Research with Reach: a training programme for PGRs in the Arts and Humanities

A guest article written by Penny Newell, Research Student, Department of English

Research with Reach is aimed at A&H research students who are thinking through the scope of their research outside of academia. It fosters the skills and opportunities we need to broaden the range of research output, to garner and enjoy wider readerships and exciting collaborations, and to deliver rigorous writing on public platforms that value our ideas.

Student-led and funded by the King’s Researcher Development Unit, we’ve lined up a conference event on 16th May 2014, bringing together top journalists like Nick Bradshaw and Roderick Conway Morris; Peter Florence MBE, the director of Hay Festival; tweeting, blogging and enterprising academics, and exciting new thinkers from across A&H.

We’ll follow up in the summer with intensive half-day workshops on practical skill sets like writing style, web design, and curating a cohesive and powerful online presence.

As two postgraduate researchers at King’s, this project has sent us on a seemingly eternal quest to find out more about academic scope and publishing opportunities – from meetings in dark corridors to get to the bottom of juggling the REF and ‘impact’, to UCL to meet globally-renowned blogger @melissaterras. From contacting arts facilitators with MBEs to starting twitter dialogues on the ever-growing hash tag #EngagedAcademics… We hope what we’ve learnt will equip our cohort of scholars with the know-how we need to break into an emerging and exciting realm of publishing.

Book your free place at the conference at http://researchwithreach.eventbrite.co.uk. Places are limited, and open only to PhD candidates in Arts and Hums.

Tweet us: #ResearchWithReach

Get in touch: ella.parry-davies@kcl.ac.uk; penny.newell@kcl.ac.uk

The Researcher Development Open Competition (RDOC)

The Researcher Development Open Competition (RDOC) is an exciting funding opportunity for postgraduate research students and postdoctoral research staff to develop new ideas for their personal, professional and career development.

The RDOC provides an opportunity for postgraduate research students and postdoctoral research staff to obtain funds to support training and development that is not currently provided elsewhere in the College (e.g. by the Researcher Development Programme). Applications should benefit as many King’s researchers as possible and be as innovative and unique to King’s as possible.

A total of £20K is available for the academic year 2013-14.  Applications can be submitted at any point up until July 31st 2014, or until the funds have run out – whichever occurs first.

Guidance on What We Will Fund

The purpose of the Open Competition is to encourage creative thinking around the provision of personal, professional and career development activities for researchers in the College.  We encourage you to talk to your peers and friends at King’s and at other institutions about training and development activities that they might be experiencing that we currently don’t run here at King’s.  Collaborative approaches across King’s would be particularly desirable and we are looking for projects that we can “pump prime” with funding for one year only and which will then seek funding from other sources in order to continue. Note that we are not seeking to fund research seminar groups, or trips to conferences. 

Previous successful bids:

Below is a list of previously successful bids to give applicants an idea of the types of initiatives eligible for funding under this scheme:

  • Graduate Business Plan Competition – now developed into the Lion’s Den Challenge
  • Division of Cardiovascular Retreat for post-doctoral researchers
  • Student led workshop on seeking alternative means of funding a PhD programme and production of a guide to postgraduate funding

For full details about the scheme and to apply, please go to: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/school/training/Other-opps/OpenCompetition.aspx