Our next research funding drop-in for colleagues in the Faculty of Business and Law will be on Wednesday 25th November between 2-3.30 in the CCE1 staff room on the ground floor. This is an opportunity to to discuss research proposals in development or future funding opportunities. You can just pop along to see us or book an appointment in advance by emailing me. This will be our last funding drop-in until late January but feel free to contact me directly if you want to talk about funding but can’t make next Wednesday.
Just a reminder that we’re holding the first Northumbria Early Career Researchers Forum of this academic year on Friday 13 November from 12-1 in the Mea House auditorium. This is open to anyone in the early stages of a research career, including PGRs. For more info on the content of the meeting see my earlier blog post.
There is no need to sign up, just come along on Friday and feel free to bring your lunch with you.
This is open to anyone in the early stages of a research career, regardless of job title or any formal definition of ECR. We also welcome interested final stage PhD students. This meeting will also include a discussion around the challenges of undertaking a PhD whilst working so you or your colleagues are in that position then please come along.
This meeting will include:
- An introduction to the ECR working group representatives for 2015-16 (see list of reps below). These are the people who have volunteered to sit on various faculty and university committees to make sure that an ECR voice is heard. They also organise and plan other ECR activities such as the forum meetings and they are the first point of contacts for ECR issues/support in the faculty.
- A discussion around research mentoring at Northumbria: what the current scheme includes and a chance to feed in your perspectives to help shape future plans.
- A discussion around undertaking a PhD whilst working – some speakers will talk about their own experiences and the discussion will look at ways of managing the challenges that this brings.
- A chance to suggest issues/themes that the ECR Forum could focus on this year or the ECR working group could take forward at faculty or university level.
There is no need to sign up, just come along next week. Feel free to bring your lunch with you. If you can’t make and would like to contact your faculty ECR representatives, their details are as follows:
|Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences||
|Faculty of Business and Law||
Clare Sandford-Couch (Law)
Helen Tracey (Business)
|Faculty of Engineering and Environment||
|Faculty of Health and Life Sciences||
We’re holding our next research funding drop-in for the Faculty of Business and Law on Wednesday 21 October 2pm – 4pm. Louise Wyers (Pre-Award Coordinator) and I (Research Funding and Policy Manager) will be available in the CCE1 staff room on the ground floor to discuss draft research proposals or any ideas for future funding opportunities. You don’t need an appointment but if you’d like to reserve a specific time slot, please email me in advance.
Research on community resilience to disasters led by the Disaster Development Network at Northumbria is featured in a list of the top 20 impact case studies focusing on global development issues. The top 20 were selected by UKCDS, a group of 14 UK government departments and research funders working in international development, from around 400 case studies related to development out of the nearly 7,000 submitted to REF2014.
Northumbria’s research strengthened resilience to disasters through local community involvement and has “influenced the disaster strategies of local governments across Southern Africa and South Asia, giving community groups a central role in risk identification and management.”
We’ve just published an update on our Open Access Good Practice blog about our work over the past 6 months on our Jisc-funded Pathfinder project. The update includes details of case studies of OA in three UK HEIs, a cost modelling tool, and a decision-making tool for academic staff:
Since the last update in March, we’ve had a significant policy announcement from HEFCE on Open Access in the next REF, as well as RCUK’s response to the Burgess review of Open Access implementation. HEFCE’s announcement in particular has shifted the goalposts for OA compliance in the next REF, by deferring the deposit upon acceptance requirement by a year to 1st April 2017. Response from the sector has been mixed, with some welcoming the chance to further embed OA systems and processes, while others bemoan confusing and mixed messages.
RCUK’s response to the Burgess review was less controversial, confirming that they accept and will implement all recommendations, including the formation of a Practitioner Group, making ORCID a requirement, and a review of the algorithm to apportion OA block grant. More recently, RCUK have also set out their arrangements for monitoring of the 2014/15 OA block grant, the deadline for which is 30th October which suggests a busy autumn ahead for research and library staff! Northumbria’s implementation of ORCID has advanced considerably over the past year, and our work on the Jisc-ARMA funded ORCID pilot project has allowed the University to embed ORCID sign up into the postgraduate research student workflow on project approval and at annual progression.
Our Pathfinder has continued to be active over Spring and Summer 2015. Both Northumbria and Sunderland have been further developing their own internal processes, procedures and awareness raising work, but we have also made significant progress in three areas of our workplan. In summary:
- Case studies: we have published case studies of good practice and challenges at three UK HEIs
- Cost modelling: we have developed and released an early version of our OA cost modelling tool
- Decision making: we have developed and released an early version of an OA decision-making tool for academic staff
We’ve also been continuing to engage with the wider Pathfinder programme to disseminate our work (at the June ARMA conference and an upcoming Jisc-ARMA webinar) and developing ideas for a touring OA workshop which we’re planning on rolling out over the autumn this year.
You can read the full update on our blog.
As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, we have our annual UKRO visit on Friday 18 September. This is a good opportunity to refresh your knowledge of EU funding, particularly the current €80 bn framework programme Horizon 2020 and to start thinking about the upcoming 2016 calls for proposals. Most of the sessions will be led by our UKRO advisor, Alex Berry. We also have a session led by Jude Kirton-Darling, one of the North East MEPs. You will also be able to sign up for 15 minute clinic sessions if you have any specific EU funding queries you would like to discuss with Alex.
Details are below. Click on the links to sign up for the sessions. You won’t receive any confirmation but you can go back into the poll at any time to check it or amend your entry.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Applying for EU funding – top tips and lessons learned from the first round of Horizon 2020 calls
Jude Kirton-Darling, North East MEPs – how Europe benefits the North East, including through research and innovation funding
Opportunities for academics to work with industry in Horizon 2020 – FET, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges
Clinic appointments – These are 15 minute slots and your chance to ask questions about EU funding and to start preparing for the upcoming 2016 Horizon 2020 calls
Are you interested in joining Northumbria’s ECR working group? Some of the current working group will be standing down in the next few months meaning that we will have some vacancies to fill.
The ECR working group meets 3 times per year to discuss ECR needs and issues and to develop proposals and ideas for the University’s Research and Innovation Committee. The group also plans the 3 meetings per year of the ECR Forum which are open to all staff in the early stages of a research career and final year PGR students.
There are currently two representatives per faculty and there will be at least one vacancy in each faculty. We are looking for colleagues who would be happy to get involved with the above as well as representing ECR views and concerns at the Faculty Research and Innovation Committees and representing the ECR community on other University committees and working groups. You would also engage with ECRs in your faculty acting as a contact point, sharing information with the working group and more widely.
The role is an excellent way to get a better understanding of research support and management across the University, to develop a cross-faculty network of ECR contacts and to make a valuable contribution to improving ECR support here.
We’re holding our next research funding drop-in for the Faculty of Business and Law on Wednesday 24 June 1.30-3.00pm. Louise Wyers (Pre-Award Coordinator) and I (Research Funding and Policy Manager) will be available in the CCE1 staff room on the ground floor to discuss draft research proposals or any ideas for future funding opportunities. You don’t need an appointment but if you’d like to reserve a specific time slot, please email me in advance.
The University Library, Research and Business Services and the Graduate School are joining up to present a series of workshops, briefings and drop-ins for postgraduate research students, early career researchers and academic staff.
We will also be holding a lunchtime showcase highlighting the various services and materials available to researchers internal and external to the University.
Please take a look at the programme for further details and to book sessions.
Places are limited, so please book early!