Conference blog 2010
This blog is a space to post your thoughts and reflections on conference themes for 2010. Blogs and comments are welcomed from:
- those unable to attend the conference.
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08 June 2010
Vitae Research Staff Conference 2010: Report on Workshop B1 - Case study examples from local RSAs and launch of RSA guide
This workshop consisted of talks by four speakers; Dr. Rob Hardwick who gave an Introduction to the UKRSA guide to Research Staff Associations, Dr. David Proctor who spoke about his extensive experience as co-chair of the College of Life Sciences Postdoc Association at the University of Dundee, Dr Jo Rees who told us about her experience with Postdocs of Cambridge and Sheila Thompson, a champion of Research Staff Associations at the University of Edinburgh, who explained how Universities can help Research Staff Associations. This was followed by a constructive discussion session focused on the experiences of the workshop members in setting up and running successful Research Staff Associations. A summary of the talks and discussion session is provided within.
10 November 2010
Dear All I was due to run special interest session at the conference on using Elluminate! (or equivalents) for web-cam-based collaborative
24 August 2010
03 November 2010
First of all, I’d like to thank those who participated in my discussion session. The topic provoked some very useful comments on the issues and experiences Universities have so far had with the move toward open access to PhD theses. The tradition of placing a copy of a PhD thesis in the University library following examination has caused little concern with regard to issues of confidentiality, e.g., protecting commercial interests and the privacy of individuals, or other academic interests, e.g., journal publications or research grants. However, the move toward “open access” to theses, whereby an electronic copy is made available which is potentially discoverable and accessible via the internet, changes the landscape considerably. My session was essentially exploratory, to gauge reaction to this relatively recent change. The views expressed offered a mixed picture – some had seen no evidence of change so far, no additional requests for confidentiality or concerns expressed by academics or students, though in many cases mandatory e-submission is still quite recent. However, it was generally felt that many academics and students remain unaware of the change, or (in the case of students) did not fully understand the implications. Others offered an indication of the possible problems to come, with signs that where Universities have succeeded in raising awareness, this can sometimes lead to an over-reaction. I intend to take this forward as a more formal, in-depth study that hopefully a much wider audience can benefit from. If you have a view or experiences to share, please do add your comments to this blog, I’d love to hear from you.
09 September 2010
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