Written by Nudrat Siddiqui
Didn’t get a chance to attend the Inaugural Research Staff Event last month? Read on for a round-up of the concluding plenary. Research Staff collaborated in interdisciplinary workshop groups to devise ideas to tackle local and global challenges with a £2K budget. The groups reconvened in the final plenary to present their solutions and go head to head for fantastic prizes…
Each group was allocated 3 minutes to present their proposed solutions – a time limit we meticulously tracked with a live timer!
Creating a World-Leading Research Environment
The ‘Researcher’ app, if created, would connect you with colleagues who have the expertise you’re seeking in project partners. You would search for potential ‘matches’ using filters, and swipe left or right depending on whether or not you like what you see. While it would initially be for King’s staff, it would be expanded nationally and internationally.
Diversity & Inclusion
The key for this group is to better understand and raise awareness for aggression and micro-aggression in the workplace. The group proposed the £2K should be provided to the Diversity & Inclusion team, with the aim of spurring on college-wide training on aggression.
Global Health & Wellbeing
We’ve all heard the age old saying that children are the future. This was the motto for this group who proposed an educational film should be broadcast to children worldwide. It will be a community implemented initiative and designed by an inter-disciplinary team drawing upon students from various facets, from medicine to film studies. It will dispel myths such as being fat is healthy and promote best practice in health and wellbeing.
This group focused on illuminating the invisible aspects of London by profiling the night workers who make London’s streets and structures function by day. The project will track their journeys from their homes to their workplaces and their movement across the city. It will shed light on their work through films and by introducing meeting points enabling day and night workers to meet.
Social & Distributive Justice
Education influences many of our values and behaviours. This group proposed a mandatory course aimed at ensuring children are better socially, economically, and emotionally equipped. It would be designed in collaboration with children and cover topics from financial information to emotional well-being. As technology changes rapidly over time, the course will also change accordingly.
And the Winner Was…
The plenary audience voted for their favourite workshop solution. While all the ideas proposed were innovative, there could only be one winner… And the winning group was Creating a World-Leading Research Environment, who happily accepted their prizes of chocolate filled Centre for Research Staff Development (CRSD) mugs from the President and Principal, Prof Ed Byrne.
2K Funding up for Grabs
The CRSD invites proposals to address any of the workshop topics by applying for the £2K King’s Community Fund by 28th November 2016. If you didn’t attend a workshop, you must apply with a colleague who did attend. So convert your great ideas into reality! Learn more here.