Following the publication of the consultation report on the recommendations of the Independent Review of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, Vitae has produced a handy set of summary slides
The slides provide a bitesize summary of the consultation outcomes, including next steps, for researchers and those supporting them at RGU, to keep up to date with progress around the revision of the Concordat. Click on the images to enlarge or view the slideshow.
To further inform the revision of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, and in parallel with the online consultation, members of the Concordat Strategy Group are hosting a series of sector consultation events.
The Concordat consultation events provide a timely opportunity to discuss the review recommendations in further detail. Summaries of the discussions will be captured to feed into the consultation analysis. Therefore the events will help inform the new revisions to the Concordat and ensure the UK maintains its leading position in research and innovation.
There events are being held Bristol, London and Edinburgh during December. They are open to all who support researchers in the UK, including researchers, researcher developers, principal investigators, pro-vice chancellors, funders and other stakeholders. There is no fee to attend, but places are limited and we will be aiming to achieve a balance of organisations and roles.
Please register your interest using one of the links below. Places will be confirmed via email.
The consultation presents a ten-year opportunity to shape the revisions that are needed to ensure the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers remains fit for the future. The Concordat can make a real difference in improving the environment and career development for researchers and is important in helping develop the pipeline of talent and ensuring the UK maintains its leading position in research and innovation. Organisations and individuals, including all staff engaged in research, as well as those managing or supporting research and researchers, should consider responding to the consultation.
A free webinar, organised by the UK Data Service, provides an introduction to using mapping libraries in R to create simple geographical visualisations of your data. The data can be represented on the map in a variety of ways, using pop-ups or colour shading. However before you can do this you need to be able to create the map with appropriate geographical boundaries and to be able to associate your data with the available geographical information of the map. We will look at different data formats such as using longitude and latitude values as well as using shape files. We will use R libraries which generate static maps (essentially an image file) such as ggmap and those which produce more dynamic maps which can be displayed in a web browser such as leaflet. This webinar is intended for researchers who are familiar with using statistics packages like R or Stata and who would like an introduction to mapping data containing geographical information using the packages available in R. Date: 4 April 2017, 15.00 – 16.00 Level: Introductory. Experience/knowledge required: Familiar with using statistics packages like R or Stata. Target audience: Researchers interested in mapping data
Webinar 1 March at 2-3 pm GMT / 3-4 pm CET / 9-10 am EST
Learning how not to write an article is as important as learning how to write it! In this webinar Bert Blocken highlights 10 tips of what to avoid when writing your article. What to avoid includes taking the lazy route of plagiarism, overestimating your contribution and ignoring comments from editors and reviewers. Many of these “tips to avoid” may appear obvious but are pitfalls that even the most seasoned of authors can fall into. The webinar will demonstrate how a poorly written article can ruin the career of a researcher.
The presenter Prof. dr. ir. Bert Blocken is a Civil Engineer, holding a PhD in Building Physics. He is Full Professor in the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands and part-time Full Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at KU Leuven in Belgium. Bert has published 128 articles in international peer-reviewed journals and is among the 150 most-cited researchers worldwide both in the field of Civil Engineering and in the field of Energy Science & Engineering. Further, Bert is an Editor of Building & Environment and Associate Editor of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics. He has acted as a reviewer for more than 70 different journals.
Registration for the EQUATOR residential publication school is now open, with early bird rates available until 28 February.
The course is designed to build skills and confidence to achieve success in planning, writing, publishing, and disseminating your research through traditional journals and other publication and media channels. It will cover:
How to write the key sections of your research article, including the methods, analysis and results, introduction, discussion, title, and abstract
How to make appropriate and optimal use of reporting guidelines like CONSORT, STROBE, and PRISMA.
The importance of writing and publishing protocols using reporting guidelines such as SPIRIT and PRISMA-P.
How to target the right journal for your research and navigate different editorial systems
How to deal with peer review comments and constructively peer review the work of others
How to write for and communicate with healthcare professionals and the public, and make the most of media opportunities
Information about the course tutors, fees and registration for the School available here.
Do you regularly review, plan and develop your career? Perhaps you’re in the final year of your PhD, just starting out in research or considering another fixed-term post? Whatever your situation, planning and managing your career is worth making time for.
If you don’t know where to start, join us on the 18 January at 2pm (UK Time) to explore career options for researchers and make sure your professional development planning becomes a successful life-changing habit rather than something you only consider once every few years.
Career opportunities for researchers cover a wide range of sectors including higher education; manufacturing; finance; business and IT; health; and public administration. Recent trends demonstrate that most researchers will go on to pursue a career beyond academic research or teaching. So how do you decide which career to embrace? How do you find out which career would suit your strengths, values and interests? Finally, how do you plan to make that happen?
How do you realise what strengths and talents you have?
What kinds of career paths do researchers follow?
How do you make a career development plan?
Which qualifications and experience are required for various careers?