Dr Kam-cheong Li

Welcome Message

Welcome to this issue of the Research Bulletin for 2018, with updates on our latest research efforts and successes.

First up, encomiums go to all colleagues who contributed to the substantial increase in the number of proposals submitted by the University this year. The 2018/19 round of applications for Research Grants Council (RGC) funding which ended recently saw a total of 43 proposals for the RGC Faculty Development Scheme (FDS). We have also submitted a proposal from the School of Arts and Social Sciences to the RGC Institutional Development Scheme (IDS). I sincerely appreciate the efforts of all concerned academics who prepared proposals and wish them the best of luck in their quest for funding of their projects.

The University encourages academics to obtain external research grants. In appreciation and recognition of their efforts, the Research Support Award and Research Achievement Award are given, respectively, to academics who submit research grant proposals for external research funds in the capacity of Principal Investigators (PIs), and the PIs who receive funding from external funding bodies. In addition, the University provides financial support for language editing and publication fee to promote the publication of research findings. Academic colleagues are strongly encouraged to make good use of the support to develop their professional and academic standing and gain recognition for their scholarly work.

This issue features the use of social media in research. Social media have emerged as a powerful resource for collecting data, establishing networks and promoting research. The feature article in this issue introduces its use in research, as well as the relevant benefits and points for researchers to note. More information on the research-related use of social media is also available in the Research Resources section of this issue.

Another highlight is an interview with Dr Woo Ka Shing from the Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration, who shares his experience in writing a research proposal using a storytelling approach.

Browsing through the Bulletin, colleagues are likely to get the impression that numerous research activities are held from time to time. In perspective, we are rather active in research, and this focus has been an integral part of our academics’ daily lives. Down the line, as we grow and mature in what we are doing now, we will gradually move our research development goal from enhancing quantity (such as number of research proposals and publications) to advancement in quality (success rate of proposals being funded and the impact of our publications).

This is the last issue of the Bulletin having the support of our University’s first IDS project, which started at the end of 2014. This association will be successfully completed at the end of May this year. Future issues will most likely be published less frequently. We are exploring how suitable work of the project could be sustained. Our two research institutes established through the project, the Institute for Research in Innovative Technology and Sustainability (IRITS) and the Research Institute for Digital Culture and Humanities (RIDCH) will certainly need our ongoing efforts to keep them thriving.

I hope you enjoy reading this issue of the Bulletin and wish you a productive and fruitful research journey in 2018.



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