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Presentation by Simon Kerridge (Director of Research Services at the University of Kent) at the Vitae event 'Preparing for the Research Excellence Framework: Researcher development, the environment ...

Presentation by Simon Kerridge (Director of Research Services at the University of Kent) at the Vitae event 'Preparing for the Research Excellence Framework: Researcher development, the environment and future impact' on 11 July 2012 in Manchester www.vitae.ac.uk/preparingfortheref

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  • The Programme is:So the REF and the RDF will have been covered already…===Programme: 11 July 201209:30 Registration and refreshments10:00 Plenary sessionAn overview of the REF (Dr Vicky Jones, REF Deputy Manager, Higher Education Funding Council for England) Vitae developments (Alison Mitchell, Deputy Director, Vitae) An institutional perspective (Simon Kerridge, Director of Research Services, University of Kent) An academic perspective (Prof Geoff Rodgers, Pro Vice Chancellor for Research, Brunel University) Equality & diversity and the REF (Dr Christine Nightingale, REF Equalities and Diversity Advisory Panel and Head of Equality and Diversity, De Montfort University) Q&A 12:00 Lunch13:00 Practice sharing workshopsCreating a thriving research environment Informing the research environment with the Concordat for Units of Assessment Exploring the Vitae impact lens 14:15 Coffee break14:30 Practice sharing workshopsCreating a thriving research environment Informing the research environment with the Concordat for Units of Assessment Developing impactful research leaders of the future 15:45 Workshop feedback and outcomes16:00 Conclusions and actions16:15 Networking reception17:00 Close
  • But it is a small part of Env…BUT it leads to Outputs… and then Impact… and so is of course a long term priority!
  • But it is a small part of Env…BUT it leads to Outputs… and then Impact… and so is of course a long term priority!
  • The award winning grants factory – also the book “Research Funding Toolkit” mentioned in the Times Higher a couple of weeks agoCtte – eg contract researcher on BRE
  • The award winning grants factory – also the book “Research Funding Toolkit” mentioned in the Times Higher a couple of weeks ago
  • Director of IT and International Strategy

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  • 1. Preparing for the Research Excellence FrameworkResearcher development, the environment and future impact An institutional perspective Dr Simon Kerridge Director of Research Services, University of Kent
  • 2. Researcher Development • Why bother? • The context • The future • What can you do? • What are you doing? • Some tips for the REFslide 2 Simon Kerridge, Vitae: Preparing for the REF, 11th July 2012, Manchester
  • 3. Researcher Development is Important • And it is recognised as such in the REF • But only as a small part of Environment… • … so why bother? • Well… every little helps! • But more importantly, it • Is investing in the future •  Outputs (65%) •  Impact (20%) • Which are undoubtedly part of your research strategy!?slide 3 Simon Kerridge, Vitae: Preparing for the REF, 11th July 2012, Manchester
  • 4. Context • Increased competition • Increased regulation • eg Research integrity (launched today) • But… Increased professional support • eg ARMA, AUA, UKCGE, Vitae • Increased collaboration • Increased concentrationslide 4 Simon Kerridge, Vitae: Preparing for the REF, 11th July 2012, Manchester
  • 5. Long Term • REF2014 should not be the focus • REF2020 should not be the focus • Need to ‘invest’ in developing new researchers… • To meet institutional objectives… • Enhance research culture • Increase research intensity • Invest in the future (secondary alma mater) • Drive UK PLCslide 5 Simon Kerridge, Vitae: Preparing for the REF, 11th July 2012, Manchester
  • 6. What can you do now? • RCUK Concordat • Vitae RDF • EU HR Excellence in Research • PGCHE • Athena Swan • ARMA PDF • AUA CPDF • Local / Consortium PD (eg DTC, BGP etc)slide 6 Simon Kerridge, Vitae: Preparing for the REF, 11th July 2012, Manchester
  • 7. What can you do now? • Don’t pay lip service! • You will reap what you sow… • Ask what researchers want / need • Ask research leaders • What are quick (cheap?) wins? • But work towards a comprehensive policy • Generally… research cultureslide 7 Simon Kerridge, Vitae: Preparing for the REF, 11th July 2012, Manchester
  • 8. What are you doing? • Early Career Researchers (ECRs) • The forgotten middle • Leadership • Mentoring / Buddying • Related central schemes (Learning and Development [PGCHE], Research Office, HR, Library, …) • Faculty / School schemes…slide 8 Simon Kerridge, Vitae: Preparing for the REF, 11th July 2012, Manchester
  • 9. REF 2014 • University • Faculty • Department • What do you do? • PDPs, appraisal, professional development, development funds, bid writing, paper writing, targeted support, prizes, awards, stretching targets, timely information, assiduous leaders, networks, cohorts, sabbaticals, travel, accelerated promotion, discretionary funds, … • Support for life after academia?slide 9 Simon Kerridge, Vitae: Preparing for the REF, 11th July 2012, Manchester
  • 10. REF 2014 • Outline your strategy (and how it relates to the overall strategy of the department) • Give (concrete) examples of concordat implementation • Evidence of support for E&D • Sustainability of the staffing base • Outline arrangements for developing research staff • and specifically for ECRs and their integrationslide 10 Simon Kerridge, Vitae: Preparing for the REF, 11th July 2012, Manchester
  • 11. Researcher Development @ Kent • ECR Network • Mentoring, Appraisal, Team Leaders, Senior Managers, Coaching, E&D, Ctte Representation • Targeted workshops • The Grants Factory • Sandpits • Funder Visits • Ethics and Governance • Accelerated Promotion • Funded Support (University, Faculty, School)slide 11 Simon Kerridge, Vitae: Preparing for the REF, 11th July 2012, Manchester
  • 12. Funded Support @ Kent • Sabbaticals (1 in 7) • Research Centre fund • School discretionary funds • Faculty discretionary funds • University funds: • PhD scholarships • Large and Complex Grants • University Fellowships?slide 12 Simon Kerridge, Vitae: Preparing for the REF, 11th July 2012, Manchester
  • 13. Summary • Research Development is: • Important • Crucial • Investing in the future • Good for the University • Good for the UK HE sector • Good for UKPLC • So… for the REF… • Do more • Say what you have doneslide 13 Simon Kerridge, Vitae: Preparing for the REF, 11th July 2012, Manchester
  • 14. An Institutional Perspective Dr Simon Kerridge s.r.kerridge@kent.ac.uk Director of Research Services, University of Kent, United Kingdom Simon is also a Director of ARMA the Association of Research Managers and Administrators Simon Kerridge, Vitae: Preparing for the REF, 11th July 2012, Manchester