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Research and Knowledge Exchange Development Framework – an overview



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The Research and Knowledge Exchange (RKE) Development Framework offers a range of opportunities for academics at all career stages to develop their skills, knowledge and capabilities in relation to research and knowledge exchange.

Agile and flexible, it caters for all staff engaged in research and knowledge exchange activities. Pathways are grouped around key topic areas with sessions delivered by BU staff with expertise in the topic, external facilitators, or via online materials, which can be accessed at any time.

The RKE Development Framework has been designed to reflect the BU Academic Development Framework and the Vitae Research Development Framework.

How to use the Framework:

  • For further information and to book, please go to the Framework, on the BU Intranet
  • Review the pathways available (see below, with direct links to pathways)
  • Discuss the pathways with your line manager as part of your professional development planning
  • Determine which pathways or individual sessions are relevant to you
  • Watch out for events being promoted on the BU Research Blog and BU This Week emails

Framework Pathways:

Pathway Title Indicative Pathway Content
Research Council funding An introduction to the UK Research Councils, some key principles to consider, working with stakeholders, pathways to impact statements, approaching the Case for Support and writing the Justification for Resources
International Funding An introduction to EU and other international funding schemes. This will include Horizon 2020, NIH, other selected international opportunities and call-specific Bid Writing Retreats
Funding from the Academies An introduction to the British Academy and the Royal Society, working with stakeholders and Bid Writing Retreats
Funding from Major Charities An introduction to Wellcome and Leverhulme Trusts, working with stakeholders, hints and tips for applications to charities and Bid Writing Retreats
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) An introduction to funding schemes, applying to NIHR calls and Patient and Public Involvement (PPI)
Pre-Award at BU Getting started, financial and legal considerations, BU processes and using Research Professional to locate funding
Building a Team Working with stakeholders, networking, team building, sandpits and interdisciplinary research.
Research Partnerships with Industry Introductions to knowledge exchange, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) and IP / commercialisation
Post-Award at BU Helping researchers with post-award processes including financial management and research data management
Returning to Academia after a break Specific funding opportunities for those returning to academia and building resilience in research and knowledge exchange
Academic Publishing Including writing an academic paper, dealing with editors and Open Access
Planning for and communicating research Engaging with policymakers, public engagement, social media for impact and digital communication
Skills Development Practical sessions designed to build experience in using BU and external systems and processes, such as BRIAN, RED, BURO, Using the Library, Je-S, eGAP, eRA Commons, IPR, Contracts and BU procedures, and Ethics.

Accessing Resources:

Where resources can be made available outside face-to-face sessions, these are saved within the MyBU Community RKE Development Framework, which is accessible to all BU staff (including PGRs). This allows you to dip in to resources outside scheduled sessions, helping you to progress your knowledge at a convenient time for you or to help you decide if you need to attend a session or seek assistance from RKEO.

Calendar of RKEDF Events and Training Sessions:

Available within the main Staff Development and Engagement events calendar, you will find a full list of our upcoming Research and Knowledge Exchange Development Framework events in date order which you may find helpful when planning your own personal research development training requirements.

Get in touch:

If you have any comments or suggestions relating to the RKEDF, these can be made through the dedicated email account: RKEDevFramework@bournemouth.ac.uk