Ready for REF 2021

  • Wednesday, 05 June 2019
  • Science Gallery London, King's College London, Great Maze Pond, London, SE1 9GU
  • 09:25 - 15:30
  • Overview

The second round of the Research Excellence Framework, the UK's system for assessing the excellence of research in domestic higher education institutions, will be conducted in 2021. Since the first round of assessment in 2014, the REF has been developed in order to ensure that the exercise provides accountability for public investment in research and evidence of its benefit as well as further emphasising the importance of environments that support research. Ready For REF 2021 will deliver comprehensive, practical insights to assist in delivering high-quality outputs, measuring impact and nurturing research environments.

The agenda includes presentations designed to help higher education institutions improve outputs, processes, codes of practice and interdisciplinary research for REF 2021 submissions. Looking further afield, the conference will explore how clusters of universities are forming to enhance regional research capabilities and how domestic political uncertainty will impact the UK's collective research output and international contention.           

  • Confirmed Speakers

Event Sponsors

  • Event Programme

08:30

Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area

09:25

Chair's Opening Address

09:30

Keynote Address

Chris Skidmore MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation (invited)

As part of REF 2014, more than 6,000 Impact Case Studies were submitted by HE institutions to evidence the impact of their research and output. The new guidance places renewed emphasis on local impact - something the Minister of State is keen to spotlight; as civic engagement leaders, universities often spearhead local and regional growth. 

 

The conference keynote address will review the new guidance and discuss the importance of HE institutions and research impact on their locality.

09:50

Adam Golberg, Research Development Manager, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham (invited)

10:10

Main Sponsor

10:30

Dr Sarah Perkins, Director, GW4 Research and Innovation Alliance (invited)

10:50

Question & Answer Session

Chris Skidmore MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation (invited)

Dr Sarah Perkins, Director, GW4 Research and Innovation Alliance (invited)

Adam Golberg, Research Development Manager, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham (invited)

11:15

Coffee in the Networking Area

11:45
  • Tim Gore OBE, Chief Executive Officer, University of London Institute in Paris (confirmed)

Tim Gore OBE will temporarily diverge from the domestic focus and metrics/guidelines-centric content of the conference's morning plenary session; to instead focus on the impact of Brexit on collaboration between British and European researchers and, by extension, REF outputs - in addition to the regulatory environment in which the ULIP exists that makes it REF ineligible.

12:05

Ready for REF 2021: Panel Discussion

12:45

Lunch in the Networking Area

13:45

Chair's Afternoon Address

13:50

Matthew Waddup, National Head of Policy and Campaigns, University and College Union (invited)

14:10

Case Study

14:30

Dr Helen Turner, Director, Midlands Innovation (invited)

14:50

Tom Frostick, Senior Policy Advisor, The Royal Society (invited)

15:10

Question & Answer Session

Matthew Waddup, National Head of Policy and Campaigns, University and College Union (invited)

Dr Helen Turner, Director, Midlands Innovation (invited)

Tom FrostickSenior Policy Advisor, The Royal Society (invited)

15:30

Event Close

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  • Benefits of attending

  • Practical advice and solutions to assist universities in improving the quality of REF submissions and interdisciplinary research ahead of REF 2021.
  • Explore new models and future iterations of research performance and evaluation.
  • Review 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.
  • Debate the impact of Brexit on the international viability of UK research and the impact it has had on EU academics working domestically.          
  • Insight into the intended and unintended consequences of REF.
  • 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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Venue

Science Gallery London, King's College London, Great Maze Pond, London, SE1 9GU

Science Gallery London, King's College London, Great Maze Pond, London, SE1 9GU

Science Gallery London connects art, science and health to drive innovation in the heart of the city. The free-to-visit space opened in London Bridge on 21 September 2018. Before our permanent home was ready, we ran a series of experimental, pre-opening seasons in pop-up locations across the King's College London and the city.

The Science Gallery London comprises:

Exhibition Galleries - on the first floor of the gallery is a large exhibition space where exhibitions will principally be shown with additional flexible space on the ground floor. The total exhibition space is circa 500m². Throughout these spaces there is easy access to power, data and lighting infrastructure.

Theatre with adjoining reception area – the theatre seats 150 and has retractable seating offering flexibility for workshops and receptions.

Meeting spaces – the first floor studio offers flexible space for meetings and events with excellent AV in place and catering to suit requirements. If you are interested to know more about private hire visit our hire pages.

Café– the ground floor modern British café overlooks the courtyard provide the perfect spot to relax and meet friends and colleagues over breakfast or lunch.

Featured Events

  • Research Impact: Framework for Excellence

    • 04 October 2018
    • 08:30 - 16:30
    • The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
  • Research Impact: Strengthening the Excellence Framework

    • 14 September 2017
    • 08:30 - 16:30
    • Manchester Conference Centre
  • Research Impact: Delivering Excellence

    • 05 July 2016
    • 08:30 - 16:15
    • Manchester Conference Centre
  • Research Impact: Evidencing the REF

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

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