RSE Leaders Meeting – July 2022

Date: Thursday 7th July 2022

Time: 10am to 4pm

Location: University of Birmingham, Murray Learning Centre, Room LC-UG10

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Host: Ed (Andrew) Edmondson

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We’d love to see you in person but we understand if some people need to attend remotely. We’ll be setting something up to involve those people. Please let me know directly if you need to be included in that provision. (c.wyatt at


10:00 – Refreshments

10:30 – Welcome & Update on Birmingham Research Software Group – Ed (Andrew) Edmondson

11:00 – Update on the Conference & RSE Leaders meeting – Claire Wyatt (RSE Community Manager, Software Sustainability Institute)

11:20 – Roundtable Discussion Session 1


  • What is an RSE? What is different and what is common for an RSE in industry, within a university and within a government research facility.
  • RSE Recruitment, Retention and Sustainability

12:30 – Lunch

14:00 – Roundtable Discussion Session 2

Split into groups to discuss specific topics and/or to plan future workshops on these topics.

Refreshments available at 15:00.

Possible topics:

  • RSE-PI Agreement Plan
  • Dealing with institutional inertia
  • Funded vs Free
  • Getting buy-in and support from stakeholders
  • Engaging with researchers
  • RSE Skills Matrix and Career Progression
  • Extending and enhancing training provision
  • Different software engineering processes (agile, formal, etc)
  • Any other suggestions?

16:00 – Close meeting