Noticeboard – April 2020

News from the Faraday Institution, including working through covid uncertainties, CEO recruitment, the Faraday Institution Code of Conduct, and press coverage

Update on CEO Recruitment 

As communicated in November 2019, Neil Morris will step down as CEO of the Faraday Institution on 3rd April 2020.

The search for a new permanent CEO is ongoing who will take the Faraday Institution and the community we have built forward. The appointment of the right person for the permanent role is a priority for the organisation, though we recognise that the situation with the coronavirus makes for a challenging environment in which to conduct the search, selection and appointment.

Susan Robertson, CFO and Matt Howard, Head of Engagement and Education will serve as Joint Interim CEO in addition to their usual responsibilities until a permanent CEO is appointed. Neil Morris will serve part time as an advisor to the Faraday Institution during this interim period, particularly to work to support the case for future funding and to accelerate routes to commercialisation for discoveries from our research programme.

If you have any questions or concerns about these arrangements, please reach out to Susan or Matt.

Working Through Covid Uncertainties

We hope you are staying well. Further to our previous communication about the coronavirus we are hearing and fully recognise the concerns raised by researchers around job security, visas and mental wellbeing. We recognise that the Faraday Institution has an important role in positively influencing the welfare of our research community through this challenging time.

To this end we are in ongoing discussions with Faraday Battery Challenge leadership, UKRI as our funder, and members of our Board who are Pro-VCs of universities to influence decisions that could be made at this level that would ease researchers’ legitimate concerns. It is clear that there needs to be a fair and consistent approach to support UK grant funded research, most likely through costed extensions to grants and we are making this case strongly to our funders. We are also working to secure Faraday Institution bridge funding past March 2021.  

In the meantime, please be assured that we fully intend to continue to fund researcher staff costs where contracts are in place.

If you haven’t already done so we would urge researchers to connect with their supervisors and project leadership to understand how their time during lockdown can be best used to advance project goals as well as to benefit personal development. We have been working hard to develop ways in which our community can stay connected during this period and are pleased to announce the launch of our Faraday Masterclasses, an interactive webinar series to be held every Wednesday at 2pm.

Above all, please stay connected through this difficult time. Look for ways to support each other, ask for help where needed, and continue to elevate issues and difficulties you are facing. Let’s work together to adapt and find creative, innovative new approaches that have an impact.

Susan Robertson and Matt Howard, Joint Interim CEO, The Faraday Institution

Code of Conduct

The Faraday Institution wants all researchers involved in our research projects to feel that they work in a safe and positive environment at all times. We are committed to developing the Faraday community as one that is built on collaboration, respect for others, recognising achievement, and where members proactively offer a helping hand to colleagues and strive for equality and inclusion. More diverse teams, where all members feel able to contribute, will ultimately deliver better science and create a stronger community.

To that end, we have developed a Code of Conduct: standards of behaviour that we expect all our researchers to adhere to while undertaking Faraday Institution research, be it in a lab setting, connecting with group or project members and when interacting with other projects, with members of FIHQ, and externally, in person or in an on-line environment.

We also ask that you also make yourself aware of our checklist to organise and run inclusive meetings.

News coverage of the Faraday Institution

BATTERY 2030+

The vision of BATTERY 2030+ is to invent the sustainable batteries of the future, providing European industry with disruptive technologies and a competitive edge across the full value chain that will enable Europe to take the lead in battery science and technology. The Faraday Institution is a member of Battery 2030+. Take a look at their February 2020 newsletter.

Posted on April 1, 2020 in Uncategorized

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