Morning, Tuesday, 23rd March 2021
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This conference will examine the next steps for the Research Excellence Framework (REF).
Taking place as higher education institutions prepare their submissions to REF 2021 - following the launch of the official REF 2021 submission system - discussion will draw on lessons from the development of the current cycle and look ahead to the next iteration of the Framework.
The agenda focuses on:
- Developing and incentivising positive research environments and an inclusive research culture as part of the REF;
- The influence of the REF on research integrity and academic freedom;
- Open access; and
- Impact criteria.
We are pleased to include a keynote contribution from Dr Steven Hill, Director of Research, Research England.
Further confirmed contributors include: Dr Laura Bellingan, Royal Society of Biology; Professor Anne Boddington, Kingston University; Professor Thom Brooks, Durham University; Sofia Fernandes, University of Exeter; James Murray, Taylor Vinters; and Professor Sylvia Walby, City, University of London and REF2021.
The agenda in summary:
- The road to REF 2021 - lessons from developing and delivering the current cycle;
- The Real-Time REF Review - outcomes from the pilot study;
- Research environments in the REF - stimulating positive cultures and wellbeing, academic independence, and interdisciplinary research;
- Open research - moving beyond REF 2021 requirements, alignment with UKRI open access policy, and the broader open science agenda; and
- Impactful research - delivery and measurement, including the significance of increased weighting, ‘institutional game-playing’, and the evidence base for effective impact assessment.
Engagement with policy officials at this conference
Westminster Higher Education Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: BEIS; Department for Education; Department for Transport; Department of Health and Social Care; DFID; Government Equalities Office; Government Office for Science; HM Treasury; Ministry of Justice; UKRI and the Welsh Government.