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  1. Research Update GERI May 2010

  2. Funding climate • Research Excellence Framework • Symplectic demo

  3. Funding • Severe constraints on external and internal funding for research • All-time low success rates for grants (10-15%) • No further rounds of research capital (RCIF)? • STEM subjects slightly better protected via Science budget • EPSRC adopts “3 strikes and you are out” policy for investigators • National review of PhD provision

  4. Research Excellence Framework • RAE2008 viewed as a successful process • Increased emphasis on STEM • Need to demonstrate that publicly-funded research benefits UK PLC

  5. What will be assessed? • Outputs (60%) • Environment (15%) • Impact (25%) • Esteem is no longer a stand-alone measure • Common weightings across all UoAs • Greater consistency for assessment process across panels

  6. Quality profile • 4* exceptional (world-leading) • 3* excellent • 2* very good • 1* good • Unclassified • Likely that only 3* and 4* research will be funded

  7. Panels, sub-panels and sub-sub-panels… • 30-40 UoAs (67 in RAE2008) • Current proposal to merge all Engineering UoAs (24-29) into a single uber-UoA • Specialist sub-panels

  8. Outputs • 4 best outputs from your portfolio of work • Originality, significance & rigour • Early Career Researchers may submit fewer • Peer-reviewed assessment with sampling of outputs (implications for journal choice?) • Citations data (WoS and Scopus) will be provided to panels • Single biggest driver to quality assessment (60% weighting) • Clear message –> focus on quality outputs

  9. Environment • Less reliant on ‘creative writing’ • Demonstrate intellectual and physical infrastructure to support research • Uses a common template to evidence: • Resourcing (staff, income, infrastructure) • Management (strategy, staff development & PGR training) • Engagement (KE with people & organisations) • Largely qualitative supported by key metrics (income, PGRs)

  10. Impact • Impact with users of research (i.e., beyond academic peers) • Impact is broadly defined • Assesses impact of the ‘department’ – not individuals • Not all people, projects or outputs need to demonstrate impact • Impact should be evident within REF window (2008-2013) • Based on excellent research performed by the submitting dept. in past 10-15 years

  11. Economic Quality of life Social Types of impact Public policy & services Cultural Environmental Health

  12. Impact criteria • Assessment against • Reach (how widely the impacts have been felt) • Significance (how transformative the impacts have been) • Impact pilot exercise • Physics & English

  13. Impact – what we submit • Impact statement • Our approach / strategy • Range and breadth of interactions with research users • Case studies • 1 case study per 5-10 staff (min 2?) • Both supported by appropriate metrics

  14. Timetable (subject to change!!!) • 2010 • Impact pilot submission & results • Expert panels established • Guidance to HEIs • 2012 • Submissions (November?) • 2013 • Outcomes published (December?)