The ‘Guidance on submissions’ (REF 2019/01) details how UK universities should make their submissions to REF 2021 and the ‘Panel criteria and working methods’ (REF 2019/02) describes how the REF 2021 panels will assess this research. The documents have been developed by the REF’s expert panels and the four funding bodies following consultation with the sector in summer 2018. The changes from the last REF in 2014 to REF 2021 largely follow the recommendations set out in 2016 in an independent review led by Lord Stern. The REF Steering Group, made up of representatives from the four funding bodies, has provided background information on some of the key decisions that have been taken.
To further inform the revision of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, and in parallel with the online consultation, members of the Concordat Strategy Group are hosting a series of sector consultation events.
The Concordat consultation events provide a timely opportunity to discuss the review recommendations in further detail. Summaries of the discussions will be captured to feed into the consultation analysis. Therefore the events will help inform the new revisions to the Concordat and ensure the UK maintains its leading position in research and innovation.
There events are being held Bristol, London and Edinburgh during December. They are open to all who support researchers in the UK, including researchers, researcher developers, principal investigators, pro-vice chancellors, funders and other stakeholders. There is no fee to attend, but places are limited and we will be aiming to achieve a balance of organisations and roles.
Please register your interest using one of the links below. Places will be confirmed via email.
Register your interest to attend in Bristol on 4 December 13:30 – 16:00, hosted by Research England
Register your interest to attend in London on 12 December 9:30 – 12:00, hosted by Universities UK
Register your interest to attend in Edinburgh on 14 December 9:30 – 12:00, hosted by Scottish Funding Council
Date TBC – specific researcher event in partnership with UKRSA
The consultation presents a ten-year opportunity to shape the revisions that are needed to ensure the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers remains fit for the future. The Concordat can make a real difference in improving the environment and career development for researchers and is important in helping develop the pipeline of talent and ensuring the UK maintains its leading position in research and innovation. Organisations and individuals, including all staff engaged in research, as well as those managing or supporting research and researchers, should consider responding to the consultation.
Complete the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/concordat2018
Independent Review of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers: https://www.ukri.org/skills/policy-and-frameworks/review-of-the-concordat-to-support-the-career-development-of-researchers/
Concordat Strategy Group Response to the Independent Review: https://www.ukri.org/files/skills/csg-concordat-review-response-september-2018-pdf/
Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers: https://www.vitae.ac.uk/concordat-text (2008 version)
Background to the Concordat on the Vitae website: https://www.vitae.ac.uk/policy/ concordat-background
Download a copy of the consultation survey questions: https://www.crac.org.uk/launch-of-online-consultation-for-concordat-to-support-the-career-development-of-researchers
Consultation survey privacy notice: https://www.crac.org.uk/Concordat-consultation- privacy-notice
These documents can also be found on the CRAC website: https://www.crac.org.uk/launch-of-online-consultation-for-concordat-to-support-the-career-development-of-researchers
The call for the first round of pump-priming funds from the RGU Strategic Research Investment is now open. These pump-priming funds may be used to generate preliminary data or outputs to help secure major grant funding from external funding bodies. Each project can request up to £30k. Projects with relevance to business or industry are encouraged. Pump-priming funds cannot be used to buy-out staff time. Preference will be given to inter-disciplinary projects that have the potential to deliver impact and involve early career researchers.
The application form together with guidance on the levels of funding and eligible criteria is available on the RGyoU website.
Please complete the application form by 31st August 2018. For further information please contact Dr Emma Gillibrand, email@example.com, ext.2074
You may find the following webinar recordings and workshops on European data useful. They have been funded/provided by CESSDA ERIC
- How to Find Data in Europe – Introductory webinar introducing European social science data services and how to find, access and understand data
- Data in Europe: Ageing – Webinar on data for researching ageing with speakers from SHARE, TILDA and Gateway to Global Aging Data
- Data in Europe: Political Behaviour – Webinar introducing data across Europe for researching political behaviour with a spotlight on the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES):
- Working with data on political behaviour, 6 November, Manchester, UK
- Data on Migration, 13 – 14 November, Cologne, Germany
- Working with European Union Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS), 27 – 29 November, Mannheim, Germany
Springer are encouraging authors to use their ORCID iD when submitting publications. Many researchers share the same name, while others’ names change throughout their career. With an ORCID iD, you can persistently associate your name with your research works. In Springer Nature’s as well as in many other publishers’ article submission systems you have the option of including your ORCID iD. If you already have an ORCID iD, Springer’s submission system will automatically fill in your profile.
Professor Rebecca Wallace, from the School of Health Sciences, has published a report with her collaborator Dr Ros Scott (University of Dundee) entitled ‘School pupils and their understanding of significant change and losses in life.’ The project was conducted in a central Scotland school and funded by Pallium Canada.
This study, involving pupils, parents and staff, sought to understand young people’s perceptions of loss, death and dying. This collaborative qualitative pilot study was undertaken in conjunction with colleagues in Canada and was designed to gain knowledge of how children of different ages understand loss, death and dying; the support they access and their awareness of what is available to them. The pupils in Canada were of primary school age; whereas the study’s Scottish component involved one secondary school with participants aged between 12-18 years.
Professor Wallace and Dr Scott conclude that ‘Coping skills as reported by this particular group of pupils appear to be strong. They find support from families, friends, interests and social groups. It is interesting to note that the internet, social media and written information seems to be of less significance. Parents and teachers have an important role to play in providing support. However, there is a significant disconnect between the resources that young people identified as helping them and those that parents and teachers would use or recommend. This would suggest the need to ask, rather than assume, what it is young people need. The approach to bereavement support should rather be participatory and involve the young people themselves. Peer support emerges as important to young people and this could be built upon as key resource.’
The authors recommend that further study is necessary before any conclusions may be postulated as to the place of loss, grief and death in the school curriculum. The report is available to read and download from the University’s Institutional Repository OpenAIR.
The Library at Queen’s University Belfast has been developing an online archive, known as the Northern Ireland Official Publications Archive (NIOPA)
NIOPA is fully searchable with browsing and full text functionality and, as a digital archive of Northern Ireland official publications, makes documents available to support the research community, government departments and the wider public.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any enquiries.
Prof. Richard Laing (RGU Visualisation Research Group @rguvis ) reports on Smart Cities In Focus event in China this month. Work in Yinchuan has many overlaps with aspects of work in Aberdeen which is part of the EU H2020 funded Civitas PORTIS deal. Check out more information on the RGU Visualisation blog here.
Call for papers: Crime Surveys User Conference 2017.
Submissions are now open for the Crime Surveys User Conference 2017. The annual Crime Surveys User Conference, organised by the UK Data Service, will be held on Friday 8 December. The event is free to attend and will be held at the Royal Statistical Society in London. The programme will contain a mixture of presentations from data producers, including the Office for National Statistics (ONS), and researchers who use crime-related data. We would like to invite offers of presentations based on analysis of the UK crime surveys, such as the Crime Survey for England and Wales, the Commercial Victimisation Survey, and the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey. Presenters will have approximately 20 minutes for their talk followed by 10 minutes for questions. Please send offers of a paper, including a 200-word abstract, to email@example.com by Monday 25 September. We will evaluate all abstracts and notify authors after the selection process. A detailed programme of presentations will be provided prior to the conference. See details of previous user conferences: Crime Surveys User Conference 2016 and Crime Surveys User Conference 2015.
Follow the event on Twitter: #UKDSCrime17