How do you understand Education in biosciences research?
Education in biosciences is a key element of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) framework. The aim is to enrich the current education programmes by engaging and equipping different actors, from researchers to laypeople, with resources to enhance, assess, and undertake a responsible critical appraisal in research and innovation processes.
What are the current standards and actions to achieve better Education in your University and in your country?
In addition to training undergraduates and graduate medical students, The University of Oxford also hosts the Oxford University Clinical Academic Graduate School. Education in this setting is specifically for medically qualified people and offers an academic foundation programme and Academic Fellowships. In addition, NIHR Oxford BRC Research and Education Working group offers a variety of opportunities for training aimed to increase the research capacity of those working in the NHS. There is also research Grand Rounds (lectures) for nurses and weekly newsletters to raise awareness of internal and external funding opportunities.
What are you aiming for with the implementation of the STARBIOS2 actions towards better Education standards for your institute?
There are many educational opportunities at the University of Oxford via departmental seminars and training programmes associated with the NIHR Oxford BRC. We aim to identify the most appropriate avenues to disseminate RRI. These opportunities will fit appropriately into the delivery mechanism of the educational programmes, the local entrepreneurial milieu, and focus on the work of the NIHR Oxford BRC.
What kind of actions are you going to establish to fulfil your objectives?
Two main actions will be implemented. First, as there are many instances of research and innovation within the NIHR Oxford BRC and the University of Oxford, a brief scoping exercise will be done to find out what the learning priorities are, based on the experience of those having gone through the process in Oxford. Second, once opportunities to disseminate RRI have been identified, we will offer talks, lectures, seminars, workshops based on the training modules designed by our partner from University Tor Vergata.
Who is involved, from your University, in the AP in order to complete your final objective?
Our work requires a close collaboration between STARBIOS2 team and Dr Denise Best (University of Oxford Academic Clinical Careers Manager and NIHR Oxford BRC training lead). Dr Denise Best presented her work to the evaluation team at Oxford in October, and we are excited to build on this collaboration to make further structural changes.