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December 2016

Update on Internationalisation

(16 December 2016)

Recent visits and activity           

  • UK-China Humanities Association 

I have recently returned from China, where I met with a number of UK and Chinese universities and we discussed the founding of a new UK-China Humanities Association, hosted by Tsinghua University. This association would bring together various UK and Chinese institutions to look at scope for collaboration around research and PGR opportunities, and represents an excellent opportunity to consolidate our links with China. 

  • Harvard University 

Following the recent devolution of the central government’s health budget to Greater Manchester, three senior representatives of Harvard University, alongside Dr Gerald Chan, a Boston-based entrepreneur and innovator, visited in October to learn more about the process and its implications for the city. The delegation met with the President, Dame Nancy Rothwell, and Professor Colette Fagan, Deputy Dean and Vice-Dean for Research, alongside other senior representatives of the Faculty of Humanities and Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health. The visit went very well, and there will be a continued focus on working with Harvard around the subject of devolution. 

 

Funding opportunities 

  • Newton Fund 

Led by the UK Government, the Newton Fund is an inter-disciplinary funding initiative set out to support development in key countries around the world (including China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Colombia, Kenya and South Africa). Although the focus is on STEM research, many of its themes focus on societal impact and change. 

Current success for the faculty includes Professor Cecilia Wong from the School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED), leading on a project on Eco-Urbanisation to promote sustainable development in metropolitan-regional planning in China, and Professor Ruth Lupton (also SEED) leading on a project on new private sector entrepreneurialism and competition in Chile. 

Calls are regularly updated and can be seen via the current opportunities page on the Newton Fund website

  • Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) 

The GCRF is a £1.5 billion fund steered by the UK government, with the aim of supporting cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. 

AHRC has issued aGCRF Area-Focused Network Plus Call. £8m is available to support up to five awards for up to four years in duration. Funding will support multidisciplinary, internationally collaborative programmes of activity rooted in the arts and humanities that take a place-based approach to addressing global development challenges. More details of this and other calls available can be seen by going to the GCRF website.