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)
The STFC’s Education, Training and Careers Committee conducted a review of the summer schools hosted in recent years and recommended supporting the following fundamental schools:-
STFC is inviting bids against its budget for short courses and summer schools to be held in 2020.
The courses and schools listed above will be expected to submit a satisfactory bid should they wish to have support in 2020. All other proposed summer schools will be considered in competition for the remaining budget of approximately £209k and priority will be given to schools in areas not covered above.
Courses or schools must be held in a core research activity supported by the STFC studentships programme (astronomy, solar system science, particle astrophysics, particle physics, 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 scheme and in particular that they place no barriers in the way of participation by students from any of the protected groups (gender, disability and race) 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 Friday 27 September 2019.
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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
The following short courses and summer schools are to be held in 2019.
Links to the summer school websites will follow as they become available.
Last updated: 16 October 2019