Coming soon! Academic Development and Researcher Training Programme for University staff

Don’t miss out on our varied training offer. The sessions below are coming soon, but you can view our full programme here.

Overview of the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

Wednesday, April 11, 2018  3pm-4pm

The session will put the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in context, providing the background to the exercise, a brief overview of the outcome from REF2014, and information on known changes to the guidance for REF2021.

Aims and Objectives

  • Understand changes between REF2014 and REF2021
  • Plan the next steps in your REF involvement

UK Higher Education Insights

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 2pm-3.30pm

This session will explore the UK Higher Education landscape, including challenges and opportunities relating to academic and non-academic roles within institutions.  This aims to provide delegates with the knowledge to effectively plan their higher education career and to apply it successfully within applications and at interviews.

This session aims to develop researcher knowledge of the higher education landscape so that they can have a better understanding of the broader context and trends relevant to their role, team and institution.

By the end of the session delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the key trends that will impact higher education in the future, including issues of policy, governance, funding and research
  • Recognise the variety of academic and non-academic roles and how these work with one-another
  • Reflect on the top things those new to higher education need to know
  • Develop a knowledge of higher education acronyms
  • Know where to look for further support

Evidencing research Impact

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 12pm-1pm

You’ve made an impact, how can you prove it? This bite size session looks at what makes good evidence of research impact with ideas on planning to generate, gather, analyse and use evidence.

Aims and Objectives

  • Understand how you might evidence impact
  • Access resources to further develop their knowledge of research impact
  • Have a plan to generate and use evidence of impact

Understanding Open Access

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 1pm-2pm

Open Access publication is now integral to scholarly communication and many research funders now require publications developed through their funding to be freely available online. In addition, HEFCE requires all journal articles and conference proceedings to be made Open Access within three months of acceptance for publication.

Aims and Objectives

  • The open access requirements that academics need to comply with
  • Support available at Northumbria to ensure OA compliance

Writing Retreat

Monday, April 23, 2018 9.30am-4pm

This is a session dedicated to writing, whether that be grant writing or writing for publication. It will allow people a space away from their office where they can come along and write free from distraction. There will be a quiet room to work in (with no talking and phones on silent please!). This will also be an opportunity to meet and talk to colleagues from across the university.

Please note that you must must bring your own writing instruments/electronic writing device.

Aims and Objectives:

  • Developed your academic writing skills
  • Will have completed a personal writing aim
  • Will have planned your next writing aim

Developing research impact in funding bids

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 1pm-2pm

Many funders, including the UK Research Councils and European Commission, ask applicants to address the likely impact of their research as part of the application for funding.

Aims and Objectives

  • Think through the contribution that their research might make to the society or the economy
  • Identify the pathways to demonstrable impact

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Academic Development and Researcher Training Programme for University staff – April 2018

Don’t miss out on our varied training offer. The sessions below are coming soon, but you can view our full programme here.

Overview of the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

Wednesday, April 11, 2018  3pm-4pm

The session will put the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in context, providing the background to the exercise, a brief overview of the outcome from REF2014, and information on known changes to the guidance for REF2021.

Aims and Objectives

  • Understand changes between REF2014 and REF2021
  • Plan the next steps in your REF involvement

UK Higher Education Insights

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 2pm-3.30pm

This session will explore the UK Higher Education landscape, including challenges and opportunities relating to academic and non-academic roles within institutions.  This aims to provide delegates with the knowledge to effectively plan their higher education career and to apply it successfully within applications and at interviews.

This session aims to develop researcher knowledge of the higher education landscape so that they can have a better understanding of the broader context and trends relevant to their role, team and institution.

By the end of the session delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the key trends that will impact higher education in the future, including issues of policy, governance, funding and research
  • Recognise the variety of academic and non-academic roles and how these work with one-another
  • Reflect on the top things those new to higher education need to know
  • Develop a knowledge of higher education acronyms
  • Know where to look for further support

Evidencing research Impact

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 12pm-1pm

You’ve made an impact, how can you prove it? This bite size session looks at what makes good evidence of research impact with ideas on planning to generate, gather, analyse and use evidence.

Aims and Objectives

  • Understand how you might evidence impact
  • Access resources to further develop their knowledge of research impact
  • Have a plan to generate and use evidence of impact

Understanding Open Access

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 1pm-2pm

Open Access publication is now integral to scholarly communication and many research funders now require publications developed through their funding to be freely available online. In addition, HEFCE requires all journal articles and conference proceedings to be made Open Access within three months of acceptance for publication.

Aims and Objectives

  • The open access requirements that academics need to comply with
  • Support available at Northumbria to ensure OA compliance

Writing Retreat

Monday, April 23, 2018 9.30am-4pm

This is a session dedicated to writing, whether that be grant writing or writing for publication. It will allow people a space away from their office where they can come along and write free from distraction. There will be a quiet room to work in (with no talking and phones on silent please!). This will also be an opportunity to meet and talk to colleagues from across the university.

Please note that you must must bring your own writing instruments/electronic writing device.

Aims and Objectives:

  • Developed your academic writing skills
  • Will have completed a personal writing aim
  • Will have planned your next writing aim

Developing research impact in funding bids

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 1pm-2pm

Many funders, including the UK Research Councils and European Commission, ask applicants to address the likely impact of their research as part of the application for funding.

Aims and Objectives

  • Think through the contribution that their research might make to the society or the economy
  • Identify the pathways to demonstrable impact

Book your places here.

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Coming up! On the Academic Development and Researcher Training Programme for University staff

These training sessions are coming soon as part of our Academic Development and Researcher Training Programme for University staff. They are aligned to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework and contribute to your continuous professional development. View the rest of the programme here.

Examining a Doctorate

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 1pm – 3pm

This session is aimed at those who are new to examining doctoral candidates and the primary responsibilities involved. It will focus on the procedures at Northumbria University and in addition will discuss how examiners can ensure that the work is of an appropriate standard.

Aims and Objectives

  • How a doctoral examination proceeds
  • How to support doctoral candidates through the process

Postgraduate Researcher Supervisors Workshop

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 10am – 12pm

This workshop is an opportunity PGR supervisors to learn about the support mechanisms available for PGRs at Northumbria. This session will introduce staff to the procedures and practices at Northumbria for postgraduate research including recruitment, progression and examination.

Aims and Objectives

  • Introduce processes and procedures at Northumbria
  • Cover ethics and integrity of research and supervisory relationship

European funding: individual fellowships

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 10am  – 11am

This session focuses on the fellowship awards available for individuals in Horizon 2020, including both Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions and the European Research Council.

Potential applicants with a strong track record can apply for independent fellowships that do not require collaboration with other institutions. Generous grants are offered for academics at various stages in their careers and this session will acquaint participants with the components and eligibility requirements of the scheme.

Aims and Objectives

  • The awards available
  • The eligibility criteria
  • How to apply

Getting started with grant-writing

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 12pm – 1pm

This session will help colleagues who are new to grant-writing by talking them through key issues to consider when developing a funding application. It is suitable for those who have little or no research funding experience but who are keen to start seeking external funding to develop their research and collaborations further.

Aims and Objectives

  • Improve understanding of key issues in funding applications
  • Discuss benefits of external funding and collaboration

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Coming Up! On the Academic Development and Researcher Training Programme for University staff

Examining a Doctorate

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 1pm – 3pm

This session is aimed at those who are new to examining doctoral candidates and the primary responsibilities involved. It will focus on the procedures at Northumbria University and in addition will discuss how examiners can ensure that the work is of an appropriate standard.

Aims and Objectives

  • How a doctoral examination proceeds
  • How to support doctoral candidates through the process

Postgraduate Researcher Supervisors Workshop

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 10am  – 12pm

This workshop is an opportunity PGR supervisors to learn about the support mechanisms available for PGRs at Northumbria. This session will introduce staff to the procedures and practices at Northumbria for postgraduate research including recruitment, progression and examination.

Aims and Objectives

  • Introduce processes and procedures at Northumbria
  • Cover ethics and integrity of research and supervisory relationship

European funding: individual fellowships

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 10am – 11am

This session focuses on the fellowship awards available for individuals in Horizon 2020, including both Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions and the European Research Council.

Potential applicants with a strong track record can apply for independent fellowships that do not require collaboration with other institutions. Generous grants are offered for academics at various stages in their careers and this session will acquaint participants with the components and eligibility requirements of the scheme.

Aims and Objectives

  • The awards available
  • The eligibility criteria
  • How to apply

Getting started with grant-writing

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 12pm  – 1pm

This session will help colleagues who are new to grant-writing by talking them through key issues to consider when developing a funding application. It is suitable for those who have little or no research funding experience but who are keen to start seeking external funding to develop their research and collaborations further.

Aims and Objectives

  • Improve understanding of key issues in funding applications
  • Discuss benefits of external funding and collaboration

Book your places here.

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Academic Development and Researcher Training Programme for University staff – March 2018

These training sessions are coming soon as part of our Academic Development and Researcher Training Programme for University staff. They are aligned to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework and contribute to your continuous professional development. View the rest of the programme here.

European funding: individual fellowships

6th March 2018, 10am – 11am

This session focuses on the fellowship awards available for individuals in Horizon 2020, including both Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions and the European Research Council.

Potential applicants with a strong track record can apply for independent fellowships that do not require collaboration with other institutions. Generous grants are offered for academics at various stages in their careers and this session will acquaint participants with the components and eligibility requirements of the scheme.

Aims and Objectives

  • The awards available
  • The eligibility criteria
  • How to apply

Independent Non Examining Chair Briefing

7th March 2018, 10am – 12pm

The Independent Non-Examining Chair College was created to ensure equity and fairness in the examination process. ICs should be current members of the Universty’s academic staff who have:

  • successfully supervised to completion at least one research degree candidate (PhD or Professional Doctorate);
  • experience of examining for, or has attended as supervisor, the degree being examined

Members of the University’s Research Degrees Committee are automatically members of the IC College. Faculty Associate Pro Vice-Chancellors (Research and Innovation) should nominate sufficient members who satisfy the above criteria, to make certain that enough capacity is available in each Faculty to ensure the volume of annual research degree examinations can take place.

Aims and Objectives

  • Know the nature of the role as specified in the current regulations
  • Consider the actions & good practice required in the role
  • Wrestle with some of the typical challenges and dilemmas inherent in the role.

Writing Retreat

9th March 2018, 9.30am – 4pm

This is a session dedicated to writing, whether that be grant writing or writing for publication. It will allow people a space away from their office where they can come along and write free from distraction. There will be a quiet room to work in (with no talking and phones on silent please!). This will also be an opportunity to meet and talk to colleagues from across the university.

Please note that you must must bring your own writing instruments/electronic writing device.

Aims and Objectives:

  • Developed your academic writing skills
  • Will have completed a personal writing aim
  • Will have planned your next writing aim

Examining a Doctorate

14th March 2018, 1pm  – 3pm

This session is aimed at those who are new to examining doctoral candidates and the primary responsibilities involved. It will focus on the procedures at Northumbria University and in addition will discuss how examiners can ensure that the work is of an appropriate standard.

Aims and Objectives

  • How a doctoral examination proceeds
  • How to support doctoral candidates through the process

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Don’t miss out! How to create and deliver impact-led research initiatives with Professor Alister Scott – 13th February 2018

Join Professor Scott for a briefing session followed by questions and answers where he will explore how to create and deliver impact-led research initiatives in innovative ways.

Alister works at disciplinary and professional boundaries in dealing with interdisciplinary problems in his field of Geography. Bringing expertise from both policy and academic positions, his research model involves co-developing research projects with policy and practice communities who then become embedded as members of research teams to maximise impact and social learning.

Alister’s research addresses “messy” problems in policy and decision making across both built and natural environments. He has published over 45 peer reviewed papers and secured grants in excess of £2 million. He has also produced over 100 popular articles, policy brief videos, web portals, plays and even game boards and has written regularly for national and regional newspapers as part of his knowledge exchange work.

At Northumbria, he provides leadership to the Bioeconomy multidisciplinary research theme with particular interest in realising the value(s) of nature and has just started a NERC knowledge exchange fellow post on mainstreaming green infrastructure.

Other current projects include:

  • testing and assessing a natural capital planning tool in different planning contexts (NERC);
  • developing citizen- led innovation as part of the Birmingham Urban Living pilot project (RCUK and Innovate UK);
  • using game-based formats to help improve participatory processes and outcomes (ESRC);
  • working with several planning authorities to help mainstream the ecosystem approach in local plans (Northumbria)

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How to create and deliver impact-led research initiatives with Professor Alister Scott – 13th February 2018

Join Professor Scott for a briefing session followed by questions and answers where he will explore how to create and deliver impact-led research initiatives in innovative ways.

Alister works at disciplinary and professional boundaries in dealing with interdisciplinary problems in his field of Geography. Bringing expertise from both policy and academic positions, his research model involves co-developing research projects with policy and practice communities who then become embedded as members of research teams to maximise impact and social learning.

Alister’s research addresses “messy” problems in policy and decision making across both built and natural environments. He has published over 45 peer reviewed papers and secured grants in excess of £2 million. He has also produced over 100 popular articles, policy brief videos, web portals, plays and even game boards and has written regularly for national and regional newspapers as part of his knowledge exchange work.

At Northumbria, he provides leadership to the Bioeconomy multidisciplinary research theme with particular interest in realising the value(s) of nature and has just started a NERC knowledge exchange fellow post on mainstreaming green infrastructure.

Other current projects include:

  • testing and assessing a natural capital planning tool in different planning contexts (NERC);
  • developing citizen- led innovation as part of the Birmingham Urban Living pilot project (RCUK and Innovate UK);
  • using game-based formats to help improve participatory processes and outcomes (ESRC);
  • working with several planning authorities to help mainstream the ecosystem approach in local plans (Northumbria)

Book your place here.

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