Festival of Research 2022

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Monday 23 May – Friday 27 May 2022

Festival of Research co-convenors Professor Iain Docherty (Dean of the Institute for Advanced Studies) and Professor Rachel Norman, (Dean of Research Engagement and Performance) are delighted to share plans for Festival of Research 2022, which will take place from Monday 23 May – Friday 27 May.

Festival of Research is an annual series of events committed to stimulating discussion around topics of interest to the researcher community, providing the opportunity to learn more about the diverse nature of research at Stirling and gather information and experience relating to the wider research landscape.

Over the last two years the external landscape has changed significantly with funders and government both emphasizing the importance of research culture, nurturing talent and making the UK an attractive place to carry out research. This year’s Festival will explore future opportunities of research initiatives with a series of fully online and hybrid events held in Campus Central.

Programme

Registrations have now closed for Festival of Research events. If you would like to attend an event and have not yet registered, please email ias@stir.ac.uk who will endeavour to add you to event invites.

Recordings for the Opening Plenary, What is Mission-oriented Research, Mission-Oriented Research – a Faculty Perspective and City Region and Growth Deal sessions will be available on the Institute for Advanced Studies Research Staff and Postgraduate Researchers Canvas modules shortly.

Monday 23 May 2022

11:30 - 13:00 BST

Opening Plenary

Festival of Research 2022 opens with keynote speaker Dr Stuart Fancey, Director of Research and Innovation at the Scottish Funding Council. Stuart will set out the SFC’s plans for future research support and describe several key initiatives under way involving the SFC and its partners in Higher Education and beyond.

  • Welcome by Professor Judith Phillips, Deputy Principal (Research)
  • Chaired by Professor Iain Docherty, Dean for the Institute for Advanced Studies.

Hybrid - External

Tuesday 24 May 2022

10:00 - 11:30 BST

What is mission-oriented research?

The session brings together a number of senior colleagues from across the University to stimulate discussion on mission-oriented research. We will address why mission-oriented approaches are becoming increasingly commonplace given the changes in the wider context for research and innovation, and what the implications of this shifting landscape might be for our research outlook at Stirling.

With panellists

  • Professor Alistair Jump, Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences
  • Professor Judith Phillips Deputy Principal (Research)
  • Professor Eddie Duncan, Associate Dean for Research, Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport
  • Chaired by Professor Iain Docherty, Dean for the Institute for Advanced Studies.

Online - Internal

14:00 - 15:30 BST

Mission Oriented research – a faculty perspective

A session led by Associate Deans for Research from each Faculty who will share where discussions on this topic are within each Faculty. They will discuss which missions or challenges have been or might be identified as important to their faculty, where expertise lies, what opportunities this provides for research within strategies and where the synergies are between faculties.

With Panellists

  • Professor Fiona Copland, Associate Dean for Research, Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Professor Eddie Duncan, Associate Dean for Research, Faculty of Health Sciences & Sport
  • Professor Richard Haynes, Associate Dean for Research, Faculty of Arts & Humanities
  • Professor Oliver Mallett, Associate Dean for Research, Stirling Management School
  • Professor Nigel Willby, Associate Dean for Research, Faculty of Natural Sciences
  • Chaired by Professor Rachel Norman, Dean for Research Engagement and Performance

Online - Internal 

Wednesday 25 May 2022

09:00 - 17:00 BST

Book a professional photo
INTO building, University of Stirling. 

Award-winning photographer Kirsty Anderson is offering free professional portrait photographs for research staff. The images will also be kept by the communications team to use for media work, as appropriate. 

(break for lunch 12:30 – 1:30pm)

** now fully booked **

In-person

10:00 - 11:30 BST

Doing Interdisciplinary Doctoral Research - Interdisciplinary Research Network (IRN)

The Interdisciplinary Research Network (IRN) is a PGR-led network for early career researchers in Scotland which aims to connect researchers across disciplines for knowledge exchange, skills development, and peer-to-peer support. This session will provide an overview of the activities of the network, as well as showcasing the range of interdisciplinary research projects across our membership through a “3-minute thesis” exercise. We will conclude with an interactive discussion on the challenges and opportunities that PGR students face in doing interdisciplinary research, from which key themes will be captured for dissemination after the event.

  • Welcome by Professor Iain Docherty, Dean for the Institute for Advanced Studies
  • Facilitated by University of Stirling doctoral research students: Rachel Abreu, Nawal Al Suwaidi, Sydney Byrns, Wendy Masterton, Loukia Minetou, Zoe Russell and Dean Smith

Online - External

14:00 - 15:30 BST 

Reflections on REF

A post-REF debriefing panel session to reflect on lived experiences of the REF process and in particular to explore how we approached ‘impact’ and what we’ve learned to inform future discussions on research including mission-oriented work.

With panellists

  • Dr Sandy Brownlee, Senior Lecturer in Computing Science (REF Impact Champion Faculty of Natural Sciences)
  • Professor Fiona Copland, Associate Dean for Research Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Professor Philip Ebert from the Faculty of Arts & Humanities
  • Ben Fanstone, Research Development Officer, Research, Innovation and Business Engagement (previous role Research Impact Officer)
  • Dr Colin Moran, Associate Professor and Impact Champion, Faculty Health Sciences & Sport
  • Chaired by Professor Iain Docherty, Dean for the Institute for Advanced Studies.

Online - Internal 

Thursday 26 May 2022

 10:00 - 11:30 BST

Speed Networking

The increase in home-working and a reduction in face-to-face events over the years of the Covid pandemic has led to less opportunity to make connections and grow networks. This speed networking session aims to bring together researchers from across different career stages and disciplines in the same space as an opportunity to spark conversations, build new connections and facilitate possible synergies. 

 In-person - Internal

14:00 - 15:30 BST

City Region and Growth Deal

We will be joined by John Rogers, Executive Director of Research, Innovation and Business Engagement (RIBE) and Ann Jacob-Chandler, Head of the Regional Programme Management Office for the Stirling & Clackmannanshire City Region Deal to present the City Region and Growth Deal. We will be updated on the current state of play of each of the City Deal projects, exploring what opportunities may come down the line for the researcher community, including ways in which researchers can engage and keep informed of activities.

With Speakers:

  • John Rogers, Executive Director, Research Innovation and Business Engagement (RIBE)
  • Ann Jacob-Chandler, Head of the Regional Programme Management Office for the Stirling & Clackmannanshire City Region Deal
  • Chaired by Prof Rachel Norman, Dean for Research Engagement and Performance.

Hybrid - External 

Friday 27 May 2022

10:00 - 11:30 BST

Professorial Colloquium

This event will bring professorial staff from across the University, including colleagues from the Research Environment Group (REG), to explore leadership, to share good practice, develop research teams, and build capacity of early career researchers. Although the panel will kick off the discussion, we hope the audience will also contribute ideas and examples of activities they organise themselves or have found valuable. We hope people will go away with an idea for one new thing to try in their own group or team.

With Panellists

  • Professor Eddie Duncan, Associate Dean for Research, Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport and REG Chair
  • Dr Hannah Hale, Research Fellow, Faculty of Social Sciences and REG member
  • Professor Richard Haynes, Associate Dean for Research, Faculty of Arts and Humanities and REG member
  • Professor Tessa Parkes, Co-Director of the Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research
  • Chaired by Prof Rachel Norman, Dean for Research Performance and Engagement

Online - Internal

14:00 - 15:30 BST

Research Culture Awards Ceremony

Prof Rachel Norman, Dean for Research Engagement and Performance, and Prof Eddie Duncan Associate Dean for Research, Faculty Health Sciences and Sport and Chair of the Research Environment Group will co-host the third iteration of the Research Culture Awards Ceremony. The Awards are an opportunity to nominate colleagues across seven Research Culture Award categories and to celebrate people and groups who have positively contributed towards a vibrant research environment at Stirling. 

Online - Internal

*In-person capacity will be limited.

Research Culture Awards Ceremony 2022

The Research Culture Awards are way to recognise people and groups who contribute towards a positive research environment at the University of Stirling. First introduced in 2020 by Prof Rachel Norman, the Research Culture Awards have continued to grow in popularity and are a way to highlight those traits which are not captured with traditional metrics, but which are essential to a vibrant and collaborative culture.

The Research Culture Awards provide the opportunity to let a colleague know how much you value them and collectively celebrate examples of good research culture as an institution.

Nominations can now be made across the following seven Research Culture Award categories. Visit either the IAS PGR Canvas Module or IAS Research Staff Module to complete the nomination form.

  • Outstanding research leadership
  • Outstanding collaborator
  • Outstanding support from professional services
  • Outstanding mentor
  • Outstanding early career researcher
  • Outstanding activity dedicated to enhancing research culture
  • Outstanding research activity dedicated to equality, diversity and inclusion

All nominees will receive feedback from their nominations and will be invited to an awards ceremony on Friday 27 May from 2pm - 3.30pm to celebrate the fantastic work in sustaining a positive research culture.

Further details

Updates on Festival plans and links to register will be released shortly. For any questions on Festival of Research please contact ias@stir.ac.uk.