Fora, Events and Professional Learning Communities

To actively support peer-2-peer learning and collaborative and interdisciplinary working, TU facilitates a number of events, forum and peer mentoring sessions, which are led by researchers for researchers, supported by Research and Innovation Services. 

PGR Forum 

Teesside University seeks to continually enhance the research experience for our postgraduate researchers. The Postgraduate Research Forum is a formal group that reports to Research and Innovation Committee. The forum seeks to: 

    • receive and review feedback and suggestions from PGR students;  
    • provide consideration on matters related to PGR students to Research & Innovation Committee when requested;  
    • review and make recommendations for action on matters related to postgraduate research experience, in particular outcomes from PGR Experience surveys;  
    • provide consideration on matters related to research degree regulations to the Postgraduate Research Assessment Board;  
    • provide leadership to the PGR community with respect to PGR events and PGR student-led activities in the University 
    • keep under review arrangements in respect of research degree processes across the University, advising Research & Innovation Services when necessary; 
    • keep under review national developments in respect of research degrees to inform and enhance the delivery and conduct of research degrees across the University.

The terms of reference can be access here. If you have an issue you wish to raise, please speak to your school PGR representative. 

ECR Forum 

The support offered to Early Career Researchers (‘ECRs’) is essential to Teesside University’s research environment. The Early Career Researcher Forum provides a platform for ECRs to share best practice and feed into discussions on research development at Teesside University. The Forum is open to all ECRs, which are defined broadly as:  

    • contract research staff  
    • staff within the first five years of an academic contract  
    • mid-career lecturers who are new to research.   

The Early Career Researcher Forum is open to all researchers. The ECR Forum reports directly to Research and Innovation Committee. The terms of reference can be located here. 

The ECR Forum seeks to: 

    • receive and review feedback and suggestions from Early Career Researchers (ECRs); 
    • provide consideration on matters related to ECRs to Research & Innovation Committee when requested; 
    • support the continued professional development of ECRs through training and events; 
    • keep under review arrangements in respect of ECR provision and support across the University, advising HR Excellence Working Group and/or Research & Innovation Committee when necessary; 
    • keep under review national developments in respect of ECR training, development and support to inform and enhance the ECR experience across the University.

The forum takes place four times each year. To search for upcoming meetings, go to our events calendar. 

Research Winter and Summer Schools 

Research Winter and Summer Schools take place each year in January and July and are an opportunity to showcase and share your research, engage in training and development opportunities, and to develop interdisciplinary thinking and projects.  

The Summer Schools are open to all researchers, from postgraduate researchers to Professor, with each occasion dedicated to a specific theme.  

Resources

Action Learning Sets (UK Civil Service) Ten Steps for Setting Up an Online Journal Club (Wiley) Building a Research Network (Lynda Tait)