A packed programme for Day 3 including Professor Claire Kramsch’s Carnegie Centenary Lecture

Day 3

Using SciVal for Academics

Matt Walker

Matt Walker gave an overview of Elsevier’s Scopus and SciVal tools, which University of Stirling subscribes to, and explained how they can be effectively used by researchers and academics. The session covered:

  1. A brief introduction to Scopus and its coverage.
  2. How to stay up to date in your field, how to personalise Scopus and set alerts to save you time finding relevant information
  3. Advanced search tips for in-depth literature searches, how to analyse and export information, and create lists.
  4. How to view citation trends for a set of documents, find all publications citing a specific document (or set of documents) and discover the overall impact of publications in a research area.
  5. Author Profiles and ORCID. Why it is important to check your Author profile and how to use author search/ find future collaborators / competitors on your topic.
  6. Creating Research Areas in SciVal to explore topics and identify key authors and institutions.
  7. Looking for new collaborators and potential competitors in SciVal Collaboration module.
  8. Benchmarking yourself against others for grant applications and promotion panels.

Attendees left feeling confident to make a start using both tools.

“Big Results require Big Ambitions” – Heraclitus

Big Results & Big Ambitions

Led by Professor Judith Phillips and Ms Linsey Dickson (Head of Research Funding, Research & Innovation Services) this session looked at; how we position ourselves for the big research grants; how, in our applications, we can articulate our expertise and strengths and what type of applications should we be considering? And why do we need and want to do these big research projects?

The session discussed how a relatively small increase in the average value of grants would have a significant impact on award value. Stirling needs to increase the level of ambition in order to increase our research income targets in line with the strategic plan. Attendees left enthused to try for the high risk grants understanding that they often give higher level rewards

Carnegie Centenary Lecture: The foreign language teacher in ecological perspective

Claire Kramsch

Professor Claire Kramsch, UC Berkley, is an eminent American scholar who specialises in language, languages and language learning from an applied linguistic perspective. Claire is visiting the University for 3 months through a Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland Centenary Professorship award.

In her lecture Professor Kramsch reported on the complexity theoretical framework used to study a group of 80 instructors teaching 17 different languages other than English on ten different campuses of the U of California. In addition to her research work Professor Kramsch described her early life as a French national, who chose the learn German in 1948, through to her current life and career in the USA. Her latest book, the ecological study of her talk’s title, will be published shortly.

As well as Professor Kramsch we were delighted to welcome from the Carnegie Trust Professor Andy Walker, Secretary & Treasurer, Dr Patricia Krus, Administrative Manager and Diane Stewart, Grants Assistant.

Conflict, Co-operation and Human Security

Conflict, Co-operation & Human Security

Most research in international relations remains focused on security issues, mainly in the context of military questions and national intelligence. In line with more recent discussions about broader concepts of security, our Centre for Policy, Conflict and Co-operation Research seeks to broaden the debate to consider conflict and co-operation more broadly, in both international and domestic society. The group are looking to bring together international and domestic politics and history, policy making and theory, as well as the advancement of professional practice and theoretical developments. They are especially interested in conflicts over environmental and natural resources and their impact on issues relating to human security, human rights and well being. Key network members include: Nils Bunnefeld (FNS), Clemens Hoffmann (FAH), Phyllis Lee (FNS), Matias Margulis (FAH), Heather Price (FNS), Andrea Schapper (FAH).

Health MOT

Dr Tony Robertson set up a mini Health centre in the Playhouse for University staff to get their Health MOT, a non invasive check just like you would do annually for your car. There were three stations where individual’s blood pressure, lung function and body composition (weight, body fat, metabolism etc.) was measured.  The team from Research and Innovation Services actively engaged in this check and it was interesting to hear everyone discussing their metabolic age and the delight that, in some cases, this was less than their actual age.  The Heath MOT only took a matter of minutes and it was nice to see people dropping in across the hour to get their health checked – i wonder who has kept up the advice they were given?

Read summaries of Research Week so far: planning, day 1 and day 2