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The CMCA User Experience: User Pathway
- Project concept and pre-funding discussions. CMCA staff members are available to assist with developing research ideas into funding applications, including acting as collaborators or co-supervisors where appropriate.
- All researchers register with the CMCA, providing a written overview of their project and anticipated microscopy, imaging and characterisation needs.
- A new user planning meeting is held involving the researcher, their supervisor and relevant CMCA academic staff. This meeting is used to identify the researcher’s training requirements and the level of staff involvement, e.g. collaborative or independent project.
- Researchers who will operate instruments independently are required to attend short training courses. In addition, advanced workshops and one-on-one training options are available. Advice on specimen preparation is provided, with training arranged as necessary.
- Researchers commence data acquisition under staff supervision. Those who have completed training operate instrumentation independently with ongoing support from academic and technical staff. CMCA staff can also be engaged as instrument operators through either consulting or collaborative mechanisms.
- The CMCA’s academic staff members provide one-on-one support to researchers needing assistance with data analysis, visualisation and interpretation, ensuring that researchers maximise the benefits of their instrument access and providing a continuous feedback mechanism as the project progresses.
- The CMCA’s staff members provide advice on how to present and discuss microscopy, imaging and characterisation data, acting as co-authors where the level of academic input is sufficient. All publications linked to use of CMCA facilities are required to include the standard acknowledgement.