AHRC Introduction to the Peer Review College

Do you want to learn more about the AHRC peer review college? The AHRC have produced a short film as a guide to the AHRC Peer Review College and its development with AHRC Director of Research Mark Llewellyn, and members of the Peer Review College.

Peer Review is a tried and tested system used by the seven UK research councils and other funding bodies. Peer reviewers are experts drawn from academic and other organisations, covering the full range of arts and humanities research areas, who review and grade proposals for funding.

The profile of the Peer Review College is intended to reflect the breadth of disciplines and subjects within the AHRC’s subject domain.

Professor Mark Llewellyn, AHRC Director of Research, says. ‘Peer reviewers make a vital contribution to the AHRC’s decision making, and perform a very important role within the research community as a whole.’

To watch the film please see here: Introduction to Peer Review College
Running Time: 5.57minutes

Have You Heard About Our Drop-In Sessions?

Research and Enterprise are now dropping into Colleges for surgery sessions every Wednesday. At the moment we are running these as appointment only surgeries, however if you see us over in Colleges in between appointments please come over and talk to us!

Surgery times for Colleges are:

College of Science: 9.00 – 11.00 am

College of Arts: 11.15 – 1.15 pm

College of Social Sciences: 3.00 – 5.00 pm

Each week a different member of the team will be visiting your College, so please let us know if you would like to book an appointment to talk about any of the following:

  • Help with drafting your research bid
  • Advice on where to get funding for your research
  • Advice on Intellectual Property/Non Disclosure Agreements
  • Advice on a research, CPD or consultancy contract
  • Information on the Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • Advice on Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs)

If you would like to book an appointment please contact Lauren Steane.

Remember, these sessions are only one way you can talk to us. You can contact us at any time, either for phone or email, and book an appointment to see us at a time convenient to you – not just on Wednesdays!

How Do Humanities Researchers Manage Information?

Humanities researchers don’t conform to the typical stereotype of the lone scholar, more interested in depth than breadth and collaborating only in dispersed networks. That’s according to a recent Research Information Network (RIN) report on how researchers in the humanities use, create and manage their information resources.

This is the second in a series of three sets of case studies across different institutions, research groups and disciplines. Rather than the traditional image sketched above, the report suggests that humanities researchers are increasingly adopting new tools and technologies to support their research as well as working collaboratively to a greater extent. That’s not to say they have abandoned physical texts, but they are using these in collaboration with digital resources, claims RIN, and in most cases transitioning seamlessly between the two.

However, dissemination of research in the humanities is still primarily via long-established mechanisms such as journal articles, conference papers and book chapters, with limited take up of blogs and social media, possibly because of concern over the quality assurance of these tools.

You can read the full report here [PDF]. Here is a section from the Executive Summary:

A key change in humanities research over the past 10-15 years has been the growth of more formal and systematic collaboration between researchers. This is a response in part to new funding opportunities, but also to thepossibilities opened up by new technology. Over recent years there has also been a shift from the model under which technology specialists tell researchers how to do their research to more constructive engagement. Like other researchers, scholars in the humanities use what works for them, finding technologies and resources that fit their research, and resisting any pressure to use something just because it is new.

But there is little evidence as yet of their taking full advantage of the possibilities of more advanced tools for text-mining, grid or cloud computing, or the semantic web; and only limited uptake of even simple, freely-available tools for data management and sharing. Rather, they manage and store information on their desktops and laptops, and share it with others via email.

Barriers to the adoption and take up of new technologies and services include lack of awareness and of institutional training and support, but also lack of standardisation and inconsistencies in quality and functionality across different resources. These make for delays in research, repetitive searching, and limitations on researchers’ ability to draw connections and relationships between different resources.

Research Funding Talk by the Leverhulme Trust, Wednesday 1st June

The Leverhulme Trust logoThe Faculty of Media, Humanities & Technology will be hosting a talk by Jean Cater, Assistant Director of the Leverhulme Trust on Wednesday, 1st June at 12.00 noon in the Cargill Lecture Theatre, Brayford Campus.

Jean Cater, Assistant Director of the Leverhulme Trust will give a short presentation entitled: ‘The Leverhulme Trust: opportunities and advice on funding’.

The talk will outline the range of funding opportunities available for academics, outline the Trust’s ethos and criteria, and answer questions relating to these.
All are welcome to attend, and there is no need to book.

UK Research Office to visit Lincoln

The University of Lincoln’s UK Research Office European Advisor will be visiting the university on Wednesday 29th June.

The UK Research Office (UKRO) is the Europe-based office of RCUK providing information and advice on European Union funding for research and higher education. Based in Brussels since 1984, UKRO is jointly funded by all seven UK Research Councils to promote effective UK participation in EU funded research programmes and other related activities.

During their visit the UKRO advisor will be available to meet with individuals or research groups to discuss any aspect of European research funding. If you would like to make an appointment please could you register your interest by sending a brief email to the Research Mailbox indicating whether you would like an individual or group meeting.