Description of the idea: There has been increased interest in building research capacity, particularly in Early Career Researchers (ECR), where many universities have demonstrated success around cohort models for building research capability in individuals (Browning, Thompson & Dawson 2016).¹
However, we must not assume that post this initial investment individuals are fully equipped to develop as the next generation of research leaders. A gap still exists for individuals in the mid-career category (generally 5-15 years post PhD) who are often vulnerable as multi-campus footprints and flexible work delivery models may leave them isolated from a motivational research culture in universities with an emerging research culture. This career stage need tailored programs which focus not on the technical skills around how to conduct research, rather on leadership skills and consolidation of their own emerging research programs. A unique collaboration between emerging Australian regional universities has been initiated by CQUniversity and Southern Cross University, who both independently run ECR programs, to develop a cross-institutional cohort model for building research leadership skills in mid-career researchers. This paper aims to describe the collaborative cohort model approach and reflect on what has been achieved through this program.
|Time||11:30 - 12:45|
|Date||Wednesday 6th June, 2018|
Dr Nicole Rice - Executive Officer, Southern Cross University
Dr Lynette Browning - Executive Officer, Central Queensland University Australia