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Researcher Development Programmes

Researcher Development Programmes

Coventry University’s Research Capability Team offers a suite of research-informed training and development programmes for staff engaged with research. All programmes are cohort-based and intensive, with two types of course running each year. Programmes are application based.

The programmes focus on supporting innovative, responsible, international and successful researchers and are 6-10 weeks in duration. Cohorts have an intake of 28 people per year across faculties, university research centres and professional services. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to researcher development, the programmes support the development of individual and group-based outputs through workshops, writing retreats, and activity-based learning.

The Research Capability Team also provides bespoke training to University faculties, research centres, and research groups to address specific needs and disciplinary requirements and is currently piloting a research supervision programme. If you require team-based support please contact the Research Capability Team directly to discuss your needs.


Early Career Researchers

The below programmes are aimed at Early-Career Researchers.

The term Early-Career Researcher includes anyone engaged in research, or looking to develop their research career. Applications are welcome from those on a Grade 6 or Grade 7 post, or those within 5 years of their first substantive Grade 8 post. Researchers, lecturers, and those working in professional services are welcome to apply.

Applicants should hold a PhD.

In disciplines where a PhD is not common amongst those undertaking research, equivalent experience will be considered.

 

Research Communication

This course is open to both Early Career Researchers and Middle Career Researchers.

Applications for this course will open in September 2016.

Communication skills underpin many academic endeavours, whether this be research posters, journal publications, conference papers, or presentations.

This programme focuses on giving researchers the tools and understanding to deliver engaging research presentations, to network with and talk to potential future collaborators at academic conferences, to develop your online profile and global presence, to design high-impact research posters, and to write academic articles and papers with confidence. 

As part of this course, attendees will develop an elevator pitch, record a YouTube presentation, write a paper, article or book chapter, and work as a group to develop an international conference. 

This course is open to researchers at all career stages.

Please download our Research Communication Programme Timetable [PDF 51kbs] for more information.


Research Funding and Policy - ECRs

Applications for this course will open in January 2017. 

Developing a pipeline of research funding is a key ambition for a successful researcher. Access to these funding opportunities depends upon a good understanding of how funding schemes work, where global research funding priorities lie, research ethics, and impact along with creative-thinking, team-working, time and project management. 

This programme of work and workshops will increase your knowledge of your research policy and support you in applying for research funding. The intensive 8 week course consists of workshops, writing retreats, and opportunities for individual and group working. Workshops will support you in developing an innovative research idea, identifying research impact, and with project planning and research ethics.

Individual and Group Outputs: As part of the early-career researcher programme, attendees will develop a draft funding application, a targeted funding plan, and a group project based on the Newton Fund Early-Career Workshop Schemes.

Please download the Research Funding and Policy timetable for ECRs PDF [57Kb] for more information.


Research Impact and Engagement - ECRs

Applications for this course will open in September 2017.

The impact agenda is now a fundamental component of research in the UK. This programme of work and workshops will enhance your knowledge of research impact and provide you with a suite of tools and approaches for increasing engagement with research.

This intensive 6-week course consists of workshops and individual and group work and will introduce you to the importance of research impact within the UK, the emerging Open Research agenda, as well as to Public Engagement, Knowledge Transfer and Intellectual Property.

Individual and Group Outputs: As part of the early-career researcher programme, attendees will develop an impact plan and an impact project, as well as and a group public engagement project, activity or event. In addition to the workshops below, some prepatory and post-workshop activity will be required amounting to no more than 2 hours per week

Please download the Research Impact and Engagement timetable for ECRs PDF [63kbs] for more information.


Research Careers and Leadership - ECRs

Applications for this course will open in September 2017.

This programme of work and workshops will provide you with the support you need to develop an effective research strategy to kick-start your research career. It will prepare you for future leadership roles and provide you with a thorough grounding in research integrity, issues of equality and diversity, and resilience. 

Individual and Group Outputs: As part of the early-career researcher programme, attendees will develop a needs analysis and career plan and work together to create a research career seminar series.

Please download the Research Careers and Leadership timetable for ECRs PDF [120kbs] for more information.

Middle Career Researchers

The below programmes are aimed at Middle-Career Researchers.

Middle-Career Researchers are defined as either: those who have held a Grade 8 post for more than 5 years; or those holding a Grade 9 post. Researchers, lecturers, and those working in professional services are welcome to apply.

Applicants should hold a PhD.

In disciplines where a PhD is not common amongst those undertaking research, equivalent experience will be considered.

 

Research Communication

Applications for this course will open in Spetember 2016.

This course is open to both Early Career Researchers and Middle Career Researchers.

Communication skills underpin many academic endeavours, whether this be research posters, journal publications, conference papers, or presentations. 

This programme focuses on giving researchers the tools and understanding to deliver engaging research presentations, to network with and talk to potential future collaborators at academic conferences, to develop your online profile and global presence, to design high-impact research posters, and to write academic articles and papers with confidence. 

As part of this course, attendees will develop an elevator pitch, record a YouTube presentation, write a paper, article or book chapter, and work as a group to develop an international conference. 

This course is open to researchers at all career stages.

Please download our Research Communication Programme Timetable [PDF 51kbs] for more information.


Research Funding and Policy - MCRs

Applications for this course will open in April 2017.

The research funding landscape has radically altered in the last years, funding now focuses on longer, larger and more complex projects that address increasingly international global challenges. This programme of work and workshops will further your knowledge of research policy and support you in applying for international, collaborative and interdisciplinary research funding.

The intensive 8 week course consists of workshops, writing retreats, and opportunities for individual and group working. Workshops will support you in developing a collaborative research project, undertaking complex project planning, and participating in ethics committees. 

Individual and Group Outputs: As part of the middle-career researcher programme, attendees will develop a draft funding application, a targeted funding plan, and group projects aligned to the Newton Fund.

Please download the Research Funding and Policy timetable for MCRs PDF [51Kb] for more information.

 

Research Impact and Engagement - MCRs

Applications for this course will open in September 2017.

The impact agenda is now a fundamental component of research in the UK. This programme of work and workshops will deepen your knowledge of research impact and focus, in particular, on team-based approaches to delivering impact.

The intensive 6-week course consists of workshops and individual and group work and cover research intraprenurship, knowledge mobilization, and impact and the REF.

Individual and Group Outputs: As part of the middle-career researcher programme, attendees will develop an impact plan, a KTP or IP proposal, and group draft impact case study. In addition to the workshops below, some prepatory and post-workshop activity will be required amounting to no more than 2 hours per week.

Please download the Research Impact and Engagement timetable for MCRs PDF [63kbs] for more information.

 

Research Careers and Leadership - MCRs

Applications for this course will open in September 2017.

With the increasing focus on longer and larger research projects, research leadership has become an important part of the research endeavour. This programme of work and workshops will provide you with the support you need to develop an effective research strategy and career plan to take you to the next stage in your career. It will support the development of your leadership skills and give you with a thorough grounding in supporting teams in terms of responsible research, resilience, and career development.

Individual and Group Outputs: As part of the programme, attendees will develop a needs analysis and career plan and work together to create an initiative to enhance the research culture and environment either at Coventry, or internationally.

Please download the Research Careers and Leadership timetable for MCRs PDF [120kbs] for more information.

Doctoral Supervision

This programme is currently in development.

Please check back soon for more details.

Mentoring

Who you choose to approach to be your mentor will depend on what specific areas of your research career you would like to focus on.

You may wish to think about approaching an individual:

  • At another University (in the UK and/or overseas)
  • Within the same broad research area or in your specific (or an allied) field
  • Within a different research area, who uses the same methodological approach or techniques as you

A good way to find a mentor is through networking at conferences, through online research communities or through learned societies.

The mentor’s role is essentially to accelerate the rate at which a person learns. When choosing who to approach to be your mentor you may wish to think about the following characteristics of a good mentor:

  • a trusted individual who has greater (or different) research experience;
  • a critical friend/adviser and sounding board, someone with whom to discuss ideas, the rules of the game;
  • someone who takes a special interest in helping another person to develop into a successful professional, committed to the principle of mentoring and willing to devote some time to the process;
  • stays neutral and does not judge but will give honest answers and constructive feedback;
  • actively questions, willing to debate, challenge and discuss;
  • approachable, enabling, open and facilitative;
  • provides subtle guidance, but ensures mentee makes the decisions;
  • should not be your line-manager.


The mentoring process

Once you have found a mentor, we encourage you to follow our suggested framework and review processes to gain the most from this partnership.

You can find out more by downloading our mentoring process PDF [98kbs]. 

Online Resources

Internal Resources

The University offers a range of online developmental modules for researchers at all stages of their career, including modules on: research career planning, managing your doctorate, research communication skills, research ethics, research impact, research integrity, research methods, and research supervision.
 
To access these packages, login to your Moodle account, search for the course “Researcher Development Online”, and enter the enrolment code: rdonline

 

External Resources

Coventry University is a member of Vitae and as such has access to a range of different resources through their website. Please use your Coventry University email to register.

Of particular use is Vitae’s Professional Development Planning for Researchers Online Course, which can offer you further career enhancement.