Early Career Researcher Week: 19th – 23rd June 2017 (Internal)

Following the University’s Internal Early Career Academic Annual Research day last year and the survey which was circulated following the event, Research and Enterprise have organised a week of activities based on the feedback provided. These will take place the week commencing 19th June 2017.

Please note that whilst this programme of activities has been developed with Early Career Academics in mind, it is open to all research staff across all four colleges.

The week will involve both internal and external training opportunities and places will be limited, so please make sure you register as soon as possible for any events you are interested in. Please also bear in mind that in order to attend some of the external training sessions, you will have to have attended the internally run ‘Introduction to bid writing session’.

It is important that we get a clear idea of who would like to attend each session as they will be tailored to the audience signed up. With this in mind it will be important for you to turn up on the day and to be prepared to actively participate in group activities.

To book onto the sessions please use the following links – please note that this is an internal event and therefore open to University of Lincoln staff only:

Monday 19 June 2017 – E1, Enterprise

Session 1: Speed Networking (9.30am – 10.30am) – this session is designed as a platform for academics to discuss their research interests with colleagues using a speed networking format and potentially create new and exciting multidisciplinary research collaborations with academics they have not worked with previously.

Session 2: Pathways to Impact, with Julie Bayley, Researcher, Coventry University (10.45am – 12.15pm) – the session has been designed to explore what impact means to different funders, how to identify/enhance impact and guidance on developing a pathway to realising impact through active engagement with potential beneficiaries/stakeholders.

Session 3: Game of Pre-Award Life Workshop (1.00pm – 2.15pm) – this session has been designed by the College Research Officers in Research and Enterprise. Through playing an interactive board game, participants will be taken through the pre-award research development and approvals process towards achievement of a successful grant application.

Session 4: Introduction to Bid Writing (2.30pm – 5.00pm) – this session has been designed and is led by the Research Development Managers in Research and Enterprise to provide some general advice and guidance on:

  • Finding and deciding an appropriate funding source
  • Structuring a grant application
  • Peer review and evaluation of proposals (both internally and by the funder)
  • Appropriate writing styles

Please note this session is mandatory if you would like to attend the workshop on Tuesday 20th June.

Tuesday 20 June 2017 – Boardroom, JBL

Session 5: One-day Funding Workshop with external provider, Missenden (10.00am – 4.00pm) – this one-day workshop will build on the internally run ‘Introduction to Bid Writing’ session and will include lots of small group working. The day will focus on ‘what makes a successful application’, ‘external context and implications for research funding’, ‘developing a draft idea’, and advice on ‘developing a research career (building resilience)’

Wednesday 21 June 2017 – Orange Room, Think Tank

Session 6: Writing Workshop, Day 1 of 2 with external provider, Scriptoria (10.00am – 4.00pm) - day one of this two-day writing workshop will focus on ‘writing journal articles’ and the ‘general principles of scientific writing’. Training and small group activities will focus on journal article structure, why papers are rejected, writing clearly and avoiding common errors, improving your style and keeping audiences interested, writing cycle including editing and proofreading your own work.

Thursday 22 June 2017 – Boardroom, JBL

Session 7: Writing Workshop, Day 2 of 2 with external provider, Scriptoria (10.00am – 4.00pm) – day two of this two-day writing workshop will focus on the ‘importance of communicating (goals, audiences, channels and messages)’, ‘writing for non-specialists’ and ‘REF impact case studies’. Training and small group activities will focus on reasons for communicating, channels for delivering your messages, writing for non-specialists – tricks and tips, writing a lay summary, – what should you include?, writing press releases and social media posts, what is an impact case study, guidelines and tips for planning and writing an impact case study.

Friday 23 June 2017 – Orange Room, Think Tank

Session 8: Ideas Factory (10.00am – 1.00pm) – the ‘Ideas Factory’ will provide participants with the opportunity to explore different perspectives around research and to generate different research ideas. This session is about making new cross disciplinary connections to generate novel research ideas through stimulating innovate ideas and approaches that may not be conceive under normal circumstances. We aim to provide a new dimension in problem solving by breaking down disciplinary barriers to forge new collaborations.

Networking Barbeque (1.00pm – 4.00pm)