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Winners of PGR funding pot announced

1 February 2018

Six applications from postgraduate research students will receive funding from the PGR Ventures Fund this year.

The PGR Ventures Fund supports events, workshops and initiatives that can deliver transferable skills, training or resources which benefit Bristol's PGRs and the wider University.

The six winning projects will each receive up to £500 in funding and have until July 2018 to put their winning ideas into action. In addition to those that were successfully awarded funding, five projects will receive support for further developing their ideas.

Successful entries faced stiff competition, with 26 applications for funding received. Each entry had to make a case for how their idea would benefit their fellow postgraduate research students.

The Fund was established by the Bristol Doctoral College in 2016 to encourage grassroots innovation, creativity and leadership among the University of Bristol's postgraduate researcher community.

Dr Anja Dalton, PG Researcher Development Officer in the Bristol Doctoral College and who coordinates the PGR Ventures Fund, says ‘I’m delighted that we received such high quality applications for funding and have been able to support so many innovative ideas from our postgraduate researchers. I’m excited to see the winning projects get off the ground over the next few months.'

The line-up of the six winners includes Taylor Aucoin & Owain Nash, postgraduate researchers in the Faculty of Arts, who are organising two public engagement events exploring the history of Pancake Day. As part of their project, called Merry Shrovetide, PGRs researching the themes of celebration, festivities, rituals, customs and food will exhibit their research to the public at a free event held at Bristol Central Library on 13th February from 12-3pm.

Also funded is a new project called Seven by Seven, a presentation series where seven PGR students are given seven minutes to present an overview of their research and its importance using seven slides — and all before 7pm. The series will offer a unique opportunity for PGRs from different  faculties to present their work to each other. The innovative idea was submitted by Sam Brooks, a Mechanical Engineering PhD student, who plans to work on the venture with colleagues from across the University to make it a success, including the Bristol SU PG Network, Bristol University Research Society, Public Engagement, and with support from the Bristol Doctoral College.  

Taylor Aucoin, one of the PGRs who has been awarded funding to get his idea up and running, says 'These days it's essential for researchers to share their work and its benefits to the wider world outside of academia, but there isn't always funding available to help postgraduate researchers get their smaller public-facing projects off the ground. Winning support from the PGR Ventures Fund has enabled my postgraduate colleagues and I to do just that.’

Further information

The full list of the 2017/18 winners and amounts awarded is available on our PGR Ventures Fund page. In addition, the Fund supported PGRs involved in organising the International Nanoscience Student Conference (INASCON) earlier in the year.

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