The countdown to REF2021, the assessment process for university research funding, is well and truly underway. Research Impact: Framework for Excellence will explore the new assessment criteria and guidelines, offering practical insights to help deliver high quality research outputs and submissions across disciplines, institutions, projects and staff.
The results of the impending REF exercise will be used to inform the allocation of government funding to universities for research, almost £2 billion of annual research investment. The UK funding bodies have taken on board the key recommendations of the 2016 Stern review and are developing their frameworks for 2021 to secure the continuation of a dynamic and responsive research base within UK higher education. Key considerations for universities include increased impact weighting, output portability, identifying staff for inclusion and open access. This summer the funding bodies will publishing draft guidance setting out the information that will be required in institutions’ submissions, and the generic definitions and criteria that will apply.
This timely event will help support universities and research institutions in delivering world-class research and ensure they adhere to the developing assessment criteria. The agenda includes practical learning sessions and leading stakeholder presentations designed to help higher education institutions improve outputs, processes, codes of practice and interdisciplinary research for REF 2021 submissions.
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) was introduced to assess the quality of research in UK higher education institutions and inform the allocation of government funding for research. The key purposes of the REF are:
Key recommendations of the 2016 Stern Review included a new institutional level assessment to reward collaboration on interdisciplinary activities; widening and deepening the notion of research “impact” to include influence on public engagement, culture and on teaching; and, the inclusion of all research active staff to support a more flexible research framework.
Join us at Research Impact: Framework for Excellence to gain a greater understanding of the REF2021 assessment and submissions processes. Learn how to effectively measure and evidence impact with interactive, practical sessions on improving REF implications and interdisciplinary research.
Following the publication of the draft Guidance on Submissions and Panel criteria in summer, this presentation will outline the key policy decisions contained in these documents. It will highlight the similarities and differences between REF 2021 and the previous assessment exercise and will explain how we arrived at these decisions.
The Interdisciplinary Research Advisory Panel (IDAP) advises the REF team, REF panel chairs and the UK funding bodies on the approach to support the submission and assessment of interdisciplinary research (IDR) in the REF. The panel will advise on whether it should have a specific role in the submissions and assessment phase of the next REF in summer 2018. A new institutional level assessment to reward collaboration on interdisciplinary activities was recommended in the Stern Review, how will universities respond to this assessment criteria?
Discussing how to develop the quality of research outputs and demonstrate originality, significance and rigour in REF applications.
Panel members will discuss and debate the next REF assessment criteria offering practical guidance to help you improve your research excellence and to demonstrate excellence in submissions.
Debating the evolution of REF to ensure it is not an internal academic exercise but a tool to highlight where the very best research is taking place and reward the best research that is being done.
Discussing how to determine which researchers are submitted or not submitted to the REF assessment.
The impact element of assessment is broadening for REF 2021, what will that mean for assessment criteria and research activity?
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