Bristol Clear Bulletin-15th December

Your development matters!

Issued every fortnight, this bulletin for Researchers at Bristol brings you the latest news about personal and career development opportunities, both from inside and outside of the University.
If you have any queries or feedback, please contact the Bristol Clear team, bristol-clear

Focus on your career in 2024!

No matter where you are in your career, it is important to take time out to focus on next steps. We have workshops coming up that will help you do just that:

If you would rather do some self directed thinking, we have resources that can help facilitate this

To talk through your thoughts, why not book a 1:1?

Finally, here’s some food for thought as you recuperate over the Christmas period… Hugh Kearns argues in this article that researchers need to give themselves (and others) a break from their critical thinking and offers recommendations for breaking “the cycle of criticism”. Is this something that you spot in yourself? How is this influencing the way you think about your career opportunities?”

Upcoming workshops

Places are now available on the following workshops:

  • 10 January 13:30-16:30- Being Strategic about your Career as a Researcher 
  • 11 January 10:00-13:00- Presenting with Confidence for Researchers
  • 12 January 09:30-12:30- Communicating your research to a wider audience
  • 15 January 09:30-16:30 – Project Management Tools for Managing Your Research Project- waiting list available
  • 16 January 10:00-13:00- Developing Your Career Plan 
  • 18 January 09:00-17:00 –Writers’ Retreat 
  • 24 January 10:30-12:30- An Introduction to Policy Engagement
  • 25 January 14:00-15:00- Introduction to Research Compliance 
  • 31 January 10:00-11:00- Introduction to Research Contracts

To book, please sign in to Develop now and search the catalogue for these course titles. To book a place when registration has closed, please email

To see a full list of Bristol Clear and Research in Practice workshops, please see our webpage.

Research-related events and initiatives

Library Services New Scholarly Works Policy

Library Services are excited to announce that we have a new Scholarly Works Policy. This is an important step to ensuring free and open access to all of our research outputs, and to enabling authors to retain the rights for their work, without unnecessary admin. More information can be found on their blog, as well as their new open access pages.

Skills every earlier career academic needs

From how to get published to how to get promoted, early career academics and researchers require a slew of skills that stretch far beyond the lab or the lecture theatre. This collection of resources by Times Higher Education covers career advice, networking, working internationally, funding and grant applications, mentoring, time management, staying well and strategies to navigate the complex world of academia.

EBI Lunchtime LINKS: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in research projects

What EDI aspects do you need to consider when planning a research project?

Join the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute to discuss:

  • What EDI looks like in the dissemination of results
  • Tools and resources that are available
  • Current examples of best practice in research environments.

There will also be a book launch! Talks will be followed by a light networking lunch.

Wednesday 31 January 2024 from 12.00-13.30 in the Verdon Smith room in Royal Fort House.

Find further information and book here

The Inclusive Research Toolkit

It can be difficult to know where to begin with inclusive research. You know you want to do something… but what?

The Inclusive Research Toolkit provides a framework to start thinking about equity and inclusivity in your own research, with lots of resources, case studies and activities along the way.

How it works: The toolkit is organized into sections according to the stages of the research process. These sections each contain several key topics about different inclusive research practices. The toolkit is set up as a self-guided learning resource on Develop, and is supported through an interactive pdf workbook (which you can download and print).

Training from other providers: Research Impact and Citation Metrics

Join the Library Research Support team for an one-hour workshop where they will cover

  • What are research indicators?
  • What can citation metrics tell us? What can’t they tell us?
  • Metrics for Researchers, articles. journals and institutions
  • Contextualising metrics
  • Support available

26 January 11:00-12:00

Check the Library webpage for more details

Merry Christmas and happy New Year from everyone at Bristol Clear!!