SETU Waterford maintains a large number of supports to assist the research community of the university. Listed below are some of the key services on offer, in addition to contact details for the people who can help you with your queries/needs. If there are any other services that you are curious about and/or would like to get in touch to discover how we can help you, don't hesitate to get in touch with the Research Support Unit for more information.
Qualtrics survey software
Qualtrics is a powerful online survey tool that allows researchers to build complex surveys that fulfil a variety of research needs. This tool can be used to build surveys, distribute surveys and analyse responses, all from one convenient online location. User benefits include access to professional-level data collection, data analysis and data reporting tools that can automatically convert data for SPSS at the click of a mouse. It also improves the quality of research for research projects and assignments. Discover more »
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Epigeum research integrity training
Summer 2018 saw the arrival of Research Integrity training for all staff and students involved in research within the university. Training is provided by way of an online course offered by Epigeum; promoting the responsible conduct of research in the research community. The university has gained access to this service through the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) which is running a national pilot scheme to provide such services to all institutes across the sector. The Epigeum course includes a robust certification framework based on key learner outcomes. The assessment is delivered using randomly selected questions to ensure learners can demonstrate knowledge across the breadth of the course before being awarded a certificate of course completion. All active researchers and postgraduate research students in the University are expected to undertake this training. The training certificate should be retained in case of request by audit or funding body. Please register for the training here ».
Crowdhelix is an open innovation platform that forges links between an international network of 5800+ excellent researchers and innovators from over 450 organisations across the world https://crowdhelix.com/
SETU Waterford became a member of Crowdhelix in November 2021. SETU Waterford researchers are encouraged to utilise the Crowdhelix platform in order to increase our international research network and to identify partners and collaborators for Horizon Europe applications.
The SETU Waterford Research Office is keen to encourage user engagement on the Crowdhelix virtual platform to increase our international research network and assist researchers in identifying partners and collaborators for Horizon Europe applications.
All SETU Waterford colleagues can sign up with their SETU Waterford email at this link: https://www.crowdhelix.com/register
Monthly information webinars are held to showcase the main features of the Crowdhelix platform:
- The Helixes
- Recent Activity, Features, Posting and Engaging
- Profiling and Groups
- Notification Settings and Recommender Engine
Should you have any questions about the webinar events, please contact [email protected] Event details will be posted via the SETU Waterford website and Research Newsletter periodically.
SETU Waterford has been an institutional member of Vitae for many years now. All members of the research community in possession of a SETU Waterford e-mail address can sign up for Vitae for free and gain access to a vast array of training materials. In addition to the digital materials available for download, Vitae hosts numerous online "Hangouts" each year, enabling Researchers to engage with experts and ask questions in an open forum. Some of these online gatherings and interactions are in the form of Twitter Chats that enable an informal way of immersing oneself in the research community who may have shared interests and questions about their career development or that of their students.
While many of the training materials offered by Vitae provide advice and guidance for Researchers concerning their professional development and the pursuit of careers outside of academia, the organisation also provides numerous assets for those responsible for supervising Early-stage Researchers. These additional resources are an excellent foundation for adding structure to research supervision while giving the benefit of professionally designed content and documentation. The video below is a useful overview of the Vitae offering.
Being part of Vitae gives you and your organisation access to quality resources tailored to researchers. Connect with other members to share ideas and practice. Strengthen your institutional provision. Influence strategy and navigate policy.
Research News newsletter
The Research Support Unit circulates its periodical "Research News" newsletter by e-mail throughout the year. This newsletter highlights the recent achievements of our Researchers and creates awareness of upcoming funding calls, research events, and training opportunities, both internally coordinated and those offered by external providers. It provides researchers with a platform to promote their successes and the wider community with a window to see our research outputs.
Researchers are encouraged to make the Office aware of their achievements so that the appropriate level of promotion can be achieved between newsletters, news features on the website, or wider coverage in the media from local to national depending on the nature of the success. If you have recently had some research success in the form of funding, commercialisation of ideas, a publication of a paper/book, or other research-related activity, please do get in touch and we will be sure to promote your achievement. If you would like something to feature in the Research News, contact us at [email protected] and we will work with you to create the appropriate showcase.
X (formerly Twitter)
The social media platform of choice for the Research Support Unit (RSU) is X (formerly Twitter). You can connect with us via @SETU_Research. The RSU is very active, promoting funding opportunities, events, and research achievements applicable to the University; using the platform to reach its 2,500+ followers and their extended reach.
Using this network of promotion yields in the region of 300,000 impressions of posts sent from the RSU account each year. Working with the SETU Waterford Marketing Department the RSU can help to create social media campaigns surrounding significant events related to the research community. If you would like help to promote an event or another aspect of your research, please get in touch and we can help schedule Tweets to advertise your item.