Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q. How do you define ‘Heritage Research’?
A. Heritage Research is defined broadly to include arts and humanities subject areas such as museum and heritage studies, conservation science, architectural and building history, archaeology, digital heritage, collection care and arts & heritage management.

Q. I am not an AHRC-funded student; am I eligible to apply?
A. Yes

Q. I am a PhD student/ECR based at a University outside the North West of England. Am I eligible to apply?
A. You may apply for the ‘Research to Public’ training. The ‘Research to Profession’ and ‘Research to Business’ strands are open only to Research Students/ECRs based in Universities in the North West of England. The ‘Research to Public’ strand is open to students based in any UK University.

Q. I’m a 1st year PhD student. Am I eligible to apply?
A. Yes, but priority will be given to 2nd and 3rd year PhD students, who are more likely to be benefited by this training.

Q. Can I apply to more than one strand of training?
A. Yes. In this case, please indicate any links/cross-overs between the strands you’re applying for and the work you would like to undertake in the arts/cultural/heritage institution(s) of these strands.

Q. How many places are available per training strand?
A. Research to Public: ca20 places; Research to Profession: ca15 places; Research to Business: ca15 places.

Q. Do I need the approval of my supervisor(s) to participate in the training programme?
A. Yes. The training programme involves designing/participating in public engagement activities or placements that will require dedicating time and energy. Therefore, you will need to discuss this with your supervisor(s). Please see relevant field in the Expression of Interest.

Q. Will any travel and accommodation expenses of training participants be reimbursed?
A. The project has funding towards that and in most cases such expenses will be reimbursed in full.

Q. What other funding is available?
A. The Project will fund (partially or fully) a number of Research to Public proposals for public engagement events/activities etc towards development and materialisation (ca£400 per project). It will also pay participants taking a Research to Profession placement a fixed fee towards travel (or other) expenses.

Q. How will I communicate the progress of my training project (during the development of a public engagement project (Research to Public); or at a placement institution (Research to Profession); or working with an industrial mentor towards developing a business idea (Research to Business))?
A. Participating students/ECRs will keep reflective blogs on the process, challenges and outcomes of their training project. This documentation will benefit other students/ECRs as it will provide an account of personal journeys that others could learn from.

Q. Will the training programme outputs be available to anyone not participating directly in the training?
A. Yes. The project will produce training guides, video recordings of workshops and student reflective blogs that will be available to access and download free from this blog. Also, it is envisaged that the outcomes and lessons learnt of this project will feed into a sustainable training programme at the University of Manchester and University of Salford.

Q. When is the Expression of Interest deadline and who I should return the Expression of Interest form to?
A. The deadline for submitting an Expression of Interest is Friday 30th November 2012. Please email it to artsmethods@manchester.ac.uk.

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