SeNSS Director's Bulletin - October 2019

Dear SeNSS community


I’m pleased to welcome our new students and postdoctoral fellows to SeNSS and wish you well as you embark on your projects. I'd also like to welcome back all our returning students.


On Wednesday 23 October we will hold our annual induction event for all new starters. This will be held at City University. As last year, we are combining this with our annual pathway academic briefings and hosting a lunch for all those attending.


We offer our congratulations to our outgoing PDFs who have achieved remarkable things with their funding this year and are now moving on to further exciting positions: Aravinda Kosaraju to a fixed term part-time lectureship at Kent, Jessica Sklair to a three year fellowship at Newnham College Cambridge, Ella Harris to a three year Leverhulme fellowship at Birkbeck; and Natalie Bowling to a one year postdoc at Goldsmiths/Wellcome.


Our main studentship competition for 2020 entry is now open. We have created a new suite of adverts, films and slides to promote it and hope that they are better aligned with our new widening participation goals. The attached slides will, I hope, be of use to your internal teams involved in PG open days or similar events.


We are holding two live ‘Ask SeNSS’ Q&A sessions via our Twitter account @SeNSSDTP on Thursday 24 October and Tuesday 12 November. We are also holding a SeNSS applicant workshop at City, on Friday 8 November. Details to follow but please encourage potential applicants to engage, particularly those from groups currently under-represented in your own and wider PGR communities.


Please note that our Management Board has approved the following changes to this year’s main studentship competition. These are addressed in our competition guidance but the headlines are as follows:


1. SeNSS will continue to ring-fence one studentship for the best Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) application.

2. SeNSS will now, as part of our widening participation (WP) strategy, ring-fence up to 12 four-year studentships for applicants who do not hold a Masters degree of any kind.

3. As a further part of our WP strategy, we have revised our applicant equal opportunities monitoring form.

4. SeNSS now requires all academics involved in internal SeNSS sift panels to have completed their HEI’s standard training in diversity and/or unconscious bias awareness. Please plan your panels with these new requirements in mind.


Finally, if you have any questions about these or any other SeNSS matters, please get in touch with me or any member of the core team here at Essex.


Best wishes,


Pam Cox

SeNSS Director

SeNSS Consortium