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Q: Who is covered by the Roberts' Agenda?
A: UK Research Council funded members of staff on early-career grades (around Grade 7 or RAIA or equivalent - at any time to any FTE fraction over the year 01 Oct to 30 Sep in question) working on a fixed-term project.
Research Council's UK have updated their guidance and as a result there are minor changes to those who are covered by the Roberts' Agenda. The Research Councils insist that Roberts' support is provided to all appropriate staff, as outlined below.
The original intention of the Roberts' Review, the thrust of "The Fixed Term Employees (Prevention of less favourable treatment) Regulations 2002", the new Concordat, and particularly the UK Research Councils; is to support early career staff with fixed-term funding. So these may not necessarily all be 'Research Staff' but might also include some technical staff, computing staff and others. The key tests are:
If the answers to the above are yes, then staff are currently covered by the Roberts' Agenda and need to complete and report on a 10 days per annum (pro rata) balanced portfolio of transferable skills training and career development.
If you are funded from any other source, fixed-term and research-based , then that funder may give money to support your training, to your department or P.I., and in any case you will be encouraged to follow a similar scheme, and to adhere to the new Concordat.
If you are a full time Postgraduate Researcher (M.Phil., Ph.D. or M.Res.) then the Graduate School provide your support in this area.
If you are both a part-time Postgraduate Researcher AND a part-time or full-time member of staff then you need to fulfill both the requirements as a part-time student (which are covered by the Graduate School) AND the requirements as a member of staff.
23 November, 2011