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Research Operations Office


Published on 4 May 2012

X5 User Acceptance Testing

A new Research Pricing and Costing Tool is currently being developed to replace pFACT. The system, which is currently called X5, is now in the second phase of User Acceptance Testing (UAT) and members of the research community are needed to test the system. Further information about the X5 project can be found on the project website:

During the UAT sessions, testers will be given pre-set scenarios to follow. Using the system, testers will carry out the scenarios and assess whether the system has performed in a way that would be expected. It will also allow testers to provide feedback on the usability and configuration of the system.

The dates and venues for the testing are as follows:

  • Monday 14th May (9.00am to 1.00pm) – Department of Chemistry
  • Tuesday 15th May (9.00am to 1.00pm) – Clinical School (Addenbrooke's)
  • Thursday 17th May (9.00am to 1.00pm) – Greenwich House (West Cambridge)

Should you be interested in testing and are available on the dates given above please email with your preferred date.

Alternatively, if you cannot make any of these dates but would be willing to assist with testing in the future, please advise the X5 project using the email address given above.

pFACT pay scales change 8th May 2012

Please be advised that pFACT will be down on Tuesday 8th May 2012 from 8–10am

It is recommended that when logging in again, all pFACT users utilise the 'Recalculate' function to ensure all information is updated within any project proposals that are currently being worked on.

If you have any queries, please contact your School Team at the Research Operations Office or the pFACT helpdesk via email: or phone: (7)65432. 

Improved flexibility of Wellcome Trust senior biomedical schemes

The Wellcome Trust is increasing the flexibility of its senior level schemes, aligning its Principal and Senior Research Fellowships with its Investigator Awards:

  • From October 2012, applications for fellowships will be reviewed alongside those for Investigator Awards.
  • Panel meetings will take place three times a year in order to increase the number of opportunities for fellowship candidates to apply for funding.
  • A preliminary outline will be required, followed by a full application focussing on the research questions.

Further information can be found on the Wellcome Trust website.

If you have any further questions please contact your Research Support Advisor/Administrator.