SUPPORTIVe - Research - University of Ulster

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SUPPORTIVe - Research - University of Ulster

Targets/Key PerformanceIndicatorsSpecifi c targets, to be achieved by the end of the 2008/09 academicExcellent Research■ Enhanced university reputation for research asevidenced in both formal and informal externalcommentary;■ An improved research culture within the universityas evidenced by, for example, increased (andenthusiastic) attendance at seminar programmeswithin all institutes, increased numbers ofapplications for Distinguished ResearchFellowships;■ An improved performance in RAE2008 relative toRAE2001:500 staff to be submitted with an overall qualityprofi le indicating that most work has achievedinternational recognition, i.e.Grade 4* 3* 2* 1* U% of 10 40 40 10 0submission(Contributions to this profi le will varyconsiderably across disciplines);■ Increased quality and quantity of grant applicationsto UK Research Councils (RCUK) aiming to raisethe UU share of total available national funding to0.5% (from 0.25% currently);■ Total research income rising to 30% of totalannual university income (approx 50% increase)and meeting the full cost of research;■ Five staff members achieving external awards(fellowships) annually to cover his or her salary,or the cost of replacing them for a year with a lesssenior member of academic staff;■ All major initiatives operating sustainably; aided bythe focussing of external funding into those areasidentifi ed to be of the highest priority;■ Appropriate provision made from internal fi nancesto enable continuation of major and successfulinitiatives that may require short-term bridgingor subsidy due to the diffi culty of maintaining aconstant external income stream;■ Extensive collaboration locally, nationallyand internationally adding value to researchopportunities and attainment;■ Appropriate research facilities, services andequipment in all disciplines;■ Access to excellent IT infrastructure andsupporting expertise;■ New research areas developed at interfacesbetween existing disciplines, for example TheCentre for Performing and Creative Arts atMagee represents a prime opportunity forinterdisciplinary work, one that the University willseek to support in the long term;■ All researchers upholding the highest standardsof research governance, including due regard forethics.Excellent Research Students andResearch Training■ Funding available to support an increased numberof research students annually, including anincreased number externally funded from nongovernment(i.e. non-DEL) sources and increasedbusiness involvement in CAST awards18

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