B4 - Integrating research and researcher development

Day 1 at 16:30 - Integrating research and researcher development
Day Day 1
Session B
Start time 16:30


Research Staff
Code B4

Dr Kieran Fenby-Hulse - Research Development Executive, Coventry University

Dr Anne Galliot - Research Development Adviser, University of Brighton

Workshop overview:

The intersection between research development and researcher development remains relatively unexplored and this is, perhaps evidenced by the fact that the two areas each have their own professional body. It is, however, only through the effective combination of the two that researchers are able to excel in their careers.

By examining both research centre and faculty-based approaches to research and researcher development, this workshop looks at how training and practice can be integrated to create a reflexive learning programme that has both tangible and “real world” outcomes. In particular, the workshop will look at how researcher development is connected to research policy issues such as the REF, Interdisciplinarity, Open Access, Practice as Research, as well as Gender and Equailty.

The workshop is led by two research developers who both have experience of, and active involvement with, researcher development. Kieran currently acts as the Research Development Executive for the Centre for Dance Research at Coventry University and Anne acts as the Research Development Adviser at Brighton University's College of Arts.

Workshop topics covered:

The session will cover:

  • The varied roles and responsibilities of research and researcher developers;
  • The intersection between research development and researcher development;
  • How to develop a holistic approach to researcher and research development as a means to improve organisational effectiveness and joining up of research strategies within and across organisations.

Themes covered:

  • New approaches to enabling researchers to reach their potential and make powerful career choices
  • Working with PIs and supervisors to transform professional development for researchers and embed professional development in the research environment
  • Researcher development within the cohort model: practice sharing from doctoral training centres/partnership and other cohort based models including European and international collaborations (e.g. ITNs)
  • Researchers' development across boundaries: learning from international collaborations, exploring inter-cultural competences and business/industry collaborations in developing researchers 

Workshop outcomes:

Particpants will:

  • Gain a better understanding of the role of research development and how this connects to career advancement;
  • Identify areas for cross-department collaboration;
  • Explore a range of different approaches to holistic training and development


Presentation and discussion