REF CoP consultation period ends

Northumbria University’s consultation exercise around its Research Excellence Framework (REF) Code of Practice has come to an end.

There was an encouraging degree of interest in the Code, with well over 500 individual visits to the consultation page on the University website.  All suggestions and potential amendments will be reported to the REF Advisory Group at its next (monthly) meeting.

The purpose of the Code is to ensure that decisions about who and what is submitted to the REF are made in a way that is transparent and objective, and complies with equalities legislation.  This entails both legal and moral obligations, which all must be meshed with decisions that enable the University to present its research in the best possible way for REF purposes.

The final version must be submitted to HEFCE by July 31st 2012.

The current version of the Code of Practice can be found here.    (Details of HEFCE’s requirements of the Code can be found in Part 4 of the document here )

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REF Roadshows roll into town….

The PVC for Research, Professor Peter Golding, together with key staff from Research and Business Services, is delivering a series of Roadshows about Northumbria’s involvement in the REF.

Each School will have its own specific Roadshow. The session will incorporate a presentation from the School’s AD for Research, giving specific information on what is expected at both School and University level during the course of the REF submission period, and also discuss the current REF Dry Run which is taking place in preparation for 2014.

Dates, times and locations of the Roadshows can be found below. For further information please email gemma.pringle@northumbria.ac.uk

 

HCES 10/04/2012 14.00 – 15.30 Hall A, Coach Lane Campus
Natural and Built Environment 12/04/2012 14.00 – 15.30 EBA003/5
Design 18/04/2012 15.00 – 16.30 Design School Presentation Hall
Law 25/04/2012 10.00 – 11.30 CCE1 401
Services 01/05/2012 10.00 – 11.30 CCE1 003

 

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Northumbria’s REF Code of Practice Consultation nears end…

Northumbria University is required to submit to HEFCE for approval a Code of Practice on the selection of staff for the Research Excellence Framework.  The format and content of the Code are fairly rigorously prescribed by the Funding Council. It must be submitted by July 31st 2012 and must be approved for us to be eligible to submit to the REF.

The purpose of the Code is to ensure that decisions about who is submitted to the REF are made in a way that is transparent and objective, and complies with equalities legislation.  This entails both legal and moral obligations, which all must be meshed with decisions that enable the University to present its research in the best possible way for REF purposes.

In order to develop its REF procedures, and to assist in making judgements about the quality of our research, the University is currently undertaking a ‘dry run’ by inviting external assessors to review ‘dummy’ submissions.  The results of this dry run, and the draft Code of Practice, will inform the final decisions about the content and form of the University’s submission to the REF.  The comments of Northumbria’s academic staff have been sought and are greatly valued as input into the final version of the University’s Code of Practice.  The consultation process will end on Monday, 2nd April, so please take the time to read the draft (see link below) and comment as you think fit.

The draft Code of Practice can be found here. Your comments should be submitted by Monday, 2 April 2012, to lorraine.brown@northumbria.ac.uk

(Details of HEFCE’s requirements of the Code can be found in Part 4 of the document here )

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ESRC Seminar on Making an Impact – Oxford, 24th May

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Researchers keen to maximise the impact of their research, especially during the last 18 or so months of the REF period, may be interested in the following.

The ESRC-funded methods@manchester seminar series on the  Impact Agenda is holding its sixth seminar, on Making an Impact, on Thursday May 24th at St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford.

The series adopts an interdisciplinary perspective to examine and clarify the concept of ‘impact’ in the context of academic research in the humanities and social science. The aim is to identify the processes that influence impact and explore mechanisms that maximise it.

Morning: Academics who have made an impact will describe this impact, explain how it came about, and draw out any general lessons about how to create impact.

Speakers include Andrew Dilnot, University of Oxford, Pete Alcock, Professor of Social Policy and Director of the ESRC-OST-Barrow Cadbury Trust Third Sector Research Centre, and Pete Edwards, Technical Director, RCUK dot.rural Digital Economy Hub and Director, PolicyGrid Digital Social Research Node, University of Aberdeen.

Afternoon: Pimp My Research – a workshop for junior researchers/PhD students

Learn how to produce an impact plan and see demonstrations of tools and techniques designed to improve your own personal research impact.

Lead: Peter Halfpenny, Sociology, Manchester and Celia Russell, Mimas, Manchester

Booking Form

 

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