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Making DMU a centre of excellence for Doctoral Research and recognising researchers as Associate Staff members #researcherrespect

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    Making DMU a centre of excellence for Doctoral Research and recognising researchers as Associate Staff members #researcherrespect

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      The idea is that the Union will work with the University to: 1. Secure proper recognition for Doctoral Researchers as associate staff including each PhD student being given a name.name@dmu.ac.uk email address like other Universities! 2. Get us our own online profiles, alongside staff pages with details about our research interests, background and work 3.Open up the PgCert in Learning and Teaching so like at other institutions, PHDs/PGRs can train to lecture and gain a qualification that would also give us a full HEA fellowship and prepare us to take up teaching employment when we leave our studies. Background: The role Doctoral Researchers/PhDs is an important part of University life. PhDs will increase with the availability of Student Loans from 2018 The Research Excellence Framework results in funding to improve the University PhDs are Early Career Researchers, representing the University externally. Including at Conferences and in meeting leaders in academic fields and communities. As well as undertaking teaching and developing ideas/research that ensures DMU attracts the best students and lecturers. PhD/Doctoral Research students should be recognised fully in the role they carry out as associate staff as at other Institutions. That this would improve the Student experience for both PhDs and those on taught programmes. For example, ensuring PhD lectures are inclusive. Students would also be able to get access to Doctoral Students if the University were to provide a proper professional external email address. Currently the work, research, and interests of PhDs are not recognised on the University website as at other HEIs. This is important because raising awareness of a PhDs work can increase their academic and employment opportunities. We need to ensure PhDs are also getting quality training and have access to staff only resources that are critical for researchers, as well as to ensure when guest or other lecturing is carried out - that PhDs offer excellence. Training and other opportunities offered to staff should also be opened up to PhDs if appropriate.
    Thomas Weir
    11:58pm on 9 Nov 18 An absolute essential if we are to be taken seriously at conferences, guest lecturing or when engaging with external stakeholders
    Sam Margrave
    8:35am on 11 Nov 18 I put this idea forward because I believe professionalisation of Doctoral Researchers or Early Career Researchers is critical for my research. My concern is that using my internal student number will impact my sample. I also believe to produce excellent research or to meet the DMU standards in teaching, I need the support others get when research active. Coming from another institution, I've seen the benefits of being an Associate staff member. While many of us will be transient permanent staff members too, it is likely at points in our PhD we may reduce or give up teaching or staff responsibilities all today. This can cause issues, for example no longer having access to a professional email address, cloud-based services, business cards, and losing our staff pages. We are already recognised as being different from ordinary students. I am merely wanted people to have a platform, to share their views, in the hope that we can explore better ways of supporting PhDs as we develop our research community.

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