Presentation on theme: "Research Careers and Development Framework 22nd August 2012."— Presentation transcript:
Research Careers and Development Framework 22nd August 2012
Background Key points from last meeting. How we are addressing these. Summary of other current initiatives. Update on Research Careers & Development Framework.
What you Said There is no opportunity for progression, with the exception of recruitment. There is no mechanism for bridging funding. Need clarity on supervision. Need clarity on teaching. Issues regarding recognition of researchers were also raised.
What you Said All research grades should be eligible to vote in Governing Authority elections. The contract management policy should be explained to each new entrant. Training and development is important for research. Researchers should be able to submit funding proposals.
What You Said: Mechanism for Progression What you Said: There is no mechanism for progression, with the exception of recruitment. Response: A job evaluation mechanism has been agreed by Executive Committee for progression to senior research positions.
What You Said: Mechanism for Progression This will normally apply to anyone with more than three years service. Certain standards of research output will be expected. Hay will issue a recommendation. Subject to funding in place for a further minimum period of 12 months.
What You Said: Clarity on Teaching What you said: Clarity is needed around researchers role in teaching. Response: The research staff role profiles were circulated following the last meeting and are posted on the HR website: – May participate in limited teaching hours for own development. The extent of this must not adversely impact the primary research role.
What You Said: Bridging Funding What you Said: Bridging funding should be made available. Response: It is not possible to put in place a general facility for the provision of bridging funding – the provision of bridging funding was evaluated, but was not deemed feasible within current financial constraints
What You Said: Submission of Funding Proposals What you Said: Researchers should be able to submit funding proposals. Response: All researchers can submit proposals in line with funding body policies and procedures.
What You Said: Voting Rights What you Said: Research Officers should be able to vote in Governing Authority elections. Response: The Corporate Secretarys Office has informed HR that Governing Authority has approved a revised electorate for voting in the forthcoming Governing Authority elections, that includes Research Officers.
What You Said: Supervision of PhD students What you Said: Researchers should be able to act as sole supervisors. Response: Co-supervision is preferable, not just for research staff. The role profiles state that researchers: May act as co-supervisor or be a member of a supervision panel.
What You Said: Contract Management Policy What you Said: The contract management policy should be explained to each new entrant. Response: The contract management policy will be explained at the induction programme to all new members of staff All new research staff are required to attend induction The next Induction training programme is scheduled for Thursday, 6th September 2012 in the Board Room, Plassey House
What You Said: Training and Development What you Said: Training and Development is important for research. Response: Twelve research-specific programmes have been run since November 2011 All other University training and development programmes also available for researchers. On-line Epigeum research specific training programmes are available on the HR website: – Intellectual Property in the Research Context – Entrepreneurship for Researchers – Research Skills & Career Planning – Skills for Research Leaders (available online early 2013) – The University and College Teaching Programme
What You Said: Training and Development The Research and Knowledge Transfer (Leadership Development Programme) Research coaching programme planned for next semester PDRS for Research Staff Applying for EU Funding Writing for Publication
Other Initiatives Euraxess: Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R): – A detailed plan for coming five years. – Agreement on important initiatives for research. – Access to experience of range of other European universities. What is involved? – Gap analysis undertaken. – Steering committee in place. – Action plan underway. – Will be subject to external audit. – Will be published on HR website once approved by EU
Research Careers & Development Framework – An Overview Background Guiding Principles, and Realities Overview of Proposed Framework
Background European Strategy: -The European Charter for Researchers -Euraxess National Strategy: - Higher Education Research Group (HERG) -Advisory Science Council -Irish Universities Association (IUA)
Guiding Principles Access to training & continuous development Clarity Recognition Explicit Focus on your Career
Realities Approximately 14% of those who do a PhD remain in academia. Government funding declining – fewer academic posts.
Key Elements Recruitment RecruitmentSupportYour Career… Train Develop Coach Plan Support Advise Progress Industry Spin-Out Company Research Career Academia Entrepreneur
Key Elements Researcher Development Framework Research Contracts Researcher Coaching Programme Development Programmes Researcher Career Planning Job Evaluation for Senior Research Posts Research Role Profiles Careers Support Seminars Attract Excellent Researchers
Research Career Planning PDRS Additional Focus on Career Management A. Short-Term Career Objectives (Year 1): 1.Research and Scholarship 2.Communication 3.Liaison/ networking/ Collaborative working 4.Project / Time / Resource Management 5.Expertise B. Long-Term Career Objectives
Training and Development Twelve research-specific programmes have been run since November 2011 – Intellectual Property – Research Ethics – Persuasive Communication – Working with industry All other training and development programmes also available for researchers. On-line Epigeum research specific training programmes are available on the HR Research website: – Intellectual Property in the Research Context – Entrepreneurship for Researchers – Research Skills & Career Planning – Skills for Research Leaders (available online early 2013) – The University and College Teaching Programme
Research Role Profiles The role profiles will provide you with clear expectations about what is required to be successful in the job. For use at recruitment for drafting adverts. Four Key Headings: – Research – Supervision – Contribution to Research Culture / UL Profile. – Qualifications and Experience.
Careers Support Seminars UL Careers Office External Providers