Next UCD Research Staff Association meeting is coming
12th of March, Thursday, 12-1pm
Room L532, 5th Floor
UCD James Joyce Library Building
UCD Research Staff Association needs YOU!
UCD’s Research Staff Association (UCDRSA) was formed in 2010 following the sudden introduction by UCD of the Research Careers Framework (RCF) which impacted severely on postdoctoral careers. Through negotiations between ourselves and UCD HR, Heads of Departments (HoDs), Principal Investigators (PIs) and other interested parties such as grant holders and government ministers we have achieved some significant changes to the RCF. We have managed to get postdoc 1 and 2 terms extended to 6 years total, with the possibility of becoming a research fellow after your postdoc contract. We have also helped with the appointment of a careers development officer (Naoimh O’Connor) solely to help with postdoctoral career development advice and support. We instigated the setting up of a standing committee (of which we are part) which reports directly to the UCD University Management Team (UMT) and is made up of HR, HoDs, and PIs. We represent research staff at committees.
·Quarterly networking events together with UCD Research and Careers Development Office.
·Advice on employment rights and on who you can speak to if you have career or employment related concerns.
·A space where the voice of research staff members can be heard, and where we can talk to each other about common experiences and problems we share.
We are currently working on:
·Social and networking events for research staff members
·Events and lectures which raise awareness about the growing number and unique necessities of research staff – both postdocs and research assistants.
·UCD Postdoc orientation event tailored specifically for Postdocs.
·Improved training courses for postdocs.
·The creation of a senior research fellow post within the university.
·Removing the status of Trainee from postdoc contracts.
·Common rights for postdocs across the university such as:
- Access to teaching hours for postdocs who would like to attain some.
- Formal recognition as supervisor or co-supervisor of postgrads.
- Formal recognition as the PI on grants that the postdocs write.
In order to continue our work in 2015, we are currently recruiting new members for our organising committee!
·This is your chance to shape the future direction of the UCDRSA which represents you in UCD.
·This is a way to make sure that your voice is heard, and that your needs are met.
·This is a space to speak, network, and socialise with colleagues from UCD across the disciplinary spectrum, whom you would not otherwise get the chance to meet.
If you feel you can contribute by becoming a committee member come and join us at our next committee meeting on the 12th of March, Thursday, 12pm L532, 5th Floor James Joyce Library Building.
If you can’t make it, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org we will keep you posted about our activities and next meetings.
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