Conference: Delivering Excellence
5th July 2016, Manchester Conference
Research Impact: Delivering
Excellence will explore REF case studies and testimonials to help
researchers effectively measure and evidence impact, offering practical
guidance on delivering high quality submissions across research
As announced in the current Spending
Review, the UK government is taking forward a review of the Research
Excellence Framework (REF) that is being led by Lord Stern. The review will
draw on evaluation from the previous REF exercise to ensure future research
funding is allocated more efficiently, offers greater rewards for
excellence and reduces the administrative burden.
examining research aims and keeping up to date with new digital
technologies it could be possible for research groups based within the NHS
to collate with academic successes. With new sources of funding for the NHS
recently launching, such as Innovate UKs Digital Innovation in the Sharing
Economy, it is time that the NHS reward excellence and enhance research
evaluation models in order to support the development of future,
lifesaving, technical advancements.
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Dr Simon Kerridge, Chair, Association of Research
Managers and Administrators; Director of Research Services, University of
Aaron Porter, Director of External
Affairs, National Centre for Universities & Business (NCUB)
Dr Vicky Jones, REF Deputy Manager at
Sarah Parks, Analyst, RAND Europe
Professor Roger Falconer, School of
Engineering, Cardiff University; Member Panel B (confirmed)
Catriona Manville, Senior Adviser, RAND Europe (confirmed)
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Topics of discussion
on the day:
Welcome and introduction
The changing landscape for research
The Metric Tide
Writing REF bids and submissions:
Improving quality and diversity
Research Excellence: What makes a
submission stand out?
High Performing Research Units
Learn about the future direction for research funding and assessment as
the government reviews of governance, structure and evaluation develop.
Practical advice and solutions to assist universities in improving the
quality of REF submissions and interdisciplinary research.
models and future iterations of research performance and evaluation.
The impact of the Research Excellence Framework and how the assessment
process will inform future submissions and assessment.
Learn how to
best evidence impact, excellence and diversity across a variety of
disciplines and research projects.
Insight into the intended and
unintended consequences of the REF exercise.
Assistance in developing
the quality of research outputs and demonstrating originality, significance
and rigour in applications.
Practical ways of developing research
strategies, support for staff and students, and delivering research
infrastructures and collaborations.
How to benchmark outcomes from
Research Excellence Framework assessments.
Discover how new models of
research, funding and collaboration can support excellence.
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