The RSA is a group of researchers whose goal is to support and connect researchers across the University. Over the past year, a team of RSA members has developed and initiated the “Extended Access Scheme” which provides access to e-mail accounts and e-resources after researchers’ fixed-term contracts have ended. This scheme aims to mitigate some of the negative effects of instability due to fixed term contracts, and help keep researchers connected.  The RSA liaised with the University to create a pilot scheme which is currently in operation until April 2014. Since its inception, the pilot has raised a great deal of interest amongst researchers, external institutions (UKRSA and RCUK) and other universities. The high level of interest and support, combined with the high rate of uptake has prompted the unanimous decision by the Human Resources Sub Committee to make this permanent University policy!

So a big thank you and congratulations to the team responsible: Isabelle Darmon, Erin Baggaley, Kassandra Papadopoulou, Hosam Abdel Aleem, Necla Acik-Toprak, Michaela Goodwin, Sarah King-Hele, Pamela Thompson and Samaneh Maysami.


A social event for researchers was held in June to celebrate the RSA’s achievements over the last year, which included other high profile events such as a well-attended presentation from the Director of HR concerning end-of-contract worries. Like all RSA events, the social was a cross-faculty gathering with research staff from all four faculties enjoying a lovely time with some well-earned drinks. They hope to see you at their next event!

See the links on the right hand side to connect with the RSA!