REF 2021 Guidance published

Final copies of the Guidance on Submissions (the technical rules for the REF) and the Panel Criteria and Working Methods (how the panels will operate) were published on the REF2021 website on Thursday 31 January. Alongside these were published a note from the REF Steering Group explaining the key decisions which helped to shape these … Continue reading “REF 2021 Guidance published”

The Five(ish) Ws of Impact Evaluation

Guest blog post by Beth Clewes Impact Development Officer, College of Social Sciences With REF2021 submission creeping ever closer (less than 2 years to go!), and the impact agenda becoming further embedded into research activities in universities across the UK, a question that is increasingly being considered by academics and professional services staff alike is … Continue reading “The Five(ish) Ws of Impact Evaluation”

New report on Russian-speaking Foreign Fighters

New report on Russian-speaking Foreign Fighters by Cerwyn Moore and Mark Youngman Existing data on Russian-speaking groups and individuals linked to the Islamic State is often inaccurate, according to CREST Researcher Cerwyn Moore and ESRC-funded PhD Student Mark Youngman. They have released a substantive report on Russian-speaking foreign fighters and Islamic State’s influence in the … Continue reading “New report on Russian-speaking Foreign Fighters”

Crossing campus to widen my horizon – Tales from a successful secondment to Research Planning

By guest blogger Katharina Freise Senior Research Facilitator in the College of Arts and Law I have been working at the University of Birmingham since 2006 in various research supporting roles, with the last eight years as a Research Facilitator in the College of Arts and Law. I had been looking out for a way to … Continue reading “Crossing campus to widen my horizon – Tales from a successful secondment to Research Planning”

HEFCE Consultation on the REF

On 8 December 2016, the Funding Councils issued their Consultation on REF2021 ( ).  This is their attempt to turn the principles of the Stern review into practice and the 44 questions, many of which pose significant and interlinked challenges to the sector, highlight just how hard it is to do this. The REF team’s … Continue reading “HEFCE Consultation on the REF”

Leading to Impact’: Q+A Lee Chapman

Professor Lee Chapman, based in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, has been at the University since 1998. Demonstrating a keen interest in potential business applications of research since his PhD, Lee could be considered a serial entrepreneur having already run and sold on a successful University of Birmingham spin-out company and is now … Continue reading “Leading to Impact’: Q+A Lee Chapman”

Reflecting on the Stern Review

On 28th July 2016, Lord Stern published his much anticipated review of the REF: Building on Success and Learning from Experience.  The report neither proposed a wholesale move to metrics to assess research quality nor the abolition of REF – both apocalyptic scenarios trailed early in the review process.  Rather, the proposals for change are … Continue reading “Reflecting on the Stern Review”