Researcher Development Programme (RDP): Impact Development

Impact Development

Wednesday 2 October 2019, 14:00 – 16:30

The ‘impact’ agenda plays an increasingly important role in the allocation of resources for research in the UK. The extent to which research undertaken by a University’s staff has generated non-academic impact plays a role in the allocation of funds via the REF. Research Councils also take into account the quality of impact plans (Pathways to Impact) when awarding funding to researchers.

At the end of this session, individuals will:

  • Understand what is meant by ‘impact’ and how it is relevant to research
  • Understand how to plan impact into research proposals especially for research council bids
  • Understand how to use some simple impact planning tools
  • Understand how to monitor and track impact during a research project
  • Understand how to evidence impact for REF and other purposes

Please visit My View to book a place or contact the Research Office

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Parliament, Policy and Your Research

November 27th 2019 1:00 – 3:00

John Lennon Auditorium, John Lennon Art and Design Academy, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool

Delivered by UK Parliament’s Knowledge Exchange Unit, this practical workshop gives an overview of the workings of the UK Parliament and how Parliament uses research to inform policy.

It will explain the various ways in which researchers can engage with Parliament, including information about giving evidence to Select Committees and effective use of the House of Commons and Lords libraries and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) Parliament’s in-house source of independent analysis of public-policy issues related to science and technology.

It will also include discussion of how to communicate research in a policy context.  You will leave with an understanding of the importance of research to the policy arena and able to identify opportunities to feed your research into Parliament’s work. 

To register for this free session visit https://ljmu.libcal.com/event/3413384

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Researcher Development Programme (RDP): Writing for publication

Writing for publication (small group workshop)

Thursday 19 September, 12:00-13:00

This small group workshop is aimed at early career researchers; the content focuses on journal articles, though is applicable to other kinds of research outputs such as book chapters.

Attendees are invited to consider the focus of their writing including key arguments, rationale, etc. before moving on to targeting suitable journals and providing advice engaging with the peer review process.

After attending, you will know to write effective applications to appropriate journals in which to publish your work and can take an active role in the peer review process.

Please visit My View to book a place or contact the Research Office

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Researcher Development Programme (RDP): RIF budget surgery

RIF budget surgery

Monday 16 September 2019, 13:00-14:00

This session is essential for applicants to the University’s internal research support funds. It is only available to academic staff who are eligible to apply to these funding streams and is not suitable for PhD students/GTAs (PGR bursaries are available to all PhD students).

This session is designed to help you establish a budget that meets the needs of your project.  We will be using the budget template which helps you to set the budget accurately by calculating core elements for you.

The RO will also help you to understand how to manage your budget and make claims in the event that you are successful.  Understanding how budgets are managed will help you to establish a successful budget in your application.

Please visit My View to book a place or contact the Research Office

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Researcher Development Programme (RDP): Research Ethics and the Approval Process

Research Ethics and the Approval Process

Wednesday 11 September 2019, 15:00-16:00

The session will begin by attempting to de-mystify research ethics. It is a commonly held misconception that research ethics requires considerable specialist knowledge (for example, of the kind moral philosophers have); this is not the case. As a consequence, the session will focus on practicalities by outlining the structures, policies, procedures, documentation and timescales about which it is important for those seeking ethical approval for their research to be familiar.

Please visit My View to book a place or contact the Research Office

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Learning Services – Scopus

by Liam Bullingham

Learning Services have been evaluating our academic literature databases over the summer and learned there has been a steady drop in the use Web of Science, a multidisciplinary citations database. To see whether an alternative may work better, we ran a trial of Scopus during July.

With over 23,500 serial titles and 75 million items, Scopus has a broader reach than Web of Science, indexing more academic journals and also couples a clean interface with features such a suite of data visualisations for your search results. Additionally, it works better with Pure, the University’s research information repository.

The Trial

During July we set up a trial subscription to Scopus – this was a big success! We received lots of requests to subscribe and the platform earned favourable comparisons with popular tools like Google Scholar (you can see some comments here).

The Decision

Given that Scopus received such positive feedback from staff and students, and has improved scope and usability, we have taken a multidisciplinary approach and decided to move from Web of Science to Scopus. As such, access to WoS will cease at end of September and we will have Scopus live from 16 September. All students and staff will be able to access Scopus, and we are confident you find it a big improvement. We are arranging training for mid-November, and our ‘Literature Search for Research’ session is already available for booking via MyView. If you have any saved searches or alerts from Web of Science which you would like to transfer across to Scopus, please contact liam.bullingham@edgehill.ac.uk for support with this.

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Researcher Development Programme (RDP): Writing for publication

Writing for publication (small group workshop)

Thursday 5 September, 12:00-13:00

This small group workshop is aimed at early career researchers; the content focuses on journal articles, though is applicable to other kinds of research outputs such as book chapters.

Attendees are invited to consider the focus of their writing including key arguments, rationale, etc. before moving on to targeting suitable journals and providing advice engaging with the peer review process.

After attending, you will know to write effective applications to appropriate journals in which to publish your work and can take an active role in the peer review process.

Please visit My View to book a place or contact the Research Office

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NIHR announces annual social care funding competition

We’re pleased to announce that the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme will be running a dedicated social care funding call on an annual basis.

RfPB’s first social care funding call, launched in 2018, has invested £2.5 million in 12 projects. The next annual call will launch in September with a budget of up to £3 million, and will offer up to £350k for projects in adult social care.

https://www.nihr.ac.uk/documents/nihr-research-for-social-care-rfsc-call-specification/21740

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RDS NW August 2019 e-bulletin

Research Design Service North West

In this issue:

  • Call for Public Reviewers for RDS NW Pre-submission Review Panels,
  • New NIHR Website and NIHRtv,
  • How to be a good Chief Investigator,
  • Health Research Authority: New Participant Identification Centres model agreements,
  • Events, funding opportunities and approaching funding deadlines.

Download the August 2019 e-bulletin here.

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UKRI launches £98m healthy ageing research fund

UKRI logo

UK Research and Innovation has launched the Healthy Ageing Programme, a £98 million strand of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund that aims to increase research that will support the UK’s ageing population.

https://www.researchprofessional.com/0/rr/news/uk/research-councils/2019/8/UKRI-launches–98m-healthy-ageing-research-fund.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=rpMailing&utm_campaign=personalNewsDailyUpdate_2019-08-05#sthash.BWcDafHI.dpuf

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