The latest in our series of Impact Case Studies has been launched today at the HEIR Conference at the University of Wolverhampton.
The report, entitled ‘Come for the mission, stay for the skills: Six lessons from linking researcher development and fair access’, was co-authored by Paul Rünz of the charity’s Research and Impact Department, and Dr Helen Carr from The Scholars Programme – The Brilliant Club’s award-winning scheme which recruits, trains and places doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in state schools to deliver programmes of university-style tutorials to small groups of pupils aged 10-18.
The report draws on the views of PhD researchers to identify challenges for researchers in accessing professional development opportunities and proposes how engaging PhD researchers in outreach work to promote fair university access can develop researchers’ teaching practice, pedagogical skills and employability. The report outlines lessons for practitioners in researcher development and widening participation.
Drawing on the charity’s experience of providing professional development opportunities for researchers through outreach programmes with schools, as well as surveys and interviews with researchers working as PhD tutors for The Brilliant Club, the report puts forward six lessons for researcher development:
The report is now available online, and you can read it by clicking here.