A guest post from Jon Frampton, Director of Research and
Knowledge Transfer and Professor of Stem Cell Biology
As we reach our momentous 100th post on the MDS Research & Knowledge Transfer blog we launched just months ago, there have been many things to celebrate and opportunities to engage with. However, as with everything in life there are lots of things we could have done or could be doing better, faster and more productively, as well as activities as a research support office that you think would be useful that we may not be doing at all.
With all that in mind, we would like to take the opportunity to ask our wonderful research community – “If you could change just one thing about the research support you receive, what would it be?”.
Obviously there may be an overwhelming call for contracts processes to be quicker, or for less administrative form filling – all of which we and our central colleagues would love too! – but we would encourage you to take this opportunity to be as creative as possible with your answers. We want to do whatever we can to make developing research opportunities easier, whether ways to interact with internal or external collaborators or finding unexplored funding mechanisms, and also to support the post-award joys of research delivery, from funding management to engagement routes for dissemination and impact, as well as helping people be compliant with the often-confusing world of governance.
If you could send your thoughts to RKToffice@contacts.bham.ac.uk, we’ll do our best to compile everything and respond to suggestions, and to actually implement whatever we can to improve our service and the support you get more broadly around research at the University.
We look forward to hearing from you!