Alan Palmer to speak at Westminster Higher Education Forum

14 Nov 2017

MillionPlus Head of Policy and Research Alan Palmer will speak at a Westminster Higher Education Forum on the next steps for developing the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

This seminar will be an opportunity to discuss the composition of the next cycle of the Research Excellence Framework, following the publication of initial decisions from HEFCE’s consultation on REF 2021.

Delegates will discuss suggested reforms to the framework proposed by Lord Stern’s review, which included recommendations for a broadening of the definition of impact, and for all active research staff in an institution to be submitted as part of the REF process, ending the portability of research outputs if an academic changes institution.

Key areas for discussion will include options for reforming expert panel structures to reflect diversity and strategies for reducing ‘gaming’ in the system. Further sessions will focus on the REF’s encouragement of interdisciplinary and collaborative research and proposed changes to ‘research environment’ criteria, such as institution-level assessment.

More information is available here.