The University Research Day (URD) is a one-day event showcasing research within the university which provides an opportunity for the University to engage with the public while promoting cross-disciplinary networking.
- University of Strathclyde
- Scotland and Northern Ireland
- Date first submitted:
- 17 Jun 2011
- Date last modified:
- 17 Jun 2011
- Relationship to RDF:
- Domain A: Knowledge and intellectual abilities
- Domain B: Personal effectiveness
- Domain C: Research governance and organisation
- Research management
- Domain D: Engagement, influence and impact
- Communication and dissemination
- Research project skills
- Knowledge exchange
- Career development
- Postgraduate researchers
- Research staff
Rationale, aims and outcomes
What is the rationale for doing this?
How does it fit with institutional strategy?
What are the main features of the provision?
What are the aims and expected outcomes?
A key mission of Strathclyde is to work in partnership with external partners and to engage with the wider community around us to the betterment of society. So this event is an opportunity for the university to engage with the public and promote some of the high quality and exciting research that is being undertaken at Strathclyde. Now in its fifth year, University Research Day allows post-graduate and early career researchers from all faculties of the university to present their work to each other, to share good research practices, to forge new research collaborations and to develop cross-disciplinary presentation skills.
Another key mission at Strathclyde is to enhance the careers and employability of all of our students. This event is organised by a large team of staff and PhD students from across all four faculties and it provides an excellent environment for our early stage career researchers to see a representative selection of the research that is present within the university, talk to the people concerned and generate ideas for collaboration across department boundaries, learn about best practice in research management and gain a wide range of skills associated with the organisation of this event and with presenting to a multi-disciplinary audience. In addition, they gain an appreciation of the wider applicability of their research to other disciplines and beyond into the work environment. Our undergraduate students are also represented here as part of our summer research internship scheme.
Are there any pre-requisites for engagement, e.g. levels of skill, years of experience, essential pre-activities?
How many participate in each 'activity'?
Undergraduate and postgraduate students, research staff and administrative staff are involved, making it a truly institution-wide experience.
Evaluation: benefits, challenges and next steps
How do you monitor effectiveness?
Who do you seek feedback from?
Do you have benchmarks?
Response by researchers to the event (# of abstracts submitted, attendance) is the main performance parameter. Materials produced to promote the event are reviewed by a peer group.