Highlights of the 2022-23 Digital Research Facilitation Programme

In this guest blog post, Eleni Kotoula, Lead Digital Research Facilitator within Digital Research Services shares information of support available for staff and students at the University, and gives details of upcoming events and training. Getting to know Digital Research Services Digital resources and technologies are being increasingly used throughout …

Introducing the Research Careers Tool

In this guest post, Christina Boswell, Vice Principal Research and Enterprise, introduces a newly developed tool to help researchers map the activities they are engaged with the aim of exposing where activity is clustered. The tool has been designed to help researchers be more strategic and selective in what they …

Good Research Practice Awards: Nominations open

Please note The University of Edinburgh Good Research Practice Week has been postponed and will run from 14-18 November 2022. For more information please see our webpages Good Research Practice Week | Events and Awards webpages   In this blog post, Malcolm Macleod, Academic Lead for Research Improvement and Research …

Meet the team: Angela Sturniolo

In this post we meet Angela Sturniolo, Research Support Officer in Edinburgh Research Office and talk about organising events, good customer service and Italian cooking.   What led you to work at the University? I come from a background in the Tourism Industry, before joining the University I worked for the …

Learning from others’ interdisciplinary career paths

In this post Jonathan Rans, Strategic Research Executive, introduces the most recent additions to our Interdisciplinary toolkit – a set of case studies focusing on the career paths of University of Edinburgh interdisciplinary researchers. Interdisciplinary research is growing in importance, highlighted by the increase in research funding schemes and calls …

Adaptation & Renewal: Expertise in the time of Covid

This blog is a repost from the staff magazine – Bulletin from 28 July and examines how our researchers have been using their expertise to provide insight on the pandemic. Among the many things that the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown have brought is a certain metronomic quality to life. …

Covid-19 update for academic and research staff

A message to our research community from Prof. Jonathan Seckl, Senior Vice-Principal and Dr. Lorna Thomson, Director of Edinburgh Research Office. Firstly, a note of thanks. To all who have shifted to home working, restructuring your research to desk-based studies, to those who are finding innovative ways to repurpose research …

Support for our researchers during COVID-19

In today’s blog, Lorna Thomson, Director of Edinburgh Research Office, explains how we are continuing to support the research community during the ongoing COVID-19 situation. It’s been an intense and fast-moving couple of weeks. As we all find our feet with new working arrangements and routines, I would like to …

Horizon 2020: post-Brexit update

You are still eligible for Horizon 2020 funding and, as a University, we have a high success rate, writes Jonathan Seckl, Vice-Principal Planning, Resources and Research Policy. Although the UK has now left the EU, we have entered the transition period which will continue until 31 December 2020. The terms …

Strategic Leadership in Research Programme 2020

The Strategic Leadership in Research Programme aims to equip researchers with the leadership skills, knowledge and behaviours required to win large-scale strategic funding. Find out more about the programme and how you can apply. The Strategic Leadership in Research Programme will run from April – October 2020 and will require …

Pilot programme for female academics and research support staff

Edinburgh Research Office and the Institute of Academic Development are working together to pilot a new programme for female academics and research support staff. Find out how to get involved in the development of this programme. In order to develop the programme we are hosting 6 workshops across three days …

Meet the Team: Alan Campbell

In this week’s blog we meet Alan Campbell, Research Integrity Manager in the Research Support Office. Read on to find out about Alan’s recently appointed role, what led him to the University and recent work on export control. What led you to work at the University? I did my MBA …

Meet the team: Mara Götz

In today’s post we meet Mara Götz, Knowledge Exchange Administrator. Read on to find out about her expertise and what she enjoys about her role. What does your role involve? I am a Knowledge Exchange Administrator in the Research Support Office, Knowledge Exchange and Impact team. When I get asked …

British Heart Foundation’s misconduct policies

Nicholas Duvall, Research Development Officer, explains how one of the UK’s biggest research funders is tackling bullying, harassment and research misconduct.   Earlier this year, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) launched bullying, harassment and research misconduct policies, in line with other research funders, such as Wellcome. This is to ensure …

Meet the Team: Al Innes

In today’s post we meet Al Innes, Research Development Officer for the Research Support Office and talk about development, research strategies and Maurice Ravel. What led you to work at the University? I had spent 5 years working in the private sector as a Research Communications Manager and then Business …

Meet the team: Laura Cockram

In today’s post we meet Laura Cockram, Communications Manager for the Research Support Office and talk about engagement, change and campaigning for better cycling routes. What led you to work at the University? Like my colleagues in the Research Support Office, I was looking for a place and role where …

Meet the team: Alan Shanks

This month, we meet Alan Shanks, a solicitor and Contracts Manager in the Contracts Team, and discuss contracts, drafting, representing the University’s interests and finding a good home for your legal skills. First up, what does a Contracts Manager do? I review, draft, amend, mark up, advise, comment on, negotiate …

Meet the team: Clare Sowney

Today we meet Clare Sowney, Business Development Manager and talk collaboration with business, support for researchers and walking up Ben Nevis in the fog. What led you to work at the University? After working in the voluntary sector for 8 years I fancied a change. I didn’t really know what …

Developing tomorrow’s healthcare products

In today’s blog, Marja Karttunen, Research Support Adviser, meets the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine’s Translator-in-Residence, Dr Andrew McBride, and discovers how he helps researchers make use of translational funding opportunities. First of all, let’s define what we mean by “translational”. The way Andrew uses the term, it refers …

Meet the team: Jonathan Rans

Today, we speak to Jonathan Rans, Strategic Research Executive, about helping others create change, live music and the perfect Sunday. What do you love about working at the University? I love having varied and interesting jobs and the University certainly has provided that in the 12 years that I’ve worked …

Forging new futures in dementia research

In today’s blog today, Al Innes discusses the recent ECRED ‘Forging New Futures in Dementia’ Conference, and looks at some of the challenges facing Early Career Researchers in this arena. For those undertaking a social science PhD (or professional doctorate), navigating the post-doc research landscape and finding a job can be a fairly daunting prospect. For those …

Grassroots collaboration: MS Society Symposium

In our latest blog we hear from Marja Karttunen as she shares with us her reflections on a recent MS Society MS Centre symposium at the University, and how it inspired the spirit of dialogue and exchange so vital to interdisciplinary working. Collaboration is a major buzzword in today’s research …

EU award success: Edinburgh goes from strength to strength

In today’s blog we hear from the University of Edinburgh’s Jonathan Seckl, Vice Principal for Planning, Resources and Research Policy, as he discusses the year ahead for EU funding. Feb 9, 2018