How we support academics

New technologies are an increasing priority for research councils, public policy, and the University.

DH@Manchester supports researchers in a variety of ways, including developing digital projects, computational skills training, grant applications and technical review, building collaborations with other researchers and units, and working to upgrade our strategic engagement with digital technologies across all stages of the research life cycle.

Building capacity

We are building capacity across all Schools of the Faculty of Humanities and actively engage with early and mid-career researchers, as well as established academics. We also aim to develop the next generation of researchers, supporting PhD students to skill up in digital humanities via artsmethods and methods training sessions, sponsored Q-Step and other internal and external placements, and external engagement with partners from the creative and tech sectors. We support researchers’ training needs by offering our own training courses and workshops, and promote peer-learning and knowledge sharing as we build our DH communities.

Our seminars and events are designed to be accessible to researchers from any specialism, and provide introductions to key themes and applications in digital humanities. In partnership with the School of Computer Science, we also support hackathons and other informal coding events.

Facilitating connections

Because DH has an overview of computational research and support at the University we can connect academics and locate partners with different expertise. Our events are opportunities for individuals to expand their networks and connect with other researchers and potential internal and external partners.

Targeted support

DH also provides more targeted support helping to develop research proposals and supporting experimental work. Our regular mailouts highlight digital-related research events and funding opportunities. We help coordinate technical review of Faculty of Humanities research projects, and can offer statements of support for new initiatives. We also offer a framework for impact and public engagement through our network, programme of events and communication activities. Our pilot training and project development calls have already helped 30 projects get off the ground and are paving the way for further collaborative research activities.