Research Staff Association opportunities and events

The University of Liverpool Research Staff Association (UoL RSA) is a research community-owned and led initiative. Upon commencement of their contracts, research staff automatically become members of the UoL RSA.

Have you met your UoL RSA reps? If not, get involved and stop by the afternoon coffee event.

The UoL RSA, in partnership with the Academy, offers a bridge between the 950 postdocs and research fellows and senior managers. To date, the UoL RSA has been an integral channel for improving the research culture at Liverpool. One key way that the University stays abreast of the needs and issues facing research staff is through the UoL RSA which acts as a conduit for information. UoL RSA steering committee members can influence the nature of what the University offers by being involved in planning and decision-making processes. The role of steering committee member involves giving up an hour or two of time per month, although you can be more involved if you want.

Getting involved in this kind of activity can have genuine benefits for early career researchers, providing invaluable experience and excellent networking opportunities. Indeed, an example of this positive impact is captured here, by Helen Cauldbeck, who was formerly Chair of the UoL RSA. Staff are invited to an afternoon coffee on Wednesday, 29 January from 2pm – 3pm at Brodie Tower Ground Floor Social Space to chat to current committee members and to learn more about how they can get involved by becoming a steering or liaison committee member.

Being involved with the UoL RSA offers development opportunities for research staff to:

  • identify new potential routes to develop and progress their careers
  • take ownership of and learn how to embed continuous professional development in their work
  • grow their social and professional networks

Upcoming UoL RSA Sessions

The UoL RSA has scheduled meetings as part of its Lunch and Learn series every six weeks with invited speakers discussing key professional/career development activities and opportunities available for research staff. All the meetings take place between 1pm – 2pm. (Steering Committee meetings take place immediately after from 2pm-2.30pm). All staff are invited to bring their lunch,  and tea/coffee, cakes and fruit are provided courtesy of the Academy.

Lunch and Learn about Leadership: On Thursday, 6 February 2020, Nadia Soliman will join us for a seminar on academic leadership. Nadia will share her experiences and leadership development in the Army, from Sandhurst to operations in Afghanistan and the lessons that academia can learn to better prepare academics for the rigours and challenges of academic life. Register here.

Lunch and Learn about Finance: On Tuesday, 24 March 2020, John Ellis from the Research Support Office will be providing information on what FEC is; how the University recovers costs from grants; and advice on how to cost and budget your own grant.  Register here.

Lunch and Learn about Microsoft Teams for Collaboration: On Monday, 11 May 2020, Dr Monica Chavez  Munoz (Educational Developer) will conduct a workshop for postdocs and ECRs about how to optimise the use of Teams for collaborations across research projects.

Summer Wellbeing Day: On Wednesday, 1 July 2020, the UoL RSA will be hosting its annual wellbeing day with a focus on coaching, providing the opportunity for postdocs and ECRs to reflect on where they are now and where they want to go in terms of their careers. The day will also include a networking BBQ in the University Quadrangle.

Annual Conference Success

The UoL RSA Annual Conference brought together early career researchers, postdocs, academic staff and other research-related staff from across the University for their annual one-day conference on 11th December 2019. The conference was Beatles themed as a “Magical Mystery Tour” to help provide research staff with the tools to take control of their careers and find their own “Ticket to Ride”. The day started with an insightful keynote speech by Professor Anthony Hollander, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Impact, on the current landscape of research staff development at the University of Liverpool. This was followed by a session on identifying and articulating transferable skills. The afternoon session involved a talk from HR on the Rights and Responsibilities of Postdocs and the National Launch of UK Research Staff Association guidelines for researchers taking maternity, paternity, adoption or parental leave and advice for institutions and employers by Dr Anna Slater. Videos of the day’s sessions can be viewed here.

Further information

Further information about the UoL RSA and upcoming activities can be found on the RSA webpage. For any informal enquiries, please email: researchstaffassociation@liverpool.ac.uk

Follow @LivUniAcademy@LivResearcher and @UoL_RSA for updates and information about further research staff development opportunities.