The Supporting Research Community is a forum for all staff at ACU member universities who are involved in supporting the research process, including research management and administration, research impact and uptake, and library services. Researchers at all levels are also welcome to join.
The community brings together colleagues from across the Commonwealth and creates a space for sharing knowledge, experience and good practice, discussing issues and solutions, showcasing ideas, and discovering potential avenues for collaboration. Members can also keep up-to-date with the latest trends and opportunities in the profession and promote the work of their team and university.
Universities are under pressure to attract funding and demonstrate research impact, and research offices and researchers are key to achieving this. The purpose of this Community is to support and build the capacity of research offices and staff in member universities, drawing on the ACU’s track record within the field of research management and uptake. It explores the following themes:
Open to staff at ACU Member universities, the Early Career Researcher Training grants fund recipients to organise and deliver training for their early career researchers, including doctoral candidates. These grants are delivered as part of one of the key aims of the Supporting Research Community, which is to help the development of early career researchers across the Commonwealth.
You can find out more about ECR Training Grants, including application opening dates and stories about previous grant awardees, through the link below.Early Career Researcher Training Grants
Our communities are spaces where knowledge, capacity and resources can be shared. Crucially, they are practical, with activities that have a direct impact on the personal development of individuals, on university practice and on the wider world. Benefits include:
By joining the ACU Supporting Research Community, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) Library was given a platform where we could share information and resources, find new opportunities, and became connected to the pulse of what is happening.
The UJ Library successfully hosted our first virtual international conference with speakers from the Community from Mauritius to Trinidad and Tobago to Hong Kong. The highlight of this collaboration will be a published peer reviewed book where speakers will contribute a chapter.
Reneka Panday, Coordinator: Marketing and Special Projects, University of Johannesburg Library, South Africa
There are two main ways to be part of the community:
The community is open to all staff members and students at ACU member universities - with over 400 member universities in 40 countries, that’s a potential group of 10 million students and more than 1 million academic and professional staff.
Whether you are a professional, academic, vice-chancellor or student at an ACU member university, by joining you will instantly become part of a global collaboration with a diverse set of potential partners. You can join as many ACU networks and communities as you like, at any time.
The steering committee sets the vision, strategic direction and delivery plans for the community. Some committee members also lead a thematic group that focuses on a mission-oriented or subject based theme for the community.
We have a selection process for recruiting Steering Committee members when vacancies arise. We will announce when there are opportunities to join on this page.
Being on the steering committee is a privilege, helping to shape the direction of development opportunities for research managers and administrators around the world – and have some fun along the way. I also benefit from networking and have had the opportunity to co-present with fellow steering committee member David Phipps, and contribute (virtually) to a conference in Johannesburg.
If you are thinking of putting yourself forward for the steering committee, don’t hesitate, join us and help professionalise research support.
D.Prof Simon Kerridge, Director of Research Services, University of Kent, UK