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Developing the potential of our BU researchers Have your say!

Are you a researcher – part of our BU post-doctoral, mid-career, or research assistant communities? Do you manage a researcher or group of researchers? We are interested in talking to researchers, and those who manage researchers to understand how to nurture them effectively and help them develop into highly skilled, confident academics.

This is your chance to inform and shape BU policies and the HR review of the academic career framework in April 2023 – so please help us and have your say!


Are you growing and developing professionally as a researcher at BU? Do you have a career development plan? Which areas and skills do you need to develop? What could BU or your manager do to enable you to thrive?

Managers of researchers

What strategies are you using to help researchers in your team grow and develop? What can BU do to support you in your vital role? Would you like additional training in this area? Do you have ideas for how BU could improve our institutional practices or policies to enable researchers to achieve their full potential?

Over the next six months the Research Development and Support Team (RDS) will be conducting a mixed methods study to explore:

  • The experiences of researchers and your ideas for how BU could help you develop your potential more effectively
  • The experiences of managers of researchers – areas of challenge, your support needs as well as your ideas, and examples of innovation/best practice.

Phase one:. In-depth interviews and focus group discussions for researchers and for managers of researchers will commence Monday 16 January 2023

Phase two:. The Vitae CEDARS survey[1] (Culture, Employment and Development in Academic Research survey) will run in March/April 2023. This is for everyone who is research active.

 To find out more or register your interest in participating in an interview or focus group discussion please email Rachel Arnold: rarnold@bournemouth.ac.uk

Thank you, the Research Development and Support Team

[1] The CEDARS survey replaces the CROS and PIRLS surveys

Studentship Funding Panel: call for Chair, Deputy Chair & Panel Members

***DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 6 FEBRUARY 2023***  The Studentship Funding Panel is responsible on behalf of the Research Performance and Management Committee (RPMC) for providing internal funding and support to ensure the University maximises opportunities for investing the University’s QR RDP Supervision grant in match funded studentships, in line with the BU2025 Research Principles.

We are seeking expressions of interest (EoIs) for the Chair, Deputy Chair and Panel members for the new panel.

Chairs should be members of the Professoriate – this is extended to Associate Professors for the Deputy Chair role. Applications from underrepresented groups (minority ethnic, declared disability) are particularly welcome.

EoIs for Panel members are open to the wider academic community, not just the Professoriate.

Application: EoIs will be reviewed against selection criterion which includes knowledge and experience of knowledge exchange, innovation and impact, experience of chairing meetings and plans for leading the research agenda across the university.

EoIs for the Chair and Deputy Chair roles should consist of a short case (maximum length of one page) on the form provided outlining suitability for the role. These should be submitted to the Doctoral College mailbox by the deadline of 5pm on 6 February 2023.

EoIs for Panel member roles should consist of a short case (maximum length of half a page) on the form provided outlining suitability for the role. These should be submitted to the  Doctoral College mailbox by the deadline of 5pm on 6 February 2023.

Please note: EoIs should specify to which role the applicant is applying.

There will be a delay in response to Panel member applications until the Chair and Deputy Chair roles are appointed by 6 March 2023. After this the Panel Members will be contacted about their appointment.

There will be an orientation meeting on at 10am on 9 March 2023 for the Chairs and Deputy Chairs. This will be with Deputy VC Tim McIntyre-Bhatty.

Full details are available here:

BU Studentship Funding Panel – ToR.pdf

BU Studentship Funding Panel – Chair & Deputy Chair Role Descriptor

BU Studentship Funding Panel – Panel Member Role Descriptor

BU Studentship Funding Panel – Expressions of Interest