Study on the role of research supervisors in information literacy - call for expressions of interest

Added by Stephane Goldstein on 08 October 2010 12:15

The Research Information Network is looking to commission a study which will investigate the place and role of PhD supervisors in the drive to ensure that research students possess the necessary level of information literacy to pursue their careers successfully in academia and beyond. The broad objectives for this work will include:

  • an investigation and analysis of current practices in this area among PhD supervisors, including their relationship and interface with other players such as graduate schools and university libraries;
  • an analysis of variations in practice across institutions and disciplines;
  • an analysis of the ability of PhD supervisors to impart relevant skills and provide appropriate advice;
  • an identification of the areas where improvement in practice might be called for;
  • the production of recommendations on the development of best practice and the provision of support mechanisms, that can serve as a basis for a plan of action.

We anticipate that up to £40,000 + VAT will be available for this project.

We are now seeking expressions of interest from prospective contractors who might wish to bid for this work; please send these to no later than 17:00 on Monday 25 October.

At this stage we need no more than an email confirmation, with full contact details and the name of the individual who would take the lead in bidding. Of course, an expression of interest would not commit you in any way. On the basis of responses that we receive, we will issue a formal invitation to tender in early November. At that point, we will circulate a full project specification, along with a list of those who have responded to the call, so that prospective contractors can contact each other if they wish to make a joint bid. We anticipate that we will interview shortlisted bidders during the first half of December, to enable us to commission this work by the end of the year - the exact date will be confirmed at the time that we issue the ITT. The project will then run for the first half of 2011.

The project will be overseen by the RIN Working Group on Information Handling. Further details about the Group and the general context of this call can be found here.

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