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14:00
6th Jun 2017


Room: Room 11C

Across the UK, and internationally, Research Offices are increasingly supporting the creation of a vibrant research community. This is particularly true as Universities look to increase and diversify research funding income, within the context of REF and dwindling success rates. This session will draw on the experience of the ‘Research Excellence Team’ in Cranfield University’s Research and Innovation Office (RIO), which was set up in 2015 as part of the University’s reorganisation. Cranfield’s revised plan includes a focus on research active staff, PhD students and achieving impact, influence and internationalisation. Therefore, a key role has been to help promote and support a community that feels confident, is appropriately skilled and knowledgeable and is successful in their endeavours. This has also required a renewed focus on articulating and receiving funding across the TRL scale, in addition to our recognised track record of receiving direct industry funding. The session will be largely practical, taking a ‘World Café’ format with facilitated small discussion groups looking at key aspects for successfully supporting a University’s transition towards increased research income. Delegates are not expected to have any prior knowledge, but they are expected to have thought about what their key challenges and successes have been in supporting research activity.

Key Learning Points:

  • An understanding of how the Research Support Teams have facilitated the journey to achieve cultural change with a focus on supporting a vibrant research environment
  • Awareness of good practice and the key challenges faced when supporting increased research intensity, at Cranfield and other participants’ institutions Indicators of success in supporting a vibrant research environment

Presented By:

Dr Cecilia Fenech BrincatCranfield University
Deryn EvansCranfield University
Dr Andy LakeyCranfield University

Additional Information:

Theme: Service Organisation and Delivery
Level: Management
Time: 14:00
Date: 6th Jun 2017
Room: Room 11C

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