CPD Portfolio

ME

This is my E-portfolio that documents my continuing professional development. Each post represents a CPD activity that I’ve undertaken or achievement I have attained – and some of these are linked to my ongoing development as a fledgling researcher in Vitae.

 

 

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Universities in the crosshairs: why they are under attack, and what they should do about it

04/10/17 – Public Lecture @ University of Bradford, Norcroft Centre

This lecture entitled “Universities in the crosshairs: why they are under attack, and what they should do about it” will be given by be Sir Richard Lambert, journalist and business executive.

Sir Richard will discuss how England is a genuine world leader in higher education, but its position is under threat from policy errors and political misjudgements at home, and rising competition abroad.

Far from being cherished, universities have been subject to all kinds of attacks in recent months. Richard will explore why this is and what should happen now.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bradford, Professor Brian Cantor hosts an annual lecture which brings distinguished speakers who are experts in their fields to Bradford. Join Sir Richard Lambert for what will be a thought provoking lecture.

Sir Richard served as Director-General of the CBI, Chancellor of the University of Warwick and editor of the Financial Times.

 

I genuinely enjoyed this lecture. I found the speaker to be knowledgeable and highly engaging. It created a ripple effect that had me thinking about the position the HE sector is currently in, where it is going and how it so easily could lose its way if we are not careful and act with integrity (as a whole sector).

Posted in RESEARCH DOMAIN B3 PROFESSIONAL & CAREER DEVELOPMENT, RESEARCH DOMAIN C2 RESEARCH MANAGEMENT, V4 Acknowledge the wider context in which higher education operates recognising the implications for professional practice | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Research and Policy Advisor

30/12/17 – Working with BEAT, UK.

I succeeded with my application for this voluntary position. BEAT describes the role in the following way:

Description of Role: Policy and research advisor volunteer

During the development of new standards for the treatment of patients, the evaluation of eating disorder services, and the carrying out of new research, it is crucial to involve people with personal experience as equal partners. This ensures that the interests and needs of people affected by eating disorders are addressed.

We are looking to recruit a small number of supporters to become Policy and research advisor volunteers. We’ll contact these volunteers with opportunities for them to help influence policy and research. These opportunities will involve volunteers providing feedback based on their experience and knowledge of eating disorders.

Key Responsibilities
When Beat becomes aware of a significant new opportunity to influence policy and research relevant to eating disorders, if you have had relevant personal experience you will be invited to contribute.

There will be a wide range of opportunities, but here are a few examples of the kind of opportunities you could be invited to assist with:

  • Providing feedback on a draft NHS strategy or policy.
  • Joining a committee to help write new NHS policy or to review the quality of care provided by eating disorders services.
  • Helping researchers to write up their findings and make them accessible to the public.

Unfortunately, the first work they sent through was while I was away and nowhere near technology, but I’m looking forward to inputting into future reviewing opportunities.

Posted in RESEARCH DOMAIN A2 COGNITIVE ABILITIES, RESEARCH DOMAIN D1 WORKING WITH OTHERS, RESEARCH DOMAIN D3 ENGAGEMENT & IMPACT | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

REF 2021

12/12/17 – seminar led by Roger Falconer

This was held in Chesham B0.26. The room was full.

This was somewhat disappointing. The presenter struggled to move beyond REF set-up as it pertained to his specialist area. AND almost all of the content was really about REF 2014 and what the implications were as drawn from the previous exercise, rather than providing extensive detail on what to expect this time around, what’s changed, what’s not and how researchers can position themselves in the best possible way.

I’m not suggesting there weren’t any tips to be had at all, however.

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Consultation re PGR Induction Enhancements

11/01/18 – This involved a variety of stakeholders, synthesis and summary in order to identify best practice in PGR Induction content.

I engaged in:

  • contacting 2017 students to find out where they had spotted unnecessary duplication or were not informed of things that, with hindsight they now wished they had been told.
  • reading about sector best-practice for research inductions
  • gathering face-to-face feedback from key administrators and DPGRs about what their perceptions were of necessary and desired content.
  • incorporating feedback about BP inductions and redrafting guidance.
  • redesign of previous schedules to create an extended induction that does not take up new starters’ entire first week.

 

Posted in A1 Design and plan learning activities and/or programmes of study, A4 Develop effective learning environments and approaches to student support and guidance*, RESEARCH DOMAIN C2 RESEARCH MANAGEMENT, RESEARCH DOMAIN C3 FINANCE, FUNDING & RESOURCES, V3 Use evidence-informed approaches and the outcomes from research, scholarship and continuing professional development | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Redevelopment of Training Needs Analysis

09-11/01/18 – the TNA materials needed a complete redesign as they are not as developmentally informative.

My focus consisted of:

  • critically re-drafting lead-in material to make it more self-explanatory, with a clear rationale
  • relocation and re-prioritising of the material and its emphasis in its online form.
  • drafting of advice and guidance element to the materials – this has not existed before but is much needed to make the TNA quick and easy to complete.
  • Drafting of RDF framing text and provision of Vitae resources and visual models to improve understanding.
  • Move to evidence-based text, that draws on sector-wide nomenclature and framing of the TNA’s purpose and components.

Today I asked the DPGRs if it would be appropriate for me to re-design the actual form itself to make it easier to use.

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Research Supervision

29/11/17 – My first PhD supervision

Only 4 months since graduating and I’m already fulfilling a wish of mine: to be involved in shaping the experiences and knowledge of the next generation of researchers.

With Dr Peter Branney from the Faculty of Social Sciences I’m supervising a part-time doctoral candidate who is interested in investigating the nature, impact and optimisation of so-called social learning spaces.

Posted in K1 The subject material, RESEARCH DOMAIN A1 KNOWLEDGE BASE, RESEARCH DOMAIN B3 PROFESSIONAL & CAREER DEVELOPMENT, RESEARCH DOMAIN C2 RESEARCH MANAGEMENT, RESEARCH DOMAIN C3 FINANCE, FUNDING & RESOURCES, V3 Use evidence-informed approaches and the outcomes from research, scholarship and continuing professional development | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

New Researcher Training Developed for 2017

24/09/17 – These lectures were developed in direct response to supervisor request.

Both 2 hour sessions were fully researched, then designed, peer-reviewed then evaluated.

  • Thriving in Your Viva – Maps to Vitae RDF Domains: A3, B1, B2 & D2.
  • Data Management for Doctoral Researchers – Maps to Vitae RDF Domains: A2, B1, B2, B3, C1 & C2.

They have now been added to the core programme of training for research students.

 

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