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PIPERS project Policy into Practice: EURAXESS Researcher Skills for Career Development
1. Context 2. Overview 3. Partners
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 643330
Context 21st Century Researchers need 21st century skills – not just research specific skills but those that help them navigate and contribute to a global knowledge economy •
Vitae ‘What do researchers do?’ report: • Only 54% of PhD students were working in academia or as researchers, three years after they received their doctorate • BUT the majority of those no longer in ‘research’ felt that their PhD had been valuable to them in their current career – and many were using research skills and knowledge in their current job
Lots of mobility between sectors and occupations
How do we ensure that whatever pathway researchers take, they are making
the most of their careers? . www.britishcouncil.org
Aim The PIPERS project is led by the British Council along with 5 partners and 15 associated Third Parties from both the EURAXESS Service Network and other academic and non-academic stakeholders from across Europe and Israel. Its aim is to support researcher career development and training in areas such as: • • • • • • • • •
managing a research career and researcher self-assessment leadership skills interdisciplinary working entrepreneurial skills spin-off companies/market exploitation of research results working with industry IPR issues information literacy public engagement
Overview and objectives • Identify and cascade existing good practice and training resources • Develop new tools to support proactive management of researcher career paths • Provide an efficient and sustainable way of disseminating these across the Network
The objectives of the project will be pursued over a 24 month period Not long!
• policy dialogue with employer stakeholders and groups representing researchers’ interests • dissemination of good policy practice and training resources in researcher career development through the development of an e-platform
• delivery of 9 “train the trainer” workshops for researcher career development staff • 4 demonstration workshops with researchers; • the development and testing of a self-assessment tool for researchers to enable them to be proactive in their professional and career development
Researchers can identify their skills and capabilities, set personal targets, and plan their professional development.
Researcher mobility between academia and industry is made easier, lowering the dropout rate from within the research profession
The support offered by the EURAXESS Services network has an increased focus on career development of researchers, and is offered to mobile and non-mobile researchers. • EURAXESS Service centre staff indicate that they will deliver researcher training on an ongoing basis • EURAXESS services staff indicate that they will use the best practice examples to inform ongoing practice. • The e-platform will be integrated into the EURAXESS Handbook to ensure long term
Impact and Outcomes-1 Activity Desired Impact Researchers can identify their skills and capabilities, set personal targets, and plan their professional development.
Self-assessment tool Researchers can self-assess their skills and capabilities, and use and e-platform with this to plan a career pathway and articulate relevant knowledge learning resources and attributes during recruitment. Researchers have access to online tools and resources to support their ongoing professional development and research career pathways. Workshops for 1. Researchers as primary beneficiaries have improved skills in researchers and trainers key areas 2. Multipliers are trained in delivering skills plus career development advice, and given access to quality assured, free to use, materials and resources.
Policy discussions and Examples of best practice are shared across MS and institutions formulation of guidelines have access to guidelines to support professional development of researchers
Impact and Outcomes - 2 Activity Desired Impact Researcher mobility between academia and industry is made easier, lowering the dropout rate from within the research profession
Involvement of industry in workshop Researchers will be equipped with development and collection of skill sets which enable them to move resources more easily from academia to industry. Researchers will also be able to access industry relevant online resources through the e-platform. Involvement of industry in policy Stakeholders from academia are discussions more aware of the skills that researchers need to make the transition to industry Policy guidelines Research institutions are informed by policy guidelines and good practice examples which support academia-industry mobility.
Impact and Outcomes - 3
Activity Desired Impact The support Train the trainer workshops offered by the EURAXESS Services network has an increased Policy guidelines and e-platform focus on career development of researchers, and is offered to mobile and non-mobile researchers.
Outcome EURAXESS members are able to deliver skills training and career development advice to researchers (mobile and non-mobile). EURAXESS members can learn from best practice examples of researcher support, and use these to deliver and advocate for improved researcher support within their institutions.
WPs WP No
Work package title
Project management & coordination
WP 2 (FECYT lead)
Policy dialogue with employer stakeholders and groups representing researchers’ interests and identification of good practice through policy case studies.
WP 3 (CERTH lead) The identification, refinement and exchange of good practice and training resources and the development of workshop training programmes.
WP 4 (BC/CERTH)
WP 5 (MEF lead)
Train the trainer workshops for researcher career development staff from the EURAXESS Network who will act as multipliers to disseminate the identified good practice more widely & demonstration workshops with researchers to test and provide feedback on training resources.
Development and testing of a self-assessment tool for researchers and development of an e-platform to ensure that the good practice, resources and self-assessment tool are easily available to as wide a range of researcher career development staff and researchers as possible.
Partners 1. British Council (BC), United Kingdom 2. Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (Spanish
Foundation for Science and Technology), FECYT, Spain 3. University of Durham (UDUR), United Kingdom 4. Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), Greece 5. Mechanical Engineering Faculty, Univerziteta U Nisu (MEF), Serbia 6. Sofiiski Universitet Sveti Kliment Ohridski, (SU-NIS), Bulgaria
University of Vienna
University of Liege
University of Zagreb
Estonian Research Council
Association Bernard Gregory
Irish Universities Association
Bar Ilan University
Fondazione Crui, ADAPT (TBC)
Banat's University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Epigeum, Proctor and Gamble
Key Milestones and Deliverables - timeline By Delivery date
3-4 December 2014 Kick off (D)
Consultations with stakeholders / employers (M)
Focus group of 20-30 researchers (D)
Literature review (D)
Regional mapping of training needs (D)
on-line self-assessment tool
set of good practice policy case studies (M)
consultations with stakeholders / employers (D)
Key Milestones and Deliverables – timeline M10
publish recommendation / guidelines (M)
set of quality assured training resources and tools (M)
set of quality assured training resources and tools (D)
set of good practice policy case studies (D)
impact study of the selected policy developments (D)
programme and training models for workshops (D)
e-platform for career development staff & researchers (M)
Key Milestones and Deliverables - timeline M15 M15
9 train the trainer workshops in 10 countries (M) 4 demo researcher workshops in 10 countries (M)
Set of quality – assured training resources & tools programme and training models for workshops
policy workshop at ESOF (D) Content for policy depository with case studies (D)
M23 M23 M23 M23
9 train the trainer workshops in 9 countries (D) 4 demo researcher workshops (D) E-platform for career development staff & researchers (D) On-line self-assessment tool (D)
October 2016 - Final meeting
Policy into Practice: Euraxess Researcher Skills for Career Development Month 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 WP 1 Project Management & Coordination (BC) T1.1 Project management and coordination D1.1 Kick off meeting D D1.4 Interim videoconference D D1.5 Final meeting D D1.6 Final technical and financial report to the EC M2 D T1.2 Project monitoring D1.3 Two external advisory group meetings D D D1.7 Final external evaluation report M1 D T1.3 Project promotion D1.2 Project promotional material - leaflets, banners, on-line D D D D WP 2 Policy-level discussion and best practice identification T2.1 Compilation and follow-up of policy documents D2.1 Literature review D D2.3 Set of good practice policy case studies M4 D D2.4 Impact study of the selected policy developments D T2.2 High-level policy discussion M3 D D2.2. Workshop/consultation with stakeholders/employers M5 D D2.6 Policy debate at European research event M6 D D2.7 Publish recommendations/guidelines T2.3 Selection of policy resources D2.5 Content for policy depository with case studies D
Gantt chart Policy into Practice: Euraxess Researcher Skills for Career Development Month 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 WP 3 Preparation of training workshops T3.1 Selection of training resources D3.2 Set of quality-assured training resources and tools M8 D D T3.2 Mapping of key multipliers D3.1 Regional mapping of training needs M7 D T3.3 Preparation of training workshops D3.3 Programme and training modules for workshops D D WP 4 Delivery of training workshops T4.1 Train the trainer workshop D4.1 9 train the trainer workshops in at least 9 countries M9 D T4.2 Demonstration researcher workshops D4.2 4 demonstration researcher workshops in at least 4 M10 D countries WP 5 Development + testing of tools to support researcher career development T5.1 E-consultation with researcher focus group D5.1 Focus group of 20-30 researchers D T5.2 E-platform for training and policy resources D5.2 E-platform for career development staff and researchers M11 D T5.3 Development of on-line tool for researcher self-assessment D5.3 On-line self-assessment tool M12 D