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Researcher Development

This section of news.miriadonline.info: lists details, news and announcements; embeds presentations and links from contributors; and video documentation of selected sessions for the Researcher Development Programme 2016-17 and other training related opportunities of interest to MIRIAD PGRs.

Theory Seminars

10-05-17 – Becky Kennedy – Visualising Identity

Researcher Development Programme

22-03-17 – Preparing for a viva

22-03-17 – Towards the Progression Review (RD2)

18-02-17 – Writing research proposals

Developing Collaborative Research Projects

  1. Be prepared to fail: Learn from failure. You won’t success in all funding that you apply for… so get used to it. Success rates can be below 10% but someone has to get funded.
  2. Get connected: Become members of peer review colleagues, attend sandpits, be on an advisory panel, mentor an ECR who has funding, be a small cog in a larger bid, learn how funding projects work.
  3. Ask the experts: Lancaster has an above average success rate for research funding. Draw on the expertise within the university including academic and support staff.
  4. Be prepared to lead, be prepared to be led: Know your place in the funding mechanism and be willing to move from your ideal research field to ensure a good fit for funding but, don’t move away from your expertise as this is what is being funded.
  5. Look to work with the ‘best of the best’: Research councils are looking to sponsor excellent research, they look at the whole consortium to assess if they are best placed to undertake this research.
  6. Be clear about the motivation for undertaking collaborative research: Does this link to your research? Is it about developing your career? Is it a stepping stone to a larger bid?
  7. Look beyond RCUK: The UK research councils, and the AHRC in particular, have a relatively small pot of funding. The EC have a huge amount of funding available but it does come at cost (administrative/paperwork). Keep abreast of research funding calls (Researchprofessional.com), sign up to RCUK alerts, send emails to colleagues asking if they are aware of calls, etc.
  8. Pay forward: Develop networks and contacts that you can call upon in the future. Look to see who is doing interesting research at conferences; that would be good to work with?
  9. Understand the finances: Don’t assume there will be enough money for all that you want to do. There is always more costs incurred that you expect. Build in some contingency. You will need it.
  10. Promote, promote, promote: Ensure that you communicate the research activities as this puts you in the conscious of other collaborators; think ahead to the next bid.

18-02-17 – Networking

02-02-17 – Working with galleries and museums

07-12-16 – Making effective presentations

30-11-16 – The digital researcher

23-11-16 – The literature and practice review

16-11-16 – Academic Writing

Presented by Myna Trustram – please note not Amanda Ravetz as previously advertised.

09-11-16 – Research ethics and the RD1 ethics form

02-11-16 – Working Towards the RD1 & Getting Organised

Lewis Sykes – Links

26-10-16 – Introduction to Copyright

PowerPoint visual aids to accompany presentations for the ‘Introduction to Copyright’ session on Wednesday, 26th October 2016.


Lewis Sykes – Links

12-10-16 – Research methods in art and design

05-10-16 – Show and Tell

This is the first of the Wednesday Workshops, on 5 Oct 13.30 – 15.00, (Righton open space)

Please bring an object that you can use to talk, informally, for a few minutes about your research.

Two changes

Please note two changes to the Wednesday Workshop series of the Researcher Development Programme.

  • 12 October: Research methods in art and design.  Amanda Ravetz
  • 2 November: Towards the RD1. Getting organised (including time management). Jim Aulich, Sam Colling, Lewis Sykes.

Via the Research Degrees Administrator, Manchester School of Art:

The faculty librarians run an outreach on Thursdays 2pm-3pm in the Art School Café.
They can also be contacted: http://libguides.mmu.ac.uk/c.php?g=281250&p=1875075

Methodologies, structuring and writing research

Starting from Wednesday 11 November I will be offering fortnightly one-to-one tutorials to provide support in regards to methodologies, structuring and writing research (or anything else that you want to chat about).  These sessions are open to postgraduates at any stage of their research. Hourly slots will be available between 11.00-13.00 on Wednesdays.  There will be a sign up sheet on the notice board in Righton and you can also email me in regards to times available if you can’t get in to Righton.

Dr Samantha Colling
Research Degrees Assistant