2016 Research Staff Conference
Everything you've wanted to know about Science Advice (or jobs) in Government
Alan Pitt, Deputy Director for Science Capability, Energy and Climate Change in the Government Office for Science outlined how a scientific evidence base can be used to inform policy making. He included some advice on careful choice of language and the opportunities for early-career researchers to get involved in this sphere. In a later session we heard from Alan, one of his colleagues and a recent postdoctoral researcher from Glasgow, about policy-related careers.
Open Access Publications and Data Management
As soon as you have a publication accepted to a journal you should contact the library to find out how they can help you comply with open access rules.
Find out about the library support here.
The University Research Data Management Team are there to help you think about how you manage your data (of any sort, whether that's code, artefacts, numbers...). Increasingly, funders have set out expectations for researchers to comply with. Watch a short video on data management support at Glasgow.
Hidden HE careers
This session focussed on the 'hidden jobs' in Higher Education Administration, which you don’t always know exist but can be interesting, intellectually challenging and rewarding. Our four speakers work in research, policy and data management roles as well as in supporting knowledge exchange and business development. Universities need talented individuals, who understand the research process and landscape, in these types of roles and these pose an interesting potential opportunity for postdoctoral researchers. Read the researcher development blog to find out more about the jobs, the skills and experience that got them there and the good and bad things about making the transition.
Public Engagement at UofG
The University's Public Engagement Officer (Dr Jamie Gallagher) talked participants through the key steps in planning engagement.
Download the Public Engagement talk by Jamie Gallagher
Think about attending the University's first ever public engagement conference in June 2016 (more details coming soon).
Dr Kay Guccione, University of Sheffield Fellowship Ahoy! ran a workshop presenting her findings on academic leadership in the development of research career independence.
Shameless Self-promotion, Hugh Kearns
Get in touch if you have any suggestions for next year’s conference or additional feedback on this year’s event. We received some good suggestions and helpful feedback on the day and will be taking these on board for next year's planning. These included: having more diversity in the plenary speakers (something we are always very careful about with careers panels etc.); re-thinking our feedback form; having more time to network over lunch; more Fellowships preparation and industry / social enterprise speakers and being aware of disciplinary differences in choosing our plenary speakers.
We asked people what they found useful from the day (a selection of quotes can be found below):
- All sessions were interesting, but I also enjoyed that the schedule was not packed and I got time to speak to people during the afternoon.
- It was a great event, the speakers' quality was very high and personally I took home several tips.
- The Open Access session was well-structured, full of useful and pertinent information. The Fellowships session was usefully interactive, with an engaging speaker.
- Suggestions about other jobs in science. People, Experience/Stories.
- An opportunity to evaluate my own career path. A perspective on alternative careers. Realising the importance of digital presence and wider engagement.
- Hugh Kearns talk was excellent and relevant for most people I would think.
- Excellent tips on self-promotion.
- The different talks about how to develop your career. Mostly the different things you can do to promote it. Great last talk!
- Listening to other people’s personal experiences and learning how to publicise myself and improve my “presence”.
- The last talk by Hugh and the presentations of academics who chose another career path.
- The workshops were best for specifically helpful information and the second plenary was a good chance to communicate with others, (and to) think about self-promotion.
- The different careers away from the bench.
Two general suggestions were offered to enhance researcher support - these were to provide opportunities to network between campuses and peer-group support for people making academic job applications.