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Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Research Funding and Strategic Initiatives
 

AHSS Research Strategy Clinics for researchers in the arts, humanities and social sciences

Discussion of and information about strategic research issues core in arts, humanities and social sciences. Open to all staff. 

The Research Strategy Clinic series aims to widen communications and discussions about strategic research issues across the arts, humanities and social sciences at Cambridge. A joint initiative of the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences’ Research Strategy Group and the School of Arts and Humanities’ Research Strategy Working Group, key discussions will feed back into these groups.

All sessions aim to focus on issues, opportunities and examples specific to arts, humanities and/or social science researchers.

For any enquiries, please email the AHSS Research Strategy team

 

PAST CLINICS

Understanding Research Financials in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences 

Tuesday 7 May 2024, 1-1.50pm 

(Recording forthcoming)

This Research Strategy Clinic focuses on key issues around research finances to help clarify the core principles and processes followed by the University, and Higher Education sector more widely, and how these affect researchers in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Introduced by the Head of the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences, the speakers will consider key points around managing overhead recovery from research grants, budgeting for teaching replacement, the TRAC method and full economic costing, and understanding how Quality-related Research Funding (QR) translates into budgets. We will also consider how the move to EFT (Enhanced Financial Transparency) may impact these elements. The Clinic aims to provide a high-level overview of these areas and will include plenty of time for Q & A. All welcome. 

Speakers: 

  • Prof Tim Harper (Head of SHSS) 
  • Dr Daniel Wunderlich (Assistant Director, Research Office) 
  • Bev Housden (SHSS Finance Business Partner) 
  • Ben Perks (SAH Finance Business Partner) 
  • Dr Andrea Salter (AHSS Research Strategy Manager) 

 

Deep Dive into Research Culture in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Monday 12 February 2024

Research culture is an increasingly important agenda, particularly given the recent inclusion of people, culture and environment as 25% of REF 2029 . The University of Cambridge is setting institutional priorities for our work in this area. This is an opportunity to hear about the work that has been done so far, to help shape our emerging research culture priorities, and also to reflect on how individual researchers and departments across the arts, humanities and social sciences can start to think about how to drive change in their own spaces.  
 
Speakers:
  • Liz Simmonds (Head of Research Culture)
  • Dr Joshua Fitzgerald (ECR Assembly Rep for the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Dr Georgina Wilson (ECR Assembly Rep for the School of Arts and Humanities)
  • Dr Dacia Viejo-Rose and Prof Mette Eilstrup-Sangiovanni, Academic Project Directors for Research, SHSS.
  • with Dr Andrea Salter (AHSS Research Assessment and Strategy Manager)
 

International Engagement and Global Mobility

Monday 30 October 2023

View the presentation slides.

Are you interested in finding out how the University supports international engagement and global mobility for researchers? Are you aware of the latest guidance on travel and requirements for risk assessment? Do you have questions about the University’s new International Working Policy? Are there topics specific to arts, humanities and/or social science research you would like to raise?  

This webinar looked at the University’s launch of the new International Engagement Hub, which brings together the University’s guidance, tools and materials staff will need to engage with international partners and conduct overseas research into one place, in line with University’s International Working Policy, which took effect from 1 October 2023.

Speakers:

  • Tammy Au (Head of International Support Service)
  • Gillian Weale (Safety Office)
  • Maria Buckman (Global Mobility Advisor)
  • Ella McPherson (Deputy Head of SHSS, member of the Study Away Risk Assessment Committee)
  • Elizabeth Penner (AHSS School Research Facilitator – International)
  • with Andrea Salter (AHSS Research Assessment and Strategy Manager)

Over the next few months further useful tools and guidance will be added to the Hub to help researchers in the arts, humanities an social sciences navigate through international activity, including:

Find out about support available across the arts, humanities and social sciences for preparing research grant applications, and about the workings of the University’s Study Away Risk Assessment Committee (SARAC). 

Strategic Partnerships with Institutions and Businesses 

Monday 6 November 2023

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Are you interested in finding out about strategic partnerships with institutions and businesses supported through the University’s Strategic Partnerships Office? Would you like to know more about how to engage with these collaborations in furthering your own research projects, and the support available at the University to help with this? Do you want to hear examples of where researcher specifically in the arts, humanities and/or social sciences have developed successful business partnerships and explore the potential commercialisation of research products or methodologies with support from Cambridge Enterprise?  

This webinar looked at the University’s strategic partnerships for researchers in the arts, humanities and social sciences.  

Speakers:

  • Karen Kennedy (Director of the Strategic Partnership Office);
  • Catherine Hasted (Head of Business Partnerships);
  • Renata Schaeffer (Head of Public International Partnerships);
  • Tammy Au (Head of International Support Services);
  • Emma Salgard Cunha (Commercialisation Manager for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Cambridge Enterprise)
  • with Andrea Salter (AHSS Research Assessment and Strategy Manager)