Researcher Development

Examples of previous researcher led initiatives

The examples here were supported by UK Research Council funding. If you are a researcher and wish to plan an innovative project or event that will develop the skills of researchers, enhance knowledge transfer or enhance the experience of researchers at Bath, then you may be eligible to apply for the Researcher Led Innovation Fund.

Architecture & Civil Engineering - conference

Research students organised a conference and field trip: 'Buildings don't use energy, people do?' that took place in June 2011.

Architecture & Civil Engineering - sustainable procurement workshop and away-day

This workshop gave researchers an opportunity to:

  • gain insight into the research and commercial issues surrounding
  • responsible procurement,
  • explore the meaning of responsible procurement as it relates to their work through participatory discussion and debate; and
  • network with new starters in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering to meet fellow researchers and academics in a novel environment.

Architecture & Civil Engineering – workshop on fabric formwork

 A doctoral student from Architecture & Civil Engineering organised 2 session long workshop on ‘Fabric Formwork’ as part of the Second International Conference on Flexible Formwork. The workshop was attended by researchers and partners from industry.

Biology & Biochemistry - basic statistics course

A three day course to provide an understanding of the main principles and rationales of common statistical analyses needed to plan experiments and interpret scientific data.

Biology & Biochemistry - introductory 'R' statistics course

The R course comprised a four‚Äźday practical course covering simple to intermediate multivariate statistics taught using the statistical programming environment “R”, a powerful and freely available software package. Training notes from the course are now available in moodle (see course report for details on how to access these) The course covered:

  • the general language and functions of R
  • advanced language and functions
  • general statistical concepts
  • basic statistical tests
  • statistical models and advanced models
  • data visualisation and plotting in R.

Biology & Biochemistry - PGBio video recorder

The PG Biology Society used the researcher training fund to purchase a digital video camera, which has been used to

  • record laboratory techniques to train new researchers
  • record research presentations to provide valuable feedback and training for speakers

Chemical Engineering - interactive problem solving workshop

A one day workshop to encourage discussion and collaboration of early career researchers from the departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.  Short “flash” presentations allowed participants by participants to introduce themselves and ask other researchers for advice on specific research problems. Almost twenty immediate and individual research problems were solved and many new links between the two departments were build.

Chemistry - computational science retreat

A a one day retreat to network, discuss research techniques, philosophy and on-going projects.

Collaborative project: Biology & Biochemistry and Electronic & Electrical Engineering - Great Bustard tracking

This ongoing project is a collaboration between two academic departments to develop a new tracking device that can potentially be marketed. The project also involves educating researchers on entrepreneurial skills and thinking about setting up a charity.

Computer Science - student run conference

This student-run mini conference and away day gave doctoral students the opportunity to present their work in a formal environment of diverse researchers and gain exposure to interests both inside and outside of their research group

Engineering & Design - 'Unpacking Impact' workshop series

Understanding how to achieve impact is critical to the success of Postgraduate and early career researchers. This workshop series provided a platform to help identify those elements of impact affecting career, research funding, and engagement with the public and industry.

Mathematical Science - presentation skills for mathematics

This session took place during a Mathematics 'awayday'. The sessions enables students to realise that, although their specific mathematical subjects may differ, when it comes to presenting everybody is in a similar
position. The given advice and tips on presenting to an audience was very well received amongst the participants.

Mechanical Engineering – room refurbishment for research and working support

The fund contributed to the refurbishment of a room in order to provide a flexible working space and research facility both for the specific use of postgraduates within the IdMRC research group and staff within the department of mechanical engineering as well as researchers and staff members in other research groups across the university.  Through the inclusion of extensive white boards and flexible support for breakout working, collaboration and networking, the refurbishment encourages effective working of both researchers and staff; as well as facilitating the completion of leading edge research. 

Mechanical Engineering - social research methods lecture - workshop series

A programme of afternoon events which consist of a lecture regarding the specific research method or methodology introduced by an expert speaker. Following the lecture, attendees are invited to stay for a workshop dealing with specific research problems on the topic of the lecture.

Psychology - workshops on open source technologies

Three research staff organised workshops to introduce PhD students and staff to  open source (OS) technologies that can be usedto better support their existing work. They offered a series of three workshops focusing on R, PsychoPy and Arduino.

Psychology - workshop on using theatre in qualitative research

A doctoral student in the Department of Psychology invited doctoral researchers to attend a two day workshop exploring the use of theatre in qualitative research.  Through participating in a series of theatre games and activities, participants explored new ways to creatively analyse and represent real-life qualitative data. The workshop drew upon multi-media data taken from existing qualitative research. The workshop sought to provide a friendly and accessible introduction for researchers with little or no experience of participating in drama or theatre activities.

Social & Policy Sciences - governance workshop

In this workshop, organised by doctoral students in SPS, participants heard from leading experts on public policy governance, before getting feedback on their own work from academics and peers in lively and critically supportive small groups.

 Department for Health - NVivo workshop

A highly successful NVivo 10 training course was held in May 2013.  Fourteen researchers and PhD students from Health, Social and Policy Sciences, the School of Management and Politics attended the two-day course an led by experienced qualitative methods trainer.