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

Book your places here!

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Supporting student mental health – free activities!

In support of University Mental Health Day on 1 March, Northumbria Sport and Student Support and Wellbeing are offering a number of free activities to all students.

Northumbria Sport are offering the following sessions (to book visit their website):

Stan Calvert Memorial Fun Run ​Saturday 24 February 2018
​Coaches/Staff Workshop Tuesday 27 February 2018
Mental Health Workshops ​Tuesday 27 & Wednesday 28 February 2018
Bring a Friend – Free Sessions ​Between 26 February – 4 March 2018

Student Support and Wellbeing, are running the following workshops (all are taking place from 14.00-15.30). To  book send an email to as.counsellingandmentalhealth@northumbria.ac.uk

Social Confidence​ ​Wednesday 28 February 2018
​Getting Things Done ​Wednesday 7 March 2018
​Stress and Worry ​Wednesday 14 March 2018
​Relaxation ​Wednesday 21 March 2018
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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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Staff Training Now Available

Northumbria University’s Academic Development and Research Training Programme for semester 2 of 2017/18 is now online at northumbria.ac.uk/StaffResearcherDevelopment

To book your place for any of the sessions, visit the online booking system here.

We are also now launching our new Blackboard resource which contains new online training content which can be accessed where this proves more convenient than attending face-to-face training sessions.

Here are some instructions on how to access this:

Any questions regarding researcher development can be directed to researchsupport@northumbria.ac.uk

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PGR Training in person and online – Available now!

Northumbria University’s Professional Development and Research Training Programme for semester 2 of 2017/18 is now online at northumbria.ac.uk/PGRResearcherDevelopment.

To book your place for any of the sessions, visit the online booking system here.

We are also now launching our new Blackboard resource which contains new online training content which can be accessed where this proves more convenient than attending face-to-face training sessions.

Here are some instructions on how to access this:

On our Researcher Development web page  you will find other resources which you may find useful for example:

  • details of our Postgraduate Research Bursary Schemes
  • career support
  • training offered by the University Library etc.

You can find helpful information from The Graduate School here.

Any questions regarding researcher development can be directed to researchsupport@northumbria.ac.uk

Any non-researcher development questions should be directed to the Graduate School staff aligned to your faulty:

Faculty Mailbox
Arts, Design and Social Sciences ad.graduateschool@northumbria.ac.uk
Business and Law bl.graduateschool@northumbria.ac.uk
Engineering and Environment ee.graduateschool@northumbria.ac.uk
Health and Life Sciences hl.graduateschool@northumbria.ac.uk

 

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#Vitaechat: 19 October, 12 – 1pm Focus-on: Getting started – ‘What every researcher needs to know’

Whatever your situation, taking a professional approach to your development from the start can help make the path smoother, and enable you to be more successful in the long run.

During your doctoral or postdoctoral research you will push the boundary of current knowledge, increasingly becoming an expert in your field. However, being a professional researcher involves not just writing a thesis or papers, but also developing your skills and building your profile. So how do you make the most of your PhD or postdoc and prepare yourself for what’s coming next?

Join the #vitaechat – What every new researcher needs to know’ on Thursday 19 October from 12 until 1pm and find out more about:

  • what first steps should be taken when undertaking your PhD or starting a new postdoc role
  • managing supervisor/PI relationships
  • planning your research project
  • identifying your typical milestones
  • prioritising your development opportunities
  • when best to start thinking about your post-PhD career

The moderator will be joined by a panel of researchers at various stages of their careers to discuss what they wish they’d known when starting out. The #vitaechat will help you to answer questions such as:

  • As a PhD researcher, or postdoc in a new role, which first steps should I take?
  • How do I manage my relationship with my supervisor or PI?
  • How do I plan my research project and what are the typical milestones?
  • What kind of development opportunities will I have, and how do I prioritise them?
  • When should I start thinking about my post-PhD career?

This is a good opportunity to understand to gain essential tips and understand what to expect next from experts who have been on a similar journey.

What’s even better is that you don’t even have to leave your desk!

You’ll find more information here.

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Bookings now open for Staff and PGR training programmes

Exciting news! Bookings are now open for our Staff and Postgraduate Research Student training programmes.

Academic Development and Researcher Training programme (Staff) 

The programme is mapped against the Vitae Researcher Development Framework and supports academic staff in four key areas:

  • Knowledge and intellectual abilities
  • Personal effectiveness
  • Research governance and organisation
  • Engagement, influence and impact

Sessions include An Introduction to the Pure Research Information System, Examining a Doctorate, Getting started with Grant-writing and Understanding Open Access.

 

Professional Development and Researcher Training Programme (Students)

Researcher development supports the growth of you as a researcher by developing your research and transferable skills, helping you to grow your academic network and building your research profile.

We can support you to:

  • Get the most from your current role or research programme;
  • Develop your skills as a researcher
  • Create a stronger research profile for applications for funding and future posts

 

Sessions include To Tweet or not to Tweet – Social Media for Researchers, Reality Check: Maintaining Motivation throughout your Doctorate and Networking and Making the Most of Conferences.

New for this academic year

We are also running a Writing Retreat for both staff and PGRs

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 usual place of work 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. There will be a mix of full and half day sessions. Attendees must bring their own writing instruments/electronic writing device.

For more information on both programmes and to book your place click here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/research/researcher-development/

Follow us on Twitter for updates on sessions @NorthumbriaResD

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Get informed with free online course
Explore Parliament’s impact on society and how you can use your influence and get involved. Sign up for a free online course on the work of the UK Parliament and discover how it’s evolving. Course starts on 18 September 2017.
Sign up now!

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Public Affairs and Media Training Opportunity for EPSRC-Funded Researchers

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EPSRC is currently advertising an opportunity to apply for a place on a Public Affairs and Media Training course to run on 3rd – 4th October 2017:

https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/calls/risemakingconnections/

RISE: Making Connections will:

  • Provide the opportunity for EPSRC researchers to make connections across a range of Stakeholders to help promote EPS to a wider audience
  • Support individuals in maximising their potential and making their own connections
  • Provide political awareness training and media training

The opportunity is open only to researchers currently supported via EPSRC grants. The deadline for applications is 31st July 2017.

Application is via a web-form at the link above but you also need to include a signed statement which includes a signature from the University Research Office to confirm the grant, so please get in touch with your Faculty RFPM as soon as possible if you’re interested in applying.

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Interested in training on the University’s Globelynx media system?

Northumbria’s Marketing Department is holding a series of workshops in May on the Globelynx media system that the University recently acquired. This is a high definition camera on campus allowing academics to be interviewed easily and quickly by national and international broadcasters.

The workshops will be held in the Globelynx room – Lipman 014, City Campus – and will last 2 hours. If you would like to take part please email media.communications@northumbria.ac.uk stating which day and which session you would like to attend from the below as places are limited. There will be 3 workshops per day and 5 spaces available for each workshop;

Thursday May 11:              09:00am – 11:00am, 12:30pm – 14:30pm  and 15:00pm to 17:00pm

Tuesday May 23:               09:00am – 11:00am, 12:30pm – 14:30pm  and 15:00pm to 17:00pm

Wednesday May 24:          09:00am – 11:00am, 12:30pm – 14:30pm  and 15:00pm to 17:00pm

Thursday May 25:              09:00am – 11:00am, 12:30pm – 14:30pm  and 15:00pm to 17:00pm

For further information, please contact Rik Kendall, PR and Media Manager: +44 (0)191 227 3598, rik.kendall@northumbria.ac.uk

 

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