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!

 

Spin out companies

Continuing on the theme of Intellectual Property, we had another interesting presentation from Gavin Smith from Research & Enterprise Services.

Lancaster University spin out companies

Attendees learned about some examples of spin out companies that are associated with Lancaster University, such as Relative Insight Ltd which conducts semantic analysis for the marketing industry, based on a huge database of language generated from PhD research.

Gavin also explained the different roles, requirements and risks associated with Limited Liability Companies and Sole Traders.

Limited Liability Company

  • liability to the shareholders
  • accounts are published
  • risk to the company, not the individual
  • roles and requirements stipulated by Companies House

Sole trader

  • liability to individual
  • accounts are private
  • more personal risk

Benefits

One benefit of forming a spin out company is that there are opportunities to apply for Research & Development funding that is not open to the University as a public body, such as from InnovateUK.

Typically, Lancaster University will invest 19% of the shares in a spin out company (risking £19), but will not help to run the company. The University does provide some ‘incubator space’ in InfoLab21 and LEC, with plans for the cTAP building and Health Innovation Campus likely to bring more.

What financial support is there regionally for start-up and spin out companies? There isn’t much available in English regions, or from Lancashire County Council. You may be interested to read more about finance and funding for businesses in Lancashire or Enterprise Ventures based in the north of England.

For more information about forming a spin out company, contact Gavin Smith directly. If you are interested in forming industry partnerships and licensing IP, rather than forming your own company, come along to the next session!

How do I engage with business, and get industry partnerships?

Wednesday 27th April, 12.00, Bowland North SR 4
A look at how to gain more meaningful and productive relationships with external partners and how be proactive in forming successful collaborative research partnerships.
Nick King/Colin McLaughlin, Business Partnerships Team, Faculty of Science and Technology