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University of Bath

Reimagining Recruitment

Driving culture change surrounding academic recruitment, especially at early career stages.

Students and staff working on a project
Collaborative incubators will involve groups of participants working together in an inclusive environment.

We are conducting a programme of research into the experiences and attitudes of early career academics and their potential future employers, leading to evidence-based policy change recommendations.

This funding is awarded under the EPSRC Inclusion Matters scheme, which is aiming to improve equality, diversity and inclusion within the engineering and physical sciences. Our proposal, Reimagining Recruitment, explores how to drive culture change surrounding academic recruitment, especially at early career stages.

Read about our launch event, which took place on 22 January 2019.

The research will be embedded within, and disseminated through, the centrepiece activity: an innovative programme of collaborative incubator events. Incubators will be domain-specific and run by experts in that field, attended by academics at all career stages who will formulate and/or solve interesting problems.

Trailblazer incubators

29 APR 2019  to  17 MAY 2019 £33,000

Initially two "trailblazer" incubators will be run by the University of Bath as a proof of concept. These will be in the areas of probability and photonics – reflecting the expertise of the project team and building on doctoral training activities within the University.

Incubator 1: Probability meets biology, 29 April - 3 May 2019, Bath

Incubator 2: Light@Bath, 16 - 17 May 2019, Bath

Partner-led incubators

1 JUN 2019  to  31 MAR 2020 £198,000

12 incubators will be run by partner institutions, including current and future EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs), and supported by the project team.

Neuroscience Data Challenge 9 - 13 September 2019, Bristol

Growth and division in mathematics and medicine 4 - 6 November 2019, London

Star formation across the universe 22 - 24 January 2020, Herts

Beyond the car: Future mobility in Bath 3 - 5 February 2020, Bath

Open hardware from academia 3 - 5 February 2020, Bath

Healthy aircraft journeys: bio-effective surfaces for aeroplanes 22 - 26 June, an online event hosted by University of Exeter

Open call

1 APR 2020  to  31 DEC 2020 £99,000

There will be an open call for applications to run six more collaborative incubators.

Advisory Board

  • Jenni Dyer (Institute of Physics, Chair)
  • Christina Guindy (Royal Academy of Engineering)
  • Eugenie Hunsicker (London Mathematical Society)
  • Alison Mitchell (Vitae)
  • Alejandra Palermo (Royal Society of Chemistry)
  • Mark Smith (University of Lancaster)
  • Sharonjeet Virk (GKN)