21 January 2010
By Tennie Videler
At the research staff conference in November a pressing need for a research staff community was made clear. I also asked for volunteers for an advisory group for Vitae. On Tuesday I met with about a dozen members of these volunteers. During the meeting we agreed a remit that is wider than that. The group will be independent and called ‘UKRSA, supported by Vitae’ to indicate that it is a continuation of the NRSA (National research staff association). The group aims to take a central position in building a community for research staff in the UK as well as advising Vitae and other organisations.
They elected two co-chairs, David Proctor and Elizabeth Dodson. Ashley Pringle from the NRSA was present and agreed to be part of the group, bringing with him lots of experience of being part of the NRSA. It is very exciting to see the re-emergence of a research staff association and the enthusiasm of the people present fills me with hope for their role.
I will update you when objectives and actions have been agreed. Watch this space