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New Guides and Resources for Researchers from your Research Development Team

Although we are are working from home, your Research Development Team are here to support your research activities. Please see below for details of the guides and resources that are now on our Sharepoint site, available for you to access at a time most convenient to you.

Introduction to Research Development

Check out the Resources page for interactive slideshows providing an introduction to research development processes and top tips for developing your research proposal.

Research During Lockdown

See our Research During Lockdown page for a collection of articles and blog posts offering some tips and suggestions for approaching research activity during lockdown.

Research Mentoring

Take a look at our Mentoring page for resources to support mentees and mentors to make the most of their mentoring partnerships. Also included is guidance for running your own introduction to mentoring workshop.

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Resources for Researchers During Lockdown

I am continuing to compile links to opinion articles, blog posts and resources focusing on support for researchers and research activities during lockdown.

Topics covered include wellbeing, mentorship, productivity and ideas for planning writing, completing fieldwork and organising conferences during a pandemic.

Researchers with a Man Met staff login can access them here.

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Last opportunity to feedback to BEIS about the impact of Covid-19 on you and your research activities

The Department for Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) commissioned Vitae to run a survey about how researchers, their research and their research groups have been affected by Covid-19 restrictions. All researchers from UK institutions are encouraged to respond, to help inform BEIS discussions on policy responses within government. They are particularly interested to hear from principal investigators and research group leaders.

Closing Tuesday 9 June

Survey details and link can be found here.

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Reflections on Approaches to Research During Lockdown

I have compiled some articles and blog posts from researchers and professionals who support researchers, reflecting on the impact of the global crisis, and offering some tips and suggestions for approaching research activity during lockdown.

Please find them at our Research Development Sharepoint.

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Review of the impact of Covid-19 on early career researchers and doctoral candidates in the UK

SMaRteN (UKRI- funded Student Mental Health Research Network), in partnership with Vitae (supporting the professional and career development of researchers), are conducting research into the impact of COVID-19 on the working lives of early career research staff and doctoral researchers.

The survey can be completed here.

Covid-19 and the associated lock down has caused substantive disruption to the study and work of researchers and doctoral researchers in universities. The response to the pandemic has varied across universities and research funders.

SMaRteN and Vitae aim to develop a national picture for how research staff and doctoral researchers have been affected by the pandemic.

​The survey includes questions relating to the impact of COVID-19 on research work, mental wellbeing and social connection.

Who can participate?

All early career researchers and doctoral researchers usually resident in the UK or currently working / studying in the UK are welcome to participate.

The survey can be completed here.

The survey will close on Sunday 3rd of May.

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ARMA 2019

Last month RKE Research Development Officers, Rachel Colley and Becky Hewlett, attended with annual ARMA conference in Belfast. ARMA is the Association of Research Managers and Administrators and the conference is a way of colleagues across the sector, and across the country, to get together and share best practices, build new networks and get informed about the current and future research landscape.

Alongside Alison Lloyd, Research Ethics and Governance Manger, and Justine Daniels, Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange, the team attended a number of sessions and plenaries – and even held some of our own! – over the two days.

As a way of sharing some of the knowledge picked up in those sessions the Research Development Officers have put together a Sway, and a short YouTube video, presenting just some of the team’s experiences.


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Opportunity to take part in UKRI and Research England RESEARCH INTEGRITY study

Would you like to contribute to a study about research integrity?

Vitae is inviting researchers at all career stages (from PhD candidate upwards) to participate in a workshop on research integrity on Friday 9 August (pm) at the University of Manchester.

This workshop forms part of a study commissioned by Research England, on behalf of UKRI, led by Vitae in partnership with UKRIO.


Research integrity means doing research in a way that ensures it is trustworthy and ethical. The 2012 Concordat to Support Research Integrity defines core elements of research integrity as:

  • Honesty
  • Rigour
  • Transparency and open communication
  • Care and respect for all participants in and subjects of research.

This study will consider

  • the effects of incentives in the research system on researcher behaviour in the context of research integrity,
  • how these incentives are perceived by different stakeholders, and
  • the impact of these incentives on researcher behaviour and organisational practices more broadly.

As part of the project’s first stage, workshop outputs will help inform the design of future components of the study.

Outline workshop agenda, 9 August 

  1. Welcome and introductions (15 min)
  2. Part 1. Discussion questions and brainstorming in small groups (1 hour)
  3. Refreshment break
  4. Part 2. Group activity, modelling the landscape of research integrity (1 hour)
  5. Part 3. Final reflections (15 min, individual basis, including option for anonymity)

For further information and to register for this event please visit

You can also use this registration page to ask for updates on workshops in other parts of the UK and a researcher survey in the autumn.

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Images of Research is On Tour!

We are excited to announce that Images of Research is going on tour! Don’t miss your chance to see the shortlisted entries, and read about the exciting research that’s being completed by Man Met’s emerging researchers. The images will be on display at the following locations and times.

Time period Venue
20/05/2019 – 14/06/2019 Science & Engineering – ‘The Street’
17/06/2019 – 19/07/2019 Business School – South Atrium
02/09/2019 – 20/09/2019 Brooks – Ground floor
23/09/2019 – 31/10/2019 Righton – Open Space

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MS Society PPI Day

The MS Society will be holding a Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) training event for researchers. More and more funders are looking for meaningful PPI within your research, so this is an excellent opportunity to see how you can improve your proposal and understand what funders want.

The training will cover:

  • What PPI is and why it’s important
  • How and when to involve people affected by MS
  • Planning involvement in your own research
  • How to communicate your research effectively

The session will be held on Thursday 31st January at the MS offices in London.

Spaces for the session are limited, if you’re interested in attending please sign up via this link. For more information you can contact MS Society via their email.

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GDPR and Research – An Overview


Since the arrival of the new GDPR  (General Data Protection Regulations) there has been some confusion over the impact that this will have on researchers and their data. UKRI have produced an overview to give guidance and support.

The overview is specifically tailored to academics and researchers and covers topics that are relevant to data collection and sharing within a research environment. The overview covers the following areas of key concern:

  • What is GDPR?
  • What counts as ‘personal data’?
  • How does GDPR impact research?
  • How do I make sure my data processing for research is lawful?
  • What do I need to do to be fair and transparent?
  • What are the implications for sharing my data?
  • What are GDPR safeguards?
  • Who’s responsible?

The full document can be found here.