Researchers' Networking Group and Campaign Site
Be Seen and Be Heard.
The Professional Researchersí Networking Group has been set up by researchers at Lancaster - for researchers at Lancaster. The network is actively supported and facilitated by the Lancaster UCU Branch but is open to all UCU and non UCU researchers at Lancaster. We would strongly encourage all researchers at Lancaster to join the UCU.
The purpose and aims of the networking group are:
- to provide a forum for the discussion of matters of interest or concern to staff on research contracts (open-ended/permanent/fixed term)
- to create momentum for positive improvements to be made at Lancaster
- to raise the visibility of researchers at Lancaster
- to enable researchers to network informally and support each other
All researchers are invited to attend the networking sessions which will be publicised on this page and via email.
Date of Next Meeting
Tuesday 11th June 2013 at 12.30 - 2.00 in infoLab C60 b/c
All researchers at Lancaster University are invited to come along (feel free to bring your lunch!). We have a pretty open agenda for this meeting but will be touching on the REF, the University Strategy, problems with promotion (grade 6/7) and online survey action updates. Feel free to raise any issues that are concerning you.
Online Survey of Researchers at Lancaster University
Follow the link to download the report (pdf): Lancaster Researchers' Survey - Report
Newsletter for Researchers
Activities and Networking Sessions
Thursday 13th December 2012 - Researchers' Networking Session took place to discuss the results of the online survey of researchers at Lancaster University. The results of the survey have now been circulated to members of the Concordat Monitoring Group (including Associate Deans for Research), the Vice-Chancellor, PVC for Research, Heads of Departments (those departments which have research staff), Director of HR, Chair of Equality and Diversity Committee, and NW Vitae. Departmental presentations are available to progress improvements and assist discussions.
Friday 12th October 2012 - Professor Geraint Johnes, chair of the university concordat monitoring group, joined us at the researchers' networking session to share his views on the implementation of the Concordat at Lancaster. For information on the Researchers' Concordat, please follow this link: www.vitae.ac.uk/policy-practice/505181/Concordat-to-Support-the-Career-Development-of-Researchers.html
25th July - 5th September 2012 - Internal online survey took place. The results have now been analysed and the report is available for downloaded (pdf) from this link: Lancaster Researchers' Survey - Report.
28th June 2012 - Researchers' networking group meeting took place to discuss the feedback and views expressed by researchers and senior managers at the CROS survey session on the 12th June. Key actions arising out the session included: a campaign to be launched to raise the visibility of researchers at Lancaster and an internal survey of researchers' views, aspirations and experiences to be undertaken over the summer.
12th June 2012 - A special forum for researchers was held by the university to provide the results of the careers in research online survey (CROS). The CROS survey forms part of the monitoring and implementation of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers.
27th April 2012 - Lancaster UCU Branch hosted a half-day workshop for researchers at Lancaster University which identified a number of concerns and issues being experienced by researchers. The Professional Researchers' Networking Group was formed that day with the purpose of improving the visibility and treatment of researchers at Lancaster.
If you have any queries about the activities of researchers' networking group, please contact us via Louise Banton, Lancaster UCU Branch Administrator email@example.com