Faye Hammill, 2019 Research Culture Award Winner

Photo of Professor Faye HammillProfessor Faye Hammill (College of Arts) has established an informal grant-writing group for colleagues to meet regularly and peer-review grant applications in progress.

Meetings take place once a month, and colleagues share drafts in advance, and offer and receive informal, supportive, and constructive feedback during the meetings. The informal nature of these meetings, and Faye’s personal attention and detailed feedback for every draft, make this a genuine space to share experience between early career colleagues, and colleagues with a strong track-record of grant capture. As a result, much more effective applications have been submitted, and the confidence of many Early Career Development Programme colleagues to apply for funding has increased.

In addition, Faye has utilised her extensive experience to suggest appropriate funding schemes for project ideas. This is of particular value to early-career colleagues, who may not be aware of the range of funding opportunities in Scotland and beyond. The initiative also ensures that colleagues are more fully aware of the work being done by other people in the School and are consequently more open to collaborations.

Several successful bids have arisen from the scheme, covering funding from the RSE and the Leverhulme Trust, and it has been instrumental in polishing AHRC bids for which results are currently pending. It has also helped to facilitate the new ArtsLab Labs initiative, which fosters connections across the College of Arts, and which Faye has played a crucial role in developing.