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 initiatives such as the R&D Place Strategy, Global Talent Visa and Office for Talent.
Delegates will take away the following benefits from attending:
'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:
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 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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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:
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).
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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