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1 Research at the University of Nottingham Lorraine Watson Head of Research Operations Research and Graduate Services January 2015 Providing effective and interconnected global research and graduate services

2 Vision “Our vision is to deliver research excellence across academic disciplines, at all of the University’s campuses. This will be achieved by prioritising behaviours and investments to generate research leaders and teams; investing in sustainable and emerging research priorities; providing a supportive physical, financial and policy infrastructure in which excellent research will flourish”.

3 The Strategy sets out clear aims and objectives, updated and revised KPIs and a series of delivery mechanisms. The Research Strategy interfaces with the University’s Knowledge Exchange and International Strategies, and underpins Strategy 2020. Research Strategy 2015-20

4 Strategic Drivers Focus on quality Awards, publications,increased esteem, prizes, studentships, REF Research leadership - excellent individuals and teams Formative peer-review and mentoring Outstanding research outcomes and impact Collaborations with world-leading institutions Challenge-driven research (RCUK, EU) Understanding the policy landscape: open access, research data, research integrity

5 The Research Strategy has six mutually reinforcing goals which apply across all of the University’s campuses: 1.Excellent individuals and teams 2.Delivering outstanding research 3.Adopting a systems approach to research management 4.Research collaborations with world-leading institutions 5.The quality, size and diversity of the University’s research portfolio 6.The impact of outstanding research Goals

6 Global Research Themes & exemplar Research Priorities

7 Mechanisms InitiativeObjective/Outcome Anne McLaren, Nottingham Research and International Research Fellowships. Three years funding for attracting excellent researchers to the University, including fostering mobility between the University’s campuses External Fellowships (Research Councils, ERC, Marie Curie, Royal Society etc.) Increase numbers of externally funded Fellowships through targeted support: ERC Excellence Programme Developing Research Leaders Develop leaders who can inspire others and integrate the efforts of their peers to deliver greater impact. Discipline Bridging AwardsEnabling dialogue between different fields of research to identify and tackle key research questions at the interface. International Research Collaboration Fund Pump-prime international collaboration to catalyse international research excellence and impact.

8 The Graduate School provides: Input into the University’s strategic decisions on postgraduate student and research staff matters A comprehensive range of development opportunities to help postgraduate students and early career researchers foster and improve the skills required in their research and future careers –Courses, workshops and events –Faculty programmes and other bespoke activities –Online training and development opportunities –Placements and internship opportunities Management of funding awards that support research students Support for those involved in supervising and managing researchers Infrastructure (Graduate Centres) that supports specific postgraduate and research staff communities Individual support for postgraduate students

9 External Research Funding 2013/14 Research Awards (£231M)

10 External Research Funding

11 HeadingIndicators Research Excellence Framework (REF) Ranked 8 th nationally by ‘research power’ – quality and critical mass Generates c.£50m per annum QS World RankingsRanked 77 th, top 1% Research awards£180m per annum Research portfolio£544m, 2000+ projects Academic & Research staffc.3000 Postgraduate3622 PGR + 5944 PGT = c.9566 International researchCollaboration (publication co- authorship) with 2300+ institutions worldwide Key Indicators

12 REF2014 headlines Ranked 8th nationally by research power 30% increase in research power from 2008 Increase in GPA from 2.67 to 3.09 20 units have GPA above 3.00 50% of units ranked in the top 10 in UK by research power 28 units have 75% or more outstanding (4* & 3*) impact Nottingham has increased market share

13 REF2014 market share

14 Major research platforms – actively managed – Europe – Americas (e.g. Brazil, USA) – Asia & the Pacific (e.g. China, S Korea, Australia) – Africa & the Middle-East Watching brief – opportunity driven – e.g. Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia Link with International Office priorities Strategic Partnerships ‐Birmingham, Lund, Universitas21 member International Research The University’s International Research Collaboration Fund aims to catalyse international research excellence by pump-priming the development of new, collaborative projects with international partners.International Research Collaboration Fund The £375M Newton Fund supports science and innovation partnerships with researchers in middle-income countries and emerging economies. Range of calls from Summer 2014.Newton Fund

15 Research and Graduate ServicesResearch and Graduate Services : supports the development and delivery of the University’s Research Strategy. Our expertise spans all research and doctoral activities including: research policy and funding development, contracts and governance, research operations, outcomes and impact, and the Graduate School. DirectorDr Richard Masterman Research Policy & Development Vacant (covered by Lorraine Watson/Steven Hardy) Research OperationsLorraine Watson Research Contracts and GovernancePaul Cartledge Research OutcomesSteven Hardy Graduate SchoolDr Jane Wellens Research and Graduate Services

16 Research and Graduate Services: Support for research staff (Graduate School): University research: E-mail: Information

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