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Research Impact: Framework for Excellence

  • Thursday, 04 October 2018
  • The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
  • 08:30 - 16:30
  • Overview

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 This summer the funding bodies will publishing draft guidance setting out the information that will be required in institutions’ submissions, and the generic definitions and criteria that will apply.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:

  • to inform the selective allocation of funding for research.
  • to provide accountability for public investment in research and produce evidence of the benefits of this investment.
  • to provide benchmarking information and establish reputational yardsticks, for use in the higher education sector and for public information.

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.

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  • Benefits of attending

  • Learn about the future direction for research funding and assessment as the government reviews of governance, structure and evaluation develop.
  • Practical advice and solutions to assist universities in improving the quality of REF submissions and interdisciplinary research for 2021.
  • Explore new models and future iterations of research performance and evaluation.
  • The impact of the Research Excellence Framework on organisational culture 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 and research projects.
  • Examples of good practice and improvements for the REF2021 exercise.
  • Insight into the intended and unintended consequences of REF and how the next exercise can be best managed.
  • The future role of metrics, alt-metrics and data in evidencing research impact and processes.
  • 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.

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  • Event Programme

08:30

Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area

09:25

Chair’s Opening Address

09:35

Keynote Address

"REF 2021: Where we are and how we got here"

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.

09:55
"Interdisciplinary research: Assessments, culture and collaboration"

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?

10:15
"Reflections on REF 2021"

Discussing how to develop the quality of research outputs and demonstrate originality, significance and rigour in REF applications.

10:35

Question and Answer Session

11:00

Coffee in the Networking Area

11:45

Case Study

Speaker TBC, Clarivate Analytics (confirmed)

"REF Criteria: Measuring impact, assessment and alt-metrics"
12:05

Panel Discussion

  • Professor Graeme Reid, University College London, Chair of Science and Research Policy (confirmed)
  • Professor David Price, Vice-Provost (Research) and Professor of Mineral Physics, University College London (confirmed)
  • Professor Dinah Birch CBE, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Cultural Engagement and Professor of English Literature, University of Liverpool (confirmed)
  • Professor Dianne Berry OBE, Dean of Postgraduate Research Studies and Professor of Psychology, University of Reading (confirmed)
"Striving for Excellence: Research active staff, portability and delivering a flexible framework"

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.

12:50

Case Study

13:15

Lunch in the Networking Area

14:15

Chair’s Afternoon Remarks

14:20

Panel Discussion

Dr Annette Bramley, Director, N8 Research Partnership (confirmed)

Anne-Marie Coriat, Head of Research Careers, Wellcome Trust (confirmed)

Dr Liz Philpots, Head of Research & Impact, Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) (confirmed)

Dr Caroline Kenny, Social Science Advisor, Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology (confirmed)

"What use is the REF?"

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.

15:00

Coffee in the networking area

15:30
  • Tom Frostick, Policy and Programmes Manager (Research & International), University Alliance (confirmed)
"Staff selection"

Discussing how to determine which researchers are submitted or not submitted to the REF assessment.

15:50

Closing Keynote Address

"Broad Impact: Public Engagement, culture and teaching"

The impact element of assessment is broadening for REF 2021, what will that mean for assessment criteria and research activity?

16:10

Question and Answer Session

16:30

Chair’s Closing Remarks and Event Close

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  • Winter is Coming: Countdown to REF 2021 Begins

    • Posted on 21 September 2017
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    • Posted on 11 September 2017
    • by James Wilsdon

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The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Construction of The Bridgewater Hall commenced on 22 March 1993, but the idea of a new concert hall for Manchester dates back to the reconstruction of the Free Trade Hall in the 1950s after wartime bomb damage. The Free Trade Hall was home to the city’s famous Hallé orchestra and also hosted rock and pop concerts. However, despite holding great public affection, the 1850s Free Trade Hall was ill-equipped to respond to the rising standards of service and acoustic excellence demanded by performers and audiences.

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