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Research Operations Office


Published on 11 October 2019

Pay scales updated in X5

The following rates were uploaded into X5 on 24th September 2019.

New August 2019 pay scales:

  • for MRC (EPI, CU, BSU, MBU, CBU, TOX) grades

  • for University grades (non-Clinical) and banded rates

    • USS grades have retained the superannuation rate of 24.4%

  • New National Insurance bands including Apprenticeship Levy from 06/04/19

  • New National Insurance bands without Apprenticeship Levy from 05/04/19

To apply these new rates to existing costings, go to the rates table tab and update the out of date files by clicking on “apply all updated files now”. 


RGUG – Tuesday 3rd December 2019

The next Research Grants User Group Meeting will take place as follow

Tuesday 3rd December 2019

2pm – 3:30pm

Norwich Auditorium, Roger Needham Building, 7 J J Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0RB

Presentations from the previous meeting on Thursday 19th September are available on the ROO website.


Underwriting of EU Research Projects - Action Required

In the case of a no deal Brexit, the UK government has committed to underwrite the funds of all active EU grants and bids submitted until exit day. Information and updates on the underwrite can be found here. Further guidance is still to be published, but we anticipate the University needing to finalise all the financial reporting of active EU grants (approx. 400) in a short space of time soon after the 31st  October 2019.

In preparation for that, we are therefore asking that all departments in receipt of EU funds take the necessary steps to ensure the following actions are completed:

•         Ensure all relevant expenditure is posted to EC grants

•         Relevant documents (for example, timesheets and invoices) are completed and available

•         Outstanding queries are clarified

•         Pending amendments are finalised

This will enable the Research Operations Office to plan and implement the transition from EU into national funding as efficiently as possible. The University is monitoring negotiations and government announcements closely, and will post these to the Universities’ main Brexit website.