Group photo for the STFC Introductory Course in Astronomy for New Research Students, held at Queen’s University Belfast in August 2018. Ted of School of Mathematics and Physics, who welcomed the students and opened the Course, is at the front, near-centre of the photo.
(Credit: Alan Fitzsimmons)
STFC is inviting bids against its budget for short courses and summer schools to be held in 2021.
The STFC’s Education, Training and Careers Committee conducted a review of the summer schools in 2019 and recommended supporting the following fundamental schools:
The courses and schools listed above will be expected to submit a satisfactory bid should they wish to have support in 2021. All other proposed summer schools will be considered in competition for the remaining budget of approximately £143k and priority will be given to schools in areas not covered above and those schools that were cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19.
Courses or schools must be held in a core research activity supported by the STFC studentships programme (astronomy, solar and planetary science, particle astrophysics, cosmology, particle physics, accelerator science and nuclear physics) and must be aimed primarily at STFC-funded PhD students. Every student should have the opportunity to attend a STFC supported summer school. Courses of a specialist technical nature will not be supported.
All bids must be contained within three pages and provide the following information:
STFC is committed to ensuring that its policies and practices reflect the diverse needs and experiences of its employees and other stakeholders. Accordingly, organisers of an STFC-funded summer school are required to ensure that the arrangements for the school comply with the STFC equality and diversity policy in particular that they place no barriers in the way of participation by students from any of the protected groups and involve no discrimination or bias against any of the protected groups in the selection of lecturers. Furthermore, recognising the important part played by role models in retaining under-represented groups in the STFC funded community, organisers should seek to ensure that the diversity of lecturers reflects that of the wider community.
If successful, organisers are required to provide a report to the STFC Education, Training and Careers Committee upon completion of the course. The report should include student feedback and gender balance between students. The report will be shared with future hosts.
Bids must be submitted as an e-mail attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org by 17:00 on 25 September 2020. The bids will be assessed by the Education, Training and Careers Committee against the following criteria:
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¹Once the bid is approved the venue should not be changed without prior approval from STFC
²STFC-funded & self-funded students can claim their attendance travel expenses from STFC
|Name of School||Date||Host Organisation|
|Introductory Astronomy School for New Research Students||January 2021||Armagh Observatory and Planetarium|
|British Universities Summer School in Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics (BUSSTEPP)||Easter 2021 - to be confirmed||Queen Mary, University of London|
|Introductory Solar Plasma Summer School||24-28 August 2020||University of Birmingham|
|High Energy Physics||28 February - 12 March 2021||Lancaster University|
|Data Intensive Science||12-16 October 2020||University of Liverpool|
|10th NExT PhD Workshop||March 2021||Royal Holloway, University of London|
|Solar Stellar Connection||14-18 September 2020||University of Warwick|
|Introductory Astrobiology (ASB)||To be confirmed||Open University|
|Nuclear Physics Graduate Schools||To be confirmed||University of Liverpool|
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Last updated: 02 September 2020