Regulation Block

Article 1 - Definition

1 - The Center for Research and Innovation in Education is a Unit, under 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 Center 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 ESE-IPP and superior services and other entities.

4 - The members of inED have the autonomy established in the projects in which they are involved, without prejudice to taking into account that referred to in the previous number and the policies and guidelines outlined by inED.


Article 2 - Objectives

inED objectives are:

1 - Fostering research and innovation, including:

  1. Promoting initiatives leading to the development of projects;
  2. Promoting and evaluating project applications to funding entities;
  3. Performing actions to share knowledge, diffusion and reflection on projects;
  4. Collaborating in the training of new researchers;
  5. Creating and updating information about its activities.

2 - To foster collaborations involving knowledge areas of the ESE-IPP, namely those leading to conceptual and practical migrations and inter-hybridisations, and the intersections and synergies of explanatory and interventional ideals, for the design and execution of projects that express and promote the multifaceted school.

3 - Encourage collaborations between ESE-IPP and other entities, at national and international level.

4 - To establish and maintain itself as a research unit recognised and evaluated by the competent national body for certification and evaluation of the scientific system.

5 - Edit the Sensos-e journal as a way of disseminating knowledge, research and innovation in the area of ​​Education.


Article 3 - Constitution and Structures

1 - inED is composed of integrated researchers, collaborating researchers and student researchers.

2 - the career professors of the ESE-IPP with a doctorate that ensure regular scientific production within the scope of inED can be integrated members of the inED, and are allowed to collaborate in another research unit or similar, provided that for this purpose they have a favourable opinion.

3 - PhDs outside the ESE-IPP that meet the conditions set out in the preceding paragraph, and, if applicable, have a favourable opinion of their institutions, may be integrated members.

4 - Collaborating members are researchers who participate in projects underway in inED and who, not being a research student, do not intend or do not meet the conditions to be integrated researchers.

5 – Student researchers are students enrolled in undergraduate or master's degree programs of the ESE-IPP that actively participate in ongoing projects.

6 - inED has the following Governing Structures: Director; Scientific Committee (SC); Plenary; Follow-up Committee (FC); Commission of Stakeholders (CS); Thematic Area Coordinator. 


Article 4 - Director

1 - The Director is nominated by the Chairman of the Technical-Scientific Council of ESE-IPP (TSC), among the members of the SC, being appointed by the President of ESE-IPP.

2 - It is the responsibility of the Director:

  1. To represent inED;
  2. To promote activities and delineate policies and priorities;
  3. To convene and conduct meetings of the SC and the Plenary;
  4. To ensure compliance with the deliberations of the SC and the Plenary;
  5. To ensure overall coordination and day-to-day management;

3 - The Director may delegate functions to members of the SC.

4 - The Director has a casting vote in the deliberations of the SC and the Plenary.

5 - The term of office of the Director shall be three years.

6 - The Director may not serve more than three successive terms.

7 - In the case of vacancy or impediment of the exercise of the Director's mandate, the functions of the Director shall be exercised by another member of the SC, nominated by the President of the CTC and appointed by the President of the ESE-IPP, while a new element may be appointed for the SC.


Article 5 - Scientific Committee

1 - The Scientific Committee (SC) is composed of five effective members and two alternates, elected by the Plenary from among integrated researchers under the conditions of number 2 of Article 3.

2 - It is the responsibility of the SC:

  1. To invite researchers to be inED members and cease membership;
  2. To pronounce on research policies and priorities;
  3. To supervise administrative and financial management;
  4. To coordinate internal evaluation processes;
  5. To prepare annual activity plans and implementation reports;
  6. To elaborate protocol terms between inED and other collective or individual entities;
  7. To pronounce on matters submitted to it by the Director;
  8. To adjuvate the Director;
  9. To develop internal norms of internal regulations;
  10. To designate the members of the follow-up committee;
  11. To propose a Coordinator for each thematic area to the Director;
  12. To propose amendments to this Regulation to the Technical-Scientific Council (TSC).

3 - The term of office of each member of the CC shall be three years.

4 - Each member of the CC may not exercise more than three successive terms.

5 - In case of vacancy or impediment of a member of the CC, the president of the TSC appoints the alternate element of the CC with more votes, until the end of the mandate left vacant or the impediment.


Article 6 - Plenary

1 - The Plenary is composed of all the researchers.

2 - Only the integrated researchers have the right to vote.

3 - It is incumbent upon the Plenary:

  1. To elect the members of the SC;
  2. To pronounce on the matters referred to in points b), c), d) e), and g) of number 2 of Article 5;
  3. To pronounce about anything the members of the SC put to its appreciation.

4 - Regular meetings are annual.

5 - Extraordinary meetings shall be decided by the Director, by the SC or by two-thirds of the members of the plenary.


Article 7 – Follow-up Committee

1 - The Follow-up Committee (FC) is a unit with evaluation and advisory functions.

2 - The FC is constituted by individualities outside of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, of recognised competence, part of them exercising their activity in non-national institutions.

3 – FC regularly reviews the operation of inED and issues judgements they deem appropriate, namely on the plan of activities and the annual scientific report.

4 - FC Meetings:

  1. The regular meetings are annual and convened by the director of inED;
  2. Extraordinary meetings are called by the Director of inED, at his or the SC's initiative;

5 - The FC will also carry out, if applicable, the functions established in regulations of the national scientific system regarding Research Units with multi-year funding.


Article 8 - Stakeholders Commission

1 - The Stakeholder Committee (SC) is a unit with advisory functions.

2 – SC is constituted by individuals outside of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, of recognised competence, coming from institutions and services representative of the community.

3 - It is incumbent upon the SC to promote the analysis and discussion of specific topics or issues within educational, social and cultural policies and structures that can guide research to respond to the needs and expectations of individuals, organisations and communities

4 - The SC meetings shall be annual and convened by the inED Director.


Article 9 - Thematic Area Coordinator

1 - inED, in pursuit of its objectives, may organise research projects in thematic areas, each with a researcher responsible for its coordination.

2 - The Thematic Area Coordinator is proposed by the SC, among the integrated researchers, being appointed by the Director of inED.

3 - The coordinator of the thematic area:

  1. Issues opinions on proposals for new research/innovation projects;
  2. Prepare the activities report of the thematic area, carrying out a global analysis of the scientific production evidenced in the reports of the projects;
  3. Collaborates with the SC and the Director when requested.


Article 10 – Resources

1 - Human resources are integrated researchers, collaborators, and student researchers, as well as non-teaching staff who perform technical or administrative functions.

2 - Material resources and financial resources include those assigned by the institution, those obtained by financing projects and others arising from its activities.


Article 11 - Final provisions

1 - The Director forwards any doubts and omissions relating to these Regulations to the TSC.

2 - Once approved by the TSC, this Regulation shall enter into force on the day following the homologation by the President of ESE-IPP.