I was greatly fortunate to have secured a pot of funding from the Royal Society
of Edinburgh (RSE) in 2021. The funding, dubbed “research reboot”, was
targeted at academics, especially those from a minority background like myself,
whose research would have been severely impacted by the pandemic and thus
needed a jumpstart. In my case, I had been experiencing some challenging
personal circumstances at the time which had significantly jeopardised my
research productivity. In addition, the shift to online teaching required much
longer class preparation time and there were a lot more meetings, emails and
other admins than usual. As a migrant and single parent with co-parenting and
home schooling duties and no family support locally, I had found it very difficult
to find time to prioritise research during the pandemic. The RSE funding could
not have come at a better time and I remain profoundly grateful for the
research time the RSE enabled me to secure.

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Mwaura, S. 2022, 'Coronavirus and the financing of ethnic minority entrepreneurship in the UK', Strathclyde Pandemic Research Journeys : Personal accounts of research during the Covid period . vol. 1 , Glasgow, UK, pp. 39-40. https://doi.org/10.17868/strath.00083221

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