As part of their Academic Career Development plan, NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Kent Surrey and Sussex (ARC KSS) has been working on a cohesive mapping exercise of current research capacity across Kent, Surrey and Sussex to learn how the ARC KSS Academy can best support researchers regionally over the course of the year and beyond.

The mapping exercise, which took place over the last few months, included an online survey of researchers from across the area to find out:

  • the kind of research is currently being done in in Kent, Surrey and Sussex
  • what the common themes and interests are
  • what is working well and where there’s room for improvement
  • how researchers prefer to communicate and engage with the ARC KSS
  • what learning and development needs are most important to researchers.

 We had 270 people access the survey and the findings, which include responses from different academic, health and social care organisations, and range from doctors, social work professionals, students and academics.

The results will be presented at the ARC KSS Academy - results of researcher survey & research capacity mapping webinar on Wednesday 24 March 2021. Full details can be found on our events page here.

The event will also cover the complete mapping exercise undertaken by the team including the details of the recent ARC KSS Academy Twitterchat on Growing Research Capacity in health and social care workforce and further information on the launch of the Mentorship Programme.

For further information and a copy of the initial survey findings please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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