Key Points
  • Findings from the REF2021 consultation: submissions guidance from the REF2021 team
  • Research Output: Ensuring originality, significance and rigour and the latest from the Open Research Data Task Force report
  • Defining and assessing the benefits of Research Impact: accountability, engagement and reputation
  • Developing, evidencing and presenting world-leading case studies: Focusing on what makes a case study 4* and how you need to evidence and present this
  • Encouraging Interdisciplinarity and Collaboration between Universities: The impact of the Units of Assessment (UoA) structure on interdisciplinary research
  • Recognising joint production of Research and Teaching: Identifying shared pathways between REF and TEF
  • Research Environment: Enabling the accurate representation of aspects of the environment that reflect institutional-level activity and how to ensure vitality and sustainability in your research


Overview

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS SO FAR:

  • (Key-note) Catriona Firth, Head of REF Policy, REF2021 Team
  • Professor Pam A. Thomas , Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, University of Warwick
  • Professor Mike Weed, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise), Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Dr Stephen Conway , Director of Research Services, University of Oxford
  • Dr Simon Kerridge , Director of Research Services, University of Kent
  • Dr Tim Horne, Director of Research, Staffordshire University
  • Dr Rosa Scoble, Director of Planning, Brunel University London
  • Dr Karl M. Smith , Research Impact Manager and REF Coordinator, London South Bank University


Academics are exposed to more performance management than ever before. The Research Excellence Framework underpins the quality of research in UK Higher Education Institutions, by measuring outputs, impact and research environments.

Following the REF2021 submissions consultation in 2018, and the publishing of the submissions guidelines in January 2019, our timely conference will allow research leaders from across the country to get the best possible start to the REF2021 process.

With a key-note address from the Head of REF Policy at the REF2021 team, delegates will be able to hear directly from the REF2021 Team. Delegates will also hear from a range of senior researchers to share best practice in an open and neutral setting.

Our event will be split into the 3 main elements of assessment:
  • The quality of outputs (e.g. publications, performances, and exhibitions)
  • Their impact beyond academia
  • The environment that supports research


Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration and Refreshments

 

09:00 - 09:05
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

09:05 - 09:45
Key-note Address

 
  • Findings from the consultation
  • REF2021 submission guidance

Speakers

Catriona Firth Head of REF Policy, REF2021 Team

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09:45 - 11:00
Research Output

11:00 - 11:20
Networking Break

 

11:20 - 11:50
Defining Research Impact

 
  • UKRI and Research England definition of impact
  • Assessing the benefits of Research Impact: accountability, engagement and reputation
  • Global impact agenda 



Speakers

Dr Tim Horne Director of Research, Staffordshire University

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11:50 - 12:15
Developing, evidencing and presenting “world-leading” case studies

 
  • Focusing on how you can develop and evidence a case study that moves from 3* to 4*
  • Focusing on what makes a case study 4* and how you need to evidence and present this

Speakers

Professor Mike Weed Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise), Canterbury Christ Church University

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12:15 - 12:40
Encouraging Interdisciplinarity and Collaboration between Universities

 
  • The impact of the Units of Assessment (UoA) structure on interdisciplinary research  

Speakers

Dr Simon Kerridge Director of Research Services, University of Kent

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12:40 - 13:00
Recognising joint production of Research and Teaching

 
  • Identifying shared pathways between REF and TEF
  • Assessing the emergence of a Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF)

13:00 - 13:15
Joint Q&A

 

13:15 - 14:15
Networking Lunch

 

14:15 - 15:00
Panel Session: Research Environment

 
  • Enabling the accurate representation of aspects of the environment that reflect institutional-level activity
  • Capturing institution-wide strategic objectives
  • How to ensure ‘vitality and sustainability’ in your research
  • Criteria and definitions of starred levels for the assessment of environment
  • Reducing duplication in submissions
  • Managing the REF as a Teaching and Learning intensive University




Speakers

Dr Stephen Conway Director of Research Services,University of Oxford

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Dr Rosa Scoble Director of Planning, Brunel University London

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Dr Karl M. Smith Research Impact Manager and REF Coordinator, London South Bank University

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15:00 - 15:05
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

End

Speakers

Dr Stephen Conway Director of Research Services,University of Oxford

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Catriona Firth Head of REF Policy, REF2021 Team

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Dr Tim Horne Director of Research, Staffordshire University

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Dr Simon Kerridge Director of Research Services, University of Kent

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Dr Rosa Scoble Director of Planning, Brunel University London

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Dr Karl M. Smith Research Impact Manager and REF Coordinator, London South Bank University

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Professor Pamela Thomas Pro Vice Chancellor (Research) and Professor of Physics, University of Warwick

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Professor Mike Weed Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise), Canterbury Christ Church University

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