Westminster Higher Education Forum

Protecting research integrity: reproducibility, the impact of the REF and improving governance

Morning, Thursday, 11th October 2018

Central London


This timely seminar will examine the next steps for protecting research integrity in higher education.

It will be an opportunity for delegates to discuss the recommendations from the inquiry being carried out by the Science and Technology Select Committee - looking at key issues around fraud, misconduct and mistakes in research.

Delegates will discuss the steps that might be taken to overcome issues around the reproducibility of research, as well as considering the impact of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) on the research environment and what might be done to avoid creating a ‘publish or perish’ culture.

Further sessions will assess practical strategies for supporting research integrity and governance - including the potential use of open data.

Guest of Honour

James Parry

Chief Executive, UK Research Integrity Office

Guest of Honour

James Parry

Chief Executive, UK Research Integrity Office


Wouter Haak

Vice President, Research Data Management Solutions, Elsevier

Dr Richard Watermeyer

Reader, Department of Education, University of Bath

Iain Hrynaszkiewicz

Head of Data Publishing, Springer Nature

Dr Daniel Hook

Chief Executive Officer, Digital Science

Dr Annie Gibney

Senior Research Portfolio Manager, Economic and Social Research Council

Samuel Roseveare

Policy Manager, Universities UK