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Practice No. 1303
Last modified: 10/12/2012 12:25:12
Institution: University of Cambridge
A range of two hour bite-sized workshops aimed at research staff and students. Titles include Being Assertive: getting yourself heard, Being Strategic: getting others interested in your research, Getting the Most out of Conferences and Making Contact and Making your Contacts work for you.
Practice No. 685
Last modified: 04/12/2012 15:29:54
Institution: University of CambridgeUse of employers and former postdocs to deliver a session addressing how to present commercial awareness during the application process.
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. 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. 1224
Last modified: 24/11/2010 09:57:48
Institution: University College LondonThis is a brief summary of the organisational model that we have adopted in order to work more closely with Schools, Faculties and Departments and 'partner' with them in understanding and providing for the needs of their particular staff in a ‘bespoke’ way where appropriate. This positions us better to target our resource towards meeting real needs, while striving for enhanced alignment between UCL’s research strategy and individual aspirations. This new model also enables us to work more closely in partnership with other key people deployed at a Faculty or Department level, such as Research Facilitators, Research Leaders, HR Consultants, Faculty Managers etc.
Practice No. 1221
Last modified: 19/11/2010 14:40:42
Institution: University of LiverpoolWorkshops are facilitated by editors of high impact journals who discuss with participants key aspects within the writing process and the aims of the journal. Brief writing exercises on papers published by participants take place during the workshop. In addition, selected published articles from the journal are being discussed highlighting relevant points of interest that inform the writing process.
Practice No. 1188
Last modified: 03/11/2010 16:01:56
Institution: Loughborough UniversityThese sessions allow PGRs to deliver an upcoming presentation to an internal audience in order that their presentation skills and style of slides can be critiqued before they go off and deliver it "for real" Each participant is recorded to DVD and is given verbal and written feedback. Primarily about their presentation skills and style, but also about the style of their slides and, if the appropriate academics are in attendance - about the academic content of the presentation.
Practice No. 1184
Last modified: 03/11/2010 11:16:32
Institution: Loughborough UniversityOur Loughborough Local GRADschool is now well established and ready to increase in size. We run a three day, non-residential model. This gives us a good balance between sustainability and impact. It is held open primarily for third year research students and has a real empahsis on what happens next after the PhD.
Practice No. 1171
Last modified: 02/11/2010 13:59:26
Institution: University of BirminghamOnline induction package for First Year Doctoral Researchers. DR Essentials is a stand-alone online course placed on the self-registration area of WebCT . Doctoral Researchers can access it by adding it to their university online profiles. The course contains five separate modules covering key stages of the incipient doctoral research career. Each module combines content with a number of embedded talking heads that capture the views of Doctoral Researchers and Supervisors across the institution. At the end of each module there is a check list of tasks that should be completed. DR Essentials in its original version was developed at the University of Melbourne in Australia. The version used at the University of Birmingham has been developed by a team of experts from the Centre for Learning and Academic Development (CLAD) and the University Graduate School to meet the needs of researchers at Birmingham. The course is self-paced and users can dip into or work through in its entirety as they may need.
Practice No. 1037
Last modified: 22/06/2010 16:24:13
Institution: University of DurhamThis course introduces Endnote beyond the basics of simply adding references to documents, maintaining the database and changing and editing styles.