The Researcher Academy strategically advocates and advises on researcher issues, drawing on insights and expertise from researchers and staff across its network. We contribute to shaping the university’s policies on researcher culture, environment, and provision, and work with colleagues to ensure standards across faculties and doctoral training programmes.
Researcher Academy Faculty Leads
Underpinning this advocacy activity is the work of our Researcher Academy Faculty Leads (RAFLs), senior academics who facilitate and coordinate activities within Faculties to support postgraduates and early career researchers, and advocate for them within Faculty and University structures.
Surveys and consultations
Culture and practice are living and dynamic and we encourage our staff and stakeholders to be curious and inquiring about the diverse needs of researchers. Drawing on surveys and consultations, both internal and external, our network is able to offer a well-rounded and informed picture of researcher experience.
The Researcher Academy seeks to identify the diversity of researchers' experiences and aspirations. We help researchers find time to focus on their research priorities, and we facilitate and empower researchers and staff to develop collaborative, inclusive, supportive and creative ways of working.
Influencing national policy
The Researcher Academy aims to locate our stakeholders in the right places to champion researcher voices and needs. At a policy level we currently have representation on:
Modelling best practice
Our Researcher Academy managed BBSRC, M4C, and ESRC Doctoral Training Programmes also act as models of excellence for training centre and training programme development and have been leaders in making improvements around EDI in recruitment and mental health in academia.
Facilitating events and resources
The Researcher Academy network organises events such as the recent Stronger Together Conference (2019), the first postgraduate research focused Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) event ever held at a U.K. university and, as an outcome of that event, has published a handbook ‘Supervising postgraduate researchers from diverse backgrounds' which was developed in consultation with researchers and supervisors from our network.