Peer Review and Research Careers and TrainingSue CarverHead of Research Careers, Training and Peer Review8 November 2012
Peer Review College (PRC)• Established 2004• 2011 recruitment – Themes and specific subjectareas• Currently around 1500 members• Engagement
Membership of the PRCMembership period•Members appointed for 4yrs at a time, with reappointment considered based onreviewer performance and subject coverage•Members can resign at any pointWorkload•Review Quota of 8 per year, and no more than 4 per quarter (although someexceptionally do more than this). Technical Reviewers have separate quota of 8technical reviews per year.Availability•Members can make themselves unavailable (time off from review requests) to allow forparticularly busy periods, research leave, holiday, illness etc…Performance•Acceptance/Decline rate (including late responses, or where there has been noresponse) and Requests to re-write (either due to lack of sufficient detail orinappropriate content) are monitored
Engagement• Induction for new members• Websitewww.ahrc.ac.uk/Peer-Review-College/Pages/Peer-Review-College.aspx• Newsletter• Strategic Reviewer Events• HEI visits• Follow the Members
Benefits of PRC membershipFor the individual• Membership of the College is an indicator of esteem within the Arts and HumanitiesCommunity• Members gain insight into how to best frame their own research applications• Opportunities to sit on Peer Review Panels and other bodies, and to engage with widerwork of AHRCFor their organisation• Esteem indicator for Research Organisations and individual departments• College members are well placed to advise on internal assessment of fundingapplications prior to submission, and to mentor colleagues on peer review processes.For the AHRC• The College is a valuable vehicle for engaging and consulting with our subjectcommunity• The AHRC is provided with a professional and well motivated body of subject expertsto supply reviews.
Peer Review Process• Non-standing panels• Prioritisation and assessment panels• Efficiency• College Groups e.g. Strategic, Technical,International
How Research Organisations can help• High quality applications• In-house Peer Review using AHRC guidance for Peer ReviewCollege Members• Follow the review headings set out in the Research FundingGuide: • Quality and Importance • People • Management of the Project • Value for Money • Outputs, Dissemination and Impact
Research Careers and TrainingDirect support: o BGP/BGP-CB/BGP2 o CDAs/CDPs o Project students (incl KE Hubs) o Fellows (incl ECR) o Researchers supported through grants
Research Careers and TrainingTraining schemes: o International Placement Scheme o Collaborative Skills DevelopmentCourses: o Engaging with Government
Expectations• Research Training Framework o Minimum threshold of expected provision o Generic and subject-specific training o Needs-based approach o Researcher Development Statement• Concordat to support the Career Development ofResearchers• Vitae
Research Careers and Training Advisory GroupAims:• Provide advice on PG and researcher developmentmatters• Advise on skills development needs• Provide advice on existing or developing schemes
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