Researcher Forum

The Researcher Forum allows research staff, academics and staff supporting researchers the valuable opportunity to join discussions, hear developments, share practice, connect and be consulted on important issues for researchers. Topics for discussion/information can be directed by researchers and will include, for example: professional development, representation and working within a research environment. We welcome all members of staff to join us for these great events and a valuable opportunity to connect at the University of Plymouth.

The Researcher Forum links closely with our work to promote the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and has been instrumental in our ongoing achievement of the HR Excellence in Research Award. The Researcher Forum actively enables researchers to influence policy and practice at the University of Plymouth and be represented at University committees.

The next Researcher Forum session  will be led by Professor Jerry Roberts, DVC Research and Enterprise, and will focus on the new Researcher Development Concordat.  

The new Concordat is an agreement between stakeholders to improve the employment and support for researchers and researcher careers in higher education in the UK.

The new Concordat features important and essential support for researchers including: a supportive and inclusive research culture; recognition and value and, professional and career development.

We will also have updates on behalf of the research staff reps: Lynne Callaghan, Dawn Swancutt, Kathy Redfern and Joanna Griffin.

Next Researcher Forum (Zoom event) Monday 9 November 2020, 13:30-14:30 (UK time)

The theme for this online event is ‘A focus on business collaboration’. 

Bookings and inquiries email:

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funding and the Research Design Service

We hope you are keeping well and will be able to join us online for this next Researcher Forum event. 

Colleagues joining this event will have the opportunity to hear more about the support that is available from the Research Design Service (RDS); hear the experiences of academic colleagues who have successfully engaged with NIHR and RDS and, join a Q&A with the speakers.

The Research Design Service is part of the National Institute for Health Research. The RDS South West is one of several regional services around the country making up the national RDS. RDS South West has a hub based at the University of Plymouth. There are three of us in the team; Dr Wendy Clyne, Dr Cath Quinn, and Sue Anderson.

We provide help for people preparing research proposals for submission to open, national, peer-reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research. As we are funded by the NIHR for this purpose, our help is provided free of charge.

RDS staff are here to assist all academics applying for research funding by:

·         Helping you understand and navigate NIHR guidance

·         Reviewing elements of your application and providing you with advice in terms of structure and content

·         Assisting you in contacting the NIHR should you have any particular queries

·         Supporting you to identify other collaborators, for example, patients, clinicians, statisticians, and health economists.

We can support you from when you first consider applying to NIHR right through to submission of your application.

If you would like to receive assistance from the RDS with your NIHR application please contact us at and one of us will be in touch to discuss your application as soon as possible.

You can read more about us on our website and you also might like to sign up for our monthly bulletin to keep up to date with new NIHR funding calls and announcements, which you can do here: 

Please note that the University of Plymouth R&I Research Funding Managers and Funding Advisors are also available to assist with your application. They can be contacted as follows:

·         Research Funding Managers –

·         Funding Advisors –

Applicability: Research staff, managers of researchers, academic staff and, staff supporting researchers.

We hope you are able to join our next event on 9 November and please email if you would like to book a place.

Please email the forum's facilitator if you would like to be included on the Researcher Forum mailing list.