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The AGCAS Research Students and Research Staff Task Group is seeking two new members

23 August 2021

The AGCAS Research Students and Research Staff Task Group is seeking to recruit two new members:

  • full-tenured member (usual tenure 3 years)
  • 12-month tenure member

About the group

The group comprises seven full-time members and two members who job-share the eighth position. The group typically meets four-to-five times a year (currently virtually), with ad-hoc catchups depending on forthcoming activities. The aim of the group is to support AGCAS members in working with early career researchers (both postgraduate research students and research staff) by developing and sharing expertise, professional practice and resources in this specialist area of provision.

Recent task group activity has included:

  • Producing a quarterly digest called ‘Researchers Matter,’ sharing news, resources, and practice to help careers practitioners involved in supporting research students or research staff
  • Delivering training for practitioners, including webinars, workshops at AGCAS Annual Conferences, and contributing to other training events (e.g. Vitae Connections Week and UKCGE symposia). Here is an example of our last online training day
  • Publishing research into how careers support for researchers is structured and administered in Higher Education Institutions across the UK and Ireland
  • Creating an updated bank of resources to support careers practitioners in working with researchers
  • Developing and maintaining links with other groups involved in researcher development, including Vitae, Wellcome, NCUB and UKRI.

What we are looking for

We are an active and enthusiastic group and are keen to welcome new members. We recognise that AGCAS members working with researchers often work with both postgraduate researchers (PGRs) and research staff. We therefore encourage applications from staff with joint or single remits, but especially encourage applications from colleagues who focus on supporting research staff. We also wish to encourage applications from colleagues for whom supporting researchers is only part of their remit.

Due to our current membership, we particularly welcome applications from colleagues who identify as male or non-binary, colleagues from ethnic minority backgrounds and colleagues who are based in the north of England or the devolved nations.

Inclusivity statement

We want our task groups, working groups and volunteer networks to reflect our diverse membership and seek volunteers that will help us to celebrate our professional expertise and experiences.

We welcome volunteer applications from all members and affiliates working at all levels and within the different facets of the careers and employability profession; regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, ethnicity, cultural background or intersecting identities.

Additionally, we are looking for individuals who:

  • Have ideas to further develop our task group outputs
  • Can commit to attend up to four meetings per year. Meetings during the 2021-22 academic year will take place online.
  • Are able to devote time to developing resources, and taking part in organising and/or delivering training
  • Are prepared to take on some occasional administrative duties, including taking minutes and managing materials in the Task Group’s online shared workspace/ MS Teams channel
  • Are involved in careers support for researcher students and/or research staff at any of a range of institutions, be it large or small universities or non-university/ professional body/ industry settings

Interested? 

Please feel free to contact Task Group Co-Chair, Holly Prescott with any questions you might have about the group or for an informal conversation. 

How to apply

If you are interested in becoming a member of the group, please complete an application form and submit to volunteering@agcas.org.uk by 09:00 on Monday 11 October 2021.