Northumbria comes to CHI 2012

Northumbria University is involved in 26 contributions to the prestigious CHI 2012 conference in Austin, Texas. You can read about them all here:

CHI/Northumbria: It’s the Experience

Experts from the Schools of Life Sciences, Design and Built and Natural Environment are taking part in the conference this year, with contributions ranging from digital cheque books for eighty somethings, interventions to change energy usage to teenage cool, killer apps and building design.

CHI is the premier international conference on human-computer interaction, taking place this year between 5th and 10th May. This year’s conference is expected to draw in over 2,500 professionals from over 400 countries.


Northumbria Research Conference: Two Weeks To Go!

There are two weeks to go until Northumbria University’s annual Research Conference!

Taking place on 16th and 17th May, the conference celebrates recent and ongoing research across the University. It provides an opportunity for staff to present their findings to colleagues, and to network with potential collaborators in other Schools.

Research students will get a chance to showcase their work via a poster presentation, and a prize will be presented to the student judged to have created the best poster.

The programme has been published and registration for the conference is open, so click on the link to book your place.


REF CoP consultation period ends

Northumbria University’s consultation exercise around its Research Excellence Framework (REF) Code of Practice has come to an end.

There was an encouraging degree of interest in the Code, with well over 500 individual visits to the consultation page on the University website.  All suggestions and potential amendments will be reported to the REF Advisory Group at its next (monthly) meeting.

The purpose of the Code is to ensure that decisions about who and what is submitted to the REF are made in a way that is transparent and objective, and complies with equalities legislation.  This entails both legal and moral obligations, which all must be meshed with decisions that enable the University to present its research in the best possible way for REF purposes.

The final version must be submitted to HEFCE by July 31st 2012.

The current version of the Code of Practice can be found here.    (Details of HEFCE’s requirements of the Code can be found in Part 4 of the document here )


REF Roadshows roll into town….

The PVC for Research, Professor Peter Golding, together with key staff from Research and Business Services, is delivering a series of Roadshows about Northumbria’s involvement in the REF.

Each School will have its own specific Roadshow. The session will incorporate a presentation from the School’s AD for Research, giving specific information on what is expected at both School and University level during the course of the REF submission period, and also discuss the current REF Dry Run which is taking place in preparation for 2014.

Dates, times and locations of the Roadshows can be found below. For further information please email


HCES 10/04/2012 14.00 – 15.30 Hall A, Coach Lane Campus
Natural and Built Environment 12/04/2012 14.00 – 15.30 EBA003/5
Design 18/04/2012 15.00 – 16.30 Design School Presentation Hall
Law 25/04/2012 10.00 – 11.30 CCE1 401
Services 01/05/2012 10.00 – 11.30 CCE1 003



Project Monitoring for Principal Investigators at Northumbria

Research and Business Services has recently made a number of improvements to the pre- and post-award support available to colleagues in the University. One significant feature introduced in the last month is the online Project Monitoring Reports which allow Principal Investigators to keep track of spend to date and funds remaining on all externally funded projects. Reports are available via the Post-Award section of the RBS website and require a Northumbria username and password.

Once logged in you can choose to view reports using either the University or RCUK financial models. Simply choose a School, a PI name and then select the project number and title you would like to view using the drop-down menus.

The report shows a straightforward breakdown of planned spend, spend to date and any committed expenditure so PIs can see at a glance how much money is left under any particular budget heading.You can also drill down to view additional details for different categories of travel expenditure, for example.

If you have any questions about the Project Monitoring Reports, please direct them to Wendy Anderson in the RBS Post-Award team.


Northumbria Research Forum: Climate and the Environment

The next Northumbria Research Forum will take place on Friday 24th February, on the theme of Climate and the Environment.

Climate change and its impact on the way we live may well be the most pressing issue facing humankind.  Research into ways of living, social and physical planning of our environment, legal, technological, environmental and social aspects of climate in our lives all invite research and analysis. This forum will offer an opportunity to present existing research and consider ways forward.

The Research Forums provide a simple platform for staff to communicate their research to colleagues and to find out about cognate research that might be of interest. They provide an opportunity to bring Northumbria’s research community together around a variety of research themes and disciplines, and to reflect issues and topics where research originating from diverse disciplinary bases might be taken further in collaboration.

Presentations are expected to be informal and brief (maximum 10 minutes) and should be designed to inform a general audience about the research interests and activities of a colleague. PowerPoint facilities will be available, but are not encouraged.

The Forum takes place on the 24th February and is scheduled from 10.30am – 2.30pm, although it may conclude with lunch dependant on final numbers attending. It will be held in Room 205, Sutherland Building. Lunch and refreshments will be available.  It is not necessary to attend the full Forum and you are welcome to join/leave the Forum as teaching committments allow. All Northumbria University staff who wish to attend should register on the forum website.