Research Bites is back in November 2016

Thanks

Sincere thanks to all of the presenters and participants of Research Bites this last year! It has been a successful year, with 130 people attending one or more sessions, notching up 211 attendances.

Careers

Special thanks to colleagues in Careers who attracted 55 participants to 5 sessions in August and September. You can find out about their other events and job opportunities by logging into Lancaster Target Connect.

Elaine Davies based her session ‘Getting your first lecturing job‘ on the findings of a report undertaken by AGCAS, the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services.

Recordings

You can revisit sessions that you missed or want to experience again by browsing the titles in the Recordings Archive. In August we trialled live streaming of the recording, which means more of our research staff and students can benefit from the sessions.

Research Bites in 2016-17

Research Bites will resume in November 2016. As yet the programme hasn’t been devised, but you can expect to see topics on:

  • Information seeking
  • Information management
  • Research data and infrastructure
  • Scholarly publishing
  • Researcher profiles
  • Intellectual Property, copyright and enterprise
  • Research funding and resources
  • Research impact and metrics
  • Careers

We’ll be looking into making a Moodle area for Research Bites in the future to make the programme, materials and recordings more accessible for University members.

Feedback

We hope that every session you have attended or presented has helped you in some way. If you’d like to send any feedback about what you’ve learned, a connection you’ve made or something you have done differently as a result of attending a Research Bites session, please send it to us using this form:

 See you in November!

New! Live streaming of Research Bites sessions

This month’s sessions have been really well attended by PhDs and post docs interested in developing their careers. Thanks go to Kathryn Morey-Scarfe, Kirsty Thornton, David Mashiter and Elaine Davies for delivering these valuable sessions, and all of you who made the effort to come along.

In the next two sessions we’ll test out live streaming the presentations and audio, so our colleagues based in other locations can access the content in real time. You can simply click the links below at 12.00 BST, and all being well, you’ll get a live webcast streamed from the session!

Succeeding at interviews

Thursday 25th August 12pm, Bowland North SR1
How to prepare for academic job interviews, hints and tips on how to succeed and common academic interview questions.
Kathryn Morey-Scarfe, Careers & Employment Adviser, Careers
Live webcast

The importance of networking for early career researchers

Thursday 1st September, 12pm, Bowland North SR8
Learn why building your professional network is important as a researcher, and understand what you’re looking to achieve, what you have to offer, and how you can make the most of your network.
Shelley Morgan, Careers & Employment Adviser, Careers
Live webcast

Recordings of Research Bites sessions, where available, will be linked from the Recordings Archive.

Research Bites in August/September: Careers

Apologies for the very late arrival of this month’s Research Bites programme.

This month we’re focusing on Careers. The sessions are generally aimed at PhDs, post-docs and early career researchers, but everyone who is interested is welcome!

Just turn up, tea/coffee and cake, as always!

CV tips for PhDs

Thursday 4th August, 12pm, Bowland North SR1
This session will cover the format of an academic CV, a traditional CV and show examples of both.
Kathryn Morey-Scarfe & David Mashiter, Careers & Employment Advisers, Careers

Finding your first research job

Thursday 11th August, 12pm, Bowland North SR1
This session will identify the key resources to assist you in finding your first researcher position.
Kathryn Morey-Scarfe & Kirsty Thornton, Careers & Employment Adviser and Careers Consultant, Careers

Getting your first lecturing job

Monday 22nd August, 12pm, Bowland North SR1
Gain insight into the steps you could take to increase your chances of securing your first lecturing post., based on the results of a recent survey of 172 academic staff, from 22 UK universities.
Elaine Davies, Careers Consultant, Faculty of Arts and Social Science

Succeeding at interviews

Thursday 25th August 12pm, Bowland North SR1
How to prepare for academic job interviews, hints and tips on how to succeed and common academic interview questions.
Kathryn Morey-Scarfe, Careers & Employment Adviser, Careers

The importance of networking for early career researchers

Thursday 1st September, 12pm, Bowland North SR8
Learn why building your professional network is important as a researcher, and understand what you’re looking to achieve, what you have to offer, and how you can make the most of your network.
Shelley Morgan, Careers & Employment Adviser, Careers

Recordings, where available, will be linked from the Recordings Archive.

Research impact: recordings of sessions this month

We’re half way through July’s Research Bites programme, focusing on Research Impact.

The sessions have been really well attended, which is great to see as it’s clearly a topic on many people’s minds. Apologies to those who came and found it a little bit of a squash, or who couldn’t get a hot drink because the water ran out so quickly!

Thanks go to Amy Gibbons, Jacqueline Young and Ross Dachraoui, who have delivered three informative sessions so far.

Recordings

The recordings of these sessions are now available to Lancaster University members:

All of the recordings are available from the Recordings archive where available. Most of these are available to all.

Sessions remaining this month

We have 4 more sessions remaining in this theme:

Today

Proactive partnerships for impact

Tuesday 19th July, 12pm, Bowland North SR 19
Co-designing productive impact driven research.
Nick King & Colin McLaughlin, Business Partnerships Team, Faculty of Science and Technology

Later this week

Recording impact using Pure

Thursday 21st July, 12pm, Bowland North SR 19
Use the University Research Information System, Pure, to record your research impact.
Claire Tinker-Mill, Research System Administrator, Research Services

Next week

Measuring academic impact using citations and bibliometrics

Tuesday 26th July, 12pm, Bowland North SR 4
Learn how citations and bibliometrics can be used to indicate academic impact.
Tanya Williamson, Academic Liaison Librarian, Library

What SciVal can tell us about academic impact

Thursday 28th July, 12pm, Bowland North SR 4
Learn how this powerful research analytics tool can give you insights into academic impact.
Masud Khokhar, Head of Digital Innovation, Library

Research Impact in July

July’s Research Bites programme is all about Research Impact. Just turn up, no need to book!

REF Impact 101

Monday 4th July, 12pm, Bowland North SR 19
An overview of what is considered ‘research impact’ according to the new Research Excellence Framework (REF), and what is eligible for submission.
Amy Gibbons, Faculty Impact Manager, Faculty of Science & Technology

Collecting and curating impact evidence

Thursday 7th July, 12pm, Bowland North SR 19
Why it’s important to gather evidence of research impact, identifying what constitutes evidence, and how best to collate and store it.
Jacqueline Young, Impact Officer, Research Services

Writing ‘Pathways to Impact’ statements

Wednesday 13th July, 12pm, Bowland North SR 19
What they are, why they’re important, and some tips on best practice.
Ross Dachraoui, Impact Officer, Research Services

Proactive partnerships for impact

Tuesday 19th July, 12pm, Bowland North SR 19
Co-designing productive impact driven research.
Nick King & Colin McLaughlin, Business Partnerships Team, Faculty of Science and Technology

Recording impact using Pure

Thursday 21st July, 12pm, Bowland North SR 19
Use the University Research Information System, Pure, to record your research impact.
Claire Tinker-Mill, Research System Administrator, Research Services

Measuring academic impact using citations and bibliometrics

Tuesday 26th July, 12pm, Bowland North SR 4
Learn how citations and bibliometrics can be used to indicate academic impact.
Tanya Williamson, Academic Liaison Librarian, Library

What SciVal can tell us about academic impact

Thursday 28th July, 12pm, Bowland North SR 4
Learn how this powerful research analytics tool can give you insights into academic impact.
Masud Khokhar, Head of Digital Innovation, Library

Cultures of counting: Metrics through a critical lens

Some Research Bites attendees may be interested in the Cultures of counting: Metrics through a critical lens seminar on Tuesday 24th May, 1-3pm.

In this seminar, James Wilsdon, who chaired The Metric Tide, will outline its main findings, and reflect on ongoing efforts to influence debates about UK research policy and funding, including over the design of the next Research Excellence Framework (REF), which is currently the focus of a further review by Lord Stern.

Paul Ashwin, in the context of the proposed TEF, will examine the challenges of developing measures of teaching quality that do not simply reflect institutional prestige.

Both speakers will consider what a culture of ‘responsible metrics’ might look like for research and teaching, and the opportunities and obstacles to achieving this.

Read more…

This talk is part of the Designing the Academic Self series, sponsored by the Academics Writing project and the Northwest Doctoral Training Center and is open to early career researchers and doctoral students from Lancaster, Manchester and Liverpool universities.

To book your place, visit Eventbrite. 

Research Bites in May – Researcher profiles

Research Bites in May is about Researcher profiles. The three sessions will focus on practical ways to to improve how your online profile works.

The third session will be in a workshop format, with the opportunity to bring your biography and personal profile – for example for a conference, or academic social network – and discuss it with Careers Consultant, Elaine Davies and other participants.

As always, no need to book, just turn up. Tea/coffee and cake provided.

Your researcher identity – ORCID

Tuesday 10th May, 12.00, Bowland North SR 4
Find out what ORCID is, and how it can help you to capture and distinguish your research outputs.
Tanya Williamson, Academic Liaison Librarian, Library

Updating your academic profile on Pure

Friday 13th May, 12.00, Bowland North SR 4
Learn about how to you can use Pure to generate and enhance your online academic profile.
Claire Tinker-Mill, Research System Administrator, Research & Contracts Support, Research Services

Bring your biography – advice for Early Career Researchers

Wednesday 25th May, 12.00, Bowland North SR 3
A chance to review your biography and personal profile and explore the steps you can take to increase their impact. Remember to bring your biography and CV with you.
Elaine Davies, Careers Consultant, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

ORCID Claimathon!

Research Bites attendees may also be interested in the ORCID Claimathon on Friday 20th May, 10am, Library Training Suite 2. The University has now integrated ORCID iDs into Pure, and is encouraging all researchers to claim and use their iD.

Find out more about ORCID and book your place to be in with a chance to win a personalised ORCID mug!