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Practice No. 1290
Last modified: 23/05/2012 12:34:20
Institution: Oxford Brookes University
The ‘your first three years’ programme for newly appointed research active staff provides training in topics relevant to academic practice, including:
- induction - an introduction to University structures, key people and support for researchers
- good practice in grant writing
- managing projects, project finances and staff
- training for teaching
- training for supervising research and research degree students
Practice No. 1277
Last modified: 24/06/2011 10:46:44
Institution: University of York, University of york
There is an increased expectation from funders of research on researchers to consider the wider implications of their research on society, culture and the economy. This is reflected in the addition of 'pathways to impact' documents in grant applications. So too, the Vitae RDF explicitly makes reference to the need to up skill researchers in the area of engagement, influence and impact. This includes, working with others, communication and dissemination and KT and impact.
The University of York has piloted a new skills training programme for PhD students and staff which ran November 10 - July 11. This included training in:
Enterprise and knowledge transfer - 'the research and innovation programme' - 8 part series of business planning workshops, aimed specifically at commercialisation of research and industrial engagement. the sessions were 2 hours in duration and covered- Knowledge Transfer, IP, business models for research innovation, Market analysis, financial awareness, business planning and pitching to industry.
Also, the Enterprising Researcher residential programme - 2.5 day intensive school for PGRs and postdocs.
Policy and Practice - Sessions included: Science into Policy - 2 hour session on working in the social sciences and translating research to policy makers. Also includes evidence led policy making advice. Sessions on communicating your research to lay audiences also covered aspects of communicating to policy makers.
Public Engagement - The University is working closely with the NCCPE to pilot a training programme in PE - also, sessions have run on public engagement and communicating research to different audiences.
Impact - specifically around pathways to impact, the programme offered 4 central staff sessions for cognate groups of departments broadly based around research council area, on pathways to impact.
The programme also offered 4 central PhD sessions on research with impact, designed to allow researchers to consider impact from the outset of their research careers.
The sessions are 2.5 hours in duration and pose the following questions:
1. Who will benefit from your research?
2. How will they beneift?
3. What will you do in order to ensure they have the opportunity to benefit.
The sessions are interactive, allowing participants to work in groups on a specific research idea, and build a pathway to impact- they also have the chance to view example pathways and plans, and also to review their colleagues. Where possible, academic input is also used.
Sessions on impact are also being run in the departments as part of grat writing programmes and as bespoke one off courses. Such courses have mainly been for staff in Sociology, Education, Computer Science, Arts, Politics and psychology.
Coaching and one to one support around writing pathways to impact is also offered as part of the programme.
Practice No. 1256
Last modified: 17/06/2011 10:47:12
Institution: University of Strathclyde
GRADnews is a monthly e-newsletter aimed at postgraduate research students within the university and features information on a wealth of internal and external career-development related opportunities available to the community.
High-tech Entrepreneurship - Starting a Moneymaking, High-Tech Business with Minimal Funding. A course for research students.
Practice No. 567
Last modified: 14/03/2011 12:45:18
Institution: University College LondonThis one-day course is aimed at UCL Entrepreneurs and covers how to exploit research to launch a high-tech Start-up, using students’ own resources and minimal funding.
Practice No. 960
Last modified: 18/11/2009 12:13:53
Institution: University of ManchesterA fund for researchers within the Faculty to apply for, to cover costs of attending external events which develop their transferable skills.
Practice No. 945
Last modified: 16/11/2009 22:43:43
Institution: University of LiverpoolWorkshops facilitated by prestigious fellowship holders aiming to provide key information to research staff who are interested in applying for a Fellowship. A successful fellowship application form becomes part of the workshop and is used to discuss each section of the application, language and other key parts of the process.
Practice No. 937
Last modified: 16/11/2009 20:28:25
Institution: University of LiverpoolA one day conference for research staff in the University of Liverpool. The day consisted of plenary presentations and parallel sessions and offered to research staff the opportunity to explore in detail three main themes: T1: Enterprising Researcher and Knowledge Exchange T2: Supporting Research Excellence T3: Funding and Fellowships Academic staff with PI roles, senior researchers and the University's senior management contributed to the day's sessions. An interactive Q&A panel discussion offered a very informative ending to a successful and highly productive day.