07 September 2011
By Paul Spencer
At UWE, we have a Researchers' Forum, an event that provides a platform for research staff to find out about policies/strategies that are relevant to them and as a development opportunity. Following a really interesting development day last September involving Principal Investigators (or Research Leaders) and Research Staff (together, at the same time, talking about the importance of career development of researchers) it was made clear by the researchers that they were not given enough information on how research funding is gained and distributed around the institution.
A follow up event took place in May of this year where the Deputy Vice-Chancellor & the Assistant Vice-Chancellor for research gave a detailed account of what the research income UWE gets, how this is distributed for various activities and how it relates to the UWE Research Strategy.
I thought at the time that it was quite a complicated thing and I remember, when I was a post doc researcher, being even more bemused about how research funding was organised on a national level. Fortunately the Research Information Network (RIN) have recently published a information sheet on how research funding in the UK works. I wrote a summary on my blog here: http://ps-spencer.posterous.com/show-me-the-money
Any comments/thoughts welcome.