Dr Natasha Rumyantseva

Dr Natasha Rumyantseva was awarded the 2010 Prize for Newer Researchers for her proposal entitled:

Academic workplace in the rapidly changing context: a case of Russia

Natasha is now Senior Lecturer at the Business School, University of Greenwich.

In Natasha’s own words

“The SRHE Newer research prize has enabled me to further develop a number of skills crucial for a successful academic career.

To begin with, I highly appreciate the non-prescriptive nature of the grant in terms of topical or methodological focus. It has been very empowering to have the freedom to explore issues in higher education in Russia and have the freedom to choose a relevant body of literature, data collections and sampling methods.

The award has also enabled me to experience the autonomy so critical to a vast majority of academic activities. I have learnt budget management skills, aiming to be effective and efficient at the same time. I have also had an opportunity to hire students to do transcription work, which extended the financial as well as experiential benefits to them.

All these things taken together have increased my sense of competence related to the research process which will undoubtedly benefit my future endeavours. Although the application stage required a clear outline of a proposed budget, which in itself was a helpful planning exercise, SRHE has been reasonably flexible to allow me to move funds across the categories contingent on the changing circumstances around critical activities.

This has further increased my sense of professional competence as it allowed me to exercise professional judgement within an existing regulatory framework. I believe, the process has been taking place in an atmosphere of mutual trust which provided an additional benefit of creating meaningful professional links.”

Dr Ming Cheng

Dr Ming Cheng is a Reader in Education at the University of Wolverhampton.

Dr Ming Cheng was awarded the 2010 SRHE Newer Researcher Award for her proposal entitled: “Quality as Transformation: Educational Metamorphosis”

I remember this award well because it was the very first international award I received as an early career academic. The award gave me an excellent opportunity to develop and to complete an independent research project. I have published two peer-reviewed journal articles based on the research findings and some of the data contributed to the development of my published monograph entitled Quality in Higher Education: Developing a Virtue of Professional Practice.

Here are relevant publications:

  • Cheng, M. (2016). Quality in Higher Education: Developing a Virtue of Professional Practice. Rotterdam: Sense. ISBN: 9789463006644
  • Cheng, M., Taylor, J., Williams, J., & Tong, K. (2016). Student satisfaction and perceptions of quality: Testing the linkages for PhD students. Higher Education Research & Development, 35(6): http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07294360.2016.1160873?journalCode=cher20
  • Cheng, M. (2014). Quality as Transformation: Educational Metamorphosis. Quality in Higher Education. 20(3): 272-289

Apart from enhancing my publication profile, this Award has significantly increased my confidence in applying for research grants. For example, I was successful in winning another four research grants since 2011 and I have strengthened my skills of research leadership and research collaboration.

This SRHE Newer Research award is invaluable. I would recommend it to any early career academics who value research and who are interested in developing an independent research project.

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