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Published on 21 February 2014

Wellcome Trust Open Meeting - Tuesday 18 March (Limited places still available)

Wellcome Trust Open Meeting – Tuesday 18 March

The Wellcome Trust support research into all aspects of biomedical science, including the social and ethical aspects of biomedical research and health, the historical and cultural contexts of medicine, and, applied research and development projects which bridge the gap between fundamental research and commercial application. They are visiting Cambridge on Tuesday 18 March and will be holding an open meeting chaired by their new Director Professor Jeremy Farrar. He will give an overview about the Wellcome Trust’s strategic direction, with the majority of the session being available for Q&A. 

Date: Tuesday 18 March

Time: 10am – 11.30am, coffee available from 9.30am

Where: Mill Lane Lecture Rooms

Book your place: e-mail

The aim of the event is to encourage dialogue with early career researchers, including PhD students, post docs, junior lecturers who are funded by the Wellcome Trust or who wish to be, though the event is open to everyone.

Full Economic Costing and Income Allocation Policy Briefing Sessions

As part of the Research Operations Office Training Strategy (ROOTS) and co-presented by Finance; the following sessions are scheduled for:

  • Thursday 13 March 09:30-11:00am at Mill Lane Lecture Rooms, Seminar Room 4
  • Repeated Wednesday 19 March 09:30-11:00am at Clinical School, Seminar Room 5

(Note that 13 March is a new date, changed from 18 March to accommodate the Wellcome Trust visit).

The briefing is relevant to all staff involved in research grants, particularly those new to the University or wishing to increase their understanding of University policy and its impact on research grants. Content includes:

  • Clarity on definitions of Direct costs and Indirect costs
  • What the PI should be aware of at application stage
  • What information might the Head of Department need to know before approving the application
  • What questions the Departmental Administrator may ask before submitting the application
  • How the Income Allocation Policy apportions overheads between the Department and the University

To book a place please contact Linn Stoelan

X5 Upgrade

Please be advised that X5 will be unavailable on Monday 3rd March between 08:00am and 12:00 noon to allow MISD to perform an upgrade to the system.

Users have been advised separately regarding this downtime but it is important to note that once the upgrade has been completed users will need to clear their browser cache. Instructions on how to perform this task can be found here Clear_Browser_Cache Instructions. Once this has been done the user will then need to clear the cache in X5 as well and instructions on how to perform this task can be found here Clearing_X5_Cache.

The upgrade being performed is a like for like upgrade and therefore users at this time will see little change to the system functionality. There are a few screen changes and information regarding these can be found here Changes for 5.6.2008 (dept). 

The “salaries not updating automatically” issue will be resolved with the upgrade. The remove and re-enter spine point workaround will no longer apply. However, it is always worth checking that the salaries have updated and look correct.

Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact your RSA.