Welcome to the Bath Spa University Research Blog! This week it’s a full one, as we’re providing you with an ESRC update, details of upcoming events and opportunities, including JSPS Fellowships and the RSS Photo Competition!
Information & Events
Changes to the ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative
As of yesterday, the eligibility criteria for the ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI) has changed!
Since December 2015, SDAI has operated alongside ESRC’s Research Grants open call. Following ESRC’s internal review of the Initiative, including an analysis of the volume and review outcomes of applications received so far, along with feedback from external stakeholders, it was concluded that changes to the Initiative were needed to improve the quantity and quality of proposals submitted.
Doctoral Writing Group: Writer’s Lab
Your Literature Review
22nd May, 10.00 – 13.00, Newton Park, CPG.12
During this session we will discuss the purpose of the literature review within your text and identify types of literature review. We will then discuss your literature ‘story’ and explore strategies that will help with writing a successful review.
The last hour will be an opportunity to have a peer review of current work (please bring some work with you).
Bath Business School Research Seminar & Workshop
Wed 23rd May, 2-4pm, CP103 (Compton)
‘Play as a Design Tool’
Kate Langham, Bath School of Art & Design
Come prepared to play!
Kate’s research highlights that for certain urban projects, such as the development of shared community space, there is the opportunity for a new playful co-design process to be introduced. A process that uses symbolic object play to co-design future community spaces, by asking the local community to model their ideal urban space out of cakes, biscuits and sweets, defined in this study as the ‘play tools’.
Specific play tools have been identified and specified to represent building materials for the construction process. Larger cakes provide the foundation as these can be quickly cut to provide a bottom layer on which to construct the model. Smaller cakes and biscuits provide the building blocks to create the structures. Whilst the sweets provide the detail, the finishing touches to the urban design model. The materials provide endless opportunities for participants to use their imaginations, manipulating the items into features and aspects within the urban design scheme. For example, a chocolate Swiss roll cake becomes a skate ramp or a building; a liquorice lace sweet represents strip lighting; custard creams biscuits are pathways, symbols that emerge out of the creative process to represent different objects.
Kate’s talk will discuss her research using three urban case studies, participants will then be invited to attend a Play as a Design Tool workshop. Attendees will be provided with a design brief and in groups have the opportunity to model using the play tools, the cake, biscuits and sweets.
Kate Langham is a Senior Teaching Fellow at Winchester School of Art and is currently undertaking her PhD at Bath School of Art & Design researching Play as a Design Tool. Her research provides a new co-design methodology that supports consultation companies, architects, designers and local councils as they design shared community spaces.
All are welcome to attend. For further details please contact Ben Davies (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Japan Society For The Promotion Of Science
Final Call For Short Term Pre/Postdoctoral Fellowships Now Open!
We would like to make you aware the final call in FY2018 for our Short Term Pre/Postdoctoral Fellowships is now open.
JSPS London Pre/Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (Short Term)
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is the leading research funding agency in Japan, established by the Japanese Government for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of science. Our Pre/Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (Short Term) provides the opportunity for researchers based outside of Japan to conduct collaborative research activities with leading research groups at Japanese Universities and Research Institutions for visits of between 1 to 12 months. Eligible applicants need to be either within 2 years of finishing their PhD at the time of applying to start their fellowship in Japan or have obtained their PhD after 2nd April 2012. Eligible research fields are not limited.
Innovation Caucus PhD intern opportunities
Applications are invited from highly motivated PhD candidates for a three month internship to undertake research to inform the strategy and practice of Innovate UK and ESRC.
Serving as a gateway to the social sciences, the Innovation Caucus comprises 66 academics working across different disciplines with a focus on innovation. As well as promoting the awareness of and engagement with social science research, the Innovation Caucus is focused on understanding the dynamics of innovation ecosystems.
This year there are two internship projects:
- Where are the innovation capabilities to address Industrial Strategy Challenges? (PDF, 445Kb)
- Global Review of Diversity and Inclusion in Business Innovation (PDF, 545Kb)
Click, capture and communicate the science that inspires you!
Inviting scientists to submit an inspiring image to one of the five categories by 31 August for a chance to win!
This week’s REF Article!
by Stephen Hill