The Research Staff Working Group represents research staff at Bath and seeks to improve the working environment and career management of researchers. It is made up of postdoctoral research associates that represent different faculties across the university and is chaired by a senior member of academic staff who has an interest in supporting the professional and career development of researchers.
Reporting to the University Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee, the RSWG is a vital part of how we engage with this group of researchers; it provides a forum through which the University can consult research staff on matters affecting them and an opportunity for research staff to work on projects that can have a direct impact on their working environment at Bath.
We are looking to recruit an academic staff member (senior lecturer or above) from any Faculty/School to Chair this Group. The purpose of having a senior staff member as the Chair is to provide leadership and guidance to the RSWG, and some long-term, strategic oversight. This is the only role in the working group that is taken by a permanent academic staff member.
Staff members who are interested in becoming Chair of the RSWG should send a brief (<150 words) explanation of why they would like the role and what makes them the best person to chair this working group. Applications should be sent to the RSWG Secretary, Dr Amy Birch by 16:00 on 5th August 2022.
We value, promote and celebrate inclusion, and truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds will lead to a better environment for our whole community.
promoting implementation of the Code of Practice for the Employment of Research Staff and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Research Staff
providing a forum in which issues raised by Research Staff can be discussed
providing a forum through which the University can consult research staff on matters affecting them
identifying issues arising from the Culture, Employment and Development in Academic Research Survey (CEDARS) and other consultations
reporting on its activities to the University Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee (URKEC)
Member of academic staff (senior lecturer or above) who has an interest in supporting the professional and career development of researchers
Responsible for leading the RSWG on projects and activities as they arise (from requests from RSWG members or the UKREC) or as part of the group’s response to CEDARS
Term of the chair is 3 years
Estimated time: 30 hours a year
What does this entail
Chairing RSWG meetings (4 times per year)
Assigning actions and monitoring progress on projects
Liaising with RSWG secretary to set meeting dates and agendas
Writing Annual Report to URKEC with RSWG secretary and co-Chair