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Divisional events

Division of Arts & Humanities: 

Applications to the AHRC, 04 March 2021 

Delivered by Professor Gaynor Johnson and Professor David Stirrup, both of whom have experience of reviewing for the AHRC, as well as of holding grants. Topics covered included: how to improve your chances of funding success, writing an application for the AHRC, different schemes and the reviewing process. 

Division of Arts & Humanities: 

‘Succeeding with Leverhulme’, 11 February 2021 

Delivered by Professor Paul Allain and Professor Jennie Batchelor, both of whom have experience of reviewing for Leverhulme, as well as of holding grants. Topics covered included: how to improve your chances of funding success with Leverhulme, different Leverhulme schemes, what they will and won't fund, the reviewing process and writing an application for Leverhulme. 

Division of Human and Social Sciences:

'Dealing with Rejection and Recycling your Proposal', 20 April 2021

Delivered by Dr Alexandra Leduc-Pagel, Jacqueline Aldridge, Professor Elena Korosteleva, Dr Robert Fish, Dr Zaki Wahhaj and Professor Markus Bindemann, all of who have extensive experience of grant application processes. Informative and inspiring, the focus was on developing strategies for overcoming and learning from rejection, which is an integral part of academic and research life.

Kent Business School: 

Lunch and Learn - Postdoctoral Funding, 02 February 2021 

Dr Sarah Tetley, Funding and Partnership Development Officer and Dr Alistair Key, Lecturer, Division of Human and Social Sciences, impart their experience of winning postdoctoral funds. Of particular relevance to academic staff interested in sponsoring postdocs (e.g. through schemes like Marie Curie where you attract postdocs from abroad).  

Division of Law, Society & Social Justice:

Co-production in research, 25 February 2021

Delivered by Dr Amanda Bates (CHSS), Lisa Richardson (PSSRU) and Professor Alex Stevens (SSPSSR). 

Innovation funding, 23 March 2021

Delivered by Sophie Packer and Beth Flowers from Research and Innovation Services.  The session aimed to: increase knowledge of alternative research and innovation funding opportunities from a variety of sources (commercial, charity and government), particularly large, multi-partner grants and Tenders; and discover how to put research into practice, with practical support to help build collaborations with industry including contract research, consultancy and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. It also touched on the University’s Recovery Innovation Fund: https://www.kent.ac.uk/news/community/27589/kei-launches-recovery-innovation-fund-for-businesses.

Managing staff on research and innovation projects, 22 June 2021

Delivered by Professor Sarah Vickerstaff (SSPSSR) and Kate Ludlow (Research and Innovation Manager, LSSJ).  Topics covered included: allocating work to other colleagues, providing feedback and recruiting staff.

Central events

Essential elements of a successful grant application, 26 April 2021

Dr Sarah Tetley with Simon Barnes and Prof. Emily Grabham

The session provided tips and information about how to write a successful grant application. It covered common topics to bear in mind when preparing your grant application(s) and highlighted current issues in the world of research funding. The webinar consisted of a presentation, followed by a discussion and questions.  

Sharing sensitive data, GDPR and research ethics, 27 April 2021

Helen Cooper and Nicole Palmer

This session provided an overview of issues around research data management, GDPR and ethics. It focused on data management in relation to personal data and especially sensitive data, and included discussion of how your research data management plan can help you meet the needs of GDPR and the Research Ethics Advisory Group (REAG) process. The session also included discussion about the ethical implications of research data management. 

Copyright and open access publishing, 28 April 2021

Rosalyn Bass and Chris Morrison

This interactive session was designed to help you understand the University's policies on copyright and open access publishing, and to identify the implications for your own research. It should enable you to make decisions about the best way to communicate your ideas and build on the creations of others in the context of shifting funding conditions and the changing world of scholarly publishing.   

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships - getting funding and impact, 19 May 2021

Clare Witcher, Lotty Siliafis and Christos Efstratiou

This session provided an introduction and/or refresher to Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP). Presentations were delivered by KEI staff based in RIS, who gave an overview of KTPs and Management KTPs, and by Dr Christos Efstratiou who spoke about his KTP experience. The session was an opportunity for discussing ideas for developing KTPs, as well as hearing how KTP delivers on impact.

Consultancies and tenders, 16 June 2021

Sophie Packer and Maria Miller  

This short session introduced the world of academic consultancy and tenders, from short-term one-to-one interventions, through to longer-term development projects. It also showcased the support that Research and Innovation Services can offer you when consulting. 

Commercialising your research, 17 June 2021

Marcus Goodall and Jon Drewitt 

Knowledge exchange and ‘commercialisation’ is a growing area of interest within higher education and research. This session built on previous training introducing intellectual property (IP), although prior knowledge was not necessary. The presentation introduced the key mechanisms associated with building impact and increasing the utility of your research through collaboration, consultancy, shared resources, licensing and spin-out.

Introduction to Knowledge Exchange: External Relationships & Funding Opportunities, 08 July 2021

Janine Coomber and Dr Robert Barker

This session covered the benefits of Knowledge Exchange and working with external partners, who such partners might be, and what they need to know, practical hints on how to find a partner and identifying who can help, how the Knowledge Exchange and Innovation Department within RIS can help forge external relationships and examples of successful external relationships and funding opportunities.

Essential elements of a successful grant application, 12 July 2021

Beth Flowers with Simon Barnes and Prof. Heather Ferguson 

The session provided tips and information about how to write a successful grant application. It covered common topics to bear in mind when preparing your grant application(s) and highlighted current issues in the world of research funding. The webinar consisted of a presentation, followed by a discussion and questions.  

'Valuing, supporting and developing our postdocs', 21 September 2021

Professor Paul Allain, Dr Jennifer Leigh, Dr Helen Leech, Dr Sarah Tetley, Hannah Greer, Dr Alison Charles, Dr Jo Collins, Jena Dady, Loretta Finch, Dr Carin Tunaker, Dr Chris Dunmore    

This informal session hosted by the GRC was part of National Postdoc Appreciation Week (20-24 September, 2021). It highlighted the range of internal training, development and support opportunities available to postdocs, including new opportunities for the 2021-22 academic year and the Summer Vacation Research Competition, which is a great way for postdocs to boost their career and gain transferable skills. We were joined by Professor David Bogle, Pro-Vice-Provost of the Doctoral School at UCL, who discussed ‘how can we better prepare postdocs for a broader future?’  

Demand management for research schemes and relationships with external stakeholders, 04 October 2021

Simon Barnes

This session was in two parts. The first explained how the internal demand management process works where the University is limited to the number of applications it can submit to funding competitions. The second covered how academic and business collaborations external to the University are formed and how they often need to be integrated into large-scale funding opportunities. The presentation highlighted how the Funding and Partnership Development Team within Research and Innovation Services supports these two important functions to improve the quality and breadth of University of Kent research opportunities. 

Who owns what and why: navigating intellectual property, 07 October 2021

Marcus Goodall and Jon Drewitt 

Understanding and using intellectual property (IP) is fundamentally important to higher education and research. This session provided an introduction to IP, its creation within academic research and IP ownership and protection mechanisms. It concluded with an overview of how IP can be used to increase the impact of research, as well as how to navigate the perceived tension between open dissemination (e.g. open access publishing and open source licensing) and protecting rights. 

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships - getting funding and impact, 13 October 2021

Clare Witcher, Lotty Siliafis and Dr Fernando Otero

This session provided an introduction and/or refresher to Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP). Presentations were delivered by KEI staff based in RIS, who gave an overview of KTPs and Management KTPs, and by Dr Fernando Otero who spoke about his KTP experience. The session was an opportunity for discussing ideas for developing KTPs, as well as hearing how KTP delivers on impact.  

Balancing the conflicting demands of academia in COVID and beyond, 13 October 2021

Professors Heejung Chung, Rachel McCrea and Paul Allain

Starting off in academia can be difficult. Not only are you trying to establish your research career, but you are having to cope with the new demands of teaching and supervision, as well as understanding what is required of you as a 'good citizen' within your department. Outside of work you may also have conflicting demands from family and home, or other activities requiring significant commitment. And now there are the continued uncertainties and additional challenges and pressures of COVID. This session was led by Professors Heejung Chung (SSPSSR), Rachel McCrea (SMSAS) and Paul Allain (Arts), each of whom have had to juggle conflicting demands within their own lives. It was an opportunity to hear from them and other colleagues about their experiences and strategies for achieving better work-life and work-work balance.  

Introduction to Knowledge Exchange: External Relationships & Funding Opportunities, 20 October 2021

Janine Coomber and Dr Lina Simeonova

This session covered the benefits of Knowledge Exchange and working with external partners, who such partners might be, and what they need to know, practical hints on how to find a partner and identifying who can help, how the Knowledge Exchange and Innovation Department within RIS can help forge external relationships and examples of successful external relationships and funding opportunities.

Essential elements of a successful grant application, 09 November 2021

Dr Sarah Tetley and Simon Barnes

The session provided tips and information about how to write a successful grant application. It covered common topics to bear in mind when preparing your grant application(s) and highlighted current issues in the world of research funding. The webinar consisted of a presentation, followed by a discussion and questions. 

Commercialising your research , 11 November 2021

Marcus Goodall and Jon Drewitt 

Knowledge exchange and ‘commercialisation’ is a growing area of interest within higher education and research. This session built on previous training introducing intellectual property (IP), although prior knowledge was not necessary. The presentation introduced the key mechanisms associated with building impact and increasing the utility of your research through collaboration, consultancy, shared resources, licensing and spin-out.  

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