Article 1 Definition
1 - The Centre for Research and Innovation in Education is a Research Unit, in the terms referred to in paragraph c) of number 3 of Article 10 of the Statutes of the School of Education of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto (ESE-IPP), adopting the acronym inED.
2 - Its international denomination is Centre for Research and Innovation in Education, with the same acronym.
3 - inED has scientific and management autonomy under the terms of this Regulation, without prejudice to the norms, procedures and guidelines of the ESE-IPP and the Tutelage.
4 - The members of inED have the autonomy established in the projects in which they are involved, without prejudice to taking into account the referred in the previous number and the policies and guidelines outlined by inED.
Article 2 Objectives
The objectives of inED are
1 - Fostering research and innovation, namely
a) Stimulating initiatives leading to the development of projects;
b) Stimulating and endorsing project applications to funding entities;
c) Carrying out actions for knowledge sharing, dissemination and reflection on projects;
d) Collaborating in the training of new researchers;
e) Creating and updating information resources on research activities.
2 - Fostering collaborations between inED's thematic areas for the conception and implementation of research and innovation projects.
3 - Fostering collaborations between inED and other entities, at national and international level.
4 - To set up and maintain itself as a unit recognised and evaluated by the national entity competent for the certification and evaluation of the scientific system, demanding excellence.
5 - Publishing the journal Sensos-e as a means to disseminate knowledge and research and innovation work in the field of Education.
Article 3 Constitution and Bodies
1 - inED is composed of integrated researchers, collaborating researchers and student researchers.
2 - Integrated members of inED are ESE-IPP career teachers with doctoral degrees who ensure regular scientific production within inED and, at the same time, may collaborate in other research units or similar.
3 - Doctoral degree holders from outside the ESE-IPP, linked to a Portuguese institution, who meet the conditions set forth in the previous number and, if applicable, have a favorable opinion from their institutions for that purpose, may be integrated members.
4 - Researchers who participate in ongoing projects at inED and who, not being student researchers, do not wish to or do not meet the conditions to become integrated researchers, may become collaborating members.
5 - Student researchers are students enrolled in degree or master courses at the ESE-IPP and who actively participate in the ongoing projects.
6 - inED has the following Bodies: Director; Management; Scientific Board; Monitoring Committee; Ethics Committee; Stakeholders Committee; Thematic Area Coordinator.
Thematic Area Coordinator.
Article 4 Director
1 - The Director is elected by the Board of Directors from among its members;
2 - The Director is responsible for: a) Representing inED;
b) Coordinating the definition of policies and action priorities of the centre;
c) Coordinating the implementation of the strategic plan
d) Convening and conducting the meetings of the Executive Board and the Scientific Council
e) Ensuring compliance with the resolutions of the Board and the Scientific Council
f) Ensure general coordination and day-to-day management;
g) Appointing the Thematic Area Coordinator and the Ethics Committee Chairperson, by proposal of the Executive Board.3 - The Director may delegate functions to other members of the Executive Board.
4 - In the Board and Scientific Council deliberations, the Director has a casting vote.
5 - The Director's term of office is three years.
6 - The Director may not serve more than three successive terms.
7 - In case of vacancy or impediment to the Director's mandate, his or her functions shall be exercised by another member of the Board elected by its members,
A new member of the Board may be appointed for the same period of time as described in article 5, paragraph 6.
Article 5 Executive Board
1 - The Executive Committee is composed of five effective members and two substitute members, elected by the Scientific Council from among researchers integrated under the conditions of number 2 of Article 3.
2 - The Executive Committee is elected by secret ballot at an extraordinary meeting of the Scientific Council, chaired by the ESE-IPP Dean Professor. The homologation of the election results is the responsibility of the President of the ESE-IPP.
3 - It is the responsibility of the Board of Directors
a) Pronouncing on research policies and priorities;
b) Supervising administrative and financial management;
c) Creating and coordinating the implementation of regular mechanisms for self-evaluation and internal follow-up of its scientific performance;
d) To draw up activity plans and annual execution reports
e) Drawing up terms of protocols between inED and other collective or individual entities
f) To give its opinion on matters submitted to its appraisal by the Director;
g) Assist the Director
h) Elaborate internal operating regulations;
i) Defining and applying the rules for granting and maintaining the status of researcher
j) Appointing the members of the Monitoring Committee, Ethics Committee and Stakeholders' Committee;
k) Propose to the Director the Thematic Area Coordinator;
l) To propose to the Director the President of the Ethics Committee
m) Proposing to the inED Scientific Council amendments to this Regulation.
4 - Each member of the Board has a three-year term of office.
5 - Each member of the Board cannot exercise more than three successive mandates.
6 - In case of vacancy or impediment of a member of the Executive Committee, the alternate member with more votes shall take office until the end of the vacant mandate or impediment.
Article 6 Scientific Council
1 - The Scientific Council is composed of all researchers.
2 - In deliberations, only integrated researchers have voting rights.
3 - The Scientific Council is responsible for
a) Elect the members of the Board
b) Approve the regulations and their amendments
c) To pronounce on the matters mentioned in subparagraphs b), c), d), e), and f) in number 3 of Article 5
d) To decide on matters brought to its attention by members of the Executive Board.
4 - Ordinary meetings are annual.
5 - Extraordinary meetings are decided by the Director, the Board or two thirds of the members of the Scientific Council.
Article 7 Monitoring Committee
1 - The Advisory Committee is a unit with assessment and advisory functions.
2 - The Advisory Committee is composed of individuals from outside the Polytechnic Institute of Porto of recognized competence, some of them working in non-national institutions.
3 - It is the duty of the Monitoring Committee to regularly analyse the functioning of inED and issue opinions it deems appropriate, namely on the activity plan and the annual scientific report.
4 - Meetings of the Monitoring Committee:
a) Ordinary meetings are held annually and convened by the Director of inED;
b) Extraordinary meetings are convened by the Director of inED on his own initiative or by the Executive Board;
5 - The Monitoring Committee shall also perform the functions established in the norms of the national scientific system regarding Research Units with multi-annual funding.
Article 8 Ethics Committee
1 - The Ethics Commission is an independent body that aims to promote high standards of integrity, honesty and ethical quality in research activities conducted at inED.
2 - The Ethics Committee is structured as a commission composed of 5 members and is directed by a President who will be assisted by a vice-President.
3 - The Ethics Committee is responsible for
a) analyze respect and compliance with ethical standards in the research activity developed at inED in order to ensure the well-being, integrity and dignity of all research participants;
b) to ensure compliance with the assumptions of respect for human dignity and integrity, considering the professional codes of ethics, as well as the regulations approved at national and international level on this matter
c) issue opinions on matters within its competence, which includes the assessment of research work, response to requests for clarification and/or analysis of procedural issues.
4 - The Ethics Committee's operation shall be governed by its own regulations, approved by the Centre's Management.
Article 9 Stakeholders' Commission
1 - The Stakeholders' Committee is a unit with advisory functions.
2 - The Stakeholders Committee is made up of individuals from outside the Polytechnic Institute of Porto of recognized competence, from institutions and/or services representing the community.
3 - The Stakeholders Committee shall be responsible for promoting analysis and discussion on concrete topics or problems within educational, social and cultural policies and structures that may guide research in order to meet the needs and expectations of people, organizations and communities
4 - The Stakeholders Committee meetings are held annually and convened by the Director of inED.
Article 10 Thematic Area Coordinator
In pursuing its objectives, inED organizes research projects into thematic areas, each of which has a researcher responsible for its coordination.
2 - The Thematic Area Coordinator is proposed by the Board of Directors from among the integrated researchers and appointed by the Director of inED.
3 - The Coordinator of the thematic area is responsible for
a) Issuing opinions on proposals of new research/innovation projects;
b) Drawing up the thematic area activities report, performing a global analysis of the scientific production evidenced in the project reports;
c) Collaborating with the Directorate in inED's activities, when requested;
d) Developing actions towards the fulfilment of what is established in point 2 of Article 2.
Article 11 Resources
1 - Human resources are integrated researchers, collaborators, and students, as well as non-teaching staff that perform technical or administrative functions.
2 - Material and financial resources are the allocated equipment, the budget allocations provided by the institution and those obtained through project funding and others arising from its activities.
Article 12 Final provisions
1 - In case of doubts and omissions concerning these Regulations, the general legal principles and rules shall apply.
2 - These Regulations shall enter into force the day after they are ratified by the President of ESEIPP.