Open Access Week 2022: How to be an Open Researcher

Today we have a guest blog from Ka-Ming Pang, Academic Engagement Librarian (Computer Science and Engineering) at the University of Westminster. Ka-Ming highlights some key tips and takeaways from an event run in collaboration with the Sustainable Cities and the Urban Environnment Research Community on “Becoming an Open Researcher”. In the two decades since the …

Recognising Research Integrity

University of Westminster is committed to developing, enhancing and sustaining research good practice through research that is of the highest quality and ethical standards. In other words, we are committed to upholding the highest standards of research integrity. Many of us have an understanding of research integrity but building a culture of integrity grounded in …

RKEO Grant Writing Group Programme

From October to March, the Research and Knowledge Exchange Office ran its inaugural grant writing group programme. In collaboration with experienced researchers from across the University, five workshops were held, aimed at equipping researchers with the tools and support they need to submit a large grant to a main funder. Our aim was to enable …

UK Research Office Visit – A Horizon Europe Overview

Malgorzata Czerwiec, European Advisor from the UK Research Office (UKRO) led a virtual visit for the University of Westminster on 2nd March 2022. The UK Research Office, a European Office of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), aims to maximise UK engagement with EU funding schemes. Its European Advisors keep track of the latest developments in …

Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard scheme – open for applications

Are you an early career researcher in your first independent post? Does your research have clear relevance to human health? If so, the Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard awards may be what you are looking for! The Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard awards are aimed at biomedical researchers at the start of their first independent post to help launch their research …

Culture, Employment and Development in Academic Research Survey (CEDARS) 2021

The CEDARS (Culture, Employment and Development in Academic Research Survey) – What is it and why is it important?   The University is running the Culture, Employment and Development in Academic Research survey this April. Designed in collaboration between Vitae, researchers and researcher developers across the HE sector in the UK, CEDARS seeks to gather …

Towards open research; challenges and benefits of publishing raw qualitative data

The event Towards open research; challenges and benefits of publishing raw qualitative data, organised by the Health Innovation and Wellbeing research community, in collaboration with the Health Innovation Ecosystem, aimed to present the concept of ‘open raw data’ and its benefits, but also explore the concerns and challenges qualitative researchers are facing when publishing their qualitative data. This event was initiated …

Early Career Researcher Mentoring Circles

In the last academic year, the University piloted a new initiative for early career researchers in the shape of mentoring circles. One circle per college, comprising 8-10 mentees and 2 mentors, met four times throughout the year with topics set in advance for each meeting ranging from getting work published, networking and collaborating to researching …

Westminster to Run VITAE Culture, Environment and Development in Academic Research Survey (CEDARS) from April to May.

CEDARS is a new, national survey from Vitae which seeks to gather anonymous data on the working conditions of researchers and their managers, as well as on career aspirations and opportunities for career development. The new survey integrates key questions from the CROS (Careers in Research Online Survey) and PIRLS (Principal Investigators and Research Leaders …

University of Westminster’s Commitment to the New Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

The University has this week become a signatory of the updated Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. The revised Concordat is the result of an independent review into the effectiveness of the previous agreement and delineates the standards that researchers should expect from their institution and vice versa. The document is organised into …