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Success: UEL awarded ESRC seminar series grant to address personality disorders

Dr David Jones from UEL’s School of Law and Social Sciences has been awarded £27K from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to run a seminar series that aims to encourage cross disciplinary work on issues surrounding the problems posed by Anti Social Personality Disorder.

The seminar series is designed to promote thought and provide new perspectives on the difficulties posed by people who have major problems in their lives and their relationships – who are sometimes given the diagnosis of ‘personality disorder’.  It will bring together perspectives from a range of academic disciplines along with professionals representing different aspects of the health and welfare services, and with service users who have had direct experience of living with these difficulties.

Dr Jones will lead the project with the cooperation of co-investigators from The University of Manchester and East London NHS Foundation Trust.

The seminars, along with subsequent publicity and publications, will raise the profile of psychosocial studies, a newly developing field which has just achieved recognition as a learned society by the Academy of Social Sciences. UEL is host to one of the major centres of psychosocial studies in the UK.

This research builds on a collaborative relationship with the Millfields Unit, part of East London Hospital Trust. This is a forensic unit that treats serious offenders who have the diagnosis of personality disorder and it hosts a Postgraduate Certificate called ‘Working Psychosocially with Personality Disorder’ run in collaboration with Psychosocial Studies at UEL.

Dr Jones said: “The social problems created by those whose behaviour falls under the category of ‘Antisocial Personality Disorder’ are considerable. Despite the fact that these kinds of difficulties have been receiving medical diagnoses for 200 hundred years, we are still struggling to understand the nature of the problem. This project is driven by the belief that there is currently too great a reliance on medical and psychological perspectives and that these problems need also to be understood in their social and cultural contexts.

“We are bringing together experts from a range of disciplines such as history, criminology, psychoanalysis, media studies, sociology along with practitioners in the field. This seminar series aims to have an impact on academic research and practice by building up interdisciplinary research capacity in this area.”

Dr Jones is currently writing a book for Routledge titled:  Disordered Personalities and Crime: A Psychosocial History of ‘Moral Insanity’. This is due to appear in 2014.

Success: Peter Morey and John Preston receive £50k uplifts on their ESRC grants

We are delighted to announce that both Peter Morey and John Preston have recently applied for and received £50k uplifts on their ESRC grants for the purpose of generating more impact.

Professor Morey’s funding is for his RCUK Global Uncertainties project on Muslims, Trust and Cultural Dialogue. This additional money will allow him to work with the internationally renowned academic and diplomat Professor Akbar S. Ahmed on a book and film entitled ‘Journey into Britain’. This will follow on from Professor Ahmed’s recent successful ‘Journey into America’ project and will take a similar shape: involving a team of researchers visiting Muslim groups and communities across the British Isles, examining their conditions, the issues that are important to them and considering how intercultural understanding operates and how it can be improved and dialogue facilitated. This focus, on the question of cross-community trust, is central to the Muslims, Trust and Cultural Dialogue project more broadly and ‘Journey into Britain’ will now take its place alongside the tranche of other events, academic and non-academic, through which these matters are explored.

Professor Preston’s uplift from the ESRC is for his RCUK Global Uncertainties leadership project on ‘Critical infrastructure protection and mass population response: a comparative approach’.  This funding will enable John to organise additional meetings with academics and researchers in Japan, Germany, US and New Zealand on top of the meetings organised in the UK.  It also allows funds to develop an interactive web resource and resources for schools in each of these countries.

AHRC update for prospective applicants for Grants or Fellowships

From 1 December 2012 the AHRC will be changing one of its requirements for Grant and Fellowship applications (Research Networking applications will remain unaffected).  This change relates to the way applicants provide information about the digital technologies or outputs associated with their proposals. This change will affect all applications including those without a digital element.

The AHRC s ICT strategic programme identified issues regarding the sustainability and accessibility of electronic outputs funded by the AHRC.  We have also had feedback from the AHRC s moderating panels regarding the assessments of technical aspects of proposals which has prompted a review of the way AHRC captures and assesses information about the digital aspects of projects.  This has included a review of the technical appendix with the aim of revising the requirements for the application form and updating the guidance for applicants.  The purpose of these changes is to provide clearer guidance as to when and how detailed technical information needs to be provided, thereby reducing the number of applications which require expert technical review.  For the more routine technical aspects of proposals, e.g. websites, these will be an integral part of the proposal which all reviewers will be expected to assess.

Applications submitted on or after 1st December 2012 will need to take account of the new guidance and application form requirements.

The key changes are that:

All proposals will be required to contain additional information in the Case for Support, under a new  Technical Summary  Heading. Note that the maximum length of the case for support has been increased to support this.

  •  Applicants who identify within the Technical Summary that their proposal has digital outputs or digital technologies that are essential to their planned research outcomes will be expected to submit a Technical Plan attachment.
  •  The Technical Summary should either provide an outline of the technical aspects of the project OR indicate why the project has no need to complete a Technical Plan
  •  The current technical appendix section of the Je-S form will be removed, as will the attachment type

Further guidance on the technical attachment and how to complete it are now available in the Application guidance section of the AHRC funding guide

RCUK: Changes to research grants administration

Changes to research grants administration

Changes to final reporting

In a move to reduce the amount of effort required of grant holders and peer reviewers, and building on the policy of consolidating outcomes reporting through online systems, the Councils have decided to scale back their requirements for final reporting on grants.

For Councils other than BBSRC and ESRC, most grants with an end date on or after 1st January 2013 will no longer require a final report. ESRC will for now be continuing with its end of award reporting process and BBSRC intends to phase out final reports over the coming months. Some grant schemes within the other Councils may also continue to require reports and in these cases a final report request will be issued in the normal way. But, in the majority of cases, a final report will not be required.

Grants ending before 1st January 2013 will continue to require a final report in the normal way, unless this requirement has previously been waived.

Changes to research grant terms and conditions

Some changes have been made to the core terms and conditions of Research Council grants, affecting grants announced from 1 October 2012. These are:

GC7 (Extensions) – grants may now be extended for up to 12 months, in total, as a result of maternity, paternity or adoption leave.

GC2 (Research Governance), under Misconduct and Conflicts of Interest – inclusion of a requirement that the Research Organisation has in place procedures for governing good research practice, and for investigating and reporting unacceptable research conduct, that meets the requirements set out in the 2012 Concordat to Support Research Integrity (as well as the RCUK Policy and Guidelines on Governance of Good Research Conduct).
Improvements to peer-review feedback

In a first step towards improving the transparency of the peer review process, the Councils are making changes to the Je-S system in November that will enable the decision provided to grant applicants on the outcome of their proposal to be made available, through Je-S, to research organisation administrative offices.

Funding for publication costs

Following the publication of a revised RCUK policy on open access to research outputs, and Councils’ decision to provide specific block funding for publication costs, Councils are to cease funding such costs in individual research grants. From now on, Research Councils will not include publication costs in grants with an announced start date on or after 1 April 2013 – which is when the block grant funding begins.

However, grants that have already been announced, or are in the process of being announced, will not be revised; nor will grants with an announced start date earlier than 1 April 2013.

AHRC draft strategy 2013-2018

The Human World: The Arts and Humanities in our Times.

With the AHRC’s current Strategic Plan (2007 – 2012) expiring at the end of the year, the AHRC is in the process of drafting its vision for the arts and humanities and the AHRC’s role in the funding landscape for a new Strategic Plan. The plan will chart the course for future funding of arts and humanities research over the next five years and the AHRC is keen to ensure that the arts and humanities community is able to feed in comments before the plan is launched in early 2013.

The draft Strategic Plan is available for comment until the week commencing 5th November. Comments received by the deadline will be considered by members of the AHRC’s Executive, Council and Advisory Board, during the revision and refinement stage in November 2012.

Click here to download a copy of the AHRC Draft Strategic Plan (pdf) 

Click here to go to the AHRC Draft Strategy Survey (surveymonkey)