Fund for Researcher-Led Initiatives
- University of Edinburgh
- Scotland and Northern Ireland
- Date first submitted:
- 28 Nov 2007
- Date last modified:
- 22 Mar 2011
- Personal effectiveness
- Research project skills
- Academic practice
- Knowledge exchange
- Researcher development strategy/management
- Enterprise-related activities
- 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?
The Fund for Researcher-Led Inititative allows researchers themselves to have a greater input into the ways they are supported and developed and it complements the generic training available University-wide from the transkills programme and the Researcher Development Programme. Research students and research staff are encouraged to think more creatively and proactively about ways in which this fund might facilitate and enhance their generic skills development.
Applications are invited from researchers at the University of Edinburgh for funding to support short-term, well-defined training and development projects. The following guidelines for applications are provided: The maximum total amount available to any one submission is £6000. Many of the funded projects will be for amounts much lower than this. There must be a clear training and development focus to the activity proposed. The proposed activity must be of direct benefit to research students and/or research staff at the University and address local needs where appropriate. The proposed activity must directly relate to one or more of the skills areas in sections C to G of the Research Councils Joint Skills Statement. The activity should enhance and complement the training and development activity available for researchers from their School, Research Unit, College, and also University-wide activity from the transkills programme and the Researcher Development programme. The fund allows for the development of a wide variety of approaches and themes that are appropriate to specific disciplines and/or which meet local needs. Interdisciplinary initiatives are also encouraged. The funding should only be used for the benefit of groups of researchers. It should not be used for direct financial assistance to individuals. The funding could be used to run training courses, workshops or events; it could also be used to improve communication amongst researchers within Schools/Graduate Schools/Research Units thereby boosting morale/motivation
The aim of the fund is: To give researchers greater input into the ways they are supported and developed; To create and promote a range of development ideas and approaches; To foster the use, and building, of generic skills for those directly involved in these funded initiatives (e.g. working in a team, communication skills, project planning, project management, leadership, etc).
Are there any pre-requisites for engagement, e.g. levels of skill, years of experience, essential pre-activities?
How many participate in each 'activity'?
Evaluation: benefits, challenges and next steps
How do you monitor effectiveness?
Who do you seek feedback from?
Do you have benchmarks?