EPSRC Peer Review College Newsletter - Winter 2019

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EPSRC Peer Review College Newsletter - Winter 2019

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Welcome to the Winter 2019 edition of the EPSRC Peer Review College newsletter. We have included articles to help you keep up to date with key events and changes that are taking place.

EPSRC Executive Chair, Lynn Gladden has completed a nationwide series of Town Meetings and footage of this is now available. 

A new EPSRC brand has been launched as part of a unified identity for UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

EPSRC are working in partnership with universities on a number of Research Office secondment projects, find out more about the projects and how you can provide input below.

We hope that you enjoy the content of this newsletter, if you have any feedback or suggestions for future content please do let us know by e-mailing the EPSRC Business Improvement team.

Thank you for all your support in 2019 and we look forward to working with you in 2020.

We hope you enjoy the festive season!

The Business Improvement Team

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Outputs of EPSRC hosted regional community engagement meetings

EPSRC Executive Chair, Professor Lynn Gladden, has completed a nationwide series of Town Meetings to engage with people from across sectors on all aspects of EPSRC’s portfolio, including its new Delivery Plan.

To view footage from Professor Lynn Gladden's presentation and other resources please visit the EPSRC website using the link below.

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Research Office Secondment Projects

EPSRC is working in partnership with universities through a number of Research Office Secondments with projects looking at improving the contents of call documents; supporting peer review assessment; and realising Pathways to Impact. A survey has just been launched, as part of these projects, to gather input from EPSRC applicants, reviewers and panellists.

The analysis of survey responses will help to identify one or more activities to pilot in the latter stages of the projects, and best practice will be shared between Research Organisations. The outcomes of the projects will be shared in Spring 2020.

Any questions about this survey, which closes on 11th December 2019, should be addressed to EPSRCpeerreviewpolicy@epsrc.ukri.org using the subject line "EPSRC Application, Peer Review and Impact Survey".

As well as this survey we will be interviewing individuals and running one or more focus groups on pathways to impact and peer review to gather more detailed data and inform pilot activities. If you would be interested in taking part in either of these, or in finding out more information, please email EPSRCpeerreviewpolicy@epsrc.ukri.org using the subject line “EPSRC Application, Peer Review and Impact follow on”.

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Fellowship Scheme updates

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Our fellowships webpages were restructured and updated in October 2019. These updates included the following changes to the previously published information:

  • The person specification has been removed and replaced with a statement setting out the expected aims and outcomes of the fellowship for each career stage;
  • The assessment criteria have been separated, with 5 covered at prioritisation panel (matching those covered on standard mode proposals) and 4 at the interview stage (which have been rearticulated from the previous assessment criteria for clarity on requirements).
  • Full details are included within the downloadable Fellowships Application Guide.

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Fellowship Application Guide

Global Grand Challenges Summit 2019

EPSRC sponsors evening event at Global Grand Challenges Summit

The Global Grand Challenges Summit (GGCS) is jointly hosted by the UK, US, and Chinese academies of Engineering and is held biannually in one of those three countries.  The UK has hosted the GGCS in 2013 and again in 2019. This year (2019) the Summit was held in London from 16-18 September and was organised by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng).  The Summit’s theme was Engineering in an unpredictable world and the subthemes included Will AI and other transformational technologies change humanity for the better? and Can we sustain 10 billion people? and it was attended by approximately 1200 engineering, researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs and policy makers. 

EPSRC sponsored this year’s Summit by hosting an evening event, entitled EPSRC Engineering Research for Grand Challenges.  Sixteen EPSRC funded projects participated, consisting of the following:

  • Four Frontier Engineering projects - announced at the inaugural GGCS in 2013, Frontier Engineering projects aimed to bring leading engineers and scientists together to deliver ambitious and long-term engineering research to address major societal challenges facing our world.
  • Five Engineering Grand Challenges projects - inspired by the themes of the inaugural Global Grand challenges Summit in 2013, Engineering Grand Challenge projects aimed to tackle engineering challenges facing our future.
  • Seven Global Challenges Research Fund projects – tackling global development challenges through engineering and digital technology research.

EPSRC’s evening event at the GGCS welcomed over 500 GGCS delegates and was successfully executed. 

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New EPSRC brand launched as part of unified UKRI identity

A new brand for EPSRC has been launched as part of a unified identity for UKRI.

The new brand reflects UKRI’s vision along with the identities and remits of the nine councils (including EPSRC) that form the organisation.

UKRI will now begin a phased introduction across the organisation and the facilities it manages. Creative agency Dragon Rouge was commissioned to undertake the brand project following a competitive tender process, and it has been developed with extensive input from staff and external partners.

UKRI’s new visual identity builds on the strengths and heritage of its constituent councils and retains their individuality through a common design system. It will create a clear consistent approach across our portfolio of projects, centres and partnerships.

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Panel Member Feedback

Thank you to those College members who have attended a recent EPSRC panel meeting.

If you have any feedback you would like to share about your experience of preparing for and attending a panel meeting please complete the anonymous survey below.

It only takes a few minutes to complete the survey, but the feedback you provide is vitally important in helping EPSRC to ensure that are process meet your expectations and lead to fair and transparent decision making.  

Please do take the time to complete the survey.

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Supporting flexible research careers

EPSRC's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team recently ran a campaign 'Have Your Say' to determine how aware doctoral students and researchers are of the opportunities EPSRC offer for working flexibly and in a way that meets their circumstances.

See our webpage to view the key findings.

Key Findings

EPSRC and Je-S Helpline Christmas closure

The EPSRC office will be closed from Tuesday 24 December 2019, reopening on Thursday 2 January 2020.

The Je-S Helpdesk will be closed from 13:00 GMT on Monday 23 December 2019 and will reopen at 08:30  on Thursday 2 January 2020.