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Researcher Networks: Education

WMG Researcher Forum: Food for Mind and Body

Dr Vannessa Goodship, WMG, IMC building , room 250.

Pump priming of researcher development within WMG

Upcoming events:

The network breakfast meetings for 2015 will be taking place on:

  • 13th January
  • 11th February
  • 12th March
  • 7th April
  • 6th May
  • 11th June

If you would like to present your work to fellow research staff or simply network, please contact Vannessa Goodship to reserve your breakfast. Speakers and attendees from departments outside WMG are welcome to attend.

Ideas during 2011

  • Brainstorming - Shared network area for ideas and web based brainstorming One pager ideas bid generation Two day grant writing away day Small group presentation practice sessions One to one advice sessions Open house drop in lunch sessions
  • Assembling information on paper writing, brainstorming and bid writing examples to populate website.
  • Improving our social interaction for better team working and support, for example - using Myers-Briggs (thanks for the course LDC) to explain to each other who we are and how we work. (An INTP speaking here) - Looking at skill mapping using Vitae and United Nations competencies. Passing best practice upwards as well as to each other.
  • Development session (date TBC)
    The big brainstorm day - invite researchers to drop in and contribute to our ideas room (using removable flexible wipe boards: which are on order) Big sell session (short presentations without props) Form a women researchers support group within WMG Speed networking.

Feedback from the network meeting on 22 March 2012:

I attended the WMG research staff forum to talk about funding opportunities for Research staff (link to copy of documents). The research forum enjoyed bacon butties to start but for me what was great to see was the community that has developed & the range of activities that are taking place. A journal club has been started (its first meeting took place in March and the next planned meeting is 13 April) with the group meeting again later to conduct an experiment. The forum has arrange for research staff to have videos’ done as well as some pre-training. CV support has been offered by WMG HR dept & LDC offering to help with arranging careers support, helping researchers do blogs & looking at the idea of a maths/ stats clinic.

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