Monthly Archives: April 2019

ESRC – Shaping Society

The speed of fright: research in a six minute slideshow – Last November Rob McNeil and his team at COMPAS tried to change the pace of academia with a speed geeking event hosted as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science – with 11 speakers explaining everything you could possibly want to know about the fiendishly complex issue of EU migration in just 72 minutes… and just 20 seconds per slide.

Research Professional Updates

Brexit costs universities thousands in legal advice – UK universities have shelled out thousands of pounds on Brexit-related legal advice and consultancy services since the year of the referendum, Research Fortnight can reveal.

Welsh assembly members push for more university funding – Welsh universities will lag behind institutions in England and Scotland unless the Welsh government significantly increases their funding, the National Assembly’s Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee has said.

Research England kicks off knowledge exchange funding – The Research England Development Fund has made its first award to support a project aimed at giving postdoctoral researchers the relevant skills and experience to prosper outside of academia.


CCCU Research Development (RD)

Research Development (RD) is part of the Department of Enterprise, Employability and Research Development (EE:RD).

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.

Research Professional Updates

Evans leaves British Academy

Alun Evans has resigned as chief executive of the British Academy with immediate effect, following allegations of breaches of the organisation’s harassment and bullying policy

AHRC to refresh its team of advisers

The Arts and Humanities Research Council is seeking five individuals to join its advisory board in September.

UKRI: One year on

The UK’s funding agency has its work cut out as it celebrates its first birthday

‘Overwhelming’ support for revising careers concordat

A consultation on proposed changes to the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers has received almost 600 responses.

Oxford fees ‘deter poorest postgrads’

Researchers at the University of Oxford push for postgraduate application fees to be scrapped.  Postgraduate hopefuls from low-income backgrounds are being deterred from applying to the University of Oxford by application charges, researchers at the university have claimed.

Economic and Social Research Council

Approaches to Understanding and Measuring Wellbeing – The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), in partnership with the What Works Centre for Wellbeing (WWCW), are pleased to invite proposals for innovative research projects that focus on a wide range of methodologies and approaches to understanding and measuring wellbeing. (Closing date 20 June 2019)