This is the fourth part of a blogpost published for International Research Software Engineering Day integrating and extracting from our response to the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) consultation this summer on what the role of Research Technology Professional (RTP) means to King’s Digital Lab. Research Software Engineering profiles are a category within RTPs so our response was based on the KDL experience of inhabiting those roles.
This is last part in the series (Part 1: "Who are Research Technology Professionals?"; Part 2: "People, projects, infrastructure, methodologies and processes"; Part 3: "Visibility, recognition, career development, sustainability and training"). There is no need to be read in sequence but it might be useful for context.
Last but not least, the final point of the AHRC consultation (Equality Diversity and Inclusion issues) is the one that allows us to subsume several aspects of Research Technology Professionals (RTPs) roles in Arts and Humanities (A&H) research and how we see them changing and becoming professionalised in a healthy and inclusive environment:
I would like to thank the AHRC for the opportunity to contribute to this consultation and hope the blogpost will be useful to a wider cohort of readers curious to understand and critique what RTPs in A&H can be or interested in seeing these roles evolve and thrive.