Dedicated Researcher Academy staff manage three strategic University of Nottingham doctoral training programmes (DTPs) in collaboration with external partners. The Researcher Academy’s management of these schemes has created a network of expertise and repositories of best practice with inward and outward flows of knowledge exchange. The Researcher Academy DTPs have been able to advise and support Schools on bid development, while these DTPs have in turn benefited from the insights and skills of partners in the Researcher Academy Placements and Training and Development teams, the university’s Careers Service, and industry partners.
Researchers on these doctoral training programmes benefit from studentship funding and enhanced support for professional training, expert supervision within and across partner organisations, extensive networking and collaboration opportunities nationally and internationally, and links to partners in other sectors.
Midlands4Cities students have used funding to deliver training, conferences, symposia and workshops for students across arts and humanities research. Themes include: Postnumanism, the changing landscapes of Rome, contemporary collecting practices in galleries and museums and the logic of archives.
The Researcher Academy manages a number of schemes designed to enable researchers to access international opportunities and increase their researcher mobility and profile
In the last decade, we’ve awarded more than £640,000 in travel grants and prizes, and more than 1,300 students have visited countries all over the globe to represent the University of Nottingham at world leading conferences in destinations such as the USA, China, Canada and Australia.
A number of awards have led to research collaborations, publications, post-doctoral opportunities and employment post-PhD. The awards are an excellent opportunity to create a link between the University of Nottingham and other leading international universities who conduct similar research areas
Each year, the The Researcher Academy delivers the University of Nottingham Tri-Campus Awards which recognise the accomplishments and contributions of some of our most outstanding postgraduate researchers from all three international campuses. Postgraduate Researchers are nominated by their schools for excellence across a number of areas including publications, conferences, teaching and contributions to the postgraduate community.
The Researcher Academy also works closely with the Graduate Schools on the Malaysia and China campuses to collaborate, network and share best practice in regard to researcher training and development and other issues.
This Early Career Researcher (ECR) workshop will be hosted by The Researcher Academy and the University of Nottingham Rights Lab.
The 27 Universitas 21 (U21) member institutions from across the globe will each nominate up to 10 early career researchers to attend this five-day virtual workshop. Participants will have the chance to exchange knowledge and ideas across disciplines and borders. They will also have the opportunity to develop their research network through academic match-making sessions, jointly pitch for seed funding for new collaborative research projects and work towards publishing special journal issues of co-authored articles.
The Researcher Academy Placements programme are lead partners in the ERDF Productivity Through Innovation programme (PTI), working with Nottingham Trent University and the University of Derby). This three year, £7.1 million collaborative programme involves local universities, academic staff, postgraduate students, and regional businesses working together to enhance the economic productivity of the local region. We also offer placements in partnership with the EPSRC (NPIF Innovative Placement Funding) and ESRC (NPIF) Accelerating Business Collaboration.
The Researcher Academy Placements team provide advice and support to the BBSRC DTP’s PIPS programme whose students have undertaken placements with over 130 organisations, with over 30% of these taking place internationally.
The Researcher Academy's Midlands4Cities team also works closely with partners in the cultural, creative and heritage sectors to develop placement opportunities. As part of the M4C programme students can spend up to 3 months with a host organisation to undertake an employability skills focused placement.
As part of the ESRC MGS DTP programme students can spend up to 3 months with a non-academic organisation either in the UK or overseas to undertake a funded placement with a demonstrable knowledge exchange element. In addition, many ESRC DTP students undertake placements via the UKRI Policy Internship Scheme.
The Researcher Academy is part of the East Midlands Doctoral Network (EMDoc), a partnership between the nine universities within the East Midlands region. Together we are united in our missions to share best practice, resources and insights into postgraduate research, as well as providing opportunities for collaboration and networking amongst the organisations’ students.
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