The AHRC called for expressions of interest in the Block Grant Partnership (BGP) awards for PhD studentships. Because I had managed to get one studentship in the previous phase 1 of the BGP I was encouraged to have a go. The level of scheming and alliance building for these very large pots of money was something to behold! Universities had to decide which of two awards to express an interest in, route A or route B, and the Centre for Broadcasting History opted for Route B, which meant finding some consortium partners. Because of limits imposed on who can bid for what there followed some impressive deal making in which universities, including Bournemouth, positioned themselves to get in the right team. I won’t reveal who our consortium partners are but all I can say is that I won’t miss the rushed mobile phone conversations in Pizza Express and on trains or the conversations including ‘what do you mean you haven’t got a Pro VC for research?’ All was well in the end and I like to think we put in a serious and well constructed EOI for the not unimpressive sum of £3 million.