Funding Successes – BA/Leverhulme Small Grants

Congratulations to the following CCCU researchers for their successful British Academy / Leverhulme small grant awards.

Thomas Hennessey, School of Humanities
Project Title: A membership survey of the Ulster Unionist Party in Northern Ireland
Amount: £9,932
Duration: 2 years
Partners: University of Huddersfield, University of Liverpool, Ulster University

The award will support the first-ever membership survey of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP). Together with the recent DUP Membership Survey, the results will allow the project team to develop the most comprehensive analysis of contemporary mainstream political Unionism in Northern Ireland to date.

Dr Fergal Jones, School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology
Project Title: Mindfulness and associative learning
Amount: £9,980
Duration: 18 months
With: University of Exeter

Mindfulness practice is becoming increasing popular and widespread. However, the effects of mindfulness on human learning processes could be better understood.
The findings from this project should further understanding of how mindfulness interacts with human learning processes, including how it may have differential effects on different learning systems, with the potential to improve behaviour modification methods.

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Research Development (RD) is part of the Department of Enterprise, Employability and Research Development. RD is responsible for ensuring that Research and Enterprise is of the highest quality and meets all required internal and external standards, including managing the institutional submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF). RD leads on development and implementation of the institutional research and enterprise integrity policies, processes and best practice. It also hosts the institutional Staff Researcher Development Programme and the Early Career Researcher Programme SPARC, and is responsible for the annual Research Internship programme. RD provides strategic and targeted support for academic staff to seek and secure funding for their research and innovation activities. This includes identification of core funding opportunities and support for proposal development, alongside strategic advice and support for faculties to develop their research portfolio and capacity.

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