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Roberts' Funding Legacy

Roberts' Funding was made available to Research staff until 31 December 2011.

Achievements (from September 2009 to December 2011)

Enhanced/Quality Information

  • Monthly newsletter
    A total of 25 monthly e-newsletters were produced.
    The e-newsletter will now cease after 31 December 2011.
  • Website
    The website has been a useful resource to provide quality information relevant to research staff about; learning & development opportunities, researcher provision eg workshops or programmes as well as events taking place within and outside of Warwick, or funding opportunities.
  • Case Studies
    The nine case studies are intended to provide both a legacy on Roberts’ funded events & also offer feedback on the benefits resulting from events. The case studies also offer ideas and best practice from the range of initiatives supported enabling researchers to copy or adapt ideas.

Research Staff Provision

  • Researcher Programme
    Researcher provision has been offered over seven terms from October 2009 to December 2011 and has consisted of over 60 interventions as well as Academic Writing and Business Engagement Mentoring Programmes and Research Team Leader Programme. The programme covered core transferable skills, including communication skills, networking skills, enterprise and career planning. Provision included online resources, short sessions, longer workshops.
    • Academic Writing Programme (AWP)
      The AWP began as a pilot programme and was structured into three elements
      - one to one support and coaching
      - group workshops with guest speakers
      - 2 Day “Writing Camp
      It was a collaborative project undertaken with Rochelle Sibley from the Warwick Writing Programme.
      Three academic writing programme case studies have also been produced and are available online to share learning
    • Career Workshops
      Julie Gallimore provided both 1-1 support for research staff & a number of group workshops on interview skills, CV writing and career choices that can be found in the Researcher Programme.
    • Research Team Leader Programme
      Trudy Hillier (LDC) developed this pilot programme in collaboration with external consultant, David Faraday. The first programme ran in Autumn 2011.
  • Introduction to Career Planning online course
    The online workshop ‘Introduction to Career Planning for Researchers’ is now available. Christine Smith (LDC), Julie Gallimore (Careers) & Gareth Wright (LDC) were involved in producing this resource.

Funding Awarded

Roberts’ funding has been accessed and used in many exciting ways by individuals and departments. 247 awards have been offered to research staff with a total value of £274.6K.

Supporting the Development of a Research Staff Community

  • Research Staff Networks
    Working with “leads” to encourage research networks both within faculties & departments.
  • Research Staff Forum
    The Research Staff forum (RSF) has been supported by Roberts’ funding which funded termly meetings of research staff representatives from departments.