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New additions to the Research Skills Toolkit – Starring BU Academics

Research Skills Toolkit for PGRs

Postgraduate researchers have access to a suite of online modules as part of the Research Skills Toolkit developed by Epigeum.

I am please to announce we have now added an updated version of the Literature Review Programme, now named Undertaking a Literature Review and the BRAND NEW Principles of Research Methods, starring Dr Sally Reynolds and Professor Edwin van Teijlingen both of whom also deliver workshops as part of the Doctoral College Researcher Development Programme.

Postgraduate researchers can access these modules via the Researcher Development Programme unit on Brightspace following the instructions for creating an account on Epigeum. On here you will also have access to extensive modules covering:

  • Introduction to Research Skills
  • Research Methods
  • Principles of Research Methods
  • Research Ethics
  • Transferable Skills
  • Entrepreneurship in the Research Context

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch – Natalie Stewart (Research Skills & Development Officer). 





Research Impact – a new toolkit developed by the Health Foundation

I just wanted to draw attention to the following new toolkit developed by the Health Foundation.


Communicating your research – a toolkit

The Health Foundation’s new communications toolkit for research helps researchers to increase the influence and impact of their findings in health and health care. It includes guidance, templates, support materials and links to help develop a communication strategy, package findings for different audiences and engage stakeholders to extend influence and widen impact.


Many thanks

Clare Killingback

FHSS Impact Champion

New page for Research and Knowledge Exchange Development Framework

long-banner-intro-to-the-frameworkThere is now a static page introducing the BU Research and Knowledge Exchange Development Framework. If you are considering which sessions to book, this pages gives an overview of all the pathways and provides direct links to all the booking screens.

This page is within the BU Research Blog’s Research Toolkit. Please take a look at this area to see the various guides and support available.

Research Funders Guide

map of scienceThe Research Funders Guide (find it in the Research Toolkit along the blog menu bar) has been updated.  As well as updating the call deadlines in the ‘standard calls for major funders’ pages,  each of the pages within the guide have been updated to include a link to the relevant pathway available in the RKE Development Framework.  This links up the opportunities available to support you in applying for the external funding explained in the guide pages.

dev_frameworkFor those of you who haven’t yet heard about the Research and Knowledge Exchange (RKE) Development Framework, it 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. It has been implemented in response to the changing external environment, and developed in consultation with academic colleagues to ensure a strategic fit between the training and development opportunities on offer, and the needs and wishes of academic colleagues.

If you’re interested in applying for external research funding then please contact the RKEO’s Funding Development Team.

Research Toolkit holds a wealth of guidance

The RKEO team aim to provide you with tools to writing a successful application.  As part of this, you can find all sorts of information in the Research Toolkit on this blog.  Just look up to the top-right hand corner of the blog and you will see the link on the menu bar.

research toolkit

As well as specific guidance on writing sections of research council applications, there is also advice in the form of quick guides for various activities, access to concordat information, as well as advice on ethics and outputs.  Do explore what is available to you and let us know if there is anything else that you would like to see included.