A word of introduction from the Pro-Vice Chancellor

A word of introduction from the Pro-Vice Chancellor

Faculty Office 5 In the CityAs we (finally) turn the corner to Spring, we can also see a real burgeoning of activities, ideas, and initiatives throughout the Faculty.  In this Newsletter, our FRDI, Bob Shoemaker, highlights the impressive successes we have had recently in attracting a variety of research grants and fellowships.  Our AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership, WRoCAH, has launched and the first tranche of studentships has been offered.  While we must keep in mind that not every student will accept the offer of an award, it is testament to the strengths of the students we are attracting that the first run saw Sheffield gaining by several awards over our BGP1 allocation, and indeed the two highest-ranked candidates overall were our nominees.

In our next Faculty Forum (date to be confirmed), we will discuss our strengths as a Faculty as we continue to move towards consolidating our narrative. And the next few weeks also see two important events: In the City, which runs from 1 May-5 June, and Lyric: Festival of the Written and Spoken Word, from 14-17 May.  We should also recognize the just-concluded event The Art of Work (31 March-3 April), which interrogated ‘employability’ and the world of work from a Humanities perspective. Taken together, these events showcase some of the best of what we do as humanists, and as civically- and critically-engaged scholars.

Finally, two announcements.  Congratulations to Dr Bob Johnston, Department of Archaeology, who takes up the role of Faculty Director of Learning and Teaching as of 1 September.  And save the date: Prof. Rick Rylance, the Chief Executive of the AHRC, will be visiting the Faculty on Friday 4 July.  He will speak to an open meeting of any interested colleagues, probably in the early afternoon.  More details to follow.