Researcher Development Working Group
The University of Kent attained the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award in May 2013. The Researcher Development Working Group (RDWG) was set up following the submission and is the focus for progress against the excellence action plan. This includes:
- Translating the action plan into good practice development in Faculties, with a particular focus on fixed term contract researchers
- Communicating the importance to the University of supporting & developing contract research staff
The University’s Excellence in Research application underlined our commitment to, and compliance with, the principles of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. The Concordat sets standards for the career management and conditions of employment of researchers employed by HEIs on fixed-term or similar contracts and funded through research grants or analogous schemes. It has been used as a general reference point for good practice across the UK higher education sector. The University’s excellence action plan summarises existing evidence of compliance and sets out the further actions required.
RDWG exists to facilitate a strong, supportive system that helps staff to develop their research careers and to engage with research staff across all three faculties to identify key areas for continuous improvement.
Researcher Development Survey 2017
The University runs a biennial Researcher Development survey. The survey ran between 2 February - 24 February 2017. The survey was sent to 190 people employed on research terms and conditions of employment. 60 completed surveys were received giving a response rate of 32%. This is a 5 percentage point increase from the response rate in 2015. The results of the survey informed the development of the University's HR Excellence in Research Action Plan.
Please contact Helen Leech in Research Services (H.Leech@kent.ac.uk) if you would like further information about researcher development at Kent: http://www.kent.ac.uk/hr-learninganddevelopment/researcherdev.html.
Hot links for Researchers:
Graduate School Researcher Development http://www.kent.ac.uk/graduateschool/skills/pgrd.html
Research Services https://www.kent.ac.uk/researchservices/index.html
Early Career Researcher network blog http://www.fundermental.blogspot.co.uk
Pathfinders for Researcher Development and Support http://www.kent.ac.uk/hr-learninganddevelopment/pathfinder/index.html
The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) http://www.kent.ac.uk/graduateschool/skills/rdf.html
Vitae - Researcher Development Framework https://www.vitae.ac.uk/researchers-professional-development/about-the-vitae-researcher-development-framework
Further information please contact Learning and Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.