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LEARN Final Conference: Tutorial Group | How To Engage Early Career Researchers


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This presentation was given at the Final Conference of the LEARN Project, 5 May 2017.

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LEARN Final Conference: Tutorial Group | How To Engage Early Career Researchers

  1. 1. Group 1 - How to engage early career researchers LEARN End of Project Conference, Senate House, London, 5 May 2017 Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, June Hedges, Daniel Van Strien UCL Library Services
  2. 2. Programme How to engage early career researchers 13.30 – 13.40 Welcome and introduction 13.40 – 14.10 Break out discussion groups 13.10 – 14.30 Group feedback
  3. 3. Engaging Early Career Researchers: skills development and awareness 3
  4. 4. Research Data Management - policy, technical infrastucture, support services
  5. 5. Research Data Management • Traditional engagement activities “It seems right on the spot. I’ve been working in this area for about 15 years now and have seen plenty of time-wasting projects in the area. This is not one of them. Research Data Management Blog.” • Training and support – Doctoral School Training Session – Drop-in sessions • Data Management Plans – checking service and templates for Masters students 5
  6. 6. Training and Support • Course for PhD students: Introduction to Research support & integrity • 3-hour session focuses on Research Integrity, Research Data Management, Data Protection, Research Ethics, Open Access and Research IT today’s doctoral students need training in • 121 attendees since December 2016 - 38% found the course “very useful”, 55% found it “useful” “I think that was a great session. I would have appreciated this session at the very beginning of my research.” “I’m new PhD student, still [haven’t started] my project yet. Find the delivered information so helpful.” ©UCLImageStore
  7. 7. Data Management Plans • Templates for best practice • Targeted (scalable) services: DMP Checking • Includes 2 submitted by PhD students to Wellcome Trust “I got the AHRC fellowship! […] I wanted to say a HUGE thank you for your help – I never would have got it without your help.” “In the end, the Technical Plan helped enormously – the technical reviewer wrote very positively about everything and gave it a ‘6’/Outstanding rating. […] I just wanted to say how grateful I am for all the help you gave” 7 36 Plans reviewed: 21 in 2015/16 and 15 so far in 2016/17 Funders for which the Plans were written: ESRC (9), MRC (8), Wellcome Trust (7*), AHRC (6), Royal Society (4), H2020 (1), BBSRC (1) Authors’ Faculties: IOE (7), Population Health Sc (5), MAPS (5), SHS (4), Brain Sc (4), Engineering (4), A&H (3), Bartlett (3), Life Sciences (1)
  8. 8. Engaging early career researchers: Learn project case studies • n4: RDM supporting Research Integrity and Open Science ( • n18: Training early career researchers ( • n20: The emerging role of data scientist and the experience of data science education at the University of Amsterdam ( 8
  9. 9. Engaging early career researchers: discussion groups • Defining early career researchers • Why focus on early career researchers? • Do approaches to engagement need to be different for early career researchers? 9
  10. 10. Engaging early career researchers • Policy and Leadership • Advocacy • Open Data • Research Data Infrastructure • Roles, Responsibilities & Skills 10