Supporting research development at Keele University

Research Talks

Upcoming events


 

Thursday 24 October 2019 - 1pm-2pm

SCIENTIFIC ECOSYSTEMS AND RESEARCH REPRODUCIBILITY

Marcus Munafo

There have been a number of high profile cases of academic fraud, but a more insidious threat to the integrity of science is the extent to which distortions of scientific best practice increases the likelihood that published research findings are in fact false. There is growing evidence for a range of systemic problems within science, such as flexibility in the analysis of data, selective reporting of study results, publication bias against null results, influence of vested (e.g., financial) interests, and distorted incentive structures. A number of strategies for improving the situation will be discussed.

Venue: WM0.01, Walter Moberley Building

 

Wednesday 27 November 2019 - 1pm-2pm

DEVELOPING A SUPPORTING RESEARCH ENVIRONMENT

Leanne Hodson

A career in academic research is seldom straightforward; it comes with many challenges which can be an emotional rollercoaster. I will discuss how I have navigated the many highs (successes) and lows (disappointments – of which there have been many!) that I have encountered during my academic career to date and what I have learnt in the process. I will also discuss how I have gone about creating a supportive research environment.

Venue: WM0.01, Walter Moberley Building


Past events

Please see the expandable boxes below for details on the previous Research Talks events:

TUESDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2019 - 1PM-2PM
RESEARCH ETHICS, INTEGRITY AND GOVERNANCE: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

DR SIMON KOLSTOE - SENIOR FELLOW & UNIVERSITY ETHICS ADVISOR (UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH) AND CHAIR OF THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE RESEARCH ETHICS COMMITTE (MODREC)

Examining the role of Ethics, Integrity and Governance and how they relate to each other.

A culture of integrity is vital for society to trust research and researchers. If discoveries cannot be trusted there can be no innovation or impact, and no justification for funding. In 2014 the Nuffield Council on Bioethics published an influential report examining the culture of scientific research. The report concluded that while the virtues most people associate with research are "rigour, accuracy, originality, honesty and transparency", high levels of competition and limited resources create incentives for "poor quality research practices, less collaboration, and headline chasing". This report was one of the factors motivating a UK Science and Technology Select Committee (Commons) inquiry into research integrity.

Their reports (June & October 2018) concluded that more could be done to reduce misconduct and promote integrity. Recommendations included strengthening the Universities UK Concordat on Research Integrity, creating a national Research Integrity Committee, and increasing the powers of the Health Research Authority to regulate research (especially around Transparency).

This workshop will propose that "Good Research" has three important components: Ethics, Integrity and Governance. It will examine the role of each, how they relate to each other, and given upcoming changes who within the research environment should take responsibility.


TUESDAY 12 MARCH 2019 - 9.30AM-4.30PM

UK RESEARCH OFFICE (UKRO)

Venue: Elizabeth Room, Keele Hall

09:30 - 09:50 - First 1:1 session
09:50 - 10:00 - Registration - Tea and Coffee on arrival
10:00 - 10.20 - Introduction to UKRO
10.20 - 12.00 - Horizon Europe and Brexit
12:00 - 13:00 - Lunch
13:00 - 14:15 - Marie Curie grants
14:15 - 14:45 - Tea and coffee
14:45 - 16:00 - ERC grants
16:00 - 16:30 - Second 1:1 session

TUESDAY 30 APRIL 2019 - 12PM-1PM
APPLYING TO THE ESRC
Professor Clare Holdsworth, Professor of Social Geography (Keele University)

Join Professor Clare Holdsworth as she delivers a seminar on applying to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Reflecting on her experience as an ESRC grant assessment panel member, Prof. Holdsworth will provide an insight into how the ESRC Grant Assessment Panel works and what they look for in applications.

WEDNESDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2019 - 12PM-1PM


UKRI FUTURE LEADERS FELLOWSHIPS


Professor David Amigoni, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise), Keele University

Join Professor David Amigoni as he delivers a seminar on the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Future Leaders Fellowships - a scheme designed to grow the strong supply of talented individuals needed to ensure that UK research and innovation continues to be world class.

WEDNESDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2019 - 12PM-1PMUKRI FUTURE LEADERS FELLOWSHIPSProfessor David Amigoni, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise), Keele University
Join Professor David Amigoni as he delivers a seminar on the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Future Leaders Fellowships - a scheme designed to grow the strong supply of talented individuals needed to ensure that UK research and innovation continues to be world class.
Reserve your place by registering on this Eventbrite link.
Venue: CBA0.060, Chancellors.