Research Professional Updates

UK universities tie up open-access deal with Springer Nature  – British academics will be able to publish freely in open-access and hybrid journals run by Springer Nature after a deal was finalised between the publisher and the UK higher education IT agency Jisc.

Low success rate for Wellcome’s public engagement scheme – Only 4 per cent of proposals were funded under the latest round of the Wellcome Trust’s Public Engagement Fund, with the charity saying that many unsuccessful bids were not in line with its strategy or lacked convincingly meaningful outcomes.

Research charities declare open-access spend – A group of major research charities spent almost £7.5 million to support open-access publishing between October 2017 and September 2018, a study has shown.

About CCCU Research Development

Research Development (RD) is part of the Department of Enterprise, Employability and Research Development. RD is responsible for ensuring that Research and Enterprise is of the highest quality and meets all required internal and external standards, including managing the institutional submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF). RD leads on development and implementation of the institutional research and enterprise integrity policies, processes and best practice. It also hosts the institutional Staff Researcher Development Programme and the Early Career Researcher Programme SPARC, and is responsible for the annual Research Internship programme. RD provides strategic and targeted support for academic staff to seek and secure funding for their research and innovation activities. This includes identification of core funding opportunities and support for proposal development, alongside strategic advice and support for faculties to develop their research portfolio and capacity.

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