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RGS Urban Geography Research Group Grant of £250

The Urban Geography Research Group is pleased to announce that we have funds available to offer a grant of £250 to support PhD students in the field of Urban Geography. The fund can be used to support conference travel, supplement fieldwork or host an event, but must be related to your own PhD work.

To apply, please complete and submit an electronic copy of the form available on our website– to Regan Koch by 30th November. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of the UGRG committee and decisions made by 19th December.

RGS Urban Geography Research Group:

Job Opportunities: two roles in the Research and Higher Education team at the Royal Geographical Society London

Professional Officer: Conference and Research Groups (maternity cover)

We are seeking a full-time, temporary (maternity cover) Professional Officer to organise the Society’s annual international conference, to support the Society’s 28 research groups, and to work with the Head of Research and Higher Education to disseminate information on the Society and geography to the geographical academic/research community.

The job will be salaried between £24,000 and £25,500 according to experience and qualifications. The appointment is expected to last until at least 30 November 2015 or until the existing post holder returns.

View the full job description (PDF)

To apply, email Dr Catherine Souch ( with a copy of your CV and covering letter explaining your suitability for the post and how you fulfil the selection criteria.

The closing date for applications is noon on Monday 1 December 2014. Interviews are planned to take place the week of 8 December. We regret that we can only notify shortlisted candidates.


Academic Conference Assistant – 0.4 FTE: Fixed-term

We are seeking a part-time (0.4 FTE; 16 hours/week) conference assistant to support the organisation of the Society’s annual international conference for 2015.

The conference event attracts 1500-2000 delegates each year; next year it will be held at the University of Exeter in early September 2015 ( The position is London based, and is fixed term, from 12 January 2015 to 30 September 2015. Pay is £9.50/hour.

View the full job description (PDF)

To apply, email Dr Catherine Souch ( with a copy of your CV and covering letter explaining your suitability for the post and how you fulfil the selection criteria.

The closing date for applications is noon on Monday 1 December 2014. Interviews are planned to take place the week of 8 December. We regret that we can only notify shortlisted candidates.

New generation thinkers scheme: search for intellectual broadcaster in arts and humanities (led by AHRC & BBC Radio3)

The Arts & Humanities Research Council, BBC Radio 3, and BBC Arts have launched a nationwide search to find the UK’s next intellectual broadcasters in the arts and humanities.
From lively intellectual debates on air, explorations of ancient civilisations, and nationwide commemorations of World War One, academic research has never been so visible in the media. The New Generation Thinkers scheme is seeking innovative programme ideas, talent, and expertise from early career researchers who are passionate about communicating their research across the airwaves.
The scheme, led by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) with BBC Radio 3, will invite up to sixty early career researchers to BBC-run workshops to develop their programme ideas alongside experienced BBC producers. From these sixty, the ten resident New Generation Thinkers for 2015 will be selected, and will go on to develop their ideas for BBC Radio 3 in a year-long partnership.
The scheme is partnered with BBC Arts to provide opportunities for the New Generation Thinkers to develop their ideas for television and have the opportunity to make a short taster film of their idea to be shown on the BBC arts website –
Past New Generation Thinkers have appeared on radio, on television, in print, and at cultural festivals. This is the fifth year the scheme has been run.
Matthew Dodd, Head of Speech programming at BBC Radio 3, said:
“BBC Radio 3 is delighted to be working with the AHRC again. As part of BBC Arts commitment to cultural programming, we’re looking for scholars at the start of their career who have a real passion to reach out to a non-academic audience, and who have research that they believe would make great broadcasts. There are many different ways to make a good programme, and that’s why each year BBC Radio 3 is genuinely interested in meeting academics who think they’ve got an idea that will transfer to radio. We’ve been very impressed with the New Generation Thinkers we’ve worked with in previous years. I heartily encourage researchers to apply, and look forward to reading the applications”
Professor Rick Rylance, CEO of the AHRC, said:
“The New Generation Thinkers scheme is a unique opportunity for talented early career researchers to disseminate their research and bring their ideas into the public arena. There is so much exciting research that deserves a broad audience, and so many members of the public who are interested in it. This scheme connects the two.”
A Twitter chat for potential applicants and anyone interested in the scheme will be held on #ngt2015 at 2pm on Wednesday 26th November.
BBC Radio 3 have also been featuring the 2014 New Generation Thinkers in The Free Thinking Essay series. Find out more and listen to these broadcasts now (opens in new window). 
For further information, contact Alex Pryce (AHRC),, 01793 41 6025.

How to develop your independent profile in and outside academia?

How to develop your independent profile in and outside academia? #vitaehangout

FREE Virtual Q&A, 27 November (2pm-3pm) UK Time

For research staff (postdoctoral researchers, fixed-term contract researchers)

As a follow-up to the Research Staff Conference, Vitae will be hosting a Google Hangout for postdoctoral researchers dedicated to self-promotion, pitching your ideas, networking and developing your independent profile inside or outside academia.

Our moderator will be joined by career experts, successful academics, employers and researchers who have mastered the art of self-promotion to discuss how to succeed and take advantage of profile-raising opportunities, specifically as a postdoctoral researcher.

This event is for all researchers and there is no limit on the number of participants, so please spread the word, and offer your own advice on #vitaehangout on Twitter.

To attend – respond ‘yes’ to our event page: and post your question on the Q&A application on the video

Registration open for Geological Society Conference Sharing Educational Practice in Geoscience

Registration is now open for the 2015 Geological Society HEN Annual Meeting.

Full details and links to online registration can be found on the conference webpage:

Participation is encouraged from all Geography, Earth and Environmental Science disciplines who are involved in geoscience in its broadest context.

RGS Grant closing dates coming up

RGS-IBG Grants:

Postgraduate Grants (closing date for all applications 23 November)

  • The Hong Kong Research Grant – for PhD students undertaking geographical fieldwork in the Greater China Region. A £2,500 award supported through the Society’s Hong Kong branch.
  • RGS-IBG Postgraduate Research Award – for PhD students undertaking fieldwork/data collection. Six awards of £2,000 each are offered to help individual students establish themselves in their particular field.
  • Geographical Club Award – two grants of £1,000 to support Masters/PhD students undertaking geographical fieldwork or data collection anywhere in the world (in association with The Geographical Club).

Research Grants (closing dates towards end of November)

·         The Ralph Brown Expedition Award – a single annual award of £12,500 offered to the leader of an expedition working in an aquatic environment. Applicants must be Fellows or members of the Society. Deadline 23 November.

·         The Thesiger-Oman International Fellowship offers an annual award of £8,000 for geographical research in the physical or human dimensions of arid and semi-arid environments. Deadline 23 November.

·         The Field Centre Grant is an annual award of £5,000 to support field research at international field centres, preferably in some of the world’s poorest countries. Deadline 30 November.



Interested in teaching and learning in Geography?

THE GEES network LinkedIn page: Information and discussion about teaching and learning in Geography, Earth, and Environmental Science


Are you interested in keeping in touch with what events are going on to support teaching and learning in Geography? Discipline-based information can be accessed through THE GEES network LinkedIn page. The LinkedIn group has been set up and is managed by academics. It is a great way to receive information and to also take part in (or lurk on) teaching-focused discussions.


In July 2012 a group of GEES academics interested in education got together to discuss how we could support each other in our professional and career development and THE (Teaching-focused in Higher Education) GEES network was established. We are a network which exists online (using LinkedIn) and through meetings. We met most recently in Manchester where we had a writing retreat and a workshop that covered HEA accreditation, funding and publication of pedagogic research, mentoring, and career progression.


Teaching-focused is a term we take to mean people interested in teaching and pedagogic research, be they on permanent or temporary, teaching-dominant or more traditional academic contracts. Please do search us out on LinkedIn and join our discussions to share information about teaching relevant activities.


How to find us on LinkedIn:

LinkedIn is a professional networking site which it is free to join.

 Type ‘THE GEES network’ into the search box on LinkedIn (

Applications open for workshop: Documenting and preserving indigenous languages: principles, practices and tools – Bangkok

Applications are invited from UK-based early career researchers (currently enrolled PhD students or those who have recently completed a PhD) to participate in a workshop on “Documenting and preserving indigenous languages: principles, practices and tools” to be held in Bangkok, Thailand 8-14th March 2014. The workshop is funded by the British Council which will cover return airfares, local transport, visa fees, accommodation and meals during the workshop. Full details can be found at


This workshop, hosted by SOAS and Mahidol University, aims to bring together researchers and practitioners in language documentation and description, language policy/planning and mother tongue-based multilingual education to discuss the latest developments in their research, creating a new common ground for initiatives in language documentation, revitalisation and human development. SOAS and Mahidol are committed to interdisciplinary approaches to the documentation and revitalisation of languages in Asia and throughout the world. Topics to be covered in the workshop include the following:

— how researchers and resource developers can support communities to sustain their linguistic ecologies
— language revitalisation, personal/community identity and sustainable human development
— production of culturally and pedagogically appropriate linguistic and digital multimedia resources for language valorization, supporting learners and teachers
— techniques in digital data collection, management, dissemination and preservation
— preservation of traditional knowledge and indigenous paradigms of teaching/learning for mother tongue-based multilingual education
— ethnolinguistic identity, reconciliation and peace building

A fieldtrip to an ethnolinguistic minority community is planned.


Applications must be submitted on the downloadable form ( by email to 5pm on 7th November 2014.

Call for columnist: Migrants, refugees and science

SciDev.Net are currently seeking an expert blogger who can write authoritatively on about the area of migration; explaining how science feeds into and informs policy on this issue in the global south. are a website where bloggers report on the nexus between science and global development.

If this sounds up your street, then you can find information about the position at the link below.


Free Event: Connecting Epistemologies: Methods and Early Career Researchers in the Connected Communities Programmer

See below for information about an event on research careers, identities and methods that may be of interest to list subscribers- email to register. More information on the project is here We’re especially keen for project PIs, PhD supervisors or academics supervising post docs to attend.

Connecting Epistemologies: Methods and Early Career Researchers in the Connected Communities Programme FREE EVENT 28/10/2014 City University London

Early Career Researchers (ECRs) face a variety of issues in the changing world of contemporary academia. To mark the publication of the final report from the Connecting Epistemologies project (available to download here on 28th October 2014), City University London are hosting an event that engages with questions confronting ECRs.

Connecting Epistemologies worked with a variety of ECRs, from PhD students and postdocs to early career lecturers, over the course of the summer to capture their experiences on the Connected Communities programme. The project explored their identities as academics and their methods and practices.

The afternoon will explore the way ECRs within Connected Communities may represent a new form of academic with a new form of identity; how they negotiate issues of precariousness; the skills needed to work as an ECR; and broader questions of what is legitimate as research, as methods, and as knowledge.

The session consists of three papers: one from the project team; one from AHRC reporting on the recent reportSupport for researchers in the Arts and Humanities post-doctorate; and one from Connected Communities Leadership Fellow Professor Keri Facer and project Post-Doctoral researcher Bryony Enright.

The session will then have a discussion on the future of ECRs within higher education and the arts and humanities.

All are welcome! The event is free, but to make sure we have an idea of numbers, please book a place by emailing

Venue: Poynton Lecture theatre, City University London, Northampton Sq, EC1V 0HB

1.30pm welcome and coffee

2-3pm presentations

Keri Facer and Bryony Enright (Bristol) The shaping of a new generation? Early career researchers working at the interface between universities and communities

Connecting Epistemologies team: Understanding ECRs in Connected Communities

Sue Carver (AHRC) Support for researchers in the Arts And Humanities

3pm-4pm Q&A and discussion.