As you have no doubt heard, the Higher Education Funding Council for England has launched a consultation on the next Research Excellence Framework. This includes proposals intended to streamline the REF process and make it less burdensome for UK universities whilst maintaining and improving incentives for research excellence. It includes recommendations relating to: the submission of staff and outputs, the approach to the assessment of impact, and the introduction of an institutional level assessment.
Northumbria University is preparing a response and would like to give the ECR community an opportunity to feed into this. We are holding an event on Tuesday 14th February from 1.00-2.30 in room 209, Sutherland Building, City Campus. If you are able to attend, please sign up on this doodle poll to reserve your place: http://doodle.com/poll/fdkxmmr7mvaw8mee
Responses to the consultation must be submitted by midday on Friday 17 March 2017. Full details of the consultation can be found on the HEFCE website here.
The Enterprise Europe Network, in partnership with Innovate UK, is organising a National Information Day on the 2017 round of calls for Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 – Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials on 23 November in Birmingham.
The event will introduce the content of the forthcoming calls, present insights and priorities from the European Commission, provide information on the support available to UK applicants and offer networking opportunities to help find new project partners. In addition, National Contact Points (NCPs) from the UK, Ireland, Poland and Cyprus will be present to answer questions and help develop new collaborations. There will also be an opportunity to pitch ideas and expertise to representatives of industry and research organisations.
The event is free to attend but you must register in advance. More info is available on the event website.
The first Raw Materials Week will be held in Brussels from 28 Nov – 2 Dec. It is expected to attract a range of stakeholders interested in hearing about and discussing raw materials policy and initiatives.
The event will include an information and brokerage event on Horizon 2020, EIT Raw Materials and ERA-MIN 2 calls, which is scheduled for the afternoon of 30 November. Participants need to register online in advance.
Don’t miss out on three great opportunities for academics to work with and learn about Parliament.
Attend Research, Impact and the UK Parliament training and learn how to use academic research to engage with Parliament. Training sessions take place monthly around the UK.
Get involved in UK Parliament Week 2016 (14–20 November). Engage your students, colleagues or local community with democracy, politics and the UK Parliament by running an event or activity.
Apply for a place at Brexit: an academic conference. Share your academic expertise and build networks with parliamentary researchers at this special conference in Westminster on Thursday 10 November.
Three workshops are being offered by the Participatory Research Hub for those interested in finding out more about this way of researching in collaboration. The workshops are open to those new to and established as researchers in universities, the voluntary and public sectors, communities and activists. Participatory research is an excellent route to research impact and one of the courses focusses on ways to involve policy-makers and practitioners in research that helps to develop policy and practice.
The three courses, all to be held at the Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan’s College, Durham University are:
- Participatory Action Research 1: Introduction to PAR, 3rd February 2017
- Participatory Action Research 2: Embedding participation in research practice, 3 March 2017
- Developing Policy and Practice through Participatory Research, 15 May 2017
To find out more about the workshops and to book your place visit: https://www.dur.ac.uk/socialjustice/events/2017events/
For further advice, information and toolkits about participatory research visit: www.dur.ac.uk/socialjustice/events/
There are three great opportunities for academics to work with and learn about the UK Parliament coming up in the next couple of months.
Attend “Research, Impact and the UK Parliament” training
Learn how to use academic research to engage with Parliament at our “Research, Impact and the UK Parliament” training events, taking place monthly across the UK.
Get involved in UK Parliament Week 2016, 14th – 20th November
Engage your students, colleagues or local community with democracy, politics and the UK Parliament. Join hundreds of other organizations running events and activities during UK Parliament Week 2016 to explore democracy and empower people.
Apply for a place at “Brexit: an academic conference”
Share your academic expertise and build networks with parliamentary researchers at “Brexit: an academic conference”, taking place in Westminster on Thursday 10th November 2016.
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is offering a three-day course called the ‘Engaging with Government Programme’. You can secure funding from the AHRC to cover the costs of the course, accommodation, travel and subsistence if you are an early career researcher working in any area of the AHRC’s subject domain who is within eight years of your PhD or six years of academic appointment.
The course runs from 7-9 March 2017 in London and is designed to help participants develop the skills needed to pursue the policy implications of their research. To find out more and to apply visit: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/funding/opportunities/current/engaging-with-government-programme/ Closing date is 7th October 2016.