Grants and Awards

Alina has delivered externally-funded research, knowledge transfer and private industry / consultancy projects worth cumulatively over £400,000.

GRANTS

Alina has received external funding as CI for various research and innovation projects:

  • 2019 - 2021

Role: CI

Project title: "Creative Industries and the Preston Model – An Evaluation of Impact".

Project description: Analysing the Preston Model and its implications for local and regional economic development

Funding bodies: NESTA/AHRC/Creative Industries Policy & Evidence Centre (PEC)

Grant value: £47,466

  • 2019 - 2020

Role: CI

Project title: An investigation into Lancashire Skills Drain

Project report: co-written the report:

Whyman, P. B. and Petrescu, A. I. (2019) An Evaluation of Skills Drain from Lancashire. Report. Lancashire Institute for Economic and Business Research, Research Centre for Business Management and Enterprise, University of Central Lancashire. November

Funder: Private industry funded project

Income generated: £18,000

  • 2019 - 2020

Role: CI

Project title: Application for the installation of a SafePod - infrastructure enabling researchers secure access to databases

Project description: UCLan's successful application for a SafePod installation at UCLan

Funder: St Andrews University / ESRC

Grant value: £25,000

  • 2016 - 2018

Role: Research Fellow: leading as data collection / manager, quantitative analyst and co-author for the report write-up

Project description: assessing determinants of productivity differentials between Lancashire and other regional economies, and focusing on Lancashire SME productivity.

Funder: the Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the Lancashire County Council

Report produced as co-author (>200 pages) with title: "Productivity in Lancashire – Sparking New Ideas"

Grant value: £60,000

  • 2012 - 2014

Role: Research Fellow: leading as data collection / manager, quantitative analyst and co-author for the report write-up

Project title: The North West Business Network (KN4B)

Funder: ESRC

Grant value: £200,000 (£99,143 ESRC contribution, the remainder matched funding).

  • 2012 - 2013

Role: Research Fellow: leading as data collection / manager, quantitative analyst and co-author for the report write-up for the project report

Project title: Socio-economic impact of Shale Gas Extraction in the North West region

Funder: Private industry funded

Income generated: £47,400

  • May 2012 - September 2012

Undergraduate Research Internship Scheme (URIS)

Awarded as funding for an Internship Programme (one intern student and one student from the USA), University of Central Lancashire, Preston

Grant value: £2,000

  • May 2011 - September 2011

Undergraduate Research Internship Scheme (URIS)

University of Central Lancashire, Preston

Grant awarded for an Internship Programme (hiring one intern student), Primary data collection: national postal and e-survey of SMEs in U.K.

Grant value: £2,000

  • May 2009 - September 2009

Lancashire Business School Research Internship Funding, University of Central Lancashire, Preston

Grant awarded for an Internship Programme (hiring one intern student), Primary data collection: regional postal and e-survey of SMEs in central Lancashire, U.K.

Grant value: £2,000

 

AWARDS:

June 2016 - June 2019: The University of Central Lancashire has obtained a score of 100% and achieved # 1 position in the UK in Economics rankings based on the National Student Survey (NSS) in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 - this is while Alina was part of a relatively very small but strong Economics Course Teaching Team at UCLan. 

October 2001 - October 2004: Overseas Research Student Awards Scheme (ORSAS) - Awarded as funding for PhD Degree, Lancaster University, Lancaster

October 2001- October 2005: Lancaster University Management School Scholarship - Awarded as funding for PhD Degree, Lancaster University, Lancaster

October 1999 - October 2000:  Huron University School Scholarship - Awarded as funding for MBA Degree, Huron University, London

August 1999:  Excellence Recognition Award - Academy of Economic Studies (Valedictorian), Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania

October 1995 - August 1999:  Academic Excellence Scholarship, Faculty of Economic Studies in Foreign Languages, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania

January 1998 - July 1998:  Erasmus Scholarship Programme,  Mulhouse, France


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