Research Impact: Exploring the Roadmap

  • Thursday, 03 December 2020
  • The Studio, Manchester
  • 09:25 - 17:00
120+
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  • Overview

The government has committed to turning the UK into a 'science superpower' and has outlined its strategy to do so in the new UK Research & Development Roadmap. This CPD accredited conference programme will explore the new Roadmap - a long-term plan to make Britain a global centre for world-class research and dynamic innovation, supported by initiatives such as the R&D Place Strategy, Global Talent Visa and Office for Talent.

Delegates will take away the following benefits from attending:

  • 8 CPD Points.
  • Learn more about the government's new R&D Roadmap setting-out routes to increase long-term flexible investment in research, nurture representative R&D environments, attract and retain top researchers, scientists, innovators and technicians to the UK; as well as increasing the attractiveness and sustainability of careers throughout R&D.
  • Explore and identify Moonshots; the Roadmap details the significance of pursuing ambitious projects that galvanise academia, the public, government and industry in the interest of addressing important societal issues. The Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology has provided central principals guiding the development of moonshots - the conference will be an opportunity to explore these principals and develop cross-sector networks around ground-breaking R&D that excites and inspires.
  • Discuss how, through the Roadmap, R&D intensity and funding can expand beyond the 'Golden Triangle' of London, the South-East and East England to level-up regions of the UK with domestic leaders and European institutes; as well as exploring how the UK R&D Place Strategy can make the fullest contribution to unlocking local growth and societal benefit from R&D across the UK.
  • Review to what extent (if any) the financial fallout of the coronavirus pandemic will disrupt the government's target of investing 2.4% of GDP in research and innovation; and explore the role of universities/R&D in driving economic and social recovery post-covid.
  • Hear from members of the REF policy team and institutional leaders on responding to adapted details of the framework.
  • Get up to date information on the UK's access to European Union research funding and/or new domestic equivalents to EU framework programmes for funding and innovation beyond the Brexit transition period.
  • Explore platforms used to track research and identify pathways to impact, creating data that can be used for REF/KEF reporting with impact narratives evidenced by data on collaborations, publications, policy engagements, and knowledge exchange. See case studies of systematic, evidence-based approaches to disseminating research; particularly to reach audiences beyond academia ad bridge the gap between what researchers are expected to achieve in terms of broader impact and the skills/tools required to achieve that. 
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08:30

Registrations Opens with Coffee in the Networking Area

09:25

Chair's Opening Address

Dr Nicola Rollock, Reader in Equity and Education, Educational Studies, Goldsmiths University of London (invited)

09:30

Keynote Address

The Rt Hon. Alok Sharma MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (invited)

"The Government Strategy - Roadmap Policy Priorities"

'It is our duty to build a future which is greener safer, healthier than before. This means revitalising our whole system of science, research and innovation to release its potential - to unlock and embrace talent, diversity, resilience and adaptability, and to tackle our biggest challenges, such as achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to strengthen our global position in research, unleash a new wave of innovation, enhance our national security and revitalise international ties We will use this opportunity to pursue new ambitious new goals - the "moonshots" that will define the next decade and beyond'.

The Rt Hon. Alok Sharma MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

 

The keynote address will explore some of the ideas present throughout the Roadmap, including:

  • Increasing the attractiveness, security and sustainability of careers throughout the domestic R&D workforce. Taking a proactive approach to developing talented, diverse people and teams that are essential to delivering societal and economic benefits across the UK as part of the government's levelling-up agenda.
  • Establishing an independent funding body for advanced research, reducing bureaucracy, empowering researchers, backing breakthrough technologies and basic research by experimenting with new funding models across long-term time horizons; modelled on the USA's Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA). 
  • Providing economic stimulus to sectors in which the UK can gain competitive advantages and lead the world, through parallel work between industry and academia; 
09:50

Roadmap Panel Discussion: Attracting, Retaining & Developing Global Talent

Michele Valotti, Software Engineer & Data Scientist, Oxford Brain Diagnostics (confirmed)

Tom Frostick, Research & Innovation Programme Lead, The Royal Society (confirmed)

Wahida Ashiq, Founder, Great British Mag (confirmed)

One further panellist to be announced. 

As part of the UK Research & Development Roadmap’s initial launch the government published a series of questions pertinent to the sector's continued success in attracting, retaining and developing leading global talent. These included:

  • How should we most effectively and safely collaborate with partners and networks around the globe?
  • How can we attract, retain and develop talented and diverse people in R&D roles? How can a wider range of voices be engaged to ensure R&D is delivering for society and inspiring a new generation of scientists, researchers, technicians and innovators?
  • How can we strengthen and grow our collaborations with overseas governments and international funders through strategic bilateral co-operation and renewed leadership of multilateral research and innovation organisations and networks, supporting UK's soft power, and mutual economic growth and prosperity? 

 

This panel discussion will explore answers to these questions and covering the impact of Brexit, COVID-19, new domestic immigration policy as well as the establishment of an Office for Talent and Global Talent Visa on attracting and retaining global talent.

10:30

Headline Sponsor

For research to have impact, the people who can apply it need to find it and understand it. This requires a more systematic, evidence-based approach to communication, particularly to reach and engage audiences beyond academia. That said, there has been a gap between what researchers are expected to achieve in terms of broader audiences and impact, and the skills and tools required to achieve that. Kudos is working to fill that gap. We provide a methodology and toolkit for planning, managing, measuring and reporting  on engagement and impact activities, as well as showcases to help publicise research to different target audiences. This case study will showcase how Kudos Pro is being used at organisations including the Universities of Manchester, Kent, Melbourne, Liverpool and Newcastle.

10:50

Coffee in the Networking Area

11:30
"Delivering Benefits to the Economy and Communities in the North of England"

The N8 Research Partnership (N8) is an exceptionally effective cluster of research, innovation and training; the collaborative body for the universities of Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York. The N8 universities deliver more than £12 billion of revenue for the North, aids more than 31,000 businesses and generates in excess of £6.6 billion GVA; as well as being responsible for 119,000 jobs in the region. N8 research programmes drive growth of the knowledge-based economy through the development of world-class interdisciplinary, translational research that deliver real world impact. This presentation will explore the importance of a Place-based strategy for domestic R&D, as well as touching on elements of the R&D Roadmap such as innovation districts and how they will contribute to growing the North’s knowledge economy.

11:45
"A Swift Response to COVID-19"

Oldham narrowly averted a local lockdown that could have had a crippling impact on the borough. National news concentrated focus on the town's rising coronavirus cases, pushing it to the brink of a lockdown - imperilling local businesses had competitors in neighbouring boroughs remained open and risking compounding educational attainment gaps in the town. As cases rose from a rate of 57.8 per 100,000 to 107.5 per 100,000 in one week in August, targeted, rapid research and action enabled government, civic and health services to clarify and tackle COVID-19 in Oldham. This presentation will explore:

  • How the borough rapidly and reliably disseminated research/data to galvanise public engagement with managing the spread of coronavirus and preventing a local lockdown.
  • Lessons to be learnt from Oldham's rapid response to COVID-19 'red alert' outbreaks; what should be the main drivers behind imposing lockdown measures?    
12:00

Roadmap Panel Discussion: People & Place Strategies

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

Dr Zahid Chauhan OBE, Cabinet Member for Health & Social Care, Oldham Council (confirmed)

Professor Karl Dayson FHEA, FRSA, Dean of Research, University of Salford (invited)

As part of the UK Research & Development Roadmap’s initial launch the government published a series of questions exploring how the UK R&D Place Strategy can make the fullest contribution to unlocking local growth and societal benefit from R&D across the UK, as well as expanding R&D intensity and funding beyond London, the South-East and East England, these include:

  • How can strong pro-innovation voices from all parts of the UK be incorporated in innovation policy-making to implement systemic change?
  • How can we support increased collaboration between local, regional and devolved institutions on science, research and innovation, and strong role for local civic and business leaders in defining and delivering local opportunities?
  • How can we align UK government and devolved administration activity on advanced R&D, data and digital skills support vibrant career pathways?
  • How can we ensure that R&D interventions are in concert with wider improvements made in support of levelling-up areas across the UK?
12:45

Lunch

We are working with our venue partners to provide safe catering. The Studio's menu incorporates food sourced locally to reduce food miles, using seasonal vegetables, red tractor certified meat, eggs from free range hens and no additives or trans-fats. To provide safety assurance in light of COVID-19, the following measures will be introduced:

  • Individually-portioned dishes and pre-sealed cutlery/condiment packs.
  • One-way, socially distanced queuing systems. 
13:40

Chair's Afternoon Address

13:45

Dr Beth Thompson, Head of Policy & Advocacy - UK & EU, The Wellcome Trust (awaiting diary confirmation)

"Re-imagining Research Culture"

COVID-19 could be a watershed moment for research culture - an opportunity to make tangible progress in eliminating inequalities in the sector and construct a culture built on creativity, inclusivity and honesty; as opposed to current practices that prioritise outputs above all else - often at the expense of researchers wellbeing.

 

Scientists, researchers and innovators have faced similar disruptions as other sectors as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic - however, R&D has been thrust under a spotlight as the UK's exit strategy from the pandemic. The Wellcome Trust believes this is an opportunity to build on the fundamentals of research culture and re-imagine the way researchers work premised on lessons learn already from the pandemic. including:

  • Sharing Ideas and Data at an Unprecedented Rate. Increasingly, publishers are committing to making their coronavirus-related research immediately accessible, as a reflection of the sector's acknowledgement of the need for open and honest outputs.
  • Promoting Person-Centric Approaches to Funding. The metrics used to assess researchers and allocate funding do not adequately reflect or take into account individual circumstances. Changes brought about by the pandemic include research being paused to facilitate returns to frontline clinical duties, the shuttering of academic labs has disrupted work across university settings; whilst upticks in home-schooling and caring responsibilities could exacerbate existing gender imbalances - leading to fewer outputs from female academics. A case-by-case, person centred approach should be help to identify and fund those who make the biggest difference to R&D in the long-run.
14:05

Dr Simon Kerridge is Director of Research Services at the University of Kent, where he is responsible for all aspects of the research support including pre-award, post-award, information, strategy, assessment and governance. He has 25 years’ experience as a research manager and is on the boards of the international Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information (CASRAI) and the European Association of Research Managers and Administrators (EARMA). Simon has delivered presentations at three of our prior Research Impact conferences; on the expected and unexpected consequences of partial decoupling of outputs from individuals impact on the REF submission process (2017), how to develop the quality of research outputs and demonstrate originality, significance and rigour in REF applications (2018); and on the implications for staff of changes to the REF guidelines and assessment criteria (2019).

14:25

Case Study

  • Peter Gorsuch, Chief Editor, Scientific Editing, Nature Research Editing Service (confirmed)
"Nature Research Editing Services"

Peter heads the Scientific Editing team at Nature Research Editing Service, which allows any researcher to benefit from expert editing and advice on draft grant applications and journal articles, to standards set by Nature Research – and which in 2013, saw UK HEI clients (including several Russell Group universities) benefit from editing and strategic advice on a large number of UK REF documents. Previously, Peter was an Associate Editor in the earth sciences team at Nature, where he handled papers in subjects ranging from carbon cycling to landscape morphology.

14:45
  • Adam Golberg, Research Development Manager (Charities), University of Nottingham (confirmed)

Adam has previously presented on implications and responses to the phasing out of publication portability (2017), the long term impact of changes to the REF assessment criteria and guidelines (2019); and introducing delegates to the irrefutable Golberg's First Law of Higher Education Research Policy Change. Adam’s work securing research funding, internal peer review processes and grant writing have been featured in the LSE Impact in the Social Sciences Blog, Times Higher Education, Research Professional and Funding Insight; as well as featuring on the Guardian Higher Education Live Chat on research funding.

  

Adam tweets from @Cash4Questions and his blog, Cash for Questions: Social Science Research Funding, Policy and Development features a catalogue of his work covering grant applications, university culture and funding policy. 

15:05

Refreshments in the Networking Area

15:20

Roadmap Panel Discussion: Research Cultures & Funding

Dr Beth Thompson, Head of Policy & Advocacy - UK & EU, The Wellcome Trust (awaiting diary confirmation)

Dr Simon Kerridge, Director of Research Services, The University of Kent (confirmed)

Adam Golberg, Research Development Manager (Charities), University of Nottingham (confirmed)

 

As part of the UK Research & Development Roadmap’s initial launch the government published a series of questions asking how research culture can be re-imagined to cater for diverse people and circumstances; in addition to exploring the most effective forms of funding for researchers and research organisations, embracing light-touch, ultra-fast and flexible processes with minimal red tape that will enable the UK to rapidly seize opportunities and better respond to emerging threats. This panel discussion will explore:

  • How can we support teams of all sizes to be vibrant, impactful, ambitious and diverse?    
  • How can we strengthen and grow our collaborations with international funders and overseas governments through strategic bilateral co-operation and renewed leadership of multilateral research and innovation organisations and networks, supporting UK's soft power as well as mutual prosperity?
  • How can we support action that enhances the UK research culture based on current strengths, so diverse people can work in a research environment that supports them to produce the highest quality of research?     
  • How can systems be simplified and red tape reduced to lower the barriers to participation so that places which currently secure less research funding can now make a greater contribution to UK R&D reaping the benefits for their local economies?
16:05

Case Study

Universities use the Researchfish platform to track research and identify pathways to impact. The data can be used for REF/KEF reporting (and their international equivalents) with impact narratives evidenced by data on collaborations, publications, policy engagements and knowledge exchange. Researchfish has recently joined Interfolio, a company that provides software to help universities streamline their processes for academic hiring, review, promotion, and scholarly activity tracking. Together Research Fish and Interfolio will provide global, comprehensive researcher information systems, supporting unprecedented insights into the advancement of research and teaching.

16:25
  • Helena Mills, Head of REF Policy, Research England (invited)
"Update on Revised Details of the REF"

The universal extension of the deadline for submissions to REF 2021 has been confirmed as midday on March 31st, 2021 (to be reviewed by November 6th or sooner in the event of a further significant outbreak). The impact assessment period has been extended and case studies may describe specific examples of impact achieved up to December 31st, 2020. Following the announcement of submission deadline/impact assessment extensions, the REF team have engaged with the sector on potential further adaptations to the exercise to take account of the effects of COVID-19 on submissions with announcements expected in July.

 

This presentation and the proceeding Q&A will provide an opportunity to engage with the REF policy team and the latest adapted details of the framework.

16:45

Chair's Closing Remarks

17:00

Event Close

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  • 8 CPD Points.
  • Learn more about the government's new R&D Roadmap setting-out routes to increase long-term flexible investment in research, nurture representative R&D environments, attract and retain top researchers, scientists, innovators and technicians to the UK; as well as increasing the attractiveness and sustainability of careers throughout R&D.
  • Explore and identify Moonshots; the Roadmap details the significance of pursuing ambitious projects that galvanise academia, the public, government and industry in the interest of addressing important societal issues. The Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology has provided central principals guiding the development of moonshots - the conference will be an opportunity to explore these principals and develop cross-sector networks around ground-breaking R&D that excites and inspires.
  • Discuss how, through the Roadmap, R&D intensity and funding can expand beyond the 'Golden Triangle' of London, the South-East and East England to level-up regions of the UK with domestic leaders and European institutes; as well as exploring how the UK R&D Place Strategy can make the fullest contribution to unlocking local growth and societal benefit from R&D across the UK.
  • Review to what extent (if any) the financial fallout of the coronavirus pandemic will disrupt the government's target of investing 2.4% of GDP in research and innovation; and explore the role of universities/R&D in driving economic and social recovery post-covid. 
  • Hear from members of the REF policy team and institutional leaders on responding to adapted details of the framework.
  • Get up to date information on the UK's access to European Union research funding and/or new domestic equivalents to EU framework programmes for funding and innovation beyond the Brexit transition period.
  • Explore platforms used to track research and identify pathways to impact, creating data that can be used for REF/KEF reporting with impact narratives evidenced by data on collaborations, publications, policy engagements, and knowledge exchange. See case studies of systematic, evidence-based approaches to disseminating research; particularly to reach audiences beyond academia ad bridge the gap between what researchers are expected to achieve in terms of broader impact and the skills/tools required to achieve that. 
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The Studio, Manchester

The Studio, Manchester

Situated in the heart of Manchester's iconic Northern Quarter and just a couple of minutes walk away from the city's major transport links; The Studio is a spacious, contemporary meeting centre atop The Hive building on Lever St.     

Whatever the legendary Manchester weather has to throw at you, you’ll always find the warmest of welcomes at The Studio.

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