UK India Education and Research Initiative Successes

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Posted on 20 December 2012

Keele has been incredibly successful in bids to the UK-India Education and Research Initiative securing five awards and boosting the University's broader internationalisation and social responsibility agenda.

The University has been successful with one for stem cell research with Dr Nick Forsyth, ISTM, and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi; one for medicinal chemistry with Professor Pat Bailey and  the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, and three with Tata Institute of Social Sciences for law/social work.

The UKIERI funds activity aimed at establishing  educational relations between the UK and India and the funding stream has been available since 2006. The current programme of funding is aimed at producing systemic changes in India and will provide opportunities for  professional and leadership development of schools, higher education institutions and vocational institutions, support partnerships and develop student mobility and skills development programmes.

Keele and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences have been successful in securing a competitive grant to support a programme of study exchange in Law and Social Advocacy.

The UKIERI Study Mission grant will provide £50k to support Lead Applicants, Dr Jane Krishnadas, as Director of Legal Outreach, Keele, and Professor Lakshmi Lingam, as the Deputy Director of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences new UG and PGT campus in Hyderabad, to pioneer a study exchange of social and legal curriculum in collaboration with professional partners from the social and legal sector in India UK. The project prioritises the fostering of mobility of students across the UK and India, and all the UKIERI funding is allocated to secure the most equitable exchange of students from each institution. Over the two year programme this will enable a total of 32 students to embark on exchanges between the UK and India.

This was a very competitive funding call and the success of the application is a product of the relationships that have been developed since 2007 and the recent signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two institutions. The grant will support Keele PGT students who wish to visit TISS as part of their programme and for Keele to welcome an increased number of TISS PGR students to Keele. The opportunity to place our relationship with TISS on a much more sustainable basis will enhance the attractiveness of each institution's programmes to students wishing to take up these opportunities and the exchanges will provide a platform for future programme development and research collaborations.

Dr Krishnadas has been supported in this at Keele by Alison Brammer (Law) and Jane Boylan (Social Work) and the programme also builds on the community partnerships cemented through CLOCK (Community Legal Outreach Collaboration Keele).

The UKIERI grant will fund  Dr Boylan to visit  TISS in 2013. The visit will foster the building  of strong and sustainable teaching and research relationships in child care and gerontology;exploration of the potential for student exchange, joint course development and the possibility of a joint international summer school; understanding of the UK infrastructure, processes and procedures relating to teaching and learning in the field; developing collaborative relationships with social work academics and exploring the potential for social work research and joint curriculum development; exploring  the possibility of developing  joint programmes in social work;internationalising social work programmes, and opportunities to explore work with post qualifying and doctoral students.