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Three members of the LSE research development team flanked by a representative of award sponsor Worktribe and the ARMA awards MC.

How improved research support helped LSE to clinch key research grants

The London School of Economics' (LSE) research development team’s success in increasing the percentage of large research grants from 46% to 75% earned it team of the year at this year’s ARMA awards. In this blogpost Peter Broekema and Aygen Kurt-Dickson describe how a series of changes in research support boosted researchers’ success rate in larger and more prestigious funding schemes.

Survey on universities’ equipment removal strategies launched

Selling unwanted laboratory equipment can be an easy way for universities to recoup space, generate revenue and meet their environmental targets. A survey for the Environmental Association for Schools and Colleges with UniGreenScheme, seeks to gain a better understanding of how universities and colleges deal with surplus or unwanted laboratory equipment.

‘No prescribed format’ for 2016 VFM reporting, says HEFCE

An update from HEFCE to the sector says there is "no prescribed format" for the value for money report universities are required to submit in 2016. The circular to vice chancellors and principals says no formal guidance will be issued in 2016 but it is seeking feedback from the sector, which will be used in more specific reporting guidance next year.

LUPC launches new contracts database

A contracts database developed jointly by the regional higher education purchasing consortia is now live. HE Contracts replaces the previous database, uniBuy, and includes a host of new features and easier access for consortia members looking to find information about the sector’s collaborative agreements. Members can find resources and information about training on their local consortia website.

Google Apps – complex workflows on a shoestring budget

There are a range of systems specifically designed to support higher education administration, but many smaller institutions find them beyond their budget. The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) has found Google Apps a suitable free alternative, as Caryn Douglas explains.

Universities seek workforce’s views on leading change

Two universities are exploring the views of the higher education workforce on how they can work together to lead and cope with change. As part of a £10,000 Leadership Foundation-funded project, The University of Northampton, along with Keele University, are calling on the sector's workforce to complete a survey on the impact of change and leadership.

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