CREST Blog

Mentoring in Research: Improving research performance and culture

In a guest blog for CREST, Lachlan Smith, Director of Cloud Chamber, reflects on the role of mentoring in researcher development in the context of small and specialist universities, building on the outcomes of a training session led for CREST …

Relationship marketing must have a place in Knowledge Exchange

Some reflections from Matthew Guest, Senior Policy Advisor (Research & Innovation), GuildHE inspired by the  Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Charity Special Interest Group event on Relationship Marketing.   It’s a cliché to say that in business personal relationships matter. There …

For REFerence…

Looking at responding to the REF consultation? Too late. The deadline for responding to the second Research Excellence Framework consultation closed two weeks ago. Following the Stern Review last summer, the long-awaited technical consultation on the latest REF was published in …

Reflecting on Victorian Representations Colloquium – what students think

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Earlier this year, Leeds Trinity University held a Victorian Representations Colloquium. The keynote speaker, Dr Trev Broughton, offered the audience an entertaining and inspiring interpretation of the correspondence of the Constable family. Four postgraduate students from Newman University who attended …

CREST Summer School 2016: Discovering our Interdisciplinary Connections

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Written by: Jo Clarke and Kelly Zarins-Brown (PhD students at Leeds Trinity University) Leeds Trinity University is a member of CREST: The Consortium for Research Excellence, Support and Training. This year saw the third CREST Summer School, which provided a focus for …

Ageing, Physical Activity, Recreation and Wellbeing

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A new book to raise awareness of ways to healthy ageing has been published by Dr Barbara Humberstone, Professor of Sociology of Sport and Outdoor Education, and Dr Maria Konstantaki, Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition. ‘Ageing, Physical Activity, Recreation and …

A consortial approach to Research Data Management – piloting the next phase

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In this blog post originally published on the Jisc Research Data Blog, Rachel Persad, the Senior Policy Adviser for research and innovation at GuildHE, reports on the progress and engagement of small and specialist higher education institutions with research data management. …

What to write? Dealing with PhD writer’s block

Many PhD students struggle with writing at one stage or another during their PhD journey. One of the attendees at the 2015 CREST Summer School, Kirsteen Laidlaw from the University of Cumbria, shares her story about tackling writer’s block. I …

From sandpit to success: connecting problems and partners to drive social innovation

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We are delighted to share the reflections of Dr Stephen Pihlaja, one of a number of academics at CREST member institutions who recently achieved success at the HEFCE Social Innovation Sandpit, a new knowledge exchange fund to address social issues …

They’re on their way: JISC’s shared services for RDM!

JISC has moved a long way forward since my last post highlighting their survey on institutional requirements for shared and hosted Research Data Management services. They’re now finalising the requirements and asking suppliers to tender for providing parts of the solution. …

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