New Faculty of Humanities monthly newsletter

A new newsletter highlighting some of the research going on within the Humanities Faculty has been launched by the Associate Dean and Research Development Officer. Have a look at it here, and let us know what you think:

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Changes to KRIMSON

The KRIMSON system will soon be upgraded from v5.5 to v5.10, which will introduce some changes to the original layout. Click on the following links form more detail:
1) How to Access Proposal Page
2) New Project Proposal Menu Layout

Alternatively, talk to Renata McDonnell if you have specific questions



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GCRF – Global Collaborative Conference – 2-6 July 2018 – bursaries available

A unique opportunity from the University of Kent for NGOs, charities and other organisations working in International Development.

The University of Kent is a leading multidisciplinary University based in the city of Canterbury, in the south east of England. We are holding an International Development event from 2nd-6th July 2018.

The aim of this event is to develop practical research based solutions to real problems faced in developing countries. We already collaborate with organisations from across the globe, but we want to use our expertise to help new partners.

We would like to invite representatives from organisations working in the field to this event. However we recognise that the costs could be prohibitive, so we are offering bursaries to cover travel and accommodation costs.

The event will include talks from research funders and UK government representatives amongst others, but at the core will be workshops to develop proposals that can be submitted to the UK government’s Global Challenges Research Fund scheme. You will play a vital role in these workshops, setting the challenge for our researchers to help resolve.

If you are interested in attending, please contact us at by WEDNESDAY 2nd MAY 2018, with brief details about your organisation and the work that you do, the problem that you want to overcome, and the country or region that you are active in.

Funding is limited and we will not be able to invite all applicants. We will advise you soon after the closing date if you have been successful.

Some of the projects that we are already involved in include:

  • The establishment of biopharmaceutical and animal vaccine production in Thailand and neighbouring South East Asian countries to enable these countries to produce their own animal vaccines and biopharmaceutical (protein) drugs.
  • A project which aims to open up communication with academics in former Soviet states of Azerbaijan, Belarus, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan by setting up hubs of excellence in research in these countries, to empower the target countries in research, impact governance and public policy outreach.
  • Helping to develop optimized investment strategies that minimise flood impacts on the road infrastructure in Vietnam.
  • Improving the law on housing rights in South Africa and Brazil.


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KentVision: understanding the new student admin system

Although the new student admin system does not directly involve or record research projects (other than PGR supervision), it will affect the way you work more broadly. It’s therefore useful to understand the system and make the most from it.

To this end it is worth going along to one of two Open Forums that are being held to brief staff. They are:


  • 14:30 – 16.00, Wednesday 13th December,             Grimond Lecture Theatre 3
  • 14:30 – 16.00, Thursday 14th December,                 Medway Building Room 2-28

They’ll cover the Programme background, timelines, what’s coming next, talk through the impact of business change and discuss what to expect from new processes and the new student management system.

And we’ll hold time for discussion and questions.

In order that we can ensure there is a place for everyone, please respond to this Doodle Poll if you plan to attend.

In the meantime here is some background on KentVision:

KentVision is a Business Change Programme, undertaken by the University to support improvements in student lifecycle administration and student experience.

KentVision will involve refining our business processes, implementing the Tribal SITS product across enrolment to congregations, integrating admissions with enrolment to congregations and decommissioning the student data system.

From September 2018 KentVision will be used for an array of administrative activities across the complete student lifecycle, including everything from student, programme and module look ups to registering students, viewing module diets, entering and viewing marks, approving PGR supervisory meetings, processing scholarships and more.

Students will also use KentVision to enrol, choose modules, access their timetables and view personal information, PGR progress reviews and their marks.

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Grants Factory: Optimising the Chances of a Successful Application – Unblocking the Pipeline

Tuesday 5th December, 1pm-3pm
Medway Campus
Medway Building, M2.05
Everyone’s research is different, but successful funding proposals share a number of common elements. Mastering these is essential if your application is going to get the consideration it deserves, no matter how good your underlying research idea is. Often starting an application; converting a research idea into a cohesive application can be daunting and submitting an idea to the funder for expert review – terrifying. Prevarication, together with a lack of time and confidence are often factors which contribute to funding application not being finished or submitted. It is known, that on average, UoK Academics do not apply for as many grants as our peers at similar Institutions.
In this Medway based Grants Factory event, Professor Alistair Mathie (Medway School of Pharmacy), Professor Ian McLoughlin and Dr Anna Jordanous (School of Computing) will share their experiences of applying for research funding ; the hurdles, the disappointments and the successes.  They will discuss their interaction with Funders (Research Council and Industrial), panel experience and the preparation of interdisciplinary and cross disciplinary proposals. They will also lead a discussion on the application process, what stops people applying for funding and practical steps which can undertaken.

This session will be informal, is not Faculty/ subject specific and is open to all.

Lunch will be provided, please let Helen Leech ( know if you are planning to attend so she can order the catering

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Grants Factory – AHRC Mock Panel

12 December 2017, 2.00 – 4.00pm

Venue: tbc (Canterbury Campus)

 This Grants Factory session will provide an insight into how the AHRC assesses applications.   It will consist of two parts:

  • Firstly, two experienced panellists, Dr Simon Kirchin (Dean of Humanities and SECL) and Prof Gordon Lynch (SECL) will give an overview of the priorities and processes of the AHRC, outlining how your proposal will be assessed;
  • Secondly, Simon and Gordon will lead a ‘mock’ panel, at which you will assess, discuss and rank a number of real applications, and decide which should be funded. This is invaluable to help understand the issues and difficulties faced by the AHRC panels, which will, in turn, help you to focus and draft your application more effectively.

Given the nature of the mock panel exercise, places are strictly limited, and allocated on a first come, first served basis, although priority will be given to those currently working on an application.

Refreshments will be provided. Do let me know if you would like to take part.

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Grants Factory: ERC Masterclass

Thursday 9 Nov, 12pm-2pm

Cornwallis LT3 (COLT3), Canterbury campus

The ERC​ or European Research Council is the gold standard of European research funding. There are no research boundaries or priorities, all topics are supported from arts to medicine, from social science to engineering. Each year hundreds of the very best researchers are supported by the ERC to pursue their own, transformative research ideas in Europe. They are quite simply, ‘career-making’ grants.

If you are thinking of applying to the ERC in 2018 this is the time to start preparing, particularly for the ERC Consolidator call.

Please note that the UK government will underwrite all Horizon2020 grants for their entire duration, if awarded before the UK leaves the EU in 2019. Therefore, do apply whilst you still can.

  • ERC Consolidator (for researchers 7-12 years from PhD): Now open! Deadline 15 Feb 2018
  • ERC Advanced (for researchers with 10+ years of outstanding research): Opens 17 May 2018, Deadline 30 Aug 2018
  • ERC Starting (for researchers 2-7 years from PhD): Opens Aug 2017, Deadline Oct 2018 (tbc)

This session will be led by two of Kent’s ERC grant winners: Dr Heather Ferguson from Psychology (ERC Starting grant 2015, ‘CogSoCoAGE’, €1,488,028) and Prof Tracy Kivell​ from Anthropology (ERC Starting grant 2013, ‘GRASP’, €1 622 053).

They will provide a brief overview of how things work at the ERC before moving on to give their personal perspective on what it’s like to prepare for and write such a major grant. The session will be informal with plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion throughout.

As ever, it’s free and open to all. However, do let me know beforehand that you can make it so that I can change the room if necessary. In the meantime notes from previous sessions are available here.

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