Find out more about Participatory Action Research with training days in 2017

collaboration-1106196_960_720Three workshops are being offered by the Participatory Research Hub for those interested in finding out more about this way of researching in collaboration. The workshops are open to those new to and established as researchers in universities, the voluntary and public sectors, communities and activists. Participatory research is an excellent route to research impact and one of the courses focusses on ways to involve policy-makers and practitioners in research that helps to develop policy and practice.

The three courses, all to be held at the Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan’s College, Durham University are:

  • Participatory Action Research 1: Introduction to PAR, 3rd February 2017
  • Participatory Action Research 2: Embedding participation in research practice, 3 March 2017
  • Developing Policy and Practice through Participatory Research, 15 May 2017

To find out more about the workshops and to book your place visit:

For further advice, information and toolkits about participatory research visit:  


CROS and PIRLS national researcher surveys now open

pirls logoThe University participates in two biennial national surveys of researchers – Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) and Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS).

The surveys, which are managed by Vitae and run through Bristol Online Surveys, gather anonymous data about working conditions, career aspirations and career development opportunities for research staff and research leaders in higher education institutions.

cros-logo-web-large-2011-vitaeBoth surveys will be open at Northumbria from Tuesday 21 April until Tuesday 12 May. Eligible staff should have received an email invitation with a link to the survey they are invited to complete.

Participants in the CROS survey can also enter a prize draw to win up to £1,000 to be spent on research-related activities such as conference attendance.

Professor George Marston, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), said: “At Northumbria University we have recently demonstrated through our REF performance that we are truly becoming a research-rich university. However, we also recognise that we have more to do and the importance of supporting, developing and rewarding research staff in enabling the University to achieve its goals.

“The surveys provide valuable sector-wide and institutional data regarding HE research policy drivers and trends. The findings and analysis will be used to inform Northumbria’s researcher development training programmes and other activities in support of our research-active staff. They will also be used to benchmark us against the sector.”

If you have any questions on the surveys, please contact me or my colleague Gill Drinkald in Research and Business Services.