________________________________Research Institute for Social Sciences
11th November 2011
To: PGR Social Sciences Students and Supervisors
From: Carole Thornley, PGR Director for Social Sciences
Funding of Researcher Development and Transferable Skills Training
In the light of government changes to the way that Universities are funded for the training of
postgraduate research (PGR) students, the University has recently implemented a new funding
stream to support PGR students in their on-going career and transferable skills development. Each
Research Institute has been awarded their own dedicated and protected funding for this purpose.
Please feel free to make suggestions about Funding of Researcher Development and Transferable
Skills Training to the RI SS PGR Committee via your student representatives, or to submit individual
or group requests for funding using the RSF2 form (available on the RI website), noting that you
are applying for Funding of Researcher Development and Transferable Skills Training funds and
submit this to Sue Humphries email@example.com for Economics and
Management/Psychological Research/Social Policy or Yvonne Lomax firstname.lastname@example.org for Law,
Ethics and Society/SPIRE) at least one week before PGR Committee meetings. Examples might
include funding to attend a Vitae or other relevant external training course, the costs of invited
speakers (e.g. from business or industry), the design and running of a non-subject specific skills
training course or event, career or interview skills training, etc. Note that funding is only available
to postgraduate research students (PGR) and not to contract research staff.
Conference attendance cannot be funded by this route.
The budget for this stream of funding is an average of £200 per full-time student and RIs will aim
to get the best value for money from this resource. Individual Research Institute Postgraduate
Committees will advertise, allocate, manage and monitor the use of these funds in accordance
with their own practices and procedures.