Faculty of Sciences Internationalisation Mobility Fund
Each year, the University provides an investment fund to the Faculty to be spent on International activities.
The Faculty of Sciences Internationalisation Mobility Fund supports strategic short-term, international mobility initiatives within academic schools. Examples include (but are not limited to):
• Targeted student recruitment campaigns and attending academic recruitment fairs/exhibitions
• Development of taught programme components such as articulation agreements, joint degrees and placement agreements with external partners
• Interdisciplinary international visits with an outreach and recruitment element.
Funded activities must be beneficial to the School as a whole and must fit with actions outlined in the individual School Plans. The fund will not support mobility initiatives solely linked to research activity, conference/meeting attendance or activities where other funding streams are available to support overseas visits. However, we encourage linking research activities with recruitment and outreach where this ties into research-led teaching initiatives or otherwise enhances the return on the mobility funding investment.
The Faculty of Sciences particularly wishes to encourage and promote the following:
• Innovative internationalisation activities that enhance the reputation of the university and deliver benefit in terms of student outreach, recruitment and experience.
• Activities leading to international conference/workshops on Medway or Canterbury campuses.
• Support for academics to teach abroad (i.e. guest lectures)
• Activities that benefit multiple Schools within the Faculty
The deadlines for bids to the fund are:
1. Tranche 1 - closing date 15th December 2017
2. Tranche 2 - closing date 9th March 2018
Eligible costs are travel and accommodation (in adherence with the University of Kent Employee Personal Expenditure Policy) directly related to the internationalisation activity. Bids between £500 - £3000 are encouraged.
All funds awarded must be spent by the 31st July 2018, the end of the UoK Financial Year. Please note also, that goods/services purchased must also be delivered/undertaken by this date. The funding cannot be carried forward to the next financial year, and cannot be used to buy goods/services for the next financial year. You will be required to submit a final report explaining the outcomes of this investment.
How to bid: Bidding will operate in two steps.
Step 1. Complete the application form and send it to your School's Director of Internationalisation (DoI). You should explain why you need Faculty support and why other funds are not available. Explain exactly what outcomes you hope for from the use of Faculty funds; we will want to judge later whether these have been met. You must give detailed breakdowns of the costs (even if these are only estimates). Include a timeline for the spend and activity.
Submit this to your DoI at least one week before the Faculty deadline.
Step 2. Each School DoI will complete a single accompanying statement of support commenting on all the applications from their school. It is essential that this statement explains the value of each proposal to the School and (where appropriate) the discipline specific context.
The School DoI should submit their School's applications and the accompanying statement of support to J.L.Walpole@kent.ac.uk (the Dean’s PA) by email by 5 pm on the closing date. Please ensure that the applications are given the title Mobility_school_name of applicant.
Judges: Faculty Director of Internationalisation, Associate Dean (Research and Innovation), a School DoR / DoI will assess. If necessary other parties may be added to the group. We expect to be over-subscribed and may not be able to fund every good proposal.
Expenses incurred or invoices will not be paid directly by the Faculty but should be processed at School level. The grant, up to the amount applied for will be transferred into the School’s budget.
A report should be submitted to the Faculty Director of Internationalisation within 1 month of return.
Professor Ian McLoughlin
Faculty Director of Internationalisation (Sciences)