Research Staff Development Project Bidding
- Loughborough University
- Date first submitted:
- 12 Oct 2009
- Date last modified:
- 3 Nov 2010
- Researcher-led activities
- Personal effectiveness
- Research project skills
- Academic practice
- Knowledge exchange
- Career development
- Research staff
- Any staff with an interest in research staff development
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?
Increase ownsership of researcher development by staff from any section of the university including researchers themselves. Provide opportunities for initiatives that do not currently exist. Increase scope and breadth of opportunitiy.
Researchers develop transferable skills through the bidding process, through developing initiatives or as an outcome of the funded initiatives.
Are there any pre-requisites for engagement, e.g. levels of skill, years of experience, essential pre-activities?
How many participate in each 'activity'?
A proposal must be submitted to bid for funding, the proposal is judged according to assessment criteria
Evaluation: benefits, challenges and next steps
How do you monitor effectiveness?
Who do you seek feedback from?
Do you have benchmarks?
Ownership of researcher development from wide variety of stakeholders, other than staff involved in researcher development
-Increases local opportunities
- Each activity is evaluated by the project owner
- Applications received from wide range of staff - from academic staff to individual researchers
- Opportunity for researchers to win funding in their own right
- Opportunity for researchers to experience review process and respond to reviewers comments
-Ensuring that the projects will increase transferable skills of researchers, we provide feedback on proposals suggesting improvements to help address this aim and reject bids that will not enhance transferable skills (e.g. research projects)
-Ensuring fair process - use rigorous assessment criteria
- Getting engagement is a challenge - continually promote across University and have multiple deadlines throughout the year. Featured projects funded throught the competition at the 2010 Research Staff Conference to increase awareness.
Hope to ensure longer term sustainability. Project reports should demonstrate the success of the competition, case studies from these should provide good leverage for longer term provision