Organised by the ACU in collaboration with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Developing the Next Generation of Researchers will provide an opportunity for senior academic staff and emerging researchers to explore innovative approaches to professional development and collaboration.
Over the course of five days, delegates will learn about international good practice in career and professional development planning for early career researchers. This will include looking at how best practice is being applied within Ghana, and hearing first-hand from rising academic stars from across the country about how they are forging ahead in their research careers.
The workshop will cover:
- Professional Development Planning for early career researchers
- How to maximise research impact
- Benefits of mentoring and research collaboration between senior and early career researchers
- How to identify and address gaps in institutional support for early career researchers
- How to engage early career researchers in institutional strengthening.
During the workshop, participants will hear from various academics, including CIRCLE (Climate Impacts Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement) visiting fellowship alumni, leaders of the ACU STARS programme, and top graduates from KNUST.
The workshop will be split into two halves: the first two days will be for early career researchers, the last two days for senior staff, and a cross-over day in the middle. Sessions will consist of panel presentations, group activities and discussion.
In addition, the ACU will be launching our CIRCLE Institutional Strengthening Implementation Fund for member universities to apply for financial support to deliver activities to improve support for early career researchers.
Who should attend?
The workshop will be open to academic staff in the region. The programme has been designed for:
- Early career academics wishing to learn techniques for developing themselves as researchers and research leaders
- Senior academics, research managers, directors of graduate schools, and anyone with a responsibility for academic staff development.
In a period of fast-paced change and growth in higher education, early career researchers find themselves confronted with a wider array of challenges – such as increasing competition for funding and rising student numbers – than ever before. Senior staff are also under pressure to improve support, and create opportunities for mutual learning and collaboration. By participating in this workshop, you will learn how to develop a reflective and proactive approach to research, helping you to navigate these challenges.
Benefits for emerging researchers:
- Opportunity to share views with senior staff and institutional leads on support needed for career and professional development
- Learn about professional development planning and how to prepare for your future career in academia
- Explore key research skills with successful academics, including writing for publication, research uptake and applying for grant funding
- Network with senior staff and other academics to expand your research network and explore opportunities for future collaboration.
Benefits for universities and senior researchers:
- Provides an opportunity to engage with early career researchers and listen to their views on challenges and support needed to overcome them
- Introduces the CIRCLE Institutional Strengthening Programme and supporting Guides to help attendees design and deliver support improvements within their institution
- Prepares the attendees with information to apply for financial support to deliver support provision improvements upon their return home
- Opportunities to network and engage with other senior academics from institutions across the region.
Registration is now open.
Institutions can also purchase discounted spaces when buying in bulk. Please email NextGen@acu.ac.uk for more information.