WMS and UoW Learning and Development Centre
- Mentoring is an integral part of training in both academia and administration. While mentors are mandatory for Assistant Professors during their probation, mentoring is voluntary for anybody else. Prof. Kate Seers has initiated a process for awareness of Mentorinig at WMS and uptake of mentoring opportunities at WMS by inviting the LDC to offer training specifically at the WMS campus and promotion of training events through the communications and marketing group, and individually through line managers.
There are a number of other training mechanisms and opportunities, e.g. three WMS members took part in a University shadowing scheme, one Professor to shadow a Faculty Chair, one Professor to shadow a HoD and one to shadow a Pro-Vice Chancellor (2 mentors were male, 1 female, 2 mentees were female, 1 male).
- The Women in Science (WIS) network, run mostly by graduate students and postdocs, offers training and workshops, most notably an annual event called “A day with…”, where there are sessions on various topics of relevance to women in STEM.
The LDC supports AS at institutional and departmental level. Amongst the main requests linking into AS action plans are:
Recruitment & Selection
Equality and Diversity:
- Diversity in the Workplace e-learning module
- Disability Awareness
- Mental Health Awareness
- Think about what you think
- Types of Discrimination
- Unconscious bias (1-3 hour sessions)
- Preparing for leadership (2-day programme), and leadership in action (3-day programme). The leader of these courses, Sandy Sparks, attended the ECU train the trainer session in 2014 and uses the ECU material adapted to the audience and the UoW institutional context as well as her past experience & qualifications.
Training is also provided extensively within research groups to learn essential skills needed for a career in science, including data collection and analysis, poster presentation style and content, paper and proposal writing etc. Some of these skills are also offered to students on a more formal basis, e.g. when they register with the “Transferable skills” course, offered by one of the doctoral training programmes, but is open to registration by students across campus including WMS. The Selfie Science outreach delivery described on the Outreach and Work Experience page, originated in a WMS student participation in the Transferable Skills course, where this student together with a student each from mathematics, chemistry and engineering departments were challenged with the task of developing an outreach activity. We then ran training for volunteers from across UoW to participate in this activity.
WMS collaborates with other departments, e.g. sharing topic-related seminar series or sharing equipment (primarily with Life Sciences and Chemistry).
Training developed at WMS focuses primarily on grant writing skills.
UoW Research and Impact Services
RIS offers a good support service to researchers for grant proposal submission, and their functions are as follows:
- Research Strategy – institutional, within and across departments
- External Research Funding & Policy Environment
- Horizon Scanning; Internal funding workshops
- Development of large, strategic funding applications
- FEC costing; pricing to ensure effective cost recovery
- Expert advice on funding rules and regulations
- Bid development within & across departments
- Provision of internal funding workshops
Workshops offered by WMS Research and Impact Services
|Workshops held on an annual basis or as required:||
|NIHR Fellowship training event (Annual - covering the schemes, what makes a good proposal, successful applicants, RDS speaker)||
UKRO visit annually to update staff on the EU programmes FP7 and now H2020 - they often do a specific session on Health
|Early Careers Training event (Annual - Different schemes and what makes a good proposal)||
Sean McCarthy - Hyperion Training, provides training on how to make a successful EU proposal. Visits every 18 months. Again Sean has done specific sessions on Health
Grant writing sessions for Health Sciences, and Biomedical Sciences as it is now. (Kate Seers, Director, WMS RCNRI and Nigel Stallard, Professor of Medical Statistics, are devising a plan for more grant writing training)
|Visit 2011 from Leverhulme Trust to talk about the Trust and their
|ICAT seminar (Clinical Academic Trainee’s based at UHCW)||Regular visits to/from BBSRC - Strategic talks, to talking new academics to learn about schemes and how to apply.|
||Visit 2015 from Royal Society to talk about their schemes|
EU funding (at divisional meetings and specialist sessions)
Visit 2015 from EPSRC Health Portfolio Manager visit, to promote