Funding for student and staff initiatives

Welcome to the PPLS Student and Staff Initiative Fund

This fund is open to ALL undergraduate and postgraduate students, and staff, studying or working on degrees owned by the School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences (PPLS).

Students, staff or students and staff can apply for funding towards an event or initiative that will benefit the student and/or student staff community, promoting a diverse and inclusive approach, including public engagement with schools, community groups, charities etc.

Guiding principle; the initiative must include students, but can also benefit the student staff community (community engagement) and outreach involving groups outside of the University (public engagement).

Your initiative could be for an in-person or online event, meet up, or digital project. If you have secured funding from elsewhere, you can also apply for match funding.

  • Set up a conference
  • Host a speaker
  • A writing retreat
  • Organise an event
  • Facilitate collaboration
  • Sports or cultural events
  • Knowledge exchange
  • Day walks, treks, visits to museums/galleries/science centres
  • Community engagement initiatives
  • Networking 
  • As a group, attending an external training/knowledge workshop, conference or event

We welcome your ideas!

Please note that applications for funding for individuals to attend conferences or undertake research trips are unlikely to be successful.

Download the Event Planning Guide at the University of Edinburgh:

Please complete an application form and return it to PPLS Student and Staff Initiative Fund:

PPLS Student and Staff Initiative Fund

Recent student events include:

  • Undergraduate Linguistics Association of Britain (ULAB) 2018
    • 10 undergraduate students organised the sell-out conference, which welcomed over 120 attendees from 24 institutions across the world.
  • PPLS Student Socieites held holiday dinners in December 2019 to celebrate the end of the semester.
  • The Cognitive Science Society organised a field trip to Surgeon's Hall Museum. This event was called 'Brains in Jars'. 
    • The event introduced students interested in cognitive science to the history that led to the current advancements in the field of medicine, including the study of the brain. Additionally, this event acquainted the students with the cultural and educational resources of Edinburgh, thus promoting the city and the work carried out here.
  • The Beneficial Artificial Intelligence Society arranged an event called 'Tech Needs Ethics' with visiting speakers. 
    • Speakers talked about using artificial intelligence  for predictive analysis in the legal sector and the necessity of ethical considerations for long-term sustainable tech innovation. The event finished with pizza and informal discussion.
  • PPLS Student Representatives have held events to help gather student feedback.

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