Next steps for the Research Excellence Framework

Delegates at this timely seminar will discuss the future of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) – focusing on how the next REF will be structured and on the funding allocation. It has been scheduled to follow the Government-commissioned review of the REF being undertaken by Lord Stern, which is due to report in the summer.
Planned sessions examine key elements of the review, including how to promote and support excellence, reduce administrative burden, increase the use of metrics, and improve the process of peer review.
The agenda will also look at proposals for regular ‘mini REFs’ or a system of ongoing impact assessment using metrics in order to support quality on an ongoing basis and identify areas of emerging excellence.
Further expected discussion will assess the impact of the funding allocation from the REF – in particular concerns about research concentration, as well as open access which will be included in the next REF.
We are delighted that Dr Vicky Jones, Senior Policy Advisor, Research Policy Team, HEFCE has agreed to be Guest of Honour at this conference. Dr Jonathan Adams, Chief Scientist, Digital Science; Professor Dinah Birch, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Impact, University of Liverpool; Dr Ian Carter, Director of Research and Enterprise, University of Sussex; Dr Rob Copeland, Policy Officer, University and College Union; Dr Malcolm Skingle, Director, Academic Liaison, GSK and Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive, MillionPlus have also agreed to speak along with a senior representative from the Academy of Social Sciences.
Victoria Borwick MP, Member, Science and Technology Select Committee has kindly agreed to chair a session at this conference.

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