The Concordat Series:
The Concordat Series has been designed to be of interest to all Research staff at UCL. It will appeal to those wishing to develop their careers within and beyond research at UCL, particularly early career researchers (and early career principal investigators) wishing to develop their knowledge and capacity as research leaders. It will be of value to those seeking to develop careers both within and outside the higher education sector.
Pre-requisites: There are no pre-requisites for this series of events.
"UCL is a global university, but it's not enough for us to bask in the glories of being top of the league table, as a university we have a moral obligation to make a difference." Professor David Price, Vice-Provost - Research
Public Engagement - tbc
UCL is one of six national Beacons for Public Engagement and this event is an opportunity for you to learn more about what the university is doing to create an ongoing dialogue between the university and our local community and to hear from high profile speakers outside the university who have successfully engaged and inspired the public with their research. Public engagement is about making direct use of the knowledge that we have for the benefit of society. It enables us to step out of an enclosed academic environment and play a part in the world, raising the public's awareness of science and innovation, and encouraging involvement in research across all disciplines. Public Engagement can improve the quality both of research and of teaching and, as well as being hugely motivating for everyone, it will be one of the measures used in the new Research Excellence Framework (REF) which replaces the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
Engaging with Policy Makers - tbc
For UCL's research to make a difference locally, nationally and internationally, there is a need to engage policy makers and enable them to use research-based evidence to inform policy. To attract sustainable funding, policy makers need to understand the implications of research. Policy making has been described as a "messy process" often depending on "windows of opportunity". The challenge is for researchers to develop skills to communicate and influence effectively, so that policy makers understand the evidence behind their decisions. Increasingly, researchers need to be able to create a meaningful dialogue with policy makers, and this event will give you an opportunity to hear from high profile speakers, those who have influence on UK policy and those who have worked effectively with policy makers.
Fellowships and alternatives - tbc
Externally funded research fellowships cover a wide variety of diverse posts, ranging from short (up to 2 years) relatively junior training fellowships (e.g. for recently graduated PhD students), through to long-term (up to 5 years) senior fellowships. Competition for fellowships is often fierce, and winning an award is considered highly prestigious, offering independence and exciting new opportunities. This event will provide an opportunity to hear from those who have developed successful research careers through fellowships and will look at strategies to best position yourself to pursue this career path. It will also touch on the importance of having a "plan B" looking at ideas for a successful career along alternative routes.
Anticipated learning outcomes:
By the end of this series of events, you will have a fuller understanding of:
Roberts' transferable skills addressed:
Leadership and management competencies addressed:
How to book: When each event is available for booking we shall communicate this to all UCL Research Staff using their UCL email address.
OSD Course Contact: Ruth Hargreaves