APRIL 2015
E-NEWSLETTER
Learning & Development Centre
FOR RESEARCH
ACTIVE STAFF
SUPPORT
OVERVIEW
Learning and Development
support for all Research
Active Staff at Warwick
focuses on five main areas:
 Career Development
 Enterprise &
Entrepreneurship
 Equality & Diversity
 Leadership
 Skills
Please contact Sandy Sparks:
[email protected]
with any queries or to discuss
your needs.
Visit the website for Research
Active Staff (below) for
information on current
support.
HR Excellence in
Research Award
Warwick is one of only 72 institutions who have
demonstrated their continued commitment to
researcher development by retaining the
European Commission’s HR Excellence in
Research Award at the two year stage.
What does it mean for researchers?
The HR Excellence in Research logo informs
researchers that Warwick is committed to
supporting their careers.
There are a number of benefits to organisations
with this award, for example it can add value to
funding applications to demonstrate a
commitment to good working conditions and
career development for research staff.
Read Warwick’s Two Year Report, an updated
action plan on progress and a new action plan
going forward at:
http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/equalops/
hrexcellence/
http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/ldc/researchers
NEW THIS
MONTH:
Event News:
 Leadership Support
Programmes
Support Update:
 Career Development
Support
 Funding
Opportunities
FOCUS ON: CAREER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
An individual perspective
on how professional
development opportunities
at Warwick can make a
difference to your research
career.
The University Conference
Care Fund
“I thoroughly enjoyed all my time at
Warwick and I appreciated all of the
opportunities that LDC has given me:
training; the chance to be a member
of the research staff forum; and
perhaps most importantly the chance
to be able to apply for ‘small’ pots of
money (Roberts funding, Enterprise
and Entrepreneurship funding, etc).
Examples of support provided
include:
 Female European staff
member needing to attend a
conference: contribution to
flight for her parent to come
and look after her child to
enable her to attend the
conference
 Professional Staff Member to
attend workshop / conference
on a non-working day:
contribution to the train
travel of her mother to come
up to assist with child care
 Request from academic
parents both attending the
same conference: to
contribute towards the travel
of the child getting to the
conference
personal development.”
“The Warwick Conference support
award enabled me to attend this
This fund is to support staff with
caring responsibilities, by contributing conference, which is the largest
towards the costs of providing support conference of its type in the UK. I
gave an oral presentation, acting as a
to enable staff to attend conference /
session chair (for the first time), my
workshops etc.
research featured in a keynote
Having enjoyed six years as a
member of research staff in the
The budget for the fund is £2000, and address and I also had the
Chemistry Department at
awards for each individual application opportunity to support my PhD
student in her first conference. This
Warwick, Helen Willcock has
are capped at £100. Staff are allowed
was an excellent opportunity for me to
recently taken up a new position to submit more than one application
network and showcase my own
as Lecturer in Polymer Science at per year.
research. As a direct result of this
Loughborough University.
For further details visit:
Helen wished to share some of
http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/ conference attendance, I am now
developing three new collaborations
her thoughts on the training and equalops/athena/
with individuals I had not
support on offer for research
warwickconferencesupportawards/
communicated with prior to this
active staff through LDC.
event.”
These ‘small’ pots of money allowed
me to both travel to conferences and
arrange conferences, improving my
profile within the university,
nationally and internationally. In the
most recent instance they allowed me
to undertake a research project with
the University of Nottingham and my
industrial partner (BP), culminating
in a publications that is currently
being drafted.
These things have really made a
difference to me as a person, as a
researcher and vitally to my CV. This
meant that I was not only successful
in my application for an internal
promotion (Senior Research Fellow),
but I was able to secure an
independent and permanent position
as Lecturer at Loughborough
university.
So—a heartfelt thanks go to Sandy
and the LDC team at the University of
Warwick. Your help and support was
vital in enabling me to succeed!”
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LDC Career Development
Support
An important part of LDC’s support
opportunities for research active staff
centres on career development.
The provision includes:
 Individual career consultations to
provide support for your particular
career development concerns:
http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/
services/ldc/researchers/
opportunities/1_1support/
 Online advice and training
resources in LDC’s Career
Development site:
http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/
services/ldc/researchers/
opportunities/
Quotes from the support and how it
development_support/
helped staff :
career_development/

A range of video’s from past
“ I have not given an oral presentation
Career
Development workshops in
in an international conference located
the
Resource
Bank: http://
outside of the UK since before having
www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/ldc/
my children. This is an excellent
researchers/resource_bank/
opportunity to forge new networks
 Workshops on specific career
with international collaborators.”
development topics, including two
events coming up soon on
“Attending this conference was highly
‘Managing Your Career:
beneficial to me. As I work two days/
Exploring Career Options’ and
week, it is not often possible for me to
‘Career Development—Get
attend conferences or training events
Your Career on Track: The
and so I appreciate the extra support
Art of Time Creation’. Details
in enabling me to do this for my
on page 3.
http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/ldc/researchers/
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UPCOMING TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
Leadership Support for Research Active Staff
Preparing for Leadership
Following successful pilots this Vitae programme is being
adapted to support research active staff at Warwick in grade 5
and 6 posts.
This course of three sessions will now run in Term 3:
19 May, 2 and 16 June 2015.
It is aimed at staff who wish to develop into research leadership
roles.
A nomination form, including support from your line manager/
PI/supervisor is required as application for this programme.
The deadline for submission has been extended to 17
April 2015 and 8 places are still available.
For further details and the nomination form please visit:
http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/ldc/researchers/
opportunities/development_support/pfl/
Leadership in Action
This programme enables research active staff and doctoral
researchers (in grade 5, 6 and 7 posts) to explore and develop
their leadership skills.
Participants will have the opportunity to look at relevant theory,
practice their unique leadership styles and receive coaching and
feedback.
Participants must commit to attend all three afternoon
sessions, which will now take place on 1, 8 and 15 June
2015.
A nomination form, including support from your line
manager/PI/supervisor is required as application for this
programme.
The deadline for submission has been extended to 17
April 2015 and 5 places are still available.
For further details and the nomination form please visit:
http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/ldc/researchers/
opportunities/development_support/lia
Research Team Leader Programme (RTLP) postponed.
Please note that this programme has been postponed for the
current academic year. The April deadline for nominations is
currently suspended.
Further information will be included in future newsletters when
available.
For further information on the programme, please visit the
RTLP site: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/ldc/
researchers/opportunities/development_support/rtlp/
LDC EVENTS
** Further events for 2015 have been
confirmed, click on the titles below for more
information and booking. **
Visit the Programme of Events for Research Active
Staff for details on our events: http://
www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/ldc/researchers/
events_news/ras_events/
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8 April 2015
Managing Your Career - Exploring Career
Options
28 April 2015
Planning Your Publication Strategy:
Journals (Science & Medicine) **
6 May 2015
Planning Your Publication Strategy:
Journals (Arts & Social Sciences) **
6 May 2015
Get Your Career on Track: The Art of Time
Creation
14 May 2015
Planning Your Publication Strategy:
Scholarly Books **
20 May 2015
Research Staff Forum Meeting
21 May 2015
Academic Writing: Writing for Non-Specialist
Audiences
4 June 2015
Planning Your Publication Strategy:
Conference Papers **
17 June 2015
Planning Your Publication Strategy:
Social and Informal Publishing **
24 June 2015
Academic Writing: Online Dissemination for
Impact
2 & 3 July 2015
Academic Writing Away Days
** denotes introductory level collaborative
events being run between Student Careers &
Skills, the Library and LDC.
http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/ldc/researchers/
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NETWORKS & FUNDING
Research Active Staff Network Funding
Thirteen applications for
funding have now been
approved for activities
during the rest of the
academic year:
 The Medical Statistics
Book & Journal Club
 Health Economics
Journal Club
Research Development Fund
Warwick’s Research Development Fund (RDF)
is now open to applications for activity taking
place between 1 August 2015 and 31 July 2016.
The RDF provides pump-priming funds for the
development of external funding applications.
Projects can vary in size and awards are
supported under its strategic or development
strands.
Strategic Awards
 Research Methodology Advice Service
An annual competition to provide up to £25,000
of support for the development of new research
initiatives which are innovative and clearly of a
strategic nature. Projects should ideally be inter
or multi-disciplinary and must show clearly that
they will lead directly to future bids for external
funding.
 Qualitative and Mixed Methods Interest Group
Deadline: Friday 22 May 2015, 4pm.
 Education Researchers Network
Development Awards
 Warwick Women in Science Network
 WMG Researcher Forum

Network for Early Researchers within WMS
 Discourse Studies in the Social Sciences
 Life Cycle Assessment
 Borders, Race, Ethnicity & Migration (BREM)
 Creating a G+ Community (focusing on language teaching and
research)
 Minorities Within the Military: Inter-disciplinary Network
For further details about the fund—with £1,000 still available—
visit: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/ldc/researchers/funding/
network_funding
Information about the networks can be found at:
http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/ldc/researchers/community/
networks/
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JSPS London Pre/Postdoctoral Fellowship for
Foreign Researchers
Rolling funds are available for modest support
for research activity specifically related to
department/faculty/university strategic
priorities.
Further details about both strands can be found
at: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/ris/
fundingopportunities/opportunities/rdf
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Monash Warwick Alliance
2015 Fund
The first of two funding rounds in 2015 for
collaborations between Monash and Warwick is
currently open.
The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is the leading
research funding agency in Japan, established by the Japanese
Government. This current funding available for foreign researchers
provides the opportunity for researchers based outside of Japan to
conduct collaborative research activities with leading research groups
at Japanese Universities and Research Institutions for visits of
between 1 to 12 months. Eligible applicants need to be either within
2 years of finishing their PhD at the time of applying, or have
obtained their PhD after 2 April 2009.
The two areas relevant to research active staff:
The application deadline is 1 June 2015.
Applications close 13 April 2015, further
details can be found at:
http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/
monash-warwick-alliance/funding/
For further details visit the JSPS London website:
http://www.jsps.org/funding/2015/03/the-jsps-london-call-for-theprepost-doctoral-fellowship-for-foreign-researchers-short-term.html
http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/ldc/researchers/
 Alliance Seed Fund—to support
development of new, strategically aligned
education and research initiatives.
 Alliance Strategic Development Scheme—to
support modest, strategically aligned
initiatives that build on existing Monash
Warwick collaborations.
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