Research Impact: Ready for REF 2021

  • Wednesday, 02 October 2019
  • Ambassadors Hotel, Bloomsbury, London
  • 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.           

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  • Event Programme

08:30

Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area

09:25

Chair's Opening Address

  • Aaron Porter, Governor, Goldsmiths University of London (confirmed)
09:30

Keynote Address

"Organ Donation Research Programme: Impact Case Study - Institute for Health Research, University of Bedfordshire"

Professor Gurch Randhawa PhD FFPH DL is Research Lead for the Unit of Assessment 3 (Health) for the REF and authored the world-leading submission for REF2014 that influenced the domestic policy change on the organ donation opt-in.

In the opening keynote of the conference, Gurch will demonstrate how research teams can develop good impact case studies ahead of REF2021.

09:50

Synopsis coming soon...

10:10

Main Sponsor

10:30
  • Kirsty Allen, Head of Research Evaluation and Impact and REF Programme Manager, University of Oxford (confirmed)
"Life After Stern: Are You Ready?"

Reducing the burden of REF was a key aim of the Stern review. Kirsty Allen will speak about some of the practical challenges faced when implementing the recommended changes for REF 2021 at universities – in particular submission of all eligible staff; the culture shift to unit of assessment and institutional focus; diversifying impact; increased emphasis on promoting equality, diversity and inclusivity; and open research – and reflect on how to manage all of this in the year up to submission.

10:50

Panel Discussion

  • Professor Gurch Randhawa PhD FFPH DL, Professor of Diversity in Public Health and Director, Institute for Health Research (IHR), University of Bedfordshire (confirmed)
  • Dr Simon Kerridge, Director of Research Services, University of Kent (confirmed)
  • Kirsty Allen, Head of Research Evaluation and Impact and REF Programme Manager, University of Oxford (confirmed)
11:15

Coffee in the Networking Area

11:45
  • Tim Gore OBE, Chief Executive Officer, University of London Institute in Paris (confirmed)
"Mi-figue mi-raisin"

The University of London Institute in Paris has its roots dating back to the late 19th century and is that rare animal – a full UK campus on European soil.  Throughout its history it has been a nexus for Franco-British academic cooperation but in many different guises – as philanthropic society; as a part of the Université de Paris and as a campus of the University of London.  Is it a French, European or British? All our staff are on French contracts under French HR law but our degrees and research orientation is firmly towards the UK.  This ambiguous status – mi-figue, mi-raisin, brings both challenges and opportunities. We have a full research programme but are disqualified from entering REF2021.  Well at least we can function with European funding – can’t we?  Tim will describe the developing role of ULIP in its own research programme and as a bridge between the UK and the Continent outlining some of the pluses and minuses of being a hybrid.

12:05

Research is increasingly global and researchers regularly move to work overseas and travel to attend conferences and meet with collaborators. To capture trends and experiences of global movement, RAND Europe conducted a survey of 2,465 researchers across 109 countries on their experiences with visiting or relocating to other countries for research-related purposes. We found that researchers are indeed extremely internationally mobile, with over three quarters of respondents having moved to live in another country for research training or work at some point during their career. Researchers also see this as important to their work, with nearly all respondents stating that research benefits from researchers visiting or moving to other countries. They perceive that international movement has helped in forming collaborations and developing ideas, skills and expertise. But international movement is not without its challenges. Reported barriers to international movement include access to funding, family responsibilities, lack of information about jobs abroad and visa-related obstacles. And these barriers are not shared equally – with respondents who were nationals of African and Asian countries generally encountering more obstacles to international movement, and European researchers, supported by the flexibility and resources available to them within the EU, being particularly mobile. This talk will explore the patterns, benefits and challenges of mobility for researchers, and the implications for the future of the UK research system.

12:25

Case Study

12:45
  • Adam Golberg, Research Development Manager – Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham (confirmed)
"“Some of us are looking at the stars” – Thoughts on the Longer Term Implications of the new REF Rules"

We are all in the gutter supporting REF preparations for this cycle while the rules are still being finalised, and rightly that’s taken up the bulk of available time, energy and focus. But the new REF rules (if fully implemented) have longer term implications for future research policy and strategy which perhaps aren’t being given enough attention.

 

Adam Golberg is Research Development Manager at the University of Nottingham. He tweets @Cash4Questions and blogs at socialscienceresearchfunding.co.uk

13:05

Panel Discussion

  • Tim Gore OBE, Chief Executive Officer, University of London Institute in Paris (confirmed)
  • Dr Susan Guthrie, Research Leader, RAND Europe (confirmed)
  • Adam Golberg, Research Development Manager – Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham (confirmed)
13:25

Lunch in the Networking Area

14:15

Chair's Afternoon Address

14:20
  • Helena Mills, Head of REF Policy, Research England (confirmed)

Synopsis coming soon...

14:40

Our research shows that three-quarters of the UK population does not engage with science. What can researchers do to more effectively reach these people? Katherine will present a new audience segmentation model, several case studies, a couple of pointers from social science, and a handful of practical tips for building impact with communities who don’t typically engage with science.

15:00

Case Study

15:20

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15:40

Panel Discussion

16:00

Chair's Closing Remarks and Event Close

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  • 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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Ambassadors Hotel, Bloomsbury, London

Ambassadors Hotel, Bloomsbury, London

Overlooking a quaint Dickensian lane in the Bloomsbury literary district, this 19th-century hotel with a grand exterior and a modern contemporary interior is a 5-minute walk from Euston tube and train station.

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