Cristin-prosjekt-ID: 560540
Sist endret: 3. november 2017 08:31

Cristin-prosjekt-ID: 560540
Sist endret: 3. november 2017 08:31
Prosjekt

A transnational skills programme to enhance the employability of researchers (TRANSPEER)

prosjektleder

James Lees
ved Karlstads universitet

prosjekteier / koordinerende forskningsansvarlig enhet

  • Karlstads universitet

Tidsramme

Avsluttet
Start: 1. september 2017 Slutt: 31. august 2020

Beskrivelse Beskrivelse

Tittel

A transnational skills programme to enhance the employability of researchers (TRANSPEER)

Vitenskapelig sammendrag

This project addresses the skills equivalent of the European Science Paradox through the development, delivery, and dissemination of a transnationally-informed training programme. At present, research skills – largely derived from publicly-funded research degrees and projects – are often not fully utilised by researchers, and, consequently, society at large fails to benefit optimally from its investment. Many researchers struggle to develop their potential within the academy, or to articulate their skills to non-academic employers, and so their potential is not fully realised.

Currently, entrepreneurship programmes in higher education tend to be targeted at undergraduate students, rather than postgraduate research students or early career researchers (ECRs).  There is also considerable variation in how different countries’ HEIs support the professional development of ECRs. Work from the European Research Area (ERA) has highlighted that ECRs are often poorly informed about non-academic career paths and are not equipped with the skills needed to gain rewarding wider employment. While ERA policies to address this through greater innovation-focused doctoral training have been in place since 2011, progress remains slow.

The focus of the project would be the creation of a programme to enhance the wider skills awareness and employability of a cross-disciplinary cohort of researchers. It would focus on ECRs, but participants would also include doctoral students and supervisors, to encourage students to consider these issues at an early stage, and to ensure that supervisors have the tools required to support them. KAU, LJMU, and INN would contribute three participants of each type, with the Portuguese partners sending a combined nine, making a cohort of 36. All participants would attend all training, enabling the development of an international cohort, who would benefit both from the training, and from their interaction with each other. In addition to enhancing the skills and knowledge of researchers, the project would add to the professional development of the support staff involved, through their exposure to the different areas of expertise and methodologies of the other partners.

The project must be undertaken as a transnational enterprise to provide a European overview and to allow effective sharing of good practice. The programme, covering academic and wider careers, benefits from the transnational nature of the project consortium. While many elements of research support are recognisable across Europe, the focus often varies from country to country, with the result that different areas of national expertise are developed. A transnational project allows the sharing of best practice in these areas, with the creation of a programme stronger than one based on a single, national experience. The intention is that the programme would be embedded in the training provision of the partner institutions. It would be advertised through several channels, including national multiplier events, and be reproducible at other universities after the project’s end, through the dissemination of high-quality course materials.

prosjektdeltakere

prosjektleder

James Lees

  • Tilknyttet:
    Prosjektleder
    ved Karlstads universitet

Margarida Trindade

  • Tilknyttet:
    Prosjektdeltaker
    ved Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Mara Almeida

  • Tilknyttet:
    Prosjektdeltaker
    ved Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Victoria Sheppard

  • Tilknyttet:
    Prosjektdeltaker
    ved Liverpool John Moores University

Maria Barbas

  • Tilknyttet:
    Prosjektdeltaker
    ved Universidade Nova de Lisboa
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