(Email sent on behalf of Janet Metcalfe)
You may have seen Tony Bromley's call for evidence relating to the impact
of researcher development activities (copied below).
As part of building a picture of how the sector is evaluating researcher
development activities, the Impact and evaluation group (formerly the Rugby
Team), is interested in knowing whether any HEI has used the STaRS Survey
that is available as a free template on BOS. The Skills Training and
Research Supervision Survey (STaRSS) was developed by the Impact and
evaluation group and was designed to provide a national tool that can be
used to measure the extent of the awareness and cultural acceptance of the
skills agenda by academics.
If you have used this survey, either directly or adapted it for your own
use, or have undertaken a project to collect supervisors' views through
surveys, focus groups, etc, the IEG would love to hear about this.
Please feel free to share this information with the list and/or contact
Tony Bromley directly [log in to unmask] Tony would also love to
hear of any other case studies relating to researcher development.
Janet Metcalfe, Vitae and Impact and evaluation group
 See news item <http://www.survey.bris.ac.uk/support/news/survey-starss>
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From: Tony Bromley
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Sent: Monday, May 17, 2010 4:40 PM
Subject: Call for evidence of the impact of researcher development and new
Vitae impact website
Following the forming of a new government the purdah restrictions on the
activity of the Impact and evaluation group (formerly the 'Rugby Team')
have been lifted. I would now like to put out a call to the sector to put
forward evidence of the impact of researcher development for inclusion in
the sector report to the Vitae conference of September 2010 (6th -7th
September - Manchester Further information and bookings available from
Wednesday 19th May).
It has been mentioned previously, and I'm sure you are all aware, that this
is an important year for the sector. We need to continue to build upon all
our great achievements so far in 'Building an evidence base for the impact
of researcher development activities' towards the target of providing the
best possible report we can, as a sector, to the Vitae 2010 conference.
With a difficult economic climate and an inevitable uncertainty regarding
future funding, we will all have discussions about the future ahead of us.
Having available to us all the best possible evidence base may well prove
crucial in securing the future of researcher development activities.
DEADLINE (revised from my January 2010 email due to the period of purdah):
Final date to submit evidence for inclusion. Friday 18th June – please
email to [log in to unmask] or by post to the contact address at
the end of this email. (NOTE: Please get in touch if you have evidence but
feel you may not be able to meet this deadline. I should be able to
accommodate something if I know it is on its way)
The report will first be available at the Vitae conference 6th – 7th
TYPE OF EVIDENCE REQUESTED
Please refer to the previous report 'Rugby Team Impact Framework: one year
on' (that many of you contributed to) for a general view of the types of
contributions previously put forward. Also view the new impact section of
the Vitae website (see below). No contribution is too small or too large!
And if you are wondering whether or not something would be of value please
simply forward it and I'll take a look! Contributions might include:
a) A paragraph of information highlighting interesting findings from e.g.
end of workshop evaluation forms
b) A case study of individual researcher experiences of development
activity (See Essex University examples case study 5 on the new impact
section of the Vitae website)
c) 1 – 3 page evaluation case studies of a more detailed nature,
covering methodology and key findings mapped against the impact levels of
the Rugby Team Impact Framework
d) Any suggestions of other reports, academic papers or projects you are
aware of that you think contain evidence of impact of relevance to
researcher development (I'm happy to receive multiple suggestions to
include the same report rather than miss something)
e) Further evidence at levels 3 and 4 of the Rugby Team Impact Framework.
(Evidence of impact at all levels of the Rugby Team Impact Framework is
valuable and welcome, but further examples at levels 3 and 4 would be
VITAE DATA BASE OF PRACTICE
Could I also encourage you to enter case studies of impact evaluation into
the Vitae data base of practice. If you do so, please let me know the
practice number (web link).
NEW IMPACT SECTION OF THE VITAE WEBSITE
A new section of the Vitae website dedicated to 'The Impact of Researcher
Development' is now live at www.vitae.ac.uk/impact Case studies of evidence
and update reports are included along with resources on evaluation
methodology and using the 'Rugby Team Impact Framework'. The website will
be updated with new case studies following the Vitae conference.
I think it is clear with the evidence that we have so far that researcher
development has a demonstrable positive impact and that we can have
optimism for the future, but we need to continue to build! Let's make the
evidence base the best evidence base we can possibly gather!
Dr Tony Bromley
Senior Training and Development Officer
and Co-ordinator, Vitae Yorkshire and North East Hub
Staff and Departmental Development Unit
Graduate Training and Support Centre
1.35c Parkinson Building
University of Leeds
www.leeds.ac.uk/rtd - The University of Leeds Researcher Training and
www.leeds.ac.uk/sddu/top/staff/tony_bromley.html - personal staff webpage
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Pete Walker, Assistant Director
Institute for Learning and Research Technology (ILRT)
University of Bristol
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Tel: 0117 331 4395
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