From September 2020 and early January 2021, NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex (ARC KSS) Academy, conducted a survey targeting health and social care researchers across Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS) as part of a cohesive mapping exercise to listen to and find out how to best support applied health and social care researchers in the region.

The findings from the survey reveal the top five areas that researchers would be more interested in getting support in which include:

  • access to research funding and supervision
  • support from experienced researchers
  • protected time to do research
  • information about research funds available
  • supportive research culture – both within the ARC KSS and outside.

Professor Sally Kendall, ARC KSS Academic Career Development Lead, said:

“Most of the researchers who completed the survey told us how they had used organisational support in their research including: access to journals, research findings, conferences and mentoring or peer support. However, the survey also reveals how other more practical areas, such as statistics methods and research leadership programmes are currently not being accessed.  

“As a first step, we would like to share our findings to help researchers, organisations and members of the public to help them understand the work that we will be doing to support our researchers and members. As a follow-up to this summary report, we will be holding a series of learning and development events which we will be hosting during our Research Week in July.”

Full details of all the results of the survey and mapping exercise Our Year 1 – Research mapping exercise summary can be found pdf here (300 KB)

For details about Learning and Development events visit our events page.

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