Key Dates Announced

Over the coming academic year there will be a number of targeted investment initiatives in research to strengthen our TIRI agenda and the quality of our submission for REF2020. In order to help colleagues plan ahead the deadlines for the three main initiatives have now been decided and are highlighted below.   Further, in order to provide additional support to colleagues a briefing event covering all the 2016-17 research funding schemes will be held at 10am-11.30am on Friday 2 September in The Neville-Rolfe Board Room.  Please email Donna Zarei  if you anticipate attending.


Jenkinson Awards 2017

I am pleased to announce the launch of the 2017 Jenkinson Research Awards.  Full details are available on the Research & Graduate School Website.

The 2017 Jenkinson Awards are designed to support embryonic research initiatives in the context of TIRI. The principal aim of the fund, in line with our 2015-2020 Strategic Plan and our Research Plan is to “Improve the quality of research activities which support teaching”.
Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • The extent to which the proposal supports the TIRI agenda and the University’s Research Strategy, that is: “improves the quality of research activities which support teaching”;
  • The extent to which the proposal is likely to lead to outputs which will improve the University’s REF2020 performance. That is, the outputs are of high quality, likely to be part of a REF2020 submission, and create additional options for Impact Case Studies;
  • Overall value for money.


The fund is designed to support research activities which will lead to further research success at a higher level. This would include but not be limited to:

  • The design and execution of a pilot study which might lead to a larger project;
  • Preparatory work in relation to external research bids which would lead to external funding for research;
  • Specific activities which would enable a researcher who has already published achieve a higher level of publication possibly for example in a more prestigious journal;
  • Supporting a member of staff who has recently completed a PhD and would be able to move on to publishing in a peer-reviewed context;
  • Preliminary work to secure the business case to support the co-funding by an external body to mount an exhibition;
  • Support to turn a conference paper into a peer-reviewed research output in a journal;
  • Other activities not listed above which address the principal aim of the fund.

If in doubt as to eligibility please email ku.ca1576420483.notl1576420483ob@ee1576420483hgcm.1576420483p1576420483.  This year’s Awards Evening will be held on 8 December 2016 from 6pm and will involve previous Ainsworth Award winners and will celebrate research success in 2016.


Advance Notice: Ainsworth PhD Scholarship Scheme

This year the University will once again be funding a small number of full research studentships for exceptional applicants. The deadline for projects for studentships is 5pm on 30 November 2016. Schools hosting approved projects will then be able to advertise the studentships across the university and in some cases beyond the University.

The aims of the Ainsworth Scheme are:

  • To promote TIRI and our REF2020 strategies through support for progression to PhD for Bolton students and recent alumni;
  • To improve access to research degrees on the basis of intellectual capacity to benefit rather than financial capacity to bear the costs of study;
  • To provide incentive for undergraduate students to achieve excellent outcomes.

Application forms for Ainsworth awards will be available on the Research & Graduate School website shortly.


Advance Notice: Ryley Awards – Research Internships

We will once again be running our Ryley Award scheme designed to support current undergraduate students to engage with established University of Bolton research projects and teams. The deadline this year is 5pm 28 February 2017.

  • Eligibility
  • The scheme is open to all second year (or part-time equivalent) students on a University of Bolton degree eligible to work in the UK
  • The internships must be linked to a REF2020 candidate area
  • Objectives
  • To support the Teaching Intensive Research Informed strategic focus of the University;
  • To help students improve their degree performance by engaging with a research team and participating in a defined piece of research activity;
  • To provide a taster for students who are considering pursuing an advanced degree in research such as a PhD

Application forms for Ryley Awards will be available on the Research & Graduate School website shortly.

Professor Patrick McGhee
Assistant Vice Chancellor (Quality)

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