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David Young

HEFCE’s Director of Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange, and one of the key architects of the next REF, David Sweeney has published an interesting blog about who counts as “research active” ahead of the closure of the REF2021 consultation tomorrow. He suggests there has been a lot of “push back” from the HE sector on the consultation proposal that “research active” should be determined by contractual status, and that there should be another evidence-based and mutually agreed approach. It’s not clear what this would be, but interesting to see that there’s already movement on this even before consultation responses are in.

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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…

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…

David Young

HEFCE have today published a letter to universities outlining key changes to their Open Access policy for the next REF. These include: deposit on acceptance now comes into force in April 2017, rather than 2016; there is now an exception to the deposit requirement for outputs available via Gold OA; “inadvertently non-compliant” outputs can be made compliant retrospectively.

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Bringing Research Impact to Life – staff session

Why not sign up to attend this informative one hour session run by Lucy Jowett, Research Impact Manager (RBS) on Tuesday 3rd March 2015, 12 – 1pm, City Campus? The session will encourage researchers from all disciplines and at various career stages, to actively think about how they will achieve excellence with impact and detail the support…

The use of metrics in research assessment.

Ruth Hattam (Assistant Director for Research) recently attended a session about the prospects and pitfalls around the use of metrics in research assessment. The event was hosted by SPRU (Science and Policy Research Unit) based at the University of Sussex, which is undertaking the HEFCE review of metrics, the report for which is due in June 2015. …

Lucy Jowett

The Policy Institute at King’s College London and Digital Science will be analysing the case studies submitted to the REF to illustrate the impact of research beyond academia. The analysis has been commissioned by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and its partners in the REF exercise. The work aims to maximise the value of the 6,975 case studies as a separate resource, analysing them and identifying what they can show about the wider impact of the research conducted by UK universities. The case studies will be made freely available for analysis in a database to be hosted on the HEFCE website. The outputs will be a well-curated, readily searchable database of the case studies, an overview report describing the strength of UK science, and a view on how the case study approach works in assessing and auditing impact.

The exercise will not affect the quality-related block funding awarded to institutions by the government, as the case studies have already been incorporated into that process.

See more at: https://www.researchprofessional.com/0/rr/news/uk/ref-2014/2014/9/King-s-to-lead-assessment-of-REF-impact-case-studies-.html#sthash.KcxzAkPY.dpuf

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