Category: Opportunities in Higher Education

HEIRRI project is looking for institutions to pilot a course on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)

The Associació Catalana d’Universitats Públiques is currently working on the Higher Education in Responsible Research and Innovation (HEIRRI – www.heirri.eu) project, a European Horizon2020 funded project under the call Science for Society. This project aims to promote Responsible Research and Innovation in higher education, and specifically it will provide teaching/training materials in different formats for higher education institutions to integrate into the curriculums of their degrees, or for specific workshops.

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is a term used widely in Europe, we are aware that it is not used in other parts of the world, but it basically focuses on six dimensions (there are some additional definitions but the ideas are similar):

  1. Engagement: It implies that societal challenges should be framed on the basis of widely representative social, economic and ethical concerns and common principles on the strength of joint participation of all societal actors – researchers, industry, policymakers and civil society.
  2. Gender Equality: Addresses the underrepresentation of women, indicating that human resources management must be modernized and that the gender dimension should be integrated in the research and innovation content.
  3. Science Education: Faces the challenge to better equip future researchers and other societal actors with the necessary knowledge and tools to fully participate and take responsibility in the research and innovation process.
  4. Open Access: States that RRI must be both transparent and accessible. Free online access should be given to the results of publicly funded research (publications and data).
  5. Ethics: Requires that research and innovation respects fundamental rights and the highest ethical standards in order to ensure increased societal relevance and acceptability of research and innovation outcomes.
  6. Governance: Addresses the responsibility of policymakers to prevent harmful or unethical developments in research and innovation. The latter is a fundamental basis for the development of the rest of the dimensions.

The HEIRRI project calls on higher education institutions from all continents interested in Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and its integration into the curricula for a pilot test of two of the training programs and materials developed by the HEIRRI project. 




Call for applicants: 5 PhD positions in higher education at INCHER, Germany

Interested in doing a PhD in higher education? INCHER-Kassel has announced 5 PhD positions! Note that the deadline is shortly, already on 15th of March 2017.

The positions are part of a new doctoral training programme, titled: “Changing dynamics of elite production? The role of higher education for career trajectories in different societal fields”. The positions are fully funded over three years.

Applicants are required to have an above average university degree in social sciences or economics and profound competences in empirical research in social science or economics, experience with quantitative and qualitative empirical research are desirable, and the candidates are expected to be able to communicate in English and German. Prior knowledge in relevant research themes and data analysis software are of advantage.

Download the call here for more information and specifications of requirements

The International Centre for Higher Education Research Kassel (INCHER-Kassel) is an interdisciplinary research centre in higher education research. The centre was established in 1978. The centre has four research areas: Students and GraduatesChange of KnowledgeGovernance and OrganizationInnovation and Transfer

 




Call for participants: summer school in St. Petersburg – “Higher education and social inequality”

The Institute of Education at National Research University – Higher School of Economics (Moscow), China Institute for Educational Finance Research and Graduate School of Education at Peking University invite earlier career researchers and doctoral students to apply to the upcoming 5th International Summer School on higher education research that takes place June 10-16, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The theme of this year is “Higher education and social inequality”.

V International Summer School will focus on the inequalities in higher education as well as the problematisation of the role of higher education in reproducing social inequalities. Participation in higher education has been increasing rapidly over last decades, but social equity has not been achieved. Numerous studies around the world show persistent inequalities in access and participation in higher education shaped by social background. Gains in widening access, especially in systems with high participation rates, are undermined by the increasing stratification of higher education institutions and societies. These challenges call for re-thinking, conceptually and socio-politically, the role higher education has in a modern society.




PhD position in political science at University of Oslo on themes related to research quality

R-QUEST (the Centre for Research Quality and Policy Impact Studies) has obtained funding for 8 years from the Research Council of Norway to examine the nature and mechanisms of research quality. The Centre is a collaboration between six main research institutions, including Department of political science, University of Oslo; Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy (CFA), University of Aarhus; Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), Leiden University; Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, KTH- Royal Institute of Technology; Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR), The University of Manchester; and Nordic Institute for Studies of Innovation, Research and Education, NIFU.

A central aim of the centre is to develop policy tools for robust but flexible identification of research quality at all levels. Three key aims for the project include following:

  1. What is research quality? How are notions of research quality negotiated, established and practiced, and what are the mechanisms through which these notions affect policy?
  2. What are the drivers of high quality research, and what is the role of policy in developing outstanding research?
  3. What are the effects of high quality research on the society?

In conjunction with the project, the Department of Political Science at University of Oslo has announced a PhD position. Applicants must submit a project description of up to 3000 words, outlining a precise research topic, specific problems to be studied, sources of data to be used, the choice of scientific theory and method, and a realistic schedule that details how the project will be completed within the fellowship period. The R-QUEST project description should be consulted for information on e.g. available data sources.

Requirements: the applicant must have a Master’s degree in Political Science or a closely related discipline, with at least 30 ECTS thesis, demonstrate training in quantitative and qualitative methods as well as top grades and a high quality thesis. Read more about the requirements here.

Deadline for applicants: 31st of January

Read more about application requirements and procedures here. 




Call for applicants: Doctoral and post-doctoral research fellowships at the University of Western Cape

The University of Wester Cape in South Africa has announced 7 doctoral and 3 post-doctoral positions. The Institute for Post-School Studies (IPSS) is an institute at the University of Western Cape (UWC), located within the Faculty of Education. Relevant research, teaching and development activities across the three domains of the IPSS contribute towards growing the knowledge base on post-schooling particularly in Africa and globally.

The Doctoral degree is a three-year full-time research-intensive programme. Entry into the programme will be very competitive as it is a fully funded programme. A post-doctoral research fellowship is a 12-month contract that can be renewable for another period of 12 months. The position is a full-time research intensive fellowship in accordance with the regulations of the IPSS/UWC. The successful postdoctoral fellows would be expected to perform research within the scope of the projects and other related tasks assigned by the post-doctoral supervisor and academic mentor.

Eligibility: To qualify for Doctoral and Post-doctoral positions candidates must be African nationals and able to make a substantial contribution to teaching, research and publications in the field of higher education studies. The doctoral candidates must have completed the master’s degree at the time of their application. Read more about the specific eligibility criteria for the positions here (pdf)

Read more about the positions and the application procedure here (pdf)