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DON’T MISS OUT – ECR event on the HEFCE consultation on the next REF, Tues 14 Feb, 1pm

As many of you may know, the Higher Education Funding Council for England has launched the consultation for the next Research Excellence Framework. This includes proposals intended to streamline the REF process and make it less burdensome for UK universities whilst maintaining and improving incentives for research excellence.  It includes recommendations relating to: the submission…

ECR event on the HEFCE consultation on the next REF, Tues 14 Feb

As you have no doubt heard, the Higher Education Funding Council for England has launched a consultation on the next Research Excellence Framework. This includes proposals intended to streamline the REF process and make it less burdensome for UK universities whilst maintaining and improving incentives for research excellence.  It includes recommendations relating to: the submission of…

Government response to Dowling Review of business-university collaborations – brief summary

The Government published its response to the Dowling Review on 20th December welcoming and strongly supporting the review which it says is reflected in the £100m over four years it announced in the last budget to support university-business collaboration – ‘The Dowling Review will continue to guide our ongoing work to reform and simplify public support…

Stern Review of REF Published: Some Initial Thoughts

The Stern Review of the Research Excellence Framework has been published today. Broadly speaking the review recommends keeping the REF more or less the same as before – i.e. still a periodic exercise based predominantly on peer review, rather than metrics, and with recommendations for weightings of outputs, environment and impact more or less the same. This is…

Nurse Review of the UK Research Councils released

The HE sector has been waiting with bated breath for the outcome of the Nurse Review of the UK Research Councils. This was released today, and thankfully has few surprises (unlike the recent HE Green Paper.). The review was commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and written by Sir Paul Nurse, President…

The impact of academia on Parliament

Over 40 per cent of impact case studies submitted to REF 2014 mentioned impact on policy. Recent analysis by the Paliamentary Office of Science and Technology shows that 45 per cent of Parliament-focused impact case studies were from social sciences. An interesting article on the LSE Impact Blog, looks at how Parliament is currently engaging…

Northumbria Disaster Resilience Research in Top 20 for Global Development Impact

Research on community resilience to disasters led by the Disaster Development Network at Northumbria is featured in a list of the top 20 impact case studies focusing on global development issues. The top 20 were selected by UKCDS, a group of 14 UK government departments and research funders working in international development, from around 400 case…