GCRF COMPASS workshop: The Belt and Road Initiative @ Five 13 – 15 March 2019

GCRF COMPASS workshop ‘The Belt and Road Initiative @ Five: Taking stock of global ambitions, regional response, and looking ahead’ 13 – 15 March 2019, Canterbury and Cambridge

 On 13th March a one-day workshop on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) will take place at the University of Kent, Canterbury. The key objective of this workshop is to shed light on recent developments regarding China’s BRI and the regional responses to China’s growing investments. The workshop offers a unique platform to bring together scholars and experts from different regions to discuss the response towards and implications of China’s BRI.

The workshop will host three panels, on China’s grand strategy and its visions for international order; and on regional responses to the BRI, focusing particularly on the Eastern neighbourhood and Central Asia.

The workshop will be followed by a Master Class on 14th March where postgraduate students at the University of Kent will have an opportunity to ask questions about the BRI to the experts participating in the workshop. On 15th March the COMPASS participants from Kent, ADA, BSU and UWED will continue to Cambridge to participate in a project meeting with the COMPASS Cambridge team, and to attend a round table at the Cambridge Central Asia Forum.

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Using Research Professional to Find Funding Opportunities

13:00-14:00, 10 January 2019

The University subscribes to Research Professional. This provides four services:

For those unfamiliar with the service we’re running a webinar with our contact at Research Professional who will guide you through the site, and who can respond to your specific questions about how to use it. This will take place at 1pm on 10 January 2019. Join the webinar here.

Alternatively, if you need individual help with the site, talk to your Faculty Research Development Officer, as follows:

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Career Planning for Postdoctoral Researchers

10:00-12:00, 18 January 2019

Career planning takes time, research, diligence and resilience. In this session, we will explore the experiences of ECRs in job seeking, with particular attention to the non-academic labour market. Drawing on this research, participants will generate personal goals and strategies to advance their own career knowledge.

Prof Lynn McAlpine, emerita professor at McGill University, will be delivering the session. She has huge experience in leading workshops, and her research follows scientists and social scientists for up to seven years as they navigated their careers and personal lives during and after finishing the PhD.

All postdoctoral researchers are welcome. It’s free, and there’ll be tea and coffee. However, places are limited, so please register here.

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GCRF Conference and Workshops Call 2019

In July 2018 we hosted our first GCRF Conference. We are now planning the second, to take place on 1-2 July 2019.

This time the format will be different. In the six months prior to the conference we plan to support a series of workshops in DAC list countries around the broad theme of ‘resilience’. The outcomes of these workshops will be fed back to the conference, and attendees will have the opportunity to discuss and become involved in the developing the next steps that will lead on from the workshops. As happened at the first conference, we will invite academics at Kent, academics globally, NGOs and other actors working in these areas.

Draft details of the 2019 Conference are available here.

GCRF Workshops call

In order to support the workshops, we are launching a funding call. The format is broadly the same as that for the Partnership Fund, and those who sought funding for workshops through that are welcome to submit again. However, you need to be aware that the workshops need to take place in the first half of 2019, and report back to the conference on 1-2 July 2019. Full details of the call are available here.

If you have any questions about either the conference or the workshops, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Research Professional Webinar (10/01/2019) and ongoing Support

The University subscribes to Research Professional. This provides four services:

For those unfamiliar with the service we are offering two things:

  • A webinar with our contact at Research Professional that will guide you through the site, and can respond to your specific questions about how to use it. This will take place at 1pm on 10 January 2019. Join the webinar here.
  • Individual advice with your Faculty Research Development Officer to give you an overview of the services, and help you set up searches. Your RDOs are:
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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: https://mailchi.mp/0377d092d526/humanities-research-newsletter?e=517f9fa994

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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 research@kent.ac.uk 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 (h.leech@kent.ac.uk) know if you are planning to attend so she can order the catering

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