Our research excellence

Explore our range of projects by area of research priority and excellence

At Bath Spa University our research strategy is centred around the following aims:

  • Support internationally significant and world-leading research
  • Deepen international research links and externally-funded international projects
  • Continue to grow and develop strategic funding in enterprise and innovation
  • Remain a university of choice for early stage researchers
  • Conduct research in an ethical manner paying attention to environmental issues and issues of diversity.

We will do this by building a rich, impactful and responsible research environment which develops our researchers, puts in place strong UK and global research partnerships and by diversifying and increasing our research and enterprise income streams.

Areas of research excellence

Art and Design

Associated projects:

Read more at the Art and Design research area

Business and Management

Cultural, Communication Studies and Media

Education

Associated projects:

Read more at the Education Research Area.

English Language and Literature

History

Read more at the History Research Area.

Psychology

Associated projects:

Read more at the Psychology Research Area.

Opportunities for Postdoctoral Fellowships

Bath Spa University welcomes Postdoctoral Fellows to its vibrant research community.

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme

We anticipate inviting applications for the 2021 scheme (subject to confirmation from the British Academy). The information below is based on the 2020 round.

Please carefully check the scheme guidance, eligibility criteria and FAQs before starting to develop an application. As the British Academy do not allow unsuccessful applicants to reapply to this scheme, you should consider whether this is the best time for you to apply. More info about the scheme can be found on the British Academy website.

Outline proposals are requested, along with a short summary CV, to be sent to researchsupportoffice@bathspa.ac.uk by 10am on 9th August 2021. Late submissions will not be considered.

Your proposal should include an outline of your proposed research, including methodology and timetable; planned outputs; dissemination plans; a note on fit with research activities within the School and your proposed mentor. It is recommended that you contact potential mentors in advance of applying. The proposal should be no more than two pages of A4, using a font of no less than point 11 and 2cm margins. Your CV (1 page maximum) should include your publications to date along with your academic history, including the date your PhD was awarded.

You should make contact with your proposed mentor before you submit your outline and it would be beneficial if they commented on your proposal before submission. If you do not have a mentor in mind, please have a look at our staff research profiles on the areas of research excellence and our staff webpages. You’ll then be able to find staff working in your area of research and make contact with them.

Our expected timetable for submission in 2021 is:

  • 9 August 10am – Deadline for submission of project proposal and short CV
  • 19 August – Applicants advised if selected for full submission
  • 20 August – 14 September – Applicant to develop full application with mentor
  • 15 September – Applicant to submit full application for internal peer review
  • 6 October – Completion of application on Flexigrant for final checks and completion of reference
  • 13 October – Expected funder deadline

If you have any queries about the Fellowship scheme or the process of selection, please contact Beth Humphries, Research Bid Development Manager, at researchsupportoffice@bathspa.ac.uk.

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships – for overseas researchers

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowships enhance the creative and innovative potential of researchers holding a PhD and who wish to acquire new skills through advanced training, international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral mobility.

There are two types of Postdoctoral Fellowships:

  1. European Postdoctoral Fellowships – open to researchers moving within Europe or coming to Europe from another part of the world to pursue their research career. These fellowships take place in an EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country and can last between one and two years. Researchers of any nationality can apply.
  2. Global Postdoctoral Fellowships – fund the mobility of researchers outside Europe. The fellowship lasts between two to three years, of which the first one to two years will be spent in a non-associated Third Country, followed by a mandatory return phase of one year to an organisation based in an EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country. Only nationals or long-term residents of the EU Member States or Horizon Europe Associated Countries can apply.

The next funder deadline is 12 October 2021. Following the Association of the UK to the Horizon Europe Programme, Bath Spa University is an eligible institute for the MSCA programmes.

Please carefully check the scheme guidance, eligibility criteria and FAQs before starting to develop an application. As the MSCA have resubmission restrictions in place from 2022, you should consider whether this is the best time for you to apply.

Individual researchers submit proposals for funding in liaison with their planned host organisation. Proposals are judged on their research quality, the researcher's future career prospects and the support offered by the host organisation. Applications are submitted jointly by the researcher and the UK academic supervisor. It is essential that you make contact with your supervisor well in advance of the deadline. If you do not have a supervisor in mind, please have a look at our staff research profiles on the areas of research excellence and our staff webpages. You’ll then be able to find staff working in your area of research and make contact with them.

If you are interested in applying for the MSCA PF with Bath Spa University as your host institute, please contact the Research Support Office on researchsupportoffice@bathspa.ac.uk as soon as possible and by no later than 1 September 2021.

Newton International Fellowship – for overseas researchers

The Newton International Fellowships enable researchers to work for two years at a UK institution with the aim of fostering long-term international collaborations.

The scheme aims to attract the most promising early career postdoctoral researchers from overseas in the fields of natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities. The Newton International Fellowships scheme is delivered by the British Academy and the Royal Society.

Applications are submitted jointly by the researcher and the UK academic co-applicant. It is essential that you make contact with your co-applicant well in advance of the deadline as the contact should lead to a clearly defined and mutually-beneficial research project proposal. If you do not have a co-applicant in mind, please have a look at our staff research profiles on the areas of research excellence and our staff webpages. You’ll then be able to find staff working in your area of research and make contact with them.

The 2021 round has now closed. We anticipate that the next round will open in spring 2022.

If you have any queries about the Fellowship scheme or wish to notify us of your interest in applying in the future, please contact the Research Support Office, at researchsupportoffice@bathspa.ac.uk.

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