Supporting Researchers through the Changing World of Research - UoM Research Staff Conference Thursday 19 November 2020

The University's 2020 research staff conference which took place online on Thursday 19 November 2020. The conference provided the opportunity to engage in reflective discussion on the different career paths for researchers, discuss how ‘researching’ has changed during the pandemic, participate in interactive development sessions on topics such as pitching, leading and communicating and find out about the University’s ambitions and plans for the research environment.

Read the full Research Staff Conference 2020 Programme.

You can access the presentation from the opening session on What does the University’s Strategic Vision mean for researchers? Led by Professor Colette Fagan, Vice President Research and from the closing session on Improving the Research Culture at the University of Manchester led by Professor Melissa Westwood, Associate Vice President Research.

You can watch the sessions from the event by following the links below.

Professor Colette Fagan, Vice President Research

Listen to different perspectives on how the experience, knowledge and skills of researchers can be adapted to a range of different careers.

Chaired by: Dr Michael Avery, Research Associate, Faculty of Science and Engineering

    • Dr Matt Crooks, Data Scientist, BBC
    • Dr Laura-Jayne Gardiner, Research Staff, IBM Research
    • Dr Robin Mellors-Bourne, Director of Research and Intelligence, CRAC
    • Dr Fiona Watt, Executive Chair, Medical Research Council
    • Dr Malgorzata Zimon, Research Staff, IBM Research

  • Panel discussion: Perspectives on Researching During a Pandemic (Link coming soon)

The panel members will discuss the different challenges researchers have faced over the last six months, how to adapt and how to keep having an impact.

Chaired by: Prof Radha Boya, Royal Society University & Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw Research Fellow, Dept of Physics and Astronomy and Dr Igor Chernyavsky, Presidential Fellow, Dept of Mathematics

    • Dr Charis Enns Presidential Fellow, Global Development Institute
    • Professor Dawn Edge, Professor of Mental Health and Inclusivity and Academic Lead on Equality Diversity and Inclusion
    • Professor Francesca Gains, Professor of Public Policy
    • Tanya Graham, Head of Communications and Engagement, Policy@Manchester

  • Improving the Research Culture at the University of Manchester

Professor Melissa Westwood, Associate Vice President Research