Support in Employment

Historically, the SLSRSA was involved in the development of a career development framework designed to allow a postdoc or PI to call a meeting to discuss goals and ambitions. The purpose was to allow steering of career goals with the progress of a project.

Latterly this was replaced by the Objective Setting and Review (OSaR) process overseen by the University. Any researcher can request an OSaR, with their PI or any other appropriate member of staff, and all the relevant information and documentation can be found under the Human Resources section of the University website.

Public Engagement

The School of Life Sciences is involved in a large and diverse range of public events, which aim to engage and inform the public about science in the modern world and the science carried out in Dundee. Researcher volunteers make essential and important contributions to these public events and involvement is central to the running of schemes and allowing free and open discussions between scientists and the wider community. Explaining your work and scientific ideas to the public can be as rewarding as the experiments themselves!

Conference Attendance Support

The SLSRSA has a budget available to fund researchers to go to courses they would otherwise not be able to attend. Often, but not exclusively, this will include non-research, science-related interests such as science communication, public engagement or general interest scientific conferences, such as BioDundee.

The SLSRSA regards the Conference Attendance Support programme as a precious resource, but the budget is constrained and funds are limited. For this reason, it is the intention of the SLSRSA that, where possible, the Division of the researcher is the primary source of funding for conferences, with the SLSRSA funding to be used as a supplemental source.

Grants are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the funds are allocated, the SLSRSA is unable to issue further funding regardless of individual circumstances, but will add the individual to a waiting list. Funding is generally limited to conferences within Europe due to travel costs, and overall limits of roughly £500 per person have been put into place in order to avoid spending all of the available funds on a limited number of researchers. However, each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis, so please don't disqualify yourself from consideration before speaking to a SLSRSA committee member.

If you would like to make use of the Conference Attendance Support programme, please download and complete the form to the left and submit it to the SLSRSA-Chair.

Please also refer to the application guidelines available here.