CROS & PIRLS – There’s still time to participate

Until Wednesday 5 April 2019, Northumbria is participating in two biennial national surveys of researchers, the Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) and the Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS). These surveys gather important, anonymous data about working conditions, career aspirations and career development opportunities for research staff and research leaders in higher education institutions.

Eligible staff have been sent an email with a link to the relevant survey. The surveys are totally anonymous and confidential and analysis will be used to inform Northumbria’s researcher development training programmes and other activities in support of our research-active staff. They will also be used to benchmark us against the rest of the sector. Click on the links for more information about CROS and PIRLS or contact researchsupport@northumbria.ac.uk if you have any questions about the surveys.

 

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Horizon 2020 and beyond…Notes from UKRO Visit

Our UKRO Representative Jon Brookes visited Newcastle yesterday, here are some notes from the presentation:

Average success rate across all H2020 Programmes was 14.9% so far. This varied from scheme to scheme with some of the ERC fellowships at 4%. £4.6 billion came to the UK, of which 2/3 goes to HEIs.

There is now a dashboard on the Participant Portal that you can use to look at success rates by organisation.

For the remaining 2 years of H2020, calls will be clustered around 4 focus policy areas, you will need to reference the relevant policy area in your proposal, as well as referring to the relevant SDG. In Horizon Europe (FP9) this will be more prevalent. UKRO have a Factsheet on the Role of SDGs https://www.ukro.ac.uk/subscriber/Factsheets/factsheet_sdg.pdf

The remaining calls will be clustered around supporting the Commission’s political priorities:

  • A low-carbon, climate resilient future: €3.3 billion;
  • Circular Economy: €1 billion;
  • Digitising and transforming European industry and services: €1.7 billion;
  • Security Union: €1 billion; and
  • Migration: €200 million.

The new Horizon Europe Programme will have a budget of €100 billion and will be formed around 3 pillars:

  • Open Science – Building on the success of the European Research Council, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and the Research Infrastructures, the pillar adds more resources for projects with higher impacts.
  • Global Challenges and industrial competitiveness – It consists of clusters that aim at exploiting European strengths and assets by generating new knowledge and translating it into useful innovations, developing and applying digital and key enabling technologies along with a new mission approach.
  • Open Innovation – This new pillar will offer a one-stop shop for high potential innovators, aiming to put Europe at the forefront of market-creating innovation through a “bottom-up” approach.

There will be a new European Innovation Council with funding instruments for companies:

  • Pathfinder – risky projects & early stage ideas
  • Accelerator – taking existing ideas and bringing them to market

Horizon Europe will have a ‘Mission Orientation’ with different strands of the programme uniting to pursue Grand Challenges such as curing cancer, eliminating dementia, carbon neutral cities, plastic free oceans. It will therefore be essential that you read and reference the relevant European policy documents in your applications.

There was some discussion about Brexit and what that could mean for the UK. There are a number of documents on the UK Govt website detailing what will happen if there is no deal: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/horizon-2020-funding-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/horizon-2020-funding-if-theres-no-brexit-deal–2

The UK Government guarantees that it will cover all of the UK successful bids budgets submitted right up to the end of H2020. This only covers the UK element of the budget. This guarantee covers any bids put in on a competitive basis up to the end of 2020, including COST Actions, Erasmus etc.

Bear in mind that if there is a No Deal and the UK ends up as a Third Country then you will need to make sure that you have the minimum 3 Member States on the grant to ensure eligibility. Third Party countries CAN coordinate collaborative projects so the UK could still lead projects in the event of a No Deal.

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FACULTY OF HEALTH & LIFE SCIENCE ​ANNUAL CONFERENCE – 29th June 2018

The Health and Life Science Conference at Northumbria University; aims to create an interdisciplinary platform for all researchers, at any stage, working in different aspects of history, theory and practice.This conference provides researchers with a unique opportunity to present their study and engage with a network spanning a wide range of disciplines.

Our hope is the conference will stimulate and drive forward your interests within your field and help establish life long connections and networks. We look forward to working with you and providing you with a platform to raise your profile and engage with others.

​The inclusive nature of the conference welcomes abstract submissions on any aspect, topic or area related to Health and Life Science. The following themes are among the topic areas relevant to the conference but this list is not exhaustive.

  • Applied Science
  • Public Health and Wellbeing
  • Social Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Nursing, Midwifery and Health
  • Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
  • Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Registration for the conference is now open. Find out more here.

Please register to ensure you are able to fully participate in the conference which is wholly collaborative.

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Research for a Better Tomorrow: Engineering & Environment Faculty PGR Conference: Thursday, 21 June 2018

Ellison Building | Northumbria University | NE1 8ST Newcastle upon Tyne | United Kingdom
Thursday, 21 June 2018 from 09:00 to 16:30 (BST)
The PGR conference invites participation and communication across all postgraduate students in the Engineering and Environment faculty. We challenge you to retain the richness and complexity of your work while clearly communicating your intended meaning to the non-expert audience beyond your research group and department. Sometimes surprising academic connections can be made in such diverse contexts.
To attend the conference, please book here.
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Coming up on the Academic Development and Researcher Training Programme (Staff)

Overview of the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

1:00pm – 2:00pm, Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The session will put the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in context, providing the background to the exercise, a brief overview of the outcome from REF2014, and information on known changes to the guidance for REF2021.

Aims and Objectives

  • Understand changes between REF2014 and REF2021
  • Plan the next steps in your REF involvement

Writing Retreat (Includes lunch!) 

9:30am – 4:00pm, Thursday, May 24, 2018

This is a session dedicated to writing, whether that be grant writing or writing for publication. It will allow people a space away from their office where they can come along and write free from distraction. There will be a quiet room to work in (with no talking and phones on silent please!). This will also be an opportunity to meet and talk to colleagues from across the university.

Please note that you must must bring your own writing instruments/electronic writing device.

Aims and Objectives:

  • Developed your academic writing skills
  • Will have completed a personal writing aim
  • Will have planned your next writing aim

Risk Assessment and Health and Safety Awareness

10:00am – 12:00pm, Thursday, May 24, 2018

Want to find out more about Health and Safety in the University? Unsure as to how to complete a risk assessment? This session will provide an overview of both areas and provideyou with an opportunity to carry out practical exercises in completing risk assessments.

Aims and objectives

  • Reasons for safety standards; Legal, Moral, Ethical
  • The Health and safety at work act
  • The Health and Safety Policy
  • Your legal responsibilities
  • Display Screen Equipment
  • Risk assessment
  • Fire Safety: what you need to know
  • Communication, Incident and injury reporting
  • Further information

Book your places here. 

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Coming soon! Academic Development and Researcher Training Programme for University staff

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 10am – 12pm

This is an introductory course on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

You will learn what the protected characteristics are within the Equality Act 2010.

It will give you an insight into the consequences of organisations and individuals getting things wrong and the benefits of adopting the right approach to equality and diversity within the workplace.

Aims and Objectives

  • To give an understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion and why it is important.
  • To provide an overview of the key legislation including looking at different forms of discrimination.
  • Provide examples of the ways in which organisations can create inclusive cultures
  • Give a brief insight into unconscious bias

Book your places here.

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Need research participants? ‘Call for Participants’ is the answer!

Did you know Northumbria University has an alliance with Call for Participants? This is an international service that allows researchers at the University to recruit participants for their research through a central website as opposed to social media channels and the university mailing lists. It gives researchers at the University a much wider recruitment pool to draw on through a site aimed at and appealing to the general public. There are a huge variety of research studies on the site actively recruiting participants already from Universities across the globe.

www.callforparticipants.com

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