Developing Our Research Staff Support

The IAD has a long track record of offering secondments to colleagues seeking an opportunity to focus on a specific academic development project or initiative. In 2021 we are hosting four new secondees to help us move forward on our Concordat Actions. This page summarises the four themes of their work and explains how you can work with them.

The four themes are (click on each to download a project description):

  1.  Establish the Research Staff Hub
  2. Improve redeployment of existing research staff
  3. Strengthen support for managers and PIs of research staff through training and online resources 
  4. Develop careers resources and offer training to mitigate career impacts of COVID-19 

The successful secondees will also link with the Evidence-Base research team to ensure that their recent learning can be embedded in the new Hub and other activities. (The Evidence-Base team is working to promote and execute a systems-based approach to problems of equality, diversity and inclusion in STEM thanks to funding from the EPSRC and University.)

How you can get involved

Hub: We’ll be looking for research staff to provide feedback on plans and to review the Hub’s website as it develops. Contact details will be added here in February when the project begins.

Redeployment: To improve the redeployment process, first we must understand why the Talent Register is currently underused both by research staff and PIs.

If you have used the Talent Register in the past, either as a recruiter or as a member of staff at risk of being made redundant, and are willing to provide feedback on your experience please contact cecile.menard@ed.ac.uk. Cecile would also like to hear from research staff at the end of their fixed-term contract who decided not to register their details on the Talent Register.

Support for PIs as managers: We’ll be looking for research staff and their managers to provide feedback on plans and to review training materials as they are produced. Contact details will be added here in February when the project begins.

Careers support: We’ll be looking for research staff to provide feedback on plans and pilot materials as they emerge.. Contact details will be added here in mid-late January when the project begins.

Project length

These projects are funded by the SFC and need to be completed by the end of July 2021. After this time the work will be supported by the core IAD Researcher Development Team.

We encourage you to read the Concordat for the Career Management of Researchers before you talk to us – these projects and much of our work in 2021 will be linked to our Concordat Action Plan which will be published in February.