Morning, Friday, 11th March 2022
This conference will be a timely opportunity to discuss the ongoing review of the REF, looking at the objectives, processes, and priorities for research evaluation in the UK.
It is taking place during the outreach and engagement phase of the future research assessment programme (FRAP), and the discussion will consider wider developments in research assessment, including the impact of the new UKRI open access policy and ongoing efforts to reduce bureaucracy and administration in research funding and assessment.
We also expect discussion to reflect the issues being considered in the Nurse and Tickell reviews into the research ecosystem and research bureaucracy, and implications for the REF going forward.
We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Dr Dr Steven Hill, Director of Research, Research England; and Susan Guthrie, Research Group Director, Science and Emerging Technology, RAND Europe. Chairing is Professor the Lord Krebs, Emeritus Professor of Zoology, University of Oxford.
Overall, the agenda is structured to bring out latest thinking on:
- progress with the FRAP and what next for the REF
- what can be learned from first-hand experiences with REF 2021
- the definition of research excellence and recognising alternative outputs
- what is needed for assessment and how best to measure impact and promote societal contribution
- priorities for open research and open access
- research assessment internationally and what can be learned from best practice
The conference is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from BEIS; the Department for the Economy, NI; the DfT; the DHSC; the IPO; and The Scottish Government.