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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. 1273
Last modified: 21/06/2011 11:39:21
Institution: University of Strathclyde
Official pre-launch of the International Year of Chemistry 2011. An event held in Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow on January 18th brought together women chemists from 37 countries using modern communication tools; each country/region will arrange its own event(s) and individual breakfasts will be linked together by SKYPE/video, and by using Twitter. In addition to networking, the aim is to celebrate the pivotal role of Marie Curie in chemistry, and to reflect on the current landscape for women chemists.
Practice No. 1255
Last modified: 07/06/2011 17:15:11
Institution: Queen's University Belfast
A one to one peer mentoring pilot scheme for new postgraduate research students who are mentored by late cycle 2nd or early 3rd year students
Practice No. 898
Last modified: 24/03/2011 12:06:48
Institution: University of DurhamThis is a series of lunchtime informal networking and information events. Each of the 6-8 sessions has 2 guests who will spent 45 answering researchers questions about their career followed by a networking lunch. Guest will all have PhDs and many will be alumni of the institution
Practice No. 673
Last modified: 24/03/2011 12:04:22
Institution: University of DurhamThe North East of England has many exciting opportunities to offer researchers and are keen to retain excellent graduates from North East Universities. This conference gives researchers a chance to discover what the North East can offer them outwith the university sector.
Practice No. 670
Last modified: 24/03/2011 12:00:10
Institution: University of DurhamThis interactive workshop will allow researchers to gain a better understanding of themselves and others, allowing them to reflect upon what is important to them in their life and help with career decision making. Benefits include improved skills in managing change, working effectively in teams, resolving conflict, career decision making and even improved communication within personal relationships. Researchers will be required to complete an on-line questionnaire before attending the session.
Practice No. 569
Last modified: 24/03/2011 11:57:08
Institution: University of DurhamThis session takes participants through the whole process of identifying opportunities outside the academic world and then step by step through the recruitment process. This includes how to produce a top quality non- academic CV and complete applications forms well, by translating their experience, education and achievements from the academic world to the language of industry, business and commerce. They finish by looking at how to prepare for and excel at interview.
Practice No. 894
Last modified: 24/03/2011 11:41:32
Institution: University of DurhamThis series of podcasts were recorded with 4 university administrative staff all of whon have completed a PhD and some also postdoctoral research in academia before moving into a non-academic role in higher education.
Practice No. 223
Last modified: 24/03/2011 11:30:41
Institution: University of NottinghamResearch staff and students have access to specialist careers guidance, information and training services provided by the Centre for Career Development in collaboration with the Graduate School and Professional Development.
Practice No. 669
Last modified: 24/03/2011 10:31:35
Institution: University of DurhamA 3 hour ‘simulated’ workshop based on participants taking part in two commonly used assessment centre exercises, used by non-academic employers as part of their graduate selection. There will be a group activity and an individual presentation with Careers Advisers observing and providing individual assessment and feedback