Getting Published: The Wales Context

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Keynote presentation by Professor Simon Haslett at the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David Research, Innovation, Enterprise & Commercialisation Staff Development Day at the Townhill Campus, Swansea, on Monday 16th December 2013.

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Getting Published: The Wales Context

  1. 1. Getting Published The Wales context Professor Simon Haslett Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor Presentation at the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David Staff Development Day Monday16th December 2013 @ProfSHaslett #getpubtsd
  2. 2. Why should academics publish? • Research/professional practice and publishing/output are part of what academics do alongside teaching, administration/management. – It’s traditionally part of what it means to be an academic. • Career opportunities and progression. – – – – Gets your name known Promotes networking in your field (collaboration). Helps in securing internal/external grant funding. Builds individual and institutional reputation (institutional support for individual research benefits the institution) – For the Research Excellence Framework (REF). • It helps you to: – Make a contribution to your field. – Stay up to date with your field. – Continue to learn in your field. • And not least it: – Contributes to curriculum design. – Enhances teaching and the student learning experience. • See: http://www.academiccareer.manchester.ac.uk/
  3. 3. The transformed University • Exciting transformation • UW:TSD, SMU, and UW • Shared academic heritage – 1828 and 1893 Charters – Acknowledge UW historic Federation and Alliance • Excellent historic publication record • Good foundation for future research and academic publication Top 10 UK HEIs publications and citations in Google Scholar 2013 1. University of Manchester 2460000 2. University of Cambridge1650000 3. University of London 1630000 4. University College London 1470000 5. University of Oxford 1360000 6. Open University 1240000 7. University of Edinburgh 906000 8. Imperial College London 615000 9. University of Wales 573000 10. University of Birmingham 529000 (36 Cardiff University 82500)
  4. 4. Enhancing teaching and learning • Research and publication enhances teaching and student learning. • Focus on “Research-led learning” (UW L&T Strategy 2010-15) • Research-teaching Action Set Action Set Blog http://nexus-wales.blogspot.com/
  5. 5. Regionalisation of the HE sector in Wales Each "region [in Wales] should have research intensive (in which we will increasingly focus our QR funding in support of sustainable excellence and relevance to Welsh Assembly Government objectives) and strong community/widening access focused provision“ (HEFCW, Dec 2010). Did this vision imply that each region would comprise one research intensive and one access (teaching?) focused institution?
  6. 6. Research vs Teaching in Wales 100000 RESEARCH-FOCUSED Cardiff Google Scholar Score Swansea USW (GS Glamorgan and 10000 Aberystwyth Newport combined) 1000 Glyndwr UW:TSD Bangor Cardiff Metropolitan TEACHING-FOCUSED 100 74 76 78 80 82 84 86 88 National Student Survey 2013 (Question 22: Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course) 90
  7. 7. The Workshop • Research and publication seems important whether in a research or teaching-focused institution – research activity and student experience appear linked. • The workshop presentation is for those who are relatively new to publishing and will explore: – – – – Getting published in journals The publication process and not academic writing Motivations for publishing Barriers to writing and publication • http://academic-publishing.blogspot.com

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