​Courses for academic research staff

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How to turn your idea into a proposal

Providing techniques to turn your research idea into a project format and how to develop your aims and objectives and outline work plan.

How to write a Case for Support 1 (EPSRC, MRC and NERC)

Information and advice on writing a Case for Support for your proposal and providing details about the kind of information you need to include to increase your chances of success. This session is specifically targeted at those applying for funding from NERC and EPSRC.

How to write a Case for Support 2 (AHRC and ESRC)

Information and advice on writing a Case for Support for your proposal and providing details about the kind of information you need to include to increase your chances of success. This session is specifically targeted at those applying for funding from ESRC and AHRC.

Things to consider when writing and delivering a Global Challenge Research Fund project

Update on GCRF funding including feedback received from unsuccessful proposals and the aspects that need to be taken into consideration when developing a proposal for this scheme including ensuring your project is ODA compliant.

How to write a Pathways to Impact 1 (EPSRC, MRC and NERC)

Information and advice on writing a Pathways to Impact for your proposal and providing details about the kind of information you need to include to increase your chances of success. This will also cover any activities you need to carry out prior to submission, for example stakeholder engagement. This session is specifically targeted at those applying for funding from EPSRC and NERC.

How to write a Pathways to Impact 2 (AHRC and ESRC)

Information and advice on writing a Pathways to Impact for your proposal and providing details about the kind of information you need to include to increase your chances of success. This will also cover any activities you need to carry out prior to submission, for example stakeholder engagement. This session is specifically targeted at those applying for funding from ESRC and AHRC.

Building up your project budget

Building up your project budget is a bottom up approach and this session will cover the kinds of things you need to consider when starting to consider your budget for your proposal as well as the costs you can and can’t include. Advice will also be provided on writing a strong Justification of Resources.

Developing your project team

This session emphasises the important of co-design of proposals with your team and explains the difference between internal and external collaborators and project partners. Advice will be provided on how to work with and manage your project team including managing expectations and involving and engaging your project stakeholders.

How to write a strong track record – putting your best face forward

Covering the aspects you need to present well to demonstrate your skills and experience to justify why you are the best person to lead and delivery your project. This will also be useful for fellowship applicants. You should leave understanding what you might need to look at in order to improve your track record.

How to write a strong management and governance section for your proposal

This is a section of a proposal that is often not given enough consideration and this session will cover the aspects you need to take into consideration for the management and governance of your project including risk assessment and management, advisory panels, steering groups and overall project management as needs to be described in your proposal.

The proposal Peer Review process and how to respond to reviewer comments

This session will be delivered by academics that have been part of a peer review process and they will provide their own insight into the activities that happen once a proposal has been submitted to the funder. Advice will be given about responding to reviewer comments on your proposal and mistakes to avoid when doing so.

How to Apply for a Fellowship

This session will outline key points to consider when writing a Fellowship application and provide an overview of typical application processes, including interviews. Advice will be provided on how to present yourself and your research project and how to demonstrate your overarching research vision.

Open Access for REF & RCUK (Lennie Foster)

This session will outline the Open Access (OA) policy requirements for REF2021 and RCUK funded researchers. Advice will be given on choosing the best route to OA including sign posting of funding and deals available for publishing via the gold OA route.

How to write an ethics statement and apply for ethical approval (Jackie Green)

This session will provide information on the University’s ethics and integrity policy documents which should be considered when preparing ethics statements. It will also provide information on ethical approval processes and guidance on how to successfully apply for ethical approval and mistakes to avoid.

Finding & correcting your SciVal author profile (Lizzie Gadd)

Checking your author profile on SciVal is important to ensure all your publications are correctly allocated to you. You can then keep an eye on your publication visibility and impact. This session will walk you through the process of finding and correcting your author profile on SciVal.

Finding collaborators on SciVal (Lizzie Gadd)

SciVal provides global insight into which academics and institutions are working in particular fields and achieving visibility and citation impact in those areas. This data can be used to not only analyse our own collaboration performance, but also to identify potential collaborators for future research projects. This session will walk you through the process of using Scival to identify collaborators.

Measuring the impact of your publications (inc PDR) (Lizzie Gadd)

Measuring the visibility and impact of your publications is an important step in identifying your future publication strategy. This session will help identify responsible sources of evidence for your publication impact including bibliometric and altmetric sources as well as other qualitative forms such as book reviews. This should help you both understand your PDR publication visibility data, and provide further evidence for the impact of your work.

Making your research visible (Lizzie Gadd)

Ensuring your work is as visible as possible to the audiences you want to reach is an important, and often neglected, step in the publication process. There are many ways this can be achieved: through social media, press and publicity, academic networking sites and profile tools. This session will walk you through some of the main tools and methods available to academics seeking to make their work more visible and will include time for discussion and sharing experiences.

Introduction to REF & REF 2021 (Angela Crawford)

What is REF all about and how does REF 2021 differ from previous research assessment exercises? This is an opportunity to look at the different elements that make up an institutional REF submission and look forward to what the next REF (2027) might hold.