In October, postdocs from the Division of Developmental Biology and Medicine and the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Gastroenterology were invited to a Researcher Away Day, where they could attend sessions on training and opportunities available for their career progression within the faculty. The day also provided a much-needed boost in networking and awareness of staff resources, both areas that have been affected post-restructuring.
Attendance rates were high (60%) and the career development theme was extremely well received. In particular, sessions run by Rachel Cowen (CARD), Katy Boyle (Fellowship Academy) and the opportunity to quiz a panel of Fellowship awardees on their experiences and career progression received great feedback.
The high point of the day was the interactive session, where researchers worked in cross-divisional teams to develop a “Research Proposal In An Hour” and pitch it to all teams. This session highlighted the brilliant talent nurtured in our divisions, as well as great scope for future collaborative projects. Indeed, the Head of School Peter Clayton voiced his hope that further joint divisional events would follow in 2018 and strengthen collaboration across the Faculty.
We were delighted to receive interest from so many speakers including Faculty staff providing training, development and funding information, as well as researchers that pioneer initiatives such as public engagement and Incite magazine. Finally, we would like to thank the Heads of Divisions for their commitment and generous support, without which, such initiatives would not be possible. A big thank you to all and watch this space for future events!