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.