Research Impact: Delivering Excellence

Tuesday 5th July 2016 – Manchester Conference Centre

Research Impact: Delivering Excellence will 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 projects.

As announced in the current Spending Review, the UK government is taking forward a review of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) that is being led by Lord Stern. The review will draw on evaluation from the previous REF exercise to ensure future university research funding is allocated more efficiently, offers greater rewards for excellence and reduces the administrative burden on institutions. This will follow Sir Paul Nurse’s late 2015 review that recommended better management of cross-cutting funding for interdisciplinary research and formation of overall research strategies and priorities for the UK. So what will the future of research funding and evaluation look like and how can institutions continue to deliver excellence? Are other models of research evaluation likely to emerge?

Over 290 delegates attended Research Impact in 2015 with 75% of Russell Group Universities represented and 85% of all attendees representing the top 50 Universities in UK. This year’s event promises to be even bigger and better with interactive breakout sessions, practical working groups and leading stakeholder presentations designed to help higher education institutions improve REF implications, processes and interdisciplinary research.



About CCCU Research Development

Research Development (RD) is part of the Department of Enterprise, Employability and Research Development. RD is responsible for ensuring that Research and Enterprise is of the highest quality and meets all required internal and external standards, including managing the institutional submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF). RD leads on development and implementation of the institutional research and enterprise integrity policies, processes and best practice. It also hosts the institutional Staff Researcher Development Programme and the Early Career Researcher Programme SPARC, and is responsible for the annual Research Internship programme. RD provides strategic and targeted support for academic staff to seek and secure funding for their research and innovation activities. This includes identification of core funding opportunities and support for proposal development, alongside strategic advice and support for faculties to develop their research portfolio and capacity.

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