Research and Scholarship Policy and Procedure

Policy overview

1 Purpose

This policy on research and scholarship is based on the belief that effective, relevant and stimulating teaching derives from the efforts of staff to be up-to-date in their various disciplines. Research and scholarship are essential to these efforts.

2 Scope

One of the major responsibilities of a University is to train postgraduate students to be the researchers and academic faculty of the future. The University is committed to offering an effective and substantial postgraduate program.

3 Policy Statement

The University's Policy on Research and Scholarship is underpinned by The Mission Statement, The Values Statement and The Vision Statement.

This policy on research and scholarship is based on the belief that effective, relevant and stimulating teaching derives from the efforts of staff to be up-to-date in their various disciplines. Research and scholarship are essential to these efforts.

Research conducted by the University of Southern Queensland shall conform to the Research Code of Conduct Policy.

4 Principles

Research is taken to mean systematic and rigorous investigation aimed at the discovery of previously unknown phenomena, the development of explanatory theory and its application to new situations or problems, and the construction of original works of significant intellectual merit.

Scholarship refers to the analysis and interpretation of existing knowledge aimed at improving, through publications, teaching or by other means of communication, the depth of human understanding.

Research conducted by the University of Southern Queensland shall conform to the Research Code of Conduct Policy.

One of the major responsibilities of a University is to train postgraduate students to be the researchers and academic faculty of the future. The University is committed to offering an effective and substantial postgraduate program.

5 Procedures

5.1 Faculty Responsibilities

  1. Each Faculty shall establish a Faculty Research Committee (FRC) as a sub-committee of the Faculty Board, whose primary purpose shall be the creation of an environment within each Faculty such that members of the Faculty staff wishing to undertake research are encouraged to do so and are guided towards productive outcomes.
  2. The Chairperson of the FRC shall normally be the Dean or a senior staff member experienced in research and nominated by the Dean, and shall normally be a member of the Faculty Board. Membership of the FRC shall be determined by the Dean in consultation with staff active in research and will normally include representation from research centres and the Faculty professoriate.
  3. It is appropriate for the FRC to establish, implement and periodically review procedures which encourage staff of the Faculty to: explore research interests;
    1. enter into dialogue with colleagues regarding those interests;
    2. seek funding where appropriate from internal and/or external sources by making submissions of suitable content and quality;
    3. conduct experimental and/or theoretical research appropriate to their discipline and within the constraints of their total functions as academic staff members;
    4. proceed to regular publication, with peer group review where appropriate, of their research findings;
    5. develop research seminar programs within the Faculty.
  4. In establishing these procedures, the FRC shall give due regard to the following:
    1. The need to identify research topics which are consistent with the skills of particular staff members, the resources of the Faculty and the perceived, and changing, practices of the community and potential funding bodies.
    2. The need to recognise that younger and/or new staff and those undertaking research or the first time, will require advice. This advice will be necessary when initiating research projects, seeking funding, establishing methodology and, especially, when bringing research to fruitful conclusion "on time and within budget".
  5. Funding allocations to Faculties will include funding for research and scholarship.
  6. Faculties will determine the use of funds for research and scholarship within their province. Such use will be consistent with the Faculties' published goals for research, scholarship and staff development.

5.2 Management of Research and Scholarship

  1. The Research Committee is a sub-committee of Academic Board, and through that Board, advises Council on all matters relating to policies and practices in research and scholarship in the University.
  2. The Research Committee is responsible for the review of all research and scholarship activity in accordance with Academic Board policy and the University's policy on ethical conduct.
  3. The Deputy-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), is responsible for the following:
    1. co-ordinating research and scholarship activities in the University;
    2. providing training in research (as determined by the Academic Board);
    3. assisting researchers and scholars in the University in their application for grants and in the execution of their research and scholarship;
    4. identifying sources for funding for research and scholarship from both government and private agencies;
    5. promoting the University's research and scholarship activities outside the University;
    6. receiving from Faculties and processes applications for all external research grants;
    7. monitoring expenditure of internal grants and any external grants received through the Office of Research and Higher Degrees;
    8. promoting and co-ordinating the Higher Degree by Research
  4. Deans of Faculties are responsible for promoting and supporting research and scholarship activities within the disciplines under their management.

5.3 Internal Funding of Research

Subject to any prevailing budgetary constraints, the University shall make available funds for the provision of research infrastructure and the support of teams and individual researchers, including early career researchers.

These funds will also be used to support a postgraduate research scholarship program.

The total available funds shall be determined annually as part of the University's budgetary process and shall not be less than the sum of the Commonwealth Government allocation under the Institutional Grant Scheme, the University of Southern Queensland's Research Infrastructure Block Grant and the allocation made to research from the Academic Division budget prior to distribution of that budget to the Faculties. The total available funds shall be in addition to any allocations for research made by individual Faculties or the Distance Education Centre and in addition to any resources made available by the University for other special purposes.

Guidelines for internal research funding programs will be reviewed by the Research Committee annually. The program guidelines will detail:

  • objectives of the program
  • timetable for the program
  • eligibility of applicants
  • membership of the review panel
  • selection criteria and procedures.

6 References

Nil.

7 Schedules

This policy must be read in conjunction with its subordinate schedules as provided in the table below.

8 Policy Information

Accountable Officer

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)

Responsible Officer

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)

Policy Type

Academic Quality Policy

Policy Suite

Subordinate Schedules

Approved Date

1/8/2007

Effective Date

1/8/2007

Review Date

Relevant Legislation

Related Policies

Research Code of Conduct Policy

Code of Conduct Policy

Related Procedures

Related forms, publications and websites

Definitions

Terms defined in the Definitions Dictionary

Definitions that relate to this policy only

Research

Is taken to mean systematic and rigorous investigation aimed at the discovery of previously unknown phenomena, the development of explanatory theory and its application to new situations or problems, and the construction of original works of significant intellectual merit.

Scholarship

Refers to the analysis and interpretation of existing knowledge aimed at improving, through publications, teaching or by other means of communication, the depth of human understanding.

Keywords

Scholarship, research, ethics, code of conduct

Record No

13/173PL

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