BSU Research News – 19/05/2017

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

BSU Researcher Development Events in May

The BSU Researcher Development Programme has a very busy week next week, hosting several exciting training events at Corsham Court. Check out the workshops and book a place!

1. What’s next? Careers and Interviewing, Workshop Monday 22 May, 10:00 – 16:00, F32, Corsham Court

With fluctuating job markets and increasingly competitive selection processes, it’s a good time to brush up on interview skills and maximise your employability. The day will include a practical session on how to make the most of your research experience, enhance your CV, and develop your understanding of good practice in interview situations. The workshop is free and includes lunch.

If you intend to participate, you will need to bring a copy of your current CV. 

2. How to Make Effective Progress, Tuesday 23 May, 10:00 – 16:00, F32, Corsham Court

The workshop will help you plan to achieve your milestones, and manage your workload effectively in order to successfully complete your doctorate. This session is part four of the Effective Researcher Programme and is specifically for PhD students. The workshop is free and includes lunch.

3. Research Bidding Workshop Thursday 25, 10:00 – 16:00, F32, Corsham Court

This is the second session we will be running on writing successful research grant applications, facilitated by renowned research bidder Professor Andrew Derrington. The workshop will help you gain expert insight in to your own research bids, and develop a better understanding of the grant-writing process for future applications. Professor Derrington is a highly successful research bidder, and co-author of the The Research Funding Toolkit. The workshop is free and includes lunch.

2016 workshop testimonials

 “This was a very valuable workshop. The speaker had real authority and experience. I liked his straightforward, detailed and practical style. As a result, I will be totally rewriting a bid.”

“Fantastic workshop with great expertise and real understanding of processes at both end – submission and evaluation.”

“I was very grateful to receive such clear instructions and the atmosphere was excellent too.”

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.

4. Making Connections in Environmental Arts and Humanities Research Friday 26 May, 10:00 – 17:00, The Barn & F32, Corsham Court

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.

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Save the Date: BSAD Undergraduate Degree Show 2017

The Bath School of Art and Design undergraduate degree show begins with a private view on 9 June, followed by a public view 10 – 15 June.

Final year students from across the School of Art and Design will exhibit their work in what promises to be another exciting showcase of rising talent.

In the meantime, share in the build up as our students post their preparations and build-up via the hashtag #BathSpaMakes.

Upcoming Professorial Lecture: James Newman

Game Over? The past, present and future of video game preservation

Wednesday 7th June


Videogames are disappearing. No really, they are.

At a time when there are more gaming platforms and titles available than ever before, this might seem like an unlikely claim, however, the implications of this are signifiant and wide-ranging.

With the videogames sector contributing greatly to the UK economic and cultural sector as evidenced in the 2011 NESTA ‘Next-Gen’ report, the loss of this material denies future generations access to their cultural heritage and robs the next generation of developers historical reference material.

As Henry Lowood, Curator for History of Science & Technology at Stanford University Libraries put it (2009), we must act ‘before it’s too late’. But, what form should this action take? Whose responsibility is it? And what is it we are seeking to preserve?

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

James Newman: Game Over? The past, present and future of video game preservation Wednesday 7th June, 18:00 – 20:00, Commons G23

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