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What's this all about?

In 2015, 193 countries worldwide committed to achieve 17 essential Sustainable Develoment Goals by 2030 (the UN SDGs, or 'Global Goals') - a hugely ambitious global undertaking.

These goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change so we can all survive, and thrive, on planet earth.  Guided by the goals, it is now up to all of us, governments, businesses, civil society, universities, researchers and the general public to work together to build a better future for everyone.

"At its essence, sustainability means ensuring prosperity and environmental protection without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. A sustainable world is one where people can escape poverty and enjoy decent work without harming the earth's essential ecosystems and resources; where people can stay healthy and get the food and water they need; where everyone can access clean energy that doesn't contribute to climate change; where women and girls are afforded equal rights and equal opportunity."

Ban Ki-moon,  8th UN Secretary General

What is The Global Academy?

The Global Academy is a not-for-profit social enterprise that has spun out from a busy global academic jobs board. The Global Academy is a new initiative, launching this year, linking academic research together using the UNSDG framework - 'Research for the Goals'.  We are working to support achievement of the The Global Goals by highlighting and showcasing academic work on the Goals that is making a real contribution.  To support this aim, the Global Academy website is a growing resource where academics from around the world post their researcher pages to highlight how their work is supporting achievement of specific Global Goals. From here academics, and their funders, can identify opportunities for research collaboration, or important gaps in research, as we seek to meet the UN Global Goals.

Why is The Global Academy initiative important?

The Global Academy is the first independent initiative to attempt to draw together the academic research supporting achievement of the UN Global Goals by 2030.  It provides an independent platform where researchers, those who fund research and the institutions housing and supporting research on the Global Goals can come together. The Global Academy is providing a unique opportunity to showcase research, find collaboration opportunities and support initiatives in under-researched areas.

Why is this initiative important for institutions supporting research?

From the experience we have gained running a global academic jobs board we know that researchers around the world are already working on all 17 goals, and their 169 underlying targets.  Our website will show how and where they are making progress.  

Some of these researchers are working in academic institutions where there is a genuine and coherent corporate commitment to organising, promoting and supporting research which is relevant to the achievement of The Global Goals by 2030.  This is one of the ways in which these institutions wish to be defined to the rest of the world.

Some of the researchers are working in highly collaborative teams and research groups within their institutions, which may not (yet) have developed a corporate priority around research that supports the achievement of the Global Goals.

Some of the researchers may be working alone (possibly as postgraduate student, or a supervisor of a single postgraduate student) on work that is important in the context of the UN Global Goals but is not clearly recognised or supported as part of a wider research programme within their institutions.

Further, some researchers are working outside of academic institutions and undertaking research highly relevant to the achievement of the Global Goals, in their roles within, for example, commercial organisations, or perhaps public, or third, sector 'think tanks'.

All of these researchers have a place in the Global Academy.  Importantly, so do the institutions that support their work.

Institutions too can benefit from having a place, outside of their 'corporate' structures, to showcase internationally, and promote, the work they are doing towards the achievement of the 2030 UN Global Goals.

If you would like to discuss how your institution can become part of The Global Academy initiative please get in touch with one of the team:

steve.fairman@theglobalacademy.ac

wendy.stone@theglobalacademy.ac

robert.nixon@globalacademyjobs.com 

What makes a good researcher page on The Global Academy website?

 

The Global Academy is working to support achievement by 2030 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (The Global Goals) by highlighting and showcasing academic work on the Goals that is making a real contribution.

To support this aim, the Global Academy website is a growing resource where academics from around the world post their researcher pages to highlight how their work is supporting achievement of specific Global Goals. From here academics, and their funders, can identify opportunities for research collaboration, or important gaps in research, as we seek to meet the UN Global Goals.

But which researcher pages are going to have the biggest impact? - how do we know when a researcher’s page is a good one? This blog is designed to help with those questions and provide some ‘top tips’ - so here we go:

Provide a good photograph

Your photo is the first thing others are going to see when they open your page. It needs to be in focus(!) and project the image you are seeking to put across in the rest of your page.

Try to answer all the questions in the researcher page builder

This might seem pretty obvious but what might just feel like an easy skip when you are answering the questions to populate your page may look like a big gap when it is formatted and shown on the published page. We have tried to make this as easy as possible for you, and not all questions will be relevant to everyone, but more definitely is more in this case.

Think about the language

The Global Academy website is a resource for academics - both to highlight their own work and to find out about the work of others associated to the achievement of the UN Global Goals. The vast majority of visitors to the site will be academics, but some will not. The website is intended as a truly global resource. With that in mind it is important when describing your research focus and projects on your page to think carefully about the language you use. Could someone not directly working within your field understand it? Could someone with something other than English as their first language understand it?

It’s all about the Goals

By including your researcher page on the Global Academy website you are showing the world that your research is contributing to the achievement of the UN Global Goals by 2030. This is why other academics are visiting the site - they may be seeking potential collaborators. It is why research funders are visiting the site - they are seeking to identify gaps in research or work worthy of enhanced support.

However, others are only going to know which Goals you are working on if you tell them by making it clear on your researcher page. We know that in many cases this may take a bit of thought and a little time and effort - particularly when you narrow your work down to specific targets (which are ‘nested’) beneath each of the Global Goals. However, the benefits in terms of how easy it is for others to ‘read’ your page will be more than worth it!

Finally - promote yourself!

The Global Academy website is an opportunity for you to showcase to your peers and research funders around the world, the value of your work on the UN Global Goals. Tell everyone about your awards and successes. Make sure people know how to get hold of you easily. Perhaps even consider uploading a short video about your work and its linkage to the achievement of the UN Global Goals by 2030.

If in doubt about anything drop us a line at The Global Academy and we will be happy to help.

 

steve.fairman@theglobalacademy.ac

wendy.stone@theglobalacademy.ac

robert.nixon@globalacademyjobs.com

How do I know which Global Goals I'm working on?

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Research to support the achievement of the UN Global Goals

Here at The Global Academy we've found that some of the first researchers who are signing up are finding a bit of a problem. How do you know where your research fits within the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals) framework? To make it easier to see where your work fits and therefore which Global Goals you should select when signing up to the site, we've developed a new page on our website to help out. The page lists all the goals, and the individual targets behind each one, on a single page.

You know your research - let us support you in deciding where it fits

When you sign up to The Global Academy the targets for each goal listed on this page should help you to choose the goals that are relevant to your research. The page may be useful even if you already know what goals you're working towards; you can use the page to decide which targets within those goals your research is supporting the world to achieve.

You know your research better than anyone else which is why you're best placed to decide where it fits within the Global Goals framework. We're hoping that this new resource will help you to make this decision easier as part of your sign up to The Global Academy.

Sign up now!

If you'd like to start creating a researcher page, please visit our page builder tool. We will start your page, based on the content you provide, send you the link and ask where you would like to make changes and additions. Because we are still developing the site we are beginning with this simple web form and hand-built pages. Later on we will move to a fully functioning data-base fed by an automated online system. The first 100 researchers to sign up will get a "Research Trailblazer" badge on their (free!) page, so why not sign up now to take advantage of this starter offer and get yourself a badge before they run out!

Check out some researcher pages

Dr Matt Smith Aerobiologist and Lecturer - working on Global Goals 3, 13 and 15

Mr Ignatius Duhu (page under construction) Doctoral candidate - working on Global Goal 8

Dr Wesley Loftie-Eaton Microbiologist and Research scientist - working on Global Goals 3 and 9

Prof Michael Petraglia Archeologist and PI for the Paleodeserts project - working on Global Goals 13 and 15

See our researchers talking about their work

Researcher videos on our website

Videos on our YouTube Channel

Why do I want a Global Goals researcher page?

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The Global Academy links your research to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, showcasing your contribution to the world.

We're making the world's research visible, opening up opportunities for research teams, universities and funders.

What is this about?

193 countries worldwide, including yours, have agreed to achieve 17 essential Sustainable Develoment Goals by 2030 - a huge global undertaking.  Our contribution to this ambitious programme is a platform for researchers to show how their work is helping to achieve the goals. We know that researchers around the world are already working on all 17 goals and their 169 underlying targets and our website will show how and where they are making progress.  Importantly, the database we build will also identify where there are academic partnership opportunities, and where there are gaps in the research.

Why are the Global Goals important?

These goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change so we can survive on planet earth.  Guided by the goals, it is now up to all of us, governments, businesses, civil society, universities, researchers and the general public to work together to build a better future for everyone.

"At its essence, sustainability means ensuring prosperity and environmental protection without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. A sustainable world is one where people can escape poverty and enjoy decent work without harming the earth's essential ecosystems and resources; where people can stay healthy and get the food and water they need; where everyone can access clean energy that doesn't contribute to climate change; where women and girls are afforded equal rights and equal opportunity."

 Ban Ki-moon,  8th UN Secretary General

Can my research really help?

Short answer: Yes!

Longer answer:  Researchers work to find out how the world fits together and then to solve problems and make improvementsso we know you want ot make a difference.  If your research is funded you are undoubtedly being asked to report on its impact and there is no better measure of ultimate research impact than the Global Goals.

There are 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and 169 measurable targets underlying the goals, each with 1 to 3 indicators.  You can read more about the goals and targets here at GlobalGoals.org.  Your research is certain to contribute to at least one of the targets and goals.  Find out where your work fits into the goals framework using our researcher page tool here and then show us what you are working on!

What should I do next?

Go to our page builder tool, and work through the guided questions. We will start your page, based on what you tell us, send you the link and ask where you would like to make changes and additions.  Because we are still developing the site we are beginning with this simple web form and hand-built pages. Later on we will move to a fully functioning data-base fed by an automated online system.  As the site grows and develops your 'Research Trailblazer' page will develop with it. You can see some example pages at the end of this article.

Next steps

Use our page builder to tell us about your research and we will send you a link to your page ( please be patient, it sometimes takes a few days). The first 100 researchers to create pages will receive 'Research Trailblazer' badges on their profile pages - so do it now! 

Check out some researcher pages 

Dr Matt Smith  Aerobiologist and Lecturer - working on Global Goals 3, 13 and 15

Mr Ignatius Duhu (page under construction) Doctoral candidate - working on Global Goal 8

Dr Wesley Loftie-Eaton Microbiologist and Research scientist - working on Global Goals 3 and 9

Prof Michael Petraglia Archeologist and PI for the Paleodeserts project - working on Global Goals 13 and 15

See our researchers talking about their work

Researcher videos on our website 

Videos on our YouTube Channel

  

Use your research to Blaze a Global Trail

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The Global Goals

Right now, the World is working to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (the 'Global Goals') by 2030.  Back in 2015,193 countries signed up to commit to them.  It is a huge undertaking.  A range of work is going on in every country, not least in the academic world.  Many of the goals can only be achieved with new thinking and innovative collaboration - exactly why academics are such a valuable part of this global task.

The Global Academy - supporting academics

Not all academics though, know where their work fits in, either against achievement of the Global Goals, or with others working in similar fields.  This is where we come in.  Here at the Global Academy we are doing our bit by launching an important new initiative this year, linking academic research together using the UNSDG framework - 'Research for the Goals'.  

Importantly for researchers and academics, it will also identify where there are academic collaboration opportunities and where there are gaps in research. Take the example of Wesley Loftie-Eaton, currently working in South Africa as part of a global team developing new DNA sequencing technologies.  This work has the potential to open the door to our understanding of whole biomes and as such puts the research he is involved as strongly contributing to the achievement of Goals 3 Better Health and Wellbeing (Targets 3.3, 3.4 and 3.B) and 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (Target 9.5) as well as potentially Goal 15 'Life on Land'. 

Helping us to help you

Currently we are underway at the initial stage of finding some friendly academics to help us to effectively 'beta-test' our new site - we need feedback on the usability of the platform so that we can continue to improve it.  We are inviting researchers to create their own personalised pages.  The prototype can be seen here.  This early testing is extremely valuable and will help us to move the project forward rapidly.

It's currently a 'work in progress' and we would really value your involvement. We are looking to launch proper in the next couple of months.  We are very excited to get it fully up and running and have clear plans in place to make it all happen.

What's in it for you

As a 'thank you' you, like Wesley, will get a 'Research for the Goals' page on our site completely free and you will be 'badged' as a Research for the Goals 'Trailblazer'.  As the site develops you will be in the first rank to get access to new features.

 If you are willing to get involved, it would be great if you could complete the form here and create your own dedicated researcher page. We will share what it looks like with you before it is posted to keep you in control.  If you would like to chat to one of us before jumping in, Wendy Stone, our Director, would be delighted to speak with you in person. We also have a former Managing Director in the NHS, Steve Fairman working on this with us.

 If, in addition to yourself, you can think of any colleagues who might be interested, please let us know! Hope to hear from you soon.

The Global Academy Team.



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