From Feb 19th, I will be taking some time out from my PhD to undertake a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship. For the next eight months, I will be on secondment with the MakeEY project as a representative of The University of Sheffield. More detailed information about ‘Makerspaces in the early years’ is now available on the project’s website.
Following a busy start to 2016, 2015 now seems like another lifetime. However, having been asked to write a reflection on my travels for my grant awarders at the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre has jogged a lot of happy memories of my time ‘Down Under’.
My trip to Australia came at exactly the right time in my PhD journey. I had been extremely busy with data collection and teaching. I actually spent the day before my flight with one of my wonderful research families, rather than packing my oversized suitcase (a constant companion on my trip and affectionately nicknamed ‘Big Yella’).
I was delighted that my ESRC-funded trip to Oz afforded me the opportunity to attend the very first Early Start Conference at The University of Wollongong‘s new $44M Early Start research, teaching and community engagement facility. The conference’s friendly, mixed delegate population of academics, practitioners and students certainly seemd to reflect the centre’s aspiration to engage and influence at a broader level.
The biannual European Literacy Association Conference was held this year in picturesque Klagenfurt, Austria at the Alpen-Adria Universität. Formerly the European Conference on Reading, the conference’s new name and this year’s conference theme (“Literacy in the New Landscape of Communication: Research, Education and the Everyday”) reflect a commitment to embracing research reflecting a fuller range of traditional and ‘new’ literacies. Continue reading “19th European Conference on Literacy 2015”
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in the UK offers a fantastic opportunity to PhD students who receive funding from them. During the course of an their studies, students can apply for funding to go on an Overseas Institutional Visit (OIV) to another organisation – anywhere in the world – for up to three months.
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