PGR Development Fund
The PGR Development Fund supports the organisation of events and workshops that deliver transferable skills, training or resources. Please note, the 2020-21 Spring Round of the PGR Development Fund has now closed.
Do you have an idea for a short-term event, workshop or initiative that could benefit Bristol PGRs or local communities/organisations?
We are encouraging applications to our PGR Development Fund that focus on online events/digital initiatives. As fund-supported activities can be held up until 14 December 2021, we can also consider proposals for face-to-face event. However, if you are proposing a face-to-face event, we would encourage you to also consider in your application how you might be able to run it as a digital event, should restrictions related to the pandemic come back into place. (Funds can be used, amongst other things, to cover the costs of equipment, materials, speaker fees, use of an online service/platform for a specific period etc.)
Each applicant can request an award of up to £500 towards any initiative that:
delivers transferable skills, training or resources to Bristol PGRs,or,
engages local communities.
Applications for the 2020-21 Spring Round of the PGR Development Fund have now closed. We hope to be able to open a new round in Autumn 2021.
Projects supported by the 2019-20 fund
Longitudinal Data Analysis workshop
A full-day online workshop on longitudinal data and research using statistical methods. This was open to all PGRs with a focus on social science research and the interpretation of results of published papers in this area. The workshop was recorded as a series of videos and these can be accessed by Bristol PGRs at this link.
Additive Manufacture Network (AMNET) Symposium 2020
This event brought together 40 researchers who work in the field of additive manufacturing across the Science and Engineering disciplines, from the University of Bristol and beyond. The symposium included 2 keynotes and 23 short presentations as well as a hands-on showcase of research called the Table of Curiosities. Representatives from the Natural History Museum and Gen3D also attended, broadening communication channels between academic institutions, Industry and outreach communities.
Projects supported by the 2018-19 fund
Thank you to everyone who applied for funding from the 2018-19 fund.
20 applications were received, with the following 7 projects successfully securing funding:
CQWG Workshop: Planning a conference from start to finish
Building on the success of the recent Critically Queer Conference, which pioneered an innovative conference design focusing on inclusiveness and accessibility, this one day workshop will share novel and considerate approaches to conference organisation.
Being BME in STEM
A half-day workshop focusing on the retainment of Black and Asian students within STEM subjects, exploring various ways STEM departments can improve the environment in which all students study.
Researchers not Robots: Effective and ethical interviewing for difficult topics
For many researchers, conducting qualitative interviews are a crucial part of their PhD. This half-day workshop explores how researchers can ethically manage difficult and emotive interviews with participants in an empathetic way, whilst maintaining their research integrity.
Bring your own data: Using NVivo to analyse interviews, pictures, and video
NVivo is an organisational tool that helps qualitative researchers organise large data sets and link the data to analyse themes. These monthly peer-led workshops enable users to apply NVivo techniques to their own data while receiving face-to-face support from colleagues who are more familiar with the programme. The monthly meet-ups will cover an introduction to the software, opportunities to apply coding techniques, and support for using NVivo on a variety of media.
Navigating the Landscape of Artificial Intelligence Research
This workshop brings together researchers working on the next generation of machine learning and intelligent autonomous systems to explore where their research interests intersect, and to discuss how these systems are pushing the threshold of human-like intelligence.
A fun, informal evening in which PGRs working in the social sciences will share their research in 20 slides over 5 minutes. This is a great opportunity to practice presentation skills in a fun and supportive environment, while finding out more about a range of research projects.
Watch a case study experience
Got a preliminary idea but not sure how to proceed? Click on this link to find out how to attend the online drop-in information session on 26 March 2021.