line: 01785 353774 email:

Deleuze, Entropy and Thermodynamics

One-Day Workshop, May 19th 2016

L316 (Flaxman Building) Staffordshire University

The scientific concept of entropy, or the tendency of physical systems to evolve toward equilibrium and inactivity, has a well-established central place in the history of the natural sciences. It figures prominently in accounts of the nature of time and its direction from past to future, of order and disorder, of the fundamental processes on which life depends, and of the eventual fate of the cosmos itself. Thermodynamics, the discipline which addresses this concept, has undergone dramatic shifts in perspective over the last few decades, with the arrival of the new fields of Chaos and Complexity Theory, revising the terms in which we are to understand this universal march to equilibrium. In his natural philosophy, Gilles Deleuze engages in depth with the questions bearing on entropy, and indeed has been widely acknowledged as a philosophical influence on the redrafting of its associated conceptual apparatus. Nevertheless, his standpoint is profoundly ambivalent; while readily adopting the key tenets of thermodynamics, which contribute decisively to his account of events in the physical world, he resists the apparently inevitable corollary that the cosmos is fated as a long-term rule to descend into disorder and stasis. Entropy, he claims, is a ‘transcendental illusion’, applicable in principle only to those processes we may observe in the Actual, but an illegitimate notion with respect to the realm of potential events he calls the Virtual.

This one-day workshop will address the contributions and connections of Deleuze’s work to scientific paradigms of physical action, and investigate both the tensions arising between his philosophy of difference and scientific theory, and those installed within his own philosophy as a result of this singular viewpoint.

James Williams (Deakin University)
Henry Somers-Hall (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Ashley Woodward (Dundee University)
Bill Ross (Staffordshire University)

Start: 10.30 a.m.     Finish: 16.30 p.m.

All welcome. There is no registration charge.

Further information on the programme will be posted here:

Contact: Bill Ross,

Staffordshire Health Psychology Conference – Thursday 30th June

Dear colleagues

You are warmly invited to attend the 2016 Staffordshire Health Psychology Conference on Thursday 30th June at the Science Centre on the Stoke Campus.

The conference provides an opportunity for our trainees and other people interested in Health Psychology at Staffordshire University to come together, share experiences and present their work in a friendly, informal setting.

The conference will begin at 9.30 AM and close at 5.00pm. A complimentary lunch will be provided to everyone who attends.

If you would like to attend, please sign up through the following link by Friday, 20th May (places are limited):

We do hope that you will be able to come.

The Conference Organizing Committee

OPEN LECTURE (VISITING SPEAKER): ‘See How Desire Works! : Watching David Lynch with Jean-Francois Lyotard.’


‘See How Desire Works! : Watching David Lynch with Jean-Francois Lyotard.’

Dr Ashley Woodward (Dundee University)

2.00pm, Friday 20th May

ROOM – L316 (Flaxman Building)

Ashley Woodward is the author of:

Lyotard: The Inhuman Condition: Reflections on Nihilism, Information, and Art (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016)

Understanding Nietzscheanism (Chesham: Acumen, 2011) 

Nihilism in Postmodernity: Lyotard, Baudrillard, Vattimo (Aurora, Colorado: The Davies Group, 2009).

He is interested in the role of art in the production of existential meaning, and in the question of its relation to philosophy.  He is sympathetic to approaches which refuse to reduce the meaning of art to philosophy or theory, and is interested in practical and experimental approaches to how art and philosophy can encounter each other in a mutually respectful and productive manner.



Show me the money…

Greedy scenes at this morning’s ‘Research Funding Workshop’ as impoverished researchers learn how to get their hands on some of that sweet research funding moolah:

Research Funding Workshop 20.4.16






For those of you who missed the workshop, slides have been uploaded to the ‘Researcher Development’ area on the Graduate School Blackboard site.

Research, Business & Employability Services’ Research Services team covered policy, REF, funding opportunities (EU/UK) and institutional subscriptions during the session. If you’d like  any information please contact Jose beech –, or Holly Hoar

There are 3 subscriptions that were focused on which staff from SU can access for advice and external funding resources:

  1. Research Professional (RP)
  2. UKRO (UK research office EU funding)
  3. Vitae

The feedback from the students was positive and as a follow on we will be organising a couple of sessions over the next few months, the two ideas are:

  • Writing a successful research proposal
  • Life as a Post Doc – funds and career options

Watch this space…