REF 2021 Personal Circumstances

The UK funding bodies are committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity in research careers. As part of this commitment, in recognition that research productivity can be affected by personal circumstances, staff being submitted to REF 2021 (category A submitted) are able to declare such circumstances.

Applicable circumstances:

  • Qualifying as an early career researcher (ECR) (started your career as an independent researcher on or after 1st August 2016)
  • Absence from work due to secondments or career breaks outside the HE sector and you did not undertake academic research
  • Qualifying periods of family-related leave
    • statutory maternity or adoption leave
    • additional paternity or adoption leave, or shared parental leave lasting four months or more
  • Circumstances with an equivalent effect to absence
    • Disability
    • Ill health, injury, or mental health conditions
    • Constraints relating to pregnancy, maternity, paternity, adoption or childcare that fall outside of – or justify the reduction of further outputs in addition to – the allowances made in qualifying periods of family-related leave.
    • Other caring responsibilities (such as caring for an elderly or disabled family member).
    • Gender reassignment
    • Other circumstances relating to the protected characteristics or relating to activities protected by employment legislation.
    • Part-time working where FTE in the latter part of assessment period does not reflect your average FTE over the period as a whole e.g. you are full-time on census date but for the majority of the census period you worked part-time.

Should any of these circumstances have affected your research productivity during REF census period (01/01/14 – 31/12/2020), you are invited to declare them. By declaring your circumstances, you and/or your unit of assessment (UOA) may be eligible for a reduction in the number of research outputs required, up to a maximum of 1.5 per individual. Reductions can:

  • be applied to the number of research outputs you are expected to propose for your UOA’s output selection pool
  • remove the REF’s minimum requirement that you submit one research output
  • reduce the overall number of research outputs your UOA is required to submit.

We can only apply reductions where they have been voluntarily disclosed, even when Edge Hill University is already aware of your circumstances (i.e. they are documented in HR records). The process for declaring circumstances is documented in REF 2021 Code of Practice sections 4.3 & 4.4.

Declarations are made using Personal circumstance disclosure form

If you have any questions about declaring circumstances, please contact Joanne Morris, Secretary Personal Circumstance Disclosure Panel or Nikki Craske, REF Manager.

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NIHR Public health research programme – commissioned workstream: 19/133

The National Institute for Health Research invites stage 1 applications for its commissioned call under the public health research programme. This supports research on the continuing priority research topics of interest to the PHR programme. Applications are sought for the following previously advertised topics:

  • Gang violence and gang related harms to health;
  • Choice architecture;
  • Health improvement interventions for offender or ex-offenders;
  • Promoting healthy eating in minority ethnic groups;
  • Mid-life and physical exercise;
  • Sun exposure;
  • Age-friendly environments;
  • Health and wellbeing for older employees in the workplace;
  • Promoting independence in older people;
  • Enabling people to live well with dementia;
  • Suicide prevention in high risk groups;
  • Contractual levers in local government;
  • Improving health and wellbeing for people who are at risk of or exposed to adverse childhood experiences;
  • Interventions that reduce harmful substance use with a focus on novel psychoactive substances.

Researchers in the UK may apply.

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AHRC UK-Ireland collaboration in the digital humanities – joint networking call

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is pleased to announce a call for Networking Grants as part of its ‘UK-Ireland Collaboration in Digital Humanities’ programme funded through the UKRI Fund for International Collaboration. This collaborative funding programme between the AHRC and the Irish Research Council (IRC) aims to deliver a transformational impact on Digital Humanities research in the UK and Ireland.

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Researcher Development Programme (RDP): Research Governance and Ethical Approval Processes

Research Governance and Ethical Approval Processes

Wednesday 18 December 2019, 09:00-10:20

This is an introduction to the University’s Code of Practice for the Conduct of Research which is where we lay out the expectations of how researchers should engage with the research process. The nature and purpose of ethical approval will be considered so that you appreciate why ethical scrutiny of proposed research is necessary and what those conducting such scrutiny are looking for. In addition, the requirements of the formal processes and procedures in relation to research ethics will be introduced. The session reflects national benchmarks including those of the UK Research Integrity Office, UKRI and the Concordat to Support Research Integrity.

Please visit My View to book a place or contact the Research Office

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Researcher Development Programme (RDP): Research Data Management

Research Data Management

Wednesday 18 December 2019, 12:40-14:00

Starting by answering the questions ‘what is research data?’ and ‘what does research data management look like?’ this session covers various issues, good practice examples and funder requirements in this emerging area before explaining how to write a data management plan.

The session includes class discussion, small group activities and writing a basic data management plan using the DMP Online tool.

Attendees will understand what research data means in their discipline, will have considered key considerations such as data security, and gain practice of writing a basic data management plan.   

Please visit My View to book a place or contact the Research Office

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Pure: The Student Becomes The User

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From 8th January 2020, all students enrolled on an EHU doctoral research degree will have a user account in the University’s research information system, Pure.

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Is my H-index showing correctly in Pure?

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You may notice that the H-index in your Pure profile shows a different number to the one on Google Scholar. Learning Services explain over on their blog just why that is…

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Researcher Development Programme (RDP): Equality and Diversity in Research Design

Equality and Diversity in Research Design

Wednesday 11 December 2019, 10:30-11:50

Attendees will consider how equality and diversity factors apply and impact on research proposals; planning; methodology; data collection analysis and evaluation.

Please visit My View to book a place or contact the Research Office

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Researcher Development Programme (RDP): NVIVO follow up session

NVIVO follow up session

Thursday 5 December 2019, 13:00 – 14:30

This is a relaxed hands-on workshop, no didactic teaching will take place, this session is designed to support you individually with working on your own NVIVO project using your own data.

You must have your own data to bring to this workshop with you.

Please visit My View to book a place or contact the Research Office

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Research and External Funding workshop: Becoming a Reflexive Researcher

ISR & the Business School present:

Becoming a Reflexive Researcher 

Wednesday 4 December 2019, 13:15-15:15

Delivered by Prof Helen Woodruffe-Burton, Director, EHU Business School

This workshop introduces and develops the concept of reflexivity and what it means to become a reflexive researcher through Personal/Self-Reflexivity, Epistemological/Epistemic reflexivity and Methodological reflexivity. This workshop will enable you to explore the application of reflexivity to your research project through the illustration of reflexivity in practice.

Please visit My View to book a place or contact Danny Harkness

The Institute for Social Responsibility

Edge Hill University’s cross-disciplinary research and knowledge exchange initiative. Established in 2013, as the Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice, the Institute’s remit has grown to critically examine broad conceptualisations of social responsibility across the social sciences, arts and humanities. The Institute is committed to exploring the opportunities for cross sector collaboration and co-operation and to draw on the experience of practitioners as well as academic researchers to inform new ways of working and learning.

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