QUB UCU News Date of latest posting: 11th July 2007

11th July 2007 - RAE - Accessing Information to assist in an RAE Appeal

If you need access to information held by the University which you believe will assist in your appeal you should use the forms provided by the University's Information Compliance Unit.

The forms requesting access to information about yourself (subject access request form) and for information held by the University (Access Request Form) can be found at the Unit's Requests for Information web page.

If you are uncertain as to which form to use fill in the Access Request form and the unit's staff will sort out the rest.

It should be noted that the time limit for the University to respond to a request under the FOIA is 20 days whereas the time limit for requests under the DPA (personal Information) is 40 days. With the closing date for appeals set at 17th August 2007 there is a possibility that requests for information will not be fulfilled in time to submit an appeal. When submitting your request please ensure that you state that the information is to be used for your RAE appeal and that the closing date for same is 17th August 2007.

Any REA issues should be emailed to ucu-officers@qub.ac.uk


3rd July 2007 - RAE Update - Final Submission

We understand that UMB has now approved the 'final' submission for RAE
2008, that decisions have been communicated to heads of school and that
they will be communicated to individual members of staff before the 6th
of July. The deadline for appeals is set as 17th of August 2007.

Information on the later stages of the selection process, grounds for
appeal and the appeal process are available in the updated RAE Code of
(The updated code also contains information about the recently
introduced 'third and final stage' of the RAE process which was
presumably written after the event, see

We understand that in reaching its final decisions, the UMB sought to
achieve an average rating of 2* per item entered and that this has
resulted in a submission rate of approximately 80% across the

As you will all be aware, the RAE process in Queen's has been at best
opaque. UCU will be seeking an urgent meeting with the University to
discuss what information will be made available to staff to enable them
to formulate appeals particularly against 'strategic' omissions and
appeals on equal opportunity grounds.

The logistics of providing support to members during the holiday period
obviously presents a challenge for the local officers. We are setting up
a special email address
ucu-officers@qub.ac.uk (this will be active from Friday 6th July) which you can
use to communicate with us on RAE matters. We will also endeavour to
provide updated information through the UCU website so please check it

The Officers, Queen's UCU

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