Archive for February 18, 2019

Confirmed Impact Guidance for REF2021

With less than 2 years to go until our REF submission (deadline: Friday, 27th November 2020), the final set of guidance materials for REF2021 (including guidance on submissions and panel guidelines) was published on 31 January 2019 following wide consultation with the sector in late 2018. The final guidance documentation is available at www.ref.ac.uk/publications/

What does this mean for impact?

The salient points to take from the final REF guidance on impact case study submission are as follows:

Definition of impact for the REF

For the purposes of the REF, impact is defined as an effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia.

Impact includes, but is not limited to, an effect on, change or benefit to:

• the activity, attitude, awareness, behaviour, capacity, opportunity, performance, policy, practice, process or understanding

• of an audience, beneficiary, community, constituency, organisation or individuals

• in any geographic location whether locally, regionally, nationally or internationally

Impact also includes the reduction or prevention of harm, risk, cost or other negative effects.

Impacts will be assessed in terms of their ‘reach and significance’ regardless of the geographic location in which they occurred, whe

ther locally, regionally, nationally or internationally.

Impact also includes the reduction or prevention of harm, risk, cost or other negative effects.

Each of the four main panels (A, B, C, D) have slightly different requirements for the following:

• Continued case studies

• Indicators of quality for underpinning research

UoA Leads/Deputies are therefore encouraged to look closely at the panel guidance for their particular panel when reviewing impact case study drafts.

Submission requirements

• Each submission must include impact case studies (REF3 template) describing specific impacts that have occurred during the assessment period (1 August 2013 to 31 July 2020) that were underpinned by excellent research undertaken in the submitted unit. The underpinning research must have been produced by the submitting HEI during the period 1 January 2000 to 31 December 2020.

• This may include, for example, impacts at an early stage, or impacts that may have started prior to 1 August 2013 but continued into the period 1 August 2013 to 31 July 2020. Case studies will be assessed in terms of the reach and significance of the impact that occurred only during the period 1 August 2013 to 31 July 2020, and not in terms of any impact prior to this period or potential future or anticipated impact after this period.

• When writing case studies, submitting units should refer to the guidelines for presenting quantitative data set out in the ‘Guidelines for standardising quantitative indicators of impact within REF case studies’. These guidelines have been developed to enable more consistent presentation of quantitative evidence in case studies. This document (and a summary thereof) can be found separately at www.salford.ac.uk/ref under Impact Evidence Collection.

• More than one submitted unit (within the same HEI and/or in different HEIs) may include the same impact within their respective case studies, so long as each submitted unit produced excellent research that made a distinct and material contribution to the impact. In such cases, units may provide common descriptions of the impact arising, where they so wish.

• Impact case studies continued from examples submitted in 2014 will be eligible for submission in REF 2021 as long as they meet the 2021 eligibility criteria, including the length of the window for underpinning research and the assessment period for the impact described.

Go to www.salford.ac.uk/ref to check out all the REF guidance and more.


NWCDTP PhD Studentship: Collaborative Doctoral Award 2019-2020

University of Salford is accepting applications for a PhD Studentship for a unique, industry-based collaborative program, the NWCDTP Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA). The award will support PhD study commencing October 2019. CDA Studentships can be held on a +3 basis and may be either full-time or part-time.

A CDA Studentship provides an opportunity for a PhD student to gain first-hand experience of work outside an academic environment, with the student working on   a doctoral project supported by both academic supervisors and a supervisor from a non-HEI partner organisation.

Our CDA non-HEI partner for this award is the Science and Industry Museum (SIM) in Manchester ( https://www.scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk/ ), a member of the  UK Science Museum Group (SMG) ( https://group.sciencemuseum.org.uk/ ).

The Studentship will be awarded on the basis of the candidate’s application documents, curriculum vitae, and an interview with the selection committee.

Successful CDA Candidate Profile

The CDA program supports a practice-based PhD in the field of interactive multi-modal information display designed for public settings. Research activity will include design, implementation and assessment of interactive information displays. While SIM is our non-HEI partner, this study is not a traditional museology degree. The successful candidate is required to have education and experience related to digital design, documentary multimedia, ethnographic observation, and interactive technology. Preferred experience includes interface and interaction design, game design, coding and scripting, data analysis, digital user studies, and learning assessment methodologies. The candidate will develop their research while participating as member of an interdisciplinary team, based in the Studio for International Media and Technology at U. Salford’s MediaCityUK campus, and will work closely with staff from the Science and Industry Museum. The candidate will have access to tools and expertise in the collaborative team, and will work in both the MediaCityUK and SIM locations.

CDA Research Theme: Play

The CDA Research Theme focusses on possible roles of play in the design of science museum exhibitions. Exploration and play create experiences that can enable discovery and enhance learning. The PhD research question will be developed around the function of play for exhibition participants and the related function of playability as a design criteria. The student will identify design methodology and develop analysis to guide the curation of digital interactive content, by using modes of play as a lens upon aesthetic experience, technical functionality, and informal learning.

The candidate will have on-going regular access to engage with and have feedback from SIM’s Learning group, Digital group, and Audience group, as well as through SIM having access to SMG initiatives in digital strategy. The research process will begin by engaging SIM to survey their current public offer and analyse SIM plans for short-term new investment in exhibition experiences. Research activities will include prototyping aimed to influence the delivery of planned new public exhibitions. User experience observation will be conducted both in laboratory at the university’s MediaCityUK campus, and in situ at SIM.

Financial Basis of the Studentship

An NWCDTP Studentship consists of:

  • Payment of academic fees, at the standard RCUK rate
  • Maintenance Stipend (£14777, in 2018/19)
  • Access to a Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) fund for reimbursement of research related expenses including conference attendance and fieldwork expenses.
  • Access to a Student Development Fund (SDF) for supporting training specific to your research and not readily available at your institution or the DTP subject to successful application
  • Access to a Cohort Development Fund (CDF) to support the wider cohort, in organising events such as conference, workshops, and public engagements
  • Opportunity to apply for additional funding towards:
    • Overseas Institutional Visits
    • Placements

APPLICATION PROCESS

STEP ONE – EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

Candidates will submit by email (1) an expression of interest describing their interests and qualifications, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) a single example of relevant original work. The work example may be scholarly, technical, or creative. Applications should be submitted to Professor Insook Choi at i.choi@salford.ac.uk.  Materials should be submitted by the evening of Monday 4 March 2019. Files sent by email should be combined into a single .pdf file. If the work example file size is greater than 10mb, please submit separately using a file exchange service of your choice.

See below the Conditions of Residential Eligibility for this award. 

STEP TWO – INTERVIEW

A selection of finalists will be contacted for interview by the committee. Candidates will be notified of their selection for interview by Friday 8 March. Interviews will take place 11-13 March 2019. Interviews will be conducted by online video conference, or in person at University of Salford, MediaCityUK, Salford Quays, Greater Manchester. (Travel for interview in person is at the candidate’s discretion. The university does not reimburse candidate travel costs.)

STEP THREE – APPLICATION TO PHD PROGRAM

Candidates who have been contacted for Interview must apply for admission to the U Salford PhD programme by Monday 15 March 2019. The application is submitted to the School of Arts and Media for the pathway Visual Arts: Arts and Design.

Applications to the University of Salford can be made at the following link: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying/applying-for-research

NOTE: THE CAD CANDIDATE IS NOT REQUIRED TO COMPETE THE RESEARCH PROPOSAL section of the application.

Conditions of Residential Eligibility

Candidates for awards must have a relevant connection with the United Kingdom. A relevant connection may be established if, at the start of the course:

  • The student has been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the 3-year period preceding the date of application for an award, and
  • Has not been resident in the UK, during any part of that 3-year period wholly or mainly for the purposes of full-time education (EU students – see below) and
  •  Has settled status in the UK within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971 (i.e. is not subject to any restriction on the period for which he/she may stay).  Candidates who meet all three of the above criteria may apply for a full award.

A relevant connection may be established for an EU student if the student has been resident in the UK throughout the 3-year period preceding the start of the course, even if for purposes of full-time education. EU students in this situation may apply for a full award. EU Students who have not been ordinarily resident in the UK for the last three years may apply for a fees-only award. Non-EU students who have not been ordinarily resident in the UK for the last three years are not eligible to apply.

About the School of Arts and Media

The School of Arts and Media at the University of Salford has an international reputation for research, both theoretical and practice-based. The Cultural, Communication and Media research group at Salford undertakes research in the conceptual, applied and practice-based aspects of cultural, film and media studies and traditional and new digital media. CCM research has been established formally at the University of Salford since 2005. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, a quarter of CCM research was judged to be world leading, with nearly two thirds judged as internationally excellent or world leading.

Our media and cultural studies research environment is based at the heart of MediaCityUK, Europe’s second largest urban concentration of digital and media production industries. The MediaCityUK campus is also home to the Studio for International Media and Technology and Salford’s Digital & Creative Industry Collaboration Zone. These initiatives provide an interdisciplinary team project environment that spans from traditional and emerging media production to software engineering, user experience and interaction design, and AI for media processing. The CDA research will be based at and supported by the Studio and the D&C ICZ.

About the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership

In 2018, the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) was awarded over £6 million by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to train a new generation of skilled researchers as part of DTP Phase 2.

The NWCDTP brings together the Universities of Salford, Manchester, Keele, Lancaster, Liverpool, MMU, and the RNCM which between them award NWC PhD studentships annually.

For general advice concerning the NWC studentship competition, please contact PGR-SupportSAM@salford.ac.uk  in the first instance.


Arts and Media PGR Studentships 2019-20

Arts and Media PGR Studentships 2019-20

The School of Arts and Media at the University of Salford solicits expressions of interest in Pathway to Excellence PGR studentships for commencement in September 2019. The award constitutes a fee waiver, plus an annual stipend of £14,777 per annum. Candidates are encouraged to declare their interest in applying for one of these studentships, before making a formal application – please see the timeline below for further details.

Research in the School of Arts and Media

Research within the School of Arts & Media focuses on real-world issues underpinned by an interdisciplinary ethos, with key intellectual synergies between researchers developed within its Research Groups. The School has a vibrant PGR community with over 80 students currently working towards their PhDs and also hosts a wide range of research conferences, seminar series and other research events for PGR students to be involved in. Previous PTE students have submitted articles for publication, contributed chapters to edited books and organised academic conferences leading to academic publications. The School is a dynamic and responsive research environment, which brings together academics working in and across the arts, media, creative and cultural industries, history and politics. The work of its members is characterised by a cross-disciplinary curiosity and energy.

Research topics/themes:

This year we welcome applications in or related to the following areas:

Eligibility:

Only UK/EU candidates are eligible to apply. Candidates should have a first or upper second class honours degree and Masters degree completed or in process.

Contacts:

PGR Coordinator: Leslie McMurtry: l.g.mcmurtry@salford.ac.uk

Arts & Media Research Support: PGR-SupportSAM@salford.ac.uk

Research Group Leads:

  • Art & Design: Andrew Wootton: A.Wootton@salford.ac.uk
  • Performance & Dance: Dr Sheila McCormick: S.McCormick@salford.ac.uk
  • Culture, Communication & Media: Professor Seamus Simpson: S.Simpson@salford.ac.uk
  • Music: Dr Alan Williams: A.Williams@salford.ac.uk
  • English & Creative Writing: Dr Scott Thurston: S.Thurston@salford.ac.uk
  • Politics & Contemporary History: Professor Alaric Searle: D.A.Searle@salford.ac.uk

Timeline

  • Please forward expressions of interest for the studentships to both the PGR Coordinator, Dr Leslie McMurtry and the SAM Research Support email address above, copying in the relevant research group lead, by Friday 22nd February
  • Discuss your application with your research group lead, including the development of your proposal and a proposed supervisory team
  • Submit a formal application through the online application portal by Friday 29th March. Please note that this must include a research proposal and an indication of the supervisory team (first and co-supervisor) that has been agreed in conversation with the research group lead
  • Shortlisting will take place between 1st and 5th April, with interviews between 29th April and 3rd May
  • The School meeting to determine the studentships will take place the week beginning 6th May  and successful candidates will be notified by 13th May