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ESRC Newsletter #31

From: ESRC PGT Framework <> Sent: 28 October 2013 09:58 To: ESRC PGT Framework Subject: DTC Newsletter - Issue 31 Attachments: UW2014 - Media and NHM submission form.pdf

Dear all,

Please see the communications below:

Adding studentship details to the Je-S Student Data Portal Just a gentle reminder that all students should be added to the student data portal within one month of starting their ESRC funding and further guidance on this can be found here and Je-S Helptext is also available on every page:

Please note, all students should be linked to the DTC’s training grant (i.e. not any of the other training grants at your institution that might still be live awards as these relate to pre-DTC students). We previously advised that a known issue preventing ROs from adding students against training grants for any scheme other than ‘quotas’ had been resolved but unfortunately this does not appear to be the case and our colleagues at Je-S are looking in to this further. In the meantime, please input all students as quota students and when the system issue has been resolved we will re-issue our guidance on how to change schemes. Please do not select ‘competition studentships’ for any award.

We have been reviewing the data already input and would like to flag some of the common error we’ve come across: •           Dates of birth should not be in the future. •           Funding start and end dates: - If a student has a 1+3 type studentship (i.e. masters linked to a PhD) they you will have input start and end dates for both the masters and PhD dates. If they have a +3 type award then just the PhD dates should be input. Please note, the PhD dates relate to the ESRC funded period so the funding end date and PhD end date should be the same;       - The submission date should be a year after the funding/PhD end date unless the student is part time. PhD end dates and submission dates should not be the same. •           Project titles and Project abstracts – Whilst we appreciate that for those starting on a 1+3 type award may not have finalised their PhD topic yet, and in which case it might be necessary to list this as ‘to be confirmed’ but it’s essential that this is reviewed and updated as soon as possible. We periodically receive requests for information on the number of students we fund in particular areas and if this information is incomplete it’s impossible for us to provide an accurate or complete response. Similarly, the project abstract should be available in such a way that it’s accessible and should avoid being too personal i.e. avoid things like “Regarding area 1, I'd hope to study …,”  “This is a 1+3 application …” and “Year 1 - take core PhD MPhil courses in …” as examples. 

‘The UK in a Changing Europe’ – call for a research coordinator As you may know, the ESRC has released initial details about ‘The UK in a Changing Europe’ initiative. As a first step, we are looking to appoint a research coordinator for this initiative. Please click here for a link to our website for details on the themes this initiative seeks to address along with the role specification for the research coordinator. If you have any enquiries about this initiative, please email

Empathy & Trust In Communicating Online (EMoTICON) Commissioning Sandpit, 6 – 10 January 2014 ESRC in partnership with a number of other funders, is commissioning new research to develop a greater understanding of how empathy and trust are developed, maintained, transformed and lost in social media interactions. In order to develop innovative approaches and stimulate genuinely transdisciplinary collaborations, the ESRC is commissioning projects via a sandpit. The aim of the sandpit is to bring together researchers and other partners to create projects that will develop theoretically-informed and empirically-derived understandings of the workings of empathy and trust in online contexts and communities. This call is intended to attract participants from across the full range of social sciences, arts and humanities, and engineering and physical sciences. Applicants should not feel constrained by traditional assumptions about “relevance”, in terms of either research expertise or background. If you are unsure if your expertise is relevant to the research themes, please contact The ESRC is particularly looking for people with particular personal attributes – creativity, openness, and the ability to work effectively as part of a team. A willingness to engage with policy-makers, community organisations, government agencies, businesses and other key stakeholders is also essential. Full-time and part-time scholars at UK- based research organisations (ROs) can apply. A mix of researchers at different career stages is also sought. The sandpit is aimed at early- and mid-career researchers as well as those in senior academic posts. We regret that, on this occasion, PhD students and scholars based overseas are not eligible to participate in the sandpit. The sandpit is an intensive residential event and participants must attend all five days of the event. The closing date for expressions of interest is 11.00 on Monday 11 November. Applications from interested candidates should be submitted via the short electronic application form (at and-trust-in-communicating-online-(emoticon)-sandpit.aspx). For further information, please contact:

UK Universities Week campaign The UK Universities Week campaign led by Universities UK is taking place from 9 – 15 June 2014. The campaign has three main features: regional and local activities/events hosted and run by universities across the UK, working in partnership with university museums and others; a week-long event at the Natural History Museum in London; and a media campaign to support this activity. In the first instance, if you would like your institution to feature in the Natural History Museum event, or have a story to contribute to the media campaign, please complete the attached application form.  The deadline for submissions is 14 November 2013. Following last week’s launch, Universities UK have also started to sketch out a toolkit to support the regional and local activities/events.  If you have any suggestions for what you would like the toolkit to cover, please email

JPI More Years, Better Lives - Stakeholder Consultation The Joint Programming is a European initiative to foster collaboration and coordination in Research and Development in Europe. The Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) More Years, Better Lives seeks to enhance coordination and collaboration between European and national research programmes in the area of demographic change. ESRC has been participating the JPI and leading UK coordination. The draft of European Strategic Research Agenda is now available, and we are approaching stakeholders for their comments. The Strategic Research Agenda is aimed to influence the design of research programmes on relevant issues across Europe, and report from the national consultation will be used to revise the current draft. We would very much appreciate if you could look at the Strategic Research Agenda and complete the survey as consultation process. You can access the agenda and survey from the link below: consultation.aspx. The deadline for the survey is 31 October.

Wales and South West England Social Work Doctoral Conference Swansea University is pleased to host the Wales and South West England Social Work Doctoral Conference on 4 February 2014. The day is run by doctoral students for doctoral students and provides an opportunity to present research in a friendly and relaxed environment. There is no fee for attendance although unfortunately no travel or accommodation or bursaries are available for those wishing to attend. Applications for presentations by doctoral students outside Swansea University are welcome. We are also keen to encourage attendance by practitioners, academics and policy makers from other institutions. Please see the website below for further information, online forms for registration and offers of presentations or posters:

OFT call for information on higher education Colleagues may wish to forward the following to their contacts. Since the publication of the White Paper on higher education ‘Students at the heart of the system’ in 2011, HEFCE has been in periodic discussion with the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) on issues relating to competition in the higher education sector. The OFT has published a call for information from the sector. This is published on the OFT website at work/othermarketswork/higher-education-cfi  HEFCE would like to encourage all higher education institutions to consider the call for information and support the OFT’s review. Anyone can join or leave this list at any time.

British Council Call for International Research Placements Colleagues may wish to disseminate the following amongst early career researchers. The British Council has launched a call for early-career researchers to propose an international research placement. Researchers that reside in the UK can apply for funding to spend up to 3 months at a university or research institution in one of the nineteen partner countries, and those residing in one of the partner countries can apply for funding to come to the UK. All research areas are covered, including the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences, but some countries have priority areas. The countries involved in this call are; Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Morocco, Egypt, Qatar, South Africa, Nigeria, Russia (Humanities and Social Sciences only), Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, Vietnam, Bangladesh and the United States of America (Humanities and Social Sciences only). The call deadline is 24  November 2013. The call guidelines and application form can be found at

The Research & Publishing Pathway (RPP) Programme ESRC has been approached to disseminate the following: the publisher Emerald has launched the Research & Publishing Pathway (RPP) programme, offering comprehensive, constructive advice and training on all aspects of academic research and publishing, designed to support PhD students and junior faculty. The programme currently has eight modules, which are fully interactive and can be tailored to an advanced, intermediate or basic level to meet the requirements of specific audiences. This bespoke training course will be delivered both in the UK and overseas by an experienced journal editor, senior academic or publisher. The RPP programme will be available from September 2013, and bookings can be made now by simply contacting Emma Stevenson to discuss your bespoke requirements. Emma will provide a quote based on the number of delegates and the module options that are chosen.  Modules include beginners writing skills (designed specifically for those who do not have English as a first language), writing for publication, ethical practice in academic research and research assessment, rankings and impact. Full details can be found at

Please get in touch with any queries or items for the next newsletter.

Many thanks. Best wishes, Dora