Westminster Higher Education Forum

Next steps for developing the 2021 Research Excellence Framework

Morning, Tuesday, 14th November 2017

Central London


This timely seminar will be an opportunity to discuss the composition of the next cycle of the Research Excellence Framework, following the publication of initial decisions from HEFCE’s consultation on REF 2021.

There will be a keynote contribution on key outcomes of the consultation from Kim Hackett, REF Manager and Head of Research Assessment, HEFCE.

Delegates will discuss suggested reforms to the framework proposed by Lord Stern’s review, which included recommendations for a broadening of the definition of impact, and for all active research staff in an institution to be submitted as part of the REF process, ending the portability of research outputs if an academic changes institution.

Key areas for discussion will include options for reforming expert panel structures to reflect diversity and strategies for reducing ‘gaming’ in the system. Further sessions will focus on the REF’s encouragement of interdisciplinary and collaborative research and proposed changes to ‘research environment’ criteria, such as institution-level assessment.

Guest of Honour

Kim Hackett

REF Manager and Head of Research Assessment, HEFCE

Guest of Honour

Kim Hackett

REF Manager and Head of Research Assessment, HEFCE


Dr Carl Walker

Principal Lecturer, Applied Social Science, University of Brighton and Coordinator, National Senior Management Survey

Dr Lisa Mooney

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Exchange), University of East London and Member, REF Interdisciplinary Research Advisory Panel

Michelle Double

Acting Head of Quality and Policy, Research and Enterprise Service, University of Leeds

Jonathan Legh-Smith

Head of Partnerships & Strategic Research, BT

Professor Deborah Smith

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, University of York and Member, Executive Management Group, N8 Research Partnership

Professor Dianne Berry

Dean of Postgraduate Research Studies and Professor of Psychology, University of Reading and Chair, REF Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel

Dr Malcolm Skingle

Director, Academic Liaison, GSK

Tom Frostick

Policy and Programmes Manager (Research & International), University Alliance

Matthew Guest

Senior Policy Advisor, GuildHE

Alan Palmer

Head of Policy and Research, MillionPlus

Professor Martin McQuillan

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Kingston University London