Seoul in September is a city in transition from the baking heat and humidity of high summer to something crisper and altogether more comfortable for a northern European like me. Over the 10 days I have been in South Korea, I have seen - and felt - this transition take place as more autumnal weather arrives in town. Tomorrow I shall be coming back home to Bath.
Overlooking Seoul, South Korea
My trip to Seoul was made possible by an award of £4,000 from the University of Bath’s International Research Accelerator Scheme to visit colleagues at Yonsei University, as part of a planned research project with the provisional title Discounting our future: towards an understanding of how we model pure time preference and how this impacts upon environmental policy making. Once again, I would like to thank the University and colleagues who took the time to look at my proposal and give me this opportunity to deepen research links with colleagues at Yonsei.
Hans Schattle, who is a Professor of Political Science at Yonsei and also visited Bath last year as part of our Global Mobility Scheme, is hosting me on my visit. I first met Professor Schattle when I visited Yonsei as part of a University of Bath delegation in June 2013. We have kept in touch, through a PoLIS delegation I led to Yonsei in October 2013 and at the official University of Bath reception hosted in Seoul in October 2014 by our Vice Chancellor and Chancellor. Yonsei University is one of Bath’s key strategic partners and my working relationship with Professor Schattle is further evidence of our International Strategy starting to generate stable and productive research collaboration around the world.
While I was in Seoul, I also hosted a reception for a group of Bath alumni in the buzzy downtown district of Gangnam (made familiar to many outside South Korea through the K-pop star PSY’s worldwide hit ‘Gangnam Style'). We had a really excellent turnout, with one alumnus travelling over three and half hours from elsewhere in South Korea to attend the event. Bath alumni also took the opportunity to wish the University of Bath a Happy 50th Anniversary. I would like to thank Cassie Long for her organisation at the University of Bath and to our local alumni volunteer Youseok Cho, who was responsible for the logistics in Gangnam.
Meeting Bath alumni at the Reception
Finally, whilst at Yonsei, I gave a public lecture on what still appears to be the number one topic worldwide at present: Brexit. Over 50 students, Bath alumni, and other stakeholders attended the lecture and the question and answer session was a pleasure: Yonsei students are sharp, well informed, and engaged. Just like our own students, in fact, whom I look forward to teaching again in just over a week’s time.
Professor Charlie Lees at the public lecture in Seoul
Charlie Lees is the Professor of Politics at the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies.
International Research Accelerator Scheme
The deadline for the extraordinary call for the International Research Accelerator Scheme is fast approaching - Wednesday 25 May!
The ‘International Research Accelerator Scheme’ supports larger scale research activity with University Strategic Partners, such as the organisation of interdisciplinary and multi-partner workshops or symposia. Successful applications will be expected to lead to a number of concrete, high-quality research outputs, including external funding bids and joint publications.
Visit the Bath International Research Funding Schemes pages for further information.
Don't forget that applications should be submitted to the Head of Department for comments two weeks before the submission deadline and then to your Dean for comments one week before the submission deadline.
In this year’s first FAPESP-Bath funding call we have funded one project.
- Dr Davide Mattia (Chemical Engineering) will be collaborating with colleagues from the University of Sao Paulo on tailoring oxide based nanoparticles for the mineral nutrition of plants.
Second call now open
We are now inviting bids for the next call of FAPESP - Bath funding to support projects in all fields of knowledge that involve the exchange of researchers. The invitation is open to researchers affiliated to either the University of Bath or higher education and research institutions in the state of São Paulo who are Principal Investigators of ongoing research projects funded by FAPESP.
Want to find a potential collaborator with an ongoing FAPESP research project? Why not use the FAPESP search engine.
Visit the FAPESP-Bath website for further information and application guidance. Deadline: Monday 25 July 2016
International Research Accelerator Scheme – extraordinary funding call now open
Deadline: 5pm, Wednesday 25 May 2016
We are delighted to announce an extraordinary call for applications to the University’s 2015-16 International Research Funding Schemes. The ‘International Research Accelerator Scheme’ supports larger scale research activity, such as the organisation of interdisciplinary and multi-partner workshops or symposia. Successful applications will be expected to lead to a number of concrete, high quality research outputs, including external funding bids and joint publications.
The call is open to all disciplines in the faculties and the school.
A total of up to eight awards of a maximum of £15,000 each will open for applications until 5pm Wednesday 25 May 2016.
Details of our Strategic Partners can be found on the website.
Professor Colin Grant, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Internationalisation)
Professor Jonathan Knight, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Eligibility: Academic staff in Education and Research job family (and Research Officers)
Key assessment criteria: A clearly articulated plan for the step change in scholarly activity with concrete outputs detailing:
- academic rigour
- clear articulation of the sustainable development of the relationship
- leveraging critical mass at Department/ Faculty or Institutional level
- plans for creating impact that enhances our institutional reputation
- preparation and delivery of joint bids and publications in excellent, high-citation outlets
- planning and organisation of larger-scale research activities (workshops, symposia, conferences)
- commitments to leveraging or attracting clearly identified external funding at an appropriate scale
- commitments to interdisciplinary and/or multipartner research activities
- value for money
- strategic fit with University's International Strategy
Application forms and assessment criteria are available.
Alternatively, please visit the International Relations Office wiki pages where you will also be able to find details of other internal and external international funding sources.
For further information, please contact Katja Nieminen, International Partnerships Manager.
We have recently created the International Relations Office wiki pages for everything related to the International Strategy. We are using the wiki to share information with staff whilst our International Relations Office website is being developed. Here you can find more details of the three strands of IRO: International Partnerships, International Mobility and International Student Recruitment.
- international funding schemes (Bath International Research Funding Schemes, FAPESP and the Newton Fund)
- international strategic partners
- international strategic partner coordination groups
- international visits
- student exchange and summer school opportunities
- setting-up and renewing international exchanges
- exchange coordinator forums
- the Erasmus+ Programme
- funding to support studying overseas
International Student Recruitment
- admissions information
- market information
- summary market plans
- visit reports
- country manager information
The page also includes guidance on travelling overseas on University business. Here you can find travel information, country-specific travel advice and useful links to travel and visa services.
I am very delighted to write the first post.
First of all, here are some recent developments the University has achieved internationally. We’ll be discussing some of them in the future posts.
- The University’s new International Strategy was adopted by Council on the 26th February 2015. If you want to meet in person and discuss aspects of the Strategy, please get in touch with me.
- The new IRO section introduces who we are and what we do. Further developments to the University website will soon be underway to create and update content to reflect our new international direction.
- We have created a new IRO wiki. This self-help source can help you find information about our recruitment, mobility and partnerships activities, including advice on international travel and guidelines on hosting visitors to detailed briefings on our Strategic Partners.
- I am very delighted to announce we have received a Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards nomination for Outstanding International Strategy.
We’ve also recently hosted a number of high-profile events.
- Professor Colin Grant, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Internationalisation) greeted TUM’s Senior Vice President Professor Hana Milanov to build closer ties between the two universities to explore future collaborations.
- The Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor hosted an alumni event in New York and were joined by Bath alumni and friends from across the United States.
- We celebrated the Year of Mexico in the UK and the UK in Mexico by visiting our partners in Mexico and hosting a Mexico Day on campus. It highlighted our strong engagement with Mexico in research, student exchange and recruitment.
- The Dean of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) led a major delegation to Brazil to discuss research and funding opportunities with our Strategic Partners.
We plan to post regularly about specific initiatives and activities taking place on campus and overseas by members of the IRO. So, please stay tuned.