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People and Skills – Expert Working Group report

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In response to discussions at our Exploiting New Ways of Working (ENWW) and Bioscience Skills and Careers (BSC) Strategy Advisory Panels (SAP), we convened an expert working group to consider issues related to people and skills relevant to our Exploiting New Ways of Working enabling theme.

Working group

The working group considered background information and discussion topics provided in previous working groups, as evidence for some of the issues raised, and conducted a community survey. For some activities required to address particular issues noted by the group, we may not have the primary responsibility. We will need to work with other groups, individuals and organisations to deliver against the report conclusions and recommendations where their roles are complementary and overlapping.

The resulting report arises from those discussions, and will form the evidence against which we will form further strategy and policy in this area.

Areas of interest

In considering people and skills in the area of ENWW, the working group should:

  • consider the current evidence for people and skills issues and identify whether there are any particular areas on which we should focus its efforts, particularly in relation to science topics
  • consider people and skills issues at all career levels and advise us on whether there should be a focus at any particular stage
  • analyse the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of people and skills issues in the area of ENWW. Identify areas and mechanisms of best practice and use this to identify what currently works well in the UK and abroad
  • advise us on its approaches to supporting multidisciplinary skills for researchers in ENWW areas
  • identify any gaps in understanding and advise on what further evidence is required in order to make informed strategic decisions
  • meet three times before Spring 2014 and advise on the need to continue meeting beyond this date
  • report to the ENWW and BSC strategy advisory panels by Spring 2014
  • advise us on criteria for monitoring implementation and outcomes of the P&S EWG recommendations, including timeframes.

Expert Working Group membership

Julian Dow (Chair) - University of Glasgow
Paul French - Imperial College London
Neil Chue Hong - The University of Edinburgh/Software Sustainability Institute
Sophien Kamoun - Sainsbury Laboratory
Richard Reece - The University of Manchester
Liz Reynolds - General Bioinformatics
Vicky Schneider - Earlham Institute
Alison Smith - University of Cambridge
Fiona Tomley - Royal Veterinary College
Michael White - The University of Manchester
Darren Wilkinson - Newcastle University