Westminster Higher Education Forum

The Research Excellence Framework beyond 2021 - designing the next cycle

Morning, Thursday, 30th April 2020

Central London

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 REF 2021 pilot 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:


  • Research environments and culture;
  • Research integrity and freedom;
  • Open access; and
  • Impact criteria.

We are pleased to include a keynote contribution from Dr Steven Hill, Director of Research, Research England. Also speaking is Dr Netta Weinstein, Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, Cardiff University and principal investigator, Real Time REF Review Pilot Study.


Further confirmed speakers include: Dr Laura Bellingan, Royal Society of Biology; Sofia Fernandes, University of Exeter; Dr Emma Greenwood, Taylor and Francis Group; James Murray, Taylor Vinters; Professor Paul Phillips, University of Kent; Professor Sylvia Walby, City, University of London and REF2021 and Juergen Wastl, Digital Science.


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.


Keynote Speakers

Dr Steven Hill

Director of Research, Research England

Dr Netta Weinstein

Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, Cardiff University

Keynote Speakers

Dr Steven Hill

Director of Research, Research England

Dr Netta Weinstein

Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, Cardiff University

Speakers

Dr Laura Bellingan

Science Policy Manager, Royal Society of Biology

Sofia Fernandes

Open Research Manager, University of Exeter

James Murray

Associate, Taylor Vinters

Dr Emma Greenwood

Head of Open Access Portfolios, Taylor and Francis Group

Professor Paul Phillips

Professor of Strategic Management, Kent Business School, University of Kent

Professor Sylvia Walby

Professor of Sociology and Director, Violence and Society Centre, City, University of London and Chair, Sociology Sub-Panel, REF2021

Professor Gordon Harold

Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (REF), Andrew and Virginia Rudd Chair and Professor of Psychology, University of Sussex

Juergen Wastl

Director Academic Relations and Consultancy, Digital Science