SWDTC- South-West Research Cooperative(SWRC) Call for Applications

Call for applications – South-West Research Cooperative (SWRC) – Funding for Short-Term Collaborative Postgraduate Research

The SWRC is a student-led venture, funded by the ESRC that facilitates collaboration between postgraduate students and community groups in short-term research or an advisory capacity. The SWRC has previously funded a diverse array of projects, including collaborations with: Bristol Nightstop charity for the homeless, Rethink mental health charity, and Exeter Mosque. The exact nature of the project is to be decided by you, in collaboration with a contact at your chosen community group.

After a successful first year, the SWRC is again offering this opportunity. Funding is available to all postgraduate students at the Universities of Bath, Bristol and Exeter. The only criteria are:

  • That the collaboration is of a short-term nature, lasting no more than five days (although these can be spread out and do not have to be consecutive)
  • That the project conducted is with a partner organisation local to the South West
  • That the project has clear benefits to the local community

The funding enables students to be financially compensated for the time that they put into the project, at a rate of £75 per day. Therefore, a maximum of £375 may be applied for. To apply, please complete the short application form attached to this email and return it to us before the deadline.

The deadline for applications is Friday 10th February 2017.

Successful requests shall be informed of the outcome two weeks following the deadline. Please note that if you have previously applied you can reapply with a new proposal or an updated version of a previously unsuccessful proposal.

If you have any questions or if you would like to apply, please send us an email at this address: 

Highlight call for UoB registered students – Brigstow Institute

The SWRC has also secured a small pot of funding from the University of Bristol’s Brigstow Institute www.bristol.ac.uk/brigstow/ to offer Bristol-registered postgraduate students the opportunity to work in collaboration with a range of organisations across the city and beyond. The criteria are the same as those given above but should fit with Brigstow’s key values where the focus is on new ideas, experimentation and new ways of working within the theme of human experience and living well. Aimed particularly (but not exclusively) at those working across the social sciences, arts and humanities disciplines, projects should engage with one or more of Brigstow’s research themes:

  • living well with technology
  • living well with difference
  • living well with uncertainty
  • just plain old living well!

If you wish to apply please tick the box on the application form and explain how your application meets the criteria for this highlight call.

Call for members  

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a genuinely student-run scheme providing real impact with a light time commitment. The SWRC is run by postgraduate students across the three universities of Bath, Bristol and Exeter. If you’re interested in joining us to help run the SWRC, we are currently asking for expressions of interest – just send us an email with a few details such as your home institution, pathway, year of study etc. by the end of November. We will then be in contact to discuss details further.

All the best,  Thomas Sealy, Jack Nicholls, Lewis Coyne, Siobhan Mitchell, Ed Atkins, Joff Jones, and Caroline Hickman

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