Ten Organisations

What is research capacity? Research capacity and TEL SPNECRE Tens of things

This is a selected list of major providers of research capacity resources, training and support. Some of these are specifically aimed at researchers in education; others, such as the National Centre for Research Methods or Vitae have a broader remit, including the support of researcher development and capacity building in interdisciplinary areas such as TEL.

Applied Educational Research Scheme Capacity Building Network http://www.aers.ac.uk/

The AERS Research Capacity Building Network was established to develop a national infrastructure to enhance the educational research capacity of academic staff, especially those whose background is in professional practice rather than academic discipline, and to develop this infrastructure in close coordination with the three AERS Research project networks, which aim to establish a coherent body of knowledge by which the Scottish national priorities for education can be addressed.

Economic and Social Data Service http://www.esds.ac.uk

The Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS) is a national data service providing access and support for an extensive range of key economic and social data, both quantitative and qualitative, spanning many disciplines and themes. ESDS provides an integrated service offering enhanced support for the secondary use of data across the research, learning and teaching communities. They produce guides on aspects of data collection, archiving and reuse, ethical issues and on quantative and qualitative analysis.

ESRC Research Methods Programme http://www.ccsr.ac.uk/methods/

Precursor to the NCRM, the Research Methods Programme aimed to improve methodological quality by funding research that directly enhanced methodological knowledge and developed tools to enhance research quality. It also disseminated methodological developments and good practice through training courses, on-line resources, seminars and awareness-raising events.

INTUTE http://www.intute.ac.uk/

Intute is a consortium of seven universities working with a range of partners, bringing together the expertise of people and processes through which web resources are evaluated and a structured approach provided to help people find and use them. Intute originates from the Resource Discovery Network.

National Centre for e-Social Science http://www.ncess.ac.uk

The National Centre for e-Social Science (NCeSS) is funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to stimulate the production of new computer based tools and services and their uptake by social scientists, to enable them to address the key challenges in their research fields in new ways.

National Centre for Research Methods http://www.ncrm.ac.uk

NCRM provides a focal point for research, training and capacity building activities. These activities are aimed at promoting a step change in the quality and range of methodological skills and techniques used by the UK social science community, and providing support for, and dissemination of, methodological innovation and excellence within the UK.

Researcher Development Initiative http://www.rdi.ac.uk

The Researcher Development Initiative supports the training and development of researchers in the social sciences at all stages of their career. Established by ESRC’s Training and Development Board, RDI contributes to the development of a robust national training infrastructure intended to drive forward research training in a systematic way. RDI aims to facilitate the production and deployment of a range of activities and resources, including student-led activities, training for research students and researchers throughout their career, regional training events, and the development and use of new tools and packages for training purposes.

SERA Emerging Researchers Network http://www.sera.ac.uk

The SERA Emerging Researchers’ Network aims to raise awareness of the issues relating to being a new and emerging educational researcher in Scotland, to provide opportunities for emerging researchers to establish networks and opportunities for collaborative research, to develop new seminars and workshops that seek to provide training and support opportunities for new and emerging researchers, to enable new and emerging researchers to exchange conceptual and empirical insights, and to provide ‘critical friendship’ to teachers and other professionals engaged in practitioner research and enable wider collaboration between practitioner researchers and academic researchers.

TLRP Research Capacity building Network http://www.tlrp.org/capacity

One of TLRP’s core aims was to work to enhance capacity for all forms of research on teaching and learning, and for research-informed policy and practice. The TLRP website provides resources, links and information to help promote, embed and sustain the development of research expertise within and beyond the TLRP community. It offers support for individuals and groups to share knowledge, tools and practices.

BERA Research Resources http://www.bera.ac.uk/blog/category/development/resources/

The BERA website provides resources for the methodological development of researchers. Although initially created by TLRP and AERS, they are now maintained by BERA. The varied resources include descriptive material and showcases from leading researchers in the field. They draw on complementary materials from TLRP, AERS, NCRM and RDI.

VITAE: The Researcher Portal http://www.vitae.ac.uk/

Vitae is a national organisation championing the personal, professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education institutions and research institutes, across all disciplines.

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