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RCUK – Revised Policy & Guidance on Open Access + FAQs

RCUK has published  ( 8 April 2013) the latest version of its Policy and Guidance on Open Access. This applies to publication of peer reviewed research articles and conference proceedings which acknowledge RCUK funding. 

It has also provided a FAQ document, which will be updated as and when new questions arise.

The changes aim to further clarify the guidance, and draw on comments received from across the research community, learned societies and publishers following a call for input in March.

http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/media/news/2013news/Pages/130408.aspx

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RCUK launches new system for recording “research impact”

Research Councils UK have launched the Research Outcomes System. It has been closely aligned with requirements for the REF and is designed so that researchers can input details of their research at any stage. It will be used by AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC and EPSRC and will record details such as any collaboration in the project, communication and staff development as well as impact.

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Impact Strategy for the Next Spending Review

Department of Research & Innovation welcome the Research Councils UK to Swansea University to present a seminar and receive questions on their

‘Impact Strategy for the Next Spending Review’

  When: Wednesday 16th March 12.00pm to 1.00pm

Where: SURF Room – 1st floor Fulton House

Speaker Profiles: Dr Claire Graves is head of Knowledge Transfer and Economic Impact for the RCUK

She was awarded her PHD in Geography at Leicester University, after which Claire researched harbour management and geophysics at Nottingham. Claire moved across to the EPSRC in 2000 where she was the portfolio manager for the transport and automotive sector before moving onto Public Affairs. She was seconded to the RCUK in 2007 where she is now responsible for delivering the cross council impact agenda.

Who will benefit from attending? Anyone interested in Impact from their research

By the end of the seminar, attendees will know more about?  The new funding landscape of RCUK, their Strategic Vision and the Pathways to Impact

Next Steps: places are limited, to enrol please reply to researchandinnovation@swansea.ac.uk

Future Seminars:  31st March between 10am to 12 noon – Arts and Humanities Research Council (DRI seminar room, 7th floor Faraday)

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RCUK – Strategic Vision 2011-2015

Research Councils UK have published their Strategic Vision This document sets out the themes and priorities for 2011 to 2015.  It addresses:

  • Research to address societal changes
    • Digital Economy, Energy, Global Food Security, Global Uncertainities, Lifelong Health & Wellbeing, Living with Environmental Change.
  • RCUK’s relationship with HE sector
    • Wakeham Review & full economic costings; managing demand for research funding;  allocating funding to research that addresses strategic priorities; encouraging the sharing of estates costs and the sharing of resources…
  • Research
    • Funding people & projects; training for a highly-skilled workforce, economic growth and sustainability of the research base; facilities and infrastructure.
  • Impact
    • Increasing our economic and societal benefits; choosing our research priorities; embedding impact; the evidence base of impact.
  • Partnerships
    • Working with the Technology Strategy Board; working with government departments; global partnerships; partnerships with society.

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RCUK respond to REF pilot report

In a brief press release on their website, RCUK “welcomes the findings of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) pilot scheme that demonstrates it is possible to assess the economic and societal benefits arising from research and how this can be achieved across all disciplines.

Professor Dave Delpy, RCUK Impact Champion said: “RCUK is committed to supporting excellent research that ensures social wellbeing and economic prosperity and ultimately places the UK in a position of leadership on the world stage of research and innovation. We support the wide definition of impact, as set out in this report, which includes social, economic, cultural, environmental, health and quality of life benefits. This reflects the approach already adopted by RCUK through Pathways to Impact.”

RCUK has worked closely with the Funding Councils to ensure that proposals for the REF will be effective in pursuing shared objectives and will continue to support the REF by working with HEFCE to contribute expertise in developing impact assessment methodologies.”

http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/news/101110

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RCUK – Impacts: People and skills

Impacts: People and Skills is the 5th in a series of publications from RCUK which highlight the impact of research and higher education in the UK.It brings together a range of case studies from a variety of disciplines.

David Willetts, Universities and Science Minister, said: “This report by Research Councils UK highlights the critical importance of cutting-edge research in a knowledge economy. It is great that over 60% of Research Council UK Doctoral graduates take their skills into the wider economy, many in the areas we need for growth – life sciences, advanced manufacturing and low carbon technologies. I am therefore delighted that RCUK has taken this initiative and I hope that this publication will encourage our future scientists to continue this tradition.”

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