Earlier this year we attended the Vitae Researcher Developer conference. Here we delivered a range of sessions on academic career breaks as well as presenting a poster on collaboration competencies. There was a lot of interest in our poster and since the event we’ve been working on a version to share more widely. With the festive season upon us, here it is as a little holiday gift for our readers.
Discussion of ideas and sharing of skills and expertise are informal collaborations that happen all the time. There are competencies that can be developed through these that will help when it comes to establishing formal collaborations such as:
- joint funding applications
- collaborative research projects
- co-authored publications
Perhaps something might start as informal and become formalised or develop an opportunity for a formal collaboration.
Our graphic shows a tree diagram with questions to prompt you to think about what you need to make a collaboration successful, whether that’s a collaboration within your institution, globally or across disciplinary boundaries. It’s split into stages of the collaboration process from finding potential collaborators to developing relationships and finally working together. At each stage we provide links to further information on our blog and/or suggestions for how to get support if needed.
Finally, we’ve mapped the competencies at each stage of the collaboration process to the four domains of Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework. This section should get you to think about what transferable skills you need for and can be developed through collaboration. These are the kind of skills that you will want to include on your piirus.ac.uk profile to help you find future collaborators.