Research and Innovation Services bulletin

RISsResearcher Development Programme 2015–16

View all workshops in the programme here.

Open Access Publishing and REF: Wednesday 23 March, 2.00pm–3.00pm

Five Steps to Research Council Funding: Monday 4–Friday 8 April, 12.00pm–1.30pm

Impact and Engagement: Tuesday 12 April, 10.00am–2.30pm

Introduction to Innovate UK Funding: Thursday 14 April, 2.00pm–4.00pm


Celebrate our new initiative to support the Solent’s creative enterprises: 7 April, 6.00pm

Join Creative Network South (CNS), a partnership of Hampshire and the Solent-based arts organisations and universities and Creative Industry Finance to celebrate the launch of an exciting new initiative offering free business support and access to finance for creative and cultural enterprises who are looking to scale up and grow.

Expect to:

  • find out more about the Creative Network South initiative
  • meet the Creative Industry Finance team and discover how the initiative can support your business
  • tour Portsmouth University’s new facilities
  • have a chat with Creative Industry Finance business advisors

Event details:

6.00pm – Registrations

6.30pm – Welcome (Stewart Dunn)

6.35pm – An introduction to CCI ( Catherine Harper)

6.45pm – Where the Creative Industries and Business Meet (Laura Dove)

6.55pm – Introduction to the Creative Industry Finance programme

7.15pm – Meet the advisors/networking/tour of University facilities

Refreshments will be provided.

To book your place please visit Eventbrite.


Royal Society invite proposals for their scientific meetings programme

Royal Society invites proposals for their scientific meetings programme to be held at Chicheley Hall, home of the Kavli Royal Society International Centre until June 2016. If you would like to contribute to this programme, please follow this link for further details and guidance on submitting a proposal.

The current programme can be found here.


From here to there: the geographic impact of research

How does the location of the research compare to the location of the impact? This is an important question for research policy and to provide answers HEFCE commissioned Digital Science and King’s College London to produce a database that analyses geographical references in the impact case studies submitted to REF2014. A visualisation tool is now available that allows the geographical spread of impact to be displayed, has facility to search for case studies that describe impact in particular locations and compare local and global impact reach for two institutions by discipline and impact type.

Read the HEFCE blog.


European Territorial Cooperation Programmes – Interreg

European Territorial Cooperation programmes, (sometimes known as Interreg), are designed to promote cooperation between member states on shared challenges and opportunities to support the effective functioning of the single market. As the programmes work across borders, projects must involve organisations from more than one member state. The best projects have a wide coverage of different organisations from across the programme area, as well as a clear plan to spread the results of their project more widely. There are a range of programmes available, administering between EUR 39 million to EUR 396 million, each with slightly different arrangements and requirements.


How to avoid ‘predatory’ journals and publishers

Academics considering where to publish should avoid ‘predatory’ open access journals. The publishers of these journals try to encourage academics to submit their work to them and their websites often look professional.  They accept as many articles as possible in order to make as much money as possible through Article Processing Charges, without offering any peer-review or editorial control. The result being that the quality is poor.

The University Library provides useful information on how to avoid ‘predatory’ journals and how to use journal rankings when choosing where to publish.


EPSRC update for the Research Community

EPSRC is in the process of developing an ad hoc publication that will help us connect with you directly to your inbox. The publication will cover a range of policy messages, opportunities, news and requests. It will in no way be substantive, but will provide a digest of information you won’t want to miss. A pdf can be downloaded here.


Ethics of Social Media Research External Event

Conference on the Ethics of Social Media Research taking place in London on the 21 March 2016. Registration is now open, delegate fee £75, please click here. The programme for the event and a booklet containing abstracts for all of the presentation. These details can be found here.


How do Research Funders assess Pathways to Impact statements?

To clarify the level of importance placed on Pathways to Impact statements in funders’ assessment of grant applications, the seven Research Councils and Innovate UK have been contacted and their responses collated in this guidance document.

This guide has been saved to the Google Drive Impact Resources folder that is maintained and updated with helpful documents and guidance relating to Impact throughout the research lifecycle. The folder is accessible to all staff when logged into their university Google account so please share with colleagues who may find this resource useful.

If you have any queries with regard to Impact please contact Dee Summers, Research Impact Officer:


Using Pure to enhance your research profile

The Portsmouth Research Portal was launched in July. This dedicated website for University of Portsmouth research displays content from the University’s research information management system – Pure (please note that you will only be able to access Pure if you have registered).

The Portsmouth Research Portal provides a publicly accessible and fully searchable interface, which will promote our excellent research to a wide audience. The Pure database provides a powerful tool for collating research information and offers researchers the opportunity to add content such as publications, research projects, positions of esteem and research activities – enhancing visibility and making available information to generate CVs and for reporting purposes.

With each member of academic and research staff able to manage their own portal profile and content in Pure, Research and Innovation Services are running one-to-one drop-in sessions on Wednesday afternoons to give an overview of Pure’s content type and functionality.

To book a one-to-one or for any further information please email (sessions will last approximately one hour).


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Association of Research Ethics – Newsletter

As part of our subscription to the Association for Research Ethics (AfRE), all University staff have access to the monthly AfRE newsletter, training programme and online guidance.

To subscribe to the e-newsletter, simply go to their homepage, click their newsletter link and then select the subscribe tab at the top left and follow the instructions.

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