Staff Review and Development
An early review meeting, as part of the induction process, to assess skills levels and begin to formulate a personal development plan, is important for effective career support of Contract Researchers. The best environment for Contract Researchers' development is with a supportive research manager, Head of Department and institution, where the Contract Researcher is also pro-active, opportunities for development are available within projects and throughout the wider institution, and progress is monitored via regular review meetings.
It is important for research managers, when putting in bids, to build time into the bid and plan for Contract Researchers' development, and to monitor proper use of this time via regular review meetings. Research managers may find the Research Managers Guide to Employability Skills useful as a starting point. The responsibility for ensuring potential research managers are aware of the guide could belong to Human Resources, the Research Office and/or individual departments. The management performance of research managers could be included in the managers' own review meeting.
The first review meeting, as part of the induction process, should include;
The final Pre-end of contract review meeting should take place 4-6 months before a contract end and should focus on:
The University of Sheffield has a Staff Review and Development Scheme that can be adapted by institutions as a model for review meetings. To be fully effective for contract researchers, it is important that the following factors are in place: