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Staff Research Development Day – Monday 16 December

UoL-logo-general-use-white-backgroundThe next University of Lincoln Research Development Day will take place on Monday 16 December in ENG207.

These sessions are open to all academics and research support staff and will concentrate on grant writing skills, networking and Horizon 2020:

1. Grant Writing Skills: the Art of a Strong Proposal – Traps, Tricks and Techniques, 9am – 11:15am

This presentation covers the art of Grantmanship and is designed for all types of grant applications covering the do’s and dont’s when preparing a proposal together with the necessary building blocks, over and above the research context, with which to construct the application.

2. The Importance of Networking and how to be effective, 11:15am – 1:45pm

With an ever increasing emphasis on multi-disciplinarity, impact, dissemination, exploitation and outreach the network structure behind a research bid is an essential component to be competitive. This workshop presents an understanding of these requirements and the basic principles behind the networking process; helping to identify key players and stakeholders as well as how to approach them.

3. Strategic Opportunities Within Horizon 2020 and How to Address them, 2:30pm – 5pm

This session will introduce Horizon 2020 from a strategic position. The session will explain changes from the FP7 programme and provide a background for insights into the substantial opportunities and requirements for a Competitive Horizon 2020 bid.

You are able to attend as many workshops as you would like and there is no preparation necessary for any of the sessions.  To book a place on any of these sessions please email research@lincoln.ac.uk.

HEFCE to appoint 150 more ‘impact assessors’

In an interview with Research Fortnight, Graeme Rosenberg, HEFCE’s REF manager, said the council is busy recruiting the top people among some 700 nominees from a recent exercise. The assessors for impact, or “research users” as they are called, will be appointed across all of the subpanels and will cover a “very wide range of people from industry, public sector, charities, cultural institutions”.

They are being selected according to the findings of a survey on the types of impact from research that institutions are planning to submit to the REF. The survey results are being used to inform hiring decisions and to decide the balance between industry and the public sector participants.

There are already some 70 research users on the REF subpanels, including civil servants and industry representatives. With the additional 150, there will be around six research users on each of the 36 subpanels in the REF.

In addition to the appointment of research users, around 150 more academics are to be recruited as panel members to assess the large volume of research outputs expected in the REF. Some of these will be jointly appointed to sit on two panels where there is an overlapping area.

The REF team is also busy providing support for the submission system and answering institutions’ queries. Most questions are about particular cases of eligibility, staff or outputs, only around 10 per cent are about impact, says Rosenberg.

Another question that crops up from time to time, he says, is whether the panels will be using journal impact factors in their assessments, despite HEFCE’s insistence to the contrary. ”I think what happens is that institutions sometimes internally use proxies [journal impact factors] for their internal decisions and then people think that’s what the REF panels will be using,” he says. However, he adds this is not something HEFCE is too concerned about given that institutions that are taking this “wrong approach” may not do as well in the REF as they expect.

 

Source: http://www.researchprofessional.com/news/article/1319024?i=1334480&__mhid=44798422

Monthly Bid Writing Surgery with Martin Pickard

Coat of armsDo you need expert advice on a research proposal? The next bid writing surgery will be held on Thursday 14 February.

Dr. Martin Pickard (Grantcraft) is an external consultant employed by the University of Lincoln with over 25 years’ experience in writing and advising on grants and tenders for EU and other funders.  He has worked extensively across Europe with a number of universities, research institutes and industrial firms, and provides a bespoke bid writing support service for external research funding applications.

Martin’s monthly bid writing surgery will give staff an opportunity to access his 25 years of experience in supporting bids for external funding. Availability is limited. Contact Research and Income Generation Support if you wish to book an appointment to speak to Martin about a bid to any funder. Each appointment lasts around 45 mins to 1 hour.

 

HEFCE reveals latest data on universities’ REF submission intentions


Figures collected by the HE funding bodies show UK higher education institutions (HEIs) plan to submit the work of a slightly increased number of their staff for assessment in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), compared to the previous Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2008.

Figures collected by the HE funding bodies show that UK HEIs plan to submit the research of 54,269 academic staff for assessment in the REF, compared to 52,401 in RAE 2008 – an increase of 3.6 per cent. The figures were collected through a survey of submission intentions undertaken by the REF team to inform their planning for the assessment phase of the exercise. They represent the current best estimates by individual HEIs; the actual number of staff submitted will not be known until submissions are received at the end of November 2013.

The figures show a modest degree of variance between the main discipline groups. An increase of 10 per cent is anticipated in science and engineering disciplines, with a smaller increase in social sciences and level or slightly reduced numbers in the arts and humanities, and in healthcare and life science subjects.

The survey has also provided an insight into the range of impacts arising from HE research that are planned to be submitted as part of the assessment process. The survey indicates a rich diversity of impacts including in the areas of health, industry, technology, policy, professional practice, culture and public understanding.

On behalf of the four UK HE funding bodies, Sir Alan Langlands said:

‘This survey was undertaken as a planning exercise and figures are not definitive. They do however indicate clearly that HE institutions continue to attach importance to identifying all of the excellent research undertaken by their staff, and to having its excellence validated through robust expert review. The survey has shown that the HE sector is continuing to maintain a high volume of excellent research activity, and is working hard to ensure that this leads on to positive real world outcomes crucial to the economic, social and cultural development of the country.’ 

Table 1: Number of full time equivalent (FTE) Category A staff submitted in RAE 2008 and planned for REF 2014

  Submitted in RAE 2008 Planned for REF 2014 Change
All REF panels

52,401

54,269

       +1,868 (+3.6%)

REF Main panel A (includes healthcare and life sciences)

14,086

13,805

-281 (-2.0%)

REF Main panel B (includes science and engineering )

12,234

13,532

+1,298 (+10.6%)

REF Main panel  C (includes social sciences)

14,834

15,694

+860 (+5.8%)

REF Main panel D (includes arts and humanities)

11,247

11,239

-8 (-0.1%)

Notes

  1. The REF survey of submission intentions was carried out in late 2012. All of the 162 HEIs that intend to participate in the REF completed the survey. Responses to the survey indicate HEIs’ current best estimates about their submissions, but selection decisions have not yet been made by HEIs and the survey responses are not binding.
  2. ‘Category A’ staff are academic staff employed by a UK HEI on the REF census date (31 October 2013) and selected by the HEI for submission.
  3. The deadline for institutions to make submissions to the REF is 29 November 2013. The results will be published in December 2014. The four UK HE funding bodies intend to use the assessment outcomes to inform the selective allocation of their research funding to HEIs, with effect from 2015-16.
  4. Further information about the REF

Monthly Bid Writing Surgery with Martin Pickard

Do you need expert advice on a research proposal? The next bid writing surgery will be held on Thursday 14 February.

Dr. Martin Pickard (Grantcraft) is an external consultant employed by the University of Lincoln with over 25 years’ experience in writing and advising on grants and tenders for EU and other funders.  He has worked extensively across Europe with a number of universities, research institutes and industrial firms, and provides a bespoke bid writing support service for external research funding applications.

Martin’s monthly bid writing surgery will give staff an opportunity to access his 25 years of experience in supporting bids for external funding. Availability is limited. Contact Research and Income Generation Support if you wish to book an appointment to speak to Martin about a bid to any funder. Each appointment lasts around 45 mins to 1 hour.