Research Integrity Workshop

Vitae in partnership with UKRIO have been commissioned by Research England, on behalf of UKRI to undertake a study about research integrity.

This project (a landscape study) will consider

  • the effects of incentives in the research system on researcher behaviour in the context of research integrity,
  • how these incentives are perceived by different stakeholders, and
  • the impact of these incentives on researcher behaviour and organisational practices more broadly.

Stage 1 of the project includes two workshops: King’s College London on 18th July (pm); and University of Manchester on August 9th (pm) and aimed at researchers across all career stages, disciplines and types of institution. The workshops are an important opportunity to inform the design of a large-scale researcher survey in the autumn and the ongoing literature review.

More project and event information, as well as a registration form can be found at:

Update on the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

Following the publication of the consultation report on the recommendations of the Independent Review of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, Vitae has produced a handy set of summary slides

The slides provide a bitesize summary of the consultation outcomes, including next steps, for researchers and those supporting them at RGU, to keep up to date with progress around the revision of the Concordat. Click on the images to enlarge or view the slideshow.

Funding bodies publish final guidance for REF 2021

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. 

Read more about REF 2021 …

Concordat Consultation events

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

Have you responded to the consultation of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers?

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:

Supporting documentation

Independent Review of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers:

Concordat Strategy Group Response to the Independent Review:

Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers: (2008 version)

Background to the Concordat on the Vitae website: concordat-background

Download a copy of the consultation survey questions:

Consultation survey privacy notice: privacy-notice

These documents can also be found on the CRAC website:

Research Pump Priming Funding 2018/19 – Call Now Open

Pump primingThe 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,, ext.2074

Using European Data

You may find the following webinar recordings and workshops on European data useful. They have been funded/provided by CESSDA ERIC 


Publishing with Springer & ORCID

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.


School Pupils and Their Understanding of Significant Change and Losses in Life

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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.

Online Archive – Northern Ireland

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 with any enquiries.