Research Impact: Ready for REF 2021
- 02 October 2019
- 09:25 - 16:10
- Ambassadors Hotel, Bloomsbury, London
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 new initiatives such as the R&D Place Strategy, Global Talent Visa and Office for Talent; as well as existing frameworks like the REF.
Delegates will take away the following benefits from attending:
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:
This panel discussion will explore answers to these questions and cover 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.
The conference keynote address will explore some of the ideas present throughout the Roadmap, including:
The Minister will take questions from conference delegates following the keynote address.
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.
Presentation synopsis coming soon...
In 2020, Oldham narrowly averted danger 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 local 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:
This slot is reserved for organisations looking to engage delegates with services and opportunities that compliment conference presentation and discussion panel topics. If you're interested in delivering a Case Study, contact us on 0161 376 9007.
We'll be working with venues to ensure lunch at our events is as delicious as ever and caters for a range of dietary preferences - whilst being served in a safe and seamless manner. Some of the new measures we will be introducing to this effect are:
Where possible, we will source food locally to reduce food miles, use seasonal vegetables, red tractor certified meat and eggs from free range hens.
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.
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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.
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.
In October 2020 the Science Minister wrote to Research England, asking for a plan to reform the REF after the current exercise is complete. The Minister set out the question of how the REF can further evolve for the better - highlighting concerns that the current system encourages risk-aversion and workplaces to put more value on metrics than research quality. This presentation will look at reforms that could be made ahead of the next REF exercise (2028) to contribute to an improved evaluation system that emphasises more quality time spent on research as well as cultivating positive cultures that recognise all contributions to research and motivate people to do more diverse, innovative and risk-taking work.
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:
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