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) Thursday 2 July 2020, 10:00-11:00 (UK time)

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

Bookings and inquiries email:

The aim of the session is to enable researchers and teams to understand the support and funding available through R&I for industry collaborations.

  • Enterprise Solutions is the University’s dedicated external gateway that can help you gain REF based impact, by working with businesses that will seek to implement research, as well as linking with potential project partners, investment and sponsorship opportunities, access to wider resources and much more.
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) access Innovate UK funding for the University and a company to work on a challenging and innovative project, aiming to transfer new knowledge/expertise into the business, extend research and generate REF income.
  • Researchers collaborating with industry – hear the experiences of academic colleagues who have successfully engaged with business/industry collaborations.

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

We hope you are able to join our next event on 2 July and please email if you would like to book a place.

Applicability: Research staff, principal investigators and managers of researchers are additionally invited to complete the Culture, Employment and Development in Academic Research Survey (CEDARS), available at the following link:

(Further dates will be advertised throughout the year)

Applicability: All research staff, academics and staff supporting researchers.

Facilitator: Sarah Kearns, Researcher Development Manager, Doctoral College.

Related links

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

Researcher Development Framework

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