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Research Impact: Evidencing the REF

July 14, 2015 @ 8:30 am - 1:30 pm

King’s House Conference Centre, Manchester

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REF-image-for-webResearch Impact: Evidencing the REF will explore case studies and testimonials to help universities effectively measure impact and offer practical guidance on delivering high quality submissions across disciplines and projects.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. Last year the research of one hundred and fifty four UK universities was assessed with thirty percent of submissions judged to be world-leading. The four UK higher education funding bodies allocate over £2 billion per year of research funding to universities, in 2015-16 and beyond the 2014 REF exercise will be informing the distribution of funds on the basis of quality and impact of research in all disciplines.

It is therefore essential for UK universities to ensure that REF submissions meet the highest standards of the assessment criteria. How can the quality of research outputs best demonstrate originality, significance and rigour? How can impact beyond academia be evidenced in terms of reach and significance? What are the best ways of developing a research strategy, support for staff and students, and delivering research infrastructures and collaborations?

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

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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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  • 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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Aaron Porter, Director of External Affairs at the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB); Associate Director (Governance) for the Leadership Foundation

AP headshotAaron Porter is an education consultant working for a range of organisation in the higher education sector. He is also the part-time Director of External Affairs at the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) and the Associate Director (Governance) for the Leadership Foundation. He has undertaken projects for over 30 universities, and also HEFCE and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

He was previously President of the National Union of Students (NUS), and has served on a number of boards across the higher education system including on the board of UCAS, the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA), the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Outside of higher education, he has also served on the board of Endsleigh Insurance. In 2014, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Leicester in recognition of his contribution to higher education and the student experience. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA), a governor at All Saint’s School in Croydon, a qualified football referee and a keen supporter of Crystal Palace Football Club and Surrey County Cricket Club.

Catriona Manville, Senior Analyst, RAND Europe

manville_catrionaDr Catriona Manville is a Senior Analyst at RAND Europe. She has been extensively involved in the evaluation of the impact element of REF2104, looking at the submission and assessment process. She has a particular interest in understanding and articulating the impact of research outside of academia and exploring how impact can be measured. In 2013, Catriona was part of the RAND Europe team evaluating the Australian Impact Trial (EIA). Catriona is currently seconded part time to the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) working on business intelligence. Whilst at RAND, Catriona has also undertaken research, policy analysis and evaluation studies for clients in a variety of sectors including the European Commission and Parliament, higher education institutions, pharmaceutical industry, public private partnerships, and public health.


Dr Steven Hill, Head of Research Policy, Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

Steven HillSteven Hill is Head of the Research Policy at the Higher Education Funding Council for England. Prior to joining HEFCE Steven was Head of the Strategy Unit at Research Councils UK, covering a range of research policy issues, and had several roles in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, working on evidence-based policy making.

Earlier in his career Steven was a university lecturer at the University of Oxford where his research focussed on plant physiology and biotechnology.




Professor Jonathan Grant, Director of the Policy Institute at King’s College London and Professor of Public Policy.

Grant_jonathanJonathan Grant is Director of the Policy Institute at King’s College London and Professor of Public Policy. His main research interests are on R&D policy and the use of research and evidence in policy and decision making. The aim of the Policy Institute is to improve evidence-informed policy and practice by facilitating mutual engagement between academic, business and policy communities around current and future policy needs in the UK and globally. Recently, Jonathan was the lead investigator of a study that synthesized the impact case studied from the UK Research Excellence Framework (http://www.hefce.ac.uk/media/HEFCE,2014/Content/Pubs/Independentresearch/2015/Analysis,of,REF,impact/Analysis_of_REF_impact.pdf) and in 2014 he led a project estimating the economic returns from cancer-related research in the UK (http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7015/12/99).

Jonathan was formerly President of RAND Europe and Head of Policy at the Wellcome Trust. He also is co-founder Chair of the International School on Research Impact Assessment (http://www.theinternationalschoolonria.com/).

Luke Georghiou B.Sc., Ph.D., MAE, FRSA, Vice-President for Research and Innovation, University of Manchester

Luke GeorghiouLuke Georghiou B.Sc., Ph.D., MAE, FRSA is Vice-President for Research and Innovation at the University of Manchester where he is responsible for the University’s research strategy and performance, business engagement and commercialisation activities. He holds the chair of Science and Technology Policy and Management in Manchester Business School. His research interests include evaluation of R&D and innovation policy (particularly in relation to the use of public procurement and other demand-side measures), foresight, national and international science policy, and management of innovation. He has chaired or been a member of several high profile committees including the Aho Group and the EC’s Expert Group on ERA Rationales, and is currently a member of the RISE High Level Group. He has an extensive list of publications including articles in Nature, Science and the Harvard Business Review. He is a member of the Academia Europaea. He is Co-Scientific Champion of ESOF2016.




Professor Michael Pidd, Professor Emeritus of Management Science, Lancaster University

Mike PiddMichael Pidd is Professor Emeritus of Management Science at Lancaster University and still believes that academic life can be enjoyable. He is a Fellow of the British Academy of Management, a Companion of Operational Research, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and past-President of the Operational Research Society. He never intended to become a career academic but was employed at Lancaster University for many years and served as Head of Department and Associate Dean, amongst other roles. He was Chair of the Business & Management Studies REF panel in 2014 and also the equivalent panel in RAE 2008. He has held grants from ESRC and EPRSC and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of the Operational Research Society. He is author of books and papers on computer simulation methods, approaches to systems modelling, and the measurement of performance in public services.



Simon Tanner, Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London

Simon TannerSimon Tanner is Director of Digital Consulting and Senior Tutor of the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London. In the REF2014 he led the Dept’s impact submissions contributing to the 90% 4* ranking for impact and an overall number 1 ranking for “research power” in Panel 36. His personal research interests encompass measuring impact and assessing value in the digital domain, digital asset management, digitisation and imaging. He authored Digital Futures: Strategies for the Information Age with Marilyn Deegan and in 2011 wrote Inspiring Research, Inspiring Scholarship: the value and benefits of digitised resources for learning, teaching and enjoyment. In 2012, Simon published the Balanced Value Impact Model.

He tweets as @SimonTanner and blogs at http://simon-tanner.blogspot.co.uk/.



Brian Foster, Professor of Experimental Physics, Professorial Fellow of Balliol College, University of Oxford; Member REF panel B

Brian FosterBrian Foster was educated at Queen Elizabeth College London and Oxford. He became a lecturer at Bristol in 1984 and Professor in 1996. He led the particle physics group there until 2003, subsequently becoming Professor of Experimental Physics at Oxford University and Fellow of Balliol College. He was head of the Dept. of Particle Physics in Oxford from 2004 – 2011. In 2010 he was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship at the University of Hamburg and DESY.

Foster was Chairman of the European Committee for Future Accelerators from 2002 – 2005. He was a member of the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council from 2001 – 2006. He has been European Director for the International Linear Collider since 2006. He was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize in 1999 and the Max Born Medal and Prize in 2003. Foster is a Fellow of the UK Institute of Physics and was on its Council from 2008 – 2013. He was appointed OBE in 2003 and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2008.

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