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Published on 13 April 2018

Comparison of University fEC Rates to Sector

The fEC Rates used by the University from the 1st February 2018 saw a notable increase to the Indirect Cost Rate. The calculation of the University fEC Rates is based on a prescribed method approved by HEFCE using information that appears in the University’s financial statements.

The increase from the previous year has primarily been caused as a result of changes to HE accounting standards and in the methodology used in calculating the fEC Rates. These changes have been implemented across the sector and other Universities have reported similar movements in their fEC Rates.

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The Royal Society Research Grant Scheme

The Royal Society Research Grant Scheme is now open for scientists who are at an early stage in their career or returning from a career break.

The objective of the scheme is to increase the availability of specialised equipment and essential consumable materials, and to support essential field research. The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine. Grant of up to £20,000 (incl. VAT) are available for the purchase of specialised equipment directly related to the proposal, essential consumable materials, travel as well as subsistence for essential field research.

Applications should be submitted through the Royal Society’s electronic grant application system (Flexi-Grant) by 3pm on Wednesday 6th June 2018. Applications are initially reviewed by two members of the Royal Society Research Grants panel and shortlisted applications are reviewed by the Panel Chair who makes the final decision.

Guidance for Staff Working Overseas

As the University is increasing its international operations, it is more likely to have a number of its staff working overseas for defined periods of time. Therefore it is important to consider the following issues when making arrangements for staff to work overseas

  • Employment laws

  • Taxation rules

  • Insurance arrangements

  • Immigration

  • Research Excellence Framework (REF) requirements

Human Resources have updated their webpage with guidance and checklists for staff working overseas

Research Grants Users Group Meeting - 26th April 2018

The next Research Grants User Group meeting will take place on Thursday 26th April, 2pm - 3.30pm at Mill Lane Lecture Room 7.