Under the new researcher development framework, activities offered across the university will be mapped to a stage and strand of development.
The refreshed programme is underpinned by a focus on wellbeing, diversity and inclusion, knowledge in action and trans/interdisciplinarity. In order to make the programme clear we have developed six core strands of researcher development which form the basis of the new Middlesex University Researcher Development Framework.
A set of minimum requirements is applicable to all research students starting from September 2022 onwards (and advisory for pre-September 2022 starters as well as our collaborative partner students).
- Accrue a minimum of 10 days (full time students) or 5 days (part time students) per year in line with the Research Concordat
- Submit a researcher development plan
- Engage with the specific aspects of development as a minimum requirement for each milestone of their studies
You can use the timetable to plan and book ahead for the events you want to attend. You can use the filter to see available events and training that align with each strand.
This strand fosters healthy, reflexive research practices throughout the research degree life cycle. Placing ethics and integrity as a core concern for all researchers, we reach beyond a compliance approach to explore complex ethical dilemmas, values and positionality.
From core methodologies and methods aligned to different disciplines to diverse, innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to research that seek to challenge established paradigms, this strand focuses on ensuring researchers have access to robust approaches, including software training and digital literacies.
Considering many different purposes for writing in research - from note-taking to getting published in academic journals to blogging - this strand supports the development of writing through writing retreats, one-to-one sessions and collaborative feedback processes. Workshops seek to support the writing aims of researchers, enabling every researcher to have a distinctive, clear and purposeful voice.
How does research make a difference to others? What are effective ways to communicate research to different audiences? This strand explores how engaging with communities, businesses and institutions can both enrich research and generate impact. Core features of this strand are the annual University Summer Conference and a new Knowledge-in-Action week.
Viewing postgraduate researchers as (future) leaders and strategic changemakers, this strand provides opportunities to gain HE and sector-led professional experiences and build connectivities through teaching in HE training, placements and shadowing.
Here the focus is on opportunities to deepen and enrich knowledge in specific fields of research as aligned to academic disciplines and professional sectors, ensuring researchers are engaged with the most current research and sector practices.
The next run will be available for researchers who will start in September 2023.
For new research students (starting in September or January), we offer a kickstarting series that supports researchers across disciplines at the start of their research journey, providing them a forum where they can discuss anything they need as they get settled as researchers at Middlesex. It is particularly relevant to MPhil/PhD and MA/MSC by Research candidates but is open to all.
The workshops are designed to be followed as a series, with a focus on community and sharing of approaches – such that we all learn through dialogue and exchange.
Instats seminars offer foundational and cutting-edge content delivered by leading experts. The live-streaming and on-demand seminars can be taken individually or as structured courses to provide researchers and faculty with the breadth and depth of knowledge they need. Through Instats you can find specialised methodologies training according to the specific needs of your research.
As a researcher at Middlesex you can undertake teaching within your Faculty and department. This is an opportunity to gain teaching experience, enhance your learning and your academic CV and develop your connections within academia.
In order to do so, you are required to complete the CAPE Short Course in Effective Teaching, which has been developed by the Centre for Academic Practice Enhancement (CAPE) and covers the fundamental principles of learning, teaching and assessment practice at Middlesex. The Course is designed to support researchers and colleagues for whom teaching at Middlesex is new, and is robustly aligned with the University's Strategic Plan 2031.
Completion of the Short Course is a mandatory requirement for doctoral students who have not previously taught at Middlesex.
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