Research Events

At York St John University, we offer a variety of research-related events, conferences, seminars and workshops supported by the central Research Office in partnership with the academic Schools.


Upcoming Events


REF2021 Town Hall Meetings

York St John University is currently drafting the Code of Practice for the REF2021 submission. The PVC for Research and Knowledge Exchange and the Head of the Research Office would greatly appreciate your input into the document, including comments from an equality, diversity and inclusivity perspective. There will be two open meetings where colleagues can let us know their thoughts. The meetings will be held on:

Wednesday 8th May (11:00-12:00) 

Thursday 9th May (13:00-14:00) 

The Code of Practice itself will be released for comment in the week commencing 6th May.


Grant Writing Workshop with Olalekan Adekola, 11:00 - 12:00 on Tuesday 14 May 2019 - Postponed until further notice

This session will focus on what it is like to apply as a co-applicant in research grant application, which can be a great way to demonstrate interdisciplinarity and collaborative nature of project which increases the chances of that application being granted. In this workshop, Lekan will draw on his experiences on two successful grant applications to discuss key issues surrounding engaging or working as a co-applicant. One as a Principal Investigator (PI) but with co-applicants and another in which he was a co-applicant.  This workshop will cover and include: the benefits and impact of including or being named as a co-applicant on a grant application; how as PI you can maximise inputs of co-applicants to the application, how as co-applicant you can contribute to success of proposal, how engaging co-applicants can be structured in a way that is tailored to the funder’s criteria.


Writing Retreat facilitated by Dr Clare Cunningham, 9:00 - 17:00 on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 June 2019

A writing retreat provides the time and space for participants to make advances in their research writing. Open to all academic staff and postgraduate researchers but aimed at those with specific academic writing projects in progress for example thesis, book chapters, journal articles, HEA Fellowship applications. The session will include regular breaks and support from Dr Clare Cunningham who is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Languages and Linguistics and a trained writing retreat facilitator.


Students as Researchers: Now Recruiting to Project "Evidencing Teaching Excellence and Impact" (RES 26)

In Spring 2020, York St John University will be entering the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment process. Our rating will be used to inform prospective students’ choice about where to study as well as enhancements to the quality of teaching. The Learning and Teaching Team is looking to recruit up to 20 Students as Researchers to support the preparation for this assessment exercise. These roles will support an internal pilot running until July 2019. The pilot will inform the process and priority actions taken by the University in advance of submission in 2020. The first phase of the pilot – an investigative phase, has already commenced with activities asking staff and students what they value and appreciate about York St John, as well as exploring the various evidence sources that exist across the University. These research posts will feed into the 2nd phase of the pilot – a developmental phase, running from late April to 31st July 2019. The post holder(s) will work together with both students and staff as part of a working group. The groups will be tasked with preparing a submission that details the impact of their work against the TEF criteria of teaching quality, learning environment and learning outcomes/learning gain. Depending on the size of the subject area and availability of the post holder, post holders may work across more than one subject group. For more information see the Vacancies page. Deadline for students to apply is Tuesday 7 May 2019. 


Catalyst Funding for School Conferences or similar events, or Public Engagement and Impact Activities

The Research Office Catalyst Fund is available for York St John University staff to apply for funding to support a conference / event or Public Engagement or Impact activities. For more information see the Catalyst Funding page.


If you would like any further information, or to book on any of the events, please email


Previous Events

Grant Writing Workshop: Writing grant applications for the AHRC and other public funders, Wednesday 3 April 2019

This workshop will cover some of the basics of writing grant applications effectively by looking at the application process from the point of view of reviewers. The session will run through what is expected of an UKRI application, cover strategies for effective communication, and consider how to build a compelling narrative about the value of your research for funders. During the session participants learn about how reviewers are directed to comment on applications, and there will be a chance to read and discuss examples of successful past project applications to the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). While we’ll be working with past examples submitted to the AHRC, this session should also be useful for people considering submitting to other UKRI councils such as the Economic and Social Sciences Research Council (ESRC). The workshop will be facilitated by Adam Stock from the English Literature team. Adam has had past research projects funded by both the AHRC and the Leverhulme Trust, and as a member of the AHRC peer review college he regularly assesses applications and participates in AHRC strategy events.

Postgraduate Research Colloquium, Friday 12 April 2019

The School of Education, the School of Languages and Linguistics and the School of Psychological and Social Sciences are holding the third Postgraduate Research Colloquium. The purpose of the colloquium is to share our postgraduate researchers’ research and provide constructive peer feedback in a collegial environment as part of building a vibrant interdisciplinary research culture.


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