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Research Staff Training

The University’s Research Strategy addresses the research ambitions and aspirations of a world-class modern University. At its core, the strategy is inclusive, supportive and ambitious, recognising and responding to the different challenges and opportunities in the research environment.

HR Excellence in Research Award – Four Year Review Process (2015)

UCLan undertook their 4 year review process in the period leading up to 25 September of 2015.) The Head of Research Development and Support, along with members of research staff and students from representative committees and/or focus groups, contributed to the review of the 2013 action plan and the development of the report and action plan for 2015-2018. Documentation is here to view, and if there are any queries, please contact Emma Sandon-Hesketh, Head of Research Development and Support on 01772 892735 or ehesketh@uclan.ac.uk

HR Excellence In Research Award – Four year review process – UCLan 2015 – Report (.docx 74KB)

HR Excellence in Research Award – Four year review process – UCLan 2015 – Updated Action Plan (.xlsx 49KB)

HR Excellence in Research Award - Resubmitted Action Plan - May 2016 (.xlsx 29.8 KB)

UCLan awarded prestigious European HR Excellence in Research Award

The award acknowledges UCLan’s alignment to the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their recruitment.

The UK process incorporates both the QAA Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, to enable institutions that have published Concordat implementation plans to gain the award. The process involves the national evaluation and benchmarking of these plans.

Supporting the Career Development of Researchers

UCLan is firmly committed to supporting and implementing the principles of the Concordat, which has been designed to support the career development of researchers and sets out the expectations and responsibilities of researchers, their managers, employers and funders. The Concordat aims to increase the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK and to improve the quantity, quality and impact of research for the benefit of UK society and the economy.

By complying with the requirements of the Concordat, UCLan will ensure its researchers are nurtured and supported during their career development. By setting out clear expectations for researchers, research managers, research institutions, and funders of research, UCLan aims to enhance and sustain research excellence at UCLan, thereby contributing to the health, economy and wellbeing of the nation.

UCLan’s Personal Development Framework for Research

Above all, we aim to boost the quality, scope and capacity of our research activities; invigorating everything we do with genuine evidence-based claims to be world-class, focusing especially on the enhancement of each member of staff’s abilities. This will be achieved by developing highly skilled researchers, promoting the value of building a research career upon a sound developmental foundation.

The development approach is based upon the Vitae's Researcher Development Framework (RDF). Further details are available at Vitae's website.

UCLan is adopting Vitae’s RDF of the five progressive stages of career development for a researcher together with the Research Development Statement (RDS) which sets out the knowledge, behaviour and attributes of effective and highly skilled researchers appropriate of a wide range of careers.

If you have any queries or suggestions please email: Emma Sandon-Hesketh (Head of Research Development and Support) at ehesketh@uclan.ac.uk.

HR Excellence in Research Award 2 year self assessment report

UCLan undertook their 2 year self assessment report awarded HR Excellence in Research Award in September of 2013. The Concordat Implementation Group (CIG) along with members of research staff and students contributed to the review of the original plan and the development of the action plan for 2013-2015. Documentation is here to view, and if there are any queries, please contact Emma Sandon-Hesketh, Head of Research Development and Support on 01772 892735 or ehesketh@uclan.ac.uk

HEFCE Excellence in Research Audit report - Sep 13 (.docx 786KB)

Master Concordat Implementation Plan Application for Europe August 2011 - 2013 UPDATE (.docx 32KB)

UCLan Action Plan - 2013-2015 (.xlsx 22KB)

Research Staff Training

UCLan offers a wide and varied training experience to the incoming researcher, at all levels of their professional journey. An example of the rich training programme is highlighted by reference to some of its’ courses, listed below:

  • New Supervisor Training
  • Supervisor Refresher Programme
  • Research Induction Day for Academics and Support Staff
  • Finding and Funding your Research proposal
  • Your research and managing Impact
  • Getting Published and Open Access
  • Stand Up Comedy for Public Engagement
  • Supporting URIS – the Undergraduate Research Internship Scheme
  • FutureProf – for those looking to enter the Professoriate

And many more ….

For details of these, and other courses – please contact Emma Sandon-Hesketh, Head of Research Development and Support on ehesketh@uclan.ac.uk or call her on +44 (0)1772 892735.