Monday, 11 October 2010

Virginia Tech Partnering Programme: Awards Announced

Two awards from the Kent-Virginia Tech Partnering Program have been announced.The Program is aimed at encouraging and facilitating collaboration between Virginia Tech in the USA and the University of Kent in the UK. Partnering Awards of up to $2000 (approx £1,300) were available to support travel in either direction to develop their research plans or for small scale data collection to provide preliminary data for their research.

Dr Roger Giner-Sorolla (School of Psychology, University of Kent) and Prof Danny Axsom (Department of Psychology, Virginia Tech)

Both Dr Giner-Sorolla and Prof Axsom have research interests in sexual violence, and the Partnership Award will allow them to explore perceptions of shame and guilt in sexual crime. Dr Giner-Sorolla will travel to Virginia to work with Prof Axsom in Jan/Feb 2011, and together they intend to prepare an application to the Economic and Social Research Council in the UK, with Prof Axsom as the Co-Investigator.

Prof Toni Calasanti (Department of Sociology, Virginia Tech) and Prof Julia Twigg (School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent)

Profs Calasanti and Twigg have been working in parallel areas, and the Partnership Award will allow them to bring together their expertise to explore issues of embodiment, gender, and aging. Prof Calastanti will travel to Canterbury to work with Prof Twigg in Mar/Apr 2011, and together they intend to prepare an application to the Economic and Social Research Council as well as private funders in the US.

Congratulations to all those involved in these partnerships. They offer an exciting opportunity to make connections and explore shared research which will, we hope, lead to both a productive collaboration and fruitful long term ties between our two universities.

The Program will run again next year, and it is anticipated that the new call will come out in December with a deadline in April.

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