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Research Management Information

Research is managed by the Director of Research (DOR) in conjunction with the Head of Department (HOD) and the Research Committee (RC). The DOR develops the Department’s research strategy in conjunction with the HOD and RC and is responsible for its implementation and monitoring. The DOR assists colleagues with development of individual research plans, including grant applications, and advises on the formulation and management of collaborative projects. The DOR monitors the outcome of successful applications and maintains a record of grant income and research output. The DOR reports to the Research Committee, which has oversight of individuals’ research activity, grant applications and sabbatical leave, and to the Departmental Board. The DOR and RC also promote international exchange and collaboration with research users. The Director of Graduate Studies (DOG) and the Postgraduate Committee (PC) take the leading role in managing research students. The DOG ensures that all PhD supervisors maintain training records and log meetings with supervisees. These records are held by the DOG and reviewed annually. The PC supervises the award of studentships, monitors the performance of research students, and recommends transfer from MPhil to PhD status. The Postgraduate Committee is also responsible for determining and implementing research training.

From mid-2007 all research active staff entered Research Groups (RGs). Each Group is co-ordinated by a Convenor who collates, co-ordinates and mentors the research plans of individual members. The role of these RG Directors is to provide active and engaged research leadership. Each Convenor sits on the Departmental Research Committee and reports on activity to enable coherent management from a Departmental perspective. The internal aim of the each RG is to provide an intellectual home for researchers in which they can explore shared interests and develop individual and collaborative research projects. The groups specifically seek to identify opportunities for collaborative research projects and develop grant applications, typically led by senior members of staff. RGs meet termly and engage in a range of activities. They familiarise members with each others’ research interests and ongoing projects. This provides the basis for seeking out opportunities for collaborative research funding and each group is expected to foster at least one major grant application per year. RGs are also the place to give informal work-in-progress papers and to comment on new and important publications or research discoveries, as well as more informal research-related activities. A central function of the RG is to mentor early career researchers. Senior members of the groups assist younger researchers to develop research plans and to carry them through from the identification of a subject to publication. The Convenor of each group keeps a brief log of activities over the year and reports each term to the DOR and RC. This log includes brief statements on the research plans of individual members.

The groups have been divided as follows.

Culture, Politics, and Ideas

  • Evrim Binbas
  • Clive Burgess
  • Sandra Cavallo
  • Ch. Dendrinos
  • David Gwynn
  • Jonathan Harris
  • Peregrine Horden+
  • Jonathan Phillips
  • Nigel Saul
  • Anna Whitelock
  • Barbara Zipser

Social Identities Power, Gender

  • Sarah Ansari
  • Daniel Beer
  • Jane Hamlett
  • Helen Graham+
  • Vanessa Martin
  • Rudolf Muhs
  • Florian Schui
  • Graham Smith
  • Weipin Tsai
  • Zoe Waxman
  • Alex Windscheffel

Ideas, Belief and Society

  • Akil Awan
  • Humayun Ansari
  • Bruce Baker
  • David Cesarani
  • Greg Claeys
  • Markus Daechsel
  • Dan Haines
  • Zoë Laidlaw
  • Chi Kwan Mark
  • Francis Robinson
  • Dan Stone

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