D5 - So many courses, So little time - Integration for minimum investment and maximum reward

Day Day 2
Code D5
Start time 13:40
Room Surrey
Work with Research Staff

Emma Sandon-Hesketh, Head of Researcher Development, University of Central Lancashire

Trudi Emmens, Senior Research Training Coordinator, University of Central Lancashire

Workshop overview: 

As Researcher developers, we are passionate about and committed to the principle of offering our stakeholders all the provision they could ever need.  Workshops on this, Webinars on that, videos on the other .. but to what extent are various services replicating training for staff?  Let's think of Legal and GDPR training - yes, it ticks the information governance box, but surely - a lot more? Ethics, integrity, good research practice, project management etc .  To what extent can the demands of the ever increasing training obligations on staff - obligations that might undermine their energy and enthusiasm - be amalgamated into smaller subsets of events - by collaborative delivery?  And to what extent can attendance at training be counted toward professional accreditation - as well as the benefit of immediate learning in the topic advertised? 

This workshop will look briefly at one model that UCLan is working on to combine CPD frameworks with models for the Academic Professional Apprenticeship (Research specialist route),but more importantly, facilitate group exchange on other models that could minimise the trainee input/attendance, yet maximise output - by thinking differently about training approaches - and the rewards of and incentives for, training.

Workshop topics covered: 

  • the researcher identity  - what is a researcher and what training do they require
  • collaboration is the name of the game - how much less can we do, if we collaborate more; multi-service delivery and amalgamated training
  • Academic Professional Apprenticeships - where do they fit in and how best to integrate them
  • Mentoring - to what extent does good research staff development rely on good Mentors
  • Accreditation options - how to we get the best return for their investment

Themes covered:

  • Research staff and supply of talent; strategies and practice, developing a pipeline of research talent through strategies to attract and retain researchers
  • Employability of researchers; enabling career transitions, championing the breadth of researcher careers and encouraging intersectoral mobility
  • Engaging research leaders, principal investigators and supervisors in professional development and nurturing the careers of researchers

Workshop outcomes: 

  • Determination of researcher CPD priorities
  • Model exemplars for collaborative workshops, maximising on input whilst minimising on events
  • Understanding of the Academic Professional Apprenticeship scheme for Researchers
  • Idea generation and collaboration potential


Facilitated / self directed