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REDS 2017: New outlooks on the development of researchers in a changed landscape: pedagogy and theory

University of Leeds, 12th October 2017

The notion of embedding opportunities for broader development for doctoral and early career researchers is now well established in many universities internationally, supported by the requirements of funders of research. Demand for provision of development programmes continues to grow, mirroring university research strategies which now consistently speak of growth in research capacity by increasing targets in research income and doctoral numbers.

Additionally we recognise that the career landscape for doctoral graduates is now characterised more fully than when we initially launched development programmes, and that early career researchers need to develop an ever broader skills set to be successful in research. We must work to equip researchers with the skills, behaviours, and attitudes that match employer needs inside and outside of HE contexts.

And we are mindful of the financial cost of higher study, and the impact this could have on choice to pursue doctorates. We feel increasing pressure to make sure the doctorate represents value as a career endeavour. As such we as developers can expect to face volume increases, changing priorities, and fresh employability challenges, and this conference seeks to examine whether our established pedagogies and programme concepts are appropriate for the future of the development of researchers?

The third annual REDS conference will be an opportunity to challenging existing approaches and explore pedagogical, theoretical and conceptual influences on the future of developing researchers (doctoral researchers, postdoctoral researchers, early career researchers or supervisory practice).

sgpe coverDelegates are invited to submit their papers to appear in Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, where they will be subject to the usual double-blind peer review process.

We welcome presentation of:
(1) Research outcomes of existing researcher development activity in terms of impact and efficacy of practice.
(2) Research in to new pedagogies, theories or programme concepts for the development of researchers.
(3) Opinion pieces founded in existing research outputs that: project future pedagogical needs and programme concepts for the development of researchers; or, identify key gaps in the current published research in respect of the development of researchers.

The event is designed to provide opportunities to network and share professional and research practices across multiple perspectives and contexts for developing researchers.

Who should attend: It is expected that researcher development colleagues, higher education researchers, learning & development professionals, and HE policy makers will find this programme of interest. 75 delegate places | 12 speaker places

Submit your abstract: Use the link on the right. Deadline is Friday 30th June at midnight. Presenters will be selected by 1st August.

Delegate Rate: Use the link on the right to register. University of Leeds delegates £0 | External Delegates £65

Travel and accommodation: Research Hub, Level 13, Edward Boyle Library, LS2 9JT | campus map | Weetwood Hall Hotel | Hayleys Hotel & Restaurant | The University of Leeds is centrally located and most city centre hotels are within 10-15 minutes’ walk.

Conference Host: Tony Bromley ++ Conference Manager: Kuldip Banger