The new ADR Workshop Series is designed to offer opportunities for MLS academic staff and graduate researchers to develop their technical expertise, skills and knowledge on various topics essential to carrying out high quality research.
In 2016 we ran four workshops including topics such as hiring, managing and maximizing the productivity of research assistants, applying for external grants and working with external partners on joint research projects. If you have suggestions for future topics, please feel free to send them to Michelle Foster, Associate Dean (Research).
- 28 April 2016
Managing your Research Publications and Digital ID
Angela Hendley-Boys, Satu Alakangas and Stephen Cramond (Manager, Institutional Repository)
The first ADR Workshop was held on academic publishing, managing your publications and digital ID. Researcher profiles make it easy for funders, collaborators and colleagues to find you. These online author identifiers can ensure that your work is correctly attributed, remove author ambiguity, and showcase the impact of your research. In this workshop, Angela, Satu and Stephen discussed open access, copyright agreements, Minerva Elements (which has now replaced Themis as the university’s tool for collecting publication information), SSRN, ORCID, Google Scholar profiles as well as social networking sites that enhance your online presence. This session was designed for academic authors and graduate researchers who have started to publish.
- 25 May 2016
Making the most of Research Funds: Tips on hiring, training and managing your Research Assistants
Belinda Fehlberg, Robin Gardner, James Parker and Victoria McNally
The ability to hire research assistants is often a major benefit of obtaining research funds, and an effective partnership with an RA can be of significant value to a research project. However the process is not always straightforward and in this workshop we explored tips and methods to ensure a productive relationship. Our panellists included Belinda Felhberg who has extensive experience in hiring research assistants to carry out a wide range of research (including empirical research), as well as Robin Gardner from the Law Research Service who discussed how the service can support academic research both by undertaking discrete research projects for academic staff, as well as training research assistants hired directly by academic staff. James Parker spoke about how he and the Law Research Service have entered into a happy hybrid partnership. Victoria McNally from Law HR, discussed the HR process for hiring an RA and referenced a number of documents that hiring researchers may find useful including the Recruitment and Appointment Policy and the Job Classification and Linked Advancement Procedure, with particular reference to Schedule B. If you are considering hiring a research assistant please contact law-hr to discuss further.
- 17 August 2016
Applying for Australian Research Council Grants
Hilary Charlesworth, Tim Lindsey and Christine Parker
The Australian Research Council (ARC) administers a range of grants and fellowships that represent an important source of research income for MLS. At this time of year we begin to plan ahead for the forthcoming rounds including in particular Discovery Project grants and the Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA).
MLS supports staff in applying for research grants. Our panelists Professor Hilary Charlesworth who has extensive experience as a successful grant recipient and a former member of the ARC College of Experts, Professors Tim Lindsey and Christine Parker, who both have a strong track record in successful grant applications, shared their experiences and tips for successful grant writing.
Mas Generis (Grants Coordinator, Office for Research) and Madeline Grey (Manager, Research & Industry) were also at the seminar to answer questions during or after the seminar.
- 6 September 2016
Working with External Research Partners: Linkage and Beyond
Ian Ramsay, Bernadette McSherry, John Howe and Hilary Charlesworth
Many research projects benefit significantly from working with external partners, for example, local, state and national government, non-government organisations and international organisations. In some cases research can be funded directly by external partners and bodies, or cash or in-kind support from partners can contribute to an ARC Linkage project grant. Although these partnerships can be beneficial, they can also raise complex challenges including establishing initial relationships, managing expectations and ensuring that the desired research outcomes are achieved.
In this seminar we heard from Professors Ian Ramsay, Bernadette McSherry and John Howe who all have experience in working with external partners on research grants. We also heard from Professor Hilary Charlesworth, a former member of the ARC College of Experts. They shared their tips, ideas and advice.