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Research in the digital environment: Opportunities risks & best practice

Friday, 29 April 2016

In Higher Education there has been an increasing growth in the use of digital technology for all aspects of research. Indeed, the Newer Researcher is expected to be able to fully and critically engage with technologies to maximise their work including: (1) collaboration, (2) networking, (3) recruiting participants, (4) data generation/collection, (5) maintaining ethical integrity and (6) dissemination. This shift in expectations increases the demands on Newer Researchers as well as affording new opportunities for research and personal development. It has been suggested that researchers who are not able to fully engage in the digital environment will be less likely to succeed compared to those who do.  


This workshop is being delivered in partnership with Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). Here we will explore what the digital environment means for Newer Researchers, focusing on research activities, personal/professional development, career enhancement and research opportunities/practice. Prior to the event, delegates will be asked to identify an aspect of their research/career they want to work on and during the day will engage in activities to identify solutions working in partnership with digital experts. Our goal is that everyone leaves the event knowing more about the digital research environment and their questions answered.

By the end of this workshop, successful participants will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the role of digital environment in research;
  • Demonstrate methodologies to promote ethical research activity including research recruitment and dissemination aligned to best practice;
  •  Articulate how enhanced digital practice can further research opportunities and productivity;
  • Develop digitally aligned strategies for career enhancement, networking and profile management.



Dr Mark J.P. Kerrigan

Director of Learning & Teaching (FHSCE) – Anglia Ruskin University

As Director of Learning & Teaching and part of the executive team in our Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education, Mark is responsible for fostering excellence in teaching, learning and assessment, and the design and implementation of strategies to enrich the staff/student experience. He is a founding member and co-lead for the national Students as Change Agents Network and was the project manager for the Jisc-funded Digital Literacies in Higher Education project. He developed MapMyProgramme an open-source tool to support the holistic design of assessment and in 2012 was award a prize of ALT-C/Google for this work.

Martin Kruusimägi

Co-founder Call for Participants

Martin is the Co-founder overseeing the product development at Call For Participants. Martin has recently finished his PhD at the University of Nottingham, and during this time co-founded Call For Participants, an online platform used by researchers from over 340 universities world wide to promote research and recruit participants, to help researchers engage with the public more effectively. 


Richard Jones Principal Lecturer, Computing and IT.

 - Bucks New University

Richard has worked in industry as a computer developer and UK Technical Manager, in research technical support for the National Foundation for Cancer Research, and has taught in schools, colleges and Universities.  He has received a Nuffield Centre of Excellence, National Beacon and University Senior Teaching Fellowship awards for his innovative teaching and research. His recent major funding grants include projects on Supporting Mentors in the Workplace and Digital Literacy in UK HEIs.  He is a chartered member of the British Computer Society.

Dr Peter Chatterton Jisc Consultant

Dr Peter Chatterton is a consultant and academic who works with a wide range of universities and educational agencies, supporting them in programmes of innovation, change and agile working for educational transformation. He also works with businesses, large and small, and helps develop university-employer partnerships with a particular focus on developing graduate employability skills, work-based learning and enhancing university collaboration with employers. He has helped set up the Change Agents’ Network to support students as innovators and change leaders in universities and industry and was a prime mover in setting up the Automotive College (an HE/FE/industry partnership) to support improvement programmes in the automotive supply chain. He has also been involved in “Changing the Learning Landscape”, a project to transform strategic approaches to technology across HE/FE



Network: Newer Researchers
Date(s): Friday, 29 April 2016
Times: 9.30-16.30
Location: SRHE, 73 Collier St, London N1 9BE
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