To promote the interests of researchers within the Institute and in so doing to create a working environment which encourages excellence in research and serves to attract and retain high quality researchers.
The Waterford Institute of Technology Research Staff Forum advocates the creation of a working environment that encourages excellence in research and serves to attract and retain high quality researchers. The Waterford Institute of Technology Research Staff Forum envisages being actively involved in further enhancing and strengthening research within the Institute and contributing to putting in place, a career structure for Career Researchers. It will also serve as a platform to allow the voice of Career Researchers to be heard in the Institute's policy-making process.
WIT's Research Staff Forum (RSF) is the representative staff forum for all research active staff across the Institute, from early stage postdoctoral researchers to long serving research staff. The WIT RSF upholds and promotes the interests of researchers at an individual and collective level. The primary function of the WIT RSF is to promote the interests of researchers within the Institute and in so doing to create a working environment which encourages excellence in research and serves to attract and retain high quality researchers.
The WIT RSF is a recognised staff forum within the Institute and is represented on the Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee. The Forum is a researcher-led group that represent the interests of the research community in a range of activities, such as interactions with institutional management and administration, informing institutional policy, facilitating the organisation of training activities or career development sessions for researchers and providing support for researchers.
The WIT RSF was established to represent a rapidly growing category of staff in the Institute, who previously had limited avenues by which to make their views known within the Institute. Career researchers in particular have a distinctive status, where employment and career development depend to a great extent on their own ability to secure research funding. In conjunction with the Human Resource Strategy for Researchers and WIT’s HRS4Rs Action Plan, the WIT RSF aims to enhance the employment conditions of research staff; remove traditional barriers restricting the potential of researchers within higher education institutions and integrate researchers fully within the wider academic community. All research active staff in WIT are encouraged to join the RSF.
Your Research Staff Forum Committee
1. Why have a Research Staff Forum?
The RSF aims to enhance the employment conditions of research staff, remove traditional barriers restricting the potential of researchers to contribute to innovation and integrate researchers fully within the wider academic community.
2. When was the Research Staff Forum established?
The RSF was established in January 2015 as a result of the Action Plan implementation of the HRS4R award to WIT by the European Commission.
3. How do I join the RSF?
Membership is open to all WIT research-active staff who accept the objectives of the forum. Click on the Join Now button to register your membership.
4. Is there a fee to join the RSF?
No, membership is free to all research-active staff.
5. I am a WIT research postgraduate student - can I joint the RSF?
No - the RSF is a staff only organisation.
6. How often will the Research Staff Forum meet?
It is anticipated that the RSF will meet once every two months. Schedule and venue will be made available here in September 2015.
7. Does the Research Staff Forum have representation on any institutional bodies?
Yes, the RSF is represented on the HRS4R Operational Committee.
HRS4R Operational Committee Presentation
Mr Justin Synnott, Research Programme & Support Manager, UCD May 2015
Research Staff Forum Presentation
Dr Pat Lynch, Chairperson, Research Staff Forum May 2015
Research Staff Forum Overview
Professor Willie Donnelly & Ms Eimear Fitzpatrick, Office of Research, Innovation & Graduate Studies Jan 2015
1. What is the survey all about?
The Staff Survey questionnaire has been designed to gather your views about your research environment in WIT. It provides an opportunity for you to voice your opinion and influence organisational improvements that are relevant to you.
2. Who is gathering the research?
The WIT RSF is conducting this research on your behalf
3. How will the survey results be used?
Based upon the data we can make informed decisions. The RSF will use the results to present and lobby for improvements in working conditions and practices
4. Will the survey be anonymous?
The results of the survey will be presented only in an aggregated format to ensure that no one can be identified in the results. No one in WIT will be allowed access to the data or any of the completed questionnaires.
5. Who will see my completed questionnaire?
No one other than the RSF data analyst will see your completed questionnaire
6. Can I be identified?
There will be no identification questions and it is up to you to ensure that your answers do not identify yourself
7. How long will the survey take?
The survey has been carefully designed and crafted to ensure that it takes the shortest time possible. Nevertheless, there are a lot of areas we have to cover and so it will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. The majority of questions require tick box answers.
Research is part of the DNA in WIT, yet we know very little about the research environment we all work in. This survey provides you with the opportunity for you to have your say and influence organisational improvements that are relevant to you.
Please take the time and fill in the survey.
On behalf of the WIT-Research Staff Forum Committee