Online town halls: discuss the future of research at the University


November 2nd, 2020

Anyone with an interest in the University’s research strategy for a post-COVID world is invited to a new series of online town halls.

The town halls are conducted via Microsoft Teams and are open to all. Researchers from across the University, colleagues who support research and anyone with an interest in how our discoveries can help secure a fairer and more sustainable future are invited to take part and contribute their views.

Please see the town hall programme below and register for the event of interest to you.

Professor Dame Jessica Corner, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange, said: “I do hope you will welcome this opportunity to discuss the future for research at Nottingham.

“Our online town hall events are proving a highly valued forum to discuss how we work together to grow and develop our research activities in a post-COVID world.

“The programme also underlines the University’s commitment to research and its power to help transcend complex problems and secure a better future.”

Date Time Town hall
Thursday 5 November 11am-12.30pm Faculty of Social Sciences
Professor John Gathergood,
Faculty AVPC for  RKE
Register here
Monday 9 November 11am – 12:30pm Faculty of Medicine
and Health Sciences
Professor Richard Emes,
Faculty AVPC for RKE
Register here
Wednesday 11 November 1.30-3pm Faculty of Science
Professor Zoe Wilson,
Faculty AVPC for RKE
Register here
Wednesday 18 November 11am-12.30pm Faculty of Arts
Professor Lynda Pratt,
Faculty AVPC for RKE
Register here
Monday 23 November 2-3.30pm Faculty of Engineering
Professor Chris Tuck,
Faculty AVPC for RKE
Register here
Wednesday 2 December 10 -11.30am The future of knowledge exchange
Professor Chris Gerada,
Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor
for Industrial Strategy,
Business Engagement and Impact
Register here
Tuesday 15 December 12-1.30pm Research staff  (technicians,
postdoctoral researchers,
early career research
fellows on internal and
external fellowships and
colleagues on research contracts)
Professor Dame Jessica Corner
Register here

Dame Jessica will be joined by respective Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellors for Research and Knowledge Exchange, who will seek your input on faculty-level concerns and suggestions, as well as your thoughts on developing our broader research strategy.

There is an opportunity to ask a question in advance when you register.

Conversation events with the Vice-Chancellor
We are also holding a series of virtual discussions hosted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Shearer West, inviting colleagues from all levels of our research community to explore how we can seize opportunities to do research differently and better.

This is to facilitate a purposeful round-table conversation, while ensuring we capture input from across disciplines and fairly represent colleagues at all levels and from diverse backgrounds from all three of our campuses.

Join us and help shape our research strategy
Input from all our town halls and the Vice-Chancellor in conversation events, school and faculty engagements will help develop our thinking on the University’s future research strategy and its goals to:

  • Increase research quality and impact: locally, nationally and internationally, and how we can contribute to government agendas and to global Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Achieve a dynamic and inclusive research culture: our shared vision of supporting each other to achieve exceptional quality and impact.

These discussions will also inform our response to the Government’s UK Research and Development Roadmap.

Dame Jessica added: “This comprehensive programme will take us towards the end of term and the beginning of a new year, when we will take stock and apply your insights to support a creative, bold and sustainable vision for research.”

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