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REDS Conference 2019: Identity, Agency, and Choice – personal approaches to researcher development

The 2019 conference will be held at Kings College London on the 18th October, 2019.

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Identity, Agency, and Choice – personal approaches to researcher development: National guidance suggests that early career researchers can expect to use 15-20% of their research time for professional development. This is a generous offer, and so it is important that every researcher can find value and relevance in the professional development activities that institutions offer. Yet, what ‘valuable professional development' means for each researcher will be different. Identities at work, and at home, previous learning and work experiences, different national contexts, systemic inequalities, and future intended career trajectories, will all create different support and development needs for each individual.

If we start from the position of helping researchers to appreciate that learning is everywhere, not just in the training room, we can raise their awareness of the development that takes place through, for example, their peer-groups, committees, relationships and disciplinary networks. In tandem, we must also help researchers to navigate the huge amount of internet-based advice and guidance available to them in the form of blogs, webinars, podcasts, video series, online courses and social networks. Creating in-house development provision that resonates with each researchers’ needs and preferences, aligns with the expectations of the funders, and satisfies strategic drivers, layers complexity on complexity for best practice in researcher development.

With so much on offer, how can we ensure personalised learning for each researcher? This conference seeks to present and discuss themes that are related to the policies and practices of researcher development including but not limited to: identity, agency, choice, the hidden curriculum, adult learning, coaching, mentoring and self-reflection.

The fifth annual REDS conference will provide an opportunity to explore pedagogical, theoretical and conceptual approaches. The conference leaders also particularly wish to explore the wider role of researcher developers in influencing policy and strategy development in institutions.

Who should attend? Researcher development colleagues, careers consultants, staff developers, academic researchers in higher education disciplines, and HE policy makers.

There are 12 speaker places available. Deadline for submissions is Friday 21st June. Submissions will be peer-reviewed and selected by Friday 19th July.

We welcome presentations of:

  • Research outcomes of existing researcher development activity in terms of impact and efficacy of practice.
  • Research in to new pedagogies, theories or programme concepts for the development of researchers.
  • 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.

NEW! Delegates have the opportunity to submit abstracts for a blog post that will contribute towards a special edition of a REDS blog series that will be launched at REDS conference 2019. We encourage all those who have research they feel is suitable to present at the conference to submit for an oral presentation; however, those who are unable to attend the conference in October, or have research that they feel more suited to a blog post, should consider submitting for this new format.

For examples of the style, presentation, and detail expected, see this example. The abstract submission form is the same for both formats.

£65 for external delegates
£0 for Kings College London delegates

The venue: The Great Hall, King’s College London, Strand Campus, London WC2R 2LS

Conference Hosts: Dr Kathy Barrett and Dr Amy Birch ++ Conference Administrator: Kay Dorelli