U21 and University of Nottingham Launch Collaborative Case Study on Engaging Early Career Researcher Cohorts in a Digital Environment

Together with the Researcher Academy at the University of Nottingham, U21 has launched a collaborative case study Engaging Early Career Researcher Cohorts in a Digital Environment which addresses the challenges and successes of transforming a physical Early Career Researcher Workshop into a virtual event.

The 2020 U21 Early Career Researcher Workshop 'Modern Slavery, Forced Labour and Human Trafficking' was co-hosted with the Researcher Academy and the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham under unprecedented circumstances. Originally planned as a physical event, the coordinators including Shineen Dewil and Tammy Greeno (Researcher Support Managers, University of Nottingham) and Dr Connie Wan (Senior Manager - Network Development and Researcher Engagement, Universitas 21) had just a few short months to transform the face-to-face workshop into a virtual offer to an international cohort of attendees.

Unfazed by the challenge they established a new blueprint for ECR Workshops in a very changed environment for researcher development. Their case study outlines the key challenges that they faced and how they were addressed, and present brilliant successes as well as failures and lessons learned.

"When we decided to take our event online we struggled to find information and resources to help us plan the online workshop. The case study was a way for us to share what we learned and the resources that we created. It also helped us to reflect on the experience."

- Shineen Dewil, Researcher Support Manager, University of Nottingham

The case study is aimed at those running virtual events across universities, researcher developers and those trying to engage international cohorts of ECRs. The case study also provides access to templates, resources and tools created for the 2020 workshop.  

View case study here

Connie Wan