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Launch of Online Research Support Induction

14 January 2021

Research Services is delighted to announce that its newly developed Research Support Induction is now available on Research Services’ website.

Research support induction

The Research Support Induction is an introductory learning resource designed primarily to provide new research support staff working within academic departments with an understanding of the key tasks they will need to undertake across the research lifecycle, and with an overview of the key UCL teams, systems and policies that underpin sponsored research activity and support at UCL.  This online resource is intended to complement other induction resources and initiatives that may be available to research support staff centrally or within their Department.

The Research Support Induction includes the following sections:

•    Key Tasks: Applying for Funding – A guide to the key tasks involved in supporting the funding application process.
•    Key Tasks: Setting up a Project – A guide to the key tasks needed to support the setting up of a research project at UCL once research funding has been awarded.
•    Key Tasks: Managing a Project – A guide to the key tasks involved in supporting the management of sponsored research projects.  
•    Key UCL Teams – An overview of the professional services teams providing support for research at UCL.
•    Key UCL Systems – Information about the UCL systems used to support research management and related activities.
•    Useful Information – Key research-related policies, How-To Guides and How-To Videos, and a Glossary.

The Research Support Induction has been developed in consultation with a number of internal stakeholders, including the Pre-Award Community of Practice and staff across Research Services and other Professional Services teams, who have provided input and feedback at various stages of development.   

While the Research Support Induction is aimed predominately at new staff supporting sponsored research and innovation projects within academic departments, we also encourage existing research support staff to make use of this resource, and hope that it will also be of value to academic colleagues.