WIT provides a huge range of support for research staff, ranging from help finding funding, to professional development, to guidance for new staff. There is a wealth of support available to you, whether you’ve just arrived and want to find your way around, need help applying for or managing grants, want to get in touch with other researchers, or are thinking about the next step in your career.
Making connections with other researchers, whether professionally or socially, is an invaluable opportunity while at WIT but it may not be easy if you're working on your own, or just within your group, focusing on your specific area of research. The Institute offers a range of mechanisms to help you make these connections both within and outside your department.
getting to meet other researchers at orientation and other organised events
Being a new Researcher at WIT, we would like to do all we can to assist you in your new role and to ensure that your time with us is mutually rewarding. Learning about the Institute and its people is likely to be an incremental process and most of the learning will occur informally on the job and through colleagues. WIT’s Researcher Orientation Session is mandatory for all new Researchers at WIT. Held annually in September, this full day course kicks off with coffee and networking. Throughout the day Researchers hear presentations from key Research Support staff on issues such as the research culture at WIT, research integrity and ethics, identifying funding, grant writing, managing your funded research project, research collaborations, engagement and impact, intellectual property and commercialisation, HRS4R and the more generic Institutional supports available to Researchers. It also provides you with the opportunity to meet with key research personnel and other new Researchers from across the Institute.
The Institute coordinates a number of events throughout the year, aimed at researchers of all stages. From those just joining us on their career path, to those who are already seasoned researchers and are further developing their expertise. Events cover a range of ambitions starting with orientation and developing outwards to skill development and light-hearted sessions that allow researchers to get to know each other and their work. Some of the event categories are outlined below (for more details, please click on any of the events categories listed):