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Practice No. 882
Last modified: 04/11/2009 09:37:47
Institution: University of LeicesterThis new post, based in the Graduate School Reading Room in the University Library, facilitates the development of a research information forum for the postgraduate research community. It promotes a meeting place, both in the library and online, where researchers can discuss and exchange ideas. As facilitator, I provide a point of contact for the University services available to the community, liaising especially with Student Support and Development Services, Staff Development Centre, the Graduate School, Beyond Distance Research Alliance, the Research Support Office, and the Students’ Union. The post is part of a Library initiative to develop the Graduate School Readign Room as more than a study space, providing a technology-rich virtual and physical forum for interdisciplinary postgraduate networking. It aims to co-ordinate and publicise new services for research postgraduates, including a Graduate School Media Zoo, a Virtual Reading Room, and a programme of events for postgraduate research students, such as training in digital research and networking technologies and a regular Thesis Workshop. These initiatives are used to promote academic and social networking for postgraduate research students across disciplinary boundaries, encouraging collaboration and intellectual exchange as well as enhancing the training experience and improving the productivity of the doctoral and post-doctoral research community at Leicester. The Graduate School Media Zoo will provide opportunities for postgraduate students to keep up to date with new research technologies and to experiment with their use.
Practice No. 903
Last modified: 28/10/2009 14:52:15
Institution: University of NottinghamA social and career development resource for early career researchers in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Practice No. 896
Last modified: 20/10/2009 16:37:01
Institution: University of OxfordThis day conference (13 May 2009) was intended as a contribution to the development of more open and research-informed dialogue about being a contract researcher and carrying out fixed-term research in a range of social science disciplines and in of institutions. In addition, it highlighted the role that social science reserach can play in mapping employment patterns in research and in illuminating the personal, professional and institutional issues surrounding fixed-term employment. It provided a forum to review existing evidence about fixed-term employment in research, from several angles: that of contract researchers themselves, and their career experiences and identities; that of institutions as employers; that of research governance; and that of the disciplines/ fields as a whole. The conference was convened by the Research Staff Forum of the Oxford University's Department of Education, chaired by Dr Alis Oancea, and supported by the Centre for Excellence in Preparing for Academic Practice and by the Social Sciences Division. Speakers included Jacqueline Allen-Collinson (University of Exeter), on occupational identity and the lived experience of undertaking contract research; David Mills (University of Oxford), on the demographic profile of social sciences; Lynn McAlpine (University of Oxford), on the next generation of social scientists; and Zoe Fowler (Independent consultant), on contract researchers, career development, and capacity building. Iain Cameron (Head of Careers, RCUK), Rebecca Nestor (Associate Director, Oxford Learning Institute), Matthew Smart (Divisional Officer, Oxford University Social Sciences Division), Justin Hutchence (University of Reading), and Elizabeth Oliver (University of Liverpool) acted as discussants. The conference was attended by key representatives of Oxford University and of other UK universities, including decision-makers and academic and support staff. In August 2009, the British Educational Research Association published a thematic issue of its newsletter, "Research Intelligence", which summarised the proceedings of the conference.
Practice No. 873
Last modified: 08/10/2009 15:45:33
Institution: University of LeicesterOur doctoral researchers are responsible for managing their own progress and personal and career development. The University provides support to enable students to do this and a key tool in this respect is the Research Student Progress File. Doctoral students and their supervisor(s) use this to plan and record personal development and monitor progress through the degree as well as to help them make the most of the range of researcher development training opportunities that are available.
Practice No. 872
Last modified: 08/10/2009 14:10:30
Institution: University of LeicesterThe Graduate School's Guide to Researcher Development Training is a key tool for doctoral researchers and their supervisors. It describes the University's approach to researcher development training and provides details on the range of opportunities available through our Colleges, centrally, and externally. Doctoral researchers are encouraged to use the Guide in preparing a Training Plan at the start of their research degree and then again at the start of each new year as part of a process of reflecting on their progress and revising their Plan.
Practice No. 836
Last modified: 24/08/2009 09:28:02
Institution: University of BirminghamAn interdisciplinary postgraduate-focused research conference designed to develop communication skills, team work and innovation as well as fostering international cooperation.
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.
Practice No. 829
Last modified: 30/07/2009 16:20:38
Institution: University of BirminghamThe Graduate School Networking Programme runs throughout the academic year, with events held once a month. Postgraduate researchers are encouraged to attend the events to hone their networking skills and get to know other postgraduates. The events also offer excellent opportunities for postgraduate researchers to develop essential communication skills by presenting their research to a mixed discipline audience.
Practice No. 811
Last modified: 04/06/2009 13:54:36
Institution: University of StirlingThe Researcher Task Group is a group of research staff who meet regularly to advise on the implementation of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers.