LSE’s Research Division has trialled new ways of engaging academic and professional services staff (PSS) across the School to reform its structure and move from a reactive to proactive approach to support academics developing (impact from) excellent Research. Research excellence requires collaboration between researchers at all levels of seniority, research managers, and other PSS both centrally and locally. To support this, the Research Development team created a framework for research support, a Portable Research Ecosystem (PRE) to capture and possibly transfer best practices to other units and institutions . As well as describing the PRE model, we will provide a ‘deep dive’ discussion of an initiative within that model: the LSE Research Impact Forum. Established in 2015, the Forum brings together staff from central services divisions and academic departments/centres in a thriving community of practice. It provides a space for informal information and best-practice exchange intended to: • Enhance awareness and understanding of research impact broadly. • Improve and standardise communication of guidance about REF impact specifically. • Increase knowledge and uptake of support for impact in different parts of the School. This session will include facilitated participant discussion of both best practice and learning opportunities within their own institutions.
Key Learning Points:
- Understanding of how mapping research support services and structures across an HEI helps maximise service delivery and minimise ‘transaction costs’ for researchers;
- Familiarising with the LSE’s approach to try to integrate central and departmental support services;
- Acquiring new ideas about how relevant good practice ideas and models might be exported to their home institutions.
|Theme:||Service Organisation and Delivery|
|Level:||Operational / Administration|
|Date:||7th Jun 2017|
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