Next steps for the Research Excellence Framework

Date and Time: 
Monday, October 31, 2016 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
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This is a Westminster Higher Education Forum event.

Delegates at this seminarwill discuss the future of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) - focusing on how the next REF will be structured and on the funding allocation. It has been scheduled to follow the Government-commissioned review of the REF being undertaken by Lord Stern, which is due to report later this year.

Planned sessions examine key elements of the review, including how to promote and support excellence, reduce administrative burden, increase the use of metrics, and improve the process of peer review.

The agenda will also look at proposals for regular 'mini REFs' or a system of ongoing impact assessment using metrics in order to support quality on an ongoing basis and identify areas of emerging excellence.

Further expected discussion will assess the impact of the funding allocation from the REF - in particular concerns about research concentration, as well as open access which will be included in the next REF.