Campus champions page.
Benefits to the Institution
The Campus Champions programme allows institutions to link into the NGS community and to support their local e-Infrastructure users. It both allows local researchers to be better informed and supported; and to inform the future development of the NGS. For prospective member institutions there is no commitment to provide any resources.
The NGS will support the Campus Champion through the following means:
- Participation in a national community of Campus Champions;
- Regular information on new resources and services;
- Material for publicising NGS and related local activities, including research success stories;
- Detailed training and documentation on the NGS and its processes and in more general topics of user engagement;
- Advice for helping new local users request accounts for accessing NGS resources;
- The means to add relevant items into the NGS surgery meetings;
- Allocations of NGS time to allow for supporting new users and novel developments;
- Campus visits by NGS staff.
What's expected of the Campus Champion?
The Campus Champion role covers a number of activities, for example:
- Providing information on the NGS and e-Infrastructure resources to researchers at your institution;
- Assisting new users to get started with the NGS systems and providing help to decide on the best resources for them to use;
- Capturing information on problems and challenges which local users face in using the NGS;
- Where appropriate provide local support to users who have submitted help requests to the helpdesk;
- Raise awareness of the NGS within your local institution;
- A host for NGS events in you institution, in particular an NGS Roadshow event if one has not already taken place locally.
- Attendance at the annual Innovation Forum to keep abreast of the ongoing NGS programme and to be able to pass information given back to their local users.
Nominating a Campus Champion
Campus Champions should be either a member of central IT services who’s role includes research computing, or a researcher whose work includes related resource utilization and who has a passion for engagement of colleagues in the activity.
The nomination template should be used (as available below) and returned to the NGS on institutional headed paper signed by a senior member of staff representing line management of the nominated person. We recognize that change is inevitable within institutions and so we ask that where the current member of staff is intending to move that a new staff member is identified and a new letter of support provided.