The UK Research Staff Association
The UK Research Staff Association (UKRSA) was established in 2010 to support the careers of research staff and promote interactions between researchers in different institutions. The mission of the association is to ‘empower research staff to take control of their career, and contribute to policy’. Made up of research staff representatives from a broad range of UK universities, the UKRSA provides a collective voice for the research staff working in UK Higher Education institutions.
The association is supported by Vitae, the UK organisation championing the personal, professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education institutions and research institutes.
The activities of the group are to:
- Nurture research staff communities, helping establish institutional research staff networks along with regional network hubs.
- Signpost career development opportunities, contributing to career development conferences and encouraging institutions to provide appropriate training.
- Influence policy, contributing to ‘Excellence in Higher Education’ agenda and feeding back on implementation of the Concordat recommendations. The group also contributes to research council policy and advises Vitae on appropriate training programmes for research staff.
- Raise awareness of researchers working in the UK, by publicising the activities of Vitae and representing researchers at a national level.
Membership of the UKRSA is inclusive, and members of research staff at the University of Nottingham are encouraged to get involved. The University representatives of the UKRSA are Kevin Brown (Kevin.Brown@nottingham.ac.uk) and Alex Tarr (firstname.lastname@example.org).