Unconscious bias is a hot topic across academia at the moment, and rightly so. It can have an impact on everything from how you select and manage your team through to how you peer review research applications.
The Royal Society has created an animation and briefing on this topic and, although it is aimed at their selection and appointment panel members, the value of the message conveyed has a much wider reach and is relevant to anybody involved in management and decision making.
If unconscious bias is something you’re interested in learning more about, you may also be interested to know that Oxford is holding a two part lecture series on the topic as part of the Leverhulme Lectures Series. More information and booking for these events can be found here.
Open Access Training Hilary Term 2016
iSkills ’Open Access Oxford – what’s happening?’ This 1 hour session covers the basics about OA, how to handle funder requirements such as RCUK and Wellcome Trust (and block grants), and the all-important ‘Act on Acceptance’ for open access and the next REF. Book here: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TZW7.
When: Thurs 21 January, 11.00-12.00; Thurs 18 Feb, 14.00-15.00; Tue 1 March, 11.00-12.00.
Where: Radcliffe Science Library, Parks Road.
ORA and ORA Data staff are again holding weekly drop-ins to provide one-to-one help with all things Open Access and Research Data.
When: 11.30-13.30 every Monday of term (18 Jan – 29 Feb 2016).
Where: the Centre for Digital Scholarship, on the first floor of the Weston Library.
The League of European Research Universities (LERU) has published a statement – ‘Research funding should go to research, not to publishers’ – calling for the EU Commission to open up discussion around access to research publications. LERU is aiming to get 10,000 signatures to the statement by 16 January. The University is already a signatory, but you can sign the statement as an individual.
Read and sign up to the LERU Statement
The Oxford Research Archive for Data (ORA-Data) has been awarded the Data Seal of Approval. The Seal represents an international, peer-reviewed standard which certifies a data archive according to sixteen essential criteria for good practice. This provides evidence of compliance with key Research Data Management principles and denotes the archive as a Trusted Digital Repository.
For more information please see the ORA website.
The European Commission has launched a consultation on the evaluation and modernisation of the legal framework for the enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR).
Amongst the actions envisaged in the European Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy is the modernisation of IPR enforcement, focusing on commercial-scale infringements (the ‘follow the money’ approach) and its cross-border applicability.
The consultation consists of a set of questionnaires for different stakeholder groups, notably rightholders, the judiciary and legal profession, intermediaries, Member States and public authorities, citizens, and consumers and civil society. It will run until 1 April 2016.