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Research Impact: Evidencing the REF

22 Jun 2015

Professor Luke Georghiou, Vice-President for Research and Innovation, is among the speakers at this conference to be held on 14 July 2015 at King’s House Conference Centre, Manchester

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. Last year the research of 154 UK universities was assessed with thirty percent of submissions judged to be world-leading. The four UK higher education funding bodies allocate over £2 billion a year of research funding to universities, in 2015-16 and beyond. REF exercise will be informing the distribution of funds on the basis of quality and impact of research in all disciplines.

This conference will explore case studies and testimonials to help universities effectively measure impact and offer practical guidance on delivering high quality submissions across disciplines and projects.

Confirmed speakers

  • Dr Steven Hill, Head of Policy Research, HEFCE
  • Dr Catriona Manville, Senior Analyst, RAND Europe
  • Professor Luke Georghiou, Vice-President for Research and Innovation, The University of Manchester
  • Aaron Porter, Director of External Affairs at the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB); Associate Director (Governance) for the Leadership Foundation

Panel debate: ‘Reflections on the types of impact’

  • Professor Brian Foster, Professor of Experimental Physics, Professorial Fellow of Balliol College, University of Oxford; Member REF panel B
  • Simon Tanner, Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London

Benefits of attending

  • an in-depth look at the plans for future REF exercises;
  • practical guidance, advice and solutions to assist universities in improving the quality of REF submissions;
  • 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;
  • examples of good practice and improvements for future REF exercises;
  • insight into the intended and unintended consequences of the REF exercise.

Further information and registration

If you would like to find out more about the programme and register your place: