B3 - It’s not all about workshops: a structured approach to researcher development

Day 1 at 16:30 - It’s not all about workshops: a structured approach to researcher development
Day Day 1
Session B
Start time 16:30

Researcher developers

Code B3

Dr Kieran Fenby-Hulse, Programme Manager: Early and Middle Career Researcher Development, Coventry University

Heather Sears, Programme Manager: Doctoral Training, Coventry University 

Workshop overview: 

Do workshops address the real needs of researchers, or do they simply gloss over some of the key issues researchers face? In this workshop(!), we ask attendees to question the extent to which a workshop generates deep and reflective learning that will ultimately enhance a researchers practice. Taking the increased interest in the structured doctorate as a starting point (McGloin & Wynne, Structural Changes in Doctoral Education in the UK, 2015), we will outline the structured approach taken by Coventry University to support the development of doctoral researchers and early and middle career research staff.  

Through a discussion about pressing challenges such as international mobility, cross-sector working, interdisciplinarity, and equality and diversity, the workshop asks attendees to consider the possibility of radically different forms of programming that are cohort-based, outcome-orientated, and that take into account interdisciplinary and disciplinary needs, as well as the needs of individuals and research teams. As part of the workshop, participants will be asked to work in groups to create a framework of support aligned to the Researcher Development Framework.

Workshop topics covered: 

  • Structured approaches to researcher development.
  • Cohort-based and outcome-orientated development.
  • Collaborative and cross-sector opportunities.

Themes covered:

  • New and successful ways of supporting researchers' mobility including international, inter-sectoral, interdisciplinary and virtual mobility
  • 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: 

  • To take a critical approach to the design and delivery of researcher development programmes and to imagine new types of delivery.
  • To consider the evidence underpinning the decisions we make as researcher developers.
  • To identify opportunities for international, interdisciplinary, and cross-sector collaboration within development programmes.