What does the UKRSA do?

The UK Research Staff Association (UKRSA), in association with Vitae, aims to provide a collective voice for research staff across the UK, through building researcher communities and influencing policy. It is also involved with research staff issues on a national and international level, and encourages research staff to engage with their institutions on issues affecting them at a local level.

To find out more about what UKRSA are up to at the moment, please check out the UKRSA website.

What is an RSA?

Research staff associations are researcher-led groups or organisations that provide support for new and existing researchers.

Research staff are in a unique position to inform and develop the skills and knowledge base within their institutions. They can provide a focal point for their institutions to engage with on research staff issues and initiatives. Examples of areas where research staff may contribute within their Institutions are:

  • Informing institutional policy through representation on local committees covering areas such as working conditions, professional development and career opportunities
  • Facilitating the organisation of training activities or career development sessions for other researchers
  • Ensuring that the provisions introduced by employers deliver to research staff and are tailored to their needs.

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Who runs the UKRSA?

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