The UKRSA provides advice on policy issues affecting researchers by gathering information on researcher needs and aspirations; advising Vitae on researcher support, engagement and career development; providing a strategic view on policy development; and contributing to relevant consultations.
Examples of UKRSA involvement in policy include:
Impact and Evaluation Group (formerly the Rugby Team)
This group looks at the impact of researcher development on the employability and career development of research students and staff.
CROS steering group
The CROS steering group designs the careers in research online survey.
Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey
The planning team for the Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey will collect the views of and actions taken by principal investigators and research leaders to promote the career development of the research staff that they manage. The UKRSA provides a representative to this group whose role will be advisory in relation to the survey content and interpretation.
Concordat Implementation Strategy group
The Concordat Implementation Strategy group is a high level group overseeing the implementation of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers.
Examples of past UKRSA involvement in policy include:
Vitae researcher development conferences
Members of the UKRSA have given workshops at the Vitae annual conference to explore ways that UKRSA members and training and development professionals (the target audience of the conference) can collaborate.
Chris Thomson was also in the expert panel in the plenary on research staff, presenting the UKRSA response to recent policy developments and other issues in 2010, while Didi Spencer did so in 2011.
The expert panel for the independent review of Roberts' recommendations
This panel provides a high-level and independent assessment of the impact of work that has been done to implement the recommendations of Sir Gareth Roberts' Review (SET for Success, 2002) regarding the employability and career development of research students and staff.
HEFCE event on equality and diversity in research
A group of senior academics and human resources professionals was gathered by HEFCE in July 2010 to discuss ongoing inequalities in research careers.