School of Applied Sciences Equal Opportunities Code of Practice It is the School’s policy that the work of all excellent researchers within the School will be considered for submission to RAE 2008. All of the School’s staff will be offered the opportunity to submit for inclusion in RAE 2008 (all staff were emailed late 2004 and copies of responses are available, staff employed since then are offered the opportunity on an individual basis – this process is under ongoing review as new researchers develop). Inclusion for RAE 2008 will be judged on 2 criteria: 1. Evidence, on the census date, of research output at 1* or above (assessed by relevant Divisional Research Leader/Director of Research Centre/Leader of Research Group, verified by external review and confirmed by Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer) 2. Coherence of research output within a UOA selected for submission by the University (assessed by leader of UOA, verified by external review and confirmed by Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer). Where a member of staff meets criterion 2 but fails criterion 1 because the volume of research output has been limited for reasons covered by equal opportunities guidelines, the School will encourage and support inclusion. The School will flag the contribution of this colleague and use a confidential section of the submission to describe the circumstances affecting their submission. (i) The internal panel within the School which considers staff performance and staff inclusion in the RAE is the School of Applied Sciences Research and Knowledge Transfer Committee. The formal membership of the committee comprises: Dean (ex officio) Associate Dean (Development) Manager of the SITA Centre for Sustainable Wastes Management School Manager Divisional Research Leaders Directors of Research Centres Leaders of Research Groups Readers and Professors This membership ensures that all School academic staff are represented at the Committee. This information is communicated through the divisional structure of the School, with Divisional Research Leaders providing feedback to staff in their Division, and through the representation of all of the School’s Research Centres and Groups (including emerging research areas) on the Committee. The Committee reports formally to the School Academic Board. The Committee receives feedback from the University Research Committee on the University’s obligations regarding equal opportunities for RAE 2008, it also reports back to the University Research Committee. (ii) An initial survey of staff research activity was carried out in late 2004, to which all staff were invited to submit. The returns from this survey formed the basis for proposed RAE submissions which were sent for external review, the results of which were made available to all staff reviewed and were used as an initial basis for assessing likely UOAs for submission and researchers likely to meet the School’s 2 criteria for inclusion on the census date. This is an ongoing process of data collection by the School Manager and review by the School of Applied Sciences Research and Knowledge Transfer Committee. A second round of external review will be undertaken in early 2007. (iii) Decisions relating to staff performance and inclusion will communicated in person by the Divisional Research Leader/Director of Research Centre/Leader of Research Group responsible for the subject area. (iv) Records of these decisions will be maintained by the School Manager and retained with other records relating to the UOA in question in accordance with the University’s data protection and freedom of information guidelines. (v) Refer to institutional Code of Practice on Preparing RAE Submissions. (vi) Refer to institutional Code of Practice on Preparing RAE Submissions.