Universities participating in TRANSPEER
- Inland Norway University of Applied Science
- Karlstad University, Sweden (Coordinator)
- Liverpool John Moores University, UK
- New University of Lisbon, ITQB NOVA, Portugal
- Polytechnic Institute of Santarém, Portugal
Inland Norway University of Applied Science
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN) is a multi-campus institution located in the regions of Hedmark and Oppland in south-eastern Norway. With over 13, 000 students and 950 staff INN is among the largest Universities of Applied Sciences in Norway. INN provides high-standard education and modern research-based teaching at the undergraduate, master’s, and PhD levels, offering over 100 study programmes on a wide range of subject areas: ecology and agricultural sciences, psychology, sports, law, music, pedagogy, health sciences, social sciences, teacher education, language and literature, biotechnology, film, TV and culture, tourism, animation and game sciences, economics, leadership and innovation. INN offers doctoral programs in Child and Youth Competence Development, Teaching and Teacher Education, Applied Ecology, Audiovisual Media, and Innovation in Services which represent INN`s strategic research areas together with sports and public health, economics and management, biotechnology and artistic research. Both education and research have a strong international outlook as INN collaborates with over 200 universities from all over the world through a large number of international cooperation programmes. INN is a member of the European University Association (EUA) and coordinates a number of international networks and one research school (e.g. the Partnership in Education and Research for Responsible Living (PERL) and the International Research School in Applied Ecology). As coordinator of PERL, INN holds also the UNESCO chair on Education for Sustainable Living, currently one of the few UNESCO chairs in Norway. INN is also particularly engaged in the region, cooperating with public and private actors through their centres and research environments (Arena Heidner).
Karlstad University (KAU) is a mid-sized higher education institution based around two campuses in the Värmland region of central Sweden. A former university college (founded 1977), it was granted university status in 1999. It currently provides around 70 education programmes and 900 courses within humanities, social studies, science, technology, teaching, health care, and the arts. Today, it has approximately 16,000 students and 1,200 employees (of which some 800 are academic staff). Supported by the Central Administration, the university is organised around the faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences (HS) and Health, Science, and Technology (HNT), the Faculty Board for Teacher Education, the Karlstad Business School, and the Ingesund School of Music. KAU has particular strengths in Pedagogy, Materials Science, and Service Innovation, with the CTF Service Research Center (Swedish Centrum för Tjänsteforskning) widely recognised as a world leader in research on service management and value creation through service. KAU provides expertise in the utilisation of research, and in co-operation with a range of partners in wider society, from private industry to public bodies. The external impact of KAU’s researchers and students, and its formal relationships with public and private actors, are supported by the university’s department of External Relations. Within this department, the Grants & Innovation Office (GIO) is responsible for supporting researchers with competence development, research strategies, external funding applications, and research utilisation and commercialisation.
Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), located in the city of Liverpool, England, is a dynamic and progressive institution. It has four faculties which include 17 schools, 14 centres and eight institutes that work in conjunction with LJMU’s many service teams in the delivery of its strategic plan. LJMU has a vibrant, multi-national community of approximately 18,000 undergraduate, 3000 master’s and 700 PhD students, plus 2,500 staff. It offers 195 undergraduate, 157 master’s and 80 PhD courses. LJMU holds the new Erasmus+ Charter for Higher Education 2014-20 and the Erasmus+ programme provides its students with the opportunity to study or work abroad at over 60 institutions in 22 EU countries. Research and scholarship is at the heart of LJMU and is pivotal to enhancement of the student experience. In addition, it supports businesses and contributes to wealth creation for the City of Liverpool and the UK and beyond. LJMU encourages multi-disciplinary research and actively supports collaborations with partners across the World. The Institution’s research profile and reputation continue to develop as evidenced by a trebling of external research income in the last 10 years. LJMU’s project team brings together colleagues from Research and Innovation Services and the Doctoral Academy all of whom have a thorough understanding of the priorities and challenges of researchers at different stages of their careers. The team unites experienced facilitators who have roles which require them to support, on a daily basis, researchers from different disciplines and at different stages of their careers with a broad range of issues related to skill development and career progression. The team offers significant expertise around what constitutes ‘research excellence’, including research impact, stakeholder analysis, successful funding applications and the effective communication of research.
The Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica António Xavier (ITQB NOVA) is an organic unit of the New University of Lisbon. The mission of ITQB NOVA is to carry out scientific research and postgraduate teaching in life sciences, chemistry and associated technologies, for the benefit of human health and the environment. ITQB NOVA is one of the leading research centres in the Chemical and Life Sciences area in Portugal, and a major national and international resource for basic and applied research. ITQB NOVA’s expertise drives research with impact in the Horizon 2020 societal challenges on the well-being of human societies (Molecular Basis of Health and Disease), on Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture, and on the Environment (Biological Resources and Sustainable Development). ITQB NOVA coordinates two Research Units funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) – Molecular, Structural and Cellular Microbiology (MOSTMICRO) and BioResources4Sustainability (GREEN-IT) – and is involved in a third – iNOVA4Health. Collaboration within ITQB NOVA is very present, and the diversity of expertise contributes to a multidisciplinary atmosphere that makes ITQB NOVA unique in the country. The Science Funding Office has the mission of supporting ITQB NOVA researchers, faculty, and institutions on the development of funding proposals, including strategic planning, finding opportunities, support throughout the application, contract negotiation, and grant writing, spanning several international public and private agencies, as well as Portuguese grant schemes. In addition, it organises an in-house training program targeted at researchers and focusing on career development and funding.
The Instituto Politécnico de Santarém (IPS) is an institution of public higher education that began its activity in 1979 and consists of five Higher Schools in different scientific areas (Agriculture Sciences; Education; Management and Technologies; Sports Sciences; Health). It conducts its teaching courses in the 1st and 2nd cycle, as well as technological specialisation courses (two-year) and post degree courses. The Institute has several support units dedicated to promoting research, internationalisation, employability, and quality:
- The Research Unit (UIIPS), responsible for coordinating the research and development projects within the Institute. Currently it has 12 major research lines and 30 ongoing projects;
- The IPS International School, which has the mission of implementing and monitoring the international educational programs of the IPSantarém and attracting foreign students;
- The Entrepreneurship and Employability Unit, responsible for coordinating several programmes to promote competitivity, innovation and entrepreneurship;
- The Assessment Observatory, created in 2007 by ESES, responsible for guaranteeing quality in three main areas: support for institutional assessment, the accompaniment of employability and professional integration of students in the job market, and the disclosure of complementary information and training in conjunction with partners and target public.
One major strength of IPSantarém is its experience in the management and coordination of European Union programmes such as, Erasmus +, TEMPUS, Erasmus Mundus, Jean Monnet and joint degrees. The mobility of the entire academic community, in its different aspects and perspectives, is a key strategic goal of the Institute.