Welcome to the September 2019 Update

This month we announce the signing of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers 2019, we launch the HE Stats reports for 2020 and we hear from two Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence winners in the run up to the award ceremony in October.

Advance HE is proud to be a signatory to the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers 2019, the ‘agreement between employers of researchers and research funders on the expectations for the professional development and employment conditions of researchers in the UK.’ Alison Johns, Chief Executive, welcomed the initiative “with its renewed vigour to promote fair access” for researchers.

With the award ceremony coming up for National Teaching Fellowship and the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) in October, we hear from two of the CATE winners about their initiatives. Professor Bob Gilmour, Principal Investigator for PEETS, shares his thoughts on the journey to creating an award-winning submission. Mark Huxham a National Teaching Fellow and leader of the ‘Students as Colleagues’ team at Edinburgh Napier University, discusses that ‘joyful and transformational partnerships with students are still possible’, even for sceptics.

Dr Marcia Wilson and Clare Matysova from the University of East London (UEL) share their experience of the Race Equality Charter self-assessment process. UEL achieved a Bronze Race Equality Charter (REC) award in May 2019. This was the culmination of a two-year collaborative effort by staff across the institution and it was quite a journey.

Shirley Wardell, programme director of our Research Team Leadership development programme discusses the importance of encouraging diverse thinking and insight into the valuable skills every leader should prioritise. Highlighting the principles of the Thinking Environment®, Shirley describes how the platform creates the conditions for diverse thinking to flourish.

An international audience of healthcare professionals, conference organisers and student delegates at the NET Conference 2019 share their impressions of this year’s 30th anniversary conference.

We have created two useful infographics to help you understand how our Bespoke Equality Research works and how they can benefit your institution. Our Bespoke Equality Research helps institutions develop a clear picture of where they stand, helps raise the profile of equality issues with staff, and provides tailored data and advice. We have two bespoke audits: Equality Audit; and, Bullying and Harassment Audit.

The Hidden Curriculum is a well-recognised phenomenon in compulsory education. It concerns the knowledge, norms, values and attitudes that underpin the educational system and is conceptually used to explore the unstated rules of education. We are looking for submissions to contribute to a publication to reconcile existing knowledge and understanding of the hidden curriculum and widen the scope of enquiry to be more inclusive.


About CCCU Research Development

Research Development (RD) is part of the Department of Enterprise, Employability and Research Development. RD is responsible for ensuring that Research and Enterprise is of the highest quality and meets all required internal and external standards, including managing the institutional submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF). RD leads on development and implementation of the institutional research and enterprise integrity policies, processes and best practice. It also hosts the institutional Staff Researcher Development Programme and the Early Career Researcher Programme SPARC, and is responsible for the annual Research Internship programme. RD provides strategic and targeted support for academic staff to seek and secure funding for their research and innovation activities. This includes identification of core funding opportunities and support for proposal development, alongside strategic advice and support for faculties to develop their research portfolio and capacity.

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