Lively and thought-provoking research town halls

January 28th, 2022

Update from Professor Dame Jessica Corner

My thanks to all who supported our latest series of online town halls, where we updated on the university’s renewed strategy for research and held a Q&A to discuss how we can together achieve our goals.

Questions at each of the five faculty-led town halls were thought-provoking and challenging. I am delighted the town halls were well-attended and underlined our commitment to engage with you in delivering our research strategy and building a vibrant research culture.

Themes emerging include:

  • the evidence that our research strategy puts us in a leading position
  • acknowledging that research needs a long-term approach
  • support for small-scale blue-skies pilot projects
  • balancing resources for securing funding with those needed to deliver projects
  • promoting smaller £50k to £500k grants in parallel with supersize funding initiatives
  • time for research and grant writing and reducing bureaucracy
  • cascading best practice of high-performing areas
  • how PGR research fits into the strategy
  • more reliable PhD funding
  • effective support to get research projects under way

For those unable to attend, recordings can be found on the research strategy pages. You will also be able to view my short presentation on the research strategy.

Read Dame Jessica’s full update

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