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2019/20 = 27 courses; 574 attended. School split: 41% SHS, 38% SBS, 21% SMS. Role split: 10% research assistants, 40% research associates, 14% fellows, 37% PGR. Top course: career consultation (44)


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As a researcher at the University you are a valued member of staff. Your work underpins our drive for research excellence and our position as a world-leading institution and we strive to create an environment that allows you to excel and reach your full potential.

Research Staff Development Programme

The Research Staff Development Programme has been mapped onto the Researcher Development Framework to help you decide what training you need and also supports the key principles of 'The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers'.

New research staff are welcomed to the University with a Faculty Induction which includes an online course supported by a face-to-face session and networking opportunity.  During induction you will be notified about the mandatory training required of all research staff and connected with the vibrant research staff forum and your divisional representative

The programme is structured around the six key areas – click on the links below to book a place via the Training Catalogue or refer to the timetabled sessions on the new central Researcher Development webpages.

Engagement, Influence and Impact

Research Staff Online

A number of Research Staff courses are available in a fully online format and others are supported by an online element providing a flipped approach to learning. You can get access to the Research Staff Online Blackboard area through the Training Catalogue.

Teaching Opportunities

Research Staff make a significant and valuable contribution to teaching, assessment and supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students. The Faculty have produced guidance for Research Staff involvement in teaching and there is an online Introduction to Teaching, Learning and Assessment to support them.  For a list of current opportunities for teaching, please visit the Teaching Opportunities website.  Teaching opportunities provide desirable career development and increased employability, visibility and status for Research Staff.

Research Staff Forum

To ensure Research Staff are fully supported and have an important voice feeding into Faculty, School and Divisional decision-making processes a Research Staff Forum of over 30 Research Staff Representatives has been established.

Research Staff rewards and recognition 

Research Staff have access to the FBMH Researcher Development schemes which includes a dissemination (conference) fund, collaboration fund and a training, visits, workshops and discipline-hopping scheme.

There is also a wealth of support available to help you when applying for promotion including workshops, one-to-one support and guidance documents.  Visit the FBMH Promotions support website for further details.

To recognise the value of Research Staff across the University, the Research Staff Strategy Group have introduced the following four Research Staff Excellence Awards

  1. Research Staff of the Year
  2. Best Outstanding Output by Research Staff
  3. Best Outstanding Contribution to Research Impact by Research Staff
  4. Best Outstanding Contribution to the Research Staff Environment

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