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1 PIPERS project Policy into Practice: EURAXESS Researcher Skills for Career Development 1.Context 2.Overview 3.Partners This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No

2 21 st Century Researchers need 21 st century skills – not just research specific skills but those that help them navigate and contribute to a global knowledge economy Vitae ‘What do researchers do?’ report: Only 54% of PhD students were working in academia or as researchers, three years after they received their doctorate BUT the majority of those no longer in ‘research’ felt that their PhD had been valuable to them in their current career – and many were using research skills and knowledge in their current job Lots of mobility between sectors and occupations How do we ensure that whatever pathway researchers take, they are making the most of their careers?. Context

3 The PIPERS project is led by the British Council along with 5 partners and 15 associated Third Parties from both the EURAXESS Service Network and other academic and non-academic stakeholders from across Europe and Israel. Its aim is to support researcher career development and training in areas such as: managing a research career and researcher self-assessment leadership skills interdisciplinary working entrepreneurial skills spin-off companies/market exploitation of research results working with industry IPR issues information literacy public engagement Aim

4 Overview and objectives Identify and cascade existing good practice and training resources Develop new tools to support proactive management of researcher career paths Provide an efficient and sustainable way of disseminating these across the Network The objectives of the project will be pursued over a 24 month period Not long!

5 Core activities policy dialogue with employer stakeholders and groups representing researchers’ interests dissemination of good policy practice and training resources in researcher career development through the development of an e-platform

6 Core activities delivery of 9 “train the trainer” workshops for researcher career development staff 4 demonstration workshops with researchers; the development and testing of a self-assessment tool for researchers to enable them to be proactive in their professional and career development

7 Researchers can identify their skills and capabilities, set personal targets, and plan their professional development. Researcher mobility between academia and industry is made easier, lowering the dropout rate from within the research profession Key targets

8 Key targets The support offered by the EURAXESS Services network has an increased focus on career development of researchers, and is offered to mobile and non-mobile researchers. EURAXESS Service centre staff indicate that they will deliver researcher training on an ongoing basis EURAXESS services staff indicate that they will use the best practice examples to inform ongoing practice. The e-platform will be integrated into the EURAXESS Handbook to ensure long term

9 Impact and Outcomes-1 Desired Impact ActivityOutcome Researchers can identify their skills and capabilities, set personal targets, and plan their professional development. Self-assessment tool and e-platform with learning resources Researchers can self-assess their skills and capabilities, and use this to plan a career pathway and articulate relevant knowledge and attributes during recruitment. Researchers have access to online tools and resources to support their ongoing professional development and research career pathways. Workshops for researchers and trainers 1. Researchers as primary beneficiaries have improved skills in key areas 2. Multipliers are trained in delivering skills plus career development advice, and given access to quality assured, free to use, materials and resources. Policy discussions and formulation of guidelines Examples of best practice are shared across MS and institutions have access to guidelines to support professional development of researchers

10 Impact and Outcomes - 2 Desired Impact ActivityOutcome Researcher mobility between academia and industry is made easier, lowering the dropout rate from within the research profession Involvement of industry in workshop development and collection of resources Researchers will be equipped with skill sets which enable them to move more easily from academia to industry. Researchers will also be able to access industry relevant online resources through the e-platform. Involvement of industry in policy discussions Stakeholders from academia are more aware of the skills that researchers need to make the transition to industry Policy guidelinesResearch institutions are informed by policy guidelines and good practice examples which support academia-industry mobility.

11 Impact and Outcomes - 3 Desired Impact ActivityOutcome The support offered by the EURAXESS Services network has an increased focus on career development of researchers, and is offered to mobile and non-mobile researchers. Train the trainer workshopsEURAXESS members are able to deliver skills training and career development advice to researchers (mobile and non-mobile). Policy guidelines and e-platformEURAXESS members can learn from best practice examples of researcher support, and use these to deliver and advocate for improved researcher support within their institutions.

12 WPs WP No Work package title WP 1Project management & coordination WP 2 (FECYT lead) Policy dialogue with employer stakeholders and groups representing researchers’ interests and identification of good practice through policy case studies. WP 3 (CERTH lead) The identification, refinement and exchange of good practice and training resources and the development of workshop training programmes. WP 4 (BC/CERTH) Train the trainer workshops for researcher career development staff from the EURAXESS Network who will act as multipliers to disseminate the identified good practice more widely & demonstration workshops with researchers to test and provide feedback on training resources. WP 5 (MEF lead) Development and testing of a self-assessment tool for researchers and development of an e-platform to ensure that the good practice, resources and self-assessment tool are easily available to as wide a range of researcher career development staff and researchers as possible.

13 1.British Council (BC), United Kingdom 2.Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology), FECYT, Spain 3.University of Durham (UDUR), United Kingdom 4.Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), Greece 5.Mechanical Engineering Faculty, Univerziteta U Nisu (MEF), Serbia 6.Sofiiski Universitet Sveti Kliment Ohridski, (SU-NIS), Bulgaria Partners

14 Associated Partners CountryPartner AustriaUniversity of Vienna BelgiumUniversity of Liege CroatiaUniversity of Zagreb DenmarkAarhus University EstoniaEstonian Research Council FranceAssociation Bernard Gregory IrelandIrish Universities Association IsraelBar Ilan University ItalyFondazione Crui, ADAPT (TBC) RomaniaBanat's University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine SpainFundacion Barrie UKEpigeum, Proctor and Gamble NetherlandsNUFFIC

15 Key Milestones and Deliverables - timeline By Delivery date M1 3-4 December 2014 Kick off (D) M3Consultations with stakeholders / employers (M) M4Focus group of researchers (D) M6Literature review (D) M6Regional mapping of training needs (D) M6on-line self-assessment tool(M) M7set of good practice policy case studies (M) M7consultations with stakeholders / employers (D)

16 Key Milestones and Deliverables – timeline M10publish recommendation / guidelines (M) M11set of quality assured training resources and tools (M) M12set of quality assured training resources and tools (D) M13 set of good practice policy case studies (D) M13 impact study of the selected policy developments (D) M13 programme and training models for workshops (D) M13e-platform for career development staff & researchers (M)

17 Key Milestones and Deliverables - timeline M159 train the trainer workshops in 10 countries (M) M154 demo researcher workshops in 10 countries (M) M17Set of quality – assured training resources & tools M17programme and training models for workshops M20policy workshop at ESOF (D) M20Content for policy depository with case studies (D) M239 train the trainer workshops in 9 countries (D) M234 demo researcher workshops (D) M23E-platform for career development staff & researchers (D) M23On-line self-assessment tool (D) M24October Final meeting

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