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Research Impact: Evidencing the REF

  • Tuesday, 14 July 2015
  • King’s House Conference Centre, Manchester
  • 08:30 - 13:30
  • Overview

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) was introduced to assess the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. Almost two thousand submissions were made in 2014 involving over fifty thousand academic staff, over one hundred and ninety research outputs, and close to seven thousand impact case studies. The results certainly demonstrated the high quality and enhanced international standing of UK research, 22% of outputs were judged world-leading and a further 50% were judged internationally excellent. The UK funding bodies will use these assessment outcomes to inform decisions on the allocation of research funding. How will the first REF assessment process inform future submissions? How can institutions benchmark outcomes from assessments and drive the quality of submissions?

For the first time there was an emphasis on impact beyond academia that was included to demonstrate the wider benefits of research. The expert panel found that there were impressive impacts found across all disciplines, with submissions of all sizes and from many diverse UK universities. Assessors concluded 44% of impacts were judged to be outstanding and a further 40% were judged to be considerable. How can universities best evidence impact for the REF in 2015 and beyond across the economy, health, the environment, culture, public policy and services?

Join us at Research Impact: Evidencing the REF to learn how to improve REF submissions and help to build evidence for ongoing impact assessment.

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  • Benefits of attending

  • Benefit from an in-depth look at the plans for future REF exercises.
  • Practical guidance, advice and solutions to assist universities in improving the quality of REF submissions.
  • The impact of the Research Excellence Framework and how the assessment process will inform future submissions and assessment.
  • Learn how to best evidence impact, excellence and diversity across a variety of disciplines.
  • Examples of good practice and improvements for future REF exercises.
  • Insight into the intended and unintended consequences of the REF exercise.
  • Assistance in developing the quality of research outputs and demonstrating originality, significance and rigour in applications.
  • How to evidence impact beyond academia in terms of reach and significance.
  • Practical ways of developing research strategies, support for staff and students, and delivering research infrastructures and collaborations.
  • How to benchmark outcomes from Research Excellence Framework assessments.
  • Discover how new models of research, funding and collaboration can support excellence.
  • Benefit from knowledge sharing and networking.
  • Take advantage of the opportunity to build contacts.
  • Gain invaluable insight and information to be shared amongst colleagues and peers.

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