Open Research Skills Training
In order to embed open research practices within the culture of The University of Manchester, it’s necessary to ensure staff and students have access to the right open research skills. To ensure this, we will be building training resources for open research skills development - identified through consultation exercises and in the University’s Our Future strategic plan as a key goal for the open research programme.
This project will deliver both the development of open research training material and create a community of practice that will deliver training and share skills with peers.
Develop an Open Research Skills Framework
We will develop an Open Research Skills Framework, an actionable document setting out pathways for building skills and practice around open research. The document will be designed to be linked to inclusive paths for career development. The framework will be used alongside a UKRN gap analysis of existing training to identify priority areas of training for the project to develop.
Launch an Open Research Fellowship Programme
The Office for Open Research has secured funding from the Research England Enhancing Research Culture Fund to develop an Open Research Fellowship Programme. Up to five Open Research Fellowship posts will be appointed on an FTE buyout model, contributing to the development and delivery of high-quality open research training. Recruitment for Open Research Fellows will begin in June.
Create a single access point to existing and new Open Research training resources.
Develop a portal within the Office for Open Research website which would present pathways for researchers to access skills training provision appropriate to their needs.
Develop communications and advocacy activities
Raising awareness of open research among members of the University (students and academic staff), via the new Open Research Skills Framework. This will include communicating how this aligns with the University’s strategic priorities and the role it can play in career and skills development.
We believe that knowledge and confidence in open research will create collaborative and equitable research landscape.
Through the Open Research Skills Framework we have identified priority areas for the open research skills training.