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Researcher Development

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

The University is committed to the principles outlined in The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. The Concordat sets out a vision of working practices, roles and responsibilities that is believed will further the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK, and thus ensure the continued provision of well-trained, talented and motivated researchers that is essential to the continuation of research excellence.‌

Governance and compliance reporting of our implementation plan is conducted through the University Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee.

 

The Concordat to Support Researcher Integrity

The University is committed to the principles of The Concordat to Support Researcher Integrity and therefore expects all staff, students and visiting researchers to adhere to the highest standards of integrity in the conduct of their research as set out in the University Research Code of Conduct. Members of the University have a collective responsibility to protect the good names of their colleagues and the institution by ensuring that their own research adheres to the principles of good research conduct and that they promote good research practice within the institution’s research community.

All those involved with the management of, or engaged in research must:

  • maintain the highest standards of rigour and integrity in all aspects of research;
  • ensure that research is conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards;
  • support a research environment that is underpinned by a culture of integrity and based on good governance, best practice and support for the development of researchers;
  • use transparent, robust and fair processes to deal with allegations of research misconduct should they arise;
  • work together to strengthen the integrity of research and review progress regularly and openly.

Governance and compliance reporting of our University Research Code of Conduct is directed through the University Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee and the University Research Ethics Sub-Committee. Support for the development of researchers is delivered through the Graduate School.

 

The Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research

The University is committed to the principles of the Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research, which sets out clear expectations for research organisations, researcher managers and supporters and researchers themselves, aimed at strengthening existing good practice in public engagement by ensuring it is valued, recognised and supported.

 

The Concordat on Open Research Data

The University is committed to the principles of The Concordat on Open Research Data  to help ensure that the research data gathered and generated by members of the UK research community is made openly available for use by others wherever possible in a manner consistent with relevant legal, ethical, disciplinary and regulatory frameworks and norms, and with due regard to the costs involved.

  

Researcher Development & Training

We provide training and professional development opportunities to our postgraduate community through the Graduate School:

  • Seminars and a programme of researcher development workshops booked through the Graduate School Calendar of Events
  • Short-courses. e.g.  Introduction to Teaching, learning and Assessment in Higher Education and Research Methods
  • Access to the Epigeum on-line Research Skills Master Programme.
  • Access to development opportunities and masterclasses through Scottish Research Pooling (SICSA, SAGES+, SIPR), the Scottish Graduate Schools (SGSAH & SGSSS) and Enterprise Campus.
  • Public engagement and outreach opportunities through our OPEN Office.
  • Placement and Teaching opportunities.

The Vitae website exists to provide extensive, relevant and timely content to researchers and others with an interest in researcher development. Researchers can map their professional development using the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) and app.


Career Development Policies     

 

Athena Swan

 

Abertay University holds Athena SWAN bronze award status, a recognition of its commitment to advancing women's careers in STEM subjects, in both teaching and research.  For full details of what the award means, visit the dedicated page on the ECU website.