Research and Scholarship Policy

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Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to outline the parameters of research and scholarship activities conducted by Alphacrucis College (AC) faculty, Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidates and postgraduate research students, as well as the provision of resources required.

Scope

All research and scholarship activities of the College.

Policy

AC defines research and scholarship in accordance with the definitions outlined by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). AC research and scholarship priorities are informed by the AC Strategic Plan and guided by the AC Research and Scholarship Framework.

Academic staff with an allocation of research time are expected to be research active in their areas of disciplinary expertise. Research activity is typically demonstrated through current or potential high quality research publications and Higher Degree Research (HDR) supervision and training. The AC Research and Scholarship Handbook provides the definition for high quality research.

All faculty members are expected to be active in scholarship and to report on annual scholarship activities, providing evidence of how knowledge acquired has impacted teaching or been disseminated to audiences other than the readership of the academic outlet (or an alternative explanation). The impact of scholarship upon and engagement with end users should also be demonstrated.

AC is committed to supporting faculty research through allocation of research time where appropriate, funding support for conference travel, and opportunities for internal and external collaborative research and external research grants. AC is committed to providing support to HDR students in the form of research supervision and induction, funding for conference travel if appropriate, and work stations.

Research Incentives

Faculty members may be eligible for a monetary reward for each unique high quality research book, book chapter or journal publication within the relevant calendar year. Conference papers are not included in the definition of ‘publication’. Funds gained as research incentives must be utilised for research-related expenses only. Only publications that list AC as the applicant’s affiliation are eligible for an incentive.

Research and Scholarship Data Collection

All faculty are expected to report their research and academic scholarship through the annual Research and Scholarship Data Collection (RSDC) process coordinated by the AC Research Office. This information is analysed and reported on through the annual AC Research and Scholarship Report.

Responsible for implementation

Deputy Vice President Research and Standards

Key stakeholders

All faculty, HDR candidates and postgraduate research students


Procedures

Research and Scholarship Procedure

Faculty External Funding Applications

AC faculty members who intend to participate in funded collaborative research with external parties should discuss this with their Dean of Faculty before making commitments to external parties. This is advised for AC faculty members seeking external funding for their own research.

Faculty Research and Scholarship Allocations

Faculty research and scholarship time allocations will be determined by the Dean of Faculty in consultation with the DVP Research and Standards. Members of faculty will be expected to meet certain objectives to retain their research and scholarship time allocations.

Faculty Conference Travel Funding

Requests for faculty conference travel funding are done through an application process in which members of faculty apply for conference travel funding to the Research Committee as part of the college’s annual budget cycle. Permanent faculty members of .5 FTE or more are eligible to apply and priority will be given to faculty with demonstrated potential or a track record in high quality research publication.

Research Incentives Allocation

The allocation of research incentive funds is related to the annual RSDC process. Faculty members will be informed of their RSDC points and research incentive monetary allocation (if any) at the end of this process. The decision is final and the only appeal is through the College’s standard grievance policies. Research incentives will be allocated to high quality research only and are ascertained by the DVP Research and Standards, within the parameters of available funds.

The funds awarded as research incentives may only be used by the recipient for high quality research-related expenses, such as purchasing software for research, research-related travel, or employing assistance for research-related tasks (such as transcribing, data entry, etc.). As such the funds are retained by the College, as an allocated amount for the recipient, until the recipient submits the necessary receipts or other appropriate evidence to be reimbursed for such research-related expenses. The DVP Research and Standards is responsible for overseeing this process.

The recipient may choose to accrue the funds over time and spend them when needed, up to a maximum of three years, as long as s/he has not broken employment with the College within the period of accrual. If a recipient leaves the employ of the College, s/he will forfeit all unspent funds received as research incentives.