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Research Active Staff Networks

 

Ideas for Network Activity:
Take a look at some examples of activities that have taken place in recent years, to provide ideas and inspiration for future networks.

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Overview and Highlights RAS Network Funding
2012-2017  September 2017

RAS Network Funding Summary of Networks, amounts, Depts  September 2017

RAS Network Funding 2012 - 2017 Review  
September 2017

RAS Network Funding 2016 - 2017 Review  
September 2017

Research Staff Network Funding 2014-15 Summary 
 
Research Staff Funding 2013-14  

Networks Legacy Report 2012-13  


 



RAS NETWORK (LDC FUNDED 2017/2018)

For further information and to view Network Funding application forms please visit this link

Centre for Exoplanets and Habitability Research Network

The Centre for Exoplanets and Habitability is a cross-faculty group of researchers at the University of Warwick, focused on the study of Habitability both on the Earth and off it. Our aim is to develop new collaborations addressing themes related to Habitability, with a broad definition. We study other planets and their conditions, life and its extremes, as well as human and societal responses to concepts of the ‘Other’. The Centre runs an annual lecture series open to all members of the University, which will showcase research in this area both internal and external, and provide an opportunity for networking.

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Connecting Research on Employment and Work (CREW)

As in prior years, we have planned a range of research and development activities for 2017-18 year. While some are directly sponsored/organised under the auspices of CREW, other are being organised by the network's members, with CREW support and involvement. An important element of this year's programme of activities, as in the past, is the 'inter-generational' organisation strategy, which is intended to provide skills development for doctoral and early-career members of the network, and also ensure the network's sustainability. All events are open to CREW members and the broader University research community.

CONTACT: Ania Zbyszewska (A.Zbyszewska@warwick.ac.uk), Erika Kispeter (E.Kispeter@warwick.ac.uk).

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Education and Psychology Network

The Education and Psychology Research Network aims to create a forum for the sharing of research findings of interest to Education and Psychology research active staff and Education and Psychology postgraduate research students. It is open to all research active staff and postgraduate research students and will facilitate networking amongst research active staff interested in Education and Psychology and to integrate interested Education and Psychology postgraduate research students into the academic life of the University. There will be one research seminar per term:

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Health Economics Journal Club

This monthly network aims to bring together academics and research staff of all levels with an interest in economic evaluation, health technology appraisal, public health, health econometrics, modelling, mental health economics and more. It is a friendly and relaxed atmosphere where participants have the opportunity to discuss, critically appraise and reflect on the theme under discussion. This journal club will build up educational networking and promotion of health economics activity within the university and beyond.

Upcoming meetings:

  • Thursday 28 June 2018 (Speaker TBC, Venue - Room AO.39 MSB)

CONTACT: Mandy Maredza (M.Maredza@warwick.ac.uk), Felix Achana (F.Achana@warwick.ac.uk).

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Oral History Network

The objective of the proposed initiative of the newly relaunched Oral History Network is to bring together scholars from around the university and outside the university who have an interest in Oral History and/or in the area of Latin America and the Caribbean.As part of the new initiatives of the Oral History network, we plan to organise one yearly workshop/conference on a topic related to oral history. This year, we have decided to organise an international workshop with invited speakers on the topic of Oral History and 21st century society in Latin America and the Caribbean.This follows an initial workshop on oral history and Cuba organised by Dr. S. Panichelli-Batalla at Aston University in April 2015. A selection of the papers presented at the 2015 workshop have been recently published in a Special Issue of the Journal of the Oral History Society (September 2017). It is our intention to officially launch the Special Issue during the workshop. In order to do so, we intend to invite all the authors of the Special Issue for the first panel of the workshop. All of them are UK based, except for Dr. Ana Vera, a renowned oral historian in Cuba. The funding we have been awarded by LDC will mainly cover the expenses of Dr. Vera’s accommodation and travel costs, in order for her to participate in the workshop as a guest speaker.

CONTACT: Stephanie Panichelli-Batalla (S.Panichelli@warwick.ac.uk), Angela Davis (Angela.Davis@warwick.ac.uk).

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Qualitative and Mixed Methods Interests Groups (QMIG)

The group will meet every 2-3 months and reflect upon different issues related to qualitative and mixed methods research. Sessions will be led by internal and external speakers. Areas that members have requested we cover in the coming academic year include (a) narrative enquiry, (b) big data, (c) realist evaluation, (d) quality in qualitative and mixed methods research, (e) meta-ethnography, (f) creative data collection techniques, (g) qualitative data as part of core outcome sets, (h) discourse analysis, (i) integrating data in mixed methods research, (j) getting mixed methods research published, We will aim to run sessions throughout the academic year that cover some of these topics. Sessions will run for 90 minutes, with lunch at the start to enable people to network. In addition last year we held a successful, one hour meeting about digital methods and ethics and those attending said it would be beneficial to devote more time to it. Therefore, we intend to hold, in the spring term, a half day event that addresses this topic, at which we will invite at least one external to Warwick

CONTACT: Rebecca Johnson (Rebecca.Johnson@warwick.ac.uk).

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WMG Researcher Forum
 

The WMG Researcher Forum provides an active and monthly focal point for researchers in a cross-disciplinary department to come together. The network is co-ordinated by Dr Vannessa Goodship, Dr Sumit Hazra, Dr Valentina Donzella and Dr Bethany Middleton who share the organisation of the meetings. The chairperson generally rotates for each breakfast meeting, and therefore the focus of each meeting changes to reflect this. A range of topics of interest to contract research staff are covered from dedicated technical talks to developmental opportunities. We welcome researchers from other departments to attend or to offer to speak at our meetings:

Upcoming Event:

  • 21 June 2018: (Topic, Speaker and Venue TBC)
  • 17 July 2018: (Topic, Speaker and Venue TBC)

CONTACT: Vannessa Goodship (V.Goodship@warwick.ac.uk), Sumit Hazra (Sumit.Hazra@warwick.ac.uk), Bethany Middleton (B.Middleton@warwick.ac.uk), Valentina Donzella (V.Donzella@warwick.ac.uk), Helen Ascroft (Helen.Ascroft@warwick.ac.uk).

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WMS Medical Statistics, Book and Journal Club

Researchers with an interest in medical statistics are invited to join the Medical Statistics Book and Journal Club at WMS. The club provides an informal environment for researchers to discuss, debate and learn from their peers. At each meeting we are discussing chapters from a book, a seminal article or an issue that a club member came across in his/her work and found interesting and worthy of a more in depth discussion.

Monthly meetings commence on October 2017 and provisional topics include: Epidemiology, New software for Sample Size Computations, Basked and Umbrella Clinical Trials, Biomaker cancer trail date and other topics in cancer research and clinical trials.

For further information visit the Networks Webpage

CONTACT: Deepak Parashar (D.Parashar@warwick.ac.uk), Chen Ji (C.Ji.3@warwick.ac.uk

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WMS Researcher Integrity Initiative

This network establishes and facilitates an informal discussion forum that combines practical solution-finding with the promotion of researcher integrity and good practice by stealth. We plan to hold 4 meetings

CONTACT: Heather Draper (H.Draper@warwick.ac.uk), Anne-Marie Slowther (A-M.Slowther@warwick.ac.uk).




RAS NETWORK (LDC FUNDED 2016/2017)

   

Borders, Race, Ethnicity & Migration (BREM)

BREM is a cross-disciplinary group of researchers at the University of Warwick. The aim of the network is to promote interdisciplinary dialogue across the intersecting themes of borders, race, ethnicity and migration, broadly defined. It serves as an open forum for sharing research, developing new and existing collaborations and supporting graduate students and early career researchers. The network runs an annual lecture series and provides opportunities for information sharing and collective research activities.

Contact:

Khursheed Wadia - CLL

Vicki Squire - PAIS

Hannah Jones - Sociology

 
     

The Central England Rehabilitation Network (CEReN) brings together clinicians and researchers working in the field of rehabilitation.

Our aim is to improve the lives of people with disability by..

Sharing excellent clinical practiceProviding education and training rehabilitation for all disciplinesEnabling the growth of rehabilitation researchSupporting academic career development for rehabilitation professionalsIncreasing the numbers of participants recruited to research studiesInvolving patients and carers in research development, evaluation and dissemination.

If you would like to know about the meetings and activities supported by the network please email CEReN@Warwick.ac.uk and we will add you to our mailing list.

Speakers for next year

Wed 18th January 2017

Complex coping: the experiences of families of people with a disorder of consciousness and how healthcare professionals can help.

Complex caring: the experiences of healthcare professionals supporting people with a disorder of consciousness and the effectiveness of an intervention on perceived competence.

Speaker: Sonja Soeterik, Date: 18th January 2017, Venue: GLT3 WMS, Time: 5.30pm.

Wed 15th February 2017 Prof Barbara Wilson "Future directions in neuropsychological rehabilitation" Venue GLT3 WMS.

Wed 15th March 2017 Prof Rory O'Connor

Wed 17th May 2017 Prof Jane Burridge

Wed 21st June 2017 Prof Valerie Pomeroy

Wed 19th July 2017 Speaker to be confirmed

Wed 20th September 2017 Prof Pamela Enderby

Wed 18th October 2017 Prof Anand Pandyan
For further information visit the link below http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/med/research/hscience/ceren

Contact:

Diane Playford - WMS

 
     

Discourse Studies in Social Sciences

The purpose of our network is to increase awareness among social science researchers (staff and students) of the importance and relevance of discourse analytic methods, as well as to share good practice and offer training in specific methods and tools. Our website is http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/al/research/groups/pad/activities/discourse_studies_in_social_sciences

Network members are invited to attend the approximately weekly meetings of the Professional and Academic Discourse research group https://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/al/research/groups/pad/

In addition to these we tend to offer one main training event per year – the next one will be on 8 December 2016, when we will host Miloš Jakubíček, CEO of SketchEngine, for a training workshop.

We have recently negotiated a university-wide trial of SkechEngine corpus software and this is an excellent opportunity for researchers to learn what it can do. Miloš will show researchers how to get started with this software – in this he will be supported by Tilly Harrison and Sue Wharton, CAL staff who are competent in its use and aware of its relevance for social science research.

If you would like to be added to the mailing list for this network please contact Sue Wharton,

Contact:

Sue Wharton - CAL

 
     

Health Economics Journal Club

This new monthly network aims to bring together academics and research staff of all levels with an interest in economic evaluation, health technology appraisal, public health, health econometrics, modelling, mental health economics and more. It is a friendly and relaxed atmosphere where participants have the opportunity to discuss, critically appraise and reflect on the theme under discussion. This journal club will build up educational networking and promotion of health economics activity within the university and beyond.

Upcoming meetings:

Wednesday 25th January 2017 (speaker: Joanna Thorn, University of Bristol, Venue: T0.08, CTU, WMS )

Wednesday 22th February 2017 (speaker: speaker: Stavros Petrou , WMS, Venue: T0.08, CTU, WMS)

Wednesday 29th March 2017 (speaker: Amir Khan, Coventry University, Venue: T0.08, CTU, WMS)

Wednesday 26th April 2017 (speaker: Theodoros Mantopoulos, WMS, Venue: T0.08, CTU, WMS)

Wednesday 31st May 2017 (speaker: External (TBC), Venue: T0.08, CTU, WMS, Venue: T0.08, CTU, WMS)

Tuesday 28th June 2017 (speaker: Internal (Warwick evidence), Venue: T0.08, CTU, WMS)

Contact:

Felix Achana - WMS

Mandy Maredza - WMS

Contact Felix for more information about venues and upcoming

presentations.

 
     

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

The purpose of this network is to promote a user group to develop and maintain a strong LCA capability within WMG. That being said we would welcome anyone else involved with LCA from other university departments to contribute.

Contact:

Neill Raath - WMG

 
     

WMS Medical Statistics Book & Journal Club

Researchers with an interest in medical statistics are invited to join the Medical Statistics Book and Journal Club at WMS. The club provides an informal environment for researchers to discuss, debate and learn from their peers. At each meeting we are discussing chapters from a book, a seminal article or an issue that a club member came across in his/her work, and found interesting and worthy of a more in depth discussion.

The topics covered during the 2016/17 academic year are: Cancer clinical trials, Chronotherapy, Power priors, Hospital Admissions, Stratified trial designs, decision-making, among others.

24 January 2017 in A-150 (WMS) discussing “Decision-making in drug development” – led by Deepak Parashar

Webpage: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/med/research/hscience/stats/book_journal_club

Contact:

Deepak Parashar Division of Health Sciences - WMS

Whilst the intention is to avoid overly technical discussion, a basic to moderate statistical knowledge will be helpful to engage in the sessions.

For more information, please visit: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/med/
research/hscience/stats/book_journal_club
which gives more details and links to books and articles.

 
     

Qualitative and Mixed Methods Interest Groups (QMIG)

This group is open to members of staff and postgraduates across the University with an interest in qualitative and mixed methods research. It provides a forum for exchanging and developing knowledge and expertise in such approaches through regular meetings at which specific topics are discussed. We tend to meet every 6-8 weeks. If you wish to be on the group’s mailing list so you are informed of future events, please contact Stephanie Tierney (Stephanie.tierney@warwick.ac.uk).

Thursday 23rd February, 12.45-2.15pm (Wolfson Room 1, Main Library) - Digital methods: Attractions and shortcomings:
Following a presentation on key aspects of online methods for interviews, focus groups and surveys, we will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of such approaches, drawing on the experiences of group members. Lunch will be provided. Please let Stephanie (stephanie.tierney@warwick.ac.uk) know if you intend to come along for catering purposes.

Contact

Stephanie Tierney - WMS

Amy Grove - WMS

Rebecca.Johnson@Warwick.ac.uk

 
     

West Midland Forensic Mental Health Research (FRANK)

“The West Midlands Forensic Mental Health Research Network (FRANK) aims to bring together a diverse multi-disciplinary group of individuals from mental health to philosophy and law to social sciences from both within the University of Warwick and from the wider West Midlands region. The network will reach out to universities, NHS Trusts as well as the third sector in bringing together individuals to identify challenges in forensic mental health and form collaborative partnerships in tackling these challenges through research.”

Contact:

V.Furtado - WMS

Catherine Winsper - WMS

 
     

WMG Researcher Forum

The WMG Researcher Forum provides an active and monthly focal point for researchers in a cross-disciplinary department to come together. The network is co-ordinated by Dr Vannessa Goodship, Dr Sumit Hazra, Dr Valentina Donzella and Dr Bethany Middleton who share the organisation of the meetings. The chairperson generally rotates for each breakfast meeting, and therefore the focus of each meeting changes to reflect this. A range of topics of interest to contract research staff are covered from dedicated technical talks to developmental opportunities. We welcome researchers from other departments to attend or to offer to speak at our meetings: please email any of the organisers for further details.

Dates of upcoming meetings are:

Thursday 9 February 2017
Tuesday 7 March 2017
Tuesday 25 April 2017
Wednesday 31 May 2017
Tuesday 27 June 2017
Thursday 27 July 2017

All meetings are from 9.15am - 10am (with networking until 10.30am) and are held in the IDL Boardroom, WMG.

Contact:

Vannessa Goodship, WMG, IMC building room 250. Ext: 72934

Sumit Hazra - WMG

Bethany Middleton - WMG

Read Vannessa's reflective report on the broad-ranging forum of support in WMG(PDF Document)

 
     

RAS NETWORKS AT WARWICK

   

Big Data Network

Increasingly, big data is social data (e.g. health, cities, administrative data, employment, education, social media, etc.). Therefore, social scientists urgently need to engage with issues in this area. This network aims to bring together colleagues across the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences to explore big data from a range of perspectives. All Warwick staff and research students are welcome. Please email Emma Uprichard to be added to our email list to be kept up to date with activities.

Contact:

Emma Uprichard - Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies

 
     

Computing Morality Reading Group

In recent years, there has been a spate of attempts to build computer models of how humans make moral decisions. This multi-disciplinary enterprise draws on many fields, including Psychology, Philosophy, Neuroscience, Computer Science, and Economics. The Computing Morality Reading Group meets every two weeks for 1 hour to discuss 1-2 readings from this literature. The goal of the network is to gather the people from across campus with an interest in the issue, who might ordinarily not have the chance to interact. If you are interested, please email one of the group leaders (Elliot Ludvig or Adam Sanborn), who will add you to the mailing list.

Contact:

Elliot Ludvig - Psychology

Adam Sanborn - Psychology

 
     

Monwar Research Alliance

This research-led group aims to support Sustainable Open Language Teaching through connecting language expertise across both Warwick and Monash. It draws on the existing expertise in the two institutions into Computer-mediated communication (CMC) and Online Intercultural Exchange (OIE). The alliance will share best open educational practice and create re-usable learning objects for language teaching through webinars for the dissemination of research outputs and co-creation of open resources. Asynchronous activity happens through an open Google+ community #monwar. The lead at Warwick is Teresa MacKinnon

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/ldc/researchers/community/networks/education/researcher_list/ Teresa MacKinnon SMLC Voice over the Internet; Computer-mediated communication, Online Intercultural Exchange (OIE), language teacher development, multi-modal environments for language and intercultural exchange, open educational practice (OEP).

Please Note: The group is no longer funded but exists to informally connect those delivering technology enhanced language teaching and professional development who, in Warwick, are dispersed across various areas including CAL and CPE.

Contact

Teresa Mackinnon

 
     

Network for Early Career Researchers in WMS

The network brings together ECRs from across the 6 Divisions within Warwick Medical School. The ECR Network aims to provide continued support to its members, and constructive feedback from this process is filtered across all strategic levels within WMS. The Network holds quarterly meetings and facilitates discussions of internal and external research opportunities and challenges.


Contact:

Rebecca Johnson - WMS

Siew Wan Hee - WMS

Sian Taylor-Phillips - WMS

 
     

Research-informed Education Network

The Research-informed Education Network has been established in order to connect teaching-only staff involved in teacher education with researchers working in the field. In order for teacher training to remain current and innovative it is important that teaching staff are able to engage more closely with the evidence base and research that underpins best practice in teaching and learning.

The network will host a series of journal club meetings and invited speakers for research-based seminars within the Centre for Professional Education. Although school education will feature prominently, colleagues from CES, CLL, IATL, LDC, CEDAR and IGGY may find the activities of interest, as might individuals in academic departments who are connected to outreach and widening participation projects within schools.

Contact:

John Thornby - CPE

 
     
 

Research Methodology Advice Service Dedicated to Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) UseThe purpose of the prosed research network is to offer the provision of a supportive environment that will enable both novice and experienced researchers to develop skills in using IPA. The main objective is to further researchers' learning and development , by sharing research experiences. It is proposed that seminars and workshops will be introduced, including worked data analysis IPA exemplars, in order to help colleagues develop a deeper understanding of the level of data analysis needed for IPA.

Next Event: Joint event with Mixed Methods Group (WMS) Research Workshop on Pluralism and Qualitative Methods led by Dr Nollaig Frost and Deborah Rodrigues, Psychology, Middlesex University. For further details of the workshop please visit Pluralism and Qualitative Methods Workshop(PDF Document)

Date: Thursday 23rd June 2016 Time: 10.30am - 4pm (10.30am - Registration/Refreshments, 11am - Welcome and aims of the day) Venue: A030, Medical School Building

 

Contact:

Deborah Biggerstaff- WMS

 
     
 

Warwick Women in Science (WIS)

Warwick Women In Science (WIS) exists to provide support, information and opportunity to promote all aspects of Women in Science.

We run regular events, which encourage open and diverse attendance. ALL Warwick staff and students are welcome to be part of the WIS Network. For further information visit the WIS website

Contact:

Natalie Wride - Engineering

Daniela Lobo - Chemistry

Rhiannon Dougall - Maths

 
 

WMG/Physics/Chemistry Journal Club Lunch Series

The Journal Clubs will provide a place to informally present, discuss, and review new published research amongst peers, to learn good practice for scientific writing, to come across new hot topics in research, and to establish collaborations. More details are available on the attached flyer, and lunch is included! Journal Club Lunch Series

Register your interest/attendance or request any further information at JC.WMG.Phys.Chem@gmail.com.

 

Contact:

Valentina Donzella - WMG

Vannessa Goodship - WMG

Susan Burrows - Physics

Ann Dixon - Chemistry

 
     

PREVIOUSLY FUNDED LDC NETWORKS

   

Education Researchers' Network (ERN)

The Education Research Network has had a series of successful meetings where colleagues across campus have been able to share their current research interests. The ERN is taking a short break to take stock and think about how we would like the network to develop. So we would like to hear from members about what direction they think the networks needs to take. Dates of future meetings will be announced soon on the ERN’s sub-page.

Contact:

Mairi-Ann Cullen - CEDAR

Elisabeth Arweck - Centre for Education Studies

Richard Sutcliffe - Centre for Education