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Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs


Where do I find a copy of the Research Active Staff e-newsletter?

The e-newsletter goes out on the first working day of the month to all Research Active Staff (staff on academic or research terms and conditions of employment). A copy of the latest e-newsletter can be found on our Current Development Opportunities page, as well as the archive of previous newsletters.

I would like to advertise a Learning & Development opportunity for Research Active Staff. What do I do?

LDC advertise Learning & Development opportunities, publicised via the LDC website and/or the monthly e-newsletter. These can include events, workshops or programmes that are organised by departments, faculties or individuals that are open to University of Warwick Research Active Staff to attend. Please contact Lisa Lavender with the relevant information pertaining to the event

What training/ learning and development courses and events are available to RAS?

The Learning & Development Centre provides learning and development provision for Research Active Staff on the Course Directory. The provision is added to regularly so please check the new additions on the website and in the monthly e-newsletter.

There are different types of learning & development opportunities available; from 1-1 support on academic writing, careers support or statistics as well as workshops & events ranging from lunchtime information sessions to day long events and longer provisions like the Research Team Leaders programme. Further details on each of these areas can be found on our Current Development Opportunities page.

We also offer bespoke provisions run with departments, faculties or networks. Contact Sandy at LDC to discuss further.

I am looking for the job descriptions for research staff & staff costs for a bid – please help?

Information and examples on job descriptions and job specifications (examples of research fellow, senior research fellow or assistant professor etc) can be found at: and the current staff salary costs at:

It is also worth talking to your Faculty Research Support Services Manager or Officer – for contacts see or the homepage for Research Support Services:

How do I find out more about the academic and research staff promotions process?

This information is available on the Human Resources section of the website:

My fixed terms contract is ending – what do I need to know/ consider?

The Human Resources website has a number of relevant resources:

It is also worth considering what you plan to do about your annual leave.You may also wish to ask to be added to the vacancies emailing list, for automatic notification of new vacancies. Please ask the HR Advisor for your department for details.

Is funding available at Warwick to support ongoing/unfinished research and publications at the end of a funded contract?

Whilst LDC does not have funding available in this area there are some possible avenues to explore within Warwick:

  • The Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) has some fellowships for Early Career Researchers that are 50% funded, which includes the purpose of enabling ECRs to focus on writing publications. Visit the IAS website for further details.
  • Discuss the matter with the Research Development Manager (RDM)/Officers (RDO) within Research Support Services with responsibility for your department/faculty.
  • You may also wish to talk to your research team leader or head of department about bridging finances, as this is handled at department/faculty level.

When should I go to LDC and when should I go to RSS with a funding query? What are the differences in support offered by these two departments?

LDC currently has funding for research active staff to support networks and is also able to offer periodic funding to support staff arrange specific master classes and one-off events. All current LDC funding opportunities can be found on our Funding page The point of contact is Sandy Sparks.

LDC also has a Staff Development Fund to support access to courses and learning opportunities not available at Warwick.

RSS (Research Support Services) has development managers and officers dedicated to specific departments. RSS provides support with developing a strategy to secure funding for your research, and assist with developing funding applications. While the research idea will naturally be yours, RSS can advise on how best to present the research idea for particular funders and schemes, as well as develop costings for grant & fellowships proposals.

Is support available to help research staff fund conference attendance?

LDC does not offer financial support for conference attendance under either the Staff Development Fund (currently closed) or the Research Active Staff Network fund. However, you may wish to explore the following possibilities:

  • Many departments provide small amounts of top-up funding to postgraduate students and early career researchers for conference attendance. Please enquire with your department head or administrator.
  • Review the International Office website for the latest information of support on offer.
  • Contact the Research Support Services (RSS) Research Development Officer or Manager responsible for your department to discuss current funding opportunities.
  • The Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) Conference and Event Funding webpage primarily includes information on funding available for the setting up of events at Warwick and elsewhere. However, it also includes a comprehensive list of links to subject associations and societies who provide a range of funding.