The road to REF2021: what will the Stern Review mean for the future of research assessment?

Date: Thursday, 6 October 2016 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: Room 802, UCL Institute of Education
Speaker(s):
  • James Wilsdon, University of Sheffield
  • David Price, UCL

Overview

In the UK, a national research assessment exercise?has taken place every few years since 1986, and is the basis on which nearly ?2 billion of annual funding is parcelled out. As a result, it has huge reach across the university system.

In July 2016, a review of the REF by Lord Stern was published, part of a radical overhaul of the UK?s?higher?education and research system. To simplify and reduce the burden of the process,?Stern has recommended the inclusion of all research active staff, and an end to the portability of research?outputs between institutions. He also wants to?broaden the way research impacts are defined.

What?will Stern’s proposals mean for the design and operation of the next REF? Will the aspiration to reduce burden be?realised? Will it help or hinder the prospects of early career?researchers? And what ambiguities still need to be resolved? James Wilsdon will cast a critical eye up the road to REF2021 with David Price as respondent.

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