Category Archives: Research Institutes and Centres

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

In order to provide support to our staff in relation to the REF, a dedicated email account has been created.

If you have any questions in relation to the REF please email REF@Northampton.ac.uk

If you have not yet signed up for the REF and Impact Workshop for your panel of assessment please email SDBookings@Northampton.ac.uk

24th May – 09:30 am to 12:30 pm – Mechanical Engineering, Art and Design, Geography, Computing – Avenue Campus – MY120

7th June – 1 pm to 4 pm Allied Health & Psychology – Park Campus – C317

9th June – 9:30 am to 12:30 pm – English and History – Park Campus – C317

9th June – 1 pm to 4 pm – Education, Business and Law – Park Campus – C317

Impact & the REF – Introductory Session

Thank you to all who attended the sessions today on Impact & the REF.  If you were unable to attend today’s sessions, please take the time to have a look over the slides. If you haven’t yet booked for the 3 hour workshop session relevant to your unit of assessment please do as soon as possible (email SDbookings@northampton.ac.uk).

Impact and the REF Standard Sized Screen

If you have any questions please email dawn.hibbert@northampton.ac.uk

Note:  Recommendations from Lord Sterns Review in the REF: (Final guidelines to be published in Summer 2017)

  • Impact – Proposal for impact in REF 2021 is to remain consistent with REF 2014 process
  • Impacts are submitted by the institution or institutions in which the underpinning research has been conducted.
  • Impacts are submitted by the institution or institutions in which the underpinning research has been conducted.
  • Aspects captured by the impact template should be incorporated into the environment statement.
  • Propose to take account of the unit’s approach to supporting and enabling impact as an explicit section of the environment element of assessment – impact template would no longer be required.
  • 100% of the impact sub-profile would be attributed to the impact case studies.
  • Case study ratio should be based on HESA data on research active staff.
  • All institutions should be required to submit some institutional-level case studies which arise from multi- and interdisciplinary and collaborative work.
  • Proposed that case studies are submitted via a web form in REF 2021 that will include a number of mandatory fields.
  • Case studies should continue to be based on research of demonstrable quality, but could be linked to a research activity and a body or work as well as to specific research outputs.
  • Proposed that examples of impact in REF 2021 must be underpinned by excellent research, research activity, or a body of work produced by the submitting unit in the period from 1 January 2000 to 31 December 2020.

Impact & the REF

“In the 2021 REF the University of Northampton will submit and celebrate the excellent research it has done, and is doing, to underpin the delivery of the Changemaker Challenges and the University’s mission of Transforming Lives + Inspiring Change. The interdisciplinary nature of much of our research will be made overt. We will particularly focus on the impact our research has had, locally, nationally and internationally, and the ways the implementation of research findings (the application of our new knowledge) has improved the lives of people, and their environments.” Professor Simon Denny (Executive Dean: Research, Impact and Enterprise).

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system used for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.  In order to facilitate preparation for the next REF, two meetings have been scheduled for all staff on the 19th of May.

12 pm to 1 pm – Park Campus – DLT (Delapre Lecture Theatre)

2 pm to 3 pm – Avenue Campus – MR 5

Further meetings have been scheduled to look deeper at impact and case studies for units of assessment for the next REF. These are 3 hour meetings which will look in detail at what makes a 4 star impact case study and how we can apply that to our own research.

Please ensure that you come along to the meeting that is relevant to you, if you are unsure of which meeting to attend please contact your Research Leader.

24th May – 09:30 am to 12:30 pm – Mechanical Engineering, Art and Design, Geography, Computing – Avenue Campus – MY120

7th June – 1 pm to 4 pm Allied Health & Psychology – Park Campus – C317

9th June – 9:30 am to 12:30 pm – English and History – Park Campus – C317

9th June – 1 pm to 4 pm – Education, Business and Law – Park Campus – C317

Note – these are based on units of assessment, not faculty structures.

Please do prioritise these dates, and attend if at all possible.

Please email SDBookings@northampton.ac.uk to book your place.

If you are a PG Student, please contact dawn.hibbert@ed.ac.uk for booking.

Finding the Right Funder

Want to Know More about Finding the Right Funder?

This interactive workshop is designed to help you to navigate the funding landscape and will cover topics on identifying the main sources of funding, how to use GRANTfinder effectively and winning tactics on how to increase your chance of success.  The session is ideal if you have specific research ideas and would like help in finding external funding for them.  Facilitated by Karen Lewis, Bidding Manager for the Research and Strategic Bidding Office.

This workshop will take place on Thursday, 25th May from 10am-12pm in Room S036, Sulgrave Building, Park Campus.  To book a place, please click on the Eventbrite link.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/finding-the-right-funder-tickets-33207370138

University’s Enterprise Priorities 2017-2020

The aim of the University’s Enterprise Plan for 2017-2020 is to deploy existing and new, resources in coordinated partnership with key local stakeholders to improve the economic metrics and business environment of Northamptonshire.   In achieving this aim the plan will also improve graduate employability, wellbeing, environmental and other metrics.

The University’s Enterprise Priorities 2017-2020 document has been written by Professor Simon Denny, Executive Dean for Research, Impact and Enterprise.  Find out more about these Priorities by reading the full document UoN Enterprise Priorities 2017 – 2020

 

Santander Funding Opportunities

SantanderApplications are now open for the Santander Mobility Fund and Santander Staff Research Award.  Santander funding is available to encourage student mobility for a short term project and for staff who require support for a research project.

Both forms need to be submitted to corinna.coleman@northampton.ac.uk by the 30 April 2017.

Santander Mobility Fund March 2017  2017 Santander Staff Research Application Form

Disambiguating Yourself : Online Identity Management for Researchers – A Quick User Guide

An excellent article written by a previous colleague of mine from the University of Strathclyde.

Whilst this refers to PURE as the CRIS (Current Research Information System), the principals are the same, if you are at the University of Northampton, think NECTAR where it mentions PURE…(NECTAR is our repository, we don’t have a CRIS).

http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/60205/

Incorporating Cancer Risk Information into General Practice – Lunchtime Seminar

Institute of Health and Wellbeing April Lunchtime Seminar: Incorporating Cancer Risk Information into General Practice: The first steps from a sandpit idea

Presenter: Dr Juliet Usher-Smith MA, MB BCHir, PhD, MRCGP, Clinical Senior Research Associate, Cancer Research UK/BUPA Foundation Cancer Prevention Fellow

When: Wednesday 12th April, 1:00 – 2:00pm

Where: Sulgrave S029, Park Campus, University of Northampton, Boughton Green Rd, Northampton, NN2 7AL

For further information and to book a place please follow the link: https://lunchtimeseminarapril.eventbrite.co.uk

A sandwich lunch will be provided.  If you have any specific dietary requirements, please email healthandwellbeing@northampton.ac.uk by Monday 10th April

Writing a Winning Bid

All you need to know when Writing a Winning Bid

Writing a winning bid isn’t as simple as just putting your ideas down on paper.  Making sure that your written application does your project justice is key to impressing the reviewers and securing funding.  Facilitated by Helen Backhouse, Bidding Officer for the Research and Strategic Bidding Office, this workshop will equip you with the tools to write a winning bid of your own.

Tuesday, 25th April from 2-4pm in Room C312, Cottesbrooke Building, Park Campus.

To book your place, please click on the Eventbrite link.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/writing-a-winning-bid-tickets-32531295982

Working with Businesses

We are sorry, but this event has been postponed until later on in the year.

All you need to know when Working with Businesses

Working with a business is a valuable opportunity to enrich your research activity. This workshop will bring you up to speed with the advantages you can gain from working with businesses, key skills and potential opportunities.  Facilitated by Charlotte Patrick, Key Sector and Knowledge Transfer Manager for the Research and Strategic Bidding Office.

Interested? then come along on Wednesday, 29th March at 2pm in the Board Room, Avenue Campus.  To book your place, please visit Eventbrite on the link below.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/working-with-businesses-tickets-31993245659