Following a recent review by the Research Performance Management Committee (RPMC) applications are now open for the establishment of new Research Centres. This process is open to all groups of academic staff, each led by a member of the Professoriate, to put forward proposed Research Centres. Applications can be from established Research Centres, new groupings or new amalgamations of groupings (old and/or new). The new Research Centres will be launched in September when existing Research Centres will cease to exist unless they have applied under this process (except where exempt).*
Research Centres are the public face of BU’s research. They bring together individuals and research teams from across the University to form collaborative and interdisciplinary groupings which, through the development and delivery of world-leading research, strengthen and underpin the delivery of the BU2025 vision. They offer an opportunity for the Professoriate to engage in leadership of research that can contribute significantly to the aims of BU2025 – see leadership role descriptor – and provide a genuine platform for innovation and the achievement of critical mass.
Research Centres provide opportunities for staff at all levels to become members, benefitting from dynamic, creative relationships which cut across the perceived boundaries of discipline, Department and/or Faculty. Research Centres provide members with the opportunity to be a part of an interdisciplinary research community, which enables individuals to join and establish interdisciplinary relationships and networks which can facilitate and strengthen their own research.
Applications (see pages 6 – 9) are to be completed and submitted to the Faculty Research and Professional Practice Committee (FRPPC) for approval. As part of the application process Research Development and Support (RDS) will provide a data set of the KPI’s relating to the proposed membership for the past year. This means that there are two deadlines – the first being to allow time for the data set to be prepared and the second for final submission to FRPPC. Arrangements and the dates for submission vary between Faculties and are shown in the table below:
|Faculty||D/L for proposed
|D/L for completed
application to FRPPC
|D/L for approval by Faculty|
|FMC||5th July 2019
A Faculty meeting on 5th July 2019 will discuss and finalise Research Centre compositions. Proposed Centres and membership lists should be brought to this meeting.
|14th July 2019
Details of submitting completed applications to be decided at this meeting but the deadline is 14th July and will be submitted for FRPPC via DDRPP (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|18th July 2019|
|FHSS||14th June 2019
Proposed membership lists to be sent directly to Project Delivery Manager (email@example.com) by 14th June who will provide data set by 21st June
|5th July 2019
Deadline for submission of completed applications to DDRPP (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|21st July 2019|
|FoM||28th June 2019
Completed applications (including membership lists) to be sent directly to Project Delivery Manager (email@example.com) by 28th June 2019.
|28th June 2019
Same as deadline for membership list. Project Delivery Manager will forward to DDRPP (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|19th July 2019|
|FST||21st June 2019, 5 pm
Completed applications (including membership lists) to be sent to DDRPP email@example.com
|21st June 2019
Same as deadline for membership list.
|4th July 2019|
For an overview of the approval process please see this flowchart.
If you have any questions please contact me, (firstname.lastname@example.org EXT 68265), or the DDRPP for your Faculty.
*Institutes will be exempt from this process and addressed later. The following entities are exempt from this process for the reasons stated: NCPQSW and NCCA as they are externally recognised national centres; DMC, CoPMRE, Centre for GP Practice, Centre for Digital Entertainment and BUCRU as their purpose and remit exceeds the scope of the Research Centres policy and therefore the re-commissioning process