[RESEARCH FUNDING] ESRC Festival of Social Science #ESRCFestival

Dr Bex Lewis and Sarah Penney have been awarded funding for the ESRC Festival of Social Science (November 2017) for the following event, drawing upon Bex's original PhD research into British Second World War propaganda posters, and Sarah's current PhD research on nostalgic marketing. Keep Calm and Stay Nostalgic: why wartime propaganda posters continue to be relevant today? To raise awareness with young school students about the importance of social sciences and how we as humans…

Lack of Tech Savvy for PhD Students?

Interesting story about use - or lack of - of social media, etc. in academic institutions: Few PhD students explore new technologies in their research or understand the range of information available to them, a report commissioned by the British Library and higher education technology body Jisc has found. Researchers of Tomorrow, published on 28 June, surveyed more than 17,000 PhD students over three years, following 60 in depth and looking in particular at those…

A grounding in gadgets (with @aleksk)

The British Library's new researcher-in-residence will use both her media and academic expertise, writes Hannah Fearn With an enviable career as a television presenter and popular technology pundit, entry into the academy seemed an unlikely path for Aleks Krotoski. But a year after completing a PhD at the University of Surrey, she has found the ideal post, which allows her to do work with "academic rigour" and to make the most of her ability to…

Scholars need to use more digital research tools

Libraries can aid academics with resource discovery by helping them to use cutting-edge technologies, says Richard Boulderstone The Garibaldi Panorama is one of the most striking treasures held by Brown University in the US. It was originally displayed to large, paying audiences in the 1860s, at the height of Giuseppe Garibaldi's international popularity: 4ft high and 273ft long and painted on both sides, it scrolls through depictions of the life and adventures of the great…