Westminster Higher Education Forum

Developing the next Research Excellence Framework

Tuesday, 7th March 2017

Glaziers Hall, 9 Montague Close, London SE1 9DD


This seminar will discuss the future shape of the REF (Research Excellence Framework) ahead of its next cycle in 2021, and will be an opportunity to discuss proposals for the design of the next REF in the closing stages of HEFCE’s consultation.

The agenda includes a keynote contribution from a senior speaker confirmed from HEFCE and further senior participants are being contacted.

The conference follows the independent review of the REF which called 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.

Delegates will discuss these possible changes as well as the consultation’s proposed measures designed to increase interdisciplinary research and to encourage open data - as well as greater use of metrics to inform assessment decisions and changes to the weighting of impact and research environment profiles.

Guest of Honour

Kim Hackett

REF Manager, HEFCE

Guest of Honour

Kim Hackett

REF Manager, HEFCE


Carol Monaghan MP

Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader (Public Services and Education) and Member, House of Commons Science and Technology Committee

Ehsan Masood

Editor, Research Fortnight


Professor Roger Kain

Dean and Chief Executive, School of Advanced Study, University of London and Vice-President, Research and HE Policy, British Academy

Dr James Callaghan

Director of Research & Enterprise Service, Newcastle University

Paul Simmonds

UK Managing Director, Technopolis

Professor Jenny Ames

Associate Dean (Research and Innovation), UWE Bristol and Member, University Alliance Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation Network

Dr Simon Kerridge

Director of Research Services, University of Kent and Vice-Chair, CASRAI

Professor Natalie Fenton

Professor of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London and Chair, MeCCSA (Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association)

Dr John Gathergood

Associate Professor in Economics, University of Nottingham and Author, Professorial salaries and research performance in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework

Katy McKen

Head of Research Information and Intelligence, University of Bath

Ellen Pugh

Policy Programme Manager, Equality Challenge Unit

Matthew Guest

Senior Policy Advisor (Research & Innovation), GuildHE