Research Impact: Framework for Excellence
The countdown to REF2021, the assessment process for university research funding, is well and truly underway. Research Impact: Framework for Excellence will explore the new assessment criteria and guidelines, offering practical insights to help deliver high quality research outputs and submissions across disciplines, institutions, projects and staff.
The results of the impending REF exercise will be used to inform the allocation of government funding to universities for research, almost £2 billion of annual research investment. The UK funding bodies have taken on board the key recommendations of the 2016 Stern review and are developing their frameworks for 2021 to secure the continuation of a dynamic and responsive research base within UK higher education. Key considerations for universities include increased impact weighting, output portability, identifying staff for inclusion and open access. This summer the funding bodies will publishing draft guidance setting out the information that will be required in institutions’ submissions, and the generic definitions and criteria that will apply.
This timely event will help support universities and research institutions in delivering world-class research and ensure they adhere to the developing assessment criteria. The agenda includes practical learning sessions and leading stakeholder presentations designed to help higher education institutions improve outputs, processes, codes of practice and interdisciplinary research for REF 2021 submissions.
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