Keynote presentation by Professor Simon Haslett at the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David Research, Innovation, Enterprise & Commercialisation Staff Development Day at the Townhill Campus, Swansea, on Monday 16th December 2013.
The Wales context
Professor Simon Haslett
Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor
Presentation at the
University of Wales: Trinity Saint David
Staff Development Day
Monday16th December 2013
Why should academics publish?
• Research/professional practice and publishing/output are part of what
academics do alongside teaching, administration/management.
– It’s traditionally part of what it means to be an academic.
• Career opportunities and progression.
Gets your name known
Promotes networking in your field (collaboration).
Helps in securing internal/external grant funding.
Builds individual and institutional reputation (institutional support for individual
research benefits the institution)
– For the Research Excellence Framework (REF).
• It helps you to:
– Make a contribution to your field.
– Stay up to date with your field.
– Continue to learn in your field.
• And not least it:
– Contributes to curriculum design.
– Enhances teaching and the student learning experience.
• See: http://www.academiccareer.manchester.ac.uk/
The transformed University
• Exciting transformation
• UW:TSD, SMU, and UW
• Shared academic heritage
– 1828 and 1893 Charters
– Acknowledge UW historic
Federation and Alliance
• Excellent historic
• Good foundation for
future research and
Top 10 UK HEIs publications and
citations in Google Scholar 2013
1. University of Manchester 2460000
2. University of Cambridge1650000
3. University of London 1630000
4. University College London 1470000
5. University of Oxford
6. Open University
7. University of Edinburgh 906000
8. Imperial College London 615000
9. University of Wales
10. University of Birmingham 529000
(36 Cardiff University
Enhancing teaching and learning
• Research and publication enhances
teaching and student learning.
• Focus on “Research-led learning”
(UW L&T Strategy 2010-15)
• Research-teaching Action Set
Action Set Blog
Regionalisation of the HE sector in Wales
Each "region [in Wales] should have research
intensive (in which we will increasingly focus our
QR funding in support of sustainable excellence
and relevance to Welsh Assembly Government
objectives) and strong community/widening
access focused provision“ (HEFCW, Dec 2010).
Did this vision imply that each region would
comprise one research intensive and one access
(teaching?) focused institution?
Research vs Teaching in Wales
Google Scholar Score
USW (GS Glamorgan and
National Student Survey 2013 (Question 22: Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course)
• Research and publication seems important
whether in a research or teaching-focused
institution – research activity and student
experience appear linked.
• The workshop presentation is for those who are
relatively new to publishing and will explore:
Getting published in journals
The publication process and not academic writing
Motivations for publishing
Barriers to writing and publication