Research and the REF What is the REF and why is it important to me and my institutiton?
Why research?Research supports teachingResearch supports work with industryResearch differentiates HE from FEResearch adds to student experienceResearch attracts incomeResearch develops reputation
SupportGood research:links with scholarly activity;Links with industry;Adds depth to your teaching;Keeps you better focussed;Keeps you in better contact.
IncomeResearch attracts income:Through applying for research grants;From Hefce as apportioned by the REF;By making links with industry that they are prepared to fund.
Income and reputationAttract students;Attract partners from industry or other institutions;Attract international links and students
What is the REF?The REF will:• inform the selective allocation of research funding to HEIs on the basis of excellence • provide benchmarking information and reputational yardsticks • provide accountability for public investment in research and demonstrate its benefits.
What are UoAs?Units of assessment assess quality of research in a specific range of subject disciplines:UoA 36 covers Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information ManagementThis includes journalism, which is specifically mentioned in the more detailed description.
Timetable 2010 Appoint panels 2011 Publish assessment criteria 2013 (July 31): end of assessment period 2013 (Oct 31): Census date for eligible staff 2013 (Nov 29): Closing date for submissions 2013 (Dec 31): Closing date for outcomes 2014 Panels assess. Outcomes published in December
REF SubmissionA submission will include:Research outputs (worth 65%) Assessed in terms of their ‘rigour, originality and significance’, with reference to international research quality standards.Impact (worth 20%) The sub-panels will assess social and economic impacts arising from research in terms of their ‘reach and significance’.Environment (Worth 15%) The sub-panels will assess the research environment in terms of its ‘sustainability, vitality and influence’.
Research outputsA submission will include the work of each researcher. Each researcher will normally be expected to submit four pieces of research.This will be examined by the panels to indicate excellence.
Hefce definition of research…original investigation undertaken in order to gain knowledge and understanding.
Research outputsPanels will treat all research on an equal footing measuring excellence in research across the spectrum of applied research, practice-based and basic/strategic research, wherever that research is conducted.The panel is measuring the research, not the place where the research was disseminated.
Practice-based researchPractice based research is welcomed;Practice-based research needs to be research as defined by HEFCs;Scholarly activity is not research
ImpactThe REF will measure the impact of research on the wider community.Impact will involve case studies (at least two but maybe more in larger institutions)Impact studies can go back up to 12 years, involve the work in the university and cannot be transferred with the researcher.
EnvironmentThis measures the sustainability, vitality and influence of the unit of assessment including:Post graduate student success rate;Support for research;Research development;Research income;External influence.
Quality levelsFour star Quality that is world-leading in terms of originality,significance and rigour.Three star Quality that is internationally excellent in terms oforiginality, significance and rigour but which nonetheless falls short of thehighest standards of excellence.Two star Quality that is recognised internationally in terms oforiginality, significance and rigour.One star Quality that is recognised nationally in terms of originality,significance and rigour.Unclassified Quality that falls below the standard of nationallyrecognised work. Or work which does not meet the published definition ofresearch for the purposes of this assessment.