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Gavin ScreatonI hope that you have all settled well into the new year, and have had a chance to enjoy the early Spring sunshine! There’s lots going on across the Division this month, as you’ll see in the newsletter, but I want to take this opportunity to talk to you about two important topics coming up over the next few years that require your input now – REF 2021 and Parks College. 

To ensure that we are well-prepared for next year’s crucial REF submission we are participating fully in the University’s dry run during 2019. The University is committed to the principles of transparency, consistency, accountability and inclusivity in its treatment of all staff for REF and is currently consulting on its draft Code of Practice (closing 15th March). Strong submissions to REF will draw on a wide range of activity, but keeping papers and other publications updated in Symplectic will be a particular help for our next steps. There is more information about REF preparations in Medical Sciences here and if you want to join one of the REF Roadshows you can find out when and where they will take place here.

Recognising the successes in our research includes updating our funders, so I ask those of you with Researchfish submissions still due this week to submit as soon as possible and take up the help available if you have any difficulties.

Many of you will have heard about the University’s proposal to create a new graduate college, currently known as Parks College, on the Radcliffe Science Library site. This in an exciting development, right in the heart of the University’s Science Area, and has the potential to be truly innovative, finding solutions to many of the world’s issues through interdisciplinary partnerships. It is important that we all help shape the future vision of this college, so I very much encourage staff from across the Division to engage with the project. You can find out more on the University’s website, or better still share your views at one of the Q&A sessions planned this month (login in at the bottom of this page).