University of Liverpool Research Staff Association

Research Staff at the University of Liverpool have established our very own Research Staff Association. This initiative is supported by The Leadership, Organisational, Staff and Academic Development Academy (The Academy) and the UK Research Staff Association (UKRSA).

The University of Liverpool Research Staff Association (UoL RSA) is a research community-owned and led initiative. Upon commencement of their contracts, research staff automatically become members of the UoL RSA.

The aims of the UoL RSA are to:

  • represent a collective voice for research staff from all Faculties, Schools and Institutes on matters affecting researchers
  • provide a platform for communication and networking amongst research staff both within the schools, institutes and across Faculties and the wider University community.
  • coordinate central support for researcher development with that provided locally by Faculties, schools and institutes
  • facilitate a borderless community for researchers to make the most of their time at the University of Liverpool

The Researcher Development Concordat is an agreement between funders and employers of research staff to improve the employment and support for researchers and research careers in UK higher education. You can find more information about the Researcher Development Concordat and what it means for you here: (staff intranet).

The University has produced a Statement of Expectations on the roles of research staff. This is based on the principles behind the Concordat and details what you can expect from your manager / employer and what your manager / employer can expect of you in relation to leadership, skills training, research environment and career development.  

Would you like to advertise the RSA in your department or at your event? Download the RSA Flyer.

Our first year was a great success, and we are continuing to build on this with the activities listed below, and you can download a copy of our annual report: Research Staff Association Evaluation Report 2018.

RSA Meeting Dates 2018-2019 

Meeting schedule:
13.00-14.00 - Lunch and Learn with invited speakers, please book a place for this part
14.00-14.30 - UoL RSA steering group meeting


Lunch and Learn Speaker


Wednesday 13 November 2019

Laura David, IP Manager, Research Partnerships and Innovation

What is intellectual property? What are the benefits of intellectual property? Does intellectual property stop me presenting at conferences? How do I know if intellectual property is relevant for my work? How do I go about getting protection? To answer these questions, this one hour lunch and learn seminar will explain what intellectual property is, what it means for YOU and YOUR research, and how the University is here to help.

Book a place for Lunch and Learn

To view past RSA meeting minutes and documents, please visit the RSA intranet page (staff only).

  • View past RSA meetings


    Past RSA meetings 2019

    DateLunch and Learn SpeakerOverview

    1 October 2019

    Katie Wheat, Head of Higher Education at Vitae

    Have you heard of the Concordat? Do you know what it is and why it should matter to you?  Have you engaged with VITAE? Would you like to receive better career and development support at Liverpool?
    This one hour lunch and learn seminar will explain what the Concordat is, what it means for YOU as a Liverpool Researcher and how the University, together with VITAE, can support YOUR career development.

    13 June 2019 Ms Mary Jane Monaghan, Research Assistant, FIT4RRI Project funded under Horizon 2020 Embedding responsible research and innovation principles into current ethics and science education practices. If interested, you can get a chance to be involved in her research too!
    8 May 2019 Research, Partnerships, and Innovation Team Support facilities available to researchers at every stage of their research, the impact and knowledge exchange process, and effective engagement options with collaborators, partners and funders.
    22 March 2019 Mr Simon Thomson, Director, Centre for Innovation in Education Teaching, learning and assessment at UoL; the use of educational technology; and the design and delivery of co and extra-curricular provision and how CIE supports staff in this regard.
    4 February 2019 Ms Laura Winters, Public Engagement Officer, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences Different public engagement activities available at the University and go through the process of grant application to fund your own ideas.

    RSA meetings 2018

    21 November 2018 Understanding how the Researcher Development Framework (RDF) can be used by researchers to evaluate their training and development needs
    3 October 2018  UoL response to the Review of the Concordat to support researchers’ careers 
    30 August 2018  Benefits of engaging with UoL’s Statement of Expectations 
    1 June 2018 UoL RSA planning for development activities 
    24 May 2018  'Making an Impact Week' development opportunities for research staff 
    25 April 2018  Planning for RSA session during Making an Impact Week 2018 
    27 March 2018  Invited speakers from Lancaster University’s Research Staff Academy 
    7 February 2018 Research Staff Association Inaugural Meeting

    To view past RSA meeting minutes and documents, please visit the RSA intranet page (staff only).

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