PGR Event PHD By Published Work – 20th October 2016 1-3pm


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.


Wellcome: Humanities and social science research bursaries



The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its humanities and social science research bursaries. These support small and medium-scale research projects based on library or archive collections supported by the trust. Projects must focus either on Wellcome library holdings or on any collection supported by a previous research resources grant, but they need not be historically grounded.

Applicants must be based in, or travelling to, the UK or Republic of Ireland. Applications are not limited to academic researchers and may be submitted by conservators, artists, performers, broadcasters, writers, public engagement practitioners and others working in the creative arts. Experienced researchers in established academic posts will normally be expected to have some publications in an appropriate field and early-career researchers holding no posts are expected to possess a doctorate or clinical qualification and to have established a research interest in biomedical science, the humanities or social sciences.

Bursaries are usually worth between £5,000 and £25,000, depending on the duration of research, and may contribute towards travel, accommodation, subsistence and photocopying costs.

Expected closing date October 2016 – see website


URBACT III programme



The Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy invites applications for its call for proposals under the URBACT III programme.

This is an opportunity to be part of a local authority consortium.

This aims to enable cities to work together and develop integrated solutions to common urban challenges, by networking, learning from one another’s experiences, drawing lessons and identifying good practices to improve urban policies.

  • The specific objectives of the call are to improve the capacities of cities to manage sustainable urban policies and practices in an integrated and participative way;
  • to improve the design and implementation of sustainable urban strategies and action plans in cities;
  • to ensure that practitioners and decision-makers at all levels have increased access to URBACT thematic knowledge and share know-how on sustainable urban development.

Proposals must address one of the following thematic objectives:

  • strengthening research, technological development and innovation;
  • enhancing access to and use and quality of ICT;
  • enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs;
  • supporting the shift towards a low carbon economy in all sectors;
  • promoting climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management;
  • protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency;
  • promoting sustainable transport and removing bottlenecks in key network infrastructures;
  • promoting employment and supporting labour mobility;
  • promoting social inclusion and combating poverty;
  • investing in education, skills and lifelong learning by developing education and training infrastructure.

Proposals must address all the three following challenges:

  • fostering the integrated approach;
  • involving local stakeholders;
  • measuring impact.

Proposals must also address at least one of the following optional challenges:

  • building the project pipeline;
  • organising decision-making for delivery;
  • moving from strategy to operational action-plan;
  • developing public-private partnerships;
  • setting up smart public procurement;
  • enhancing funding of urban development policies through financial innovation.

Projects are divided into two phases: phase 1, a six-month phase dedicated to network development, and phase 2, a 24-month phase dedicated to the implementation of network activities.

Cities, municipalities, towns, infra-municipal tiers of government, metropolitan authorities and organised agglomerations from the EU member states, Norway or Switzerland may apply.

Consortia must include a minimum of seven and a maximum of nine cities from at least three member or partner states. They must include a minimum of four cities from less developed regions where the total number of partner cities is eight or nine, and a minimum of three cities from less developed regions where the total number of partner cities is seven partners.

Funding ranges from €600,000 and €750,000 per project. The budget for phase 1 must not exceed €150,000. The co-financing rate is calculated at network level on the basis of the different co-financing rates for each partner.

Closing date June 22nd 2016

The Centre for Health and Development: April 14th 2016

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CHAD –  the Centre for Health and Development is a unique collaboration between local public services and Staffordshire University dedicated to the pursuit of minimising health inequalities and improving the health of the population of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

The primary focus of CHAD is the translation and application of research evidence into good practice and vice versa, for the purpose of improving health and wellbeing outcomes across the local population.

CHAD is holding a set of workshops to explore their research and funding priorities, aimed at academics, public health professionals and the voluntary and community sector:

On Thursday 14th April 2016, 12.00-16.30, Ashley Centre, Leek Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2DF

Email: Esther Knight for further details


Trans-Atlantic Platform: Digging into Data Challenge





The ESRC and AHRC, on behalf of the Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP), announce the launch of the T-AP Digging into Data Challenge. Building upon the success of previous Digging into Data Challenge calls, this expanded multi-lateral collaboration involves 16 funding agencies from 11 countries (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, the UK, and the US).

Applications are invited for innovative interdisciplinary collaborative research projects which use large-scale, digital data analysis techniques to address important social science and humanities research questions, whilst demonstrating how these techniques can lead to new theoretical insights.

The UK funders are particularly interested in receiving proposals which address the following challenges:

  • Interpreting data: using data-based analysis, modelling and simulation techniques to gain new insights into how an increasingly connected and digital world is changing the ways in which groups and individuals are interacting, including but not limited to the creation and development of creative, cultural, and societal processes and phenomena, as well as analysis of historical trends and linguistic change;
  • Novel application of data: using one or more data sources which were not originally designed/generated/collected for research purposes, for example open data/open source systems or ‘live’ data generated in real-time, either alone or in combination to address humanities and/or social science research questions; and
  • Employing multi-form or multi-source data in research: exploring the potential for calibration, combination and interoperability of datasets in two or more different formats and/or from two or more different sources in order to address humanities and/or social science research questions.

Projects must consist of teams from least three member countries. More than one team may be included per partner country, but all projects must include partners from both sides of the Atlantic. Applications which include one UK team may request up to £150,000, whilst projects involving two or more UK teams may request up to £200,000, which will be paid at 80 per cent Full Economic Cost (fEC). Projects may last between 24 and 36 months.

Click here for more information



Funding for higher education in England for 2016-17: HEFCE grant letter from BIS






On March 4th the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Minister for Universities and Science have confirmed funding allocations to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) for financial year 2016-17.

The grant letter sets out government funding and priorities for HEFCE and for higher education for the coming year. It confirms funding of £3.7 billion, including capital funding of £478 million.,107598,en.html



Professorship/ Associate Professorship Call 2016 – March 9th Advisory Session




Last few places remaining:

To support the Professorship/Associate Professorship call announced in January, Dr Steve Wyn Williams will run an advisory session to guide prospective applicants on the conferment process and criteria.

The session will be held on Wednesday 9th March at 11.00am in the Cadman Executive Boardroom, Cadman Building, Stoke-on-Trent.

The session will run for two hours. In order to ensure that there is sufficient time for questions and discussion, attendance will be capped at 25 members of staff. If necessary an additional session will be arranged before 4th April deadline for applications.

Places must be booked and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To book a place, please email your request to no later than 4th March 2016.

Bridging Business and Research Event in Cardiff – March 18th

marie_curie_logoThe event is part of the Europe wide campaign to promote business-academic collaborations under the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) and will take place in Cardiff on Friday 18 March 2016. Whilst the main objective of the event is to encourage more involvement from the private sector in MSCA projects, the line-up of expert speakers from the European Commission, large industry, SMEs, public sector and academia will deliver an insightful programme, exploring the theme of bridging business and research more widely. Facilitated question and answer sessions and networking time are also included in the event’s Programme.

The event is free to attend, but registration is required on the event’s website

The EU Referendum Debate and its Impact on UK Universities 29 February 2016 –


​Universities for Europe is hosting the first in a series of different debates on the EU referendum and its impact on British universities on 29 February 2016 at the Chelsea College of Arts.
An international panel of experts will meet to discuss the value of European Union membership for universities, its impact on collaboration and competitiveness, and the potential implications of the UK referendum for future collaboration.

The event is free of charge though registration is mandatory by ​22 February. More information on the event​ is availa​ble on the Universities for Europe website.

Transnational organised crime – cross-disciplinary innovation awards





The Economic and Social Research Council, in collaboration with the Arts and Humanities Research Council, under the partnership for conflict, crime and security research programme, invites applications for its transnational organised crime call. This funds innovative research and networking activities which address transnational organised crime, from a range of cross-disciplinary approaches and research perspectives. Applications from collaborative work between social scientists and arts or humanities researchers, working where appropriate with engineers and physical scientists, are welcome. The following topics will be considered:

•the illegal movement of people, goods and money across international borders;

•human trafficking and illicit trafficking of arms and drugs;

•cross-border money laundering, bribery, corruption and financing of criminal and terrorist networks;

•cyber enabled crime;

•international art, conservation and heritage crime;

•transnational sexual exploitation, and trade in counterfeit identities and goods.

Applications which explore linkages with other PaCCS themes will also be considered.

Collaborations with researchers and stakeholders beyond the UK is strongly encouraged reflecting the international nature of organised crime.

Awards are worth £100,000 each, at full economic cost, for a duration of 18 months. The council expects to fund approximately 10 projects.

For further details contact

Closing date 30 Mar 16