Dancing with new partners: developing novel research methods to establish and monitor impacts of user engagement in times of austerity
Fourth Seminar in NCRM Project
University of Leeds, Thursday 10 May 2012
- Audience: Social science researchers, and users of the outputs from social science research.
- Fourth in a series of five workshops each on a different theme associated with overarching challenges posed by the Project.
Aims of this workshop are to …
- surface the education and training issues associated user engagement for producers and users of research in the social sciences
- to learn in what areas enthusiasm exists within the “Dancing with New Partners” networks to pursue new approaches to researcher education for better user engagement.
10:00 Registration, with tea and coffee.
10:30 Welcome with Professor Richard Thorpe and Professor Irene Hardill.
10:40 Researcher Education, a historical perspective by Professor John Burgoyne, University of Lancaster.
- Lest we run away too quickly with the prospects and challenges for researcher education based upon current debates, the purpose of this plenary talk is to show “how we got here”. This talk is positioned here to provide provocations from the past for the small group debates that immediately follow.
11:40 Small group discussions
- With a sense of perspective provided by a history of researcher education, the purpose of these discussions is to problematise the current state of researcher education as it relates to user engagement.
- Questions to be debated are…
- In what ways are the challenges we face today regarding user engagement different from those faced in the past by researchers, and what are the implications for researcher education?
- What lessons should we take from this history of researcher education?
- What other thoughts has the presentation prompted?
- Sharing of key issues to take into afternoon session (max of two key issues per small group).
13:15 Afternoon Session
- Introduction to the afternoon session from Irene Hardill. The session opens with three different perspectives now confronting researcher education as it relates to user engagement.
- Followed by a Q&A and small group discussion the aim of the afternoon’s work is to identify ideas with enthusiasm to progress through this network.
13:20 The Academic Director of a DTC, by Dr Susan Molyneux-Hodgson, White Rose Social Science Doctoral Training Centre.
13:40 A PhD student, by Charlotte Coleman, a current PhD student at the University of Leeds in the field of organisational studies.
14:00 A Research user’s/User’s Researcher perspective, Jenny Dibden, Joint Head of the Government Social Research Service (to be confirmed).
- Collective Q&A for our three speakers.
15:00 Small Group discussion
- Questions to debate include…
- What are the key researcher education issues that you would like to see addressed through this network?
- How might we proceed next?
- What contribute are you able to bring to such initiatives?
15:30 Final Plenary with Professor Richard Thorpe.
- Wrap-up of day’s discussion and action setting.