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					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.

				
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