We regularly update this POSTGRADUATES page – so if you have completed your RD1 progression stage we would like you to submit your personal research profile. Current PGRs who have already progressed through RD1 and/or RD2 stages who have not yet uploaded a profile are urged to action this as a priority.
This section of news.harts.online aims to:
- enable you to find colleagues perhaps based in a different department but with whom you may share common interests;
- demonstrate the richness of the research that we do to the outside world and prospective applicants and employers.
Submission is via a password protected online form. Contact Lewis Sykes, HARTS Online Co-ordinator – L.Sykes@mmu.ac.uk – via email or use the online form on the ‘CONTACT’ page and he’ll forward the link and password.
Requested details include:
- Title of Research
- Abstract (max 500 words)
- Excerpt (a single summarising paragraph drawn from the abstract)
- Research Keywords
- Project/practice URLs and relevant Web links
- A personal photo and/or image relevant to your research (800px wide, 72dpi, ideally portrait format)
Additional details – requested mainly for admin use though some of this information may also feature in the profile – includes a contact email; information on the type of research (e.g. PhD, MA by Research); and date started etc.
We’d particularly like you to consider your chosen ‘Research Keywords’ carefully following the ‘Selecting Research Keywords’ guidelines below. The more keywords are shared, the greater the overlap between individual research projects will become evident.
If you have any issues with what to write then contact your DoS or Myna Trustram, Research Associate – M.Trustram@mmu.ac.uk.
If you have any questions about the process or experience technical issues with the online submission form then contact Lewis as above. Likewise if you haven’t yet supplied a photo, external links or keywords or if you’d like to amend an existing profile.
Submitted details won’t go live immediately. Lewis will create a profile for you within a few days of upload and then advise you once its live – please check you’re happy with the content as displayed.
Selecting appropriate research keywords helps you to connect to other researchers who share your interests. So its important to select terms that are not only used by other postgraduates in the Postgraduate Arts & Humanities Centre but also by the wider academic community.
The research keywords list below, created organically by current and recently conferred postgraduates, initially had far too many singular descriptors duplicating wider research areas and has recently been rationalised using the following guidelines:
- nouns preferred – e.g. ‘symbol/symbolism’ not ‘symbolic’;
- avoid single parts of a binarism – e.g. ‘depth/flatness’ not just ‘depth’ or ‘flatness’;
- avoid compound words unless they’re well established – e.g. ‘urban planning’ is acceptable but ‘urban change’ would be better listed as the two separate keywords ‘urbanism’ and ‘change/transformation’;
- use full names for people e.g. ‘Orson Welles’ not just ‘Welles’;
- dates preferred – e.g. ’19th Century’ – over eras – e.g. ‘Victorian’;
- include a second broad keyword alongside specific terms – e.g. ‘history’ with ’20th Century’, ‘event’ with ‘Arab-Spring’, ‘material/materiality’ with ‘wool’, ‘place’ with ‘Cheetham Hill’. These broad keywords are the more commonly shared (and therefore larger) keywords in the list;
- if a concept/idea isn’t touched upon in your abstract then it isn’t a suitable keyword.
We advise postgraduates to select a maximum of ten and ideally only six keywords – min half from the existing list and the rest personally selected terms that you consider best describe your research.
We also suggest you refer to the existing AHRC disciplines which can be found in section 7.3.2 (p. 102) of their Research Funding Guide.