Association of International Education Administrators '13

Strong alone, stronger together: Globalised pathways to Researcher Development.


This session will share how universities collaborate in the realm of researcher development, working to create global impact and opportunities which benefit individuals and society within and beyond university systems.

The process of developing and delivering programmes and activities for PhD candidates and other early career researchers will be shared along with moves to internationalise experiences and enhance networking.  Audience participation will be sought to expand international understanding of this important topic.  


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This panel will share experiences from a number of universities which are working together to develop early career researchers for life and work across borders, boundaries and cultures in the increasingly globalised 21st century. 


The session will address, and encourage discussions on, such topics as:  

  • What can we achieve through collaboration that we could not achieve alone? 
  • Does Researcher Development have the same meaning around the globe?  
  • How do we balance disciplinary and skills training? 
  • How do we develop models for global engagement and successful partnerships?      


With members in 16 countries, Universitas 21 has 24 member universities, all of which have clear priorities to develop the skills and opportunities of their early career researchers. Some members are further advanced, and many have experienced different challenges which they have tackled in different ways.  This panel draws experience from the UK and Australia, as well as taking a global comparative perspective from a member of the U21 Secretariat.


Dr Gemma Marakas will introduce the U21 network and one of its key priorities - Researcher Engagement.  Examples of shared objectives for researcher development along with the benefits of international collaboration will be discussed.  Particular reference will be made to the U21 International Joint PhD Programme, networking workshops, and activities focusing on research integrity.  The experience of establishing cross-border initiatives such as these will be discussed, including the identification of challenges to collaboration and how these have been addressed.  


Dr Jon Turner will discuss the evolution of support and training arrangements for early career researchers at the University of Edinburghand compare practice with case studies from his work in Norway and Japan.  Collaboration with other universities and through organisations like Universitas 21 and Vitae is an important element ofEdinburgh’s approach, in both the design and running of development opportunities.  The need to balance disciplinary and local training with support for more generic topics (e.g. collaboration skills, teaching and public engagement) will be discussed, as will researcher-led development activities and support for doctoral supervisors.  


Dr Anna Ciccarelli will share the University of Queensland’s model of global engagement that focuses not on student recruitment but on the broadest possible participation in the public, community and private sectors of those countries in which it seeks to develop relationships.  UQ has extensive experience with aid agencies and foreign governments seeking to develop the human capacity of their economies and institutions; and as a large educator of graduate students, it has extensive alumni and research partnerships in a wide array of nations.  This model nurtures long-term productive relationships across the globe with research institutions, policy-agencies, and with businesses seeking research-based innovative solutions to their needs.  Anna will explain the value of this model of deep engagement and demonstrate some metrics for evaluating the nature of partnerships.


This panel will present scenarios of inter-institutional and cross-border collaboration and share various perspectives in setting up such arrangements, including the challenges faced.  Participants will have the opportunity to engage in discussion about future provision as well as learning about existing initiatives.