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Q: What do I record?
A: This should be a balanced portfolio of transferable skills training and career development. Basically all we need in the record is a title of the event, a provider, duration, date, selection from a drop-down menu for the media type and the course type, and that's it.
Please do not add events in the future to your self-directed training.
All centrally provided UCL workshops from the Organisational and Staff Development (OSD), CALT, Information Systems, UCL Careers or Safety Services are added to your records automatically. There is no need to add these yourself.
For information about activities / workshops you can take part in please see the section What is available to support this? In addition visit the Vitae Portal - Vitae provides resources, advice and information for individual members of research staff who are interested in their professional development and careers.
To repeat: this is NOT about 10 days training courses. We feel that research staff can take care of their own development and take it beyond what is mandatory from the research councils therefore we've tried not to be prescriptive.
This should NOT be a record of your research work, although it might be related to your research work where it clearly contributes to transferable skills or career development - such as learning new general techniques which provide transferable skills and possibly items that contribute towards communications or networking, or an 'out of culture' experience such as attending a conference abroad
What about conferences?
Roberts funding is appropriate for preparation and debriefing activities to maximise skills development from attendance at conferences, but other sources of funding should be used for fees and expenses. The Research Councils have funding streams to support conference attendance and 'Roberts' payments do not replace these. An exception to this is attendance at the UCL Research Staff Conference, which is free to all UCL Staff Members, where attendance will contribute 1 Roberts Day towards your target.
Financial Assistance for Short External Training Courses for Staff covered by the Roberts Agenda will not be given for attendance, travel or accommodation for subject-specific conferences - there are elements for that in grants. The Research Councils have also recently reiterated that Roberts money is not for A or B (Research Skills & Techniques or Research Environment) sections of the "Joint Statement of Skills Training Requirements of Research Postgraduates (2001).
23 November, 2011