HEFCE Consultation on the REF

On 8 December 2016, the Funding Councils issued their Consultation on REF2021 (http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/year/2016/201636/ ).  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”

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”

Open Forum Event: Research Impact – Delivering Excellence

A delegation from the Research Planning Team (Gavin, Katharina and Ronni) attended an Open Forums event earlier this year Research Impact: Delivering Excellence. It was billed as an opportunity ‘to explore REF case studies and testimonials to help universities effectively measure and evidence impact, offering practical guidance on delivering high quality submissions across disciplines, institutions and … Continue reading “Open Forum Event: Research Impact – Delivering Excellence”