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RISsBiennial Research Ethics and Governance Conference

Friday 24 June 2016 – Save the Date

Time: TBC

Venue: Portland Building

The internet, particularly social media, provides growing opportunities for researchers; a ready source of data, recruitment and research engagement, and will be the focus for this conference.   Data can be easily accessible does the fact that they can be in the public domain mean that no ethical issues arise? Is it ethical to engage with participants in action research using social media?  Is covert engagement ever ethical?

This all day event is an opportunity for all academic staff but should be of particular interest to those serving on university ethics committees and those involved in internet mediated research. The morning will be a plenary session with external speakers, there will be a networking lunch and the afternoon will be dedicated to break out discussion groups considering ethics case studies across all faculties.

Final programme will be publicised via the RIS Bulletin and Staff Essentials and booking will be via Eventbrite. Details TBC.


New University Sabbatical Policy

This new policy for sabbatical leave is effective from 1 April 2016 and can be found in the document warehouse here.

This policy is for academic staff and refers to a sabbatical which is a continuous specified period of absence from the University for the sole focus on advancement of scholarship, research, innovation or teaching. It aims to support the development of academic staff skills, knowledge and expertise, and it must align with the strategic objectives and ambitions of the University, as well as result in an outcome that contributes to the Strategy.

The first applications under this new policy can be made in September 2016 via Deans.


Call for Applications  Daiwa Adrian Prizes 2016 in Recognition of UK-Japan Scientific Collaboration

Applications for Daiwa Adrian Prizes, the prestigious awards for scientific excellence in the UK and Japan, are now being accepted until the deadline of Friday 10 June 2016. Applications are invited from joint teams of British and Japanese scientists working on collaborative projects.

The prizes are awarded by The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation on a triennial basis in recognition of significant scientific collaboration between British and Japanese research teams.

Since their launch in 1992, 38 prizes, totalling £445,000, have been awarded to 76 teams representing 75 different institutions, including 36 from the UK and 37 from Japan – reflecting the breadth and diversity of scientific achievement by scientists in the two countries.

Further information about Daiwa Adrian Prizes and the application form are available from


Request for support for NHS Research Ethics

Our local NHS RECs (Research Ethics Committees), which meet in Southampton, are in urgent need of lay members. Whilst the work is voluntary, it is very interesting, includes comprehensive training, is extremely rewarding and, given the range of applications reviewed, offers good research development opportunities. If anyone is interested and would like to have an informal chat, the University Ethics Adviser, David Carpenter (, would be very happy to offer his support.

Please see the advert and the NHS website for more information.


REF eligibility: Open Access policy in effect from 1 April 2016

You may be aware of the national and international push towards Open Access (OA) publishing for research outputs. As HEFCE’s OA policy came into effect 1 April 2016, it is vital that all research-active staff are familiar with these requirements as this may influence publication choices. Put simply:

To ensure that a journal or conference article complies with HEFCE’s OA policy and will be eligible for inclusion in the next REF, the author must upload the output to Pure as soon as the work is accepted for publication. Authors will need to enter the full date that the article was accepted for publication.

This flyer explains OA in more detail, the support available to you and what you must do to meet the University, HEFCE and other funder requirements (e.g. Research Councils, Wellcome Trust).

To find out more, please sign up to an ‘Open Access Publishing and REF’ workshop on the Researcher Development Programme. Alternatively, further help can be found on the Open Access website or by contacting


Latest funding call

1. European Commission – Growth – Enhancing quality jobs, apprenticeships and traineeships in the tourism sector across Europe

The objective of the call is to facilitate the uptake of high quality jobs, apprenticeships and traineeships positions in the tourism sector across the EU, with a particular focus on SMEs.

Deadline: 9 June 2016 at 5.00pm (Brussels time).

Eligible applicants must be established in one of the 28 EU countries (EU Member states).

Budget and project duration – €500,000. The maximum duration of projects is 18 months.

Maximum EU financing rate of eligible costs: The contribution will be up to 75 per cent of the total cost of the action.

For more information: European Commission


2. Interreg Europe –  2nd call –  improving the implementation of regional development policies and programmes, in particular programmes for Investment for Growth and Jobs.

Deadline for applications: 13 May 2016

For this call, applications are particularly encouraged under Axis 4.

Interreg Europe supports interregional cooperation projects that involve partner policy organisations from at least three different countries in Europe who come together for three to five years to learn from each other and to address a regional policy issue of common concern.

Average total budget expected to be EUR 1-2 million.

For more information: Interreg Europe Call for Proposals

For updates on other Regional and European funding opportunities – please see separate document:  Funding Opportunities Update April 16


Hartree Centre Summer Schools 2016

STFC’s Hartree Centre are running summer schools to address skills gaps in big data which may be of interest to your colleagues and students. This is also a good opportunity to make contact with another research council as they reach out across the sector.

​The target audience is early career researchers in academia and industry PhDs, post-docs or others with equivalent knowledge in a STEM subject. They will cover:

  • high performance computing
  • big data
  • engineering simulation
  • visualisation


EPSRC Call for Associate Peer Reviewers

The EPSRC has opened a call for expressions of interest to join the EPSRC Associate Peer Review College. If you are selected, this would be an amazing opportunity and a very worthwhile experience.

To be eligible you should have sufficient scientific expertise to be able to offer a credible opinion of the scientific merit of proposals for funding submitted to EPSRC in at least one of the EPSRC Research Areas, which can be viewed on their Research Areas webpage.

The deadline for Expressions of interest is 10 May at 4pm. More information and the online Expression of Interest form can be found on their call webpage.

If you are successful in your Expression of Interest (or happen to be a panel member for another funder), please do let one of the Grants Team (Colin Waring, Piers McEwan, Phoebe Allman-Burt) know, as the experience of peer reviewers are particularly valuable and insightful.


Researcher Development Programme 2015–16

View all workshops in the programme here.


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