Take Part in Study Exploring the Role of Research Technical Professionals

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) are carrying out a study to explore the role of Research Technical Professionals (RTPs) who contribute to Arts and Humanities research

21 Jun 2022

 

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) have commissioned Melian Dialogue to carry out a scoping study to explore the role of Research Technical Professionals (RTPs) who contribute to Arts and Humanities research. The study will enrich and expand understanding of the roles, skills and career development needs of RTPs who contribute to Arts and Humanities research in a technical capacity and is part of a body of work AHRC is undertaking to deliver on its commitment to the Technician Commitment.

AHRC’s working definition of a Research Technical Professional is ‘anyone who brings indispensable specialist technical skills, at an advanced level, to a research project, i.e. professional skills that are necessary for the development, delivery and completion of the project.  Depending on the project, Research/Academic Library professionals, Information systems specialists, Sound engineers, Digital technicians, Conservators, Information systems and software engineers, Archivists, Animators, Illustrators, Graphic designers, Conservators, Curators, and others may qualify for inclusion.  AHRC encourages a holistic approach to the research ecosystem.’   

AHRC are looking for people identifying as an RTP to take part in the study. 

AHRC have several ways of engaging with the RTP community. They are organising focus groups, they have rolled out a survey and have announced a Call for Evidence which are suitable for larger teams to contribute their cumulative experiences. 

You can complete the survey at the following link: https://research-surveys.typeform.com/rtpresearch2022

 

Anyone wishing to take part in a focus group can email [email protected] briefly explaining their role so they can be invited to a relevant focus group.

The dates and themes of the focus group sessions are:

  • 22 June 2022 11:00 am BST -  Libraries and Archives (several spots available)
  • 29 June 2022 11:00 am BST -  Museums and Galleries (one spot available)
  • 5 July 2022 11:00 am BST    - Museums and Galleries (two spots available)
  • 12 July 2022 11:00 am BST - Mixed Group (three spots available)

 

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