Key Points
  • Exploring New Assessment Criteria and guidelines for REF2021 submissions
  • REF2021 and Open Access: Ensuring compliance with Research England's Open Access Policy and harnessing technology to improve open access
  • Evidencing case studies: creating a strong narrative in your research output and evidencing your research effectively.
  • Selection and Eligibility: Documenting and applying fair and transparent processes for the selection of outputs, promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity and defining eligibility
  • Interdisciplinarity Research: defining interdisciplinarity and clearly identifying processes in assessing interdisciplinary research
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Overview
Confirmed Speakers:

  • (Keynote) Professor David Price, Chair of REF2021 Main Panel B & UCL Vice-Provost (Research)
  • (Chair) Professor Mike Weed, PVC Research, Canterbury Christchurch University
  • Professor Barry C Smith, Director of the Institute of Philosophy, University of London’s School of Advanced Study
  • Andy Hepburn, Head of REF Data Verification and Information Management, Research England
  • Professor Karen Fleming, Member of REF2021 sub-panel 32 & Head of Belfast School of Art, Ulster University
  • Dr Angharad Davies, Member of REF2021's Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel (EDAP) & Clinical Senior Lecturer in Microbiology, Swansea University
  • Dr Simon Kerridge, Head of Research Services, University of Kent

  • In the second round of the Research Excellence Framework, researchers around the country are getting to grips with the final phases of their submissions. With a year to go until REF2021 submissions are due, it is essential that Universities are fully prepared for their final submission.

    Westminster Insight’s timely forum will focus on preparing your Research Outputs. For the first half of the day, you will hear from the Chair of REF2021 Main Panel B, Professor David Price, who will be exploring the new assessment criteria for this round of submissions. You will also learn more about how to comply to Research England’s Open Access policy by hearing from Research England themselves.

    The second half of the day will focus on key aspects of the submission, such as Interdisciplinarity, how to Evidence Case studies, Selection and Eligibility. You will hear from representatives, ranging from REF2021 panel members and researchers to answer questions, clarify ambiguities and give HEI’s a chance to network and share practice.

Agenda
Start

09:00 - 09:30
Registration and Networking

 

09:30 - 09:45
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

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

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09:45 - 10:15
Keynote Address: Unpacking new assessment criteria and guidelines for REF2021 submissions

 
  • Comparing REF2021 and the previous assessment exercise and discussing the motivations behind the changes  
  • Sharing guidance around the assessment criteria to be employed by the four main panels and their sub-panels

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Professor David Price UCL Vice-Provost (Research), and Chair of REF2021 Main Panel B

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10:15 - 10:45
Interdisciplinarity Research

 
  • Implementing measures to support the submission and assessment of interdisciplinary research in the REF2021
  • Defining interdisciplinarity and clearly identifying processes in assessing interdisciplinary research 
  • Exploring how joint submissions will be assessed and how REF2021 will decide on which institution is the ‘lead’ 
  • Ensuring that no extra weight is attached to individual or joint research projects
Questions and Discussion 10.35 - 10.45

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Barry Smith Director of the Institute of Philosophy, University of London’s School of Advanced Study

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10:45 - 11:20
REF2021 and Open Access

 
  • Exploring the policy landscape for Open Access 
  • Ensuring compliance with Research England’s Open Access Policy 
  • Guidance on uploading publications for librarians, research support staff and administrators
  • Understanding embargo periods for each of panels a, b, c and d, and exploring exceptions to the policy 
  • The need to introduce sufficient internal policies to ensure they meet the accessibility requirements
  • Unpacking the audit guidance for REF2021 and the data verification process 
Questions and Discussion 11.10 - 11.20

Speakers

Andy Hepburn Head of REF Data Verification and Information Management, Research England

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11:20 - 11:50
Networking Break

 

11:50 - 12:20
Selection and Eligibility

 
  • Documenting and applying fair and transparent processes for the selection of outputs 
  • Ensuring an increased emphasis on promoting equality, diversity and inclusivity
  • Assessing the possibility of HEI’s ‘gaming’ outputs by moving staff that have poor quality or no outputs temporarily to an education profile 
  • Discussing definitions and proposed eligibility arrangements for seconded staff, staff in international institutions and research assistants 
  • Determining whether an output was produced within the publication period and pre-published
Questions and Discussion 12.10 - 12.20

Speakers

Dr Angharad Davies Member of REF2021's Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel (EDAP) & Clinical Senior Lecturer in Microbiology, Swansea University

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12:20 - 13:00
Evidencing Case Studies

 
  • Creating a strong narrative in your research output and 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 
  • How to evidence ephemeral evidence and how to present outputs that are not easy to quantify (i.e. art projects / sculptures) 
  • Discussing the behaviours around the thresholds for needing an extra case study and FTE staff
Questions and Discussion 12.50 - 13.00

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Professor Karen Fleming Head of Belfast School of Art, Ulster University (Member of REF2021 sub-panel 32)

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Dr Simon Kerridge Director of Research Services, University of Kent

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13:00 - 13:05
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

Speakers

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

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End

Speakers

Dr Angharad Davies Member of REF2021's Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel (EDAP) & Clinical Senior Lecturer in Microbiology, Swansea University

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Professor Karen Fleming Head of Belfast School of Art, Ulster University (Member of REF2021 sub-panel 32)

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Claire Fraser Senior Higher Education Policy Adviser, Research England

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Andy Hepburn Head of REF Data Verification and Information Management, Research England

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Dr Simon Kerridge Director of Research Services, University of Kent

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Professor David Price UCL Vice-Provost (Research), and Chair of REF2021 Main Panel B

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Barry Smith Director of the Institute of Philosophy, University of London’s School of Advanced Study

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

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Park Plaza London Riverbank 18 Albert Embankment London SE1 7TJ

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