BSU Research News – 05/05/2017

Welcome to this week’s BSU Research News blog: a weekly bulletin of exciting research goings-on at Bath Spa University.

SouthWest GRADschool 2017 – the deadline is here!

The deadline for applications for this year’s SW GRADschool is now just a couple of days away. There are just six fully funded spaces available on the retreat, which will take place on Tuesday 4th – Friday 7th July 2017 at Buckland Hall in South Wales.

GRADschools are fantastic 3 – 4 day courses for doctoral candidates in the middle to later years of a doctorate. Many researchers who attend the course have a transformational experience and are empowered to take charge of their own learning and career.

​Places are completely free so please do make the most of the opportunity. While priority will be given to ​students in the later years of their doctorate, we will consider applications from researchers at any stage.

If you would like to apply, you can find all information, together with a booking form, at the dedicated website:

The application deadline is Sunday 7th May 2017.


SEAM: Celebrating 50 years of the shift dress

It is little over 50 years since the mainstream adoption of the shift dress, from 1965 to 2015.  To celebrate, nine Seam artists created nine shift dresses, each one a unique design and reflection of their individual textile design. Whilst dresses have been on display at BSU and BSAD over the past couple of weeks, Seam are also inviting others to collaborate, and email photographs of their favourite shift dress, explaining why it stands out in memory.

Check out the shiftWorks exhibition page for details of current and upcoming exhibitions.

BSU Researcher Development Events in May

The BSU Researcher Development Programme has a busy month in May, hosting several exciting training events across the university. Check out our upcoming workshops below and book now!

This workshop will offer practical guidance on how to best develop your online research profile through the use of social media, website building and digital networking.
This workshop will include a practical session on enhancing your CV and making the most of your research experience, and develop your understanding of good practice in interview situations. If you intend to participate, you will need to bring a copy of your current CV. 

Research Bidding Workshop

This day-long workshop is for staff who are actively working on a research grant proposal, or who are about to start commencing work, and provides an opportunity to gain insight from Professor Andrew Derrington – a highly successful research bidder.
Please note: this workshop is specifically for academic research staff and there are limited places available. Please only book if you are certain you can attend.
This is an open invitation to graduate students, artists, and academics at Bath Spa University who are interested in developing cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research collaborations in the Environmental Art and Humanities.

Training Seed Fund

This week, the Researcher Development Programme launched a new funding opportunity for ESR and PhD researchers. This new funding programme will be piloted this year with the hope of expanding it next year if it is successful. The plan is to support a programme of training events organised by ESR and PhD researchers for ESR and PhD students. Seed funding of up to £500 is on offer to ESR and PhD researchers to lead training workshops or events.

To apply for this funding, please email for an application form, and email it back by Monday 15th May 2017. Please be aware when putting together your application that all funding must be spent by July 31st 2017.

The application window is small so don’t miss out!

Professorial Lecture Series: Geoff Whitty and Jenny Gore

In many parts of the world, teachers’ professional lives are now increasingly shaped by teacher standards and performance assessments. In recent decades, the dominant mantra adopted by governments around the world has been that improving schooling depends on getting and keeping good teachers.

This thought-provoking lecture by Professors Geoff Whitty and Jenny Gore will focus on the conventional wisdom surrounding efforts to improve teaching. They will discuss why regulation and accountability have taken such a hold in the teaching profession, and explore the (often-erroneous) assumptions that have shaped government policy – especially in England and Australia.

The lecture will be followed by Q&A and refreshments. To book a place, please click the following link:



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