Bath Spa University Research News Blog: 18th May


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.

If you would like to learn more about the changes to the eligibility criteria, please follow this link to view the whole article.

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).

Please book here for this workshop.

Law Lecture

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 (



Japan Society For The Promotion Of Science

Final Call For Short Term Pre/Postdoctoral Fellowships Now Open!


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.

The Innovation Caucus is an initiative funded by Innovate UK and the ESRC to support innovation-led growth and promote greater engagement between the social sciences and businesses.

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.

Intern briefs

This year there are two internship projects:


royal science society

Click, capture and communicate the science that inspires you!

The 2018 Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition is now open for entries.

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!


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