Aim and Objectives

These are a part of the integrated responsibilities of the University, the Research Institutes, Faculties, Schools, Departments and individual staff.

Faculty Research Aims

  • The development of research capability commensurate with national and international levels of excellence.
  • The practice, production and appropriate dissemination of an increasing quantity of high quality research.
  • The development of a local, national and international profile as a centre for research.
  • The development of a locally and globally recognised sustainable research culture and centre of excellence.
  • The maintenance and development of internal and external research funding.
  • The maintenance and improvement of the nature and quality of the research infrastructure and facilities (physical, staff, cultural).
  • The continued growth of a well-supported research community of staff and students.
  • The integration of research with the other arms of the University mission.
  • The enhancement and development of individual staff as researchers, scholars and professional practitioners.

Faculty Research Objectives

The Faculty's role is to develop a strategy for research and scholarship and to formulate a policy with regard to the research capability of the staff. It should also establish procedures for the monitoring, evaluation and audit of research activities and for implementing effective research standards and quality assurance processes.

In addition to those already tabled at the Faculty Board (set out below 1-20), the Faculty needs to be able to address:

  • Compiling and monitoring information on staff expertise
  • The organisation and management of research
  • The procedures for monitoring, evaluating, peer review and audit of research activities and associated quality assurance processes
  • These could be taken up within the Subject Research Development Units at School level.
  • The objectives are envisaged to Extend, Support, Develop Quality and Profile research in the Faculty.

To extend research participation to reach the critical mass envisaged by the University Research Strategy by:

  • the support and encouragement of each member of staff to develop a personal research plan and to be involved in at least one research project
  • the identification and development of research active and potentially research active staff
  • staff and recruitment policies that recognise the demands of the University Research Strategy
  • attracting high quality research staff
  • support and mentoring of new researchers who show promise to achieve national and international standards of excellence
  • attracting and recruiting postgraduate research students of high potential and aspirations in subjects complementary to staff research expertise

To support the research development of staff and research resources by:

  • "weighting" for research and postg raduate supervision in the teachers' workload and timetables
  • ensuring the continuity between research and professional development
  • maintaining the relationship of research to teaching and course development at undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • peer review
  • maintaining a supportive research culture, by, for example, advocating the support of PhD by the Faculty
  • retaining staff engaged with high quality research
  • developing the physical environment, communication and technical resources

To enhance conditions and support for developing quality research by:

  • maintaining good internal communications and links with Schools, Departments, Research Institutes and the Central Department of Physics Reasearch team management

Supporting research of a quality commensurate with national and international standards of excellence

To profile, through achievement, and retain peer recognition by:

  • supporting high quality conferences, exhibitions and other relevant research events
  • supporting the appropriate public dissemination of research
  • promoting staff research and expertise
  • developing collaborations with CDP to other research organisations and centres of recognised research excellence
  • developing links with CDP to relevant non-research organisations
  • liaising with, and aiming for the membership of, relevant subject panels and professional bodies