YAÇEM Vision and Goals

The Built Environment Research and Innovation Centre (YAÇEM) at Hasan Kalyoncu University is an active, vibrant and inclusive centre to build up research excellence in the Built Environment field. It endeavours for national and global recognition for its research outcomes and impacts.

YAÇEM is seeking to develop an internal dynamic and responsive environment to achieve its vision “To play a leading role in setting the Built Environment research agenda nationally and internationally through real-world focussed research to contribute to the development of sustainable high-quality industry and society, which adds value to current and future stakeholders in Built Environment”.

It would enable members of the research centre to quickly mobilise a critical mass of researchers to respond to external challenges. In this respect, YAÇEM aims to establish and improve its ability to compete in the marketplace by a series of ‘Research Groups’ (RG). These groups build upon the current strengths from the current research commitments and interests in the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture in the university. The Research groups are typically multidisciplinary and cross-groups collaboration is actively encouraged.

In this respect, the research groups assist the YAÇEM to be more efficient in its strategic planning in terms of focussing on specific goals, core capabilities, implementation plans and allocation of resources.

YAÇEM Objective

YAÇEM has the following objectives:

  1. Capacity Building: New and developing researchers and PhD students joining the Research Groups. This enables them to increase their research profile through direct involvement in bidding and writing publications;
  2. Flexible and Rapid Response to Emerging Opportunities: The Research Groups can quickly act to address emerging national or international needs – making them more readily able to respond to external opportunities to bid for both large and small research funds;
  3. International Excellence: The Research Groups can respond to the emerging University research strategy objective of increasing the proportion of staff recognised as internationally leading researchers;
  4. Supporting teaching with research informed and state of the art materials via
    1. Planning and teaching courses in line with your school’s Learning Teaching and Assessment strategy, Academic Framework and quality requirements
    2. Leading on/contributing to programme / module development and curriculum review
    3. Working with colleagues to support a strong academic programme identity
    4. Producing teaching materials informed by current research that motivate and inspire student learning
    5. Making appropriate use of technology to support learning and teaching, e.g. Virtual Learning Environments
    6. Supervising and providing support and guidance for student learning activities, such as project based learning and research activities and, where appropriate, placement
    7. Providing academic support and guidance for students

YAÇEM Initiatives

This YAÇEM initiative is supported by mechanisms, for example:

  1. PGR Strategy: The PGR strategy can be augmented to support the Research Groups. This will include focused PhD research, targeted recruitment numbers, specific events through conferences, bespoke training, etc;
  2. Bidding Support: Financial resources can be available to the Research Groups to help members be more effective in submitting external funding bids;
  3. Networking: Financial support to consolidate and improve national and international positioning g. conferences, workshops, seminars etc
  4. Administrative Support: Dedicated administrative assistance to help support the activities of the Research Groups

YAÇEM Research Impact and Strategy

Research impact as the very final outcome of research projects and studies is the key: it is defined as “an effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or the quality of life beyond academia.” As implied from those definitions, research can improve not only economy but also our quality of life through impacts such as Society, Health, Environment, Policy and Culture.

The research strategy is formulated to achieve the best possible research impact to maintain and even further improve its research position now and in the future.