25 February 2010The University of Bristol has won three bids to the WUN Central Research Development Fund, returning over £27,000 to the University of Bristol to develop collaborations with our WUN partners.
Each WUN partner was able to submit up to three bids to the Central Development Fund. The University of Bristol was the only partner to have three successful bids.
Led by Professor Susan Robertson, Graduate School of Education
Policies related to the reform of higher education systems, worldwide, are increasingly being driven by ambitions to facilitate and strengthen knowledge economies and societies. Two aspects of this broad development agenda are the emergence of supra-national regional-scale higher education visions, policies, programs (which generate distinctive mobility patterns), and new forms of experimental inter-regional relationship building.
This project examines the emergence of new forms of region building and inter-regional relations around the globe, as they are imagined and governed through innovative forms of higher education at the supra-national scale (cf. Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Latin America (ALBA), European Higher Education Area (EHEA), EU-Asia Higher Education Platform, Brisbane Communiqué initiative, Pan-African University, University of Central Asia).
Led by Professor Pamela King, Department of English.
The program will uncover the archives of the pioneering work of twentieth century theatrical directors, the earliest of whom defied the censors to produce medieval plays for the first time since they were discontinued following the Reformation.
The program will identify the location, range and extent of these archives, whether they are in public or private hands, and will create online collection-level descriptions of them. The program will be key in developing understandings of an important element of the contested history of cultural heritage in the Anglophone world, of theatrical censorship and its demise, and of the relationship between censorship and religious belief.
Led by Dr Mark Siddall, Department of Earth Sciences
The global distribution of future sea-level rise is likely to be complex but understanding the extent and distribution is fundamental to allow human adaptations. Local sea level records from the past can help ‘fingerprint’ which ice sheets contributed to individual episodes of sea-level rise in the past using isostatic models and help us understand the distribution of future sea-level rise. Archeological evidence from the late Holocene in Europe has helped generate datable markers of past local sea level to help understand local sea-level trends in the last several millennia. Equally changes in sea level in the past inform archeologists of the location of past coastal settlements (whether presently inundated or inland) and periods/pathways of early human migration.
Projecting future local sea-level rise is a key goal to facilitate human adaptation to climates change as well as understanding human adaptation in the past (hence furthering cultural understanding).