Researcher Networks Working Group

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Contribute an example of practice for the researcher networks toolbox


As organisations sign up to the Researcher Development Concordat they need to consider how they can support researchers to get involved in institutional policy and develop experience and understanding of the research system by participating in committees, societies and associations within the institution.

At Vitae, we play our role as a facilitator, joining up such groups to share knowledge and gain momentum for their initiatives.

With the launch of this latest group:  Researcher Networks Working Group, we are looking to involve staff doctoral researchers, research staff and those who support researchers from a Vitae member organisation, to help establish, grow and maintain these networks.

Challenges include:

- how to start a new researcher community or network

- engaging with groups who are not campus based, or where an institution has multiple campuses

- maintaining momentum when key group members have to step away

- how to engage those that don't ordinarily participate

- diversity and inclusion within networks

Read the update from Vitae Researcher Networks Working Group as it enters its second phase of activity

The current members of this working group are:

  • Helen Leech, co-Chair, Research and Innovation Manager for the Division of Natural Sciences, University of Kent
  • Saneeya Qureshi, co-Chair, Head of Researcher Development and Culture, University of Liverpool
  • Alexandra AndersonStrategic Research Officer, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Helen CunnoldResearcher Development Coordinator, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
  • Matthew Day, Deputy Dean (Research and Innovation) with the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Jemima Ho, Research staff, King's College London
  • Angela Midgley, Researcher Developer, University of Liverpool
  • Eleanor Pritchard, Researcher Development Coordinator, University of Oxford
  • Tracy Piper-Wright, Deputy Head of Art and Design, University of Chester

If you are interested in getting involved in the working group please contact us.