RLUK recently held a virtual event to launch the Research Engagement Programme (REP) for academic libraries in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA).

The Research Engagement Programme is designed to support colleagues working across the research and academic library community to develop their research confidence, skills, and capability. It will include a tailored cohort training programme, events, case studies, and resources, and is a direct result of the findings and recommendations of a joint AHRC-RLUK scoping study (January-June 2021). The programme is open to colleagues working within both RLUK and non-RLUK libraries and further information about the scheme is available here.

The event featured short case studies from speakers on ‘what research means’ to them and their institution, including:

  • Judy Burg, Head of Collections (on behalf of Craig Barclay, Head of Museums, Galleries, and Exhibitions), University of Durham
  • John Hodgson, Associate Director, John Rylands Research Institute and Library
  • Owain Roberts, Director of Collections and Public Programmes and Deputy Chief Executive and Librarian
  • Fiona Courage, Associate Director, Library, and Director of Mass Observation Archive, University of Sussex

The meeting also provided potential applicants to the Research Catalyst Cohort programme with an opportunity to ask any questions that they have about the programme and its application process.

A recording of the event can be viewed below.