News for February 2015

BSODR Management Committee vacancies - call for nominations

Nominations are invited from current BSODR members for three positions on the BSODR Management Committee. 

President Elect
Applicants must have a good understanding and knowledge of BSODR. The President Elect will take up office immediately, then serve as President from September 2015 (immediately following the BSODR 2015 scientific meeting in Cardiff, 14th-16th September) for two years and then as Immediate-past President for a further two years.

Chair of the Awards Committee
Responsible for overseeing the award of the Society’s prizes and confirms the Society’s nominations for the IADR Unilever / Hatton awards. (S)he is assisted in this role by the awards committee, which comprises chairs of the individual prize competition panels and other active members of the Society. The Chair of the Awards Committee will assume the role from September 2015 (immediately following the BSODR 2015 scientific meeting in Cardiff, 14th-16th September) but is expected to shadow the current incumbent immediately after election. The term of office shall be one-year (renewable on annual basis).

Councillor – Early Career Researcher
BSODR is seeking to fill a currently vacant Councillor position with an Early Career Researcher (ECR) in strict accordance with the REF 2014 definition of an ECR (see below). The successful applicant will serve on the BSODR Management Committee for a fixed-term of three years and will take up the position immediately after election.

“Early career researchers are defined as members of staff who meet the criteria to be selected as Category A (academic staff with a contract of employment of 0.2 FTE or greater and on the payroll of the submitting HEI and whose primary employment function is to undertake either ‘research only’ or ‘teaching and research) or Category C (employed by an institution other than a higher education institution) staff on the census date (31 October 2013), and who started their careers as independent researchers on or after 1 August 2009.

Independent researcher definition:

For the purposes of the REF, an individual is deemed to have started their career as an independent researcher from the point at which:

a. They held a contract of employment of 0.2 FTE or greater, which included a primary employment function of undertaking ‘research’ or ‘teaching and research’, with any HEI or other organisation, whether in the UK or overseas, and

b. They undertook independent research, leading or acting as principal investigator or equivalent on a research grant or significant piece of research work. (A member of staff is not deemed to have undertaken independent research purely on the basis that they are named on one or more research outputs.)

The following do not meet the definition of an ECR (this list is not exhaustive):

a. Staff who first acted as an independent researcher while at a previous employer – whether another HEI, business or other organisation in the UK or elsewhere – before 1 August 2009, with a contract of 0.2 FTE or greater.

b. Staff who first acted as an independent researcher before 1 August 2009 and have since had a career outside of research or an extended break from their research career, before returning to research work. 

c. Research assistants who are ineligible to be returned to the REF unless, exceptionally, they are named as principal investigator or equivalent on a research grant or significant piece of research work on the census date and satisfy the definition of Category A staff”.  

Individuals wishing to stand for these BSODR Management Committee positions must be proposed and seconded by two other current BSODR members.                                   

Nominations should then be sent, together with a personal statement of no more than 400 words, to Dr Marcello Riggio (Honorary Secretary, BSODR) by email (Marcello.Riggio@glasgow.ac.uk) to arrive no later than noon on Monday 2nd March 2015. A reminder will be sent near to this deadline.

Ballots will then be sent electronically to full BSODR members and voting will take place in the Members Only area of the BSODR website. The personal statement of each candidate will be available to voters. The results of the ballot will be announced soon after the ballot closes.

11 February 2015

Twitter feeds of BSODR and OMIG

Don't forget to follow BSODR on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/BSODR_UK

and OMIG on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/OMIG_BSODR_UK

7 February 2015

The meeting programme is now available for the OMIG Postgraduate Prize Meeting in Amsterdam on 12th February 2015.

3 February 2015   Meeting programme