How is digital technology being used for research and to develop researchers?
At what rate are higher education institutions embedding digital literacies in researcher development?
Vitae invites researchers (doctoral and research staff) to complete a short online survey that focuses specifically on the digital literacy of researchers and institutional staff in researcher development roles. This significant cross-institutional baseline study is part of the Developing Digital Literacies programme, funded by JISC and supported by Vitae along with a number of other professional associations.
The purpose of Vitae involvement in the Developing Digital Literacies programme is to promote the development of coherent, inclusive and holistic institutional strategies and organisational approaches for developing digital literacies in higher education.
Results will be made anonymous, then published in an aggregate public report in February 2012. The results will enable Vitae to refine sector activities that focus on digital literacy such as the extremely popular Digital Researcher event for researchers and research staff, and will be used to support the researcher development community to establish new approaches for developing digital literacy for researchers and the researcher development community in higher education.
The closing date for submissions is 24 January 2012.
This is your opportunity to tell the university (anonymously) how you feel about your working conditions, career aspirations and career development opportunities. Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) 2011 is designed for research staff and is open for 3 weeks between 09-31 May 2011. CROS has been continually capturing the views of UK research staff since 2002, and at Newcastle is the main way research staff opinion is gathered. The data helps inform decisions and developments relating to the employment, training and career development of research staff.
It takes about 20 minutes to share your views and experiences of being a researcher and help shape provision to support your development.
Results will be analysed by the Research Staff Support Team at Newcastle. Key findings and recommendations will be emailed to you during the summer and reviewed at Faculty and University level. Data is used to help the university shape the provision of support for your development and address major issues. National results help inform the government and research funders on matters of relevance to research staff.
At Newcastle, CROS has lead to improvements for research staff including:
- Higher profile of research staff needs throughout the University.
- Improved communication with Research Staff.
- New offerings in training and development provision, tailored to need.
- Improvements in Performance and Development Review (PDR).
- Faculty Induction for Research Staff.
- Greater access to personal careers guidance and support for longer term career planning.
Dr Sarah Davies is running one of Vitae’s Innovate projects, which will focus on better understanding researchers’ thinking on and experiences of public engagement, with the aim of informing policy and development activities in this area. The first stage of the project involves a short survey targeted at all research staff which aims to get a broad spread of responses.
Complete the survey and you will be entered into a draw to win an Amazon or iTunes voucher. A blog post about the survey is available on Vitae’s Research Staff blog which was written by Sarah Davies on the 31st October.
If you have questions about the project email Sarah.Davies@asu.edu
The aim of the survey is to establish how the sector currently supports and values public engagement, and to help understand the triggers and barriers to involving personnel in public engagement activity. The findings will help inform the Beacons for Public Engagement (BPE) initiative (funded by the UK Higher Education Funding Councils, Research Councils UK and the Wellcome Trust), which has been set up to encourage the sector to embrace this activity in both strategy and culture.
They are interested in the views of staff within both BPE institutions and those who are not in BPE institutions because they want to see what sort of public engagement activity is happening across the sector.
If you want to influence funders and have your views about public engagement heard, then complete the survey by Friday 9th April.
If you have any queries regarding the completion of the e-survey, please contact Zeb Nash at Oakleigh (firstname.lastname@example.org).