Two key funding opportunities have been announced by the University this month to support researchers and students develop the applied side of their research expertise and reputation.

The first of these is the Jenkinson Awards, now in their fourth year.  The focus of the awards in 2019-2020 will be Impact in the context of the REF2021.

“This funding will help research areas build the case for the usefulness of their research in the real world ahead of the national research audit in REF2021.  Much of our research has direct or indirect benefits to society and the economy but the focus now must be on gathering the evidence for that impact.  This goes right to the heart of our TIRI agenda where research supports learning for the real world.” Said Professor Patrick McGhee, chair of the awards panel.

In parallel, the Ryley Awards have been opened once again this year. This scheme allows undergraduate students, normally at the end of their HE5 / Year 2 level, to get direct experience of working alongside an academic researcher or research team.  In the past these awards have led to research publications, and the evidence shows that students on such schemes perform better in their final year.   The process for the scheme is that academics bid to the fund for internship awards which they can then advertise locally to eligible students.   Said Professor McGhee, “This is a great scheme to allow undergraduates in particular to get a real experience of research from the inside, and develop their skills. It is also important to note that consistent with the University’s commitment to being a Living Wage employer, all students will be paid in line with national guidelines”.

The Applications Portal for both schemes are now open.  The deadline for applications is Friday 17 May at 17:00.

The Jenkinson portal can be found here:

The Ryley Award application portal can be found here

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