Researcher Skills Forum 2021

The Researcher Skills Forum 2021 has now taken place, but you can catch up on video and slides here.

View recording at: Researcher Skills Forum 2021.

This recording of the Researcher Skills Forum only includes sessions which were not in breakout rooms, as breakout rooms cannot be recorded in Webex.

Session details

09:15 – 10:00 Coffee networking
Come along from 09:15 to hear from our Vice Principal for Research and Innovation, Nick Antonopoulos, as he kicks off the forum!

Bring your hot drink of choice along to our morning networking session: a chance to quickly meet lots of people before the forum gets going. You’ll be put into groups of 3 for 10 minute introductions. Use the Researcher Skills Forum Notice Board to connect with others throughout the day.

You will also get a head start on our game of Virtual Bingo!

10:15 – 11:15 Starting your literature review
Subject Librarian team
This session will help you develop strategies to search a range of information sources for your literature review, starting with planning your search. It will split into subject groups and Subject Librarians will highlight key resources for your School’s subjects. This session maps to the RDF’s sub domains of Knowledge base (A1) and Cognitive abilities (A2).

11:30 – 12:30 Open access, repositories, and ‘predatory’ publishing
Dr Stuart Lawson
This session is in two parts. The first will describe why open access is important for you and the university. We’ll discuss how to add an item to the outputs section of Worktribe, and other ways in which the library can support you with open access. In the second part, we’ll discuss ‘predatory’ or deceptive publishing, and how to make smart publishing choices. There will be lots of time to ask questions about the issues raised.

Powerpoint slides

13:00 – 13:45 Lunch table networking
Don’t dine alone – bring your lunch to our virtual canteen! A chance to catch-up after a busy morning, and hear what everyone has been up to, as well as another opportunity to get that virtual bingo card filled out!

14:00 – 15:00 Research Impact – The what, why and how?
Come along to this panel discussion on Research Impact.
Panel (tbc)

‘Research impact’ has become a term often heard in our research culture and environment, and is being more frequently used by our research funders and policy makers as a central part of our research career success. Yet sometimes the term ‘Research Impact’ is not clear, and it is hard to work out what it actually means.

Our panel of researchers and impact professional staff will share their perspectives, experiences and lessons learned from their ‘Research impact’ activities, and offer up considerations for exploring future opportunities to shape our research impact community.

The panel will speak to the following key questions:
• What is research impact?
• Why is impact important?
• How can we make an impact with our research?

15:00 – 15:30 Forum close
Join us, along with the Principal Andrea Nolan, as we reflect on the day’s activities with each other and have one last go at getting our virtual bingo cards filled in!

Sessions have been mapped to Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework (RDF). The RDF aims to help you whether you are a member of research staff, studying for a PhD or continuing in your academic career.