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Faculty research strategy

Research Strategy for Kingston and St George’s Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education

 

Our overarching aims are to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in health and social care, professional practice, education and services, and to achieve a national and international reputation for research excellence.

The distinctive nature of the Faculty Research activity includes these features:

  • It is inter-professional /multi-disciplinary
  • It is intrinsically service facing and translational
  • It has a long history of service user involvement, which is integral in all studies
  • It acknowledges and addresses issues of inequity in health and social care experience

 

Our objectives are:

  1. To increase externally funded research studies conducted by Faculty staff and linked to defined research groupings, resulting in increased research income
  2. To increase research dissemination in order to achieve greater impact both in terms of reach and significance
  3. To increase the numbers of research active staff and foster research activity recognised at a national and international level
  4. To increase the number postgraduate research students achieving timely completion and increase the numbers of staff supervising post graduate research
  5. To submit to the HEFCE assessment of research excellence and achieve an improved assessment on previous submissions

 

Our activities to achieve these objectives include:

1. To increase the number of externally funded research studies conducted by Faculty staff and linked to defined research groupings, resulting in increased research income.

  1. Raise awareness of funding and research training opportunities through increased use of the Faculty intranet research pages and target dissemination of these opportunities to Faculty members by research interest
  2. Further develop and foster our relationships with south west London service providers in order to address questions of importance to those services and increase opportunities for Joint bidding for grants , capitalising on networks and partnerships such as the Academic Health And Social Care Network (AHSN) , South West London Academic Network (SWLAN) and Health Innovation and Education Centre (HEIC)
  3. Develop our Faculty research groups as springboards for multidisciplinary research teams to develop grant proposals. These are :
    • Workforce innovation, development and education research
    • Supporting people, and their carers, with long term conditions research
    • Health, exercise and rehabilitation research
    • Children and families research
  4. Capitalise on QR funded researcher posts to support grant applications
  5. Support staff in developing national and international collaborations and grant writing through QR funded Faculty scholarships and the opportunities offered through University international activities
  6. Develop internal mechanisms for review of proposals to assist in improving the chances of success
  7. Continue to develop the Faculty Research Ethics Committee to review protocols out with the domain of other ethics review procedures e.g. the NHS Ethical Review procedures
  8. Celebrate achievements through publicising them on the Faculty intranet, the Faculty research newsletter and the University’s intranet and beyond as appropriate
  9. Report each term to the Faculty Management Group and Faculty Research committee the grants applied for and achieved in order to monitor and review progress against this objective

 

2. To increase research dissemination and impact we will :

  1. Support staff through writing skills development workshops and QR funded sabbaticals for writing for publication
  2. Ensure staff place the details of their research publications on the Research Repository (KU) and Sympletic (SGUL) as appropriate
  3. Continue to have a Faculty wide research seminar series to increase staff and research  students confidence in presenting as well as to increase dissemination amongst staff and local service professionals
  4. Encourage staff to inform the Faculty Research office of details of abstract acceptance at professional and academic conferences as well as plenary or platform presentations at such conferences
  5. Explore further opportunities for dissemination and impact through enterprise and policy influencing activities
  6. Develop our understanding of the Impact element related to the HEFCE assessment of research and develop Faculty case studies
  7. Celebrate achievements through publicising these on the Faculty intranet, the Faculty research newsletter and the University’s intranet and beyond as appropriate
  8. Report each term to the Faculty Management Group and Faculty Research committee on the publications, dissemination and impact achieved in order to monitor and review progress against this objective

 

3. To increase the numbers of research active staff and foster research activity recognised at a national and international level we will:

  1. Ensure all staff annual personal plans have scholarly and research objectives
  2. Use Faculty research groups as springboards for encouraging novice and early researchers to collaborate with multidisciplinary research teams to develop their research activities
  3. Encourage the development of a network of Faculty research mentors linked to research groups
  4. Support staff in developing national and international research activities through QR funded Faculty scholarships and sabbaticals
  5. Celebrate achievements through publicising these on the Faculty intranet, the Faculty research newsletter and the University’s intranet and beyond as appropriate
  6. Report each term to the Faculty Management Group and Faculty Research committee on the publications, dissemination and impact achieved in order to monitor and review progress against this objective

 

4. To increase the number postgraduate research students achieving timely completion and increase the numbers of staff supervising post graduate research we will:

  1. Increase funded PhD fellowships and graduate training assistants both internally through QR funding and externally funded through application to schemes such as those offered by the NIHR
  2. Ensure our postgraduate student research experience and academic processes meet the QAA code of practice
  3. Develop a role of Faculty post-graduate research co-ordinator
  4. Develop Faculty research student and supervisor handbooks
  5. Ensure that there are annual opportunities for PhD supervisor training and updating and that supervisors are made aware of these
  6. Encourage PhD supervisory teams to include novice supervisors in order to increase the pool of academics able to supervise research students
  7. Encourage academic staff who have PhDs to include research supervision in their annual personal plans
  8. Celebrate achievements through publicising these on the Faculty intranet, the Faculty research newsletter and the University’s intranet and beyond as appropriate
  9. Monitor through the Faculty Research Degrees Committee, reporting each term to the Faculty Research Committee and Faculty Management Group

 

This strategy will be monitored annually as part of the Faculty planning processes by the Faculty Research Committee, reporting to the Faculty Management Committee.