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Event: Leverhulme Trust Visit – funding opportunities and making applications

Leverhulme-Trust1-300x168On Wednesday 25th September, the Assistant Director of the Leverhulme Trust will be visiting Staffordshire University to give a talk on funding opportunities and making applications.

Staffordshire University have extend a warm invitation to academic, research and project staff at neighbouring HEIs to attend what should be an interesting and informative afternoon. Colleagues involved in research at any level (including non-academic staff) are all welcome to attend.

The presentation will take place at the Stoke campus, within walking distance of the railway station. There will be opportunities for networking and Q&As after the talk.

Further details including timings will be confirmed in due course.

To register your interest in this free event, please contact

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Ideas for Leverhulme Programme Grant? – RKE facilitated workshop 8 May


The RKE team are running 2 workshops on the 8th May in order to bring together academics from across the University who may be considering ideas for the recent Leverhulme Programme Grant Call.
This Call is for large scale, collaborative applications made up of a linked programme of smaller projects of up to 5 years with a total available grant of between £500,000 and £1.75 million each (it is likely that 2 projects will be funded – one from each Theme area).
This year, Leverhulme have announced two areas of interest:
The Nature of Knots: Session to be held between 1pm-2pm, 8 May
This topic covers the nature of knots, which includes uncovering the unifying and organising ideas that underpin knottedness in nature, establishing mathematical methods for quantifying knottedness, measuring experimentally and developing techniques to control knottedness and identifying the scientific and technological consequences and implications of knottedness;
Innovation for Sustainable Living: Session to be held between 2.30pm – 3pm, 8 May
This topic covers innovation for sustainable living, which might involve disruptive science and engineering and their role in new energy, materials and transport, mathematics and statistics, public policy, economics and the complexities of trade-offs, psychology and determining the driers of behavior change, lessons from history and comparative social analysis.

Further information on the format of the events will be circulated once we’ve got an idea of numbers but the overall aim is to get people together so RKE can provide some info on this Call and to allow interested academics to talk about their work and see what mileage there is for collaboration inside or outside the University.
The meetings will take place on 8 May in the CATE Meeting Room, John Dalton East, 0.05. Please come along if you want to find out more about the Leverhulme Programme Grants and to discuss ideas for collaboration with colleagues from across MMU!
Anyone interested in attending should register their interest by emailing

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Leverhulme Major Research Fellowships – deadline 9 May


These awards enable well-established and distinguished researchers in the disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences to devote themselves to a single research project of outstanding originality and significance, capable of completion within two or three years. Candidates should state explicitly what the proposed outcomes of the award will be. Fellowships are particularly aimed at those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research. The award takes the form of providing a replacement staff member to cover the period of the Fellowship.

Value: The Fellowships fund the salary costs (normally starting at the most junior point of the lecturer scale at the institution concerned) of an individual to undertake the normal duties of the applicant for the duration of the Fellowship. A Major Research Fellow may be awarded research expenses up to an annual maximum of £5,000.

Duration: two or three years, to start at the beginning of the 2014/15 academic year.

Eligibility: Applicants should be able to demonstrate scholarship at the highest level, but they need not already be of professorial standing.