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Research Staff Forum & Representatives

A University Forum for Research Active Staff (RSF) has been established to serve a general networking function and to provide a focus for gathering Research Active Staff (RAS) on Research-focussed, Teaching-focussed and Research and Teaching contracts views on issues such as induction, learning and development opportunities and share good practice and ideas.

The Research Staff Forum (RSF) meets once per term.
 
1. How does the Research Staff Forum operate?
2. What has the forum achieved?
3. Who is on the forum/the list of RSF representatives?
4. Researcher Committee Representatives from the RSF

How does the Research Staff Forum operate?

The Forum meets termly to:

  • Find out about essential /new information about the University of Warwick that is useful to Research Active Staff (RAS).
  • Find out about local and national issues relating to Research Active Staff (RAS).
  • Discuss key issues with University staff.
  • Influence Warwick policy and practice and help to improve the experience of being a researcher at Warwick.
  • Develop representatives skills through chairing, shaping and recording discussion at the meetings and representing the views of fellow Research Active Staff (RAS).
  • Have lunch and meet staff from different departments.

What has the forum achieved?

  • Ensured that material on the Research Active Staff (RAS) website remains relevant and `up to date'.
  • Input and review the institutional Athena Swan and HR Excellence in Research submissions
  • Made the University aware of researchers' views towards the Fixed Term Employees' Regulations.
  • Improved structures for communication between Research Active Staff (RAS) in departments e.g. noticeboards, meetings, representation at departmental staff meetings.
  • Contributed to the documentation and processes for Annual Reviews - now call Personal Development Review.
  • Campaigned for an Induction Provision specifically for Research Active Staff (RAS).
  • Trying to influence University policy on study leave and promotion for research staff.
  • Shaping the focus of the Careers Service work for Research Active Staff (RAS).
  • Facilitating involvement in national initiatives such as the Contract Researchers' Online Survey

Who is on the forum/list of RSF representatives?

  • Departments can have one or more representatives which are usually on research or teaching contracts.
  • Any Research Active Staff member can attend the Research Staff Forum (RSF).
  • Other support staff who can contribute to the forum's work, from Organisational Development, the library etc.

The current list of departmental representatives can be accessed here.

Researcher Committee Representatives from the RSF

Two members of the Research Staff Forum (a representative and deputy) are appointed to attend Warwick's Research Committee. The Research Committee is part of Warwick's governance structure with a remit to advise the Senate on all matters relating to the research strategy of the University and to support the Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and relevant Pro-Vice-Chancellor(s) in driving forward the agreed research strategy.

The RSF representatives on the Research Committee:

2020/21 - Elisabeth Arweck (representative)

Date(s) of next Research Staff Forum Meetings
Academic year
2020-21

Date: Tuesday 29 September 2020
Time: 12.00 - 13.30
Venue: Virtual
Chaired by: Anna Chapman

Date: Wednesday 25 November 2020
Time: 13.00 - 14.30
Venue: Virtual
Chaired by: Anna Chapman

Date: Wednesday 13 January 2021
Time: 14.00 - 15.30
Venue: Virtual
Chaired by: Anna Chapman

Date: Monday 15 March 2021
Time: 14.30 - 16.00
Venue: Virtual
Chaired by: Anna Chapman

Date: Tuesday 27 April 2021
Time: 14.30 - 16.00
Venue: Virtual
Chaired by: Anna Chapman

Date: Thursday 24 June 2021
Time: 13.00 - 14.30
Venue: Virtual
Chaired by: Anna Chapman

If you would like to attend any of these meetings, please email Jane Cooper (Organisational Development) researcherqueries@warwick.ac.uk

Previous RSF meetings