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Published on 25 September 2020

Compliance with new UKRI safeguarding policy

Following this UKRI announcement, updated Terms and Conditions requiring organisations to be compliant with the new UKRI Preventing Harm Safeguarding in Research and Innovation policy will be applied to new UKRI grants from March/April 2021.

This policy applies to all UKRI funded activities irrespective of whether they take place in the UK, or overseas and to all individuals and organisations receiving UKRI funding either directly, or indirectly through a partner organisation. Below are useful links to the University’s safeguarding policies, guidance and resources to help applicants complete this requirement:


Safeguarding Work Away  - policy, guidance, assessment forms and templates

For guidance on safeguarding in international development research, the UK Collaborative on Development Research  has produced a number of resources. Of particular interest is the UKCDR Guidance on Safeguarding in International Development Research, which provides a set of principles and best practice guidance on safeguarding to anticipate, mitigate and address potential and actual harms in the funding, design, delivery and dissemination of international development research. An additional piece on the practical application of this guidance during COVID-19 is also available.


X5 Upgrade - 8th October 2020

X5 - the costing and pricing tool for research projects is due to be upgraded on Thursday 8th October. Some of our users have volunteered to test the new version over the last few weeks and we thank them for their time and feedback. A summary of the changes to expect in X5 can be found on the slides and presentation given at RGUG on 24th September.  Here is a reminder of the system downtime:

 System Downtime on Thursday 8th October 2020


 7am - 1pm

 Research Dashboard

 7am - 1pm

 ROO Portal

 7am – 11am

Once X5 has been upgraded you will be able to log in as normal and find your project costing in the usual way. If you have any  queries, please email



RGUG – slides and video available

Thank you to everyone who attended the Research Grants User Group (RGUG) Meeting on Thursday 24th September. Presentations were given on the X5 Upgrade and the CoA arrangements with slides and recording of the meeting now available on the RGUG webpages. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday 5th November at 11:15am.