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Practice No. 986
Last modified: 03/05/2013 15:17:24
Institution: University of Birmingham
The University of Birmingham Graduate School website brings together all information offered to doctoral researchers by the University Graduate School (this covers both the University Graduate School and the Research Student Administration teams). The website is meant to offer a ‘one stop shop’ for all doctoral researcher information at the University. Upkeep of the website is the responsibility of the University Graduate School Projects Officer (Marketing and Events). New developments for the website are supported by the University’s systems and web teams.
Practice No. 1275
Last modified: 21/06/2011 11:48:57
Institution: University of Strathclyde
The University of Strathclyde has a long standing reputation for education, research and teacher training in science, engineering and technology disciplines. In seeking to further enhance that reputation by achieving an Athena Swan Bronze Award, we wish to demonstrate how the university is allying its search for academic excellence with a concern for equality of opportunity and inclusiveness across the institution. The Athena Swan project has been instrumental in awareness raising across the University, and the engagement of staff at all levels within the institution in considering current and future practice.
Practice No. 1274
Last modified: 21/06/2011 11:40:37
Institution: University of Strathclyde
A UK-wide process enables UK HEIs to gain the European Commission’s ‘HR Excellence in Research’ badge, which acknowledges their alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment. The UK process incorporates both the QAA Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers to enable institutions that have published Concordat implementation plans to gain the ‘HR Excellence in Research’ badge. The UK approach includes ongoing national evaluation and benchmarking. This award recognises the positive actions that the University has taken to support the career development of researchers and the actions in place to implement the principles of the Concordat to Support the Development of Researchers.
The document is based on a gap analysis performed in November 2010 which sought to map existing policies and evidence of good practice to the Principles and Clauses of the Concordat. Actions were then identified where further work was required to ensure complete compliance, and responsibilities assigned. Actions highlighted are where new approaches or changes to existing approaches will be developed, identifying how these will happen and setting timescales. These new approaches will then be implemented and reviewed at regular intervals.
Practice No. 137
Last modified: 23/05/2011 07:10:23
Institution: University of Bolton
An electronic or paper tool which consolidates the consideration, analysis, development and recording of various professional and personal skills and academic processes during the various stages of a research student's programme
Practice No. 930
Last modified: 25/03/2011 08:55:56
Institution: University of the West of EnglandRecently there has been growing interest in an alternate business model, social enterprise. This is a different way of doing business that trades for a social purpose whereby the social or environmental aims of the business are of equal importance to its commercial activities. Consequently the skills required for running a successful social enterprise combine those typical of enterprise activities generally with a strong motivation and passion for social improvement. We have found that this aspect is useful in engaging researchers because at the heart of social enterprise is a strong commitment to achieving a better society, a motivation that resonates with that which typically drives the research agenda and researchers themselves. This collaborative project with Vitae has been successful in developing written and associated video materials to explore enterprise skills with early career researchers. There are plans to disseminate the resources via Vitae as part of the ongoing move to produce development resources that are freely available to HEIs as part of the research skills development agenda, this is likely to be in January 2011.
Practice No. 668
Last modified: 24/03/2011 10:17:17
Institution: University of DurhamThis interactive workshop explores the pros and cons of an academic career, looks at individual researcher's strengths and development needs and allows then to plan what needs to be done in order to be a strong candidate for an academic position in the future. (Uses materials first designed by Sara Shinton, Careers Consultant)
Practice No. 641
Last modified: 22/03/2011 17:28:31
Institution: Newcastle UniversityA full day conference for research staff from the 5 North East Universities with a programme aimed to help researchers reflect upon their own professional development and focus on the actions they can take to develop and manage their careers
Practice No. 832
Last modified: 30/07/2009 16:23:23
Institution: University of BirminghamVolunteering is an often-overlooked route to skills development. Working with the Guild of Students, the Graduate School promotes a range of volunteering options to enable postgraduates to develop a range of invaluable skills while also helping the local (and wider) community.