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Diversity in Research Podcast
61 minutes | 3 days ago
Jonathan Grant and the New Power University (No, it's not a new boyband!)
Jonathan Grant is a professor at King’s College London , and we talk to him about his new book “The New Power University”. Jonathan’s book challenged and inspired us, so we had to get him on the podcast to explain how he sees universities changing in the 21st century. We talk about how the world has changed without universities noticing it, and how universities will have to rethink the purpose of universities and how this will affect recruitment and career paths. We think many of you will be interested in our talk about 'third space professionals'. Us being us we of course focused on diversity and internationalisation and the role the two in the new power university. We believe it will challenge and inspire you as well – and perhaps even provoke some of you, but there is no getting around that the world changed – and universities forgot to follow along. Hear what Jonathan thinks is the consequence of that – and how he thinks we move on. We also covered the report " The China Question", a report on UK-China research collaborations he co-authored. It shows just how complicated the relationship is and it will change in the future to us needing China more than China needs us. Jonathan has some interesting points on that and we discuss the challenges in light of the old and the new power university. Click to read "The China Question"Lear more about "The New Power University"You can follow Jonathan at Twitter at: @jonathancgrantThanks for listening. Do please share, rate, review and follow us on Twitter @Divrespod .If you're interested in our work with diversity and internationalisation in research please visit www.diversiunity.com.
52 minutes | 16 days ago
The EU strategy on global research collaborations; the EUA perspective with Thomas Jørgensen
First of all apologies for the poor sound quality in parts of the recording!In this episode, we talked to Thomas Jørgensen, the Senior Policy Coordinator at European University Association. We invited Thomas on the podcast to talk about “A global approach to research innovation, education and youth”, which is the EUA’s input to the EU Commissions consultation for their new strategy for research, and education links to countries outside the EU bloc. This opened up a wide-ranging discussion around how we balance effectiveness and human rights in international research collaborations, the role of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and how the changes in international politics have changed the world and challenge universities and researchers in their work.We draw to a close discussing how we all have to acknowledge that the world has changed and universities are international political actors. We ponder how universities, researchers and research managers navigate this world. This episode launches around the time the EU Commission's strategy is published - so look it up and see if we got it right in the discussion. The theme of this episode is much linked to our last episode on the future of researcher mobility, so if you haven't already listened to that we highly recommend you go give it a listen. Learn more about European University Association and follow them on Twitter at: You can follow Thomas at Twitter at: @Thomas_E_JorgenYou can read the policy input.
69 minutes | a month ago
Erasmus, Turing - and the future of global researcher mobility
First of all apologies for the poor sound quality on some parts of this recording!As the UK announced its national researcher mobility scheme named after after the famous Enigma mathematician Alan Turing to be launched as the new EU mobility programme Erasmus was being launched we decided it was time for a chat about the two schemes and what it would do to researcher mobility and collaboration both within Europe and globally. For that we talked to Nabil Ali. Nabil has worked as an advisor for Universities UK for a number of years and was part of their Brexit team and today is situated in Brussels working with research and higher education. As this marks the launch of the two programmes the talk was speculative in nature, but touches on how essential international collaboration is to research and how difficult this is becoming to navigate for researchers and universities. We were very fortunate that Nabil said yes to this, and we feel certain that researchers and research managers alike will enjoy this conversation as much as us. You can learn more about Erasmus here.You can learn more about the Turing scheme here.You can follow Nabil Ali on Twitter at: @Nabil__Ali__
46 minutes | a month ago
What ARMA learned about being an inclusive organisation and the role of research managers and administrators.
Jennifer Stergiou is the Director of Research Services at the University of Northumbria and the chair of ARMA (Association of Research Managers and Administrators) in the UK. She took over as chair in the middle of the pandemic, so we had a chat with her about how that has been. The main reason for inviting her however was to discuss the recent revision of ARMA's strategic plan including a special view on equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI). Jennifer was very honest with us about what they learned about the organisation in a survey, how they have chosen to approach the topic of EDI and finally the role of research managers and administrators in promoting the EDI agenda in research and higher education.Whether you are a researcher working with research managers and administrators or a research manager and administrator yourself, you don't want to miss out on Jennifer and ARMA's reflections on EDI and internationalisation and how we move forward in research institutions, collaborations and national and international organisations like ARMA. Learn more about ARMA here: www.arma.ac.ukYou can follow ARMA on Twitter: @arma_ukYou can follow Jennifer on Twitter here: @JStergiou81Thanks for listening. Do please share, rate, review and follow us on Twitter @Divrespod .
50 minutes | 2 months ago
Bibliodiversity: How academic publishing impacts the Global South - and what alternatives could look like
We were intrigued when we heard about the term bibliodiversity and had to learn more. The result was this eyeopening talk with Dr Arianna Becerril-García. She is a professor at Autonomous University of the State of Mexico and executive director at Redalyc. We talk about the differences in how we look at scholarly publications in the Global North and the Global South, how open access models are the standard in Latin America, how the current models promoted by the Global North are strengthening the current power relations in higher education and how it could look like. And finally, we talk about what we can all do to make bibliodiversity work for international diversity, collaboration and justice. Since the interview bibliodiversity has become part of our vocabulary and a recurring theme in our conversations and adds new perspectives on the future of international research collaborations. You can read more about Arianna at her website You can follow her on Twitter at :@ariannabec The article discussed in the podcast can be found here: "Decolonizing Scholarly Communications through Bibliodiversity" Learn more about Redalyc: www.redalyc.org
55 minutes | 3 months ago
The power of mentorship for LGBTQ+ researchers and software developers - a global perspective
In the final episode of Season Two, we chat with Professor Alexander Serebrenik (Software Engineering and Technology cluster, Eindhoven University of Technology) and Senior member of technical staff, Reed Milewicz (Center for Computing Research, Sandia National Laboratories). Alexander and Reed met at a conference in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois where they built on their mutual interests as part of the LGBTQ+ communities. They are currently exploring the role of mentorship for software developers and engineers globally. We chatted to them about their research, some surprising outcomes and what mentorship might look like in this field.If you would like to take part in the study you can book an interview on this webpage: https://mentorshipstudy.youcanbook.me/Alexander's Twitter is: @aserebrenikReed's Twitter is: @rmmilewi
63 minutes | 3 months ago
Why do universities need an HR strategy for researchers?
In this weeks discussion, we chat with Professor Dr Ludovic Thilly, Chair of the Coimbra Group and Professor of Physics at the University of Poitiers. We discuss Professor Thilly's recent work developing HR strategies for researchers based on the presentation he gave at European Research & Innovation Days in September 2020. We talk about career paths and how we need to think differently about the role of a PhD and the problem of postdocs becoming "permadocs". We also specifically cover the topics of diversity and internationalisation, so we discuss the EU Commissions thoughts on mobility and how an HR certificate like HRS4R can help a research institution think through these issues and work with them to create more inclusive research environments. We also touch on the role of organisations like the Coimbra Group and the part they play in making research environments more inclusive and diverse.
63 minutes | 4 months ago
Finding your place: Being transgender in the STEM world - a conversation with Dr Clara Barker
Dr Clara Barker is unique in that she is transgender and holds an academic research post at Oxford University. But how did she get there and what hurdles did she face along the way? In this fascinating chat, we learn about Clara's accidental road into research and how she almost walked away. Now in her academic position, she works to promote transgender voices and LGBTQ+ inclusion across academia. Recently she has supported work by the Royal Society of Chemistry to produce toolkits which enable universities, researchers and teachers alike to ensure they create inclusive environments, paving the way for more LGBTQ+ people to be themselves and succeed in STEM and research more broadly. You can follow Clara on Twitter (@ClaraMBarker) and her YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/clarambarker). The Royal Society of Chemistry toolkits can be found here: https://www.rsc.org/new-perspectives/talent/inclusion-and-diversity/resources/lgbt-toolkit/ and the accompanying report here: https://www.rsc.org/globalassets/04-campaigning-outreach/campaigning/lgbt-report/lgbt-report_web.pdf Thanks for listening. Do please share, rate, review and follow us on Twitter (@Divrespod).
62 minutes | 4 months ago
Indigenous thinking and how it can save Higher Education - a conversation with Tyson Yunkaporta
To start 2021 we chatted with Tyson Yunkaporta. Tyson is an indigenous activist, thinker and academic in Australia who challenges us all to think differently about the way we live and work. Indigenous communities around the world have lived in sync with the land and with each other for generations and these approaches to thinking and knowledge are profoundly different to what we might be used to. In this conversation we explore these ideas, how we can be more in tune with our surroundings and understand the power of simple and complex systems. Academia and the production of knowledge are key parts of the jigsaw of how the world works and we explore with Tyson how Indigenous thinking can change academia and what that means for knowledge. Prepare to be challenged, we certainly were!Tyson's book can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/45449501-sand-talk Follow us on Twitter @Divrespod and do let us know what you think. Ideas for future episodes welcome too. Thanks for listening!
59 minutes | 5 months ago
Are bibliometrics and university rankings an obstacle for diversity? A conversation with Lizzie Gadd
In this week's podcast, we chat to Lizzie Gadd and explore how bibliometrics, citations and rankings can impact on the diversity of research and the research environment. Lizzie chairs the International Network of Research Management Societies (INORMS) Research Evaluation Working Group. The group has recently examined the role of bibliometrics in the global research environment and has recently published a Rating the Rankers report, more details of which can be found here. The report and other research highlight the challenges and problems of higher education rankings, citations and what it means for diversity within the wider research landscape. In this chat, we discuss whether the current system is an obstacle for achieving diversity in research? We discuss solutions and how we can make changes to ensure diversity can be achieved. It is a fascinating chat, everyone involved in any way with higher education research should listen. There is a huge amount to reflect on. To know more about Lizzie's work and potential solutions do check out the following resources:@LizzieGadd (Twitter)Lizzie's personal webpage The SCOPE ProcessThanks for all the engagement and support from our listeners this year. We have enjoyed the range of topics we have covered and look forward to what 2021 brings. We hope you all have an enjoyable Christmas and we look forward to bringing you a new episode in early January. Keep an eye out for it!
57 minutes | 5 months ago
Academic freedom and international research collaborations - do universities need a foreign policy?
We are joined this week by Tena Prelac, Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) at the University of Oxford, who is a member of the Academic Freedom and Internationalisation Working Group. We discuss the rise in self-censorship amongst UK academics, academic freedom and what the role of international research funding, collaborations and partnerships play in this. The importance of academic freedom is explored with practical examples given by Tena to help universities navigate the issues involved. We conclude that although universities do not need to be James Bonds they do need to seriously investigate whether they should develop a foreign policy. Outputs from the project to date include:Freedom House report on Transnational Repression and Academic Freedom, by Saipira Furstenberg, John Heathershaw and me: https://freedomhouse.org/report/special-report/2020/internationalization-universities-and-repression-academic-freedom Draft Model Code of Conduct by the Academic Freedom and Internationalisation Working Group: https://hrc.sas.ac.uk/sites/default/files/files/AFIWG/AFIWG%20-%20DRAFT%20MODEL%20CODE%20OF%20CONDUCT%20final.pdf To find out more about how you can support scholars overseas please visit: https://www.scholarsatrisk.org/ You can follow Tena on Twitter at: @tenaprelec
58 minutes | 6 months ago
Mental health literacy, stigma and cultural differences in mental health experiences
Mental health understandings have been surrounded by stigma and a lack of literacy for many years but this is slowly changing. In our conversation with Associate Professor Nicola Reavley, Principal Research Fellow, Mental Health Literacy Programme at Melbourne School Of Population And Global Health we explore how this stigma is changing, what this means for education and support services and what role cultural differences play in mental health. These differences can be important for international research collaborations. You can follow Nicola on Twitter: @AProfNickiR More details about her research can be found here: https://findanexpert.unimelb.edu.au/profile/186743-nicola-reavley Please review and comment on our podcast, wherever you listen - we appreciate all the feedback and ideas. Make sure you follow us on Twitter too: @divrespod
62 minutes | 6 months ago
The Nifty approach to research communication - experiences inside and outside of Higher Education
Laura Evans from Nifty Fox (@NiftyFoxCreativ) joins us to launch season two of the podcast. Laura started her career in Higher Education by supporting widening participation and student engagement. Through this experience, she could see that it wasn't always easy for her to come out and she felt that many services were missing their mark including missing the LGBTQ+ community. Her experience eventually saw her start her own consultancy company where she supports universities and researchers to tell their stories and translate their research into impactful graphics. We discuss with Laura what it was like to work in HE while not being out and how this impacted on her work and self-confidence. Since starting her own business Laura has experienced the challenge of working in international settings which have not been open to the LGBTQ+ community and have had a range of fascinating and important conversations with researchers about who is missing in their research. As a keen LGBTQ+ and diversity advocate, Laura's story is fascinating and an important listen. We hope you enjoy it.Do make sure you follow us on Twitter (@divrespod) and please rate and review the podcast wherever you listen to it. If you have an idea for a topic or guest for the podcast or would like to be on it yourself then do get in touch!
71 minutes | 8 months ago
Experiences of race and gender as a black woman in higher education research management
We had the pleasure of chatting with Saskia Walcott of Walcott Communications in this episode. Saskia has had an unusual journey into the research and higher education sector. Following a career in communications and public relations, she joined the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). She has also worked for universities before starting her own consultancy company. She recently published an article talking about her experiences as a black woman in research management in the UK. We talk to Saskia about her career and her experiences including the reaction to her article, the burden placed on minority groups to lead from the front in tackling discrimination and how generational changes may impact on how we create a more equal and diverse research management environment in the future. Do subscribe, rate and review our podcast. This is the final episode in the first series. Keep an eye out on our twitter (@Divrespod) to follow the latest developments and conversations. We will be back in the Autumn.
56 minutes | 9 months ago
The Power of Diverse Voices - Publishing, academia and diversity in a time of global change
Vicky Williams, the CEO of Emerald Publishing, joined us this week to reflect on their recent report, The Power of Diverse Voices, which explored diversity and inclusion in global academia and publishing. Vicky explains how Emerald has worked to increase equality and diversity within the company and how they are now championing change across the sector. Publishing is an integral part of the academy and has a key role to play in making change globally, including enhancing the impact of research. Their recent report had some surprising findings which we talk to Vicky about.To access the report please go to https://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/power-of-diverse-voicesVicky's twitter account is: @Emerald_VWVicky's book recommendations are:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50214741-the-girl-with-the-louding-voicehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41081373-girl-woman-otherhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41104077-invisible-womenCheck out our own twitter page @Divrespod and do let us have any ideas for future episodes or if you have any questions, comments or thoughts on anything you have heard in this episode then do let us know.
45 minutes | 9 months ago
Do minorities need to leave the academy to maximise impact? Lessons from an LGBTQ+ Historian
In this episode, we talk to Dr Eric Cervini about his book, The Deviant's War, his life in academia in the US and UK as well as why he is no longer in the academy. We discuss the lessons learnt from the book which charts the fight for gay rights in the US before Stonewall as well as exploring what this might mean for creating a more inclusive academy. The importance of understanding history and what this means for activism today and how it highlights who might be missing out or not included in our work is an important takeaway point from Eric's research. The Deviant's War, published in Summer 2020, was featured in the New York Times bestsellers list and has received significant coverage in the media.For more information about the book please visit: https://ericcervini.com/book/ Eric's twitter account is @ericcerviniTo follow us on twitter please checkout: @divrespod Please like and subscribe and send us feedback, questions or ideas for future episodes.
42 minutes | 10 months ago
The Impact of Covid-19 on minority communities and what it means for Higher Education
In this episode, we discuss a recently published research report from Denmark which was looking at the impact of Covid-19 on minority communities. The results are surprising and demonstrate how discrimination and harassment can manifest in different ways and the ways in which this has been exacerbated during the pandemic. We discuss these findings and look at the ways in which this may have already impacted on the higher education sector, staff and students alike. We talk through what this means for diversity in research and why this is more important than ever. If you are interested in reading the report we discussed you can find it here: https://menneskeret.dk/sites/menneskeret.dk/files/media/document/Rapport%20om%20had%20i%20det%20off%20rum_LAYOUT2.pdf (Please note that the report is in Danish but there is an English summary towards the end)Please do subscribe and follow our twitter feed @Divrespod We welcome feedback and ideas for future episodes.
65 minutes | 10 months ago
Researching mental health and the impact of cultural difference - Denmark and Australia
In today's episode, we speak with Professor John MacGrath who is a psychiatrist and professor of clinical medicine at the University of Queensland. Since 2017 he has also held the Niels Bohr Professor at the National Centre for Register-based Research at Aarhus University in Denmark. Professor McGrath specialises in researching risk factors for schizophrenia and undertakes research from his bases in Australia and Denmark. His experience includes working across international cultures and research settings, working closely with patients within clinical mental health settings and providing mentorship to young researchers. In this episode, he talks about his experiences, the challenges for the academy in regards to EDI and what can be done to make research and research environments more inclusive. Professor McGrath can be found on twitter: @John_J_McGrathLet us know what you think of this episode and tell us what you'd like to hear us cover in the future. Get in touch with us @Divrespod
49 minutes | a year ago
LGBTQ+ International travel in UK Higher Education - implications for policy and practice
In a special Pride Month episode, we talk to Dr Frances Hamilton (Senior Lecturer in Law) and Cameron Giles (Postgraduate Researcher) from the Law School at Northumbria University about their recent research into UK Higher Education travel policies and how they apply to LGBTQ+ staff and students. We explore how the research came about, what they found and some of the issues faced by the LGBTQ+ community including legal, social and health impacts. The range of policies and what they include is covered and we discuss what next as the internationalisation agenda of UK universities increases. The lessons learned can apply to universities across the world. If you want to know more about the research then please contact Dr Hamilton via email at: email@example.comIf you want to get in touch with us about this episode or to talk about other episodes then please contact us via twitter: @Divrespod - it would be great to hear from you all.
50 minutes | a year ago
What does an ERC grant oblige when considering diversity? An ERC Consolidator grant holder shares his experiences
In this episode, we talk to Professor Felix Riede, Head of Department and Professor of Archeology at Aarhus University in Denmark. Felix grew up in Germany, completed his PhD in the UK and has worked in the UK and now Denmark for over ten years. He leads international research projects including an ERC Consolidator Grant, Computational approaches to Final Palaeolithic/earliest Mesolithic archaeology and climate change. We talk to Felix about studying, living and working in different cultures within Europe as well as the challenges and responsibility of leading international research projects from the perspective of diversity and inclusion. You can follow Felix on twitter at: @ARCHAEOfelix and check out his research at http://pure.au.dk/portal/en/persons/id%28ff428700-8bab-40d1-9d42-886b4ce52776%29.html Do let us know what you think - we welcome feedback and ideas for future episodes - contact us at twitter: @Divrespod
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