Excellence: The Researcher Academy promotes and cultivates researcher excellence, acting as a catalyst for ground-breaking achievement by connecting researchers with high-quality training and development opportunities.
Fuelling research ambition
The Researcher Academy Training and Development programme connects researchers with the skills they need to take their specialism to the world. Researchers have diverse circumstances and we aim to make our training accessible to all through the strategic and considered use of a wide variety of delivery methods including online courses, webinars, social media platforms, and writing retreats. This extensive portfolio of specialist training is mapped against national frameworks to ensure that it is beneficial to enhancing the knowledge, behaviours and attributes of successful researchers.
In addition to skills-focused professional development we offer online professional conduct and research integrity training to help researchers develop an awareness of their professional responsibilities so that they can conduct their research ethically and with confidence. Our specialist training and development staff also contribute to faculty-based discipline specific training programmes that augment the central programme of training and the training provided by individual doctoral cohort programmes.
Rewarding, real-world placements
Researcher Academy placements match researcher skills to cutting edge projects to help researchers recognise the breadth of their potential and highlight future opportunities. Each placement involves a discreet project at an external organisation for which the postgraduate researcher acts a specialist consultant. This means that our placements alumni don’t just get to list some new skills on their curriculum vitae but are able to demonstrate real world experience of delivering a complete business project. A study has shown that Researcher Academy placements alumni generally achieve better degree outcomes, are more employable and command higher salaries than their peers.
Showcasing researcher talent
Could you describe your research engagingly in just three minutes? This is the question that the Three Minute Thesis 3MT® competition sets for postgraduate researchers. An academic research communication competition originally developed by The University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia, 3MT® challenges doctoral researchers to explain the complexity and relevance of their research to a non-specialist audience in a concise and engaging way. The Researcher Academy offers support to University of Nottingham 3MT® entrants including pre-application presentation training, and video and filming support for winners who are progressing to entry in external 3MT® competitions.
Thanks to these activities University of Nottingham entrants have had successes in 3MT® competitions both nationally and internationally.
Stronger support for Supervisors
The needs of Research Supervisors and Postgraduate Researchers are different but fundamentally connected. The Researcher Academy network is working on various projects to bring these two groups together to recognise and celebrate best practice, to ensure clarity of expectations for supervisors and supervisees, to develop opportunities for professional development for Supervisors, and to standardise training requirements for lead and co-supervisors.
The Researcher Academy also supports Supervisors and researchers funded from UKRI sources and manages the studentship funding from these.
Developing future research leaders
The Researcher Academy performs a talent management role in the university's researcher development strategy, offering two application and selection based leadership excellence programmes targeted by career stage to have maximum benefit. These are the Nottingham Research Leaders Programme, designed to enhance the professional development of high-performing researchers, and the Early Career Researchers Programme designed for researchers in the early stages of their research career who have aspirations and potential to lead in their research field and to be an effective team leader.