[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…

Fears for the Humanities in British Universities.

Interesting article in the Guardian this weekend - always lots to think about when we think about the purpose of the humanities and/or the way it is funded: Currently fixed in the crosshairs are the disciplines of the humanities – arts, languages and social sciences – which have suffered swingeing funding cuts and been ignored by a government bent on promoting the modish, revenue-generating Stem (science, technology, engineering, maths) subjects. The liberal education which seeks…

Crowdfund your own job?

Well, this is a fascinating idea: In what is thought to be a first for a UK university, Portsmouth will hire a scholar to research crowdfunding, the process of securing investment by appealing to the public for donations. But an initial two-year contract will be extended only if the fellow can personally raise cash towards the post’s salary costs. “Because of the nature of the successful applicant’s research, we’re hoping they can practise what they…

Innovating Pedagogy?

Interesting piece on where technology may possibly make changes to UK Higher Ed: While 2012 was dubbed the “year of the Mooc”, 2013 will be remembered as the “year of the crowd”, according to the co-author of a report on emerging technologies with the potential to disrupt higher education. The Open University report Innovating Pedagogy 2013 looks at six fledgling technological approaches that could revolutionise teaching, and also reviews the progress of four more established ideas including…
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