Research and knowledge exchange

Training and development

Research Staff Development Series 2016-2017

The spring and summer programmes are now live.

All research staff development events are run by the Research Staff Office

and are free for University of Sussex staff to attend.


Spring Events

April 2017

Understanding Publication Metrics (Wednesday 5th April, 10am-12pm) (Run by RDP)

Title

Understanding Publication Metrics

Please note that this event is organised by the Doctoral School Researcher Development Programme

Date/Time

Wednesday 5th April, 10.00-12.00

Location

Library Training Room

Audience

Doctoral researchers in all stages from all disciplines. Research staff are also welcome to book a place to attend this workshop.

Outline

Bibliometrics & altmetrics are frequently used to demonstrate the impact & influence of research.

This practical workshop will introduce you to some of the tools that you can use to measure the research impact of authors, articles & journals.

The workshop will cover:

  • Impact factors
  • Citation analysis
  • H-index
  • Altmetrics

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the workshop you will have

  • Discovered the advantages of each metric as well as the potential for misuse, and considered how to use metrics responsibly
  • Learnt how to find & evaluate the impact factor of journals
  • Discovered how to use bibliometrics & altmetrics to illustrate the use of your research & that of others

Presenters

Helen Webb, Research Support Librarian 

Booking Information

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

(If you do not have a Sussex Direct login, please email researchstaffoffice@sussex.ac.uk to book your place)

Planning for REF2021: How to Plan and Publish with REF in Mind (Thursday 6th April, 12-2pm) (Run by the Library)

Title

Planning for REF2021: How to Plan and Publish with REF in Mind

Please note that this event is organised by the Library

Date/Time

Thursday 6th April, 12.00-14.00

Location

Library Meeting Room 

Audience

Research staff and early career academic faculty

Outline

The next Research Excellence Framework, the UK’s national research assessment exercise, is likely to be significantly different to previous incarnations. The REF creates significant opportunities for institutions, research groups and individuals to showcase outstanding areas of research and of its impact. All researchers and related other relevant University staff working in UK Higher Education need to be aware of the REF, but the issue of whether, or how far, the REF should affect individual publication planning and impact-linked research activities is both controversial in principle and difficult in practice, given continuing changes to the exercise. Two senior academic leaders, Professor Phil Ashworth from the University of Brighton and Professor Gordon Harold from Sussex, discuss how researchers can productively work in a REF environment, recognising features of the process to which they can positively contribute, and which can promote both individual and institutional interests and opportunities.

Speakers:

Prof Phil Ashworth, Director of Research and Development, Brighton

Prof Gordon Harold, Director of Research Partnerships and Impact, Sussex 

Chair:

Kitty Inglis, Librarian, Sussex

Presenters

Helen Webb, Research Support Librarian 

Booking Information

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

(If you do not have a Sussex Direct login, please email researchstaffoffice@sussex.ac.uk to book your place)

Drowning in data? Using Data Management Plans for your Research – Quantitative Data (Thursday 6th April, 2-4pm)

Title

Drowning in data? Using Data Management Plans for your Research – Quantitative Data

Date/Time

Thursday 6th April, 14.00-16.00

Location

Library Training Room

Audience

Research staff and early career academic faculty

Outline

Research data is a valuable resource for both the individual researcher and the research community, and many funders now require a Data Management Plan (DMP) to be submitted as part of a funding bid. This workshop will look at how you can keep your data organised, secure and reusable for the future. We will discuss funder expectations, and use the Digital Curation Centre’s DMPOnline tool to develop clear plans to support your own research, whether you are writing a funding bid or planning a project.

Whilst open to everyone, this workshop will have a focus on researchers working with quantitative data.

Learning Outcomes

During this workshop participants will:

  • Consider how to implement good practice in research data management, including organising, saving, backing up and describing their data
  • Investigate issues around sharing and re-use of their data
  • Explore tools that help with RDM, including practical use of the DMPOnline to create plans to support funding bids

Format/Duration

2 hour workshop

Presenters

Helen Webb, Research Support Librarian
A member of the ITS Research Support Team will be on hand to answer questions

Booking Information

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

(If you do not have a Sussex Direct login, please email researchstaffoffice@sussex.ac.uk to book your place)


Summer Events

May 2017

Interviewing Techniques for Qualitative Researchers (Tuesday 2nd May, 10am - 1pm)

Title

Interviewing Techniques for Qualitative Researchers

Date/Time

Tuesday 2nd May, 10.00 – 13.00

Location

Arts A 108

Audience

Research students and staff who will be using qualitative interviews to collect data.

Outline

Interviews are a commonly used data collection method in qualitative research designed to explore rich material in depth.  Although there are many different types of qualitative interviewing styles, there are some common features – practical, ethical and relational - that the workshop with cover. Using a combination of presentations and practical exercises, participants will learn about how to prepare for interviews including a consideration of contextual factors, as well as developing interview questions. The workshop will also provide a space to practice interviewing skills.

Learning Outcomes

  • To understand the relational, practical, ethical and contextual issues relevant to conducting qualitative interviews
  • Through hands-on practice, develop the skill base required for qualitative interviewing 

Format/Duration

The workshop is 3 hours long and combines interactive presentations and  hands-on exercises

Presenters

Mari Martiskainen, Science Policy Research Unit

Liz McDonnell, Law, Politics and Sociology

Booking information

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

(If you do not have a Sussex Direct login, please email researchstaffoffice@sussex.ac.uk to book your place)

Getting Research Funded (Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities) (Friday 12th May, 10am - 1pm)

Title

Getting Research Funded (Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities)

Date/Time

Friday 12th May, 10.00-13.00

Location

Barlow Room, Library Ground Floor

Audience

This workshop is intended for postdoctoral researchers and academic faculty in the early stages of their career in social science/arts/humanities related disciplines. Research staff at later stages of their career are welcome, but the focus will be on supporting those who have less experience of gaining research funding.

Outline

The workshop will give a broad introduction to getting research funded through some trainer input, discussion and small group work. Participants will have the opportunity to focus on specific challenges they may have met in getting research funded.

By attending this workshop, participants will gain:

  • An overview of the national research funding landscape
  • An introduction to research funding sources
  • Advice and guidance on creating effective research bids
  • An understanding of the university support researchers can gain to support their research funding application process

Format/Duration

3 hour interactive workshop, presentations

Past participants have said…

 “Very useful, I’m happy I came”

“Lovely energy and good supportive atmosphere”

“Motivating”

“Friendly”

“Encouraging”

“Helpful!”

“Hold these more often”

Presenters

Research Development Team

Booking information

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

(If you do not have a Sussex Direct login, please email researchstaffoffice@sussex.ac.uk to book your place)

Creativity and Innovation Tools for Career Success (Thursday 18th May, 1.30-4pm)

Title

Creativity and Innovation Tools for Career Success

Date/Time

Thursday 18th May, 13.30-16.00

Location

Fulton 203

Audience

All research staff welcome

Outline

“Creative Problem Solving” and “Ideation” techniques are frequently used in the process of innovation – to generate novel ideas and solutions that address unmet needs.

This workshop will introduce you to a range of tools and principles used in the process and show you how they can help you succeed in your careers (whether you want that to be in academia, a start-up, industry, business or public sector) by helping you to:

  • generate exciting new (fundable) research ideas
  • translate your research outcomes into business propositions
  • think laterally about the way you job hunt

Learning Outcomes

Following this workshop participants will:

  • Possess a range of tools to assist you in thinking creatively and innovatively.
  • Be familiar with the concepts of, and interplay between, problem/market-pull and idea/technology-push.
  • Understand how these concepts are important when innovating.
  • Know about the support available and community involved in research translation at Sussex University.

Format/Duration

2.5 hour interactive workshop with presentations and discussion

Presenters

Dr Hayley Cordingley, Freelance Consultant & Enterprise Skills Trainer

Booking information

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

(If you do not have a Sussex Direct login, please email researchstaffoffice@sussex.ac.uk to book your place)

Researcher Forum (Citizen Science) (Thursday 25th May, 12 - 1.30pm)

Title

Researcher Forum (Citizen Science) 

Date/Time

Thursday 25th May, 12.00-13.30

Location

Jubilee 155

Audience

All research staff welcome

Outline

The termly Researcher Forum, hosted by the Research Staff Office, is a chance for all research staff to:

  • Meet and network with other research staff from across the University.
  • Have your say on issues affecting you as a researcher at Sussex and give your ideas and suggestions on how we can improve your experience.
  • Get information on a range of topics relevant to you as a University of Sussex researcher.

This term's event, along with open discussion and networking will include a guest speaker, Claire Baert, who runs the Brighton Citizen Science Meet-up group. 

Citizen science is built around collaboration and active participation of members of the public. This can be collecting and analysing data, interpreting results, classifying and transcribing information, conducting experiments or playing games.

Citizen scientists can help researchers who are overwhelmed by big data and new technology to gather even more data, solve complex problems and make discoveries using new technologies! At the same time, the participants have fun, learn about science, develop skills, and gain a greater understanding of the scientific process. 

Claire will speak about citizen science and provide examples of projects to show how powerful the method can be for helping researchers gather data. 

A sandwich lunch will be provided.

Format/Duration

Informal discussion, networking, presentation

Presenters

Claire Baert, coordinator of the Brighton Citizen Science Meet-up group

Booking information

Please note that this term's Researcher Forum requires attendees to book a place.

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

(If you do not have a Sussex Direct login, please email researchstaffoffice@sussex.ac.uk to book your place)

June 2017

Thinking Strategically about your Research (Wednesday 7th June, 10am-1pm)

Title

Thinking Strategically about your Research

Date/Time

Wednesday 7th June, 10.00-13.00

Location

Jubilee G.22

Audience

Research fellows and early career academics interested in taking longer term approach to planning their research careers.

Outline

In order to build a long term sustainable research career it is important to have a clear understanding of your research field (its pace, breath, depth and culture) and how you and your research fit within it. It is also essential to have a good awareness of interconnecting research areas/sectors in order to stay ahead of the curve with new innovations and developments that will have an impact on your own research area. 

With a well-developed strategic awareness you will be in the best position to make decisions about how to build your long term research portfolio within a dynamic research environment.

In this interactive workshop we will explore strategic tools and approaches to assist longer term research planning. You will have an opportunity to take an objective view of your broader research field and start to build a research career plan that enables you to be proactive in pursuing your research goals and responding to the big questions in your field.

Learning Outcomes

Following this workshops participants will:

  • Have examined the components of a successful research career and their own motivations for pursuing research.
  • Understand the drivers for taking a strategic approach to research planning.
  • Have strategically mapped their research field(s) and have an awareness of how their research fits within the broader ‘research landscape’.
  • Have considered key stakeholders within research environments and how best to engage with them.
  • Have considered the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for their research career over the longer term.
  • Have developed a plan for taking a more strategic approach to their future research career.

Format/Duration

3 hour interactive workshop

Presenters

Dr Natalie James, Research Staff Officer

Prior to her role in research staff development and policy at Sussex; Natalie worked for five years in research funding and strategic projects for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

 Booking information

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

(If you do not have a Sussex Direct login, please email researchstaffoffice@sussex.ac.uk to book your place)

Adding your Publication to Sussex Reseach Online (Thursday 15th June, 10am-12.30pm)

Title

Adding your Publications to Sussex Research Online

Date/Time

Thursday 15th June, 10.00-12.30

Location

Library Training Room, Library 2nd Floor

Audience

Final Year Phd, Research staff and academic faculty

Outline

Funders and institutions are increasingly mandating deposit of research outputs in repositories. The next REF requires journal articles to be added to SRO within 3 months of acceptance in order to be eligible.

This practical workshop will take you through the steps of adding your publications to Sussex Research Online (SRO), the University’s institutional repository. We will demonstrate the quickest way to add items, as well as resources to check publisher policies on uploading the full text. The workshop will be hands on and allow plenty of time for you to upload your own publications to SRO.

Once added, your publications will display on your web profile and potentially reach a wider audience – last year the most downloaded item on SRO was downloaded by over 3500 people.

Learning Outcomes

During this workshops participants will:

  • Explore the most efficient way to add their publications to SRO
  • Discover key resources for checking publisher policies
  • Learn how to track downloads of their items from SRO
  • Have the opportunity to upload their own publications with SRO staff available to help

Format/Duration

1.5 hour workshop (including time for you to upload your own publications with SRO staff on hand to help).

Presenters

Helen Webb, Research Support Librarian

Dr Catrina Hey, Open Access & Repository Support Officer

Booking Information

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

(If you do not have a Sussex Direct login, please email researchstaffoffice@sussex.ac.uk to book your place)

Where Are My Gifts? Identifying Values and Talents to Make Satisfying Career Choices (Friday 16th June, 10am - 1pm)

Title

Where Are My Gifts? Identifying Values and Talents to Make Satisfying Career Choices

Date/Time

Friday 16th June, 10.00 - 13.00

Location

Barlow Room, Library Ground Floor

Audience

Final Year Phd, Research staff and early career academic faculty 

Outline

As a researcher, you acquire a number of skill sets that help you become an expert in your chosen field. However, there are a range of additional talents (the things you are naturally good at) and personal values (the things you love doing) that can add tremendous value to your acquired skills. Identifying these talents and personal values will:

  • help you gain confidence in your uniqueness and become aware of your market value
  • enable you to articulate how you can assist others with your gifts (and raise employability)
  • enable you to make satisfying, self-directed career choices and do what you love

This workshop aims to facilitate doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in identifying their talents and values and help them integrate these into their next career move.

Here is what we will cover:

Personal values and their impact on career decisions.
The integration of skills, talents and values into your job search.
Identifying dependencies that lead to realistic career choices.
Writing applications strategically.
The changing nature of work: Diversification; Making yourself ‘indispensable’ at work.

Learning Outcomes

Following this workshops you will have:

  • Created a comprehensive profile of your values and current life circumstances.
  • Better awareness of your market value and a more optimistic outlook towards future employment.
  • Knowledge of the limitations of certain career choices.
  • Awareness of how to achieve a higher ‘return on investment’ when applying for jobs.
  • A better understanding of the varied possibilities to sell your skills, talents and values and increase your employability. 

Format/Duration

This will be a two-hour interactive workshop.

Presenters

Dr. Gaby Pfeifer, Research Fellow at BSMS

Booking Information

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

(If you do not have a Sussex Direct login, please email researchstaffoffice@sussex.ac.uk to book your place)

Introduction to Mentoring Skills for Researchers (Tuesday 20th June, 10am - 1pm)

Title

Introduction to Mentoring Skills for Researchers

Date/Time

Tuesday 20th June, 10.00-13.00

Location

Fulton 201

Audience

Researchers at any career stage, particularly those that are undertaking or aspiring to undertake leadership and/or mentoring responsibilities.

Outline

Mentoring is practiced worldwide to help people to develop their skills, overcome challenges and reach their goals.

Mentoring does not need to be restricted to specific schemes run by those with mentoring qualifications. Many of the tools, techniques and skills used by mentors can be learned and put into practice quickly and effectively to achieve positive and rewarding results.

For researchers, mentoring skills are useful in:

  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with peers and senior colleagues.
  • Supporting and developing students or junior members of research groups.
  • Reflecting on personal strengths and challenges and devising strategies for future success.

This practical and interactive workshop will introduce key mentoring concepts and skills. There will be the opportunity to try out some mentoring tools and techniques and discuss how you can use them in your own role and career development.

Learning Outcomes

Following this workshops participants will:

  • Have an understanding of the term ‘mentoring’ and how it differs from supervision and management.
  • Have knowledge of the skills and attributes of effective mentors.
  • Have explored a range of mentoring skills, tools and techniques.
  • Have a plan of how they will apply their mentoring skills for positive results in their own role, career and personal development

Format/Duration

3 hour interactive workshop

Presenters

Dr Natalie James, Research Staff Officer;  Natalie holds a qualification in Organisational Coaching and Mentoring which is accredited by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) and is an associate member of the Association for Coaching (AC)

Booking information

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

(If you do not have a Sussex Direct login, please email researchstaffoffice@sussex.ac.uk to book your place)

5 Steps to Making your Work More Visible (Tuesday 27th June, 1 - 2pm)

Title

5 Steps to Making your Work More Visible

Date/Time

Tuesday 27th June 13.00-14.00

Location

Online

Audience

Research staff and early career academic faculty. Doctoral researchers who are publishing may also be interested.

Outline

This webinar will introduce 5 steps that can help you to make your research more visible, either by increasing your public profile or making your publications easier to find and cite. It will offer bite-sized introductions to:

  • Using the persistent ORCiD identifier to ensure you get the credit for all your research activities
  • Exploring article level metrics and what they can tell you about your readership
  • Using Twitter effectively to share research
  • Making work Open Access and increasing citations at no cost
  • Making your work more discoverable through lay abstracts

There will an opportunity for discussion, and information on where to find out more.

Format/Duration

 1 hour webinar

Presenters

Helen Webb, Research Support Librarian

Booking information

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

(If you do not have a Sussex Direct login, please email researchstaffoffice@sussex.ac.uk to book your place)

Embedding Public Engagement into Research (Thursday 29th June, 10am - 1pm)

Title

Embedding Public Engagement into Research

Date/Time

Thursday 29th June, 10.00-13.00

Location

Jubilee G.22

Audience

Research staff and academic faculty that have some experience of public engagement and are looking to explore ways to make public engagement more prominent in their research.

Outline

Public engagement brings a host of benefits to researchers, Universities and to the wider public. Public engagement offers opportunities for researchers to develop a range of transferable skills, generate new research ideas and helps to ensure that research remains ‘in tune’ with wider societal concerns.

In this half day interactive workshop participants will explore the range of motivations and benefits for engaging the public with research and identify the aims and objectives for embedding public engagement into their own research.

Through group activities and discussion, participants will identify solutions to their own public engagement challenges and will gain knowledge of the range of information and resources available to support researchers in their public engagement activities.

Learning Outcomes

Following this workshops participants will:

  • Have knowledge of what constitutes ‘public engagement’ and the variety of public stakeholders that researchers might engage with.
  • Have explored the range of motivations and benefits of public engagement from different perspectives.
  • Have evaluated examples of public engagement with research from REF2014, exploring the methods, quality and impact of activities
  • Be able to plan innovative, informative and stimulating public engagement activities that relate to their research.
  • Have looked at methods to evaluate and demonstrate the success and impact of a public engagement activity/event.
  • Have shared public engagement experiences with other researchers and obtained peer feedback on their public engagement plans and/or challenges.
  • Understand the options for funding public engagement activities

Format/Duration

3 hour interactive workshop

Presenters

Dr Katy Petherick, Public Engagement Coordinator, School of Life Sciences

Booking information

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

(If you do not have a Sussex Direct login, please email researchstaffoffice@sussex.ac.uk to book your place)

July 2017

Induction & Welcome Lunch for New Research Staff (Tuesday 11th July, 12 - 1.30pm) 

Title

Induction & Welcome Lunch for New Research Staff

Date/Time

Tuesday 11th July, 12.00-13.30

Location

Barlow Room, Library Ground Floor

Audience

Research staff that have recently joined the University of Sussex

Outline

This event is an opportunity to:

  • Meet other researchers that have also recently started at Sussex
  • Find out about the range of support on offer to research staff across the University and meet staff responsible for providing support for researchers.
  • Find out about opportunities to get involved in the wider University community
  • Ask any questions you may have relating to your role or working at Sussex in general

Format/Duration

Introduction to research staff support and networking with other researchers and University staff. Sandwich lunch included.

Presenters

Dr Natalie James, Research Staff Officer

Booking information

New research staff will receive an invitation for this event. If you have not received an invitation, but would like to attend please email Dr Natalie James, N.A.James@sussex.ac.uk

Date to be confirmed

Getting Research Funded (Sciences, Engineering and Medicine) 

Title

Getting Research Funded (Sciences, Engineering and Medicine)

Date/Time

Date to be confirmed

Location

Barlow Room, Library Gorund Floor

Audience

This workshop is intended for postdoctoral researchers  and academic faculty in the early stages of their career in scientific/medical related disciplines. Research staff at later stages of their career are welcome, but the focus will be on supporting those who have less experience of gaining research funding.

Outline

The workshop will give a broad introduction to getting research funded through some trainer input, discussion and small group work. Participants will have the opportunity to focus on specific challenges they may have met in getting research funded.

By attending this workshop, participants will gain:

  • An overview of the national research funding landscape
  • An introduction to research funding sources
  • Advice and guidance on creating effective research bids
  • An understanding of the university support researchers can gain to support their research funding application process

Format/Duration

3 hour interactive workshop, presentations

Past participants have said…

“Excellent tips given by various presenters”

“helpful and varied”

"I now understand what it takes to write a full proposal for research funding"

"Very useful and informative"

“Enlightening”

Presenters

Research Development Officers

Booking information

BOOK YOUR PLACE ON THE WAITING LIST HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

(If you do not have a Sussex Direct login, please email researchstaffoffice@sussex.ac.uk to book your place)

 


Other opportunities for research staff training and development

In addition to the events on offer through the Research Staff Development series, research staff are eligible to attend training and development workshops and events provided by:

 

 

 

Vitae

Vitae logoVitae is an international programme led by the UK charity, Careers Research and Advisory Centre, working to enhance the potential of researchers.

Vitae's website has many useful resources and all our staff and students get full access to the Vitae website and resources if you register with your Sussex email address.

 

 

University commitment to supporting researcher's development

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The University of Sussex is committed to supporting the development of its researchers and holds the European Commission's 'HR Excellence in Research' award. This award is in recognition of our commitment to supporting research staff and to implementing the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers [PDF 2.70MB]   

  

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