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Q: What do the Research Councils Recommend?
A: That most staff funded by a UK Research Council on fixed term funding are able to develop their individual career paths by engaging in a balanced portfolio of transferable skills training and career development of at least 10 days per year. Other research staff are encouraged to develop their portfolio of skills in a similar way.
The new Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers is more wide-ranging and covers all Research Staff and staff with fixed-term research-based funding. The Concordat is still in the implementation stage and the reporting and metrics are not yet clear, but will cover a similar audit of training and development, but for all Research Staff (and others with research-based fixed-term funding)
Further consideration of whether the practice is appropriate for funding with 'Roberts' money should address two questions:
The Research Careers and Diversity Strategy (www.rcuk.ac.uk/rescareer/strategy.htm) notes that additional skills may include knowledge transfer, quantitative methods, inter-disciplinarity, entrepreneurship, participation in RCUK's Researchers in Residence scheme, engagement with public and schools.
So whilst the emphasis for research students is on employability, the focus for research and research related staff is more on career planning and using this to identify appropriate development and training.
23 November, 2011