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Peer Review News and updates

Last update: August 2021

Launch of the new PRC Handbook

There is a new and updated version of the PRC Handbook now live on our website. The list below outlines the latest updates.

  • 1.7.6 Anti-Bribery policy link amended in section
  • 1.5 End of tenure and renewal of membership
  • 1.6 Resignation from the College
  • 3.4 Improved Conflicts of Interest guidelines
  • 3.4.3 Addition Examples of Conflict – added new examples.
  • 4.7 Reasons for returned reviews
  • 5.0 Addition of Je-S Guidance
  • 5.4 ORCID Reviewer Recognition
  • 6.6 COVID-19 Update for Panellists
  • 6.10.2 Payment of expenses and honoraria.

Changes to Standards of Service

We have formalised the requirement for all PRC members to adhere to and uphold UKRI’s policies, standards and guidance; this has been added to the PRC Standards of Service.

AHRC reserves the right to make changes to our Standards of Service and inform members via a general notice. All members are expected to adhere to our Standards of Service. Any queries should be directed to peerreviewcollege@ahrc.ukri.org.

Spam filters blocking Je-S emails

We have been alerted to an issue encountered by some ROs; it is suspected that spam filters applied to mail servers at an organisational level are blocking receipt of some emails sent via Je-S.

Whilst we advise all PRC members to ensure that the Je-S email address grants@je-s.ukri.org is added to individual spam filters, this may not resolve issues that occur at an organisational level.

UKRI is working towards a solution which will be communicated in due course.

Changes to Early Career Researcher eligibility

AHRC has adapted its definition of ‘Early Career Researchers’ for existing grant-holders and prospective applicants in light of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the new definition, which you can read in full in section 2 the Research Funding Guide, Early Career Researchers are now defined as being either within eight years of the date of successfully completing a PhD viva (or equivalent professional training) or within six years of a first academic appointment, not including any period of career break such as for family care, health reasons or reasons consequent upon the COVID-19 pandemic, e.g. home schooling or increased teaching load.

Reviewers and panel members are advised to consider the unequal effects of the impact that COVID-19 related disruption might have had on the track record and career development of those individuals included in the funding proposal and will be asked to consider the capability of the applicant and their wider team to deliver the research they are proposing. Where disruptions have occurred applicants can highlight this within their proposal, if they wish, but there is no requirement to detail the specific circumstances that caused the disruption.

AHRC Panel Member Expression of Interest

You can now submit your interest in participating in upcoming AHRC panel meeting by completing our online Expression of Interest form. The form is also linked under the Peer Review Panels page.

Once your interest has been submitted, you will be marked as available to participate in any upcoming panel meetings and may be contacted by one of our Funding Officers.

Please note that you must have attended the initial PRC induction training and mock panel session to be able to participate in AHRC panel meetings as a PRC member.

PRC Member Communications

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