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01:18 - 05:45
7th Jun 2016

Room: Gladstone

It’s been a turbulent few months for the higher education community, with wholesale changes proposed to the regulatory and funding architecture in the November 2015 Green Paper, along with the proposed introduction of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). On the research side, further reforms have been proposed by Sir Paul Nurse’s review of the Research Councils, and Lord Stern is now taking an equivalent look at the future of the Research Excellence Framework (REF). We’ve also seen announcements of a £1.5bn Global Challenges Fund, an expansion of the Newton Fund for international collaboration, and targeted support for interdisciplinary work through the new cross-council body, Research UK.  What do all of these changes add up to for researchers and research managers, trying to navigate and respond to the ever-shifting priorities of policymakers? How much do we know about the shape of the funding system two, three or five from years from now, and how much remains uncertain? What opportunities will the creation of Research UK bring? Is the impact agenda likely to increase or diminish in importance? What threats does a possible Brexit pose to the future of EU funding? And will the REF survive in a recognisable form, or be reshaped into a more automated, metric-based system? Drawing on his experience as an analyst of UK research policy, and his recent review of the use of metrics in research assessment (published in July 2015 as The Metric Tide), James Wilsdon will offer some insights and predictions about the future of the policy and funding landscape, with a particular focus on the future of REF and how ARMA members can contribute to an agenda for ‘responsible metrics’.

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Theme: Policy and Governance
Level: Management
Time: 01:18 - 05:45
Date: 7th Jun 2016
Room: Gladstone

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