Open Access Policy Changes for REF

There have been some changes to HEFCE’s schedule and policy for the next REF  assessment and Staffordshire University’s Library would like to inform staff about a series of drop-in sessions showing how they can help staff fulfil the requirements by placing their academic research in STORE (Staffordshire University Online Repository).

The requirement to make the content of research articles available via Open Access with 3 months of an article being accepted by a publisher will now be postponed until April 2017.   Instead authors and institutions are now expected to place the full text of their ‘Author’s final  copy’ (Post-print) in their institutional repository within 3 months of publication for any articles/chapters/proceedings published after 1st April 2016.

Any articles/chapters/conference proceedings published between January 2015 and April 2016 will be able to be submitted to the next REF without needing to adhere to the above criteria – so there is no panic about anything already submitted!

Details of the HEFCE policy changes can be found at:,202015/

The Library have a new guide on depositing research to STORE and can help with any queries about publishing or Open Access  – please contact   There are also some other drop-in sessions running in the iLab at Thompson Library on the following dates for staff seeking advice:

  • Wednesday 2nd  March 2-4pm
  • Wednesday 16th  March 2-4pm
  • Wednesday 13th  April 2-4pm
  • Wednesday 27th  April 2-4pm

Learn how to manage your research

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Mendeley is a desktop and web program for managing and sharing research papers, discovering research data and collaborating online. It combines Mendeley Desktop, a PDF and reference management application (available for Windows, OS X and Linux) with Mendeley Web, an online social network for researchers.


Nachi Chockalingam and Aoife Healy will provide an introduction to Mendeley software on Wednesday 20th January from 1 – 1.45pm.


They will demonstrate how the software can be used to store and organise research articles and how it can be used to create citations and bibliographies.


Places are limited, to attend the event please register at:


For more information see


MRC Looking for Referee Selectors

As part of the Medical Research Council’s (MRC) peer review process, research grants and fellowship applications are assessed by independent expert reviewers. The MRC is seeking to contract qualified scientists who are familiar with the peer review process to select these reviewers for the Research Boards and Panels. This is on a part-time casual contract basis.

MRC are looking for individuals with experience of nationally or internationally recognised research relevant to the MRC remit. Particular experience in the following areas are welcomed: Methodology research, Biostatistics, Modelling, Computational/systems biology, Bio and health informatics methodology

The deadline for applications is the 31st August 2015.  For futher information contact



The European Experience: A conference for Academics involved in EU funded projects

The European Experience: A conference for Academics involved in EU funded projects

Friday, 4 September 2015 from 09:00 to 17:00 (BST)

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom


If you are, or have been, involved in EU funded projects, either as a partner or an observer, then this FREE event will interest you!

Staffordshire University is convening a one day meeting at their STOKE Campus, for other academics involved in EU projects.

We are targeting the event at academics that would like to either

  1. a) Tell other interested parties about the project they are involved in (and meet their dissemination targets)
  2. b) Learn from current or recent projects funded by the EU
  3. c) Network with experienced project coordinators for ideas and future collaborations.

Further details and booking information at:

Funding for Staffordshire companies

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Staffordshire companies are being invited to share part of a £3 million funding pot awarded through the Regional Growth Fund. The funding is available until March 2015 and aims to create more than 170 jobs in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. This funding programme is being run by Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Staffordshire University is one of the project partners providing support to local companies to help with business expansion.

The ‘Innovative Growth in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire’ fund will be providing capital grants to companies for premises or the purchase of new equipment, consultancy, market development, research development and innovation to bring new products to market.  Staffordshire University’s involvement is being led by Naomi Arblaster, Commercial Funding Manager based in our Enterprise and Commercial Development department.  Please help us to promote this opportunity to your contacts. 

Further information can be found on the attached press release here : IGISS press release 25 02 14 

Or please contact Vanessa Darlington, Programmes and Data Manager at Stoke-on-Trent City Council (   



Data published on REF submissions


29th November 2013 was the deadline for submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF), the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions (HEIs). Consolidated information has recently been published to provide an overview of the responses from the 155 HEIs that submitted to the REF exercise. Further information on this aggregate data can be found at


Internal Staffordshire University information on our submission can be found at

Students as Partners – research funding available


Higher Education Academy call for proposals –  The impact of pedagogies of partnership on the student learning experience in UK higher education

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) recognises ‘Students as Partners’ as a priority thematic area to enhance student learning through regarding students as active partners in their educational experiences. This theme explores student engagement in learning, teaching and research as well as quality enhancement and change. To support this work, the HEA have a call for proposals to commission research to:

  • increase understanding of pedagogical approaches that foster partnership and the impact on student learning
  • offer clear implications for teaching and learning practice

Proposals should be distinct from existing HEA and partner research in the area and can encompass qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches.  Funding of up to £20,000 is available, with a deadline for applications of 14th March 2014, with work to commence in May 2014.

Further information:

Call details

HEA information on Students as Partners theme

Bid writing training to support updated university policy

Following the recent Staffordshire University Research, Enterprise and Advanced Scholarship Committee our Advanced Scholarship Policy has been updated.  Now academic colleagues submitting funding proposals for research grants or knowledge transfer projects are able to count their proposal as a scholarly output. 

In order to support colleagues in their bid writing activities, a number of workshops have been arranged for FCES staff.  We still have a few places available and are able to offer these to colleagues from across the University.  Details are below.  If you would like to reserve a place, please contact us via  These sessions will also be offered during Staffs Fest.

Writing KTP Applications Wed 26th Feb 1:00pm – 4:00pm K152 Octagon Building
A Guide to Bid Writing Wed 26 March 1:00pm – 4:00pm K152 Octagon Building
Writing KTP Applications Wed 30th April 1:00pm – 4:00pm R350 Science Building

The updated Advanced Scholarship Policy can be viewed here: Advanced Scholarship FINAL V2 Jan 2014.


HEIF call open

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Enterprise and Commercial Development have opened a call for Continuous Improvement projects under our Higher Education Innovation Funding programme.  The ‘Continuous Improvement’ themed call is designed to support innovative projects, collaborations with companies and cross faculty working.

For this call we are inviting applications for projects in the areas of Energy/Low Carbon and Health and wellbeing. Applications can be submitted from the 27th Jan – 28th Feb 2013.

Please contact Alex Harvey, HEIF Project Manager for an application pack via


Staffordshire University HEIF mid term review

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We are now two years into our HEIF programme and a lot has happened. So I thought it would be useful to provide some high level  figures on the activity that has taken place from Aug 2011- July 2013. Please find attached a document demonstrating the outputs achieved to date. View here: HEIF mid term review – External Copy (Nov 2013)

Alex Harvey, HEIF Programme Manager