A4 - CTRIVE and ACTivator: international co-operation in competence development for research staff

Day 1 at 15:20 - CTRIVE and ACTivator: international co-operation in competence development for research staff
Day Day 1
Session A
Start time 15:20

Research staff / talent development

Code A4

James Lees, Research Advisor, Karlstad University, Sweden

Éamonn McCallion, Research Advisor, Karlstad University, Sweden

Melanie S. Jones, Engagement Lead, Research and Innovation Services, Liverpool John Moores University 

Workshop overview: 

The workshop will detail the aims and methods of the CTRIVE and ACTivator programmes, examining the common challenges experienced by KAU and LJMU in building competence among their research staff, and the solutions developed to overcome them. In particular, it will look at the types of skills training required to make research staff competitive internationally. Participants will be invited to share experiences in the creation of competence development programmes at their own institutions, and to consider how these programmes might benefit from collaboration with new international partners, or an enhanced relationship with existing ones.

Workshop topics covered: 

The workshop will consider the following questions: 

  • How can international partnerships between researcher developers best be constructed? 
  • What benefits does international co-operation between researcher developers bring to research staff at their institutions?
  • Are institutions promoting skills development which fits an increasingly mobile research community for employment across Europe and in the wider world?

Themes covered:

  • Developing a pipeline of research talent, including widening participation, strategies to attract and retain research talent, and approaches to mainstreaming equality and diversity for researchers in the research environment
  • Leadership development of early career researchers including researchers’ as leaders in different disciplines
  • Researcher development within structured doctoral programmes, including perspectives on doctoral training centres/ partnerships, Innovative Training Networks (ITNs) and other cohort based models; including European and international collaborations and organisational benefits and challenges in managing diverse researchers’ experiences
  • Researcher development across boundaries including international collaborations, inter-cultural competences, international researchers’ experiences, business/industry collaborations and engaging society through open research. 

Workshop outcomes: 

Participants will be encouraged to consider and act on: 

  • ways in which their training and development offering to research staff can be enhanced through co-operation with international partners (universities and non-academic actors);
  • ways in which the professional development of the researcher developers themselves can be promoted through such collaboration;
  • the kind of skills needed to make research staff internationally competitive, and researcher developers internationally relevant.


Presentations; small group work; discussion


ACTivator (Attitude and Capability toolkit: impact, value and assets of researchers)

CTRIVE® (Competence development Tool for Research: Intellectual Value Enhancement)