A busy summer…

Summer time can often be a quieter time in academia with univesity students heading home and enjoying a break, often giving academics a chance to have a well earned rest, at least from teaching! Research doesn’t tend to take a break though with many projects ongoing and any down time being taken to develop new grants and look at infrastructure systems across institutions. Cloud Chamber have had a busy summer working with a number of universities as well as CREST and ARMA to support universities grow their research culture and infrastructure. Some these activities have included:

  1. Working with Newman University to help develop template research contracts for use as their funded research portfolio increases. In addition we have conitned to work with Newman over the summer to examine different research management systems including assessing advantages and disadvantages of various systems.
  2. We delivered an introduction to research mentoring workshop at Bishop Grosseteste University which was designed to equip their research mentors with the right skills to successfully mentor new researchers. Later in the summer we delivered a session supporting researchers and finance staff at the university to develop accurate and robust research budgets.
  3. Working with ARMA and their Research Development Special Interest Group leads we have established a new working group for research development professionals working in small or specialist higher education institutions. This new group successfully kicked off with a meeting at Leeds Trinity University in September and the work agenda for the new year already looks packed!
  4. Earlier in the summer we visited the STFC and worked with their research fellows exploring research funding, research application writing and impact.
  5. We have continued to work with CREST and met with them in August to explore lessons learnt from previous work undertaken with their memebrs and to explore future work opportunities.
  6. We continued to develop our services and look forward to working with Newman and Harper Adams universities to provide tailored research development support during the 2017/18 academic year

Lots of these are works in progress and we are looking forward to working further on them over the coming months as well as exploring some great new opportunities to support research development in universities. Now that the academic year has started again things are only going to get busier! If you want any more information on any of the types of work above or would like to discuss how we can help your university or research centre then please feel free to get in touch.

Lachlan Smith

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