Our final submission to the REF2021 exercise is fast approaching, but what are the plans for impact post-REF?

The University considers research impact not as a means to an end, but as a public good in itself and our researchers have a duty to demonstrate impact from our research. This is particularly important for research which is publicly funded, but is relevant for all of our research. Impact is central to our Industry Collaboration Strategy, and inherent in our focus on the connected, co-created, and transformational research which will inform our new Research and Enterprise strategy. read more


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Jan 18 2021

Following Brexit, the following is an update regarding UK participation in Horizon Europe and other EU programmes 

As part of the agreement reached between the UK and the EU, the UK has announced that it will associate to Horizon Europe. Association will give UK scientists, researchers and businesses access to funding under the programme on equivalent terms as organisations in EU countries. The next step is for both sides to formally adopt the full text of the agreement taking into account the finalised EU Programme Regulations. 

The UK also reached agreement with the EU and Euratom to associate to the next Euratom Research & Training Programme 2021-2025 subject to ratification of the overall deal and finalisation of the regulations.   read more


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The Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategy 2017-2027 places impact at its heart, with one of its core values being to ‘transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries to deliver innovative fundamental and applied research with impact’.

With this in mind, the Research Impact Fund is offering individuals and groups up to £3000 that must be match-funded by their School/Research Centre, in support of activities that reflect the University’s desire to increase the impact and reach of its research for future REF exercises and wider activities. read more


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Dec 15 2020

Dear Colleagues,

It’s that time of the year when the University shuts down for Christmas holidays..

The Research Development Team will be working until Friday December 18, 2020. We will be opening in the new year..precisely January 04, 2021.

We wish you all a great break..and look forward to a great year!


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Dec 08 2020

As has been communicated over the past few months, the REF2021 final deadline has been moved to midday 31 March 2021. This takes into account the period of disruption during 2020 because of Covid-19.

The UoS REF team are working hard to ensure that we meet this deadline in good time and have been coordinating activities over the past few months around submission to the three areas that are assessed as part of the REF exercise, namely Outputs (60% of the overall score); Impact (25% of the overall score) and Environment (15% of the overall score). read more


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Nov 17 2020

Dear Colleagues,

There have been revisions to the University Policies and Regulations which can be found here.

The Research Bidding guidelines for instance are useful to peruse if you are interested in bidding for funding.

Another interesting guideline is the Anti-Money Laundering Policy. Money laundering is the process of taking profits obtained illegally and transforming them into legitimate assets. The University has several controls in place to minimise the risk of money laundering including Know Your Customer/ Supplier Requirements and not accepting cash payments from students. It also has in place a Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO), Deputy Director of Finance Andrew Crozier, who can be contacted on A.Crozier@salford.ac.uk.   read more


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Nov 11 2020

The recommencement of REF 2021 marks the start of the countdown to the revised submission deadline of midday, 31 March 2021, following a period during which the exercise was on hold in response to COVID-19.

As a result, our internal deadlines have moved and we are now working full steam ahead towards our new submission deadline in 2021.

New internal and external deadlines for the REF submission are as follows:

December 2020

1December: submission of 15 x impact case study drafts for final external peer review read more


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Oct 19 2020

2020 has been a challenging year for Manchester, with many famous festivals and productions unable to proceed during these unprecedented times. However, the annual Festival of Social Science, which takes place from November 7th-15th will go ahead as planned in a new virtual format. The local version of this national festival is now in its sixth year – academics from The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Salford will be partnering up to present the very latest in social science research. read more


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Oct 07 2020

Have you prepared a bid or grant application for submission in the past few months? Did you notice that there are a few changes in the process?

Here are the changes:
* Colleagues need to complete a Grant notification form (NGA).

* The Associate Dean for Research (ADR) must sign the NGA.

* A requirement that applications align to the School Research Strategy.

* Decent funding recovery, to ensure where possible that the project is not delivered at a loss.

The Schools of Health; Science Engineering and Environment now have online grant notification sites.

These will enable the ADRs to approve the applications seamlessly.

Check them out Health , SEE

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Sep 15 2020

The Impact, Engagement and Environment Coordinator (Emma Sutton) will be working with the newly created School Impact Leads (formerly REF Impact Coordinators) to support the development of impact activities within their research groupings/Schools with a view to creating case studies to showcase the University’s breadth of impact activity and for the purposes of assessment exercises such as the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

They will coordinate closely with the School ADRI and the University’s Impact, Engagement and Environment Coordinator to maximise the impact of the University’s research by undertaking the following key responsibilities:  read more


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