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The results of a three year research programme presented in a new book by LSE academics finds that tax, benefit, care, housing, and education policies are inconsistent and fail to narrow the wealth gap.

Plus a new research incentives policy has been introduced to encourage greater grant-winning. The policy provides financial rewards for staff who win research funding. Funds may be used to enhance salaries, buy out time from teaching and/or to provide unencumbered research funding.

 
 
 

May 2013

 
 

News 

LSEResearch incentives policy

New incentives schemes have recently been introduced to encourage greater grant-winning. Grantholders will be given personal financial rewards (PFR) equivalent to the value of the grant funding provided to cover their salaries, which they may use as a salary supplement (capped at 33.3 per cent of base salary for senior staff), for teaching buy-out or to support other research activities. Around £1.8 million per annum will be distributed among around a hundred grant-holders, with figures as much as £100,000+ in some cases and an average of £15,000.

Departments and research centres will receive a share of net overhead income to support their research activities through the Research Infrastructure and Investment Funding| (RIIF) amounting to £1.5 million this year.

PFRs will be paid monthly in arrears backdated to April 2013. RIIF funds will be paid annually in arrears, and will be backdated to the beginning of 2012-13. Kerry Fyffe, Research Division, will contact all grantholders with PFRs and departments and centres with RIIF funds.

Various terms and conditions apply. Full details are available here|. Please contact your grant applications manager in the Research Division for more information on the implications of these schemes for any grants you may be thinking of applying for. Please also see the 'Funding opportunities' section below for more information.

LSEAre you signing a publisher agreement for your RCUK funded research?

The new RCUK Policy on Open Access requires research papers or conference proceedings derived from research that is funded wholly or in part by the Research Councils to be published in journals that:

  • either provide immediate, unrestricted access to the final version of the paper via its own website, using a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence - this is referred to as the gold route to open access and may involve payment of an article processing charge (APC) to the publisher;
  • or permit the deposit of the final accepted manuscript in a repository such as LSE Research Online - this is the green route to open access and does not involve payment of an APC.

LSE encourages authors to comply with the RCUK Policy by choosing the green route wherever possible, depositing copies of research papers in LSE Research Online|. Ask the publisher, check your agreement and contact us| to see how long an embargo there is on your route to green open access. If this embargo meets the requirement of your RCUK funder, the gold route need not apply.

What copyright licence will be on your published article? RCUK requires a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence on all its funded open access publications. For items which do not have a green option, the LSE Institutional Publication Fund is available and more information can be found in the RCUK Open Access policy FAQs|.

The Library has a dedicated Research Support Services team to provide guidance on meeting RCUK Open Access requirements. See the Guidance for LSE authors| or email lseresearchonline@lse.ac.uk|.

LSEResearch Professional funding search engine

LSE subscribes to the Research Professional funding search engine. All LSE staff and students can access Research Professional from any computer on the LSE network. In order to access the service off-site you will need to open an account when you connect to Research Professional from an LSE-based computer.

Key advantages of the Research Professional include: An intuitive interface to make browsing for funding as simple as checking your email; shared resources, allowing you to benefit from saved searches and folders of bookmarked items created for you by your administrators; powerful search tools to help you find exactly the funding opportunities and news articles that interest you.

Email the Research Division at rescon@lse.ac.uk| if you need help or have any questions. For more information, visit www.researchprofessional.com|.

Albert GillImpact at LSE

Based within the Research Division, Albert Gill (pictured) has recently joined the School as a Data Analyst. Albert is involved in developing, designing, implementing and analysing the Research Excellence Framework (REF) Impact Database. He is also managing data and preparing cleaned datasets before normalising it and populating the Relational Impact Database Management System. He has prior experience working with academic institutions, the NHS and UNICEF.

The School’s existing research impact data is in unstructured formats. The new database will help in retrieving, storing and updating information. It will also help with filtering data, performing analysis and producing reports.

Sylvia ChantLSE academic appointed to University of Gothenburg

Professor Sylvia Chant (pictured), professor of development geography in the Department of Geography and Environment, has been appointed Adlerbertska visiting professor of sustainable development at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 2013-2015.

The role will involve making annual visits to present lectures and to engage in research and publication mentoring with development geographers within the institution. Professor Chant's first trip takes place this month. More|

Hakan SeckinelginLSE senior lecturer to advise International AIDS Society

Dr Hakan Seckinelgin (pictured), senior lecturer in the Department of Social Policy, has been appointed as co-chair of the Social and Political Research Advisory Group of the International AIDS Society (IAS).

The advisory group, which Dr Seckinelgin will chair alongside Dr Judy Auerbach, will provide strategic advice and technical input for the development and implementation of an IAS policy area dedicated to social and political research.

ESRCESRC Festival of Social Sciences

The ESRC Festival of Social Science, taking place from 2-9 November 2013, offers a fascinating insight into some of the country's leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives, both now and in the future.

This celebration of the social sciences takes place across the UK, via public debates, conferences, workshops, interactive seminars, film screenings, virtual exhibitions and much more.

Applicants may apply for a maximum of £2,000 support from the ESRC to run an event. The closing date for supported applications is Monday 3 June. You may also hold an event but not apply for funding. Non-funded applications are due by Friday 7 June.

For more information, visit www.esrcfestival.ac.uk|.

LSELloyds 2013 Science of Risk Prize

Researchers are invited to submit recently published peer-reviewed research papers, illustrating their expertise in risk-based subjects of interest to insurers and reinsurers. The focus is on behavioural, biological and technological, and geopolitical and societal risks.

The deadline for submissions is 25 September 2013. For more information, click here|.

LSELSE Research Online most downloaded

Most downloaded items in LSE Research Online in April 2013:

1. Livingstone, Sonia (2008) Taking risky opportunities in youthful content creation: teenagers' use of social networking sites for intimacy, privacy and self-expression|. New media & society, 10 (3). pp. 393-411. ISSN 1461-4448 (1342 downloads).

2. Anheier, Helmut K. (2000) Managing non-profit organisations: towards a new approach|. Civil Society Working Paper series, 1. Centre for Civil Society, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 0753013436 (1123 downloads).

3. Bowling, Ben and Phillips, Coretta (2003) Policing ethnic minority communities|. In: Newburn, Tim, (ed.) Handbook of policing. Willan Publishing, Devon, UK, pp. 528-555. ISBN 9781843920199 (965 downloads).

4. Livingstone, Sonia (1998) Relationships between media and audiences: prospects for audience reception studies|. In: Liebes, Tamar and Curran, James, (eds.) Media, ritual and identity. Routledge, London, UK, pp. 237-255. ISBN 041515992X (762 downloads).

5. Marsden, David and Richardson, Ray (1992) Motivation and performance related pay in the public sector: a case study of the Inland Revenue|. CEP discussion paper, 75. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. (702 downloads).

Total downloads for April 2013: 92,559

 
 
 

Funding opportunities

Candidates interested in applying for any of the opportunities below should email rescon@lse.ac.uk|  (unless otherwise stated).

LSEESRC Pre-announcement of a Pending Call for European-Chinese Joint Research Projects - Societal Challenges - Green Economy and Population Change

Research funding organisations of China, France, Germany, The Netherlands and the UK (ESRC) will shortly be launching a new multi-lateral collaboration consisting of a joint research programme on two basic societal challenges: The challenges of the Green Economy; The challenges of Population Change.

There will be a number of priority areas within these themes and researchers from these countries will be invited to submit proposals for joint projects in these areas. Researchers may have any disciplinary background within the social sciences and beyond, however, the proposal should be predominantly within the social sciences.

Further information about the priority areas will be made available by the end of June 2013 with the full call launched in September.

LSEThe Santander Travel Fund

Open deadline
Support for visits by LSE academic staff and PhD students to universities and other organisations in the Santander Universidades Network. Up to twenty awards are available for academic year 2012-13, with a maximum of £2,500 awarded in each case. Santander Travel Fund|

LSEResearch Incentives Policy

Open deadline
The policy provides financial rewards for staff who win research funding. Funds may be used to enhance salaries, buy out time from teaching and/or to provide unencumbered research funding. The policy has established three types of Research Infrastructure and Investment Fund. More| (please see 'Recent additions' tab).

LSEBritish Academy Mid-career Fellowships

Deadline: Call to be announced. Deadline of September 2013 expected.
To allow successful applicants to obtain time freed from normal teaching and administrative commitments to devote to the completion of a major piece of research. Through this scheme the academy intends to support individual researchers with excellent research proposals and to promote public understanding and engagement with the humanities and social sciences.

The academy will look for evidence of a clear commitment to a strategy of public engagement with and communication of the results of the research during the period of the fellowship. Individuals employed at UK universities or other higher education institutions are eligible to apply.

These fellowships are intended primarily to provide opportunities for scholars who have already published works of intellectual distinction or have established a significant track record as an excellent communicator and ‘champion’ in their field, and who are normally no more than 15 years from the award of their doctorate. Fellowships can be held over a minimum of six months and a maximum of 12 months, beginning in the autumn of 2013. The total value of a fellowship is not expected to exceed £160,000. More|

LSEAHRC Digital Community Research Co-Production Project Grants

Deadline: 27 June 2013
The AHRC invites applications for its digital community research co-production project grants. These are for projects that use the potential of digital technologies to transform ways of connecting communities and arts and humanities researchers. Projects should be interdisciplinary, bringing together arts and humanities researchers, community engagement experts, specialists in digital technologies and other expertise as appropriate.

A total of £4 million is available, and grants are worth between £50,000 and £600,000 for projects of up to 18 months. More|

LSEThe Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften Senior Fellowships

Deadline: 1 July 2013
The Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften invites applications for its senior fellowships. These support excellent scholars, who are well advanced in their careers, who wish to carry out projects in Vienna that combine empirical investigation with thoughtful theoretical work. Scholars of any nationality, and from any institution, are welcome to apply, although preference will be given to applicants of international repute who are leading experts in their academic field.

Senior fellowships will be granted for one academic semester and consist of a monthly allowance of up to €2,325, a workspace with electronic facilities at the IFK, as well as a return ticket to and from Vienna and free accommodation in a studio apartment. More|

LSEEuropean Science Foundation - new frontiers of infinity workshops and summer schools grants

Deadline: 1 July 2013
The European Science Foundation invites applications for its new frontiers of infinity workshops and summer schools grants. The programme aims to stimulate the exchange of ideas between researchers on mathematical, philosophical and computation approaches to infinity.

Funding will support travel costs for attendees and priority is given to countries supporting the programme. More|

LSEBritish Institute in Eastern Africa Research Funding

Deadline: 30 July 2013 is the approximate. Awaiting formal call.
The British Institute in Eastern Africa invites applications for its research funding. Grants are available to support original humanities and social sciences research across eastern Africa.

Research should focus on the following thematic areas: contemporary lives; governance and the rule of law; heritage research; the history and practice of elections; landscape archaeology; memory and belonging.

Priority is given to researchers based in the UK or eastern Africa. The institute particularly encourages applications from the wider eastern African region, including Tanzania, Uganda and South Sudan.

Grants are normally between £500 and £1,000; in exceptional circumstances up to £1,500 may be awarded. The grant should contribute towards actual research costs and not include institutional overheads, applicant’s stipend or publication costs. More|

 
 
 

Recent awards

LSEMs Demetra Frini, International History, has been awarded £12,500 from the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences. The funds will contribute towards the cost of the LSE Annual Gulf History Lecture.

Professor Richard Layard, Centre for Economic Performance, has been awarded £8,000 from the Rosetrees Trust, to review world-wide evidence on the prevalence of depression and anxiety disorders. The research will form the basis for a co-authored book.

Professor Roger McCormick, Law, has received £26,850 from the HEIF5 Bid Fund for his project 'International Comparative Legal Risk'. The funds will help him to compile data related to the disciplinary record of banks - 'Fines Data' - with a view to making comparative assessments of banks’ performance on cultural/ethical issues on a rolling five year basis and also to make comparative assessment of the practices of financial regulators in the principal jurisdictions for financial market activity.

Dr Anne Michaelsen, LSE Health and Social Care, has received £12,455 from King’s College London, to implement a randomised controlled trial with individual participants who are eligible for NHS healthcare.

Ms Anthea Roberts, Law, has recently received a £70,000 Philip Leverhulme prize.

Claire Sanders, External Relations Division, and Dr Mukulika Banerjee, Anthropology, have been awarded £95,735 from the HEIF5 Bid Fund for their project 'India@LSE Blog'. The blog seeks to showcase India-related academic research in an innovative way, through multimedia and participatory research models and will focus on engaging new audiences and partners, particularly prospective students, India-based academics and media outlets, and UK and India-based policymakers.

 
 
 

Findings

See LSE Research Online| for more LSE research outputs and deposit your work to lseresearchonline@lse.ac.uk|.

LSEPublic policy towards wealth gap 'incoherent and contradictory'

Household wealth in Great Britain amounts to £5.5 trillion, even excluding pension rights - four times national income. It is far more unequally distributed than incomes or earnings. Official figures show that the top tenth of households owned 850 times the total wealth of the bottom tenth in 2008-10, if pension rights are added in. The top 1 per cent had 14 per cent of the total - an average of more than £5 million for each household.

Yet the results of a three year research programme presented in a new book by LSE academics finds that tax, benefit, care, housing, and education policies are inconsistent and fail to narrow the wealth gap. The research was funded by the Nuffield Foundation with support from the Economic and Social Research Council.

'Looking across tax and social policies, it is hard to discern a consistent pattern for the treatment of wealth and savings,' said Professor John Hills, director of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at LSE. More|

LSETargets and poor organisational environments to blame for patient neglect

Management targets that direct nurses and doctors to treat care and compassion as a low priority, poor working relationships and culture which results in healthcare staff being unable (or unwilling) to prevent poor care, and overwhelming workloads which can cause staff burnout and compassion fatigue are key cause for ‘patient neglect’ academics at LSE have found.

‘Patient Neglect in Healthcare Institutions’, published in the BMC: Health Service Research journal, is the first systematic literature review on the nature, frequency and causes of patient neglect in hospitals.

Dr Tom Reader and Dr Alex Gillespie evaluated all articles and reports published in English since 1990 reporting empirical data on patient neglect occurring anywhere in the world. The review found very few studies to have investigated patient neglect, with research in healthcare organisations preferring to focus upon the concept of 'medical error'. This is in contrast to growing public concern over the issue of patient neglect, especially after the Mid-Staffordshire Trust scandal. More|

Tony TraversLSE professor calls for London to have a greater say over its taxes

The London Finance Commission, chaired by LSE’s Professor Tony Travers (pictured), has released a new report calling for greater financial freedoms for the capital, giving London government the autonomy to invest in its own vital infrastructure as its population and economy grow, and bring London in line with competitor global cities.

The London Finance Commission’s report outlines a comprehensive package of devolution measures to give Londoners a more direct say over a greater proportion of taxes raised in their city. It concludes that London government could better promote its own economic development by devolving financial and fiscal control rather than relying on the current formula of majority Government grant. The Commission has established there is a broad consensus amongst the capital’s key organisations in support of reform.

Professor Tony Travers said: 'London needs greater financial autonomy to drive growth and deliver better infrastructure. Wales and, in particular, Scotland are moving towards far greater discretion over taxes. London should be treated similarly. Indeed, other cities in England could follow London down the route to greater financial accountability and self-determination. England is far too centralised and the London Finance Commission’s pragmatic proposals would be a first step towards a more sensitive and popular democracy.' More|

 
 
 

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